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Jags face fine forrevealinginjuries

JACKSONVILLE — Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey has told his players that talking publicly about injuries could result in a hefty fine.

Mularkey didn't disclose specifics, but cornerback Rashean Mathis, the team's union rep, said Friday it's $10,000. But, Mathis added, the players have no objections.

"You're more likely to accept things if somebody's not going to throw you under the bus," Mathis said. "To implement one rule, it's not going to affect the team."

The union said it anticipates making a "general inquiry." But Mularkey said the league approved the proposal.

More Jaguars: Starting linebacker Clint Session, who sustained his second concussion of the season Nov. 20, didn't participate in camp's first practice. There is no timetable for his return.

Gonzalez's final season: Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, whose 1,149 catches are second all time, said he's 95 percent sure this season will be his last. He said he won't completely rule out a return in 2013 because he's learned "to never say never."

Bengals: Corner Leon Hall, who ruptured his left Achilles tendon Nov. 13, was cleared to practice.

Browns: Randy Lerner has begun talks with truck stop magnate and Steelers minority owner Jimmy Haslam (a self-described "1,000 percent" Steelers fan) on selling controlling interest. But with Los Angeles nearing a deal to build a stadium and various media outlets reporting teams eying a move, Lerner said he will include a stipulation that the team remain in Cleveland.

Chargers: A day after Charlie Whitehurst sustained a left knee injury, quarterback Kyle Boller signed to back up Philip Rivers. Whitehurst's status has not been determined.

Chiefs: Dwayne Bowe, the team leader in catches and receiving yards the past three seasons, did not report to camp. The team's franchise player has not signed his tender, which is worth about $9.5 million for one season.

Dolphins: Unsigned quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the eighth pick of the draft, was absent as camp opened. "Things are progressing," general manager Jeff Ireland said. "And we're going to keep communicating until we get this thing done." Tannehill's agent, Pat Dye Jr., did not respond to an email seeking comment.

49ers: Linebacker Aldon Smith apologized to fans and teammates for two offseason incidents. In January, he was charged for driving under the influence. Last month, he escaped major injuries when he was stabbed. "Letting everybody down was probably the saddest part," he said.

Lions: Tailback Jahvid Best, who sustained multiple concussions in college and didn't play after sustaining one Oct. 16, went on the physically unable to perform list. The team said his progress will be judged "week to week."

Seahawks: Linebacker Brian Banks, who served five years in prison before being cleared of rape, tried out Thursday but was not offered a contract, his agent said. Banks, a touted recruit for Southern Cal before his imprisonment, took part in Seattle's minicamp in June and has had workouts with Kansas City and San Diego.

Steelers: Receiver Antonio Brown signed an extension that reported is for six years and $42 million. Brown has 85 catches for 1,275 yards and two touchdowns over two seasons. Fellow receiver Mike Wallace, a restricted free agent, remains a holdout.

Titans: Coach Mike Munchak said all the facts must be gathered before deciding if receiver Kenny Britt will be released. Britt was charged with driving under the influence last week, his eighth run-in with the law since being drafted him in 2009.

Vikings: Star running back Adrian Peterson, still recovering from a torn left ACL, went on the physically unable to perform list. Peterson, who cannot participate in drills, previously said he would be ready. But the team said it wants to be cautious.

Jags face fine forrevealinginjuries 07/27/12 [Last modified: Friday, July 27, 2012 10:18pm]
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