Former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum spent four years working alongside coach Rex Ryan, so he should have a pretty good read on the coach's thinking. That's why his comments on NFL Network Thursday about how Ryan may use Michael Vick this season are worth consideration.

Kevin Seraphin's right knee issue 

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Kevin Seraphin recently accepted his 2014 qualifying offer worth $3.89 million, instead if pursuing a multi-year deal with the Washington Wizards. Before signing the contract, Seraphin had right knee surgery due to an issue that hindered him for a good portion of last season. As a result of the procedure to clean out his knee, Seraphin is going to miss playing for France during the Basketball World Cup, which begins in late August.

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Why Sixers signed Pierre Jackson 

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A few NBA teams completed transactions on Thursday and that included the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers signed rookie Pierre Jackson to a partially guaranteed one-year contract and while that is a very minor move for the NBA, it was big for the team and player.

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Suns cancel Christmas 

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The Phoenix Suns continue to get closer to what will likely be their 15-man opening night roster and Thursday that continued with the decision to place shooting guard Dionte Christmas on waivers.

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The Chicago Cubs are probably hoping that Edwin Jackson puts on a good show when he takes the mound Thursday night, because if he continues to underwhelm spectators in attendance -- including any scouts who happen to be watching -- they'll find it hard to deal the pitcher away.

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Mariners continue to ponder deals 

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Earlier on Thursday, the Seattle Mariners completed a deal that brought back Kendrys Morales to the team. As ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reports, the Mariners sent relief pitcher Stephen Pryor to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Morales.

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The Atlanta Falcons hope that Steven Jackson can stay healthy this year and lead their backfield after he posted a career-low 3.5 YPC during an injury-riddled first season with the team. Nonetheless, they also looked to the future by drafting Devonta Freeman in the fourth round.

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Father Time created a cliff for NFL running backs who turn 30, and few avoid falling right off the edge. Somehow Frank Gore managed to eschew that dropoff during his age-30 campaign in 2013, despite being a workhorse for the San Francisco 49ers.

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With Hue Jackson replacing Jay Gruden as offensive coordinator, the Cincinnati Bengals are expected to run a more uptempo offense in 2014.

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Howard headed for the door? 

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When Darin Ruf started at first base for the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday instead of Ryan Howard, there was no reason to believe it was anything more than a routine day off for a veteran. However, that might not be the case.

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The knee injury that kept Joique Bell from practicing this summer should not impact his ability to work out with this teammates during training camp.

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UPDATE: ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter has confirmed that the NFL will suspend Ray Rice for the first two games this season. Read on for details of Rice's absence.
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The NFL has yet to make a formal announcement regarding a potential suspension for Ray Rice, following the offseason incident he had with his now wife, but there is some buzz that the punishment may soon be meted out.

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Ray Allen leaning towards Cavs 

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There has been a lot of speculation that Ray Allen will follow LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers should he put off retirement for at least one more season. Well, that looks like it's going to happen.

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The expectation when Cordarrelle Patterson entered the league last year was that it would take some time to develop his incredible natural skills as a receiver, so it's no surprise that his biggest impact was as a kick-return man, not as a pass-catcher. To wit, his 32.4 yards per kickoff return was the best mark in the NFL, but he mustered just 45 receptions for 469 yards and four receiving touchdowns.

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Nuggets two new additions 

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The Denver Nuggets should announce two signings soon regarding a 2013 draft pick and a 2014 draft pick. The Denver Post has confirmed that point guard Erick Green will sign a mulit-year contract with the Nuggets. Green, the No. 46 pick in the 2013 NBA draft, played in Italy last season.

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