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June 12, 2013

Glennon signs 4-year deal with Tampa Bay

Goodell defends Redskins: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the Redskins nickname is a “unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed third-round draft pick Mike Glennon to a four-year contract. The former N.C. State quarterback agreed to terms Wednesday and is participating in the team’s three-day mandatory minicamp.

Glennon is competing with Dan Orlovsky to be the backup to starter Josh Freeman.


Goodell defends Redskins: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the Redskins nickname is a “unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”

Goodell was responding to a letter from 10 members of Congress who want the name changed because it is offensive to many Native Americans. Goodell cited the nickname’s origins and polls that support its popularity. He wrote that he understands the feelings surrounding it are complex and could change, but he also pointed out fan pride in the team’s heritage.

The name is the subject of a legal challenge from a group seeking to have the team lose its trademark protection.

Team owner Dan Snyder has vowed to never change the name.

Kelly recovering: Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is described as being in good spirits, recovering at home after having surgery to remove cancerous cells from his upper jaw. Kelly’s spokeswoman said he was released from hospital Monday, three days after the operation.

Kelly’s wife, Jill, posted a note on her Twitter account saying “there’s a long road ahead,” but doctors are pleased with her husband’s recovery. She said the next step is awaiting results of bone tests.

Jacksonville: Tight end Brett Brackett will be sidelined until training camp following groin surgery. Coach Gus Bradley said Brackett had surgery after getting a second opinion on his injured groin.

N.Y. Jets: Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith are locked in a tight quarterback competition, with neither one pulling away so far.

Coach Rex Ryan and the team might not know who their starter is until sometime during training camp in August – and the coach is willing to be patient. Quarterbacks coach David Lee said “we’ll know when we know” that the Jets have their starter.

Philadelphia: Five-time Pro Bowler Jason Peters has been arrested in north Louisiana for allegedly drag racing and trying to flee from police.

The Monroe (La.) News-Star reports that Peters was released on bond Wednesday after his early morning arrest. An arrest affidavit said a police deputy saw a white Camaro and a blue sedan in what appeared to be a race at 4:45 a.m. Authorities said the Camaro driver, identified as Jason R. Peters, led the deputy on a chase at speeds exceeding 100 mph.

Pittsburgh: The battle to replace departed outside linebacker James Harrison is turning into a three-man race. Jason Worilds, Chris Carter and rookie Jarvis Jones are vying for the chance to replace Harrison, who was cut in March before he signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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