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Dolphins to start rookie Ryan Tannehill at QB

Dolphins first-year coach Joe Philbin said Monday that rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill will start Week 1 at Houston. He beat out Matt Moore, who finished last season as Miami's starter.

The Titans also went with youth over experience, picking second-year quarterback Jake Locker over Matt Hasselbeck as their starter.

Bill release Merriman

It's lights out for Shawne Merriman in Buffalo after the Bills cut the onetime star pass-rusher. The move was regarded as a mild surprise for a player who described himself as being in his best shape in years.

No illegal drugs in Seau's system

Junior Seau had no alcohol or illegal drugs in his system when he shot himself to death in May. The San Diego County medical examiner's autopsy report also said the former All-Pro linebacker's brain didn't appear to have any trauma.

Around the league

The NFL suspended Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali for one game for violating its policy on substance abuse . . . Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant will be treated for tendinitis in his right knee after an MRI revealed no tear to a ligament or tendon. Bryant injured his knee during a joint practice Monday with the Chargers . . . 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said RB Brandon Jacobs (left knee) could be healthy enough to play in Week 1 . . . An anonymous source said the Jaguars will play multiple home games in London starting in 2013.

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