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    Washington Commanders coach Ron Rivera has fired defensive line coach Sam Mills III and promoted Jeff Zgonina from his role as defensive line assistant. Rivera hired Mills in January 2020 shortly after taking over in Washington, after Mills served on Rivera’s staff throughout his nine-year tenure as Carolina Panthers coach. Washington had 47 sacks and 78 tackles for loss in Mills’ first season as defensive line coach in 2020, but both numbers decreased substantially last season.

      The record $4.65 billion sale of the Denver Broncos to Walmart heir Rob Walton and his daughter and son-in-law has been unanimously approved by NFL owners. This was the expected final step in the team's transfer from the family of the late Pat Bowlen. Walton, his daughter, Carrie Walton Penner and her husband, Greg Penner, are the new owners. The vote was taken at a league meeting at a hotel in Minnesota. Walton is the eldest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton. He has an estimated net worth of $60 million. He becomes the wealthiest owner in the league.

        New York Jets coach Robert Saleh announced right tackle Mekhi Becton will “more than likely” miss the entire season because of another injury to his surgically repaired right knee. Becton was having a second evaluation after suffering a chip fracture to his kneecap during the second play of 11-on-11 team drills Monday. The initial prognosis was optimistic, but an MRI later in the day revealed more damage to the knee than first expected. The 6-foot-7 Becton injured the same knee last year in the opening game at Carolina and missed the rest of the season. The latest injury isn't related.

          The home of the Cincinnati Bengals will no longer carry the name of team founder and NFL pioneer Paul Brown. It will now be known as Paycor Stadium. Paycor is a Cincinnati-based maker of human resources software. The company has bought the naming rights to the stadium in a deal announced Tuesday. The development wasn’t a surprise. Team owner Mike Brown — the 86-year-old son of Paul Brown — told reporters last month that selling the naming rights was necessary for the Bengals to be able to compete as a small-market team.

          Thanks to changes in projected enrollment figures, Colonial Forge would move down from its spot as the area’s only Class 6 school to Class 5. Meanwhile, county rivals Brooke Point, Mountain View and Stafford would move up from Class 5 to 6 and compete in Region 6B.

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          The uncertain status of their top two blockers has caused the Green Bay Packers to experiment with different offensive line combinations in training camp. That shuffling could continue right up to the start of the season. David Bakhtiari still isn’t practicing as he recovers from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament that caused him to miss nearly the entire 2021 season. Elgton Jenkins tore his left ACL last November. That has forced the Packers to capitalize on the versatility of their remaining linemen by putting them in various spots. Packers coach Matt LaFleur acknowledges it has been a learning process.

          KaVontae Turpin is getting his first chance in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys nearly four years after the receiver and kick returner was accused of assaulting his girlfriend, ending his career at TCU. Turpin pleaded guilty in the assault case with a chance to clear the conviction from his record. He says he had to learn from “my accountability, my consequences.” The 5-foot-7 Turpin is also an NFL longshot because of his size. If he makes the roster, Turpin will be close to his former college home with more time to tell his story.

          Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Alex Highsmith starred on the right side during his first full season as a starter. This year, Highsmith wants to cause greater havoc opposite teammate T.J. Watt, the reigning AP Defensive Player of the Year.

          Cleveland Browns wide receiver and return specialist Jakeem Grant was carted off the field with what the team fears is a torn left Achilles tendon. Grant, who signed as a free agent during the offseason to improve a shaky return game, got hurt while battling cornerback A.J. Green during a one-on-one passing drill. Grant didn’t land awkwardly, but it quickly became obvious he was badly hurt. Grant pounded his hand into the grass and writhed in pain on the ground as two trainers came to assist him. The 29-year-old is scheduled to undergo further testing. Grant made the Pro Bowl last season with the Chicago Bears.

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