NFL Notes: Babin reports, practices at Jets camp

NFL Notes: Babin reports, practices at Jets camp
July 25, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Jason Babin had a team-leading 7 1/2 sacks last season for Jacksonville and was released in the offseason. (AP)

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Jason Babin is practicing with the New York Jets a day after signing a two-year deal.

The 34-year-old Babin is expected to be a pass-rushing specialist. He was wearing No. 58 on Friday and listed as a linebacker, though he has also played defensive end.

Babin signed Thursday after agreeing to terms Wednesday, shortly before the team reported for training camp at SUNY Cortland.

Babin had a team-leading 7 1/2 sacks last season for Jacksonville and was released in the offseason. He has 62 1/2 career sacks in 10 NFL seasons, including a personal-best 18 in 2011 with Philadelphia. He was a first-round draft pick by Houston out of Western Michigan in 2004 and also has played for Seattle, Kansas City and Tennessee (see full story).

Texans: Andre Johnson reports to camp
HOUSTON -- Andre Johnson is back with the Houston Texans, saying he reported to camp simply because he loves the game.

The star receiver had skipped offseason workouts and mandatory minicamp after wondering in May whether Houston was "still the place for me."

On Friday, he wouldn't divulge what exactly was said or done to get him to return to the team. But he says he's excited to be back with his teammates and that it's his plan to finish his career with the Texans.

The 33-year-old Johnson, whose 1,407 yards receiving in 2013 ranked second in the AFC, rejoins a team that is looking to bounce back from a disastrous 2-14 season (see full story).

Dolphins: Pouncey, Moreno on PUP list
DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey and running back Knowshon Moreno are starting training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

The moves were expected as camp began Friday. Pouncey is expected to miss at least a couple of games and perhaps more while he recovers from hip surgery in June. Moreno is expected to join practice sometime during camp after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in June. The former Broncos running back signed a one-year, $3.275 million free agent contract in March.

Players on the PUP list can be activated at any time during camp.

Pouncey is the lone returning starter on the Dolphins' offensive line. He was injured during offseason workouts (see full story).

NFL: Derrick Brooks hired as appeals officer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks has been hired by the NFL and the players' union as an appeals officer.

The former Tampa Bay star, who will be inducted into the hall Aug. 2, replaces Matt Birk, now the NFL's director of football development.

Brooks will hear player appeals of on-field discipline.

After playing 14 seasons with Tampa Bay and leading the Buccaneers to their only Super Bowl title, Brooks has served as president of the Tampa Bay Storm in the Arena Football League since 2011.

Brooks will join former NFL player and coach Ted Cottrell as the appeals officers (see full story).

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