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NFL

Bucs giving Incognito ‘visit’

– The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to meet with Richie Incognito to determine if one of the central figures in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal can help their struggling offensive line.

Coach Lovie Smith emphasized Monday that while the Bucs had arranged a “visit” by the free agent guard, a signing wasn’t necessarily imminent.

An NFL investigation determined Incognito and two other Miami offensive linemen engaged in persistent harassment of teammate Jonathan Martin, who left the team in the middle of last season. Incognito was suspended and missed the final eight games before becoming a free agent when his contract with the Dolphins expired.

Vikings name Cassel starting quarterback

Matt Cassel has seen a lot in 10 years in the NFL.

So when Cassel re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings in the offseason and started to digest Norv Turner’s new system, he knew he’d have to work harder and study longer than he ever had before.

Cassel was named the starting quarterback over first-round draft pick Teddy Bridgewater on Monday for the regular season opener against the St. Louis Rams.

Around the league

The Jets “indefinitely” suspended veteran cornerback Dimitri Patterson after he left the team without contacting the organization. … Jets rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders was a full participant at practice for the first time after suffering a seizure that hospitalized him for two days. … Washington coach Jay Gruden was weighing whether to give quarterback Robert Griffin III a series or two in the final preseason game. … Denver kicker Matt Prater apologized to his teammates and the fans for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy by drinking beer, resulting in a four-game ban.

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