NFL Notes: Patriots WR Julian Edelman Limps Off Field, Later Carted Off

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman limped off the field, trying to keep weight off his injured right knee, after making a catch on the game-opening possession against the Detroit Lions.

Edelman had three receptions for 52 yards in a four-play stretch and was hurt on the last one as he was tackled by safety Tavon Wilson, a former teammate, on Friday night.

Edelman was evaluated by New England's medical staff behind the team's bench in a blue tent. Brady went inside the temporary structure after ending the drive with his first of two touchdown passes to Chris Hogan. Shortly after the quarterback left the tent, Edelman emerged and was taken to the locker room in a cart (see full story).

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Chiefs: Starting running back Ware sprains right knee
SEATTLE -- Kansas City running back Spencer Ware sprained his right knee and was carted off the field in the first quarter of the Chiefs' preseason game against Seattle on Friday night.

Ware was injured about halfway through the first quarter of Kansas City's 26-13 loss to Seattle. He remained on the turf after making a 6-yard reception on a pass from Alex Smith. Ware appeared to take an awkward step with his right leg during the play and team trainers were looking at his knee while he was down on the field. Players from both teams took a knee while Ware was examined and the team announced he would not return.

Kansas City coach Andy Reid said after the game that X-rays were clear and that Ware would undergo an MRI on Saturday. Ware had three carries for 15 yards and had two receptions before getting injured.

Ware rushed for 921 yards and had another 447 yards receiving last season for the Chiefs. He started his career with the Seahawks. 

Jaguars: Owner says he would be open to signing Kaepernick
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan says he would be open to signing free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Speaking to the team's flagship radio station, Khan responded "absolutely" when asked Thursday whether he would support signing Kaepernick if the team's front office wanted to do it.

Khan's comments were not recorded, just relayed via Twitter.

According to 1010 XL, Khan said that while he would not have knelt during the national anthem to protest social injustice in the United States the way Kaepernick did, the billionaire businessman respects the quarterback's right to express his beliefs.

Tom Coughlin, the team's executive vice president, has final say on personnel decisions. Coughlin declined comment Friday through a team spokesman (see full story).

49ers: LB Brooks released after 8 seasons with team
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers have released outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks after eight seasons with the team.

The Niners cut Brooks on Friday because they determined he would not make the roster and wanted to give him a head start on finding a new team.

The 33-year-old Brooks signed with San Francisco in 2008 and was the longest-tenured defensive player on the roster. He had 51 1/2 sacks in 131 career games with the Niners and helped the team make three straight trips to the NFC title game from 2011-13.

Brooks was tied for the team lead with six sacks last season.

Eli Harold had passed Brooks on the depth chart and will start at linebacker. Harold had three sacks last season.

Redskins: Galette is itching to play 1st game since '14
ASHBURN, Va. -- Every time Junior Galette is set to return to the field, it seems something else sidetracks him.

The Washington Redskins linebacker hasn't played a game in two years. He was first sidelined after tearing his left Achilles tendon, then he tore his right one.

Now Galette has been bothered by a hamstring injury during training camp and missed the Redskins' first two preseason games. But the end of the frustrating journey is near, maybe.

He was finally back at practice this week and ramping up his activity, Galette hopes he can play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, which would be his first NFL game since Dec. 28, 2014.

"It's been two years, so now it's getting to the point where it's like a movie that was supposed to be released and keeps getting postponed," Galette said Thursday. "I just want to go out there and actually prove that I am everything they expect me to be."

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