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[April 30, 2014]  (The Sports Xchange)  New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is recovering from a torn ACL and surgery in December. Given his recent run of injuries, the former All-Pro is not making any promises regarding his return.

Last offseason, Gronkowski was a regular in the operating room. He required multiple surgeries to repair back and forearm injuries  and clear up an infection that became a major setback and kept him out of the 2013 season opener  and is being cautious not to encounter unwanted delays this time around.

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The Miami Dolphins announced Tuesday that the team exercised a fifth-year option on Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey's rookie contract.

The extension runs through the 2015 season for the No. 15 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Per the terms of his rookie deal, Pouncey will earn a base salary of $1.64 million next season.

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Safety Earl Thomas reached agreement on a four-year contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday.

The team did not disclose financial terms of the deal, but ESPN reported that Thomas will receive $27.75 million guaranteed and the average value is $10 million per year, which would make him the NFL's highest-paid safety.

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New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram lobbied for the team to pick up his fifth-year option in 2015, but the team is leaning the other direction ahead of Saturday's deadline.

Ingram would earn $6.97 million in base salary in 2015 as a first-round pick in 2011 should the Saints choose to pick up the final year  a team option for first-rounders  of his contract.

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Former Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby accepted a guilty plea for having "physical control" of a vehicle while under the influence, settling a legal matter before the first-round prospect learns his fate in the May 8 NFL Draft.

Roby was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated last weekend when police found him asleep in his car in a parking lot.

(Editing by Frank Pingue)

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