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RG3 speaks for first time since demotion

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WASHINGTON (AP) Robert Griffin III has made his first public remarks since losing the Redskins' starting quarterback job to Kirk Cousins.

While accepting a team award for community work with military families, Griffin pledged to continue his volunteer efforts, saying "the one thing you have is your word."

Speaking at a team luncheon, Griffin also praised his teammates for leading him "in the right direction" in community service. While taking the podium, he received a standing ovation from roughly 500 attendees.

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Ex-NFL RB Phillips charged with murder

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been charged with murder in the death of his cellmate at a Central California prison.

Phillips is suspected of killing 37-year-old Damion Soward at Kern Valley State Prison in April. Officials determined Soward was strangled.

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Raiders sign free agent LB Alexander

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent linebacker Lorenzo Alexander.

The Raiders waived linebacker Horace Miller on Wednesday to make room on the roster.

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Panthers extend QB Anderson for 2 years

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers have signed backup quarterback Derek Anderson to a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2017 season, providing depth and experience behind Cam Newton.

Financial terms of the deal were not announced Wednesday.

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Bears get TE Lee from Texans for pick

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have acquired tight end Khari Lee from the Houston Texans for a 2017 sixth-round draft pick.

A product of Division II Bowie State, Lee entered the league as an undrafted free agent this year. He had 107 receptions for 1,255 yards and four touchdowns over 40 games in college.

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Ex-49ers owner DeBartolo Hall finalist

CANTON, Ohio (AP) Former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. is a finalist for the 2016 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor.

DeBartolo was nominated Wednesday by the nine-member contributors committee. Elections will be held on Feb. 6, the night before the Super Bowl. DeBartolo, 68, must receive 80 percent of the ballots to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

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RB Jackson takes physical with Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. (AP) After being released by the Buffalo Bills, running back Fred Jackson is looking for an opportunity to reunite with former teammate Marshawn Lynch in Seattle.

Jackson traveled to Seattle to meet with the Seahawks on Tuesday, but coach Pete Carroll cautioned that no deal has been struck. Carroll said Jackson would be going through a physical.

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Manziel insists elbow surgery not needed

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has dealt with a sore right arm since before he lifted the Heisman Trophy.

Manziel, who hasn't thrown a pass in practice since Aug. 23 because of elbow soreness and tendinitis, said those issues date back to his freshman year at Texas A&M - when he made a dazzling play almost every game for the Aggies. The 22-year-old is confident that rest will help his elbow and the issue won't derail his NFL career.

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Brady ruling still expected by Friday

NEW YORK (AP) A New York judge has reiterated that he'll rule by Friday whether New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game suspension for "Deflategate."

Judge Richard Berman issued a one-sentence order Tuesday saying he planned to rule by Friday whether the NFL properly followed its collective bargaining agreement with players when it suspended Brady for his role in using underinflated footballs in a playoff game. He said at a hearing Monday attended by Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that he hoped to rule Tuesday or Wednesday, but would decide by Friday for sure.

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Packers WR Cobb hopes to play opener

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers have some good news about their injury-stricken receiving corps.

Randall Cobb hopes to be back for the season opener on Sept. 13 against the Chicago Bears after spraining his shoulder in a preseason game last week against Philadelphia.

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