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Disease ousts Broncos' owner

Nice ride: Colts receiver Reggie Wayne arrives to camp in a two-seat car driven by IndyCar’s Ed Carpenter.

Associated Press

Nice ride: Colts receiver Reggie Wayne arrives to camp in a two-seat car driven by IndyCar’s Ed Carpenter.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Even as dementia began to rob him of some of his fondest memories, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen reported to work every day.

So his absence on Wednesday as players reported for physicals was as jarring as the announcement that the 70-year-old was giving up control of the team because of Alzheimer's disease.

"This place will never be the same," choked-up general manager John Elway said. "It's going to be very hard to not see him walk through the front doors every day."

Team president Joe Ellis will add the title of CEO and have final say on all matters. He said fans deserved to know what was going on, so the family agreed to make public the condition Bowlen has dealt with for several years.

"Alzheimer's has taken so much from Pat," wife Annabel said in a statement. "But it will never take away his love for the Denver Broncos and his sincere appreciation for the fans."

More Broncos: Linebacker Von Miller, who tore his right ACL Dec. 22, was cleared to practice.

Big deal for chiefs star: Chiefs tailback Jamaal Charles agreed to a new deal that reported is for $28 million over four years. Guaranteed money was not reported. Last season, Charles, 27, led the team in rushing and receiving yards. He had two years left on a six-year, $28 million deal. The report said his 2014 salary will rise from $3.9 million to $8.3 million and 2015 salary from $6 million to $6.7 million. The two years added are worth $13 million.

Eagles: Starting right tackle Lane Johnson was suspended for four games under the NFL's performance-enhancing policy. Johnson said he didn't realize a medication he took contained a banned substance.

Dolphins: Center and former Florida Gator Mike Pouncey will miss at least seven games, three more than the original prognosis, because of offseason surgery for a torn labrum in his hip, the Miami Herald reported.

49ers: Tight end Vernon Davis arrived at camp after skipping offseason workouts hoping for a new deal. He didn't comment on his deal, which has two years left.

Giants: The team defended hiring David Tyree as director of player personnel after criticism from gay rights advocates. Tyree once said he would give up his helmet catch that helped win Super Bowl XLII if gay marriage was banned. "No. 1, he was qualified," GM Jerry Reese said. "And we think he's a terrific fit for us."

Patriots: Tight end Rob Gron­kowski, who tore his right ACL Dec. 8, was cleared to practice.

Redskins: Washington police said ex-tight end Fred Davis is wanted for a domestic violence incident that occurred June 2. Details weren't disclosed. Davis is suspended indefinitely for his second violation of the substance-abuse policy.

Seahawks: Receiver Sidney Rice, 27, retired. He missed 25 games over the past four season to injuries, including two concussions and a torn ACL.

Hernandez case: Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's murder trial for the death June 2013 death of Odin Lloyd was delayed from October to Jan. 3.

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