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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch practiced for the first time this week, an encouraging turn for a struggling secondary sorely lacking depth.

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler appears ready to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

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Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. EST:

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Colin Kaepernick is giving the New England Patriots some extra things to think about this week.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers receiver Steve Smith said there was a time when he was consumed by his goals, one of them being making the Hall of Fame.

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