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Joe Haden says he’s playing against the Steelers

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The Browns missed cornerback Joe Haden against the Cowboys last week, but it sounds like he’ll be back for this week’s game against the Steelers.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Haden said Friday that he has recovered from his oblique injury and plans to play on Sunday. He’s practiced every day this week, which supports that notion and leads you to believe that he’d need to suffer a pretty significant setback to wind up on the sideline for the second straight week.

When Haden was out of the lineup serving a four-game suspension earlier this year, the Browns struggled to stop opposing teams from throwing ht ball. The same was true in Dallas last weekend as Dez Bryant tore up the rest of the Cleveland secondary in a 23-20 overtime win for the Cowboys.

Buster Skrine, one of the Haden replacements last week, also practiced Friday as he tries to make his way back from a concussion. If he and Haden are both able to play, Skrine will likely move into the slot this weekend. That should give the Browns a good shot at slowing down the Steelers’ Charlie Batch-led offense enough to have a shot at winning the game if their offense can find a way to move the ball.

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Dolphins first-rounder DeVante Parker to open camp on PUP list

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The Dolphins got good news on left tackle Branden Albert, but they do have some guys who won’t be ready for the start of camp.

Specifically, first-round wide receiver DeVante Parker will open camp on the active/physically unable to perform list.

Parker had foot surgery in early June, and there was optimism at that point that he’d be ready for the start of the regular season.

He can be activated from the PUP list at any point in the preseason, so there’s no indicator of his prognosis in the designation alone.

The team also announced that safety Don Jones was also on PUP, and tight end Gerell Robinson would be placed on the active/non-football injury list.

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Ryan Kerrigan signs five-year extension

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Brian Orakpo signed with the Titans as a free agent this offseason, but his former partner at outside linebacker won’t be leaving Washington anytime soon.

The Redskins announced Wednesday that they have agreed on a contract extension with Ryan Kerrigan, who was heading into the final year of his contract. Terms weren’t disclosed, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that it is a five-year deal worth a total of $57.5 million and a $16 million signing bonus. That makes him the third-highest paid player at the position behind Justin Houston and Clay Matthews.

“To get to a moment like this where you get a chance to play out the rest of your NFL career with the team that drafted you, the team that you love, the city that you love, it hasn’t really hit me yet, but it’s an awesome feeling,” Kerrigan said in a statement. “Now it’s my job to go reward the Redskins for the faith they put in me by playing well this year, and for the rest of my career.”

Kerrigan has started every game since the Redskins made him a first-round pick in 2011 and set a career-high with 13.5 sacks last season. He had a knee scope this offseason, but there’s no sign that it will impact him heading into the season.

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Mike McCarthy on off-field issues: “The tolerance level isn’t very high”

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The Packers made their share of off-field headlines this offseason, and coach Mike McCarthy has had his patience tried.

So far, the three players involved in run-ins with the law, suspensions or both remain on the roster, but McCarthy said Wednesday they all know their situations have changed.

“I think you have to look at every case individually, which we do,” McCarthy said, via Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Tolerance level — I would say in life and particularly in football it’s obviously a lot tougher today than it was five years ago, let alone 10, 15 years ago. The tolerance level isn’t very high. You look at every case. There’s two sides to every story. Obviously there are mistakes that have been made. You learn from them and try to move forward, whatever direction you decide to go.”

Letroy Guion was suspended three games after being arrested in Florida on gun and drug charges, and pleading down to lesser charges. Datone Jones was suspended one game for a possession of marijuana arrest.

Quarless was arrested in Miami in July on charges of firing a gun during a dispute outside a parking garage, and his case is still pending.

The suspensions of Guion and Jones could leave the Packers short on defensive linemen early in the season, and McCarthy said they’d have to adjust repetitions in camp as a result. He had fewer particulars in regards to Quarless, as the league hasn’t doled out any sanctions to the tight end.

“He has a personal situation he is with right now,” McCarthy said. “We had a long conversation after his incident down there in Florida. It’s in the legal process right now. He made a mistake. Frankly, I’m disappointed. He’s disappointed.

“But all of our players know that our program is about protecting the brand and the tradition of the Green Bay Packers. Those were the first things that came out of his mouth in the phone call. He made a mistake, so we’re working forward.”

Of course, if players expected to have lesser roles with the Packers had made some of those mistakes, they might already be gone.

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Eric Berry kept working out, gained weight during chemo

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The Chiefs delivered some great news on Tuesday night when they announced that safety Eric Berry has been cleared to practice with the team less than a year after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and his approach to chemotherapy appears to have helped him make such a quick return to football activities.

On Wednesday, Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said that Berry opted to have IVs during each chemotherapy session so that he could continue to work out while receiving treatment and that he emerged from his final round in May weighing a pound more than when he went into the grueling process. Burkholder said that Berry “sailed” through all of the tests that the team gave him and coach Andy Reid said all went well for Berry on the field.

“He looked pretty good out here,” Reid said, via B.J. Kissel of the team’s website.

Even though he kept in good shape while undergoing treatment, Berry will probably need some time before he’s back to full speed on the field given the length of his layoff. Assuming that process goes smoothly, it seems like a good bet that we’ll see Berry back on the field when the season gets underway and it will be hard to imagine a fan of any team will be rooting against that outcome.

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NFL asks police to keep an eye out for Patriots fans at Goodell’s house

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The NFL is reportedly concerned about Commissioner Roger Goodell’s personal safety as a result of his decision to suspend Tom Brady for the first four games of the season.

According to the Portland Press Herald, Goodell owns a $6.5 million house in Scarborough, Maine, an area where most fans’ allegiance is to the Patriots. As a result, the NFL contacted Scarborough police just before Goodell announced his decision to uphold Brady’s suspension.

They did reach out and let us know about the decision and that it might not be popular,” said Scarborough Police Chief Robbie Moulton.

Moulton added that there have been no problems or threats, but the police department is aware of the possibility of fans expressing their displeasure if Goodell makes an unpopular decision.

“We’re aware of the situation and will be patrolling the area certainly,” Moulton said. “In the past, when there have been unpopular decisions, there have been emails and things. I wouldn’t say it rose to the level of threats, but certainly expressing unhappiness.”

It should go without saying that Goodell and his family should be free of threats and harassment in their own home. If Goodell is concerned about the reactions of Patriots fans around his home, however, it will probably be a long time before he takes in a game at Gillette Stadium.

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Hue Jackson plans to open Pandora’s box this season

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Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said last month that he’s tired of the team being the brunt of jokes for their failure to win games in the playoffs and he took some time on Tuesday to explain how he plans to put a halt to the laughter.

Jackson said he felt he did his best coaching job last season as the Bengals finished 15th in total offense while dealing with injuries to wide receiver A.J. Green, tight end Tyler Eifert and others. He feels that being at full health offers the team a chance to be “very dynamic” on offense this season and that he’ll be doing more to take advantage of that.

“We’re going to open Pandora’s box more,” Jackson said, via the team’s website. “We tickled it a little bit last year. We’re going to open it up a little bit more this year and be who I think we can be…But I tell you what, the defenses are so good, the defensive players are so good and they disguise all the time, why can’t we? It’s a chess match, and whoever is not afraid to pull the trigger, pull the trigger. And I’m not afraid, so let’s go.”

Those familiar with Greek mythology will likely point out that opening Pandora’s box unleashed evil onto the world, which probably wouldn’t turn out all that well for the Bengals or anyone else.

It’s safe to assume that Jackson didn’t mean that was his plan since it probably constitutes a personal conduct policy violation in the current NFL to unleash demons on an unwitting public. He’s talking about a more versatile and creative approach on offense as he tries to prove that “some of those hardened times can turn into some good times.”

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Jake Long visiting Giants again on Wednesday

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Tackle Jake Long’s visit with the Falcons didn’t result in a contract, but he didn’t have to wait long for another chance to talk to a team looking for offensive line help.

Long is visiting with the Giants again on Wednesday. Jordan Raanan of reports that Long is believed to have checked out physically after suffering a pair of torn ACLs in the last two years and that he’s expected to go through offensive line drills for the team as well.

The Giants lost left tackle Will Beatty to a torn pectoral muscle during the offseason, leaving them with first-round pick Ereck Flowers pencilled in as the starter on Eli Manning’s blind side. Flowers drew a lot of positive reviews heading into the draft, although many of those giving them offered caveats that they thought he might be best suited to right tackle and/or that he’d need some time before he’d be ready for NFL work.

Long would give the Giants another option while also opening up the possibility that Flowers can move to the other side in place of Marshall Newhouse. If they feel comfortable with what they see from Long on Wednesday, Long may not need to make any more visits to find a job for the 2015 season.

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Report: Kam Chancellor wants more money, threatens holdout

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Seattle safety Kam Chancellor may not be there when the Seahawks report to training camp.

Chancellor wants more money and has told the Seahawks he is strongly considering a holdout, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The 27-year-old Chancellor still has three seasons remaining on the contract he signed in 2013 and is scheduled to count $5.65 million against the Seahawks’ salary cap this year, so he wouldn’t appear at first blush to have a lot of leverage.

But he’s an important part of the league’s best defense, and he becomes even more important with the Seahawks’ secondary depleted by the shoulder injury suffered by Earl Thomas in the Super Bowl, an injury that may keep Thomas out at the start of the regular season. And the Seahawks showed last year with Marshawn Lynch that they’re willing to re-do a player’s deal if that’s what they need to do to get that player in camp.

So Chancellor might have a shot at a raise if he plays his cards right. And if he holds out for a significant period of time, the Seahawks will be scrambling at safety.

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Bill Belichick on Brady suspension: It’s already been addressed

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to uphold Tom Brady’s four-game suspension has led to angry statements in response from Brady, his agent, the NFLPA and Patriots owner Robert Kraft, but coach Bill Belichick didn’t offer any additional thoughts during his training camp press conference on Wednesday morning.

Belichick opened the presser by referencing the other statements and saying that there’s “nothing really to talk about there” from his perspective. That didn’t stop questions from being asked, however, and Belichick showed he hasn’t lost his knack for sticking with the same answer.

“Q: Is there something flawed about the system here in the organization that you keep ending up in these cheating controversies? Can you explain why?

BB: It’s already been addressed.

Q: Could you elaborate a little?

BB: No.

Q: Why not?

BB: Because it’s already been addressed.

Q: Well, people have a lot of questions – the public, fans.

BB: You heard what Robert just said. It’s already been addressed. Maybe you ought to go back and look at your notes.

Q: I want your opinion.

BB: It’s already been addressed.”

Questions about conversations with Brady, the challenges of preparing the team when they might not have Brady for the first four games of the season and why the team suspended Jim McNally and John Jastremski were waved away just as easily with Belichick repeating that the team is focused only on the 2015 season. No one who’s familiar with the Patriots coach would have expected anything too different from Belichick and we wouldn’t expect anything to change from the coach even as fireworks continue to be lobbed back and forth by everyone else involved.

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PFT Live: Albert Breer, Tom Curran

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The biggest story in the NFL right now is NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to uphold the four-game suspension given to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and that will be our focus on Wednesday’s edition of PFT Live.

Mike Florio will talk with Tom Curran of CSN New England and Albert Breer of NFL Media about all aspects of the ruling, the responses from Brady and Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the next steps that Brady and the NFL will be taking now that we appear to be headed to federal court over an issue involving the amount of air in footballs.

We also want to hear what PFT Planet thinks. Email questions at any time or get in touch on Twitter at @ProFootballTalk to let us know what’s on your mind.

It all gets started at noon ET and you can listen to all three hours live via the various NBC Sports Radio affiliates, through the links at PFT, or with the NBC Sports Radio app.

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Former Colts tackle Gosder Cherilus visiting Bills today

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The Colts obviously were unsure if Gosder Cherilus was going to hold up, cutting the veteran tackle just before the start of camp.

The Bills want to make their own decision.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Cherilus is visiting the Bills today.

There’s a positional need in Buffalo, but the question will be whether Cherilus is well enough to help. He had his knee worked on this offseason, and dealt with groin and shoulder problems last year.

While he’s been a serviceable-to-good tackle when well, the health questions make him no sure thing for anyone. And the fact the Colts parted ways after investing so heavily in him as a free agent may be a sign.

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Panthers wideout Stephen Hill cited for drug paraphernalia

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Oh, coaches around the NFL can’t get their players into training camp fast enough.

According to WSOC in Charlotte, Panthers wide receiver Stephen Hill has been cited for a drug paraphernalia charge during a traffic stop in nearby Concord. The Panthers report to camp tomorrow.

Hill, a former Jets second-rounder, was on the fringes of the Panthers depth chart anyway, and this can’t help. Even in a landscape barren of downfield threats last year, he never made much of an impact.

They’ve said nice things about him through the preseason, but with Kelvin Benjamin’s breakout rookie season and their own second-rounder in Devin Funchess, Hill was going to to struggle to be a factor anyway.

Stuff like this does not help.

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Robert Kraft tees off on Brady ruling

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[Editor’s note: On Wednesday morning, Patriots owner Robert Kraft unexpectedly provided a statement to the media before a previously-scheduled press conference from coach Bill Belichick. The full text of Robert Kraft’s statement appears below.]

I felt it was important to make a statement today, prior to the start of training camp. After this, I will not be talking about this matter until after the legal process plays itself out, and I would advise everyone in the organization to do the same and just concentrate on preparation for the 2015 season.

The decision handed down by the league yesterday is unfathomable to me. It is routine for discipline in the NFL to be reduced upon appeal. In the vast majority of these cases, there is tangible and hard evidence of the infraction for which the discipline is being imposed, and still the initial penalty gets reduced. Six months removed from the AFC championship game, the league still has no hard evidence of anybody doing anything to tamper with the PSI levels of footballs.

I continue to believe and unequivocally support Tom Brady. I first and foremost need to apologize to our fans, because I truly believe what I did in May, given the actual evidence of the situation and the league’s history on discipline matters, would make it much easier for the league to exonerate Tom Brady.

Unfortunately, I was wrong.

The league’s handling of this entire process has been extremely frustrating and disconcerting. I will never understand why an initial erroneous report regarding the PSI level of footballs was leaked by a source from the NFL a few days after the AFC championship game, [and] was never corrected by those who had the correct information. For four months, that report cast aspersions and shaped public opinion.

Yesterday’s decision by Commissioner was released in a similar manner, under an erroneous headline that read, “Tom Brady destroyed his cellphone.” This headline was designed to capture headlines across the country and obscure evidence regarding the tampering of air pressure in footballs. It intentionally implied nefarious behavior and minimized the acknowledgement that Tom provided the history of every number he texted during that relevant time frame. And we had already provided the league with every cellphone of every non-NFLPA that they requested, including head coach Bill Belichick.

Tom Brady is a person of great integrity, and is a great ambassador of the game, both on and off the field. Yet for reasons that I cannot comprehend, there are those in the league office who are more determined to prove that they were right rather than admit any culpability of their own or take any responsibility for the initiation of a process and ensuing investigation that was flawed.

I have come to the conclusion that this was never about doing what was fair and just. Back in May, I had to make a difficult decision that I now regret. I tried to do what I thought was right. I chose not to take legal action. I wanted to return the focus to football.

I have been negotiating agreements on a global basis my entire life. I know there are times when you have to give up important points of principle to achieve a greater good. I acted in good faith and was optimistic that by taking the actions I took the league would have what they wanted. I was willing to accept the harshest penalty in the history of the NFL for an alleged ball violation because I believed it would help exonerate Tom.

I have often said, ‘If you want to get a deal done, sometimes you have to get the lawyers out of the room.’ I had hoped that Tom Brady’s appeal to the league would provide Roger Goodell the necessary explanation to overturn his suspension. Now, the league has taken the matter to court, which is a tactic that only a lawyer would recommend.

Once again, I want to apologize to the fans of the New England Patriots and Tom Brady. I was wrong to put my faith in the league. Given the facts, evidence, and laws of science that underscore this entire situation, it is completely incomprehensible to me that the league continues to take steps to disparage one of its all-time great players, and a man for whom I have the utmost respect.

Personally, this is very sad and disappointing to me.

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Good news for Dolphins: No PUP list for Branden Albert

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The Dolphins got some good news on the eve of camp, as left tackle Branden Albert appears to be on track for a healthy return.

According to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, the left tackle is going to open training camp on the active roster, 10 months after he tore his ACL and MCL.

While they could have easily placed him on the active/physically unable to perform list (and activated him from it at any time), the fact they don’t feel the need to is a good sign in his recovery.

While he might not be ready to for full participation from day one, it’s still good news for a player at a key position, who was playing well at the time of his injury.

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Wednesday morning one-liners

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Bills OT Cyrus Kouandjio worked on building his core strength in offseason workouts with former NFL offensive lineman LeCharles Bentley.

Olivier Vernon and Lamar Miller, two of the Dolphins’ better recent draft picks, are both heading into contract years.

Even in Boston, they acknowledge that destroying his phone is a bad look for Tom Brady.

Here’s a Q&A with Jets GM Mike Maccagnan.

Ravens FB Kyle Juszczyk hopes to catch more passes this season.

Marvin Lewis doesn’t plan to leave Cincinnati without a Super Bowl ring.

Browns WR Terrelle Pryor believes he’s going to be the best.

The Steelers think WR Markus Wheaton can make a difference in the slot.

Brian Hoyer appears to be ahead of Ryan Mallett in the Texans’ quarterback competition.

Trading for CB Vontae Davis turned out to be one of the best moves the Colts have made.

Jaguars G A.J. Cann is eager to show other teams screwed up when they let him fall to the third round.

Perrish Cox should help the Titans improve in the secondary.

The Broncos are relying on Malik Jackson and Vance Walker to step up on the defensive line.

The Chiefs added CB Kenneth Penny to the training camp roster.

The Raiders, Oakland and the NFL are still discussing stadium issues.

The Chargers have a new team doctor.

The Cowboys are heading to camp with high expectations.

Jason Pierre Paul’s status is still a mystery to the Giants.

Eagles coach Chip Kelly is a big believer in Navy SEAL philosophies.

What can Washington expect from Robert Griffin III?

The Bears think Kyle Long can add some versatility to their offensive line.

The Lions aren’t afraid to say they’re thinking Super Bowl.

Green Bay’s defensive line has suffered from disappointing draft picks.

Vikings owner Mark Wilf is the most excited he’s been in a decade of ownership.

A famous Florida State ball boy is serving an internship with the Falcons.

The Panthers have depth on the offensive line, but they still have questions.

The Saints hope to see a lot from RBs C.J. Spiller and Mark Ingram in training camp.

Here’s a look at the Bucs’ backfield.

Cardinals assistant Jen Welter’s first paycheck for playing a professional football season was $12.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher has indicated that RB Todd Gurley will be playing sooner than people think.

It’s the start of a new era for the 49ers.

Is Russell Wilson happy and content enough in Seattle that he’d be willing to take less money to stay there?

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