NFL notebook: Brady says 'I've moved on' from Hernandez
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke about Aaron Hernandez for the first time since the former Patriots tight end's arrest in June, telling Sports Illustrated's Peter King that he won't allow Hernandez to distract him from winning games.
Brady and Hernandez played together for three seasons in New England.
“I've seen a lot of things over 13 years, and what I have learned is that mental toughness and putting aside personal agendas for what's in the best interest of the team matters most,” Brady said. “My job is to play quarterback, and I'm going to do that the best way I know how because I owe that to my teammates regardless of who is out there on the field with me. I have moved on.”
• Running back Maurice Jones-Drew was cleared by team doctors to begin practice Friday when the Jaguars hold their first training camp practice.
• Former NFL and Penn State running back Larry Johnson pleaded no contest to charges that he choked an ex-girlfriend into unconsciousness and left her only in her underwear in a Las Vegas hotel hallway. The 33-year-old was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $345 fine.
• Redskins Hall of Famers Darrell Green and Art Monk said the franchise should consider changing its nickname because it is offensive to Native Americans, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
• The Bills parted ways with defensive lineman Mark Anderson just one year after he signed a four-year deal with the team.
• The Broncos are saving $3.5 million with the release of linebacker Joe Mays, who lost his starting job and then broke his left leg last season.
• Veteran receiver Steve Breaston, a former Woodland Hills star, will work out this week with the Lions, according to a CBSSports.com report.
• The Jets agreed to a one-year deal with veteran kicker Billy Cundiff, who will compete with Nick Folk for the job in training camp.
• The Buccaneers signed running back Peyton Hillis to a one-year contract at the veteran minimum.
• The Colts placed running back Ahmad Bradshaw on the physically unable to perform list.
— Wire reports
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