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Almost healed, Jimmy Clausen fighting for another shot
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Free agent quarterback Jimmy Clausen, who spent last season on injured reserve recovering from a torn labrum, is hoping to latch on with a new team. He won't be back with the Panthers.

Clausen, 26, said his arm is at 95 percent and he's ready to compete for a backup job somewhere.

“I'm still really young," Clausen told USA Today. “I'm going into my fifth year in the league. I feel great. This is probably right now the healthiest I've been since my junior year in college, to be honest with you.”

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Marcus Trufant retiring as a Seahawk
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Seattle will sign cornerback Marcus Trufant to a one-day contract so he can retire as a member of the Seahawks. Trufant played for the team from 2003-12 before signing with Jacksonville last offseason. The Jaguars released him before the season.

Trufant started 125 games and made 21 interceptions.

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Mikel Leshoure skips voluntary minicamp
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Running back Mikel Leshoure is one of four Lions not participating in the team's voluntary minicamp, reports MLive.com. Leshoure is No. 4 on the team's depth chart and was active for only three games last year.

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Andrew Luck working on timing with Hakeem Nicks
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was extremely pleased about the signing of Hakeem Nicks. Now he's throwing to Nicks, trying to develop chemistry and timing.

"It’s very good to get the rhythm, get the consistency down, get the timing down because I’ve learned, playing two years, that timing is everything in this league," Luck said. "It is so important and when you feel it, you feel the rapport. When T.Y. (Hilton) came on at the end of the year, like it is with Reggie (Wayne), it makes things just feel a little more simple."

Luck said Nicks is a Super Bowl champ who "knows how to win."

"I think any time you can add that experience with a phenomenal football player, it really helps us out," Luck said. "I’ve been talking and picking his brain about what it takes to make deep runs and how he likes things. I think it’ll be a great addition here."

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Cowboys sign Caleb Hanie
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Quarterback Caleb Hanie signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys. He hasn't played in an NFL game since 2011, when he threw three touchdowns and nine interceptions in six games for the Bears.

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T.Y. Hilton: Reggie Wayne is 'going to shock the world'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton saw teammate Reggie Wayne recently and said the 35-year-old is coming back strong from his torn ACL. “He’s going to shock the world. I saw him the other day and he looks great, like he never left," Hilton said. "It’s just a blessing to have him around."

The entire offense trusts Wayne, Hilton added.

"He’s always there, no matter what. Andrew (Luck) trusts him, we all trust him," Hilton said. "He’s been here the longest and he knows the ropes. He knows pretty much every defense, so he’s a great guy."

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Jeff Demps prioritizing football over track
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Buccaneers running back Jeff Demps is putting his track career on hold for the foreseeable future and focusing solely on football, reports the Tampa Tribune. Demps projects as a dangerous return man in 2014.

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Lovie Smith raves about Doug Martin
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Buccaneers running back Doug Martin tore his labrum Week 7 and underwent surgery, ending his 2013 season. New coach Lovie Smith said Martin is showing no ill effects.

"Did he have an injury last year? It doesn't look like it right now," Smith told the Tampa Tribune.

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Toby Gerhart: Lack of wear and tear a plus
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

New Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart received just 86 carries over his last two seasons in Minnesota. That's a plus, he told ESPN.com.

“It’s been an opportunity to get experience over the years and also learn,” Gerhart said. “I’ve stayed fresh, stayed strong and healthy, and I’m ready for my shot now.”

Gerhart has averaged 4.7 yards per carry in his career. The Jaguars hope he'll become their featured back, the report said.

"There’s always a prove-yourself situation, especially coming in to a team," Gerhart said. "I was one of the first running backs signed in free agency. Coming in where Maurice [Jones-Drew] was, there’s definitely going to be that added pressure to prove yourself.

"I haven’t had the opportunity to play a full 16 games as a starter so I think a lot of people are going to wait and see before the jury’s out on me. I’m excited about that and ready to show what I can do."

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Ryan Broyles practices for first time since October
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Lions receiver Ryan Broyles practiced Wednesday for the first time since he ruptured his Achilles tendon fielding a punt Oct. 27 against Dallas, reports MLive.com. It was the second day of the team's voluntary minicamp.

Broyles caught a few passes during the brief period open to the media.

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