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Browns ready to pick QB Kizer as starter

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BEREA, Ohio (AP) DeShone Kizer has strong-armed his way into a starting job.

The rookie quarterback will start Cleveland's exhibition at Tampa Bay on Saturday, and unless he flops or gets hurt, Kizer will start the Browns' Sept. 10 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Coach Hue Jackson elected to go with Kizer, a second-round pick from Notre Dame, over veterans Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler. Kizer has been the most consistent of the three during training camp and led the Browns to three touchdowns during his two exhibition appearances.

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NAACP eyes Goodell meeting on Kaepernick

WASHINGTON (AP) The NAACP wants a meeting with the NFL commissioner to discuss the fate of Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk).

He's the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who refused to stand for the national anthem - kneeling as a protest against police brutality. He once took his team to the Super Bowl, but he's a free agent now, and no club has signed him.

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Steelers' Bell hints at Sept. 1 return

PITTSBURGH (AP) Steelers star Le'Veon Bell has suggested on Twitter that he will return to the team on Sept. 1, the day after Pittsburgh's final preseason game.

Bell hasn't signed his franchise tender and has been holding out through training camp. Responding to a fan Tuesday night asking when he plans to end his holdout, Bell wrote: "9-1-17" and added a wink.

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Giants list Beckham, Marshall day to day

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants apparently can breathe a little easier.

Leading receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall seemingly avoided major injuries in a meaningless preseason game.

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Union prez: NFL can't afford '21 lockout

CINCINNATI (AP) Players union President Eric Winston said the NFL can't afford another lockout when the collective bargaining agreement expires in 2021, even though he thinks it's inevitable.

The Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman tweeted on Tuesday that if the league locks out players as it did in 2011, or overlooks the health risks to players, then "they have signaled that they are not worried about the game in 20-30 years."

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Mehri's challenge to Smith draws support

Pro Football Hall of Famers Kellen Winslow and Harry Carson are supporting Cyrus Mehri's candidacy for executive director of the players' union.

The civil rights attorney who co-wrote the league's Rooney Rule announced Tuesday that he intends to challenge DeMaurice Smith for the top job at the NFL Players Association. On Wednesday, Winslow, Carson and John Wooten backed Mehri, though they no longer are voting members of the union.

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Pats' Kraft gave Trump a Super Bowl ring

BOSTON (AP) President Donald Trump has a Super Bowl championship ring - just like Vladimir Putin.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft gave Trump the diamond-encrusted ring. The sitting president usually receives gifts from sports teams during celebratory White House visits - a personalized jersey is standard - but Kraft gave Trump a ring as well, Patriots spokesman Stacey James said Tuesday.

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Hospital defends fired Saints doctors

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The hospital system employing two recently fired New Orleans Saints team physicians says its review of the doctors' work yielded no evidence of a "misdiagnosis" or even an unusual diagnosis.

The Ochsner Health System review came after the Saints removed orthopedic surgeons Deryk Jones and Misty Suri from the team's medical staff last week.

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Giants waive OL Bowie after charges

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have waived Michael Bowie days after finding out that the offensive lineman had been charged with assault and battery in Oklahoma.

The Giants announced the decision Wednesday along with three moves.

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Broncos LB Barrett back from hip injury

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The fresh-legged pass rusher lined up against Denver's newly anointed starting left tackle Garett Bolles on Tuesday and promptly bowled the rookie first-round draft pick over.

Welcome back, Shaq Barrett .

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