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Patriots' QB Brady limps off practice field

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady limped off the practice field after appearing to hurt his left leg while throwing a pass.

Brady had left tackle Nate Solder pushed into him by a defender after throwing a fade to rookie Aaron Dobson that fell incomplete, and the former league MVP ended up on the ground holding his leg.

He took a few more snaps before talking with coach Bill Belichick and walking off gingerly but without assistance.

He was met by a member of the team's athletic training staff and walked to the adjacent indoor practice facility. He had not returned to the field after about 30 minutes.

Brady tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a game in 2008 and missed most of that season.

The Patriots were holding a joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ryan Mallett replaced Brady at quarterback.

 

Fish loaded at receiver

DAVIE, Fla. -- As the Miami Dolphins break the huddle in practice, quarterback Ryan Tannehill sometimes has a quick word with eager-beaver receiver Mike Wallace to warn him the ball will be thrown elsewhere on the play just called.

Wallace's reaction?

"Throw it to Mike," he said.

Like any good pass-catcher, Wallace wants the ball on every play. But Tannehill and the Dolphins enjoy an abundance of potential pass targets this year, which is a big change from last season.

With the addition of newcomers Wallace, Brandon Gibson and Dustin Keller, the receiving corps is considered the most improved part of the roster. The group has gone from a weakness to the strongest aspect of an offence desperate for more firepower.

"I like what I see," Tannehill said. "We have a lot of talent on the field, a lot of guys who can get open, catch the ball and do something with it when they get the ball in their hands. I'm excited that we have playmakers on the field. Now it's just a matter of putting the puzzle together and me doing a good job giving them the ball."

Last season the Dolphins finished 27th in the NFL in points and yards, and while Tannehill started every game as a rookie, Miami ranked 30th with only 13 touchdown passes. No wideout scored more than once.

 

More trouble for Bronco

DENVER -- Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, already facing a suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy, is now confronted by charges that he failed to show up in court on misdemeanour traffic violations.

Miller was arrested in the Denver suburb of Centennial on Sunday and then released, Arapahoe County sheriff's detention chief Louie Perea said Wednesday.

The Broncos released a two-sentence statement saying they and league officials are aware of the allegation that Miller didn't appear at a court hearing.

The matter is "being handled through the legal system," the statement said.

Miller was supposed to appear in court on Dec. 31 on charges of careless driving, driving without a licence and no proof of insurance, Arapahoe County court officials said.

The original citation was issued Oct. 25.

The address where Miller was arrested is the Centennial Gun Club, a shooting range. A woman who answered the phone at the club Wednesday said the owner was in a meeting and unavailable for comment.

The 24-year-old linebacker is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug-abuse policy. He has appealed and a hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

 

Vikings counting on CBs

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings are counting on some savvy, productive performances by their unseasoned cornerbacks.

Missing this year is stalwart veteran Antoine Winfield, who was let go and is now with Seattle. Not only will the group be without his leadership, but his steady play and sure tackling will be hard to replace.

The guys in charge of this critical position start with Chris Cook, Josh Robinson and rookie Xavier Rhodes. Combined, this trio has played in 38 regular season games and totalled just two interceptions, both by Robinson last year. A.J. Jefferson is the only other player in the mix for playing time with significant experience in the secondary.

 

-- from the wire services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 15, 2013 D2

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