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NFL notebook: Pats QB Brady sprains left knee at practice

| Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 8:27 p.m.

A person familiar with the injury said Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sprained his left knee in a practice and his return is day to day.

An MRI on the knee was negative, the source said.

The two-time league MVP limped off the field Wednesday midway through a joint practice with the Buccaneers.

Left tackle Nate Solder was pushed into Brady by Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn. The two-time league MVP, entering his 14th NFL season, rocked backward on the ground and held his left knee. He went to the sideline, then returned for a few more plays before talking with coach Bill Belichick and leaving the field under his own power.

Ex-players in HGH study

Dozens of former NFL players will be administered human growth hormone as the NFL and its players union try to determine the impact of use on players' HGH levels, USA Today reported.

The tentative plan is for roughly 100 former players to participate in the study, with two-thirds receiving HGH and the other third receiving a placebo. Their HGH levels will be measured before and after the trial.

Broncos' Miller arrested

Broncos linebacker Von Miller, already facing a suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy, is now confronted by charges that he failed to show up in court on misdemeanor traffic violations.

Miller was arrested in the Denver suburb of Centennial on Sunday and then released, Arapahoe County sheriff's detention chief Louie Perea said.

Cowboys worth $2.3B

The Cowboys are worth $2.3 billion, making them the most valuable NFL team for a seventh consecutive year, according to Forbes report.

The Patriots ($1.8 billion), Redskins ($1.7 billion), Giants ($1.55 billion) and Texans ($1.45 billion) completed the top five.

The Steelers ranked 14th with a value of $1.118 billion, an increase of two percent from last year.

Raiders lose LT Veldheer

Raiders starting left tackle Jared Veldheer will need surgery on his torn left triceps and will miss a significant portion of the upcoming season.

Veldheer will be a candidate to be put on the injured reserve list with a designation for return, which would require him to miss at least the first eight weeks of the season.

Browns RB faces surgery

Browns running back Montario Hardesty will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday, his latest medical setback.

Cleveland coach Rob Chudzinski does not know how long Hardesty will be sidelined, but said “he'll make it back.”

Dolphins cut K Carpenter

Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter lost his training-camp competition for a job to rookie Caleb Sturgis.

Carpenter, Miami's kicker the past five seasons, had his contract terminated. He would have received nearly $2.7 million this year.

Chiefs ink ex-Pitt CB Cox

The Chiefs signed cornerback Kennard Cox. The former seventh-round pick out of Pitt has played 29 games in four NFL seasons spent with Jacksonville and Seattle.

Bengals WR Green returns

Bengals receiver A.J. Green returned to practice on a limited basis, ending a nearly three-week absence because of a bruised knee.

“I am back to 100 percent,” he said.

Extra points

San Francisco defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs was suspended for a Week 1 game against Green Bay for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. … The Jaguars plan to give running back Maurice Jones-Drew some carries Saturday against the Jets for his first game action since injuring his left foot last October … Rams starting linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar was suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. … Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles remained sidelined by a strained right foot and will likely miss the Chiefs' preseason game Friday night against the 49ers.

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