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Houston Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry, diagnosed with lymphoma, was placed on the non-football injury list.

The team said Quessenberry experienced "fatigue and a persistent cough" and almost immediately began chemotherapy treatments.

The 2013 sixth-round pick landed on injured reserve before Week 2 last season with a foot injury. He was hurt in practice. A walk-on at San Jose State, Quessenberry will be treated at world-renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center.

---The Denver Broncos signed rookie cornerback Bradley Roby, their first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, to a contract on Tuesday.

Terms of the contract were not available from the team. Roby was the No. 31 overall selection in May. The 5-foot-11, 194-pound Roby started 37 games in three seaons at Ohio State, finishing with eight interceptions and 44 passes defensed.

The Broncos have now signed all six players that the team drafted last month. There are still 11 first-round picks around the NFL who have yet to sign contracts.

---Where Johnny Manziel goes, the spotlight follows, but head coach Mike Pettine and the Cleveland Browns continue to pledge their support of the fun-loving rookie.

The confident quarterback from Texas A&M spent part of last weekend -- time off for the Browns -- sipping champagne while floating on an inflatable swan in a swimming pool at Club Rio in Austin, Texas, where the "X Games" were staged.

"I would become concerned if it was something criminal and I would be concerned if it affected his job," Pettine said Tuesday after the first day of a three-day minicamp.

---Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay would not speculate on a possible NFL suspension after his arrest three months ago but did say that he would submit to random drug testing with local authorities and offer the results to the league.

Irsay spoke Monday for the first time since he went into rehab after he was arrested during a traffic stop in March when he failed multiple field sobriety tests and was in possession of nearly $30,000 in cash. He refused to apologize for his actions.

"I don't think that's something I'll address right now," Irsay said. "There are certain things I want to say that I can't say. We need to let the process go forward and I'll address that later. I'm a human being; if there's something I have to apologize for, I would, but at this point, it wouldn't be appropriate."

---Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson said he will not skip minicamp or training camp in a contract holdout.

Concerns over his attendance arose of Peterson's absence for voluntary workouts, but he said he chose to spend time with his wife -- a medical school student -- rather than attend OTAs.

Peterson, under contract through 2015 after Arizona picked up his player option for his fifth season, is in line for a huge raise with the market set by several significant deals this offseason.

---Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith crashed into a light post with his vehicle and was arrested early Monday morning in Kansas City.

Smith was charged with operating a vehicle with .08 percent or more of alcohol in his blood, careless driving and driving without proof of insurance, The Kansas City Star reported. Smith, who started 15 of 16 regular-season games last season, was trying to make a left turn at an intersection when he broke the light post, according to Kansas City police.

---The Atlanta Falcons had their vaunted wide receiver tandem of Roddy White and Julio Jones on the practice field Tuesday for the first time since both had to take time away from the team to deal with family emergencies.

White had missed the previous six Organized Team Activity (OTA) sessions after the shooting death of his half-brother, Tyrone Moore Jr., and Jones' brother, Phillip, was the victim of a shooting. Jones worked off to the side while he continues to recovery from foot surgery.

---Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder hired a lobbying firm in May to defend and preserve the franchise's controversial name.

With Senate majority leader Harry Reid leading push to persuade the team to change its name -- 49 other senators supported a leader sent to the Redskins asking them to consider a different name -- Snyder and management hired McGuireWoods Consulting according to a lobbying disclosure filed and classified as a general lobbying purpose. Reid and others echoed concerns raised by some Native American groups that Redskins is viewed as a "racial slur."

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