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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The downpour began as practice was about to end for the Patriots on Sunday.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots have released wide receiver Greg Orton two days after he suffered a leg injury.

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Jerricho Cotchery doesn't mind being ''the old guy'' on the Panthers wide receiver corps - just as long as he's the productive old guy.

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid is serious about what he has said about competition at the cornerback position.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) After missing last season with a knee injury, Will Smith is thrilled to be back on the field.

Now, the 33-year-old defensive end has a job to win.

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