Monday, December 11, 2017
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Gordon set to resume practice

BEREA, Ohio — Browns receiver Josh Gordon took a big step in his comeback attempt Monday.

The Browns activated Gordon from the non-football injury list before their 13th practice. So the former All-Pro selection will practice with the team for the first time since Dec. 26, 2014.

"It's big," Gordon said. "I think every day I'm back, it means a lot to me, and I'm glad to be out there with my brothers putting my helmet back on."

Although Gordon missed the first 12 practices of camp with a quadriceps injury and has been suspended for the better part of the past two seasons because of recurring violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, he's confident he can produce like he did when he led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013.

"I'm confident in my abilities," said Gordon, who was reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on July 25 after being banished for the 2015 season.''

EASLEY A SENIOR HALL FINALIST: Former Seahawks safety Kenny Easley was selected as the senior finalist for the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. Easley, 57, who played from 1981-87, needs at least 80 percent of the vote by the Hall of Fame selection committee when it meets during Super Bowl week in Houston to be elected.

TALK, OR sit: The NFL said linebackers James Harrison, Clay Matthews, Mike Neal and Julius Peppers will be suspended if they don't speak with the league by Aug. 25 about an alleged link to performance-enhancing drugs.

Bills: Defensive end IK Enemkpali will miss the season with a torn ligament in his right knee.

BRONCOS: Defensive end Vance Walker hurt his right leg during practice. He was carted off after getting tangled with guard Max Garcia. An MRI was planned. Jared Crick stepped into Walker's spot with the starters.

COWBOYS: Travis Frederick signed a six-year, $56 million extension that makes him the NFL's highest-paid center.

LIONS: Receiver Andre Caldwell (broken hand) went on injured reserve. The team is likely to release the former Jefferson High and UF standout with an injury settlement.

PATRIOTS: Tight end Rob Gronkowski left a joint practice with the Bears with an apparent lower-body issue. Later, Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler and Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery had a shoving match that became a 30-second scrum after teammates intervened. Bears Chairman George McCaskey, on the sideline near the fracas, also intervened. Why would a 60-year-old executive thrust himself into a pack of angry players? "To protect our guy," McCaskey said. "I just happened to be standing right there. It was no big deal." A shorter incident occurred between Patriots lineman Nate Solder and Bears linebacker Lamarr Houston.

Ravens: Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs practiced for the first time, on a limited basis, since tearing his left Achilles tendon last September. Suggs, 33, is entering his 14th season.

SAINTS: Defensive tackle and first-round pick Sheldon Rankins reportedly has a broken fibula, which typically sideline players for about six weeks.

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