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Wide receiver Terrell Owens could have run his way onto the Seattle Seahawks' preseason roster with a 40-yard dash time below 4.5 seconds in a private workout on Monday.

ESPN.com reported Owens' "impressive" workout with Seattle and said the team will try to sign the 38-year-old, 15-year NFL veteran to a contract.

Owens, who'll be 39 in December, didn't play last season. He had surgery to repair a torn ACL before the player lockout ended and wasn't available until midseason.

He caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns with the Bengals in 2010.

---Browns coach Pat Shurmur put an end to the quarterback competition after practice, naming rookie Brandon Weeden Cleveland's No. 1 quarterback entering the 2012 season.

Weeden, 28, will become the 11th quarterback in 14 years to start a season opener for the Browns on Sept. 9.

Not all of the drama at the position is over. Shurmur said Monday that the pecking order behind Weeden would be determined in the preseason, meaning veteran Seneca Wallace could beat out incumbent start Colt McCoy to be the No. 2 quarterback entering the season.

---When the Green Bay Packers visit the San Diego Chargers Thursday night in the preseason opener for both teams, a little history will be made.

It will be the first time a female official has worked an NFL game, with replacement referee Shannon Eastin on the officiating crew made up of replacements as a lockout continues involving the regular league crews.

Eastin has been an official in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and attended the NFL's officials training clinic in Dallas in July.

--The Broncos signed veteran linebacker Keith Brooking to a one-year deal.

A 15-year veteran, Brooking, 36, has played in 209 career games and has been voted to the Pro Bowl five times.

A first-round pick in 1998, Brooking spent 11 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and played the past three seasons with the Cowboys. He became a backup for the first time since his rookie season in 2011 in Dallas, starting only three of 16 games.

--Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said doctors gave cornerback Terrell Thomas a positive report, clearing him to attempt rehab from a knee injury suffered last week.

It is not known how quickly Thomas can recover, but Coughlin said Monday he is optimistic Thomas will avoid another surgery.

Thomas was trying to work his way back from the 2011 season-ending right knee surgery to repair a torn ACL when he slipped on the wet grass while covering Domenik Hixon during the team's third practice, hyperextending his right leg.

--Wide receiver Justin Blackmon, the lone unsigned rookie draft choice in the 2012 draft, agreed to contract terms with the Jaguars on Monday.

The Jaguars traded up to acquire Blackmon with the fifth overall pick in the draft but lamented signing him to even the 2011 value of the contract for that draft-pick slot -- a four-year deal with a fifth-year option worth about $18.429 million over the first four years with a team option for a fifth year using the average value of the top 10 base salaries at the position.

Early indications are Blackmon landed a deal in excess of $19 million over four years.

Blackmon's off-field history -- two DUI-related arrests in three years -- raised questions about Jacksonville's investment.

--Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher was held out of practice Sunday for the fourth straight day, but the Bears are simply being cautious with a veteran to whom preseason participation isn't a priority.

"His knee is still a little sore," coach Lovie Smith said. "Hopefully, we'll be able to get him back out here before long. But we'll take our time with Brian."

Urlacher suffered partial tears to the MCL (medial collateral ligament) and PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) in his left knee during the 2011 regular-season finale at Minnesota.

--Football is a business, but Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said the team is coping with the death of head coach Andy Reid's 29-year-old son, Garrett, not as professional football players but as fathers and sons.

"I have three kids of my own. I have a son," Vick said Monday. "It just makes you want to strengthen the relationships that you have and enjoy them each and every day and not take life for granted. It is all in God's will and in God's hands and when he calls us then we have to go."

--Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was due in Harris County Criminal Court for a pretrial hearing Monday, but prosecutors agreed to push back the date of his second appearance until Sept. 27.

Peterson was charged with resisting arrest and fined $1,000 for the disturbance as Live! At Bayou Place in Houston was closing early Saturday morning.

--The Texans welcomed wide receiver Andre Johnson back to the practice field Monday but coach Gary Kubiak closely tracked his star's limited participation.

"He looked good," Kubiak said. "We put a play count on him. It's about getting him going again."

Johnson, 31, missed nine games last season with two separate hamstring injuries. He injured his groin, classified as a mild strain by the Texans after an MRI exam, in the team's second training camp practice July 29.

--Lions running back Stephon Green injured his knee in Monday's practice and joined the team's top two tailbacks -- Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure -- on the sideline. That leaves only veteran Kevin Smith, who slimmed down and appears to have more zip in camp but has a lengthy injury history of his own.

The Lions kicked the tires on free agent Ryan Grant in May. Former Colts running back Joseph Addai, released by the Patriots before passing the conditioning test in July, and former Bengals running back Cedric Benson are veterans the team could consider with the preseason schedule beginning this week at Ford Field against the Browns.

--Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma received "no settlement offer" from the NFL, according to NFL Network, though a proposal could still be made.

Reports first surfaced Sunday night that Vilma could have his season-long suspension cut in half -- to eight games -- if he agreed to drop the civil lawsuit pending in Louisiana court against commissioner Roger Goodell for defamation of character.

Chris Mortensen said the two sides have been holding settlement talks that would resume on Monday.

--Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes is unlikely to play Friday in the preseason opener against the Bengals.

Holmes injured rib cartilage Saturday in an intrasquad scrimmage and is officially listed as doubtful, coach Rex Ryan said Monday.

--The Bears signed veteran wide receiver Rashied Davis, who returns to Chicago after one season with the Lions.

The veteran is primarily a special teams player but spent time at cornerback and wide receiver in his previous stint with the Bears from 2005-2010.

--The Cowboys released safety Brodney Pool and waived cornerback Issac Madison.

To fill those roster spots, the Cowboys signed running back Javarris Williams and wide receiver David Little.

Pool had a disappointing offseason at a position where playing time was available. The Cowboys have been especially pleased with former Toledo safety Barry Church's performance in camp and coach Jason Garrett singled out Church as "probably a little bit better than we thought he was."

Pool was one of three Cowboys who failed the camp-opening conditioning test. He signed a one-year, $1.2 million deal in March.

--The Dolphins aren't close to settling their three-way quarterback competition, meaning rookie first-round pick Ryan Tannehill has a chance to start for Miami.

David Garrard was listed as the starter on the first depth chart of the preseason on Monday, and coach Joe Philbin said it was a result of what happened since April 10.

--- A disagreement between running back Joe McKnight and safety D'Anton Lynn, the son of the Jets running backs coach, let to a brawl at the New York Jets practice on Monday in Cortland, N.Y.

The incident began, according to the New York Daily News, after Lynn, an undrafted rookie, pushed McKnight out of bounds.

McKnight threw the ball at Lynn's facemask and rushed toward him. McKnight threw a punch before Lynn drove him to the ground.

About 20 players, including Tim Tebow, rushed to McKnight and Lynn, with Tebow trying to act as a peacemaker. The fight spilled to within a few feet of the barricade separating fans from the field.

There seemed to be no hard feelings afterward.

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