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Romo fine after back injury scare

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SEATTLE (AP) Dallas quarterback Tony Romo lasted just three plays in Thursday's preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks after getting pulled down from behind by Cliff Avril.

Romo was forced from the pocket by a blitz from K.J. Wright. As Romo scrambled and was about to begin his slide, he was pulled down by Avril chasing in pursuit.

Romo immediately grabbed at his back and was tended to by trainers for a few minutes before popping up and walking off the field without any assistance.

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Steelers LB Harrison meets with NFL

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison and Green Bay Packers defensive players Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers met this week with NFL investigators looking into allegations linking them to performance-enhancing drugs, the players' union said Thursday.

Matthews and Peppers met with league representatives on Wednesday, while Harrison did so on Thursday, according to the NFL Players Association.

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Patriots acquire LB Mingo from Browns

CLEVELAND (AP) Barkevious Mingo never really fit in with the Browns.

The Patriots will try to find an ideal spot for him.

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Competition committee adds Elway, Arians

John Elway, Bruce Arians and Tom Coughlin have been added to the NFL's powerful competition committee, a person familiar with the appointments tells The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not publicly announced the additions to the committee that recommends rules changes.

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Chargers' McCoy won't talk bad of Bosa

SAN DIEGO (AP) A day after the Chargers took their contract dispute with rookie defensive end Joey Bosa public, San Diego coach Mike McCoy had nice things to say about the former Ohio State star.

"I think everybody understands the business side to this," McCoy said Thursday. "But we all understand the type of player Joey is. He loves the game, he plays with passion. So I'm sure he is going crazy being back home and not with his teammates. We all want him here."

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Dolphins' Foster has TD, gets 7 touches

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Running back Arian Foster had a 2-yard touchdown run in the Miami Dolphins' 17-6 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.

Foster, who joined the Dolphins during the offseason and is coming off an Achilles injury, had his most extensive playing time with his new team in the third preseason game that was played at Orlando's Camping World Stadium.

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Ravens QB Flacco set for preseason debut

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) It's time to find out how Joe Flacco will respond to taking a hit on his surgically repaired left knee.

Flacco will start at quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night against the Detroit Lions, his first game action since tearing his ACL and MCL nine months ago in a game against the St. Louis Rams.

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Chiefs' Charles, Hali won't face Bears

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The third preseason game is usually the dress rehearsal for the regular season, the one time in the four-game series when starters play into the third quarter as if the outcome mattered.

It will be hard for the Kansas City Chiefs to approach Saturday's game in Chicago that way.

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Giants' Cruz set to make preseason debut

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Barring an injury, Victor Cruz is going to play for the New York Giants on Saturday in the annual preseason game against the Jets.

Cruz, who has not played in a game since injuring a knee against Philadelphia in his sixth game in 2014, got through a week of practice without aggravating a groin injury that kept him out of preseason games against Miami and Buffalo.

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Judge won't dismiss JPP lawsuit vs. ESPN

MIAMI (AP) A Miami federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by New York Giants lineman Jason Pierre-Paul against ESPN over disclosure of his medical records from a 2015 fireworks accident.

Pierre-Paul attorney John Lukacs said Judge Marcia Cooke issued her ruling Thursday after a hearing on ESPN's motion to dismiss. The case is set for an August 2017 trial.

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