49ers bring back wide receiver Brandon Lloyd

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - To help launch their 2012 season's Super Bowl run, the 49ers lured a veteran wide receiver out of a one-year hiatus. Can Brandon Lloyd be this year's version of Randy Moss, with all due respect to their differing talents, personalities and accomplishments?

Backup QB Matt Flynn returns to Packers

The Packers have reached a deal to bring back backup quarterback Matt Flynn, who stabilized the position after starter Aaron Rodgers went down with a collarbone injury last season.

Bengals sign punter T.J. Conley

The Bengals signed punter T.J. Conley on Wednesday, though Kevin Huber is expected to make a full recovery from a neck injury and a broken jaw.

Tim Kawakami: 49ers won't coddle troubled Aldon Smith this time

According to an NFL source, Chris Culliver was with Aldon Smith in the Southwest terminal on Sunday, same flight, but was not involved in any of the trouble. Culliver is not presumed to have been spending time with Smith in LA. It's possible Culliver just happened to be there and was flying back on same flight.

Titans LB Phillips likes move to 3-4 defense

Shaun Phillips has seen a lot of change in his 10 years in the NFL. The linebacker believes that Tennessee's switch to a hybrid 3-4 defensive scheme helps the Titans keep up with the rest of the league.