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Favre details 14 Vicodin binge in 1995

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Retired quarterback Brett Favre says he made three trips to rehabilitation centers during his Hall of Fame career to fight his dependence on painkillers and alcohol.

Favre told Sports Illustrated he took as many as 14 Vicodin at one time during the 1995 season in Green Bay. Favre won the first of his three consecutive Most Valuable Player awards that season.

"It is really amazing, as I think back, how well I played that year," Favre said. "That was an MVP year for me. But that year, when I woke up in the morning, my first thought was, `I gotta get more pills.'"

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Big Ben says he'll try to help Rudolph

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ben Roethlisberger insists he has no problem with the Pittsburgh Steelers drafting Mason Rudolph.

That his comments during a radio appearance shortly after the Steelers took the former Oklahoma State star in the third round of the draft - when Roethlisberger openly wondered why the team drafted a quarterback when he plans to be around a good while longer - were made in jest.

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Jets send Hackenberg to Raiders for pick

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Christian Hackenberg spent his final day with the New York Jets much as he did in his first two seasons.

As a spectator.

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Eagles cut LB Kendricks, Worrilow hurt

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have released starting linebacker Mychal Kendricks after six seasons with the team.

The cost-cutting move announced on Tuesday came after linebacker Paul Worrilow went down with a knee injury on the first day of organized team activities. Kendricks was due to earn $5.85 million in base salary this year with a $7.6 million cap hit. He started 13 games in the regular season and three more in the playoffs last season as the Eagles won the Super Bowl.

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Wentz on field throwing passes at OTAs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Carson Wentz was back on the field throwing passes less than six months after knee surgery ended his season.

The Pro Bowl quarterback wore a brace on his surgically repaired left knee and tossed passes to assistant coaches and ballboys as the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles kicked off organized team activities on Tuesday. Wentz isn't medically cleared to participate with the rest of the team.

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Helmet hits can now lead to ejections

ATLANTA (AP) The NFL has passed a new rule for this season that says any player who initiates contact with his helmets is subject to ejection after an in-game video review that will be decided in New York.

Al Riveron, the league's head of officiating, said a foul can be called regardless of where on the body - not just the head or neck area - that one player hits another with his helmet. The rule is not position-specific, so offensive players will be subject to the same criteria as defensive players.

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NFL approves Tepper's Panthers purchase

ATLANTA (AP) The new owner of the Carolina Panthers is committed to keeping the team in the Carolinas.

And Charlotte is his clearly his first choice.

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Rams RB Kelly may get pot charge dropped

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Los Angeles Rams sixth-round draft pick John Kelly has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay court costs but will have his misdemeanor drug charge dismissed if he avoids trouble for a year.

Kelly was cited for possession of Schedule VI and University of Tennessee linebacker Will Ignont was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia last fall after Knoxville police found 4.6 grams of marijuana and a glass pipe during a traffic stop.

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Chiefs TE Harris suspended 1 game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas City Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris was suspended one game without pay by the NFL on Tuesday for violating its substance abuse policy.

Harris pleaded guilty in March in Bates County, Missouri, to one count of marijuana possession and one count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to two days in jail, fined $500 and given two years' probation along with 80 hours of community service.

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No discipline coming for Patricia, Lions

DETROIT (AP) The NFL has determined sexual assault allegations against Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia from 1996 are not subject to its personal conduct policy.

"The allegations occurred well before his affiliation with the NFL," the league said Monday after completing its review of the Lions' interviewing process.

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