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13 of Watson's 22 accusers to be ID'd

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HOUSTON (AP) The names of 13 of the 22 women who have filed lawsuits accusing Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault and harassment will be made public following court hearings Friday.

During two hearings, Watson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, asked that the names of the 13 women, who have sued under the name Jane Doe, be publicly identified so his client can "have a chance at properly defending himself."

Tony Buzbee, the lawyer for the 22 women, argued against releasing their names, saying doing so could put their lives in danger. One of two accusers who made their names public during a news conference Tuesday has already received death threats, Buzbee said.

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Adams' brain to be tested for CTE

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) The brain of Phillip Adams - the former NFL player who killed a South Carolina physician, three family members and a repairman before fatally shooting himself - will be tested for a degenerative disease that has affected a number of pro athletes and has been shown to cause violent mood swings and other cognitive disorders, according to the local coroner.

York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said in a statement issued on Friday that she had gotten approval from Adams' family for the procedure to be included as part of his autopsy, which will be performed at the Medical University of South Carolina. The hospital will be working with Boston University, whose chronic traumatic encephalopathy center conducts research on the long-term effects of repetitive brain trauma in athletes and military personnel, according to its website.

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Raiders bring back S Joseph

The Las Vegas Raiders are bringing former first-round safety Karl Joseph back for a second stint with the franchise.

The Raiders signed Joseph to a one-year contract Friday to add needed depth in the secondary. Joseph was drafted in the first round by the Raiders in 2016 but left to sign for one year as a free agent in Cleveland last offseason.

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Lions sign S Marlowe to boost defense

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have signed safety Dean Marlowe, hoping he can help a defense that was one of the worst in NFL history last season.

Marlowe played in 15 games last year in his third season with the Buffalo Bills. He had a career-high two interceptions along with 16 tackles and a fumble recovery last season. Marlowe started four games last year and has started seven in his 31-game career.

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Jets re-sign S Jackson, OL Levin

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets re-signed safety Bennett Jackson and signed free agent offensive lineman Corey Levin on Thursday.

Jackson spent the past two seasons with the Jets, primarily as a special teams contributor. He played in just four games last year before being placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

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Staley happy with Chargers' free agency

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) Brandon Staley is pleased with what the Los Angeles Chargers have accomplished during free agency.

Now, the next step for the first-year coach is figuring out when he can see his new team on the field.

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Bengals cut RB Bernard after 8 seasons

CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Bengals continued to part with veterans when they released running back Giovani Bernard on Wednesday.

Bernard, a fan favorite who had a year left on a two-year contract that would have paid him $4.1 million in 2021, played his entire eight-year NFL career in Cincinnati and established himself as a reliable blocking back and receiver. The 29-year-old Bernard became a starter for the last 10 games of 2020 after Joe Mixon suffered a foot injury.

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Tide's Smith accepts invitation to draft

Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith of Alabama is scheduled to appear in person in Cleveland at the NFL draft later this month.

Smith, the wide receiver projected to be a high first-round pick, is among a group of players who have accepted their invitations to attend the draft.

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Titans add Schwartz to Vrabel's staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have hired veteran defensive coordinator and former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz as a senior defensive assistant.

The Titans announced the move Wednesday.

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Bills' Allen: Vaccine personal choice

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is still debating whether to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and believes the decision be left to a personal choice.

Allen shared his views during an hour-long interview on The Ringer podcast hosted by Kyle Brandt on Wednesday, when asked about the NFL not mandating its players be vaccinated.

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