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Former New York Giants kicker Josh Brown has been suspended another six games for domestic violence accusations.

Brown served a one-game suspension at the start of the 2016 season, and he accepted the additional ban after further NFL investigation.

“We reopened the investigation based on new info,” the league texted ESPN on Friday. “Concluded there was a violation of our personal conduct policy and imposed 6 game suspension which he accepted without appeal.”

In a statement later Friday, the league referred to documents released in October 2016 by the King County (Washington) Sheriff’s Office as part of its investigation into a 2015 incident between Brown and his then-wife.

“These documents, which previously had been withheld from the public and the NFL, contained information regarding a series of other incidents separate from the May 2015 incident,” the statement said.

The decision comes on the same day that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was granted a preliminary injunction from a U.S. District Court judge in Texas that will allow him to continue to play this season. Elliott was suspended for six games on Aug. 11 for a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.

Although Brown remains unsigned after the Giants released him in October 2016, he will start serving the six-game suspension immediately, starting with this week’s games.

Brown told “Good Morning America” in February that he never hit Molly Brown, now his ex-wife.

“I mean, I had put my hands on her. I kicked the chair. I held her down. The holding down was the worst moment in our marriage,” Brown said during an interview with ABC News’ Paula Faris. “I never hit her. I never slapped her. I never choked her. I never did those types of things.”

Brown was arrested on May 22, 2015, in Woodinville, Washington, on suspicion of domestic assault in the fourth degree. Charges were never filed. In October 2016, documents were released related to Brown’s arrest. The letters, emails and journals contained admissions by Brown that he had physically, verbally and emotionally abused his wife.

“These were the things that you say to yourself and then you’d burn them. … And I didn’t,” Brown told “Good Morning America.” “The fact that my private things are being used against me, that’s hard to swallow. I’m talking about my journals. I had to learn all that and write that down in order to heal, and now you’re telling me that I’m going to be punished for trying to correct the things in my life that needed to be changed.”

Brown was coming off the best season of his career in 2015, when he made 94 percent of his kicks. The Giants signed him to a two-year, $4 million deal in April 2016 despite knowing he was under investigation for domestic abuse.
In August 2016, the NFL ultimately suspended Brown for one game for what he repeatedly called a “moment.” The arrest came after he was accused by Molly Brown of grabbing her wrist during an argument the previous year. He said the league has known everything since the start of the investigation and that he has never tried to hide his problems.

The arresting officer wrote in his report that Brown told him he tried to grab the phone and grabbed her wrist. Brown provided a different version of the story during his interview with ABC News.

“No, I did not. I did not touch her on the wrist,” he said.

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TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals signed veteran guard Alex Boone to a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

Boone played last season with the Minnesota Vikings, where he started 14 games, all at left guard, after six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

Alex Boone found a new home quickly after getting cut by the Vikings on Saturday, signing with the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Alex Boone found a new home quickly after getting cut by the Vikings on Saturday, signing with the Cardinals on Tuesday.

The Vikings released Boone on Saturday when the team trimmed their roster to the 53-player limit. According to multiple reports, the Vikings approached Boone about taking a pay cut, and when he declined, Minnesota cut the 30-year-old veteran.
oone’s role with the Cardinals has yet to be announced, but with his experience at both right guard and left guard, he could compete for a starting role or be Arizona’s primary backup at either position. He’s played 59.4 percent of his career snaps at right guard and 34.2 percent at left guard, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Boone entered the NFL in 2009 as an undrafted free agent and didn’t make his NFL debut until Week 17 of the 2011 season against the Cardinals. Since then, he’s played in 90 games and started 73 times.

He also started in Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens.

Cardinals left guard Mike Iupati has been dealing with a triceps injury for the past two weeks but was on the field during the open portion of Arizona’s practice on Monday.

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The Detroit Lions drafted Laken Tomlinson in the first round in 2015 hoping he’d be the solution to a struggling offensive line. Two years later, the franchise has decided to move on from him.

The Lions traded the guard to the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday. In exchange, the Lions received a fifth-round pick in 2019, a source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports.

Tomlinson must first pass a physical for the trade to become final.
After the trade was announced, Tomlinson tweeted:
Tomlinson started 24 of 32 games for the Lions in his two seasons in Detroit after being considered one of the best guards in his class. But he never quite fit with what the Lions were trying to do. He eventually lost his starting job to rookie Graham Glasgow midway through last season and only regained it after Glasgow moved to center to replace the injured Travis Swanson.

Laken Tomlinson started 24 games for the Lions in his first two NFL seasons.

Laken Tomlinson started 24 games for the Lions in his first two NFL seasons.

In dealing for Tomlinson, the Niners added some help to the interior of the offensive line, an area that has emerged as a concern for them in the preseason. With projected starting left guard Joshua Garnett still recovering from a knee injury and his return date uncertain, the Niners have been using Zane Beadles and Brandon Fusco as the starting guards.

While the starting offensive line has done well in pass protection, top running back Carlos Hyde has struggled to find traction. In the three preseason games, he’s averaged 2.6 yards on 17 carries in coach Kyle Shanahan’s outside zone rushing scheme.
Upon arrival, Tomlinson figures to push for a starting job at guard, likely on the left side where Beadles has been starting in Garnett’s absence.

Tomlinson has some ties to the Niners’ front office in the form of senior personnel executive Martin Mayhew, who was Detroit’s general manager when the Lions used a first-round pick on Tomlinson in 2015.

Tomlinson only received first-team work during training camp this year when right guard T.J. Lang — who Detroit signed in the offseason from Green Bay — sat out of practice for rest as he recovers from offseason hip surgery.

The signing of Lang along with the emergence of Joe Dahl as a utility lineman made Tomlinson’s future with the Lions cloudy at best and, despite his guaranteed salary, he was not a roster lock for this season. The 25-year-old has two years left on his contract; his base salary of $1,212,296 is guaranteed for this season. Next year’s $1,600,944 base salary isn’t guaranteed.

This is the second straight preseason where the Lions and 49ers have made a trade. Last year, Detroit sent receiver Jeremy Kerley to San Francisco in exchange for guard Brandon Thomas. Kerley finished the season as the 49ers’ most productive wideout.

NFL Network first reported news of Thursday’s trade.

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The only winners of the NFL preseason are those who emerge healthy.

The losers are everyone else.
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The dirty truth of the preseason is that you really can scrape together some insight from it, as long as you know where to look, and provided you resist the urge to draw dramatic conclusions. All that’s left now is the (extra) meaningless preseason Week 4. So come along, and we’ll give it a try together.

Winners

Jameis Winston hasn't had the greatest preseason statistically, but his star is on the rise thanks to "Hard Knocks."

Jameis Winston hasn’t had the greatest preseason statistically, but his star is on the rise thanks to “Hard Knocks.”

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback: Winston hasn’t really lit up the field, having failed to throw a touchdown pass in 69 attempts. But he is without question the breakout star of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” and is arguably the most interesting and engaging protagonist in the history of the long-running show. I was moved by the detailed tour of his childhood home in the opening episode, and by the way his words personalized what could have been a cliché segment. His personality has been portrayed as overtly positive and personable, but without any sense that he is playing for the cameras. Winston entered the NFL under the legal cloud of a sexual assault allegation, which was settled in December 2016. Through “Hard Knocks,” the NFL world is seeing a fresh version of a still-developing player and man.

Mike Glennon, Chicago Bears quarterback: In the Week 3 game, Glennon provided what the Bears had been hoping to see all preseason. He was accurate and composed throughout a 134-yard performance against the Tennessee Titans, giving the Bears enough clout to (credibly) start him in Week 1 over rookie Mitch Trubisky — who has had a good enough preseason to enter that conversation. In his first two preseason games, Glennon threw a pair of interceptions and averaged just 4.2 yards per attempt. But no one should argue Glennon’s spot atop the depth chart now. Now the Bears have a better chance to insert Trubisky into the lineup when he’s ready, and not just because he is needed.

NFL social awareness: This preseason brought a mainstreaming of Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest, in spirit if not in replicated practice. The message expanded from a campaign against the treatment of black Americans by police to one of racial harmony and unity, featuring an important inclusion of white players and capped by about 30 Cleveland Browns locking arms. Some players kneeled or sat. Some raised their fists. Some simply embraced a teammate. As other leagues explore ways to handle this summer’s national unrest, it seems clear that the collective voice of NFL players is growing stronger.

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys quarterback: The Cowboys won’t be able to replace the playmaking of tailback Ezekiel Elliott, who is suspended for the first six games (barring a successful appeal). But don’t count out the possibility that Prescott will elevate his game to compensate. Quietly, he was exceptionally sharp in two outings, completing 18 of 22 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Consider the lesson of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s early career: No one knew Wilson could sling it so well until the Seahawks’ personnel required it. Based on what we saw this summer, it’s reasonable to expect a similar surge from Prescott early in the season.

Miami Dolphins: Imagine the nightmare of football nightmares. Your starting quarterback, the one who emerged from a seemingly endless march through his development to put you in position for a playoff berth last season, tears his ACL during a training camp practice. You trust your backup to make a few starts but are hardly enthused about making him a 16-game starter. You’re desperate. You call around and find … a guy who might be a better performer than your original starter? That’s a reasonable outcome for the Dolphins, who have replaced Ryan Tannehill with a still-young-enough Jay Cutler and appear no worse off. This is not the part where we project a Pro Bowl season from Cutler, who was prepared to work this season as a television broadcaster. It is to say, however, that Cutler showed enough in the preseason that he should at least pick up where Tannehill left off. That would be quite an accomplishment for any team that loses its starter in August.

Losers
Cleveland Browns: Sorry. I’m not aboard the DeShone Kizer hype train. The Browns named Kizer their starting quarterback after he completed 6 of 18 passes Saturday night against the Buccaneers. Kizer played better than those numbers, by all accounts, and those who have watched the Browns’ preseason know he is the best quarterback on their roster. But being the best quarterback on a roster isn’t necessarily the same as 1) winning a competition, and/or 2) being ready to start. The continued career spiral of Brock Osweiler and a disappointing sophomore showing from Cody Kessler had as much to do with this decision as anything. I’m not arguing with the verdict. I’m just telling you there aren’t many people around the league who think Kizer should be an NFL starter in Week 1.

The Minnesota Vikings’ offense: If you were hoping to be assured that the Vikings’ reconfigured offense would have more firepower than it did in 2016, well, this wasn’t the preseason for you. Perhaps offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was hiding his best stuff. Maybe the early camp injury to left tackle Riley Reiff, who has since recovered, delayed progress that is eventually forthcoming. But in 12 first-team possessions over three games, the Vikings punted 10 times, kicked one field goal and had one clock expiration. Rookie running back Dalvin Cook looked good, but not like a threat to score every time he touched the ball. Quarterback Sam Bradford was still finding himself under pressure, which was still forcing him to throw short, which was still leading to complete a high percentage of his passes (74.4) for a low average yards per attempt (6.74). Perhaps it could all change once the regular season begins, but the pattern seems familiar.

Los Angeles NFL fandom: Many have wondered whether the Los Angeles market would support two franchises after getting along just fine without even one for 21 years. How much interest would the Chargers generate in their debut season? And what about the Rams, whose weekly attendance had plummeted at the end of last season? The preseason numbers, at least, are gory. The Chargers drew 21,054 to their first game at StubHub Center (of a capacity around 27,000) and 21,197 for their second. The Rams reported attendance of 58,561 for a Week 3 game that featured both Los Angeles teams, at the Coliseum. (The Rams drew 62,880 in Week 1 when hosting the Cowboys.) It doesn’t help that neither team is projected to be among the league’s elite. But it’s fairly clear that the Rams’ honeymoon is over — and the Chargers might never get one.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars took a wild stab Thursday night at fixing their quarterback situation, at least in the short term. They elevated longtime backup Chad Henne against the Carolina Panthers and hoped he would look like something other than a longtime backup. He didn’t. So now the Jaguars are back to Blake Bortles, at least for Week 1. In essence, they have admitted they don’t have a starting-caliber quarterback on their roster. If anything, Bortles has gone backward since his technique-challenged performance of 2016. By all rights, the Jaguars should be done with him. But they’ve got no reasonable alternative. So here they are.

Amateur boxers: Early on an eventful afternoon at Nissan Stadium, Bears defensive linemen Jaye Howard Jr. and Titans offensive lineman Quinton Spain engaged in the kind of fisticuffs you often see in the trenches. Both players appeared to throw punches. Here’s where it got interesting: Referee Ed Hochuli swiftly ejected them both. The NFL rule book calls for an automatic ejection if a player is penalized twice in the same game for unsportsmanlike conduct, a penalty that includes punching. But it also allows for immediate ejection if the punch is “flagrant.” The guess here, and elsewhere, is that the NFL will consider nearly all punches “flagrant” this season in an effort to rid the game of even semi-violent fights. Former vice president of officiating Mike Pereira, now a Fox analyst, tweeted: “Not a good year to be throwing punches.”

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BEREA, Ohio — While proud of her husband for kneeling in prayer with his Cleveland Browns teammates during the national anthem, Erica Harris DeValve said the focus should be on racism and that he should not be looked on as a “white savior” Monday night.

Seth DeValve, a second-year tight end, knelt with 11 African-American players on Monday night in what they called a moment to pray for the nation in light of racial injustice.
“To center the focus of Monday’s demonstration solely on Seth is to distract from what our real focus should be: listening to the experiences and the voices of the black people who are using their platforms to continue to bring the issue of racism in the U.S. to the forefront,” she wrote in a post for TheRoot.com.

“Seth, as a white individual, never has and never will truly have to feel the weight and burden of racial discrimination and racial oppression. No white person does or will. But all white people should care and take a stand against its prevalence in this country. What I hope to see from this is a shift in the conversation to Seth’s black teammates, who realistically have to carry that burden all the time.”

Erica Harris DeValve is an African-American woman who will begin working toward her master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary this fall, with a focus on the intersection of race and Christianity.

“Black players in the NFL cannot just turn their concern on and off in order to be able to focus more on football,” she wrote. “White players shouldn’t, either. Racism is a day-to-day reality, and I hope that, instead of holding Seth up on a pedestal, the response will be to do what he did: listen to the voices of the black people in your life, and choose to support them as they seek to make their voices heard.

“To the people who are looking at pictures of us and saying, ‘Oh, well, that makes sense,’ I offer a dramatic eye roll. People on Twitter have insinuated that it’s simply my appearance that inspired Seth to kneel with his teammates, or that I must’ve threatened Seth with leaving him or refusing to have sex with him if he didn’t join the demonstration. To even joke in this way is gross.”
Seth DeValve said he and his teammates — linebacker Chris Kirksey led the group in prayer — had not discussed whether they would continue kneeling at future games. Seth DeValve avoided social media since Monday, but said the reactions he received were mixed.
“Guys support each other on and off the field,” he said. “We care about each and each other’s lives. I myself care about this subject. I care about the guys that wanted to take a stand on this subject. That’s my role, first and foremost is to be an ally to them and play a supportive role.

“Like I’ve told some other people, the opinions on the topic of racism in America has been mixed for a couple hundred years. So it’s to be expected.”

Erica Harris DeValve wrote that her husband understands the issue and that it was the “responsible” thing to do.

“Seth understands how racism systematically oppresses people across this entire nation,” she wrote. “He understands that to be complacent about it is not just unacceptable as a ‘black wife’s’ husband; Seth supported his teammates because it was the right thing to do, it was the godly thing to do and it was the responsible thing to do. If I were white, he should have done the same, and I am confident that he would have.”

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Football has been a priority for Anquan Boldin. But after 14 seasons, more than 200 games and nearly 14,000 yards receiving, the veteran wide receiver now feels a higher calling, which is why he left the Buffalo Bills on Sunday after only two weeks with the team and plans to retire.

“Football has afforded me a platform throughout my career to have a greater impact on my humanitarian work, and at this time, I feel drawn to make the larger fight for human rights a priority,” Boldin said in a statement to ESPN.com. “My life’s purpose is bigger than football.”

Boldin, 36, has spent parts of the past two years on Capitol Hill fighting for criminal justice reform. His cousin, Corey Jones, was shot to death by a plainclothes police officer in 2015 after Jones’ van broke down on the side of a South Florida highway.

Since then, Boldin has sought to give a voice not only to his family but also to those who feel that their cries for justice and change are falling on deaf ears.
“No. 1, you want to hear that they hear you,” Boldin told ESPN in 2016 before a trip to Capitol Hill. “You want to make sure they understand the things that we, as an African-American community, are going through. I don’t think our community feels that way right now, especially when it comes to law enforcement and the way we’re being policed.

“Our neighborhoods are feeling hurt. No. 2, you want to see changes in policy, in terms of how we train our police officers. And lastly, you want to see accountability — that justice will be served for all — to make sure that the relationship between the African-American community and police can be better. There’s work to be done on both sides because there’s a huge mistrust there. I want to help close that gap.”

Boldin and his wife, Dionne, have been heavily involved in community work in their hometown of Pahokee, Florida. The couple, who have two young sons, have touched thousands of families by providing educational and life opportunities, and in 2014, they established an endowment that has supported 15 four-year college scholarships.

“We respect Anquan’s decision to retire from the NFL,” Bills GM Brandon Beane said. “We appreciate the time he gave us over the past two weeks. He is one of the best receivers to play this game and wish him and his family all the best moving forward.”

“Football has afforded me a platform throughout my career to have a greater impact on my humanitarian work, and at this time, I feel drawn to make the larger fight for human rights a priority.”
Boldin — who was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals, where he played his first seven seasons — will be remembered as one of the game’s toughest wideouts if not players. He once returned in the season in which he sustained a broken jaw and played with it wired shut. He walks away from the game with 1,076 receptions for 13,779 yards and 82 touchdowns. He won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in the 2012 season. He also played for the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions.

“Anquan, on the field, was one of the greatest professionals and competitors I ever had the pleasure of playing with,” former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner told ESPN. “With all the great players I shared a field with, Q is one of top two players I would want with the ball in their hands and the game on the line. I am a better player for having played with him. But more importantly, he is one of the greatest people I was able to meet in my time in NFL. He has a heart to be a great husband, father and philanthropist — and is committed to making sure his legacy goes well beyond the [football field].”

Boldin won the NFL’s Walter Payton Award in 2016 for his charitable works off the field as well as his play on the field.

“Football in its purest form is what we all strive for as a nation,” Boldin said in his statement. “People from all different races, religions and backgrounds working together for one shared goal. The core values taught in football are some of the most important you can learn in life: to always be there for the guy next to you and not let your fellow man down. You do whatever it takes to make sure your brother is OK.”

Boldin now wants to help those beyond the football field, which is why he is walking away.

Pete Carroll said the Seahawks had thoroughly reviewed Tramaine Brock’s so-called domestic violence

RENTON, Wash. — Pete Carroll said Thursday that he was comfortable with the process the Seattle Seahawks went through to investigate cornerback Tramaine Brock’s alleged domestic violence incident in April.

The Seahawks signed Brock to a one-year deal on Thursday.

“What I would say to you is, I don’t know how anybody could have done a more extensive look into this,” Carroll said. “John [Schneider, the team's general manager] started this quite some time ago and followed it throughout to make sure we knew exactly what was going on. I’m not going to go into particulars for you, but we feel assured that we have done all of the homework that can be done and done a little bit past that and then maybe past that.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said the team is in a good place with Tramaine Brock, who was signed after charges from an alleged domestic violence incident were dropped.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said the team is in a good place with Tramaine Brock, who was signed after charges from an alleged domestic violence incident were dropped.

“We’ve really done our work here and feel that we’re in a good place with him.”
Brock, 28, was arrested on April 6 on suspicion of felony domestic violence and child endangerment after officers responded to a call that evening. Officers reported that an adult woman had visible injuries and was “in a dating relationship with the male suspect.” Brock pleaded not guilty to those charges. Charges were dismissed on Aug. 9. The Santa Clara District Attorney’s office said there was insufficient evidence to proceed with the case because the alleged victim declined to cooperate.

Carroll was asked if the organization spoke with the alleged victim as part of the process.

“I’m not going to go into that, OK,” Carroll said. “There’s a million questions you could ask me about that. We’ve done everything that you could do. All I can tell you is it’s been a comprehensive look into it, and I feel great telling you that. There’s too many aspects of it to go ahead and talk to you about it specifically.”

The 49ers released Brock on April 7, less than 24 hours after his arrest.

The NFL will investigate the matter under its personal conduct policy. The NFL can penalize a player even if he doesn’t face legal charges.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay cannot “unequivocally” say that starting quarterback Andrew Luck will play in their Week 1 opener against the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 10.

Irsay, like general manager Chris Ballard, believes Luck will be off the physically unable to perform list before the start of the regular season. But playing against the Rams is still up in the air, especially because Luck needs practice time once he is taken off of PUP.

“I don’t want to act that it is a foregone conclusion that he’s not going to be starting out there [against the Rams],” Irsay said after his team’s 24-10 preseason loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday. “I mean, he could but also could not. We don’t see an extended delay, but we’re not going to put a timetable on it. We will not put any pressure on this decision.”

Luck originally injured his right shoulder in Week 3 of the 2015 season. He played through the shoulder pain until he finally had the surgery in January. Irsay said they waited as long as they could before deciding on surgery and wouldn’t do things any differently.
“There’s no mystery to it, and that’s the good news about it,” Irsay said. “There hasn’t been one surprise to [the shoulder] from our standpoint. We always knew it was going to be a borderline thing. We wanted to be sure before we did the surgery. Once we were committed to doing it, things couldn’t have gone more successfully.”

Luck, who has missed 10 games the past two seasons, has admitted that his patience has been tested throughout this process of not being able to practice or take part in offseason workouts. Irsay had to remind his franchise quarterback that he has to think about his long-term health and not let his “competitive juices” get the best of him.

Ballard said during the preseason television broadcast on Sunday that Luck’s “strength levels are probably better right now than they were in the last season that he played.” Luck has started the throwing process, but the Colts have restricted how much he’s doing it to avoid a setback.
“It’s a progression where he’s not throwing the football as strong as he wants to because we won’t let him,” Ballard said. “He can throw it a lot stronger than he’s throwing it. This is our future that’s 10, 12, 14 years — who knows? We will not deviate from being disciplined in our process on how the doctors feel and how Andrew feels. He said it best to me. He said, ‘Jim, I know I’m going to be an even better quarterback than I’ve ever been before. I just don’t know when.’ That could be Sept. 10. It could be Sept. 20. We’ll see.”

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck has been battling shoulder issues since 2015.

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck has been battling shoulder issues since 2015.

Scott Tolzien, who has been the starting quarterback since Luck went down, hasn’t shown the consistency yet that is necessary to believe he can lead the Colts on a regular basis until Luck returns. The Colts discussed the possibility of bringing in another quarterback but decided to stand pat with Tolzien for the time being.

“We came semi-close to bringing in a mid- to late-30s guy,” Irsay said. “We had a number. The guy wanted more than the number. It wasn’t [Colin] Kaepernick. It didn’t work out, so we moved on. We like some things, like some guys that are on the roster.”

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INDIANAPOLIS — Colts center Ryan Kelly suffered a foot injury in practice Thursday that will sideline him, a source said.

Kelly injured his foot during the Colts’ joint practice against the Detroit Lions. Colts coach Chuck Pagano said after practice that he didn’t see the play on which Kelly was injured.

The injury isn’t believed to be severe enough that Kelly will miss the regular-season opener against the Los Angeles Rams, but it will cause him to be out for the time being, a source said.

Kelly, the Colts’ first-round pick in 2016, started every game during his rookie season.

Deyshawn Bond, an undrafted free agent from Cincinnati, replaced Kelly at center Thursday.

The Colts now are without their starting center and quarterback, as Andrew Luck remains on the physically unable to perform list while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

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Brock Osweiler will have the first chance to be the Cleveland Browns’ preseason starting quarterback.

Coach Hue Jackson said Monday that Osweiler will start Thursday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. Rookie DeShone Kizer will be third in line, after Cody Kessler.
“A lot goes into our evaluation, but it’s always going to be about efficiently and effectively running the offense,” Jackson said in a statement released by the team. “You want your starter to be able to do that despite any circumstance. Brock hasn’t really gotten any first-team reps, and this will give him that chance. We look forward to seeing what he can do with this opportunity throughout the week and against the Saints.”

Brock Osweiler's work regimen has impressed Browns coach Hue Jackson during the offseason, and the quarterback will get the start for Thursday's preseason game.

Brock Osweiler’s work regimen has impressed Browns coach Hue Jackson during the offseason, and the quarterback will get the start for Thursday’s preseason game.

Although Osweiler will get the first chance as the starter, Jackson emphasized that any of the team’s quarterbacks could earn the starting spot for the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

On Thursday, Jackson explained the rationale in possibly starting Osweiler.

“One, we have a veteran player that’s played in games, knows how to win, and I need to give him an opportunity to demonstrate that,” Jackson said Thursday. “And No. 2, we still have some young quarterbacks that need to play a lot of football. You know if I stuck one of those other guys out as the starter, they weren’t going to play a lot of football. Because they’re probably going to come out with the other vets. When you sit down and think through it all, you think what’s best for our football team; it’s best for me to trot Brock out there, see if he can go lead this offense and lead the team, and in the process keep getting these young guys more reps of playing football. They just need to play.”

Osweiler said Monday that he isn’t taking any gratification from getting to start a preseason game, and that he needs to take advantage of the opportunity.

“Bottom line, there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done,” he said. “I think this football team knows that. Obviously, Coach Jackson is preaching it every single day. He is telling us that. This is just one step. There is a lot of chemistry to be built. There are a lot of fine details that need to be cleaned up through meetings and more practice sessions.”
Kizer, meanwhile, called himself a competitor and said he will continue to work on his development in his first NFL training camp.

“It’s my ultimate goal to be out there playing,” Kizer said. “We put in a lot of work into what we do. I would love to be the guy who’s stepping out there as the starting guy. But until then, this is still part of the process.”

Kessler said being the second quarterback up Thursday won’t affect his mindset.

“Whether you are going first group, second group or whatever it may be, you have to prepare like a starter,” Kessler said. “That is something I have been doing since high school. Nothing changes no matter what the rotation is or where you go, but it is still another opportunity.”

Jackson said Saturday that although the decision for the preseason opener was about who could score points and help win games, it also would involve “a feeling of who I think can be the guy.”

According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Browns’ starter at quarterback for the first preseason game has started Week 1 of the regular season each year since 2004.

It’s quite a progression for Osweiler, whom the Browns accepted in a trade from the Houston Texans in March solely so they could acquire a second-round pick. He received reps with the starters on Monday for the first time this offseason. In Friday’s scrimmage and Saturday’s practice, Osweiler moved the ball better than the other quarterbacks.