NFL Notes: Key Players Returning From Injuries Across the League

Tony Romo taking snaps. Joe Flacco hurling passes. Jordy Nelson and Keenan Allen catching them.

Terrell Suggs and Cam Wake harassing opposing quarterbacks. Ryan Clady trying to prevent such things.

Jamaal Charles running wild.

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It sure would be nice to see these stars on the field and not on injured reserve, where they wound up in 2015.

As NFL teams head to training camp, nearly all of them have key players they desperately need to return to health. Here's a look at those most in need (see full story).

Raiders: CB Amerson signs 4-year extension
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders have signed cornerback David Amerson to a four-year contract extension.

Amerson joined the Raiders in September 2015 on a waiver claim from the Washington Redskins, where he played from 2013-15.

In 14 games for the Raiders last season, he set a single-season franchise record with 26 passes defensed to go along with career highs in tackles (62) and interceptions (four). Amerson also set a single-game franchise record when he had six passes defensed in a Nov. 29 win over the Tennessee Titans. He added his second career touchdown when he returned an interception 24 yards for the score in the season finale at Kansas City.

Amerson has played in 47 games with 35 starts, with 170 tackles (148 solo), six interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), 44 passes defensed and one forced fumble in three seasons with the Redskins and Raiders.

He was drafted by Washington in the second round (51st overall) of the 2013 draft.

Cardinals: Veteran CB Jenkins inks 1-year contract
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals have added experienced depth to their secondary by signing eight-year NFL veteran cornerback Mike Jenkins to a one-year contract.

Jenkins, a first-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys out of South Florida in 2008, played the past two seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He appeared in 14 games last season, five as a starter, with 14 tackles, five passes defensed and three special teams tackles.

The 31-year-old Jenkins was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2009. He has appeared in 101 games, 68 as a starter. Jenkins played five seasons with the Cowboys and one with Oakland before going to Tampa Bay.

Giants: Coughlin, Accorsi, Tuck to be inducted to Ring of Honor
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Coach Tom Coughlin, former general manager Ernie Accorsi and recently retired defensive end Justin Tuck are being inducted into the New York Giants' Ring of Honor.

The Giants announced Tuesday that the trio will be honored on Nov. 14 at a halftime ceremony of a game at MetLife Stadium against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The honor for Coughlin comes less than a year after the man who led the Giants to two Super Bowls agreed to leave the team after missing the playoffs for the fourth straight year.

Accorsi acquired the majority of the players on the team that won the Super Bowl in February 2008, 15 of whom were on the team that won another title four years later. Coughlin coached those teams. Tuck played on them, and was a captain of the squad that defeated New England in 2012.

The ring will now have 42 members (see full story).

Browns: Crowell attended funeral for slain officer
CLEVELAND -- Browns running back Isaiah Crowell attended the weekend funeral of one of the Dallas police officers slain in a recent attack by a gunman.

Crowell, who had come under heavy criticism for posting an illustration on social media of an officer being killed, was invited to the service for officer Patrick Zamarripa by sergeant Demetrick Pennie, president of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation. Pennie wanted to educate Crowell on "the meaning of police service and sacrifice."

A Browns spokesman said Crowell spent eight hours with Pennie, who wrote on Facebook that the running back "expressed his deepest condolences" and was remorseful. Pennie wrote that Crowell met several police officers from across the country who expressed their appreciation for him trying to make amends.

Crowell has pledged to donate his first game check of $35,000 to the fallen officer's foundation (see full story).

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