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Report: Ex-Gator Demps eyes track return

The Patriots' Jeff Demps, a two-sport star at Florida who won a track silver medal at last year's Olympics, has told the team he plans to resume his track career, the NFL Network reported Tuesday.

Demps, a running back/returner who signed a three-year, $1.45 million contract in August and spent last season on injured reserve, has a race scheduled in March, the network said. The track season runs through August.

At the London Olympics, Demps, a sprinter, was a member of the U.S. 400-meter relay team and ran in a qualifying race. In the final, the Americans, minus Demps, finished second to Jamaica. Demps got a medal for running in the preliminaries.

Demps would like to compete in the NFL and in track, the NFL Network said. Demps played in two preseason games for the Patriots before being put on injured reserve. What his injury was was not clear. There was speculation the Patriots stashed him to give him time to be ready for 2013.

Concussion testing: The mandatory post-injury sideline assessment tool, instituted for last season along with a baseline test done at the start of preseason, will now be used in app form by all 32 teams, a method tried by a handful of teams in a pilot program last season. The hope is that being able to compare the results of a baseline test and a post-injury test side by side in real time will speed diagnosis. The league also plans to have independent neurological consultants on the sideline each game.

Steelers, Ben renegotiating, report says: The Steelers and representatives for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have worked on renegotiating his contract for salary cap relief, and an agreement could come by the end of the week, reported.

Raiders: Oakland has been talking to former Packers and Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren about a leadership position within the organization, reported. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and Holmgren worked for the Packers at the same time.

Report: Ex-Gator Demps eyes track return 02/26/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 12:03am]
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