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Redskins' shakeup begins with a new GM

The Washington Redskins overhauled their front office Thursday morning, hiring Bruce Allen as general manager after the resignation of Vinny Cerrato.

Allen becomes the first person hired by owner Dan Snyder to hold the general manager title, a notable milestone after a decade of various front office arrangements that usually centered around Snyder and his good friend Cerrato.

» Mike Holmgren left Cleveland on Wednesday without a contract to take over as the Browns' director of football operations. Team spokesman Bill Bonsiewicz said money has not been discussed, despite reports that Holmgren could command upwards of $10 million a year, but that the two sides agreed to talk again in the coming days.

» Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware returned to practice yesterday, though the team was unclear about his status for Saturday night's game at New Orleans that will be less than a week after he strained his neck in a scary head-first collision.

» Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (ankle) and Matt Ryan (toe) returned to practice yesterday, but coach Mike Smith described their involvement as "extremely limited."

» New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez practiced for the second straight day yesterday and took 75 percent of the snaps, but coach Rex Ryan remained undecided on his starter for Sunday's game against Atlanta.

» Tennessee quarterback Vince Young (hamstring) returned to practice yesterday and is expected to start Sunday.

» The St. Louis Rams canceled practice yesterday due to an undisclosed number of swine flu cases on the team, just three days before a home game against Houston.

» Minnesota wide receiver Percy Harvin missed another practice while struggling with migraine headaches. Fellow receiver Sidney Rice also was held out with an undisclosed illness.

» Former Atlanta Falcons running back Warrick Dunn will become a minority owner of the team in a purchase expected to be completed by March 1.

» New York Giants center Shaun O'Hara and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole were fined $15,000 by the NFL for a scuffle at the end of Sunday's game.

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