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NFL Roundup: No players taken in supplemental draft

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In contrast to the multi-day, prime-time NFL player draft in April, the league's 2013 supplemental draft was literally uneventful Thursday.

The league covered the entire proceedings in a single tweet: "Supplemental draft has concluded. No players were selected." In case that so-called announcement might have caused any confusion, the Baltimore Ravens verified it with a similar tweet.

This is the first time since 2004 that no players were taken in the supplemental draft.

Six players were eligible for the supplemental lottery -- defensive end James Boyd, UNLV; defensive tackle Nate Holloway, UNLV; defensive end Toby Jackson, Central Florida; wide receiver DeWayne Peace, Houston; wide receiver O. J. Ross, Purdue and defensive back Damond Smith, South Alabama.

--The Dallas Cowboys are scheduled to report to training camp on July 19, but the NFL could prevent defensive lineman Josh Brent from joining the team in Oxnard, Calif.

Brent's roster standing is in the hands of the NFL office. He's not expected to play in 2013, but no official word from the team or commissioner Roger Goodell has been delivered.

He failed two drug tests in less than 30 days and was jailed in Dallas last month for the violation of the terms of his release from jail while awaiting trial for the accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown on Dec. 8, 2012.

--Alfonzo Dennard of the New England Patriots was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early Thursday morning, the Omaha World-Herald first reported.

Dennard, 24, was allegedly straddling the center line in at 2 a.m. when he was pulled over in Lincoln, Neb., where he attended school and played cornerback for the Cornhuskers.

The legal woes aren't new to the Patriots -- or Dennard, a second-year cornerback. He was convicted of one count of assaulting a uniformed police officer, for which the penalty during sentencing in April was 30 days in jail, two years probation and 100 hours of law enforcement-related community service.

--Mark Sanchez has many skeptics inside and outside of the New York Jets' organization, but he remains confident he'll open the 2013 season as the team's starting quarterback.

Sanchez outperformed rookie Geno Smith during the offseason program, but both quarterbacks suffered through rough patches and it is considered an open competition when training camp opens in less than two weeks.

"When it's a straight-up competition for the job, let's roll," Sanchez said in a recent interview with ESPNNewYork.com. "It really doesn't bother me at all. It really doesn't affect my confidence or anything like that. We're competing for something. All right, I'm going to win. That's just how I am."

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