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Walt Aikens out indefinitely with hand injury
by R.J. White |

Dolphins rookie safety Walt Aikens is out indefinitely with a hand injury, the Miami Herald reports. He suffered the injury in practice this week and may not be ready for the start of the regular season.

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Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount charged with possession
by R.J. White |

Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were charged with marijuana possession Wednesday, with Bell also being charged with DUI, 93.7 The Fan reports.

Bell and Blount reportedly had 20 grams of marijuana in the car at the time of the stop, and an unidentified female with the two was also charged. All three were said to be "cooperative" with the police.

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Jordan Palmer to be No. 2 quarterback Friday
by R.J. White |

Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer will be the first signal caller off the bench to relieve starter Jay Cutler in Friday's preseason game against the Seahawks, reports. Jimmy Clausen served as the No. 2 QB in the last preseason game.

"Jay will work certainly into the second quarter and we'll make a decision during the second quarter what we're going to do with him," Trestman said. "That will be dependent on a number of different things. And then after that we'll have Jordan, so expect Jordan to play the third quarter and Jimmy to play the fourth. We'll continue to rotate these guys around. We've got another week after this one and that's the way we'll operate this week."

Palmer and Claussen are batting to win the primary backup spot behind Cutler.

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Geno Atkins might play Sunday, good to go for season opener
by Larry Hartstein |

Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins, who's coming back from a torn ACL, participated in team drills Wednesday and convinced defensive coordinator Paul Guenther he's ready to play a couple series Sunday at Arizona, reports the team's website. Whether or not Atkins plays Sunday, coach Marvin Lewis said the two-time Pro Bowler "is a go" for the regular-season opener in Baltimore.

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Tyrann Mathieu practices for first time since injury
by Larry Hartstein |

Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu, who tore two knee ligaments last Dec. 8, practiced Wednesday for the first time since the injury, reports the Arizona Republic. He was limited to individual drills, but coach Bruce Arians said he's "amazed" Mathieu has come back so quickly.

Mathieu hopes to graduate to team drills in the next couple days. "There are going to be days where I get sore," Mathieu said. "I'm sure in the middle of a game, I'll get sore, I'll get tight, but I have to push through it. I think it's all about what I tell myself. I try to keep positive thoughts in my mind."

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Bengals give Vontaze Burfict contract extension
by Larry Hartstein |

The Bengals signed linebacker Vontaze Burfict to a multi-year contract extension, reports ESPN's Adam Caplan. Burfict led the NFL with 171 tackles last year.

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Cardinals add two defensive linemen
by Larry Hartstein |

In the wake of Darnell Dockett's torn ACL, the Cardinals signed defensive linemen Isaac Sopoaga and Ryan McBean, reports Pro Football Talk. Sopoaga played in 14 games last year for the Eagles and Patriots, while McBean has not played in a regular-season game since 2011.

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Steven Jackson might return to practice 'soon'
by Larry Hartstein |

Falcons coach Mike Smith said running back Steven Jackson has increased his rehab and conditioning work with trainers could return to practice "soon," reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Smith reiterated that Jackson, who has a hamstring injury, is on track to play in the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against New Orleans.

"We are encouraged by what he has done over on that side with athletic performance [trainers]," Smith said.

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Dwayne Bowe likely to watch Saturday
by Larry Hartstein |

Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe (quad) did not practice again Wednesday and is not expected to play Saturday against the Vikings, reports

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Buccaneers claim Edawn Coughman
by Larry Hartstein |

The Buccaneers claimed offensive tackle Edawn Coughman off waivers from the Bills.

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