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April 3 (The Sports Xchange) - Shortly after receiving his stolen Super Bowl jerseys back from team owner Robert Kraft, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady almost lost -- all in fun -- the Super Bowl LI jersey in front of nearly 40,000 witnesses.

Kraft tweeted a video on Monday from his suburban Boston home in which he returned Brady's Super Bowl jerseys, one of which went missing after New England's stunning comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl in Houston on Feb. 5.

Within a matter of a few hours, Brady found himself chasing down another would-be thief in the person of team mate and star Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Set to throw out the first pitch at Opening Day for the Boston Red Sox, Brady held the retrieved jersey aloft to the cheers of an adoring crowd at Fenway Park.

Suddenly, Gronkowski interrupted the festivities, leaping from behind to snag the jersey and running toward second base with Brady in not-so-heated pursuit.

Brady "tackled" his team mate in short right field and grabbed the jersey back while the partisan throng roared.

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Adrian Peterson remains on the lookout for an NFL home.

The former Minnesota Vikings running back's visit with the New England Patriots ended without a deal being struck, multiple outlets reported.

The visit was Peterson's second since the Vikings released him March 9. He previously visited the Seattle Seahawks.

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The Washington Redskins agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free agent inside linebacker Zach Brown.

Brown enjoyed a Pro Bowl season with the Buffalo Bills in 2016, collecting a team-high 149 tackles that ranked second in the NFL. The 27-year-old also had four sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles.

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Former NFL coach Rex Ryan will join ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" in September, the network announced.

The former Buffalo Bills and New York Jets head coach also will contribute to "SportsCenter," ESPN Radio and other ESPN platforms.

The New York Daily News reported last month that Ryan's contract is for multiple years.

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The NFL and HBO agreed to extend the run of "Hard Knocks," a behind-the-scenes reality television show of the league's training camps.

According to Sports Business Journal, "Hard Knocks" will remain on HBO for at least the next four seasons.

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Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly exited school's Pro Day after only 12 throws after aggravating an injury to his throwing wrist.

The injury is considered a short-term issue and Kelly told teams he plans to throw again on April 22, less than a week prior to the 2017 NFL Draft.

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The Detroit Lions signed free agent linebacker Nick Bellore to add depth at the position.

The 6-foot-1, 250-pound Bellore comes to Detroit after spending the previous two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He appeared in 14 games (10 starts) last season and totaled 83 tackles, one sack, one interception, five pass defenses, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

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The Minnesota Vikings signed punter Ryan Quigley, the team announced.

Quigley will be joining his fourth team in five seasons. He appeared in six games and averaged 44.5 yards per punt last season with the Arizona Cardinals. (Editing by Gene Cherry)

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