NFL Notes: Redskins appeal trademark decision

NFL Notes: Redskins appeal trademark decision
August 14, 2014, 3:30 pm
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ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins have appealed a decision that stripped the team of trademark protection, the latest legal maneuver in the franchise's attempt to defend its name against those who consider it a racial slur.

The team announced Thursday that it had filed an appeal in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled in June that the Redskins' name is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team should lose its trademark protection.

The team immediately announced it would appeal the ruling and had two months to do so.

The trademark protection remains in place while the matter makes its way through the courts. A similar ruling in 1999 was overturned on a technicality in 2003.

Cardinals: Desmond Bishop signs 1-year deal
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals have signed inside linebacker Desmond Bishop to a one-year contract.

Bishop, entering his eighth NFL season, played in four games for the Minnesota Vikings last year, one as a starter, before his season was ended by a knee injury. He spent his first six NFL seasons with the Green Bay Packers.

In 2011, Bishop had a career-high 142 tackles, 109 solo, and five sacks. He started on the Packers' Super Bowl championship team in the 2010 season. For his career, Bishop has played in 73 games, 23 as a starter, with 318 tackles, 230 solo, nine sacks, seven forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Bishop has played both inside and outside linebacker. Coach Bruce Arians says the Cardinals will use him as an inside linebacker.

Patriots: TE Ben Hartsock released 
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have released Ben Hartsock four days after signing the tight end.

The 10-year veteran spent the past three seasons with the Carolina Panthers. He previously played for the Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets. He has 31 catches for 312 yards and one touchdown in 131 games. Last season he played in 13 games with no receptions.

Hartsock was one of three tight ends signed by the Patriots on Sunday along with Steve Maneri and Terrence Miller.

The Patriots need depth at the position with Rob Gronkowski practicing but not participating in contact drills as he recovers from knee surgery and Michael Hoomanawanui sidelined for an undisclosed reason.

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