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Bears sign WR Cruz to 1-year contract

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears added some salsa to the roster Thursday, signing former New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz to a one-year contract.

The Bears were looking for help after former Pro Bowl receiver Alshon Jeffery signed with Philadelphia. They're hoping Cruz can rediscover some of his old flair and give them a reliable option along with the oft-injured youngster Kevin White.

A feared receiver with the Giants, Cruz helped them win the Super Bowl before being slowed by injuries. He was released after seven seasons in February.

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Giants WR Beckham, DE Vernon miss OTAs

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants ended their first week of voluntary organized team activities missing two of their biggest stars - wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and defensive end Olivier Vernon.

The workout Thursday was third of the week, and Beckham missed them all. The team did not say whether Vernon missed all three, but the veteran who signed an $85 million contract in the offseason last year wasn't there Thursday, the only day workouts were open to the media.

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Bills sign ex-49ers starting LB Hodges

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have signed linebacker Gerald Hodges, who started 12 games for San Francisco last season.

Team officials also said Thursday that cornerback Charles Gaines had been released.

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Giants sign DE Taylor, S Ihenacho

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have signed defensive end Devin Taylor and safety Duke Ihenacho.

The Giants announced the moves Thursday, adding two veterans who have played in 102 NFL games.

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Kuechly won't change aggressive style

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly has no plans to alter his aggressive style of play following a second concussion last November, one that tugged at the emotions of a national TV audience when he was carted off the field sobbing uncontrollably.

The 2014 NFL Defensive Player of the Year still doesn't like talking about that frightening Thursday night game, and is clearly itching to put concussion talk behind him and prove to doubters he'll be just fine this coming season.

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Tannehill says knee injury fully healed

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Back from a season-ending knee injury, Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill says he has healed and feels "totally normal," allowing him to take part in offseason workouts now underway.

Tannehill missed last season's final four games, including a playoff loss at Pittsburgh, after spraining the ACL and MCL in his left knee. After surgery was ruled out, Tannehill rehabilitated the partially torn ligaments and underwent stem cell treatments.

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Peterson gets taste of Saints offense

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Adrian Peterson is learning what it's like to play in an offense that won't feature him.

Then again, this is exactly what arguably the greatest running back of his generation signed up for when he agreed to play with the New Orleans Saints and prolific passer Drew Brees.

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Jets sign former Bills CB White

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Jets have signed veteran cornerback Corey White and waived/injured wide receiver Brisly Estime.

The team also announced Wednesday that it has signed third-round pick ArDarius Stewart, leaving first-rounder Jamal Adams as the lone unsigned player among the nine draft picks.

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4 teams add Europeans to practice squads

NEW YORK (AP) Four NFL teams will carry an additional overseas player on their practice squads during the 2017 season. Three players are from Britain and one from Germany.

The announcement by the NFL on Thursday is part of a new International Player Pathway program.

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Cowboys' Elliott sits after minor crash

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was a passenger in a minor car accident and is missing the first three offseason practices as a precaution.

Elliott, the 2016 NFL rushing champion as a rookie, bumped his head in the crash Sunday night, but running backs coach Gary Brown said Wednesday that Elliott doesn't have a concussion.

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