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After WR swap, Jenkins dives into life with Chiefs

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POSTED August 21, 2013 1:27 a.m.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A.J. Jenkins never thought he’d be back in Kansas City so soon.

The former first-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers played in a preseason game against the Chiefs on Friday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

On Tuesday morning, he was wearing a white shirt with that familiar arrowhead logo while going through a walk-through prior to practice.

Such is the way of the NFL, where life can be turned upside down in a matter of days.

“Things happen. I’m looking for an opportunity,” said Jenkins, traded to the Chiefs on Monday for Jon Baldwin in a swap of wide receivers that have so far been disappointments.

“I mean, right now I’m just looking forward to coming out here and being the best Chief I can be,” Jenkins said. “It’s an opportunity. I ain’t got a choice. It’s what I have to work with.”

Jenkins was the No. 30 overall pick of the 49ers last year after a stellar senior season at Illinois, where he played with current Chiefs guard Jeff Allen.

But the speedy playmaker couldn’t barge his way up the depth chart in San Francisco, failing to get on the field until late in the season.

Even then, Jenkins never made a catch in the three games in which he played.

The Chiefs apparently saw enough value in him, though, to offer a fresh start with a change of scenery. They wound up trading Baldwin, the No. 26 overall pick two years ago, after struggling to find a place for his big, physical build in new coach Andy Reid’s offensive system.

“We think actually this is going to be good for both teams,” Reid said. “Things happen at different places and sometimes a fresh start can be good for guys for whatever reasons. Sometimes guys just don’t fit. ... We’ll give him a shot and see how it goes.”

• Von Miller to serve 6-game suspension: ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos linebacker Von Miller will serve a six-game suspension under the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, a violation the linebacker said did not result from a positive test.

The league wanted a longer penalty for the third-year linebacker, but the sides agreed to less than half the season, a person familiar with the negotiations between the linebacker and the NFL told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday because details about the negotiations were not public.

Miller’s suspension will begin Aug. 30, the day after Denver’s final preseason game. He is eligible to return for Denver’s seventh game, Oct. 20 at the Indianapolis Colts.

After being notified of the decision, Miller released a statement saying “although my suspension doesn’t result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules.”

• Eagles coach Kelly names Vick starting QB: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles first-year coach Chip Kelly has named veteran Michael Vick Philadelphia’s starting quarterback.

Vick has been solid in two preseason games, and backup Nick Foles, in his second season with the Eagles, has struggled to grasp Kelly’s multifaceted offense. Vick has thrown for 199 yards this preseason and will take a 113.2 quarterback rating into Friday’s game at Jacksonville (0-2).

There wasn’t a lot of suspense with Kelly’s decision, which was announced after practice on Tuesday. Foles has been sacked six times in two games, and has a quarterback rating of 65.5, after showing flashes as a rookie last season while Vick was injured.

The Eagles (1-1) are coming off a 4-12 season, coach Andy’s Reid’s last, and haven’t made the playoffs since they won the NFC East at the end of the 2010 season. Philadelphia opens the season at Washington Sept. 9.

• Ex-players suing NFL Films over use of footage: TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Five Hall of Famers have filed a class-action suit to reclaim payment from the NFL and NFL Films for the use of their names, likenesses and images without the players’ consent.

The case was filed in U.S. District Court in New Jersey on Tuesday on behalf of a group that includes Dave Casper, Curley Culp, Tom Mack, John Riggins and Ron Yary.

The complaint contends that NFL Films has been the “backbone” of the league’s NFL Network and that the league and its production arm have been using footage of past games without the consent of the players. They also claim that the NFL sells hundreds of different NFL Films promotional materials at retail outlets, in catalogs and online.



Obama and ‘72 Dolphins, a salute after 40 years: WASHINGTON (AP) — The 1972 Miami Dolphins have finally received their White House moment, 40 years after their historic undefeated season.

It was a long wait for a Super Bowl championship team whose feat of 17 games without a loss has been unmatched in the NFL.

President Barack Obama welcomed former team members and their then-coach, Hall of Famer Don Shula, at a White House ceremony Tuesday in recognition of their perfect season. Among those present was the team’s star fullback, Hall of Famer Larry Csonka, who made the trip from Alaska.

The ‘72 Dolphins beat the Washington Redskins in the January 1973 Super Bowl. But in 1973 President Richard Nixon was preoccupied with the Watergate scandal, and White House salutes to sports teams were less of a tradition than now.

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