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Rookie QB Carr to start for Raiders

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Oakland rookie Derek Carr will start the season opener against the New York Jets, becoming the first Raiders quarterback to start the first game of his rookie season.

Coach Dennis Allen announced Monday that Carr would be the starter for the foreseeable future ahead of Matt Schaub, who struggled in the preseason and has been hampered by a sore elbow.

"We've seen signs of Derek Carr's development from the day he stepped on campus here to where he is at right now," Allen said. "We've seen him grow by leaps and bounds and I think he's ready to accept the challenge."

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Pats' Gronkowski says he'll play Week 1

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots' opener at Miami this Sunday.

Meanwhile, the news hardly caught the Dolphins by surprise.

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Welker back at practice after concussion

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Wes Welker celebrated Labor Day by practicing for the first time since sustaining a concussion on Aug. 23.

That meant Peyton Manning had his front-line offense intact as the Denver Broncos began preparations in earnest for their opener against his former team, the Indianapolis Colts, on Sunday night.

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Bills WR Watkins practices, still sore

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins is still experiencing soreness after returning to practice for the first time since aggravating a rib injury last week.

The first-round draft pick practiced fully Monday, and says he is preparing to play Sunday, when Buffalo opens the season at Chicago.

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Rams announce practice squad minus Sam

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams have signed 10 players to their practice squad. As expected, Michael Sam was not among them.

The Rams added two each at linebacker, offensive line, wide receiver and safety Monday, fortifying needy positions. Sam starred at defensive line for Missouri, but coach Jeff Fisher said the defensive line was the strongest group on the team.

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Giants WR Beckham may miss 3 more weeks

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) It might be a few weeks before New York Giants first-round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr. plays in a game.

Frustrated with repeated questions about the wide receiver, coach Tom Coughlin on Monday said it might be two or three weeks until Beckham gets on the field.

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Newton back at practice with flak jacket

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Cam Newton is back in pads - dramatically oversized pads.

The Panthers two-time Pro Bowl quarterback returned to practice Monday wearing a long, bulky flak jacket designed to provide added protection for his healing fractured ribs.

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Jones: Cowboys facing 'uphill battle'

IRVING, Texas (AP) Jerry Jones opened training camp with stories about how young his Dallas Cowboys were. He told a few thousand fans at the kickoff luncheon that many of those players faced an "uphill battle."

Not exactly Super Bowl talk from an eternally optimistic owner who has made such preseason predictions a few times.

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Titans sign K Succop to 1-year deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans preferred to go into the season with an experienced kicker, not with an undrafted rookie. They feel they got the best one still available in Ryan Succop.

The Titans agreed to a one-year deal with Succop on Monday and waived rookie Travis Coons to make space.

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Giants LB Beason may play in Week 1

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) New York Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason hopes to play in the regular-season opener despite missing all of training camp with a right foot injury.

Beason practiced for the first time Monday and felt good enough to believe that he can have a role against the Lions in Detroit on Monday night.

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