American Football - Patriots consider retaining Gronkowski

Injured tight end Rob Gronkowski won't be able to play for at least the first week of the regular season, but the New England Patriots are considering keeping him on the 53-man roster during final roster cuts.

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Gronkowski had offseason back and forearm surgery and was hoping to play the first game of the season. That is not likely to happen, and the earliest he's likely to play is Week 3.

Retaining Gronkowski rather than putting him on the physically unable to perform list burns a roster spot that could signal the end of third-string quarterback Tim Tebow's tenure with the Patriots. Tebow tossed two touchdowns Thursday in New England's preseason finale.

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Quarterback Mark Sanchez has a deep right shoulder bruise and is unlikely to be available for the New York Jets' regular-season opener September 8.

Rookie Geno Smith, a second-round pick, would likely start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers if Sanchez cannot play.

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New York Giants running back Andre Brown will be out four to six weeks after fracturing his left leg in the preseason finale against the New England Patriots on Thursday night.

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Dr. James Andrews has cleared Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to play in the opener, but he expressed concerns about how the team will use Griffin, a source told ESPN.

According to the report, Andrews does not want the Redskins to expose Griffin's knee to excessive punishment during games. It's not clear which plays or type of plays concerned Andrews.

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The Houston Texans will activate safety Ed Reed from the physically unable to perform list on Saturday, ESPN reported.

Reed has been on the PUP list throughout training camp and the preseason while he recovers from surgery to repair a partly torn labrum on April 30.

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The Arizona Cardinals placed No. 7 overall draft pick Jonathan Cooper on injured reserve, ending his season after he broke a leg during a preseason game.

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Quarterback Matt Leinart has written on Twitter that he was released by the Buffalo Bills before the team could even issue an official release. Leinart was signed Sunday.

The Bills also announced they have signed center Eric Wood to a contract extension.

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Linebacker Brian Banks didn't survive final roster cuts and has been released by the Atlanta Falcons.

The 28-year-old, exonerated after five years in prison, made Atlanta's 90-man training camp roster following a successful tryout with the team.

The Falcons are trying to find employment for Banks within the organization.

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San Francisco 49ers reserve running back LaMichael James sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in Thursday's preseason game.

The severity of the injury was not immediately known, but the team will go to Kyle Williams to return punts and Quinton Patton will return kickoffs for the time being.

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The Baltimore Ravens have made 11 roster cuts, including terminating the contract of vested veteran Caleb Hanie, a quarterback.

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The NFL has suspended Cincinnati Bengals defensive end DeQuin Evans for eight games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substance policy.

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Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard has announced that the city plans to put in a bid to host Super Bowl LII, which will be played in 2018.

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A Denver Broncos fan has been hospitalised after falling from an escalator at Sports Authority Field at Mile High during Thursday night's preseason game between the Broncos and Arizona Cardinals.

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The Chicago Bears have cut 17 players from their roster, including offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb and quarterbacks Jordan Palmer and Trent Edwards.

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