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Vikings QB Cousins completes quarantine

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EAGAN, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was activated Thursday from the COVID-19 reserve list after completing the NFL's required five-day quarantine for unvaccinated players deemed a high-risk close contact with an infected person.

Admittedly frustrated by the rarity of him missing practice, Cousins vowed to go to even greater lengths to create social distancing and avoid another absence - even if it means setting up Plexiglas around his seat or "meeting outside under a goal post in January."

As for getting vaccinated, as the league has urged, Cousins described his stance as "a very private health matter" but declined to elaborate further.

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QB Griffin III joins ESPN as analyst

Robert Griffin III has not totally shut the door on his NFL career but he is taking the next step toward his future beyond the playing field.

The Heisman Trophy winner and former Pro Bowl quarterback has signed a multiyear deal with ESPN to be a college football and NFL analyst. Griffin will be in the booth for a college football game on either ESPN or ABC and will also contribute to ESPN's studio coverage, including during the College Football Playoff and Super Bowl.

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3 Dolphins removed from COVID-19 list

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Three of the four Miami Dolphins players who had been on the COVID-19 reserve list were removed from it Thursday.

Coming off the list were tight ends Cethan Carter and Adam Shaheen and receiver Preston Williams. Tight end Mike Gesicki remained on the list.

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Titans add QB Barkley, release QB Kizer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans haven't needed their backup quarterback since Ryan Tannehill took over as the starter in 2019, though competition for that job took another twist on Thursday.

The team signed free agent Matt Barkley and released DeShone Kizer, who had played on the practice squad last season. That was the most notable of several moves made as the Titans also signed tackle Brent Qvale, guard Ross Reynolds and tight end Donnie Ernsberger.

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Jones learning to be 'loud, confident'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) One thing rookie quarterback Mac Jones has learned during his infant New England Patriots career is that no matter the situation, his coaches want to see confidence in everything he does on the field.

"One of the first things we talk about is being loud and confident," Jones said. "If you know what to do, just be loud. And, if you don't know what to do, be loud."

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Packers' Love eager for preseason games

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay's Jordan Love spent the offseason preparing as if he might be the quarterback of a Super Bowl-caliber team.

The Packers' second-year quarterback is spending training camp instead tuning up for what might be his own version of the Super Bowl: the three-game preseason.

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Miller 'at peace' after lost season

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Von Miller was so eager to race out to the berm overlooking the Denver Broncos' practice fields and fire up the crowd that he even dreamt about it before training camp.

"I had a dream the other day that I was running out from the facility, and I did the little clap like I always do," Miller said. "That just reassured me that my mindset ... is where I want it to be.

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Raiders QB Carr impressed by receivers

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr says this year's Raiders have a do-it-all group of receivers that he believes are the best he's had in eight seasons.

"Oh yeah, absolutely, very diverse," Carr said this week. "(Coach Jon) Gruden is going to get what Gruden wants. He wanted guys at the skill positions that when he thinks of a play, that's the guy that can do that. And he's got exactly what he wants so then he can freely call plays and I can freely just read them out."

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Officiating chief Riveron to retire

CANTON, Ohio (AP) NFL officiating chief Al Riveron, a Cuban who became the league's first Hispanic referee, retired Friday.

Riveron worked as an on-field official for nine years and became a member of the NFL's officiating staff in 2013 as a senior director.

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Rodgers: GM bond a 'work in progress'

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said his relationship with general manager Brian Gutekunst is a "work in progress," but he has nothing but affection for the man Gutekunst drafted as his possible replacement: backup Jordan Love.

Rodgers returned to the Packers last week, reporting on time for training camp after an offseason in which he made clear he was unhappy with the organization. The three-time MVP skipped Green Bay's organized team activities and mandatory minicamp, and he acknowledged he doesn't know whether he will be back with Green Bay next season, saying he just wants to focus on this year.

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