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Elway: QB Kaepernick passed on Broncos

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) John Elway might find himself in the market for a veteran backup quarterback soon, yet there's one man who won't be getting a call: Colin Kaepernick .

"Colin had his chance to be here," Elway said Thursday when asked if the former San Francisco 49ers QB would be an option if he decides Case Keenum's backup isn't already on Denver's roster.

"We offered him a contract. He didn't take it," Elway said. "And as I said at my deposition (in Kaepernick's collusion lawsuit against the NFL) - and I don't know if I'm legally able to say this - but he's had his chance to be here. He passed."

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Darnold starts at QB for Jets vs. 'Skins

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Rookie Sam Darnold is starting at quarterback for the New York Jets in their preseason game at the Washington Redskins.

The third overall pick was the third QB to play in the Jets' preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons. Darnold was 13 of 18 for 96 yards and a touchdown.

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Browns hosting ex-Cowboys WR Bryant

CLEVELAND (AP) Dez Bryant's getting to know the Browns better and vice versa.

The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver is visiting the team's headquarters in Berea, Ohio, on Thursday and there's a chance the meeting could lead to Bryant signing with Cleveland.

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3 Eagles stay off field for anthem

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs Malcolm Jenkins and De'Vante Bausby remained in the tunnel during the national anthem before the Super Bowl rematch against the New England Patriots, a week after raising their fists in protest in the exhibition opener.

Defensive lineman Michael Bennett remained in the locker room Thursday night, NBC Philadelphia reported on Twitter . A picture tweeted by the station showed Jenkins and Bausby bowing their heads as they looked out toward the field.

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Gruden calls off Raiders' final practice

NAPA, Calif. (AP) Jon Gruden called off practice Thursday, ending his first training camp back with the Oakland Raiders a day earlier than originally planned.

No reason was given for the change, which caught a few people by surprise. A DJ who plays music during the workouts was setting up his equipment as usual and a handful of fans showed up, only to be turned back at the security gates.

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Giants WR Beckham's ankle looking strong

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Odell Beckham Jr. looks as if he has fully recovered from ankle surgery.

The New York Giants star receiver sounds like it, too.

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Bears' Trubisky meshing with newcomers

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Matt Nagy read off the numbers almost like the winning lottery ticket: 12-80-10.

The Chicago Bears coach is hoping the offense can strike it rich this season with the additions of receiver Allen Robinson (No. 12) and tight end Trey Burton (No. 8), to pair with young quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (No. 10).

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Titans' Jackson picks 2, flips vs. Bucs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee cornerback Adoree Jackson was flipping for joy after a couple of interceptions defending Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and the rest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The 18th pick overall in 2017 by the Titans, Jackson celebrated picking off a pass to DeSean Jackson Thursday in a one-on-one drill with a flip. With few people on the far side of the field watching, Jackson made sure to flip again after intercepting a pass intended for Tampa Bay tight end O.J. Howard.

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Chargers' Rivers used to short preseason

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) It took a while for Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to get used to his abbreviated preseason workload.

Knowing that he would be limited to a few series, Rivers struggled to resist the urge to create a big play where none existed.

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Titans, Saints use new ways to keep cool

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee Titans running back Dion Lewis has been so focused on football with his new team that he didn't realize until a few days into training camp just how special the benches on each sideline really are.

Now he takes a couple of minutes whenever possible during practice to sit and cool off.

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