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    Rodgers' Twitter bet over MLB's Braun attracts attention

  • MILWAUKEE — One NFL fan is having a little fun with Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers over his vociferous support of Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun.
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  • MILWAUKEE — One NFL fan is having a little fun with Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers over his vociferous support of Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun.
    It all started when Todd Sutton tweeted last year that Rodgers was delusional over his insistence that Braun had not used performance-enhancing drugs. Rodgers then responded that he would bet a year's salary that his friend was clean, including the hashtags ponyup and exonerated.
    Now that Braun has accepted a season-ending 65-game suspension rather than fight Major League Baseball over evidence he used PEDs, Sutton tells USA Today he would settle for a game check.
    The 37-year-old flight nurse from Denver tells the newspaper he's not expecting to hear from Rodgers. He also says he still likes the quarterback. Rodgers, who has more than 1 million Twitter followers, had not posted on his account since Thursday.
    Raiders
    At Alameda, Calif., the Oakland Raiders have signed fourth-round pick quarterback Tyler Wilson to a contract.
    General manager Reggie McKenzie announced the move Tuesday, three days before the first training camp practice in Napa. Oakland also waived linebacker Travis Goethel and defensive back Coye Francies.
    The Raiders still have two unsigned draft picks in first-round cornerback D.J. Hayden and second-round offensive lineman Menelik Watson.
    Wilson was selected 112th overall by the Raiders in April out of Arkansas. He completed 62 percent of his passes in 37 college games for 7,765 yards, 52 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.
    Wilson is competing with Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor for the starting job in Oakland.
    Seahawks
    At Renton, Wash., Seattle has added depth at a position of need by signing former Atlanta tight end Michael Palmer just two days before the start of training camp.
    The Seahawks made the roster move Tuesday. The team released undrafted rookie defensive back Ray Polk to clear a roster spot.
    Palmer played in 43 games over the past three seasons with the Falcons after signing with them as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He started five games and had 21 receptions for 123 yards and three touchdowns with Atlanta. Palmer signed with the New York Giants in the offseason but was released May 29.
    The Seahawks now have seven tight ends on the roster heading into camp. Seattle lost key backup Anthony McCoy to a torn Achilles tendon in the offseason.
    Jaguars
    At Jacksonville, Fla., Maurice Jones-Drew made good on his promise.
    The Jacksonville Jaguars running back said in June that he would be ready to go at the start of training camp. On Tuesday, two days before the Jaguars report to camp, coach Gus Bradley announced that Jones-Drew had been cleared by team doctors to start practice with his teammates on Friday.
    "I'm extremely, extremely excited by the progress he's made. He's been cleared by our training staff," Bradley said. "The biggest thing with us as a staff, is to be really smart with Maurice. We're going to have to bring him along slowly. You'll see him out there getting some reps but we want to make sure we're smart with him and how fast we bring him back."
    Jones-Drew last practice with the team was the middle of October last year following the team's bye week. He suffered a fracture of his left foot, later diagnosed as a Lisfranc injury, on the first play from scrimmage against Oakland on October 21.
    He missed all of the Jaguars OTA practices and the team's minicamp for veterans in mid-June. But on the last day of the Jaguars minicamp, the NFL's leading rusher in 2011 said he would be ready when camp opened in late July.
    "It's been a long time coming. I'm excited to get out there, run around and play," Jones-Drew said. "Not playing football for 10 months, you get out of football shape a little bit, but I feel like after a week or two I'll be able to get out there to do what I need to do to be ready."
    He wouldn't say what his weight is going into camp but said he would likely drop a little more once he starts practicing.
    "I don't need to drop much, but just a little bit more just so I get comfortable and get ready to play," he said. Last year he opened the season at 217 but said he would like to start the regular season this fall around 212 to 215.
    Despite being away from the game for the last 10 months, Jones-Drew said he hasn't changed since he last carried the ball for the Jaguars.
    "I'm the same guy. That's how I've been training, like I wasn't hurt," he said. "I just can't wait to get back out there. "For me, not playing football for 10 months, not wearing pads, not having that soreness, that's the thing you want to get back and get used to. Other than that, everything else is natural."
    Jones-Drew said the offseason incident at a St. Augustine restaurant is behind him. He allegedly hit a bouncer in the face at The Conch House Restaurant in late May. Jones-Drew was never officially charged.
    "It has been behind me. It was just an unfortunate situation that happened," he said. "I'm just ready for football now. That was a hot story for a while, now it's time to play football. It's a relief now that we can talk football."
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