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Brown: Not seeking trade from Steelers

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PITTSBURGH (AP) The chorus of "The Storm Is Over" by gospel singer Kirk Franklin played as Antonio Brown approached his locker on Thursday, an intentionally apt choice by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker/DJ Vince Williams to address the latest bit of drama surrounding his superstar teammate.

Brown heard the song and laughed. Then the All-Pro wide receiver stepped in front of his stall and turned to face the cameras. The music stopped. The smile faded. In its place? A mix of frustration, defiance and - he insists - remorse.

Yes, he's upset the Steelers are winless through two games. Yes, he probably shouldn't have responded to criticism on social media from a former team employee by suggesting the team trade him if it wants to find out how productive he can be without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

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Darnold has chance to prove Browns wrong

CLEVELAND (AP) Sam Darnold once thought he'd be wearing an orange helmet just a few shades brighter than his hair color.

But the former USC star wasn't precisely what the Browns were looking for in a franchise quarterback in the NFL draft. Darnold checked most of the boxes, but not all of them and Cleveland passed on him with the No. 1 overall pick, selecting Baker Mayfield instead.

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Patriots add Gronkowski to injury report

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tight end Rob Gronkowski is dealing with an ankle issue as the Patriots prepare for their Week 3 matchup with the Lions.

Gronkowski was a limited participant in practice Thursday after participating in Wednesday's workout. He has started both games for New England this season. He has nine catches for 138 yards and touchdown.

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Broncos QB Keenum back at practice

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum returned to practice Thursday after missing a day with a sore knee.

Keenum didn't want to miss Wednesday's workout but said he understood that being cautious in September will give him a better chance of staying in the lineup all season.

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Giants WR Beckham rants on PED testing

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Odell Beckham Jr. is sick of losing and frustrated with seemingly being asked to take tests every other week by the NFL for performance-enhancers.

Beckham tweeted about the tests Thursday before the Giants (0-2) practiced for Sunday's game in Houston against the Texans (0-2).

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Fournette practices again, feels better

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette practiced in a limited capacity for the second straight day Thursday and feels "a lot better, like way better" than he did a week ago.

Fournette strained his right hamstring in the season opener at the New York Giants and sat out last week's victory against New England.

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Packers RB Jones, LB Burks set to return

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers might get injured inside linebacker Oren Burks back for their game Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

The rookie appeared to be in line to open the season as the starter inside alongside Blake Martinez when he hurt his shoulder during warmups before a preseason game last month in Oakland.

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49ers LB Foster steps in from suspension

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Reuben Foster spent the first two weeks of the football season being a fan, cheering on his San Francisco 49ers teammates from his couch while serving a two-game suspension.

When he got the chance to rejoin his teammates this past Monday, he was ready to celebrate.

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WR Jones latest Falcon to miss practice

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Wide receiver Julio Jones, held out of practice with a calf injury, has joined the Atlanta Falcons' long list of injured players.

Running back Devonta Freeman (sore right knee), who missed last week's win over Carolina , and defensive ends Takk McKinley and Derrick Shelby, who have groin injuries, also did not practice Wednesday. Coach Dan Quinn says the three are day to day and have not been ruled out for Sunday's game against New Orleans.

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Mariota still dealing with numb fingers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Marcus Mariota wakes up every morning hoping his injured right hand feels better.

Unfortunately for the Tennessee Titans quarterback, the weakness is still there, along with numbness and tingling in two fingers.

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