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Dolphins’ DeVante Parker Hoping to Play on Sunday

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Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker is “itching to play” on Sunday, hoping that he can make his season debut when the Dolphins take on the New York Jets, according to ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe.

Parker was listed as a full participant in Dolphins practice Thursday for the first time since he broke the middle finger on his right hand back on August 12th. Parker stated that his finger “bent the other direction” as it got caught in a pair of shoulder pads while attempting to haul in a pass.

Parker, who is sporting a pad on his hand during practice, said that he is not feeling any pain nor does he have to catch the ball differently.

“He seems fine,” Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said. “He’s itching to play. We went through today, got him involved in team reps. Now, it’s just me going to ask Kyle [Johnston, Dolphins head trainer] what the reaction was. He hasn’t complained about anything. He’s been aggressive to get out there and catch as many balls as possible. Running wise, he’s good. He’s good.”

“I know when he tells me that, he’s ready to go and he wants to go,” Gase said. “When he’s that emphatic about it, that’s a good sign for us.”

Gase believes that this is a “start over” for Parker.

“He’s about a foot taller than everybody else” Gase said of Parker’s skillset. “He’s a big guy that has really good long speed and has good quickness in and out of his breaks. He has an unusual skill set for a guy that size. The times that have been really good with him in games, he can make some freakish plays. It’ll be good to kind of get him going again. Really, it’s a start-over for him. Whatever happened before he was injured, it’s really behind him.”

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Bengals Sign Thomas Rawls

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The Cincinnati Bengals have signed veteran running back Thomas Rawls, according to a team announcement.

In a corresponding move, the Bengals have waived/injured running back Tra Carson.

With starting running back Joe Mixon temporarily on the shelf due to a knee issue, Rawls will provide depth, alongside rookie Mark Walton, as Giovanni Bernard takes over lead back duties until Mixon returns.

 

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Patriots Sign Cyrus Jones

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The New England Patriots have signed cornerback Cyrus Jones off of the Baltimore Ravens practice squad, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe.

In a corresponding move, the Patriots released recently signed running back Kenjon Barner. Jones’ new deal with the Patriots, who released him earlier this month, is for a reported two-years, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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Steelers’ Antonio Brown Misses Practice, Agent Denies Trade Request

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Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown was a no-show for practice on Monday, fueling trade speculation after an interesting exchange on Twitter with a former team employee, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette and Gerry Dulac.

Brown responded to the former employee’s belief that Brown would not be an elite receiver without the help of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger but tweeting “Trade me let’s find out”.

While the absence raises eyebrows, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that Brown has not requested a trade.

Additionally, Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus released the following statement shutting down any rumors that Brown has requested a trade, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“The tweet [on Monday] was not in reference to anything other than Antonio responding to a person he knows. It was not directed towards a trade, or wanting to be trading. Any idea he was asking for a trade is not accurate, Antonio had a personal matter. I talked to the team about it. His issue was unrelated to the tweet or his relationship with the team. Third, AB has an incredible drive to win. He just wants to win. That’s all that that is, that’s not anything more than him encouraging his coaches and teammates to win. And that’s what his entire focus is on. Any notion, any speculation otherwise, can be put to bed. This is a non-story that has been blown out of proportion. We can end this right here and now.”

 

 

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