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NFL notebook: Barkley, Tebow compete for spot with Eagles


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Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow are competing to be the third quarterback on the Philadelphia Eagles roster, with one more last chance coming in the Eagles’ preseason finale on Thursday.

Barkley said he was informed he’ll get the start Thursday against the Jets and Tebow is expected to play the second half.

The NFL deadline to reduce rosters is Saturday at 4 p.m. ET and only one of the quarterbacks is expected to survive as the third-string quarterback behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez.

There is a chance the Eagles won’t keep either Tebow or Barkley, especially if head coach Chip Kelly sees a better option available as roster reductions are announced.

–Head coach Mike Pettine said the Cleveland Browns are not sure when quarterback Johnny Manziel will be ready to throw again.

Manziel is bothered by right elbow soreness, a condition Pettine said was also a challenge for Manziel at Texas A&M.

Manziel said he consulted with renowned surgeon James Andrews as a reference in his rehabilitation. None of the doctors Manziel spoke to recommended surgery, he said.

–The Pittsburgh Steelers restructured wide receiver Antonio Brown’s contract to give him a pay bump this season, according to reports.

The Steelers turned money from Brown’s 2016 salary into a 2015 signing bonus that gives him a $2 million raise to $8 million. He will make $6.25 million in 2016 and $8.71 million in 2017.

Brown signed a six-year, $43 million contract with the Steelers before the 2012 season.

–New York Jets placed tight end Jace Amaro on injured reserve and announced he needed shoulder surgery to repair a torn torn labrum suffered in the preseason opener.

Initially the injury was considered minor and Amaro said last week that it was improving.

–Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb is expected to be able to play in the season opener against the Chicago Bears despite suffering a shoulder injury during the team’s third preseason game.

–Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III appeared to like a social media post calling for the “impeachment” of his boss, Daniel Snyder.

From Griffin’s account, the post was liked with a heart and later unliked, when Griffin claimed in his own post that, in fact, a social media intern had made the earlier click of support.

–Case Keenum made enough of a case during the preseason to win the St. Louis Rams’ backup quarterback job behind starter Nick Foles.

–Running back Fred Jackson visited with Seattle Seahawks officials a day after being released by the Buffalo Bills.

–The Oakland Raiders officially waived running back Trent Richardson among their moves to reduce their roster to the league-mandated 75 players.

–Third-string quarterback Connor Shaw was placed on injured reserve by the Cleveland Browns. Shaw has surgery on his right thumb in August.

–The Kansas City Chiefs placed quarterback Tyler Bray (torn ACL) on the non-football injury list.

–The New England Patriots acquired return specialist Jalen Saunders from the New Orleans Saints. Saunders was unlikely to make the Saints’ roster because of the emergence of Marcus Murphy.

–The Atlanta Falcons announced that they have reached an injury settlement with guard Peter Konz. He suffered a torn ACL last October and is not completely recovered.

–Quarterback Mike Kafka was waived/injured by the Minnesota Vikings, who reached the mandated 75-man roster limit with the transaction.

–The Green Bay Packers officially placed wide receiver Jordy Nelson on injured reserve on Tuesday and made a number of other moves to get down to the 75-player roster limit. Nelson suffered a torn ACL in a preseason game and is out for the season.

–The Miami Dolphins released running back Demitrius Bronson and punter Brandon Fields, who was a Pro Bowl selection in 2013.

–The Buffalo Bills were awarded center Dalton Freeman and linebacker Kevin Reddick off waivers.

–The Carolina Panthers placed second-year wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin on injured reserve.

The Panthers acquired second-year wide receiver Kevin Norwood from the Seattle Seahawks on Monday to help increase depth.

–The San Diego Chargers waived wide receiver Torrence Allen, cornerback Chris Davis, safety Gordon Hill and guard Melvin Meggs. Each was waived with an injury designation.

— The Arizona waived offensive tackle Rob Crisp. The 6-foot-7, 300-pound Crisp signed with the Cardinals as a rookie free agent on May 5.

— With backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen sidelined with a concussion, the Chicago Bears picked up another quarterback. The Bears claimed quarterback Zac Dysert, who was waived by the Denver Broncos on Monday.

–Super Bowl Media Day has a new name and will be shifted from Tuesday, the typical day off for NFL players, to Monday night for Super Bowl 50 in February.

The NFL announced Super Bowl Opening Night will take place Monday, Feb. 1, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.

–Tennessee Titans scout C.O. Brocato died after a long battle with cancer.

The 85-year old Brocato had spent 40 years with the organization as a scout, originally joining the franchise in 1975.

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