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Rodgers says he’s ready to play

The Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers is participating in practice and is expected to play in the Packers’ third preseason game against the Oakland Raiders in Canada.

Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst said Monday the plan is for the two-time MVP to make his preseason debut Thursday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Rodgers sat out the Packers’ second preseason game in Baltimore and was sidelined during practice Sunday with back tightness.

Rodgers, along with 25 other teammates, did not dress for the first preseason game against Houston.

Oakland Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Star receiver Antonio Brown has returned to training camp with the Oakland Raiders a day after being given an ultimatum by general manager Mike Mayock to be “all in or all out.”

Brown took part in meetings Monday with the Raiders in Napa before the team broke camp, a person familiar with the situation said on condition of anonymity because the team didn’t release details.

Brown didn’t attend practice Sunday as he works to find a helmet that he’s comfortable using and that meets safety standards set by the NFL and NFLPA. Agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN earlier Monday that they are looking into “all options right now to resolve the helmet issue.”

Brown also lost a grievance to allow him to use a helmet that is no longer certified as safe. Brown had hoped to find a newer version of his preferred helmet that could be approved but the one he submitted failed a safety test conducted by the league and union, a second person said on condition of anonymity because test results weren’t released.

New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots have placed receiver Josh Gordon on the non-football injury list while he gets back into shape following his suspension.

The move comes after the NFL conditionally lifted the suspension, saying Gordon could participate in team meetings, conditioning and individual workouts.

Gordon made two brief appearances in the Patriots’ locker room before practice Monday but said he did not have time to talk to reporters.

Gordon was suspended indefinitely in December for violations of the league’s substance abuse policy. He had also been suspended in 2012, and he missed the entire 2015 and ’16 seasons. In interviews, he acknowledged using Xanax, cocaine, marijuana and other narcotics, and he said in 2017 he smoked pot before “probably every game of my career.”

The Cleveland Browns cut ties with him last September. He had 40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns with the Patriots before the league suspended him.

Miami Dolphins

DAVIE, Fla. — Choosing the Miami Dolphins’ quarterback has become a close call, mostly because both candidates have been only so-so, and coach Brian Flores isn’t ready to announce his decision.

He’s not sure he’ll be ready before the final exhibition game, either.

Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to start the third game of the preseason on Thursday against Jacksonville, with Josh Rosen coming off the bench. That doesn’t mean Fitzpatrick has clinched the No. 1 job, Flores said Monday, even though the Dolphins are treating the game as a dress rehearsal for the season opener Sept. 8 against Baltimore.

Flores said he might announce his QB choice after the Jacksonville game and before the exhibition finale next week. Or not.

It’s possible the first-year coach has made up his mind and wants to keep opponents guessing.

Tennessee Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans running back Derrick Henry is back at practice for the first time since hurting his left calf on the opening day of Tennessee’s training camp.

Henry took part in individual drills Monday as the Titans worked in their indoor practice field with the temperature feeling higher than 100 degrees. Henry then went inside the team’s headquarters and did not speak to reporters after practice.

Coach Mike Vrabel says it’s always good to get players back at practice from injuries and that the Titans hope Henry can do more Tuesday.

The Titans (1-1) host Pittsburgh (2-0) this Sunday.

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