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QB Newton expected to practice 'soon'

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he expects injured quarterback Cam Newton to return to practice "pretty soon," without giving a timetable.

Rivera remains "cautiously optimistic" that Newton, who remains in a walking boot, will be ready for the Sept. 8 regular season opener against the Los Angeles Rams.

Newton sustained a left mid-foot sprain in Carolina's 10-3 loss to New England on Thursday night. Rivera expressed relief the injury wasn't worse, saying "very much so - he's our starting quarterback."

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Titans' Lewan loses appeal of 4-game ban

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) As expected, Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan has lost his appeal and will be suspended for the first four games of the season for using a performance-enhancing substance.

The NFL and the Titans announced Friday that Lewan's appeal had been denied.

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Seahawks WR Moore out for Week 1

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks wide receiver David Moore will miss the start of the regular season after suffering a shoulder injury in practice.

Coach Pete Carroll said Friday that the team is still figuring out the extent of the injury. But Carroll said he does not expect Moore to be available for Week 1 against Cincinnati. Moore suffered the injury during Thursday's practice.

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Miami's Flores supports player protests

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores says he supports the NFL player protest movement and receiver Kenny Stills' involvement, but wants him to play better.

"Everything these guys protest, I've lived it, I've experienced it," said an impassioned Flores, who is the son of immigrants from Honduras. "They're bringing attention to my story. I'm a son of immigrants. I'm black. I grew up poor. I've been stopped because I fit the description."

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Mayfield goes 10-for-26, Bucs win late

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The start of the NFL regular season is still a couple of weeks away, and that's good news for the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who showed they still have a lot of work to do to get ready.

And while neither Baker Mayfield nor Jameis Winston played particularly well during the Bucs' 13-12 preseason victory Friday night at Raymond James Stadium, the young quarterbacks were not overly concerned about a lack of offensive execution.

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Bills top Lions, injuries on both sides

DETROIT (AP) Matthew Stafford got on the field for the first time in the preseason and left the game unscathed.

Some teammates and opponents were not as fortunate.

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Seaver, not Brady, is 'Tom Terrific'

BOSTON (AP) It's settled: Tom Seaver is "Tom Terrific," not Tom Brady.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected Brady's application to take control of the nickname on Thursday, ruling that it "points uniquely and unmistakably to Tom Seaver."

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Ex-NFL lineman Bennett, wife found dead

LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The son of former NFL lineman Barry Bennett is accused of shooting Bennett and his wife multiple times, killing them, then driving out of state and boarding a flight to Mexico, according to criminal charges filed Friday.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant and were searching for Dylan Bennett, 22, who is charged with two counts of second-degree murder, without premeditation, in connection with the deaths of his parents, Barry and Carol Bennett.

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Pats S Chung indicted on cocaine charges

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung has been indicted in New Hampshire on a charge of cocaine possession, according to court paperwork released Thursday.

A Belknap County grand jury indicted the 32-year-old Chung on Aug. 8.

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Raiders, Packers play on 80-yard field

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Daniel Carlson kicked a 33-yard field goal with 8 seconds remaining, and the Oakland Raiders earned a bizarre 22-21 preseason victory over the Green Bay Packers on a field shortened to 80 yards for player safety.

End zones were marked by bright orange pylons at the 10-yard lines and there were no kickoffs. The field was reconfigured because of concerns about the areas where the goal posts for the CFL's Winnipeg franchise were removed and covered with turf.

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