‘Cau­tious op­ti­mism’ over New­ton

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The Pan­thers are “cau­tiously op­ti­mistic” QB Cam New­ton will be ready for the Sept. 8 reg­u­lar sea­son opener against the Rams af­ter he suf­fered a sprained left foot that left him gri­mac­ing on the side­line in a pre­sea­son loss to the Pa­tri­ots on Thurs­day.

New­ton, 30, left the sta­dium in a walk­ing boot and didn't speak to the media be­fore board­ing the team bus. The 2015 NFL MVP was held out of the first two pre­sea­son games be­cause the Pan­thers didn't want him to risk in­jury.

New­ton strug­gled through shoul­der is­sues last sea­son, which limited his abil­ity to throw down­field as the year pro­gressed. He missed the fi­nal two games of the sea­son and un­der­went arthro­scopic surgery on his right shoul­der in Jan­uary.

Be­hind New­ton, Kyle Allen is sec­ond on the depth chart, rookie third-round draft pick Will Grier is third and Tay­lor Heinicke fourth. The trio has two NFL reg­u­lar-sea­son starts be­tween them.

Son sought in slay­ing of ex­line­man, wife: Police in Minnesota are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the deaths of a for­mer line­man and his wife. The cou­ple's son is a suspect.

Police do­ing a wel­fare check in Long Prairie, Minnesota, found the bod­ies of Barry Ben­nett, 63, and his wife, Carol. Barry Ben­nett was a third-round pick of the Saints in 1978 and also played with the Jets and Vik­ings dur­ing an 11-year ca­reer.

The Ben­netts' son, Dy­lan Ben­nett, 22, is ac­cused of shooting his par­ents mul­ti­ple times be­fore driv­ing out of state for board a flight to Mex­ico. In an ar­rest war­rant, Dy­lan Ben­nett is charged with two counts of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der, with­out pre­med­i­ta­tion.

“We are sad­dened by the tragic loss of for­mer Vik­ings player Barry Ben­nett and his wife, Carol. Our thoughts are with their friends and fam­ily dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time,” the Vik­ings said in a state­ment.

The Star Tri­bune re­ported that Barry Ben­nett re­cently re­tired as a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher in Long Prairie, about 125 miles north­west of Min­neapo­lis.

Brady’s trade­mark re­fused: The U.S. Patent and Trade­mark Of­fice has ruled there is only one “Tom Ter­rific.

The fed­eral agency de­nied the Pa­triot QB's ap­pli­ca­tion on Thurs­day, not­ing that “the ap­plied-for mark con­sists of or in­cludes mat­ter which may falsely sug­gest a con­nec­tion with Tom Seaver.”

Seaver, a Hall of Famer who won 311 MLB games over 20 sea­sons, was nick­named “Tom Ter­rific” by Mets fans.

Brady has said he doesn't like the nick­name and was just try­ing to trade­mark it to keep oth­ers from us­ing it with­out his per­mis­sion. His le­gal team has six months to re­ply to the rul­ing or else his ap­pli­ca­tion will be aban­doned, the trade­mark of­fice said in its rul­ing.

Ex­tra Points: Cow­boys ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent Stephen Jones be­lieves a deal with hold­out RB Ezekiel El­liott will be reached be­fore the Sept. 8 sea­son-opener with the Giants. “Things hap­pen real quick. Some­times within hours,” Jones told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Fri­day. The Cow­boys have had an of­fer on the ta­ble for sev­eral weeks that would make El­liot the sec­ond-high­est paid RB in the league beind the Rams' Todd Gur­ley II, ESPN re­ported . ... Titans OT Tay­lor Le­wan was sus­pended four games for vi­o­lat­ing the league's pol­icy on per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing sub­stances, ESPN re­ported.

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