Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Falcons WR Jones healthy for Bucs

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Falcons coach Dan Quinn expects receiver Julio Jones to be full strength against the Bucs on Sunday.

Jones sprained his ankle in the third preseason game, but Quinn believes he will fully participate Wednesday, when the game plan is installed.

The Falcons are mostly healthy even though free safety Keanu Neal, a rookie from Florida who was expected to start, is sidelined at least another two weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery.

Kemal Ishmael, who will replace Neal, is expected to fully participate Wednesday after hurting his shoulder. Defensive ends Adrian Clayborn (shoulder), who is a former Buc, and Dwight Freeney (back) should be fine, too.

'We've got a good, healthy roster," Quinn said Monday. "Honestly we're so thrilled to get rolling."

Reports: Manziel back in school

Johnny Manziel, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner and former Browns quarterback, has re-enrolled at Texas A&M, according to reports.

Manziel left for the NFL before completing the courses required to receive his degree in recreation, parks and tourism sciences. He currently is listed as a senior.

It's unclear how many hours Manziel is taking this semester. According to a screenshot of a class' online forum, it looks like Manziel is interested in getting a degree. He says, "I am an RPTS major and have been out of school a couple of years but I'm trying to get back on track so I can graduate."

KAEPERNICK JERSEY SALES soar: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision not to stand for the national anthem has made his 49ers jersey very popular, no matter why people are buying. The league's 33rd best seller on draft day in April, Kaepernick's jersey has been the seventh best seller over the past week and third among quarterbacks behind Cam Newton and Tom Brady, according to Dick's Sporting Goods Jersey Report. In other 49ers news, tight end Bruce Miller was released. He was charged with aggravated assault, elder abuse, threats and battery after an early-morning fight at a San Francisco hotel, according to San Francisco police. Police said Miller tried to enter a hotel room occupied by an elderly couple, whose 29-year-old son, staying in the next room, told Miller he was at the wrong room. Miller attacked the son and his 70-year-old father, police said.

DOLPHINS: Four-time Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster will start the opener Sunday at Seattle less than 11 months after tearing his Achilles tendon while with the Texans. Foster rushed for 5 yards on seven carries in the preseason, but beat out Jay Ajayi for the starting job. Also winning starting jobs: first-round pick Laremy Tunsil at guard and second-rounder Xavien Howard at cornerback.

EAGLES: No. 2 overall draft pick Carson Wentz will start the opener despite missing the final three preseason games after injuring his ribs in the opener against the Bucs.

RAIDERS: Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (hip) went on the injured reserve list. The Raiders could bring the former FSU standout back as the one player who can come off injured reserve if he gets healthy.

RAVENS: Running back Justin Forsett was re-signed two days after getting cut.

SEAHAWKS: Defensive back Jeremy Lane said he will continue to sit for the national anthem.

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