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QB Romo exits early with injury

SEATTLE — Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo appeared to injure his back on the third play of Thursday's preseason game against the Seahawks after getting pulled down from behind by defensive end Cliff Avril.

Romo was forced from the pocket by a blitz from linebacker K.J. Wright. As Romo scrambled and was about to begin his slide, he was pulled down by Avril chasing in pursuit. Romo immediately grabbed his back and was tended to by trainers for a few minutes before walking off the field without any assistance.

While rookie backup Dak Prescott took over, Romo spoke with medical personnel on the sideline for several minutes and threw some passes. But when the Cowboys took the field for their second drive, Prescott remained at QB with Romo on the sideline.

MORE PRESEASON INJURIES: Falcons safety Keanu Neal, the team's first-round pick out of Florida, seemed to tweak his right knee while trying to make a tackle in the first quarter against the Dolphins at Orlando's Camping World Stadium. Dolphins star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh also suffered an ankle injury and had to leave the game. There was no word on the severity of either injury.

PATS GET FORMER FIRST-ROUND PICK: Barkevious Mingo, a major disappointment with the Browns as their No. 6 overall pick in 2013, was traded to the Patriots. The Browns received a fifth-round pick in the 2017 draft for the linebacker. Mingo, a former LSU standout, has just seven sacks in three seasons and spent much of last season on special teams. Cleveland declined to exercise the fifth-year option on Mingo's rookie contract in May. With the trade of Mingo, left tackle Joe Thomas and cornerbacks Joe Haden and Justin Gilbert are the only first-round selections by Cleveland from 2007 to 2014 that are still with the team. The Browns now own Philadelphia's 2017 first-round pick, Tennessee's 2017 second-round pick, New England's 2017 fifth-round pick, Indianapolis' 2017 seventh-round pick and Philadelphia's 2018 second-round pick. Cleveland has conditionally surrendered its 2017 fourth-round pick to Philadelphia and its 2017 sixth- or seventh-round pick to San Francisco.

COACH WANTS BOSA: A day after the Chargers took their contract dispute with rookie defensive end Joey Bosa public, San Diego coach Mike McCoy had nice things to say about the former Ohio State star. "I think everybody understands the business side to this," McCoy said. "But we all understand the type of player Joey is. He loves the game, he plays with passion. So I'm sure he is going crazy being back home and not with his teammates. We all want him here." Bosa, the only first-rounder who has not signed with his team, has missed all of training camp as his agents and the team wrangled over how much of his $17 million signing bonus he'll get up front, as well as offset language in case he gets cut. The Chargers said Wednesday that they pulled their contract offer and said they would restructure a new deal that would reflect him playing less than a full season. The team said it gave Bosa's agents its best offer Tuesday night, and it was rejected the next day.

VEGAS, BABY: Backers of a proposed NFL stadium said they've whittled their list to two sites just west of the Las Vegas Strip and refuse to accept any less than $750 million in public funding toward the project, which they hope will soon be home to the Raiders. Representatives from Majestic Realty and the Las Vegas Sands casino company updated an oversight committee on their quest to build a 65,000-seat domed stadium, showing off their slick renderings of the proposed venue in a video with AC/DC's Back in Black as a soundtrack. They lamented that the price tag rises on a daily basis and is now $1.9 billion, and said they would walk away from the project if state lawmakers don't meet their minimum financial demand. The Raiders have made little progress securing a new stadium in the Oakland area and have committed to lining up $500 million toward building a new one in Las Vegas. Any team relocation needs the blessing of three-quarters of NFL owners.

NEW ADDITIONS? Broncos president John Elway, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians and recently retired Giants coach Tom Coughlin have been added to the NFL's powerful competition committee, the Associated Press reported.

JETS: Right tackle Breno Giacomini is still dealing with a lower-back injury that could keep him out of the team's regular-season opener — and perhaps longer.

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