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NFL roundup: Dolphins coach says Johnson released for "body of work"

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Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said wide receiver Chad Johnson was released for his "body of work" since he signed in June, and not solely for his domestic violence arrest over the weekend.

Philbin, who encouraged Johnson to use his fame to be a positive example on the first episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks" training camp documentary, claimed the move wasn't a simple one for the franchise to make. Miami signed Johnson days after he was released by the New England Patriots in June.

"With any type of these decisions, it was not an easy one," Philbin said. "It was not reactive, nor was it based on one single incident."

Linebacker Karlos Dansby told WMEN-AM radio in Miami that he wasn't pleased the team parted with Johnson.

"I hate that we didn't stand behind him," Dansby said. "I know the guys in the locker room would. But the organization felt a totally different way about the situation, and they probably had more information than we know. And they had to do what they had to do."

Johnson was arrested Saturday after a confrontation with his wife, Evelyn Lozada, in their car while parked in the driveway of their home. Police reports indicate the argument was allegedly over a receipt Lozada, a reality TV star who wedded Johnson a month earlier, found for a box of condoms while she was carrying groceries into the house. Lozada had a three-inch cut on her forehead she said occurred when Johnson head-butted her.

Lozada plans to press charges, according to police, and has received a protective order that prevents Johnson from contacting her. Johnson told police he was head-butted by his wife.

--- VH1 scrapped plans to produce a reality show series based on Chad Johnson's marriage to reality star Evelyn Lozada, who appeared on the network's "Basketball Wives" series.

"Due to the unfortunate events over the weekend and the seriousness of the allegations, VH1 is pulling the series?Ev and Ocho?from its schedule and has no current plans of airing it," the network said in a statement.

The series was scheduled to begin airing Sept. 3.

---The St. Louis Rams announced they have decided to opt out of home games in London in 2013 and 2014.

The team had initially agreed to a "home" game at Wembley Stadium each of the next three seasons, beginning with an Oct. 28 game against New England this year, which will go on as scheduled.

The three-year plan was initially opposed by the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, which objected to the notion of losing a home game each of those seasons. The St. Louis CVC owns the Edwards Jones Dome, and leases it to the Rams.

The NFL will work to line up new teams to play the London game in 2013 and '14.

---Despite having a broken clavicle, San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews says he plans to return by the regular-season opener.

The team has issued a recovery timetable of 4-6 weeks. But Mathews, who underwent surgery Friday, wore no sling when he made his first public comments to reporters Sunday evening.

--Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks passed his physical and was activated from the physically unable to perform list on Monday.

Nicks estimated he would return in less than 12 weeks from a broken foot suffered running a route in minicamp. He beat that mark -- August 20 -- by one week.

Nicks will be limited, per the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, to meetings and training until Thursday.

--The Patriots are scheduled to host offensive tackle Chad Clifton for a workout and physical this week.

The Patriots could consider the 36-year-old veteran left tackle an option on an offensive line swamped by injuries.

Clifton played his entire 12-year career with the Packers but has had leg and knee injuries that make his durability a question mark.

--Eagles coach Andy Reid announced that King Dunlap will replace Demetress Bell as the first-team left tackle.

Bell was signed after All-Pro Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon in March. Reid called it a "scheduled switch," and said it's not a reflection of the way Bell has been playing in training camp and the first preseason game.

--Lovie Smith's contract indicates the 2013 season could be his final year as head coach of the Chicago Bears.

Smith isn't concerned and believes the organization is very much in his corner even after a top-down housecleaning during which his boss Jerry Angelo, who hired Smith in 2004, was let go in January.

To Smith, the fact that he's still standing was enough of an endorsement from Bears president Ted Phillips that he'll be around beyond the 2012 season.

--Randy Moss could play the role of designated home-run hitter in the 49ers' offense this season.

Moss has impressed in offseason workouts and training camp, but the 35-year-old with 153 career touchdowns isn't likely to play more than a specialized role. The 49ers are perfectly fine with Moss focusing on what he does best -- use his speed to affect defenses.

Moss has a career average of 15.6 yards per reception. He's not a No. 1 receiver at this stage of his career, but the 49ers have a collection of weapons best served to play focused roles

--The Bills released 375-pound offensive guard Ed Jasper, a 2011 seventh-round draft pick.

Jasper played both sides of the ball at Bethel College. He was used at offensive guard by the Bills, but coach Chan Gailey said Jasper didn't adjust to the NFL game.

--Colts linebacker Pat Angerer suffered a fractured foot in Sunday's preseason opener and is likely to be sidelined six weeks, coach Chuck Pagano said Monday.

Angerer left Lucas Oil Stadium in a walking boot on Sunday. He was the team's leading tackler in 2011.

---Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha collided with Nate Allen during Monday's practice, and the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Asomugha had little movement for close to five minutes before he got to one knee. According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the Eagles say that Asomugha has a cut lip and a sore neck, and team officials are evaluating whether he has a concussion.
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