The AFC East Notebook

A weekly look from around the AFC East of news, moves and transactions.

Patriots' offensive lineman Nick Kaczur was filling in for Logan Mankins in the first-team left guard spot during spring practices. Mankins is still not participating in any team activities because of a contract dispute, and it is possible New England will start the season without him… The Boston Globe reported that it is very likely New England will franchise tag quarterback Tom Brady in 2011 after he receives his $3.5 million salary in the final year of his contract… The Globe also got confirmation from Tom Martinez, Brady's personal coach, that the Patriot signal caller did in fact have a broken finger and three broken ribs last year.

According to, a second-round pick is the lowest the Bills would be willing to go in a Marshawn Lynch deal. So, it's unlikely he'll be anywhere but Buffalo this season. The 24-year-old running back has said his displeasure with the team will not have an effect on his play, as he made a late appearance at minicamp and has participated in activities since.

Monday,'s Mike Florio wrote that the tennis media made a slip-up by not asking Serena Williams, who owns less than one percent of the Miami Dolphins, for a comment regarding "the team's offseason outbreak of bad behavior.". Florio only cited defensive end Phillip Morris' alleged pregnant-girlfriend-punching incident but wrote in the context that multiple Dolphins "choose to break the law by, among other things, beating up on pregnant women." You decide…

New England announced its training camp will open to the public July 29… The USA Today staff has the Jets at No. 4 in the preseason power rankings, the Patriots at 7, Miami at 14 and the Bills all the way down at 31 in front of the Rams… Dolphins quarterback Marcus Vick denied any involvement in a shooting that injured his cousin Quanis Phillips on June 25.

The AFC East Notebook is a weekly exclusive compiled by Nick St. Denis.

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