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Jul 23 2014 - Rob Gronkowski (Patriots), TE Rob Gronkowski, who had set a goal of returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament by September, was fully cleared for training camp.
The first team practice is scheduled for Thursday, and coach Bill Belichick confirmed Gronkowski will be on the field, not on the physically unable to perform list.
"He's been here," coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday at Gillette Stadium. "He would be ineligible to (appear on PUP list) because he's been cleared to play."
Gronkowski hurt his knee Week 14 against the Cleveland Browns. His entire 2013 calendar year was filled by injuries and rehab, including multiple surgeries on his forearm and a procedure on his back. He missed six games in 2013 and was limited into the regular season.
The 25 year old, who also had back issues at the University of Arizona, is a two-time Pro Bowl selection with 42 career touchdown receptions since entering the NFL as a second-round pick in 2010.
"It's a positive," guard Logan Mankins said. "We were all hoping Gronk would have a good recovery and so far he has. We'll just see where he is and how good he is right now. It's great to have him out there. He's a dynamic blocker. He does a great job blocking and he's a big target for Tom (Brady) to get the ball to when he gets open. Any time you can have Gronk on the field, it's great."
Belichick did not disclose a snap count or any limitations for Gronkowski in training camp, but it's possible he'll be a spectator for preseason games.
"Rob has always worked hard," Belichick said. "He worked hard as a rookie, so he has always worked hard when he's here. I can't speak for the rest of the time, but from what we've seen he has been consistent."
Jul 23 2014 - Jamaal Charles (Chiefs), RB Jamaal Charles reached an agreement on a contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday as the team reported for training camp.
The team confirmed that Charles signed, though it didn't announce the terms. According to media reports, Charles landed a two-year, $18 million extension that runs through 2017. His salary over the next two years reportedly goes up by $5.1 million.
The Kansas City Star reported that Charles' $8.3 million salary for 2014 will be the second-highest among running backs, trailing only the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson, who will make $11.75 million.
"Jamaal is an elite player in the National Football League," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. "It was important for us to keep him here in Kansas City long-term."
Charles was not at the Chiefs' training camp at Missouri Western State University when the players reported Wednesday afternoon but was headed there after the deal was struck.
He joked on his Twitter account, "I had no intention on holding out ... I just ran out of gas on the way to camp and my cell phone battery died. It was a long walk I tell ya."
Earlier Wednesday, it was reported that Charles intended to hold out for more money rather than join the team for full-squad practices Thursday.
According to multiple reports, Charles was unhappy with his 2014 salary of $3.7 million, the fourth year of a six-year, $27.97 million deal signed in 2010.
Charles, 28, rushed for 1,287 yards in 2013, which was the third-best total in the NFL last season, and he ran for 1,509 yards in 2012. He made his third Pro Bowl after the 2013 season, and he was selected first-team All-Pro for the second time.
However, 10 other NFL running backs had a higher base salary than Charles before he reached the new agreement Wednesday.
Jul 22 2014 - Ray Rice (Ravens), RB Ray Rice was involved in a domestic violence incident with his wife at an Atlantic City casino. The NFL has yet to rule on his status for the season, but a potential multigame suspension is expected.
"It's not my decision to make, or any of us here," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "It's in other people's hands. I'm sure there's a lot of complications making these kinds of decisions. There are many sides to every story, and there are a lot of factors. There are other people involved.
"There are other disciplinary situations involved around the league. That has to be weighed in and taken into context. You're going to have to sort through that to be fair. I know the league is very judicious about that. They work really hard to do the right thing. I don't think they worry about public opinion too much. They want to do the right thing by the people involved. We'll see where it goes."
The Ravens have contingency plans factoring in Rice being unavailable, including how they'll utilize reserve running backs Bernard Pierce, Lorenzo Taliaferro and Justin Forsett. What they don't know is how long Rice would be sidelined.
Jun 17 2014 - Andre Johnson (Texans), WR Andre Johnson intends to skip the team's mandatory minicamp this week.
Johnson has three years and $31.5 million in base salary left on his contract, but does not want to be part of another rebuilding project. The Texans are coming off a 2-14 season.
If Johnson does not show up for the minicamp, the team can fine him almost $70,000 and he may also have to forfeit a $1 million workout bonus.
"Right now, that's all that he can do," Johnson's adviser and uncle Andre Melton told the Houston Chronicle on Monday. "We've done what we can do, so we're just sitting there waiting."
Melton said he does not know if Johnson will hold out from next month's training camp. In May, Johnson questioned if he wanted to continue his career in Houston.
"Nobody's been here as long as I have," he said. "You just kind of look at things; I've been thinking about things this offseason. And I just kind of wonder sometimes, 'Is this still the place for me?' "
Johnson, who turns 33 next month, is coming off a season in which he made 109 catches for 1,407 yards with five touchdowns in 16 games.
Jun 13 2014 - Brandon Flowers (Chargers), The Kansas City Chiefs released cornerback Brandon Flowers on Friday in a move that is projected to save the team $7.25 million in salary cap space next season.
A second-round pick in 2008 out of Virginia Tech, Flowers played in 88 games with 87 starts in six seasons with the Chiefs. He has 17 regular-season interceptions and one in postseason play.
Flowers, 28, made the Pro Bowl in 2013 despite battling sore knees the second half of the season and was increasingly used as the nickel corner. He finished with 68 tackles and one interception, but his pending departure from the team has been speculated for much of the offseason.
The Chiefs signed Chris Owens during free agency and used a third-round pick on Phillip Gaines to bolster the depth behind expected starters Sean Smith and Marcus Cooper.
"We appreciate Brandon's contributions to the team over the last six seasons," Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said. "It's in the best interest of the club and the player to part ways at this time. We wish him nothing but the best as he continues his career."
Flowers was due to have cap numbers of $10.5 million this season, $11.5 million in 2015 and $9.75 million in 2016. He also would have earned a $2 million roster bonus for reporting to training camp.
"Just want to say thanks to the Hunt family for the 6years in Kansas City thanks to the fans and my teammates for some great years," Flowers tweeted Friday.
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