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Jags protecting Lawrence in rookie camp

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Trevor Lawrence opened Jacksonville's rookie minicamp on a pitch count. Coaches and teammates were essentially given an even stricter rule regarding the No. 1 pick and franchise quarterback: Don't touch him.

Lawrence is three months removed from labrum surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder. The cartilage has healed enough to practice, but the Jaguars are taking precautions to make sure the former Clemson star doesn't do any damage while he fully recovers. He is expected to be full go before training camp in late July.

"The No. 1 issue is falling," coach Urban Meyer said Saturday. "He can't hand off right now. He can't take a direct snap from under center. We're just worried about any chance of that arm getting jammed right now. . We can't have (him) on the ground. That's the biggest thing: We've got to keep people away from him. The pitch count's not as big as the fact of keeping him upright."

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LaFleur on Rodgers: 'We want him back'

Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur reiterated his hope that he'd get to continue working with Aaron Rodgers this season while offering no news on the quarterback's status.

"I've got nothing new to update, and we still obviously feel the same way," LaFleur said Friday after the opening workout of the Packers' rookie minicamp.

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Broncos WR Hamilton may have torn ACL

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) A person with knowledge of the details tells The Associated Press that Broncos wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton sustained a serious knee injury Friday while working out on his own.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Hamilton is suspected to have torn an ACL, as first reported by NFL Network.

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Panthers' 1st-rounder honors Kobe Bryant

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) When Carolina Panthers first-round draft pick Jaycee Horn learned the NFL would let cornerbacks wear single-digit numbers this season, his jersey choice became easy.

He selected No. 8 to honor his childhood hero, Kobe Bryant.

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Titans CB Farley rehabbing, learning

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Top draft pick Caleb Farley is busy learning the Tennessee defensive playbook, then he heads off to rehabilitation as he recovers from surgery while his rookie teammates hit the practice field.

Patience is the order not only of the day but the weeks until training camp for the No. 22 pick overall and the Titans.

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Plaintiffs seek equal pay in NFL lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Thousands of retired Black professional football players, their families and supporters are demanding an end to the controversial use of "race-norming" to determine which players are eligible for payouts in the NFL's $1 billion settlement of brain injury claims, a system experts say is discriminatory.

Former Washington running back Ken Jenkins, 60, and his wife Amy Lewis on Friday delivered 50,000 petitions demanding equal treatment for Black players to Senior U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody in Philadelphia, who is overseeing the massive settlement. Former players who suffer dementia or other diagnoses can be eligible for a payout.

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Packers sign Bortles amid Rodgers saga

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers have signed Blake Bortles as they attempt to add quarterback depth while MVP Aaron Rodgers' future with the team remains uncertain.

Rodgers, who has reportedly expressed his desire not to return to Green Bay, had been one of two quarterbacks on the roster along with 2020 first-round draft pick Jordan Love. General manager Brian Gutekunst said after the draft that "we'll add a third arm and maybe a fourth arm as we go through."

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49ers QB Lance ready to work at camp

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The pomp of draft weekend when he was picked third by San Francisco and got to put on his 49ers jersey for the first time is firmly in Trey Lance's past.

Now it's all about learning a new offense and making the transition to the NFL after playing only one game last season and making only 17 career starts at FCS-level North Dakota State.

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Nagy gets 1st look at Fields from afar

LAKE FOREST, IL (AP) Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields is taking it one step at a time even if a large amount of the team's fan base wants him playing on opening night against the Los Angeles Rams.

For Fields, one step at a time means letting his head coach see him practice live first, and that wasn't even possible Friday on opening day of the team's rookie minicamp.

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Browns' rookie shrugs off heart concerns

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Around the time rookie linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was being shown how to drop into pass coverage, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski got to drop something as well.

His COVID-19 mask. Finally.

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