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The New York Giants are reaching back into their recent past with their weekly workouts, hosting former Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks and former Patriots and Broncos receiver Wes Welker, according to a source cited by ESPN.

Nicks and Welker have struggled to find work. Welker’s concussion history has caused teams to shy away, and Nicks spent a promising summer in training camp with the Titans before being cut in their final roster reduction.

Nicks also has drawn interest from the Saints and Cowboys.

The Giants host a dozen or so players every Tuesday for workouts, and the vast majority are not signed. But these names are interesting because of their profile and because the Giants have only five wide receivers and three tight ends on their roster.


Rodgers passes for 5 TDs

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers thinks his offense is just getting started.

Just imagine what he could accomplish with a full complement of healthy weapons.

Rodgers dissected another defense in methodical fashion, throwing for 333 yards and five touchdowns in host Green Bay’s 38-28 win late Monday night over the Kansas City Chiefs.

‘‘I just think we’re scratching the surface a little bit,’’ Rodgers said.

Randall Cobb, who is playing while recovering from a sprained right shoulder, had three touchdown catches. James Jones, who was signed before the season to replace injured veteran Jordy Nelson, had seven catches for 139 yards.

The Packers (3-0) have done most of their damage the last two games with wideout Davante Adams sidelined by a sprained ankle.

On Tuesday, after he’d had roughly 12 hours to digest what went wrong, Chiefs coach Andy Reid took the blame for the loss.

‘‘I’ve got to do a better job, in particular with 10 days to get my team ready to play,’’ Reid said.

Panthers DE Johnson on IR

The Panthers placed defensive end Charles Johnson on injured reserve/designated to return with a hamstring injury.


Johnson will miss at least eight games and can return in Week 12 against the Cowboys.

Johnson strained his right hamstring in the fourth quarter of Carolina’s win over the Saints on Sunday. To help fill the void, the Panthers acquired veteran defensive end Jared Allen from the Bears on Monday.

Allen is expected to start Sunday for the Panthers (3-0) against the Buccaneers.

Johnson has 63½ sacks in his career, second most in franchise history.

Vick to start for Steelers

The Steelers are ready to take their chances with Michael Vick.

The well-traveled quarterback will make his first start for Pittsburgh on Thursday when the Steelers host the Ravens. Vick signed with Pittsburgh last month to back up Ben Roethlisberger and was thrust into a starting role when Roethlisberger went down with a knee injury Sunday.

Roethlisberger is out indefinitely, putting Pittsburgh’s hopes of keeping pace in the AFC North in the hands of Vick.

The 35-year-old Vick said he’s confident he can still make plays and that having wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell in the huddle will certainly help.

The Steelers are 10-8 when playing without Roethlisberger since 2004.

Conviction in murder trial

A South Dakota jury convicted a man of second-degree murder and other charges in the death of the 2-year-old son of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

The Lincoln County jury deliberated more than five hours before finding Joseph Patterson, 29, guilty of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, and aggravated battery. The deliberations followed two weeks of testimony about the October 2013 death of Tyrese Robert Ruffin, the son of Patterson’s girlfriend and Peterson.


Authorities alleged that Patterson assaulted Ruffin while the two were alone in a Sioux Falls apartment.

Assault victims sue 49ers

The 49ers knew intoxicated fans were especially dangerous in long lines waiting to use the restroom at Levi’s Stadium, but failed to provide adequate security, a lawsuit by two men assaulted last year in a bathroom at the stadium alleges.

Kiran and Amish Patel say the 49ers had a responsibility to screen fans for intoxication and gang affiliation. The two cousins were attacked and seriously injured last October by two intoxicated men wearing gang symbols while waiting in line in the restroom, according to the lawsuit. The attack was recorded by a bystander.

Two brothers, Amador and Dario Rebollero, were charged with felony assault in the attack. Amador Rebollero pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in prison. Dario Rebollero pleaded no contest.

Brooks pleads not guilty

San Francisco linebacker Ahmad Brooks pleaded not guilty to sexual battery.

Brooks is accused of groping an unconscious woman during a late-night gathering at former teammate Ray McDonald’s house in December.

A woman claims she was intoxicated when she fell and hit her head on McDonald’s hot tub before passing out. The woman claims Brooks groped her and then McDonald raped her. McDonald pleaded not guilty to rape charges Friday.

The woman filed a sexual assault lawsuit against Brooks earlier this year.

McDonald was released by the 49ers; Brooks remains on the team and has appeared in all three games.


OL coach to leave Browns

The Browns and suspended offensive line coach Andy Moeller have ended their association. Moeller, who recently was investigated for an alleged domestic assault against his fiancée at his home in Berea, Ohio, and the Browns have ‘‘mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately,’’ the team said in a joint statement . . . The Redskins placed starting left guard Shawn Lauvao and backup cornerback Justin Rogers on injured reserve, meaning both are out for the season . . . Texans kicker Randy Bullock was released after missing an extra point and a field goal attempt Sunday. Veteran Nick Novak was signed to take his place. Bullock also missed an extra point in Week 1 . . . The Cowboys signed defensive end David Irving off the Chiefs’ practice squad a day after releasing defensive tackle Davon Coleman . . . Eagles kicker Cody Parkey and right guard Andrew Gardner were placed on injured reserve.