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NFL Roundup: Hernandez investigation continues

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Even as the amount of ominous news grows, as does the mass of media watching his house and every more, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was not charged or arrested as of late Thursday afternoon in connection with the apparent homicide of Odin Lloyd.

Lloyd, a semi-pro football player, reportedly left a club with two men, including Hernandez, late Sunday night or early Monday morning, but only two men returned to Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass.

Hernandez has been under scrutiny ever since. Police visited his home on Tuesday and Wednesday, then returned with a warrant Thursday and reportedly had serious questions regarding why the home security system and cell phone they took from Hernandez were destroyed and why a team of house cleaners was hired Monday to clean the football player's mansion.

Boston's Fox 25 News, citing an anonymous source, reported Wednesday night that forensic evidence linked a vehicle driven by Hernandez to the crime scene. The TV station also reported that Hernandez was with Lloyd at a Boston bar on the night of Lloyd's death.

---The Denver Broncos have re-signed veteran center Dan Koppen, a league source told Scout.com.

The 33-year-old started 13 games for Denver last season, including their playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens. His signing comes amid the news that fellow center J.D. Walton will have additional surgery on his left ankle that is expected to keep him out until at least October.

Koppen has started 132 of 136 career games since entering the NFL in 2003 with the New England Patriots. He joined the Broncos in September 2012 on a one-year deal.

---The Dallas Cowboys released Anthony Hargrove on Thursday, a month after they signed the former New Orleans Saints defensive lineman.

Hargrove was suspended last season in the Saints' bounty scandal and several reports indicated that he was not in shape during offseason practices after the Cowboys signed him on May 16.

Hargrove, a 2004 third-round draft pick by the St. Louis Rams, played on the Saints' Super Bowl championship team in 2009 after sitting out a season because of a drug suspension.
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