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Jags lose hope that Blackmon will return

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Nearly two years after Justin Blackmon's last NFL practice, the Jacksonville Jaguars have all but given up on the suspended receiver.

General manager Dave Caldwell said Tuesday he's pretty much lost hope Blackmon will return. Caldwell hasn't had any contact with Blackmon in some time and believes the former Oklahoma State star's skills would be diminished if he was reinstated by the league.

The NFL suspended Blackmon indefinitely in November 2013 after repeated violations of the league's substance-abuse policy.

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Clowney dad charged for attempted murder

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) The father of Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been arrested and charged with attempted murder for a shooting at a bar in Rock Hill.

Rock Hill Police Department Capt. Mark Bollinger says David Morgan also was charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Bollinger said Tuesday that Morgan is in custody and awaiting a bond hearing.

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Pack TE Quarless loses daughter at birth

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless revealed Monday he missed the first two days of training camp because his daughter died at birth last week.

Quarless had initially been excused from the first practice of camp on Thursday for what coach Mike McCarthy termed "a positive personal situation." The coach's tone changed ominously the following day when Quarless was again absent, saying the sixth-year tight end was dealing with "a very difficult family situation."

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QB Mariota, scout collide in practice

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Marcus Mariota gave the Tennessee Titans a momentary scare Monday night when he scrambled and ran to the sideline where he crashed into a scout.

Mariota popped right back up and headed to the sideline after hitting the scout who worked hardest to convince the Titans to draft the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.

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Biceps tear ends Ravens S Elam's season

BALTIMORE (AP) Ravens safety Matt Elam will miss the season with a biceps tear.

Coach John Harbaugh confirmed after Monday's practice that the third-year safety would undergo season-ending surgery. Elam injured his biceps while attempting to wrap a receiver during practice on Saturday.

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Packers' Matthews misses practice again

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Clay Matthews has missed a second straight day of practice after coach Mike McCarthy said he was holding out the Green Bay Packers' star linebacker as a precaution because of knee soreness.

Matthews watched in a white cap on the sideline while teammates went through practice Tuesday morning.

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Browns' Pryor: WR move 'very realistic'

BEREA, Ohio (AP) After a few practices with the Browns, Terrelle Pryor believes it's "very realistic" he can make a successful switch from NFL quarterback to wide receiver.

Pryor says his confidence has grown in the early stages of his unique transition.

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Zimmer expected to rejoin Vikings soon

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is expected to rejoin the team soon.

Zimmer missed practice Tuesday to be with his father, Bill, who has been in declining health. Zimmer was expected to return to Minnesota on Wednesday, when the team has a day off from practice. Training camp at Minnesota State University resumes on the field Thursday.

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Former Lions RB Farr dies at 70

DETROIT (AP) Mel Farr, a former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year who rushed for more than 3,000 yards in seven pro seasons with the Detroit Lions, has died. He was 70.

Farr, a running back, played college football at UCLA and finished seventh in the voting for the 1966 Heisman Trophy. He was drafted in 1967 in the first round by the Lions and ran for 860 yards in 13 games as a rookie. Farr spent his whole NFL career with Detroit, from 1967-73.

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Giants finally talk with DE Pierre-Paul

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants finally have spoken with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul about his injuries.

Giants general manager Jerry Reese said Monday morning in a radio interview that "it was a personal conversation, and I want to keep it private between him and I."

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