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  • Washington Redskins free safety Brandon Meriweather (31) runs to the field during the NFL football teams training camp practice in Richmond, Va. Monday, July 29, 2013.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Washington Redskins free safety Brandon Meriweather (31) runs to the field during the NFL football teams training camp practice in Richmond, Va. Monday, July 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

  • This is a 2013 photo of Mario Manningham of the San Francisco 49ers NFL football team. This image reflects the San Francisco 49ers active roster as of Wednesday, June 12, 2013 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

    This is a 2013 photo of Mario Manningham of the San Francisco 49ers NFL football team. This image reflects the San Francisco 49ers active roster as of Wednesday, June 12, 2013 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

  • Washington Redskins free safety Brandon Meriweather (31) runs to the field during the NFL football teams training camp practice in Richmond, Va. Monday, July 29, 2013.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Washington Redskins free safety Brandon Meriweather (31) runs to the field during the NFL football teams training camp practice in Richmond, Va. Monday, July 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

  • This is a 2013 photo of Mario Manningham of the San Francisco 49ers NFL football team. This image reflects the San Francisco 49ers active roster as of Wednesday, June 12, 2013 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

    This is a 2013 photo of Mario Manningham of the San Francisco 49ers NFL football team. This image reflects the San Francisco 49ers active roster as of Wednesday, June 12, 2013 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

  • Washington Redskins free safety Brandon Meriweather (31) runs to the field during the NFL football teams training camp practice in Richmond, Va. Monday, July 29, 2013.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
  • This is a 2013 photo of Mario Manningham of the San Francisco 49ers NFL football team. This image reflects the San Francisco 49ers active roster as of Wednesday, June 12, 2013 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)
  • Washington Redskins free safety Brandon Meriweather (31) runs to the field during the NFL football teams training camp practice in Richmond, Va. Monday, July 29, 2013.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
  • This is a 2013 photo of Mario Manningham of the San Francisco 49ers NFL football team. This image reflects the San Francisco 49ers active roster as of Wednesday, June 12, 2013 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

NFL

Panthers QB Newton to have ankle surgery, out four months

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Carolina Panthers announced that quarterback Cam Newton will undergo surgery today on his left ankle and will be sidelined for four months.

The team said the three-year NFL veteran has experienced soreness in the ankle since the end of last season.

The team said Newton could return before training begins at the end of July.

Newton led the Panthers to a 12-4 record last season and the NFC South championship and was selected to the Pro Bowl.

NFL

Colts owner Irsay seeks treatment following arrest

INDIANAPOLIS – Jim Irsay’s family said the Indianapolis Colts owner has placed himself in a treatment facility.

Irsay was arrested early Monday following a traffic stop in which the police said he failed sobriety tests and had multiple prescription drugs inside his vehicle.

A three-sentence statement released yesterday said Irsay on Monday had “voluntarily checked into a highly respected health care facility and is committed to undergoing the treatment and care necessary to help him meet his challenges head-on.”

The 54-year-old Irsay, who acknowledged a painkiller dependency more than a decade ago, faces preliminary charges of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.

NFL

Giants bring back Super Bowl hero Manningham after two years away

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Mario Manningham, one of the New York Giants’ most productive receivers from 2008-2011, will rejoin the team.

Manningham, a hero in the 2012 Super Bowl victory over New England, spent the last two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Those two seasons with the 49ers were cut short by injury. In 2012, he played in 12 games before tearing his ACL and missing San Francisco’s postseason run to the Super Bowl. Last year, he began the season on the physically unable to perform list, returned to play in six games, but again ended up on injured reserve because of recurring issues with his knee.

In his four years with the Giants, he caught 160 passes for 2,315 yards and 18 touchdowns.

NFL

Panthers sign former Saints safety Harper to two-year contract

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Panthers announced they’ve signed unrestricted free agent safety Roman Harper from the New Orleans Saints to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not released yesterday.

Harper, 31, is expected to replace starter Mike Mitchell, who signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this offseason.

Harper has been a mainstay at safety in New Orleans for the past eight seasons, starting 104 games. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2009 and 2010. However, injuries limited him to five games in 2013.

NFL

Browns sign WR Hawkins, swiping him from Bengals

CLEVELAND — Free agent wide receiver Andrew Hawkins joined the Browns after the Cincinnati Bengals declined to match an offer sheet for him.

The Bengals announced their decision yesterday, eight hours before a five-day deadline to equal Cleveland’s offer to Hawkins was to expire. The Browns signed Hawkins, a restricted free agent, to a four-year, $13.6 million offer sheet last Thursday.

The 5-foot-7, 180-pound Hawkins fills a major need at slot receiver for the Browns, who recently released troubled wide receiver Davone Bess. Hawkins had just 12 catches for 199 yards last season, when he was sidelined by a high-ankle sprain.

NFL

Former Patriot Meriweather re-signs with Redskins

WASHINGTON – Safety Brandon Meriweather is returning to the Washington Redskins.

The Redskins announced yesterday that Meriweather re-signed after a week of testing free agency.

Meriweather returns for a third season in Washington, playing a position the Redskins hope to upgrade. His last two years have been marred by injuries and reckless play, including head-first hits that have drawn fines and a suspension from the NFL. He started 13 games last year and had two interceptions.

NFL

Bears bring back DL Idonije

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Chicago Bears agreed yesterday to a one-year contract with defensive lineman Israel Idonije and are bringing him back for a second stint.

They also released receiver Earl Bennett and added depth at safety, agreeing to one-year deals with Craig Steltz and Danny McCray.

Idonije spent last season with Detroit after playing his first nine for Chicago. He had just 11 tackles and a half-sack with the Lions, but played some of the best ball of his career toward the end of his time with the Bears.

A third-round draft pick out of Vanderbilt in 2008, Bennett had 185 catches for 2,277 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was a favorite target of Jay Cutler, his college teammate, but he also has a history of concussions.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Auburn hires Pearl as coach

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn hired former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl to revive a struggling basketball program that hasn’t been to the NCAA tournament in more than a decade.

The school announced the hiring of the charismatic coach, who remains under a show-cause penalty from the NCAA into August. Pearl had plenty of success on the court, taking Tennessee to the NCAA tournament in each of his six seasons before getting fired in March 2011 in the wake of an NCAA investigation.

Spokesmen for Auburn and the NCAA did not immediately respond to emails regarding the show-cause status.

Pearl replaces Tony Barbee, who was fired about two hours after the Tigers lost to South Carolina in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament. They went 18-50 in the SEC during Barbee’s four-year tenure.

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