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NFL notes: Brady practices with Patriots despite sprained left knee

Fri., Aug. 16, 2013

Tom Brady is back at practice in Foxborough, Mass., one day after hurting his knee.

The New England Patriots quarterback is taking part in the third day of joint practices with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It isn’t known if he’ll play tonight when the teams meet in an exhibition game.

He sprained his left knee about midway through Wednesday’s practice when Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn knocked New England left tackle Nate Solder into him. Brady fell down and left the field briefly. He returned for several more plays before walking off under his own power.

Also, the Patriots have cut veteran wide receiver Michael Jenkins, who was signed on March 28 as a free agent from the Minnesota Vikings where he spent the last two seasons after seven seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.

Still no HGH testing

A person who works for the NFL on condition of anonymity said while several issues have been resolved regarding HGH testing for players this season, the league and union can’t agree on whether the commissioner will hear appeals for violations other than a positive test.

Around the league

The Jets announced Mark Sanchez will start at quarterback in their preseason home game against the Jaguars on Saturday night. … All-Pro linebacker Von Miller missed the final day of the Broncos’ training camp to address his looming suspension for violating the NFL’s drug-abuse policy. ESPN reported midway through practice, however, that Miller’s appeals hearing had been postponed. … Browns running back Montario Hardesty underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and will likely miss at least the first two regular-season games. … Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has traveled to Philadelphia to have arthroscopic knee surgery, but how long he’ll be sidelined remains unclear.

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