NFL notebook: Patriots QB Brady back at practice after knee scare
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady participated fully in the team's walkthrough Thursday. He jogged with other players at the start. He dropped back normally to throw passes. And he didn't limp.
An alarming situation — he had left Wednesday's practice with an apparent left knee injury — was just a false alarm.
“I'm good,” was all Brady told waiting media members as he walked off the practice field. “You can all go home.”
Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn't speak with reporters after the third and final day of joint practices with the Buccaneers. He will decide whether Brady plays Friday night in a preseason game against Tampa Bay.
Brady was knocked down by left tackle Nate Solder after releasing a pass midway through Wednesday's session. Solder had been pushed into Brady by Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn.
League, union still at odds over HGH testing
A person who works for the NFL said while several issues have been resolved regarding HGH testing for players this season, the league and union can't agree on whether the commissioner will hear appeals for violations other than a positive test.
The person said in an email that “the final hurdle appears to be” the union's desire to have someone other than Roger Goodell rule on appeals that involve violations of the law or “demonstrated use” of a performance-enhancing substance without a positive test.
Browns' Lewis hurt
Browns running back Dion Lewis (Pitt) suffered a left-ankle injury and was carted off the field during Cleveland's 24-6 victory over the Lions on Thursday.
Lewis, who has been practicing with the second team, ran five times for 33 yards before the injury.
Browns guard Jason Pinkston (Pitt, Baldwin High School) also suffered an ankle injury.
Sanchez's second chance
Mark Sanchez is getting another chance to start for the Jets. In the preseason, that is.
The Jets announced that Sanchez will start over rookie Geno Smith, who was hobbled a bit this week with a sprained ankle, for the preseason game against the Jaguars on Saturday night.
The call came a day after coach Rex Ryan said Smith had a “brutal” practice in what was his “worst day” of training camp as he threw four interceptions, including three in 11-on-11 team drills.
Kosar defends himself
Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar did not publicly apologize for criticizing Rams backup quarterback Kellen Clemens and others during a TV broadcast and defended the way he analyzes games.
Working as a color commentator for Cleveland's exhibition game last week, Kosar made harsh comments about Clemens, Rams wide receivers and assistant coach Ray Sherman. St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher took issue with Kosar's comments.
Broncos' Miller to play
Broncos linebacker Von Miller skipped the final day of training camp to deal with his looming suspension for violating the NFL's drug-abuse policy, although ESPN reported that his appeals hearing was postponed. League spokesman Greg Aiello told the Associated Press that the league was not at liberty to comment on the matter.
Coach John Fox said Miller would play Saturday night in the Broncos' preseason game at Seattle. Even if Miller is suspended, he won't have to leave the team until Aug. 30.
Around the league
Lions receiver Calvin Johnson did not play in Detroit's exhibition game against the Browns because of a bruised knee. ... Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma traveled to Philadelphia to have arthroscopic knee surgery. There is no timeline for Vilma's return. ... The Patriots cut veteran wide receiver Michael Jenkins. ... Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said signing linebacker Sean Lee (Upper St. Clair, Penn State) to a new contract is tops on the team's priority list.
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