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Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings waived injured rookie DE Hercules Mata'afa this afternoon and signed LB Mike Needham from Southern Utah. Mata'afa tore his ACL during the final week of OTAs and was expected to make a push for a special teams roster spot. Needham, a UDFA, spent rookie minicamp with the Arizona Cardinals.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets WR Jermaine Kearse talks about his round with Jordan Spieth at the Travelers Championship celebrity pro-am.


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The Texans have claimed OT Roderick Johnson off of waivers from the Browns, per league source.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Some changes to the Giants front office. Most notable are assistant GM Kevin Abrams adding VP of football operations title and Chris Pettit becoming director of college scouting. Both have been top lieutenants for new GM Dave Gettleman.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chargers announced they will hold joint practices with the New Orleans Saints at Jack Hammett Sports Complex on Wednesday, Aug. 22 and Thursday, Aug. 23 at 10 am local time. The Chargers play the Saints in the team's third preseason game on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the StubHub Center. The Chargers will release the team's full training camp schedule on Thursday.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets WR Jermaine Kearse knocks it to within 12 feet on this 120-yard par-3 in the Travelers Championship celebrity pro-am. His birdie putt lipped out. It would've been his third straight birdie.


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets WR Jermaine Kearse, who didn't start playing golf until five years ago, is playing in front of a crowd for the first time at the Travelers Championship celebrity pro-am. The crowds are big because his playing partner is Jordan Spieth. Not too much pressure.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

The Broncos have released their schedule of training camp practices they will be open to the public at their Englewood, Colo., complex. The rundown: July 28: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. July 29: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. July 30: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. July 31: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 1: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 3: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 4: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 5: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 7: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 8: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 9: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 14: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 15: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jordan Spieth (blue shirt) looks on as Jets WR Jermaine Kearse hits a tee shot in the Travelers Championship celebrity pro-am. Spieth joked with Kearse about how golf crowds are tougher than football crowds because they see everything and there's nowhere to hide when you make a mistake.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

What happens when a Super Bowl champion plays golf with one of the biggest names in the sport? Jets WR Jermaine Kearse, who won a title with the Seahawks, is about to tee off with Jordan Spieth in the celebrity pro-am of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn.


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots LS Joe Cardona's four-year extension includes $1 million guaranteed and $850,000 in bonuses. Salary-cap charges: 2018 - $860,000; 2019 - $955,000; 2020 - $990,000; 2021 - $965,000; 2022 - $1.21 million. The extension is a strong reflection of how the Patriots view Cardona's work on the field, and also as a strong locker-room and community presence. Meanwhile, Patriots FB James Develin's two-year extension through 2020 includes the following salary cap charges: 2018 -- $1.675 million; 2019 -- $1.7 million; 2020 -- $1.9 million. That's a win-win situation for a player who has said he wants to remain in New England and a team that likes to build quality depth at manageable financial figures.