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T.J. Ward’s teammates stumped by reported trade talks

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    T.J. Ward’s teammates stumped by reported trade talks

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Broncos safety T.J. Ward is reportedly on the trade block.
Broncos safety T.J. Ward is reportedly on the trade block.

Photo: David Zalubowski, Associated Press

T.J. Ward’s teammates stumped by reported trade talks

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The notion of the Denver Broncos and strong safety T.J. Ward parting ways isn’t sitting well with his teammates.

Von Miller said at the team’s kickoff luncheon that he was taken aback by an NFL Network report this week that the Broncos are talking with other teams about Ward, who’s entering the final year of his contract.

“I thought it was fake news,” Miller said. “I mean, I didn’t think — it’s serious like that? It can’t be that serious. T.J.’s been a great player for us, but it’s the National Football League. You always get blindsided by stuff. T.J.’s been great for us, so I don’t see any reason to” trade.

Earlier this summer, Elway tweeted that same term “fake news” to rebut a report that the Broncos had talked about acquiring Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron. Elway has remained silent on the Ward report.

Linebacker Brandon Marshall tweeted , “We better not trade the homie,” and added the hashtag #NobodyIsSafe.

Ward has been bothered by a pulled hamstring this summer and second-year pro Justin Simmons replaced him in the lineup the last three weeks for preseason games. Ward returned to practice this week.

Ward is due $4.5 million in 2017, the final year of a four-year, $22.5 million contract he signed in 2014.

Chiefs release Reid: The Chiefs released veteran offensive lineman Jah Reid one day after acquiring former first-round pick Cam Erving in a trade with Cleveland.

Most expected Erving to assume the swing tackle job that Reid has held down the past two seasons in Kansas City. The Chiefs ultimately decided to give Reid a better chance to latch on elsewhere by letting him go ahead of Saturday’s NFL-mandated roster cuts.

Reid has appeared in 61 games over six seasons with Baltimore and Kansas City, and became a dependable backup with the Chiefs. Because of injuries to others, he started 10 games in 2015 and appeared in 12 games last season.

Erving was acquired from Cleveland for a 2018 fifth-round draft pick. He was the No. 19 overall selection in 2015, but had struggled to lock down a starting job with the Browns.

Elliott hearing ends: Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott’s hearing on the appeal of his six-game suspension over a domestic violence case ended after 21/2 days.

According to the labor agreement, arbitrator Harold Henderson must rule on the NFL’s punishment “as soon as practicable.” The Cowboys must cut their roster to 53 players by Saturday, and putting Elliott on the restricted list would give them an extra spot.

The NFL’s 2016 rushing leader was suspended after the league concluded that he used physical force last summer in Ohio against his girlfriend at the time. Prosecutors didn’t pursue the case, citing conflicting evidence. Elliott has denied the allegations.

The personal conduct policy was amended three years ago to stiffen penalties in domestic cases. The change came after NFL was sharply criticized for its handling of a case involving former Baltimore running back Ray Rice.

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