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[August 26, 2014]  Aug 25 (The Sports Xchange) - Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer's announcement on Monday that Matt Cassel will start the season opener had been assumed by everybody for weeks and came as a surprise to no one. Even the guy who lost the competition, rookie first-round draft pick Teddy Bridgewater.

Asked if he was surprised, Bridgewater said, "Not at all. Matt has played great. I take my hats off to him."

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Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather was suspended two regular-season games without pay for his sixth violation of the NFL's policy on player safety.

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The New York Jets suspended cornerback Dimitri Patterson indefinitely after he failed to show up for Friday's preseason game against the New York Giants.

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Jets rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders had a seizure while driving to the team's practice facility on Aug. 15, coach Rex Ryan said.

Saunders, a fourth-round draft pick, has been cleared to play Thursday's exhibition finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and other starters will play 15 to 18 snaps in Thursday night's preseason finale against New England, coach Tom Coughlin said.

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Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to start and play the bulk of the Patriots' preseason finale.

So far this preseason, the second-round rookie has completed 24 of his 37 throws for 334 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 129.8 passer rating.

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The Patriots released veteran linebacker James Anderson, defensive linemen Tommy Kelly and Will Smith, and rookie tight end Justin Jones.

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Richie Incognito was scheduled for a workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Fox Sports Jay Glazer reported Incognito could sign immediately if all goes well Monday.

Incognito is out of work after being the central villain named in the Jonathan Martin hazing incident that overshadowed the Miami Dolphins last season.

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The Bucs waived linebacker Damaso Munoz. He signed with the Bucs in February after spending the past three seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.

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The Minnesota Vikings made a series of roster moves, releasing 13 players, waiving one and activating one from the physically unable to perform list.

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Josh Brent, who was convicted of intoxication manslaughter and spent five months behind bars, is not eligible to return to the NFL until the league metes out discipline for the former Dallas Cowboys' defensive tackle.
 


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The Cowboys cut defensive end Martez Wilson and fullback J.C. Copeland.

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The Arizona Cardinals released veteran kicker Jay Feely and 12 other players.

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Defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat was among six players waived by the Seattle Seahawks during the team's first wave of roster cuts.

The Seahawks also terminated the contracts of cornerback Terrell Thomas and offensive tackle Wade Smith.

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The Baltimore Ravens placed defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore (Achilles' tendon), guard Will Rackley (concussion) and defensive end Brent Urban (knee) on injured reserve.

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The Buffalo Bills released 11 players, including quarterback Dennis Dixon and kicker Dustin Hopkins.

Dixon was in the mix to open the season as starter EJ Manuel's backup but struggled in the third preseason game.

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The Houston Texans placed offensive lineman David Quessenberry on injured reserve and cut nine players from the roster. Quessenberry was diagnosed with lymphoma during the offseason.

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The Kansas City Chiefs placed safety Sanders Commings on season-ending injured reserve due to a broken ankle. Commings sustained the injury earlier in the preseason.

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The Cleveland Browns waived 13 players and terminated the contract of wide receiver Anthony Armstrong.

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The Redskins waived guard Adam Gettis and cornerback Bryan Shepherd. He is a third-year player out of Iowa and Shepherd is a rookie out of North Dakota State.

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The Indianapolis Colts waived 11 players to trim their roster to 79.



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The Tennessee Titans cut 12 players to reduce their roster to 78.

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The Cincinnati Bengals terminated the contract of cornerback R.J. Stanford and waived rookie safety Isaiah Lewis along with first-year players defensive tackle Larry Black and kicker Quinn Sharp and fourth-year wide receiver Ryan Whalen.

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The St. Louis Rams waived 10 players and will need to make four additional moves by 4 p.m. ET Tuesday in reach the NFL's 75-man roster limit.

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The San Diego Chargers released 11 players and still need to waive four more players to get down to 75 by Tuesday.

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The NFL Players Association announced an increase in pension benefits for 1,722 former players who vested under the NFL Player Retirement Plan after 1992. (Editing by Frank Pingue)

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