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Gronkowski sorry for snapshot judgment

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says he didn't intend to hurt the team's reputation when he posed for photographs with an adult film performer.

The performer, BiBi Jones, posted two pictures of her and Gronkowski on her Twitter account Monday. She was wearing Gronkowski's Patriots jersey in both of them. In one, he was shirtless.

They were taken during the Patriots bye last week.

Gronkowski, the Williamsville North product who is having an outstanding year in his second NFL season, met with team owner Robert Kraft afterward. Gronkowski said Wednesday that being in the pros is a learning process.

"I didn't intend anything to hurt the reputation of anyone on the New England Patriots or on behalf of Robert Kraft," he said. "It was just a simple picture and that's all."


Losman gets to work

DAVIE, Fla. -- In the days after the Miami Dolphins lost Chad Henne for the season with a shoulder injury, the team offered several quarterbacks the chance to try out -- to prove they were worthy of a roster spot. J.P. Losman, whom the Buffalo Bills selected in the first round of the 2004 draft, was among them.

So Losman worked out for the Dolphins a couple of weeks ago and he left feeling good.

"I thought I worked out pretty well," he said on Wednesday. "Just to show them that I was in shape, that I had been throwing. [But] I didn't get the call originally -- we always think you're going to win. You always go into everything like you're going to win."

But Losman didn't win a place on the team. The Dolphins instead signed the veteran journeyman Sage Rosenfels to back up Matt Moore, who became the starter after Henne underwent season-ending surgery.

Then, in a strange turn of events, Rosenfels' season ended, too. The Dolphins earlier this week placed him on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness List and then signed Losman, who last completed a pass in the NFL in 2008 when he was still a member of the Bills.

Losman spent part of the 2009 season with the Oakland Raiders and part of the 2010 season with the Seattle Seahawks. Now he's one play away from being the Dolphins' first-team quarterback -- a scenario that's not unrealistic given the team's struggles to protect the quarterback.

"I just want to show the players -- I don't know what they heard about me before or what -- I just want to show them I work hard," Losman said. "I'm here to learn the offense. Like, right now -- as fast as I can."


Eagles' Peters returns

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles' offensive line is healthy -- and just in time.

Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters returned to practice Wednesday after missing the last two weeks with a hamstring strain and should be "good to go" Sunday, said coach Andy Reid.

Peters could be a key addition as the Eagles face a sack-happy Dallas defense.

"They're probably the best defense that we have faced so far," said quarterback Michael Vick.

The Cowboys have 17 sacks, tied for eighth most in the NFL. They are led by outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, whose eight sacks rank second in the league, and bring a varied defensive front that aims to cause havoc among blockers, particularly when they play five defensive backs.

Barring any injuries, Peters will be back at his familiar left tackle spot, with Todd Herremans returning to right tackle.


Around the league

*San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Larry English was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a broken left foot. It's the latest setback for English, who hasn't lived up to being the team's 2009 first-round draft pick.

*Sam Bradford is still in a walking boot and it appears that at least another week will pass before the St. Louis Rams quarterback gets back on the field. Backup A.J. Feeley is expected to start.

*Terrell Owens has at least one contract offer. If he can't latch on with an NFL team, the Chicago Rush say they'll take him. The arena team said it is offering Owens a contract for the 2012 season "for the standard player agreement."