Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Jets see Rodman, green nails

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Dennis Rodman thinks the Jets will rebound this season.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer stopped by training camp practice Wednesday sporting green-painted fingernails.

Rodman, a five-time NBA champion and seven-time league rebounding leader, was born in Trenton, N.J. In an Instagram post on the Jets' account , Rodman told fans he was rooting for the team and made a bold declaration.

"It's time for this team to do one thing, baby," Rodman said. "It's time to take over New York. No more Giants, but the New York Jets. Jets, Jets, Jets."

In a radio interview last week, Jets coach Todd Bowles compared wide receiver Quincy Enunwa to Rodman, saying that he's "a jack of all trades." Bowles also told 98.7 ESPN NY that Enunwa "gets the rebounds, he dives on the floor for loose balls, he does a bunch of things."

Rodman wasn't the only big name who showed up for practice. Former Yankees second baseman and Mets manager Willie Randolph was in attendance , as was former Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who works as an analyst for NFL Network.

PARDON PLEASES BRONCOS WR: Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was told after practice that President Barack Obama commuted the life sentence of Thomas' grandmother. Thomas called the impending release of Minnie Pearl Thomas "a blessing." Thomas' grandmother, who was serving a life sentence for a drug offense, is to be released on Dec. 1. Last year, Obama commuted the sentence of Thomas' mother, Katina Smith, who had been due to be released in 2017.

more BRONCOS: The team is taking over the naming rights to its stadium from Sports Authority. After missing its $3.6 million contract payment Monday, Sports Authority asked a bankruptcy judge Tuesday to allow it to transfer the rights to the team, which says it is now sizing up the value of a deal and that there's no timetable for a new name.

Cowboys: Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott will miss a few days of practice after he injured his right hamstring in team drills. Club executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team will be cautious with Elliott. Also, Elliott should know in about a week if the Columbus, Ohio prosecutor's office will need to interview him in regard to domestic abuse allegations levied against him last month.

DOLPHINS: Former Bucs linebacker Danny Lansanah signed and will compete for a backup job. Receiver Tyler Murphy, a former Gator, was waived injured to create a roster spot for Lansanah.

PANTHERS: Bene Benwikere, who is slated to replace starting All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman, practiced for the first time since sustaining a season-ending broken leg in 2015. Norman left in free agency.

PATRIOTS: The crowd at training camp broke into the first of several choruses of "Happy Birthday" for quarterback Tom Brady, who turned 39. He waved in appreciation. Brady is suspended for four games, but can practice until final roster cuts.

STEELERS: Cornerback Senquez Golson suffered a midfoot injury and could need surgery. It's not clear how long Golson would be sidelined.

ESPN'S JACKSON RETIRES: Hall of Fame broadcaster Tom Jackson is quitting after a 29-year career. ESPN announced that the NFL analyst, 65, is retiring from broadcasting. Jackson, who played 14 seasons with the Broncos, will have his final assignment this weekend at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction. Jackson said in a statement that his priority will be spending time with his family.

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