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Vikings’ Joseph back, expected to play Week 1

2014-08-11T00:00:00Z Vikings’ Joseph back, expected to play Week 1The Associated Press The Associated Press
August 11, 2014 12:00 am  • 

MANKATO, Minn. — Defensive tackle Linval Joseph rejoined the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday after being shot in the leg at a bar, and is expected to recover in time for the start of the regular season.

Joseph will probably be held out of practice for the next week or two. General manager Rick Spielman said an examination by the team’s medical staff of the wound around Joseph’s calf revealed no cause for concern.

Bears TE Bennett returns from suspension

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — A contrite Martellus Bennett returned from suspension to practice with the Chicago Bears. Also, safety Chris Conte came back from shoulder surgery to practice for the first time this year, cornerback Tim Jennings returned from a quad strain, and defensive end Jared Allen got involved in practice for the first time in a week.

Bennett was suspended and fined an undisclosed amount by the team for slamming cornerback Kyle Fuller to the turf after Fuller had knocked the tight end to the ground in a nontackling scrimmage.

Two Jets cornerbacks injured at practice

CORTLAND, N.Y. — Second-year cornerback Dee Milliner, a major part of the New York Jets’ defense last season, was helped from the practice field after injuring his left ankle. Rookie Dexter McDougle was also carted off after tearing a ligament in his left knee. Veteran cornerback Dimitri Patterson, projected as a possible starter opposite Milliner, missed practice for the second straight day with ankle and calf injuries.

Ravens’ Lewis-Moore sustains ‘major injury’

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore sustained what appeared to be a season-ending injury in a hard-hitting joint practice with the San Francisco 49ers. Lewis-Moore was carted off the field, and afterward Ravens coach John Harbaugh called it “a major injury.”

Lewis-Moore missed 2013 after suffering a torn right ACL at the end of his college career at Notre Dame. The Ravens already lost another defensive end, rookie Brent Urban, earlier in camp with a torn ACL.

QBs Manziel, Hoyer to share 1st-team snaps

BEREA, Ohio — Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer will both take snaps with Cleveland’s first-team offense in practice this week. Coach Mike Pettine said he isn’t ready to choose a starter for the Browns’ second preseason game on Aug. 18, but plans to have a regular-season starter set before the third preseason game on Aug. 23.

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