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NFL notebook: Broncos' top tackler out 6-8 weeks

| Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, 7:24 p.m.

Broncos leading tackler Danny Trevathan is out six to eight weeks after fracturing his left knee during a particularly intense padded practice.

Trevathan, a weakside linebacker, is expected to return right around the Broncos' bye week in late September, meaning he would only miss three regular-season games, at most.

He was hurt on an 11-on-11 run play in which center Will Montgomery rolled over him.

Trevathan, a sixth-round draft choice out of Kentucky in 2012, is coming off a breakout season in which he led the Broncos with 124 tackles and picked off three passes before leading the team with two dozen tackles in the playoffs.

“You just hate it,” quarterback Peyton Manning said. “You hate it in a game when you see that. And you hate it out here in practice. ... He's an important part of our football team.”

Browns make QB moves

The Browns signed unrestricted free agent quarterback Rex Grossman and waived quarterback Tyler Thigpen.

The 33-year-old Grossman is entering his 12th year in the NFL and joins a team where Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel are vying for the starting job. He hasn't played in the regular season since 2011, when he started 13 games for Washington.

Hernandez kin avoids jail

A cousin of ex-Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was spared jail time only because of her advanced breast cancer, a judge said in sentencing her to two years of probation.

Tanya Singleton, 38, of Bristol, Conn., pleaded guilty to refusing to testify before a grand jury even though she had been granted immunity.

“Ms. Singleton's health is the only reason she is not being placed in jail,” Fall River Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh said.

County jail officials made it clear they could not meet Singleton's medical needs, the judge said.

Seahawks defend Lynch

The Seahawks say accusations star running back Marshawn Lynch was involved in an assault and damage of personal property are “bogus.”

In a statement, the team says it has “the utmost respect for the investigative process,” but that after speaking with Lynch the Seahawks concluded the allegations were without merit.

The Bellevue Police Department released a statement Monday saying the alleged incident took place around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and that Lynch is alleged to have been involved. Bellevue police are investigating.

RB Brown joins Texans

Ronnie Brown wasn't sure if he would play in the NFL this year, but the Texans are giving him an opportunity.

The 32-year-old Brown is joining the Texans in a reshuffling of their backfield behind Arian Foster.

The Texans agreed to terms with Brown and Houston native William Powell and cut Andre Brown, Dennis Johnson and Tim Cornett.

Ronnie Brown has only 91 carries in his last two seasons, backing up Ryan Mathews in San Diego. He was working out at home in Atlanta when the Texans called him in for a workout Monday.

Cowboys CB suspended

Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick apologized to his family, teammates and organization for failing a drug test that will force him to be suspended for the first four games of the season.

Scandrick said in a statement he unknowingly took a substance while on vacation in Mexico that led to the positive test.

Around the league

Quarterback Brady Quinn joined his seventh NFL club when he signed with the Dolphins. ... Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne will play the entire first half of Thursday's preseason game at Chicago. Coach Gus Bradley said he is leaning toward giving rookie Blake Bortles the entire second half. … Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry (heel) left the Chiefs' practice. … Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart (hip) returned to practice after missing nearly two weeks. ... The Patriots traded cornerback Justin Green to the Cowboys for defensive tackle Ben Bass.

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