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By Åssociated Press
Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:06 p.m.
 

Jordy Nelson had a secret on the way to the first practice of Packers training camp.

It didn't take long for the rest of his teammates to find out.

Green Bay's leading receiver now has a deal commensurate with his production after signing a contract extension just before taking the field Saturday morning.

“So I was like the last one in the locker room and waiting on the paperwork to come down to get it done,” Nelson said.

Soon enough, Nelson told fellow receivers and the quarterbacks. Coach Mike McCarthy found out in the middle of practice.

NFL.com reported the terms were a four-year, $39 million deal with an $11.5 million signing bonus.

“He said he re-signed and he was really happy,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “Now he can buy all the land in Kansas. I'm very happy.”

Nelson, a Kansas native who attended Kansas State, posted career-bests of 85 catches and 1,314 yards last season. The 2008 second-round pick has developed into one of the top receivers in the league with his ability to make sideline catches.

49ers RB Hunter out

Training camp is not even a week old and already the 49ers' depth at running back is about to be tested.

The 49ers said reliable backup Kendall Hunter tore the ACL in his right knee during Friday's practice, ending his season before it began. Hunter started training camp where he has been most of the last three years: as the No. 2 running back behind Frank Gore.

The injury leaves LaMichael James, rookie Carlos Hyde and rehabbing Marcus Lattimore as the most likely candidates to fill the void in San Francisco's running game.

“You just got to try to play for him,” James said. “That's the way I got to look at it, is to try and go out there and compete.”

RB Rice backed by wife

The wife of Ravens running back Ray Rice had an influence on why Rice received only a two-game suspension stemming from the assault charge he received earlier this year.

TheMMQB.com reported that Rice's wife, Janay Palmer, asked NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to go easy on him. Rice was indicted on a third-degree assault charge after a physical incident with Palmer, then his fiancee, at an Atlantic City hotel in February.

Palmer reportedly “made a moving and apparently convincing case to Goodell during a June 16 hearing ... that the incident in the hotel elevator was a one-time event, and nothing physical had happened in their relationship before or since,” according to TheMMQB.com.

Around the league

Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts III will miss at least two weeks with a strained right hamstring. … Chiefs tight end Sean McGrath retired from the NFL.

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