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Browns' Thomas thinks Osweiler to start

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BEREA, Ohio (AP) After weeks of speculation, analysis and evaluation, the Browns' quarterback competition is headed into its home stretch.

Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas believes it's over and that Brock Osweiler will start the season opener on Sept. 10 against Pittsburgh.

"I could be totally wrong," Thomas said Wednesday. "I might be going out on a limb here, but I think they're grooming Brock to be the starter in Week 1 based on what I've seen."

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Receiver-needy Jets sign Thompkins

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have signed wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins and waived/injured safety Doug Middleton.

Thompkins returns to the Jets after playing seven games with them during the 2015 season. He was waived/injured by New York last September after a groin injury.

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Seahawks sign former 49ers CB Brock

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have added depth to their secondary by signing former San Francisco starting cornerback Tramaine Brock.

Seattle added Brock to its roster Wednesday, a day after meeting with him.

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Carroll backs Bennett but urges standing

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that he supported Michael Bennett's decision to sit during the national anthem while also saying he believes players should stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Bennett's actions were a primary topic of conversation for Carroll two days after Bennett sat on the bench during the anthem before the preseason opener against the Los Angeles Chargers. Bennett didn't inform Carroll or his teammates of his decision to sit while the rest of the Seahawks stood locked arm-in-arm on the sideline Sunday.

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Lynch not talking about anthem protest

NAPA, Calif. (AP) Marshawn Lynch isn't shedding anymore light on his decision to sit during the national anthem before the Oakland Raiders' first exhibition game.

Lynch declined to comment on why he chose to sit down Saturday night while the rest of his teammates stood during the anthem before a game in Arizona against the Cardinals.

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NFLPA appeals Elliott's suspension

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL Players Association has appealed Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension over the league's conclusion that its 2016 rushing leader injured his former girlfriend in three separate incidents last summer.

The union said Tuesday it will represent Elliott "to ensure that the NFL is held to its obligation of adhering to principles of industrial due process under the collective bargaining agreement."

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Panthers give LB Davis 1-year extension

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Thomas Davis won't have to worry about ever playing for another NFL team.

The Panthers have signed the 34-year-old veteran outside linebacker Thomas Davis to a one-year contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2018 season. The deal is worth $6.76 million and includes $3 million in guaranteed money, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team doesn't release financial terms of contracts.

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Eagles clear RB Mathews, then cut him

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have released Ryan Mathews after the former Pro Bowl running back was cleared to return to football activities following neck surgery.

Mathews played two seasons with the Eagles after spending his first five years in San Diego. He had 1,200 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns for Philadelphia.

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Miami CB Lippett done with Achilles tear

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) The Miami Dolphins limped to the end of training camp Tuesday, and it's difficult to argue they're better than when they started.

Even by NFL standards, injuries have taken a heavy toll, and the latest will sideline cornerback Tony Lippett for the entire season. Lippett tore his Achilles tendon during practice Monday and will need surgery.

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Chargers LB Perryman likely out 2 months

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman is likely to be out for at least two months after injuring his ankle in the preseason opener.

Perryman had surgery on a torn ligament in his left ankle Tuesday, coach Anthony Lynn said. The Chargers' starting middle linebacker will miss at least several regular-season games, but Lynn was pleased to know Perryman will return this season.

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