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Pat Summerall, a former NFL player who called NFL games as a broadcaster for more than 40 years, has died at the age of 82.

"Pat Summerall was one of the best friends and greatest contributors that the NFL has known," commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

FOX Sports, the network Summerall worked for from 1993 to 2002, confirmed his death after the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center said Summerall died in his room at Dallas' Zale Lipshy Hospital of cardiac arrest. Summerall was hospitalized recovering from hip surgery.

Summerall participated in network television broadcasts for 16 Super Bowls. His final Super Bowl was called on Feb. 3, 2002. That also was his last game with John Madden. Summerall and Madden worked together for 21 years. Summerall's voice was also used in Madden's early video games.

Summerall also broadcast golf and tennis events.

He played in the NFL for 10 seasons, primarily as a kicker, for the Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants.

---The NFL will announce the 2013 regular-season schedule Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, league spokesman Greg Aiello announced through via Twitter.

The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens will open the season on the road Thursday, Sept. 5, due to a conflict with the Baltimore Orioles, who are scheduled to play the Chicago White Sox at 7:05 p.m. ET on that date.

---New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in late July, following offseason shoulder surgery, the NFL Network reported Tuesday morning.

However, Hernandez is likely to miss OTAs and the team's minicamp in June, the report said.

---The New York Jets signed Calvin Pace to a one-year contract, two months after cutting the outside linebacker as part of a salary purge, according to an ESPN.com report.

Terms of his new deal weren't disclosed.

---The Cincinnati Bengals signed tight end Alex Smith as an unrestricted free agent. Smith spent the past three seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

---Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams is taking a significant pay cut to remain with the team, according to a ESPN 1500 Twin Cities report.

The station reported that Williams will earn $4.9 million this season through a restructuring that will then make him a free agent, rather than $7.5 million each year.

---Offensive lineman Eben Britton signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears, a day after having a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks.
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