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With Burfict in, Bengals now just over cap

CINCINNATI -- Now that Vontaze Burfict's contract extension is official, the Cincinnati Bengals project to be slightly over the salary-cap limit for this season. With the approximate $5.5 million cap hit the Bengals will take in 2014 on Burfict's newly completed deal, the club now anticipates spending a little more than the $133 million the NFL will allow teams to dole out this season. The $133 million figure the Bengals believe they are at is not an official one since none of that money has to be paid until the end of the season.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:45:57 EDT

Packers Camp Report: Day 21

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Green Bay Packers training camp: For the final practice of camp on Wednesday, the Packers went through their new day-before-the-game practice in helmets and shorts. It lasted 61 minutes. That brought their total time on the practice field for training camp to 35 hours and 30 minutes dating to the first practice on July 26. When told of that number, one former Packers' player from the 1980s said: "We used to practice that much the first week [of camp].

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:15:52 EDT

Burfict in very rare company with deal

CINCINNATI -- There's a nugget buried in our Wednesday afternoon news story on Vontaze Burfict's now-official contract extension with the Cincinnati Bengals. You have to read near the bottom in order to find it. While I do encourage you to do me a favor and still click the link above and read the full story, I've decided to go on and include it right here, high in this column, to help make everything else I'm about to write make sense. The nugget is in the quote below.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:15:04 EDT

Browns coach, GM react to Gordon decision

The Cleveland Browns released the following statements from general Manager Ray Farmer and coach Mike Pettine about the NFL's decision to uphold Josh Gordon's one-year suspension:Farmer: "While we may have strong feelings on the timing and the process of this decision, we have also consistently communicated that we will focus on what we can control in our day to day approach. Right now that is preparing our team for the 2014 season and at the same time, supporting Josh however we are able under NFL guidelines during his suspension.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:51:44 EDT

Claiborne likely out for preseason finale

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne will "probably not" play in the team's Thursday preseason finale, executive vice president and director of player personnel Stephen Jones said. This would mark the second consecutive preseason that Claiborne, the sixth overall pick in the 2012 draft, did not play a down. The Cowboys coaches hoped to get him some action Thursday against the Denver Broncos after Claiborne missed one game with knee tendinitis and the last two due to a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:38:05 EDT

Two more Chiefs defenders in top 100

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The fourth and fifth Kansas City Chiefs players have popped up on ESPN's rankings of the top 100 defensive players. Safety Eric Berry is in at No. 21 and outside linebacker Tamba Hali checks in at No. 27. Both players are deserving of top 100 ranks. So are the other top Chiefs defensive players, nose tackle Dontari Poe at 35, outside linebacker Justin Houston at 42 and inside linebacker Derrick Johnson at 62. So how did the Chiefs' defense do a huge nosedive the last half of last season and waste a 28-point, third-quarter lead in the playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts?

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:15:55 EDT

Joe Philbin, players happy for Dan Marino

DAVIE, Fla. -- Many of the current Miami Dolphins were children when quarterback Dan Marino dominated the football scene in South Florida. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin was still working his way up the coaching ranks in the 1980s and 1990s. Marino remains the best and most popular player in franchise history, and last weekend the team hired the Hall of Famer as a "special advisor." The reaction from players and coaches has been positive. "I'm elated that he's part of the organization," Philbin said this week.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:00:54 EDT

Red Bryant still motivated by release

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Red Bryant understands the business side of the NFL and why the Seattle Seahawks released him in late February, less than a month after the team won the Super Bowl. That doesn't mean it didn't bother him a bit and it's not preventing him from using it as incentive in his first season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. "It definitely motivates you," Bryant said. "In my situation, me being a captain for the last two years, and then after winning the Super Bowl and in the offseason being released, it adds fuel to the fire.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:00:41 EDT

Colts should go after Richie Incognito

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts already have an inexperienced interior offensive line. And to make things even worse, those same inexperienced players are also dealing with injuries. Former Pro Bowl guard Richie Incognito is available, and Colts coach Chuck Pagano did not rule out the possibility of the team having interest in him Tuesday afternoon.  “I think anybody that’s on the street right now after cut downs this weekend, anybody that comes available we’ll discuss,” Pagano said.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:05:12 EDT

Maurice Jones-Drew explains post-TD pose

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- As heated protests boiled over in Missouri after the controversial shooting of an black teenager, Oakland Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew made a statement in Green Bay, Wisconsin, last Friday night. At the end of a 40-yard touchdown run during the Raiders’ 31-21 loss at Green Bay, the longtime NFL star put his head down and put his hands up and stood silently. Jones-Drew is using a screenshot of the pose as his Twitter avatar.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:00:28 EDT