NFL-National Football League roundup

Oct 3 (The Sports Xchange) - Amid accusations and investigations, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Thursday that they released displaced and displeased former starting quarterback Josh Freeman.

Freeman, who last year became the first quarterback in Bucs history to pass for 4,000 yards in a season, was benched and then declared inactive last week against Arizona after playing poorly in the first three games.

A breakup of some sort was inevitable and reports indicate the Bucs offered him for trade but no team was interested.

The last week has been full of accusations, especially by Freeman, who claims the team leaked information that he was enrolled in the NFL's substance abuse program.

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The NFL will not fine Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson for his hit against Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown during last Sunday's game, according to ESPN.

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In an open letter to NFL fans, commissioner Roger Goodell emphasizes improvements and continued attention to player safety, including neurological disorders and prevention of head injuries.

In the wake of another suicide -- former Chargers safety Paul Oliver died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, taking his own life in front of his wife and sons in September -- and a forthcoming investigative book that alleges the NFL worked for decades to cover up the connection between football, head trauma and its lasting impacts, Goodell penned a thorough reminder of the NFL's ongoing attention to neurotrauma.

"Increased safety for players has been an essential part of the evolution of football dating back to its early days more than 100 years ago," Goodell wrote.

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Four games into his first NFL head-coaching job, Chip Kelly said Thursday that he has no intentions of leaving Philadelphia.

"I'm the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles," Kelly said for the second time in three days, responding to questions about his interest in the vacant job at Southern California. "I'm very, very excited to be here. I'm not entertaining anything like that. I'm here."

Kelly, of course, is a known commodity in the Pac-12. He helped boost Oregon to perennial contender status. With the Eagles off to a slow start, Kelly's name has been repeatedly connected to USC since Lane Kiffin was fired Sunday.

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Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw is considering season-ending neck surgery, though the severity of his injury remains unclear.

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The hit that put Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker on the sideline for several weeks didn't draw a penalty, but the NFL did fine the two New York Jets defenders who tagged him on the play.

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The New England Patriots announced Thursday that they placed defensive lineman Vince Wilfork on injured reserve and released tight end Zach Sudfeld.

Wilfork tore his right Achilles' tendon on Sunday night in the Patriots' 30-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

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Offensive tackle Eugene Monroe is going from one of the worst teams in the NFL to the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

The Jacksonville Jaguars completed the trade to the Ravens for multiple mid-round draft picks -- fourth- and fifth-round selections in the 2014 draft.

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The New Orleans Saints will go to Chicago for their game against the Bears a day earlier than they planned because of Tropical Storm Karen.

The Saints will depart for Chicago on Friday because Karen may hit landfall on Saturday. (Editing by Frank Pingue)