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NFL notebook — Aug. 11

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Minnesota rookie defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd didn’t think his knee injury was serious, and an MRI on Sunday proved it.

Floyd said the test showed no damage, and he’s ready to resume practice whenever the Vikings’ coaching and medical staff gives him the OK.

“No worries on my part,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s [coach Leslie Frazier’s] call, not mine.”

Floyd’s left knee was still sore early Sunday after the first-round draft pick out of Florida was injured in the second quarter of a 27-13 preseason loss to Houston on Friday night.

So Frazier said the team decided Floyd would have an MRI to make sure there wasn’t any damage. “Not overly concerned by everything I have been told,” Frazier said before the test. “It’s just sore, so we want to err on the side of caution.”

Floyd was hit low from behind in the second quarter and did not return. He was on the field for Sunday’s morning walk-through and the afternoon padded practice, but did not participate.

“I knew it was OK right after it happened,” he said. “I knew there was no problem.”

Frazier said he liked what he saw before Floyd got injured, including a tackle for a loss and a deflected pass against the Texans.

Ravens sign veterans

The Baltimore Ravens bolstered their receiving corps, agreeing in principle to a contract with tight end Dallas Clark and re-signing wideout Brandon Stokley to a one-year contract.

The team announced the deals Sunday.

The Ravens lost top tight end Dennis Pitta to a season-ending hip injury early in training camp, and Ed Dickson, the player being counted on to replace him is sidelined by a partially torn hamstring.

The 34-year old Clark has 474 catches 5,322 yards and 50 touchdowns in 10 NFL seasons.

The 37-year old Stokley was drafted by the Ravens in the fourth round of the 1999 draft and caught a touchdown pass during Baltimore’s win over the New York Giants in the 2001 Super Bowl.

Broncos extend Colquitt

The Denver Broncos and punter Britton Colquitt agreed on a three-year contract extension through 2016.

Colquitt is the franchise leader in career gross (46.1 yards) and net (39.5) punting average. In 48 regular season games, he has had 79 punts inside the 20 with just 18 touchbacks. In three playoff games, he placed five of 16 punts inside the 20 with no touchbacks.

Colquitt signed with Denver in 2009 after averaging 42.6 yards at Tennessee, where he was a two-time All-SEC selection.

Ohio native Zordich on IR

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says backup fullback Mike Zordich tore the ACL in his left knee and will be placed on injured reserve this week.

Rivera made the announcement after Sunday night’s practice at Wofford College.

Zordich, a Youngstown, Ohio, native who was facing an uphill battle for a spot on the 53-man roster, was injured in Carolina’s preseason game Friday night against the Chicago Bears.

Titans release safety

The Tennessee Titans waived safety Robert Johnson after he failed a physical and added two veterans to add depth at linebacker and safety.

Johnson was a fifth-round draft pick in 2010 out of Utah, and he had his best season in 2012.


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