The Titans open the season Sept. 11 in Jacksonville.
The court docket
Cincinnati running back Cedric Benson has begun serving a 20-day jail term in Austin, Texas, to settle two misdemeanor assault cases.
The former University of Texas star was sentenced Monday in Austin and had planned to surrender Oct. 17, during Cincinnati's bye week. Travis County Jail records show Benson was booked late Tuesday.
Benson's jail time could be shortened with possible credit for time served when arrested.
Veteran running back Laurence Maroney is hoping to catch on with another team after his acquittal on a misdemeanor marijuana charge in St. Louis, his attorney said.
The 26-year-old Maroney was chosen by New England as the 21st overall pick in the 2006 draft. He was traded to Denver for a fourth-round draft pick on Sept. 14, 2010. He was injured when he got to the Broncos and played in just four games last season, rushing 36 times for 74 yards, a 2.1-yard average. He didn't play in the final 10 games and was deactivated for the last eight. His contract was not renewed.
Another test for Newton
Rookie quarterback Cam Newton will get one more chance, Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, to impress coach Ron Rivera and earn the Carolina Panthers starting job this season.
Although it's almost a foregone conclusion Newton will get the nod, Rivera has yet to name him the starter for the Sept. 11 regular-season opener at Arizona.
Newton, the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, has struggled with his accuracy in three appearances, completing 40.4 percent of his passes, including just 4 of 26 to his wide receivers.
Back to the Rams
The St. Louis Rams are bringing back Mark Clayton after the veteran receiver recovered sufficiently from knee surgery, ESPN reported.
Clayton confirmed his return with a post to his Twitter page.
Clayton, 29, caught 10 passes in the Rams' season opener last season after St. Louis acquired him from Baltimore only days earlier. Clayton was leading the Rams in receptions with 23 when he suffered a torn patellar tendon against Detroit in the team's fifth game. He underwent surgery and did not return.
Clayton became an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The Rams wanted him back, but only when Clayton's knee had healed sufficiently.
HGH talk put off
The NFL players union canceled its weekly conference call, eliminating a planned discussion about human growth hormone testing.
- Inquirer wire services