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NFL Notes: League targets entire Ezekiel Elliott suit in hopes to restore ban

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NFL Notes: League targets entire Ezekiel Elliott suit in hopes to restore ban

FRISCO, Texas -- The NFL is asking a federal appeals court to dismiss Ezekiel Elliott's entire lawsuit in its bid to lift an injunction that blocked the star Dallas Cowboys running back's six-game suspension over a domestic violence case in Ohio.

The league wrote in a filing Wednesday to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans that the players' union case filed on behalf of Elliott had resulted in "hopelessly doomed proceedings."

The court requested arguments from both sides over U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant's jurisdiction.

The Texas judge granted Elliott's request for an injunction while the case plays out in federal court. The NFL asked the appeals court for an emergency stay of Mazzant's ruling, and oral arguments are set for Monday.

The 22-year-old Elliott was suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell in August after the league concluded following a yearlong investigation that he had several physical confrontations last summer with his girlfriend at the time. Prosecutors in Ohio didn't pursue the case, citing conflicting evidence.

Giants: Beckham has no regrets about TD celebration
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had little regret about the dog-like celebration that angered the team, and claims NFL rules about post-score revelry are confusing.

Beckham said Wednesday he met with unhappy co-owner John Mara to discuss his vulgar celebration in which Beckham got down on all fours and pretended to urinate like a dog after catching a fourth-quarter touchdown pass in a loss to the Eagles.

Beckham refused to discuss his conversation with Mara. Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon said Mara also wanted it kept private.

Beckham's only regret was that the officials called a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against him.

Judging by the looks on their faces, Beckham added, the officials seemingly didn't know whether to call a penalty.

The 24-year-old superstar who feels he deserves to be the highest-paid player in the league, didn't know if his celebration was out of line.

"I don't think any of us know the rules on what you can do celebrating," he said. "They put in a new celebration thing to kind of make it seem as if players can celebrate and then you celebrate and you only have 40 seconds. So, if you celebrate for 20, you have 20 seconds to run on and kick (the extra point), so I don't really know. I don't really know how it works, but I do know going forward I have a lot better celebration" (see full story).

Colts: Luck ruled out of practice for another week
INDIANAPOLIS -- Andrew Luck's return to practice has been put on hold at least one more week.

On Wednesday, two days after explaining there was "a chance" the Indianapolis Colts' franchise quarterback could be back this week, coach Chuck Pagano ruled it out.

"He's still a week away as far as his throwing progression and things like that," Pagano said. "So we'll keep him out of practice this week and hopefully integrate him next week."

While fans reacted on social media with consternation about the latest update, the fact there is now some sort of timetable actually remains encouraging.

From the moment Luck had surgery on his throwing shoulder in January until this week, the Colts have avoided talking publicly about his progression or how soon he might suit up.

Now, it appears, Luck is getting close .

Television crews arrived early Wednesday at team headquarters, setting up shop in the parking lot for Luck's long anticipated return. A couple of hours later, Pagano dashed any hope of it happening before the team leaves for Seattle (1-2).

"Nothing changed. We said we were hopeful," Pagano said. "He's going great, there's no setback. Nothing's changed. It didn't work out" (see full story).

Browns: Top pick Garrett could practice, play this week
CLEVELAND -- Myles Garrett appears ready to move away from the stationary bike.

Cleveland's rookie defensive end is expected to practice later this week, and it's possible the No. 1 overall draft pick will make his regular-season debut on Sunday against Cincinnati.

"He's close," coach Hue Jackson said. "There's a chance he'll practice this week before the week's out, so we'll see where we are after that."

Garrett has missed the Browns' first three games with a right high ankle sprain suffered in the days before the season opener. He was on the side riding a bike alongside some other injured teammates on Wednesday as the Browns began preparations for the Bengals.

Jackson said the 6-foot-5, 275-pounder has made more progress and indicated he could make his long-awaited debut in this week's home game against the winless Bengals. Cleveland might use him exclusively in pass-rush situations.

"If he is able to play, we might not play him the whole game," Jackson said. "So we'll see how that unfolds if he's able to go. We'll find out more as we go through the week" (see full story).

Bengals: Burfict back after 3-game suspension
CINCINNATI -- During the Bengals' open locker room, linebacker Vontaze Burfict headed for the cafeteria, filled a foam carry-out box and headed straight to the trainer's room, not returning until the media was leaving.

Pressed to talk for 5 minutes after practice, he came off the field and told reporters he was first going to get a Bengals cap to wear for the occasion.

"I might be back," he said.

Eventually, he was.

"Three minutes," he said.

The Bengals' most volatile player has returned from his latest suspension, and he's not at all interested in talking about it.

His teammates are just glad he's back. Burfict is expected to start Sunday when the Bengals (0-3) play at Cleveland (0-3), needing a win to have any relevance in the AFC North race.

"He's kind of the straw that stirs the drink there," Browns coach Hue Jackson said during a conference call (see full story).

NFL Notes: Bengals give suspended LB Vontaze Burfict 3-year extension

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NFL Notes: Bengals give suspended LB Vontaze Burfict 3-year extension

CINCINNATI -- The Bengals have signed linebacker Vontaze Burfict to a three-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2020 season.

The move Thursday comes despite Burfict being suspended by the NFL for the first three games this season for his egregious hit on Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman in a preseason game.

Burfict has been a key playmaker on Marvin Lewis' defense with 582 tackles, seven sacks, five interceptions, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in his first five seasons. But he has also been one of the league's most-frequently fined -- eight times -- players and been suspended twice for questionable hits during his career.

Lewis says in a statement that Burfict, signed in 2012 as a rookie free agent out of Arizona State, "is still one of the young, emerging talents within the league."

Browns: Top pick Garrett out with ankle injury
CLEVELAND -- Browns rookie defensive end Myles Garrett will be sidelined for weeks because of a sprained right ankle.

The top overall pick in this year's draft was injured Wednesday during Cleveland's first full practice leading to Sunday's opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It's not known how Garrett was hurt.

The team said Thursday he has a high ankle sprain and his status will be updated in a "couple" of weeks.

Garrett's loss is another blow for the Browns, who went 1-15 last season and have had their share of costly injuries in recent years.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Garrett was limited by a left ankle sprain last year at Texas A&M. He sprained a foot with the Browns this spring (see full story).

Saints: Peterson says assuming he’s not still elite is ‘crazy’
METAIRIE, La. -- Adrian Peterson suggests it is "crazy" to assume he isn't still one of the best running backs in the NFL just because he's 32 years old and has had two knee surgeries.

In a few days, the new Saints running back gets his chance to demonstrate his point against the team that let him go in the city where he became arguably the best ball carrier of his generation.

"I'm pretty excited about it -- just trying to keep myself calm until Monday night comes around," said Peterson, who spent all of his previous 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. "I'm looking for amazing things to happen for me and our team."

Peterson's logic is "just based on the work that I put in and just honestly the God-given ability I've been blessed with."

Patriots: Fans cheer 5th banner, boo Goodell
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots are celebrating their fifth Super Bowl title.

The Patriots planned a ceremony to unveil the NFL championship banner before the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. The team had to do some minor renovations of their home stadium to make room for the latest banner.

Commissioner Roger Goodell was on the field before the game, which was also the opener for the NFL season. With New England fans still angry about Goodell's "Deflategate" investigation, he received a chilly welcome.

Fans booed him and wore shirts featuring his face adorned with a red clown nose. A website handed out thousands of towels with the image, too.

The Patriots won their fifth championship in February, rallying from a 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons in the first overtime in Super Bowl history.

NFL Notes: Ravens still pondering whether to sign Colin Kaepernick

NFL Notes: Ravens still pondering whether to sign Colin Kaepernick

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Joe Flacco's health. The salary cap. And of course, potential negative fan reaction.

The Baltimore Raves are weighing all these factors -- and then some -- as they continue to wrestle with the decision whether to sign free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

It's been a week since Ravens coach John Harbaugh floated the idea of adding Kaepernick, a veteran with Super Bowl experience and the baggage that comes from his decision last year to literally sit out the national anthem on game day.

The topic of Kaepernick came up on the first day of training camp because Flacco, the team's starter for the past nine seasons, arrived with a bad back. Flacco still hasn't taken a snap, though he insists he's on the mend.

Kaepernick remains an option, particularly since backup Ryan Mallett has not performed well in practice. One problem is the Ravens face in signing Kaepernick is they don't have much space under the salary cap and still have plenty of holes to fill, including on a porous offense line.

But biggest challenge for the Ravens is gauging the potential backlash that might be created by signing a player who gained widespread attention last year for his decision to sit -- then eventually kneel -- during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice (see full story).

Rams: Easley expected to miss season knee injury
IRVINE, Calif. -- A person with knowledge of the situation says Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Dominique Easley is expected to miss the season with a torn knee ligament.

The source spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the Rams hadn't announced the severity of the injury for Easley, a likely starter this season.

Easley hurt his right knee during training camp on Tuesday and was taken off the field on a cart. Easley also tore ligaments in both knees during college at Florida.

Easley was the Patriots' first-round pick in 2014, but his two seasons in New England both ended early due to injuries, including a knee problem in his rookie year. After the Patriots let him go, Easley signed with the Rams last year and had a solid season with 35 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks (see full story).

Chargers: Rookie OL Lamp tears knee ligament
COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Los Angeles Chargers rookie offensive lineman Forrest Lamp tore a ligament in his right knee Wednesday during the fourth practice of training camp.

Lamp was taken off the field on a cart, and the second-round pick's injury was diagnosed a few hours later with an MRI exam. The results were another bad break for a franchise that struggled with inordinate injury problems over the past two seasons in San Diego.

Los Angeles already is without first-round pick Mike Williams. The receiver from Clemson won't practice in training camp after hurting his back during the Chargers' offseason workout program.

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn didn't know much immediately after practice about the condition of Lamp, the 38th overall pick out of Western Kentucky. Lamp got off the cart and walked into the Chargers' medical tent, but was favoring one leg (see full story).

Browns: Top pick Garrett getting help from HOFer Smith 
BEREA, Ohio -- Myles Garrett is getting Hall of Fame help.

On the same day he took snaps with Cleveland's starting defense, Garrett got a visit at training camp from Bruce Smith, the NFL's career sacks leader who believes the No. 1 overall pick could be destined for greatness.

"A very intelligent young man, so it's not going to take him long to figure this game out," Smith said. "Obviously, there's always a learning curve, but he can be an impact player in his first year."

The Browns are counting on Garrett making an impact for the next decade, and the 21-year-old has already made quite a first impression with his ability and attitude. Since camp opened, Garrett has voluntarily stayed on the field long after practice ends to run 100-yard sprints and build up his stamina.

Garrett has been working with the defensive backups, but he joined the starters on Wednesday and went against Pro Bowl offensive tackle Joe Thomas for the first time.

Giants: Wide receiver Shepard rolls left ankle
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants may be without starting wide receiver Sterling Shepard for a little while.

The team's second-leading receiver last season rolled his left ankle running a short route in Wednesday's training camp practice.

After the workout, coach Ben McAdoo said the injury appeared to be a sprain, but he added that further evaluations were planned.

The second-year receiver got up after being hurt and hopped to the sideline, where he immediately fell to the grass in pain. He was taken off the field on a golf cart and did not return.

A second-round draft pick from Oklahoma, Shepard had 65 catches for 683 yards and eight touchdowns last season playing mostly in the slot (see full story).