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Titans' Dupree on PUP list, top pick out

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans will be missing a couple of key players acquired this offseason to fix their defense at the start of training camp.

The Titans placed outside linebacker Bud Dupree, running back Jeremy McNichols and offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo on the physically unable to perform list and put cornerback Caleb Farley and offensive lineman Aaron Brewer on the non-football injury list.

Tennessee signed Dupree in March to a multi-year deal to boost a pass rush that was last until the regular-season finale in sacks and finished ahead of only Cincinnati and Jacksonville in that category. Dupree has eight sacks in 11 games last season before tearing his right ACL.


Steelers' Watt not focused on contract

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt is entering the final year of his contract. The two-time All-Pro said he never gave any thought to holding out in hopes of reaching a long-term deal.

"I love this team, I love all of the coaches and this staff here, and the players," Watt said. "I am excited for this season and that's why I'm here."


4 in 5 NFL players have received vaccine

The number of NFL players in the COVID-19 vaccination process has reached 80%, with nine teams having 90% or more of their players in that category.

Dr. Allen Sills, the league's medical director, said Friday that nearly all Tier 1 and Tier 2 team employees - those who deal directly with players - have been vaccinated. Five teams are at less than 70% of players who have either received one vaccination shot or both. He is optimistic the number of vaccinated players will continue to rise as training camps open.


Jets S Maye on non-football injury list

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets placed safety Marcus Maye on the non-football injury list and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams on the physically unable to perform list Friday ahead of the team reporting for camp next week.

Defensive linemen Foley Fatukasi and Vinny Curry were also placed on the non-football injury list. Safety Ashtyn Davis and defensive linemen Jonathan Marshall and Kyle Phillips are also on the PUP list.


Browns rookies Newsome, Schwartz sign

CLEVELAND (AP) Browns rookie cornerback Greg Newsome, a first-round pick who could start this season, signed his contract Saturday.

Rookie wide receiver Anthony Schwartz also signed. The third-round pick from Auburn has Olympic-level sprinter speed and could get a chance to return kickoffs.


Steelers' Shell, from undrafted to Hall

Donnie Shell knew he had a little time to make an impression. The life span of an undrafted free agent rookie is short. Really short. Especially for undrafted free agent rookies from a Historically Black College and University like South Carolina State, where the undersized Shell spent years playing out of position at outside linebacker.

"I was 190 pounds soaking wet," Shell said with a laugh.


Ex-Giants GM Young gets Hall nod

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) In an era when NFL teams chose general managers from the ranks of former players, coaches and personnel executives, George Young was ahead of his time with the New York Giants.

Young was a Renaissance man. He filled all the prerequisites and so much more in a career that earned the former high school teacher, coach and later NFL front-office executive a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


CB LeBlanc, LB Griffin sign with Miami

MIAMI (AP) Cornerback Cre'von LeBlanc signed a one-year contract Friday with the Miami Dolphins, who added depth to their secondary with the status of All-Pro cornerback Xavien Howard in question.

Howard was a no-show at mandatory minicamp, wants to renegotiate the contract he reworked two years ago, and might hold out when training camp starts next week.


Prescott takes next step since injury

Dak Prescott bowed his head and slowed his walk before pointing to the sky and breaking into a trot while taking the field for the first practice of training camp.

The star quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys savored the latest milestone in his return from the horrific ankle injury that ended his 2020 season, which didn't start with the usual camp in California because COVID-19 kept teams at home.


Chiefs among most vaccinated NFL teams

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Patrick Mahomes and several of his Kansas City Chiefs teammates reported for training camp Friday, with 90% of the team's roster having received the COVID-19 vaccine.

"There's six teams that are over 90%, so we're glad to be in that area there," coach Andy Reid said. "We're one of the teams where the players have really challenged themselves to get things done and take care of business."

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