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Luck aims to play in preseason opener

The Indianapolis Colts expect to play quarterback Andrew Luck in their preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks on Aug. 9, coach Frank Reich said on Wednesday.


Luck reported to training camp this week and is expected to practice Thursday and Friday and then again on Sunday night after a rest day.


The 28-year-old quarterback, whose recovery stalled multiple times following January 2017 shoulder surgery, sat out the preseason and regular season but has slowly progressed since.


Luck is less than two months into a throwing program, but general manager Chris Ballard said the QB is following the prescribed routine to be ready for Week 1 of the 2018 regular season.


--Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald did not report to the start of training camp as he continues to seek a new, long-term contract similar to those given to his teammates in recent days, according to media reports.


This marks the second consecutive year he has held out. Last season, he didn?t join the Rams until the day before the season opener in September. He played in 14 games and posted 11 sacks and led the league with 91 quarterback pressures.


Donald, 27, is in the last year of his rookie contract, which is due to pay him $6.8 million. Chris Wesseling of NFL.com reported that if Donald doesn?t show up at least one month before the first game of the season, his free agency would be pushed back a year. He is due to become a free agent after the 2018 season.


--Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff signed three-year contract extensions through the 2022 season, the team announced.


Dimitroff, 52, is entering his 11th season with the Falcons. He hired Quinn -- then defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks -- in 2015 to replace Mike Smith in Atlanta.


Quinn, 47, has a 29-19 record in three regular seasons as coach of the Falcons. He previously helped the Seahawks to consecutive Super Bowls in 2013 and 2014.


--Four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman declared himself ?100 percent? and was cleared to begin practice with his new team, the San Francisco 49ers.


The 30-year-old, who required season-ending surgery on a ruptured Achilles in November, received a $2 million bonus for passing his pre-training camp physical.


Sherman, who played his first seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, signed a three-year, incentive-laden deal with the 49ers in March.


--With a sudden need at wide receiver, the Cleveland Browns are mulling over a number of players who could step in. Dez Bryant apparently is among them.


General manager John Dorsey told reporters that the former Dallas star is among those players under consideration.


Released by the Cowboys in April, Bryant, 29, has not received great interest on the open market. Bryant?s production declined in 2017, when he posted 69 receptions for 838 yards, and he lasted topped 1,000 yards in 2014 when he recorded a career-best 16 touchdown catches.


--Rookie first-round pick Josh Allen has signed a four-year deal with the Buffalo Bills, the team announced.


Allen?s deal is worth just over $20 million and includes a fifth-year option. In 2017, the seventh overall pick -- wide receiver Mike Williams of the Los Angeles Chargers -- signed a four-year, $19.7 million deal.


The Bills have never drafted a quarterback higher than the No. 7 overall pick. Allen worked his way into the first-team offense on a timeshare basis in June.


--Odell Beckham Jr. is ready to go at New York Giants training camp, but head coach Pat Shurmur intends to take the long view with his No. 1 wide receiver.


The 25-year-old was limited for much of the offseason recovering from ankle surgery and was held out of team drills during minicamp.


Shurmur said the focus for Beckham will be playing in the regular-season opener on Sept. 9.