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[December 13, 2017]
(The Sports Xchange) - Kenny
Britt is close to getting another shot, and with the defending Super
Bowl champions no less.
Britt, a veteran wide receiver who was waived by the Cleveland
Browns last Friday, visited with the Patriots in Foxborough, Mass.
on Tuesday and is close to signing a two-year deal with New England,
The 29-year-old was a first-round pick in 2009 out of Rutgers, a
school Patriots coach Bill Belichick has shown affinity for
throughout the years.
Devin Hester, the all-time leader in combined kickoff and punt
returns for touchdowns, announced his retirement from the NFL on
"I have good news and bad news," the 35-year-old Hester wrote. "Good
news: Commissioner Goodell, you can put the kickoff back at the 30.
Bad news: Y'all will have to find a new favorite returner."
Hester could have a case for becoming the first return man to be
named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He returned 14 punts, five
kickoffs and a missed field goal for touchdowns in his career for an
NFL record 20 return TDs.
Washington Redskins safety Su'a Cravens has received medical
clearance to resume football activities and wants to return next
season, his agent said in a statement.
Agent Fadde Mikhail said Cravens, who was suffering from
post-concussion syndrome, was treated by Dr. Michael Collins at the
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Sport Medicine Concussion
The Redskins had placed Cravens on the exempt/left squad list on
Sept. 3 after the 22-year-old said he wanted to retire. Cravens was
then placed on the reserve/left squad list 15 days later, meaning he
was ineligible to return during the 2017 regular season or
The Pittsburgh Steelers placed linebacker Ryan Shazier on injured
reserve nearly one week after he underwent spinal stabilization
"Unfortunately Ryan will not be able to contribute on the field
during the remainder of this season," Steelers president Art Rooney
II said in a statement. "However, even off the field Ryan will
continue to be one of our team leaders. We know his spirit and
positive outlook will help him to continue in his recovery, as well
as serve as an inspiration to our team."
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Redskins safety Su'a Cravens (36) deflects a pass from Green Bay
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) intended for Packers wide
receiver Jordy Nelson (87) in the second quarter at FedEx Field.
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The 25-year-old had surgery on Wednesday.
The Denver Broncos placed right guard Ron Leary on injured reserve,
the team announced.
Leary, who is nursing a back injury, started all 11 games this
season after joining the tram as an unrestricted free agent from the
Detroit Lions center Travis Swanson was placed in the NFL's
concussion protocol after reporting symptoms following the team's
24-21 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced.
Swanson also sustained a concussion with delayed symptoms last
season against the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 4, 2016. The
26-year-old appeared on the injury report days later with a
concussion and sat out the final four games of the season as well as
the club's playoff game versus the Saints.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers promoted linebacker Riley Bullough to the
active roster from the practice squad and waived cornerback Ayodeji
Olatoye, the team announced.
The 24-year-old Bullough has been on the Buccaneers' practice squad
since the beginning of the season. He went unselected in last year's
NFL Draft after playing college football at Michigan State.
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