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RBs Peterson, Charles visit Redskins

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A slimmed-down Rob Kelly is likely to remain the Washington Redskins' starting running back even though some big names could be joining the team to bolster its decimated backfield.

Amid four injuries in their backfield, the Redskins are talking with Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and former Giants running back Orleans Darkwa and could sign one or two of them. But Kelley, the former "Fat Rob" who lost weight and added speed to his repertoire, is still the front-runner to start Week 1 at the Arizona Cardinals.

Washington lost second-round pick Derrius Guice to a season-ending torn ACL, won't have Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall for and extended period of time because of lower-leg injuries and waived undrafted free agent Martez Carter with an injury designation. That necessitated meetings with Peterson and Charles and a workout for Darkwa, though coach Jay Gruden has enough confidence in Kelley to consider any additions just a way to replenish some depth.


Bears LB Floyd might play through injury

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears are uncertain whether outside linebacker Leonard Floyd and tight end Adam Shaheen will be available to start the regular season after suffering injuries Saturday in a 24-23 preseason win at Denver.

Floyd underwent surgery Sunday to repair a broken bone in his right hand. Coach Matt Nagy said Monday that Floyd's hand won't be healed by the Sept. 9 season opener at Green Bay but that Floyd may play through the injury.


Vikes keep rookie K Carlson over Forbath

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have released kicker Kai Forbath, completing their plan to turn over the job to rookie Daniel Carlson.

Forbath was let go on Monday after one of his two field goal attempts in Minnesota's exhibition game on Saturday missed by hitting the right upright. Since the Vikings drafted Carlson in the fifth round out of Auburn, Forbath's time with the team was bound to be limited.


Titans lose another DB as Reed put on IR

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans' secondary has taken another hit with cornerback Kalen Reed becoming their third defensive back to get placed on injured reserve this preseason.

Reed joins safety Jonathan Cyprien and cornerback Tye Smith. Cyprien, who started 10 games for the Titans last season, tore his anterior cruciate ligament during a noncontact play in practice.


Broncos place oft-injured G Watson on IR

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Menelik Watson's time in Denver is over.

The Broncos placed Watson on IR Monday with a chest injury and intend to release him once he's healthy. That means the Broncos will take a $6.83 million salary cap hit this year.


Tirico to host Football Night In America

NEW YORK (AP) Mike Tirico is adding to his many duties at NBC by taking over as studio host for "Football Night In America."

Tirico, who also does play by play on Notre Dame games and a slew of other hosting assignments, replaces Dan Patrick. Tirico joins Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison on the Sunday night program that has been the most-watched studio show in sports since 2006.


Cowboys G Martin avoids ligament damage

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys received the good news they expected after a preseason knee injury to Zack Martin, the highest-paid guard in the NFL.

Two people with knowledge of the diagnosis said Sunday that Martin has no structural damage in his hyperextended left knee and should be ready for the opener.


Bengals release S Iloka, Bates to start

CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals have released safety George Iloka, clearing the way for rookie Jessie Bates III to move into a starting role.

The seventh-year safety has been sharing time during preseason games with Bates, a second-round pick out of Wake Forest who was given a chance to win the job at the outset.


Chiefs pick up veteran CB Scandrick

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs have signed veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick to a contract for this season that could be worth up to $1.5 million, filling an area of need after an offseason overhaul of their secondary.

The longtime Cowboys cornerback signed a $10 million, two-year deal with the Redskins in March. He was released Tuesday and visited the Chiefs this past week.


Packers' Perry activated from PUP list

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Nick Perry thought it would be a "beautiful" day when the Green Bay Packers finally activated him from the physically unable to perform list and allowed him to start practicing.

As it turned out, Sunday was even better than that for the Packers outside linebacker.

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