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NFL News and Notes - June 22, 2010

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NFL News and Notes - June 22, 2010

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Bob King, brother of Sports Illustrated's Peter King, who passed away suddenly over the weekend.

The New England Patriots will wear their 1985 throwbacks against the Minnesota Vikings on Halloween.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards is focused on the present, writes Rodney McKissic of the Buffalo News.

New York Jets second-round offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse will continue to work on his technique, writes Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Miami Dolphins linebacker Tim Dobbins plans to push Channing Crowder for a starting role.

Baltimore Ravens fourth-round tight end Dennis Pitta and fifth-round defensive lineman Arthur Jones agreed to terms on contracts on Monday.

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin replaced Ben Roethlisberger at a football camp on Monday.

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the contract talks between the Cincinnati Bengals and running back Cedric Benson are in the preliminary stages.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning thinks new University of Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley will get the Vols headed in the right direction.

Tennessee Titans coaches are more concerned about Chris Johnson's off-season absence than his teammates are, reports Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

Alfie Crow breaks down the Jacksonville Jaguars tight ends. (I'm high on Zach Miller, by the way)

Speaking at the Legends football camp in Sioux Falls, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe says he's going to remodel his career.

While finishing up his college degree, former Denver Broncos wide receiver Ashley Lelie is working as a student manager for the University of Hawaii football team.

Former San Diego Chargers safety Kevin Ellison was not surprised by his release on Monday, reports Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Oakland Raiders All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will spend his off-season pursuing his charitable efforts.

The New York Giants waived five players on Monday.

Sheil Kapadia of breaks down the Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers in this video blog.

Washington Redskins seventh-round wide receiver Terrence Austin will get a long look at wide receiver and kick returner, reports Jason Reid of the Washington Post.

Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl nose tackle Jay Ratliff said he's played hurt for the last three seasons during a chat on

Former Chicago Bears defensive tackle William "The Refrigerator" Perry's health is improving.

Detroit Lions tight end Will Heller was a one-year investment that paid off, writes Tom Kowalski of

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has changed marketing agents.

Cornerback Al Harris is the only Green Bay Packers player who may not be ready for the start of training camp.

The Seattle Seahawks need more pass rush from defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, writes Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times.

Former San Francisco 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan is expected to join the Seahawks' front office this week.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Ed Gant has been suspended four games for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing substances.

Three of the St. Louis Rams' five exclusive rights free agents signed their one-year tenders on Monday, reports Howard Balzer of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.

Defensive end Bobby McCray was speechless after being released by the New Orleans Saints on Monday.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris ripped the team for a lack of intensity during Monday's mini-camp practice, Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times reports.

Atlanta Falcons director of football administration Nick Polk has been busy and efficient this off-season, writes D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith broke his left arm playing flag football over the weekend.

Today's NFL birthdays: Cardinals nose tackle Bryan Robinson (36), Bears fourth-round defensive end Corey Wootton (23), Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey (32), Packers guard Allen Barbre (26), Colts defensive tackle Marlon Favorite (24), Raiders wide receiver Todd Watkins (27), Eagles punter Ken Parrish (26), free agent linebackers Micah Johnson (22) and E.J. Kuale (27), cornerback Lewis Sanders (32), retired quarterbacks David Greene (28) and Kurt Warner (39).

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