Sunday, April 22, 2018
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Bills lineman has disease sidelined

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Nine months after fearing his career might be over because of Crohn's disease, Bills right tackle Seantrel Henderson lined up at his familiar spot in practice Monday.

"It kind of felt like playing the first game in the league again," Henderson said as sweat poured off his brow. "I was a little nervous. I've been out so long."

By passing his physical earlier in the day, Henderson took the next step in his return to the NFL. He practiced with both starters and second-stringers.

"Very satisfying," said Henderson, a starter since his rookie season in 2014. "My health is fine right now. I don't have any complications."

Henderson had felt stomach pains since playing in college at Miami. But he wasn't diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease until December, which led to two operations on his intestines. He lost a significant amount of weight and was cleared by doctors to rejoin the Bills in early June.

Coach Rex Ryan is impressed with the perseverance Henderson has shown.

"You see how much a guy wants it," Ryan said, adding that it's too early to determine Henderson's readiness to play in a game.

NFL meeting with accused players: The league set dates to meet with the four players accused of PED use in last year's Al Jazeera report, themmqb.com reported. The league will talk to Packers teammates Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers on Wednesday, free agent defensive lineman Mike Neal on Thursday and Steelers linebacker James Harrison on Aug. 30.

Broncos: Coach Gary Kubiak named Trevor Siemian the starting quarterback for the third preseason game over Mark Sanchez. Kubiak said Siemian, Sanchez and rookie Paxton Lynch will get equal time Saturday against the Rams. Siemian and Sanchez both struggled in Saturday's 31-24 loss to San Francisco. Sanchez, the only candidate with NFL starting experience, was sacked three times and fumbled twice against the 49ers.

49ers: Colin Kaepernick threw against the defense in practice. A sore shoulder had kept him from throwing since Aug. 10.

Cardinals: Defensive tackle and first-round draft pick Robert Nkemdiche worked out on a limited basis, the first time he has practiced in camp. He had been out for weeks with a high ankle sprain.

Colts: They signed cornerback Antonio Cromartie, a former Florida State standout who has played with the Jets and Cardinals.

Ravens: Linebacker Elvis Dumervil (foot) and receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) practiced for the first time in this year's camp.

Redskins: Former Florida running back Matt Jones (left shoulder) is out for the preseason.

Marinovich arrest: Former Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich was arrested after being found naked with marijuana and possibly methamphetamine in a stranger's backyard in Southern California. Irvine Police Cmdr. Mike Hallinan said Marinovich, 47, was arrested Friday. Drug problems drove the former USC star and first-round draft pick from the NFL after two seasons.

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