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NFL notes: Vikings sign Baskett to one-year deal

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have signed free-agent receiver Hank Baskett to a one-year deal.

Baskett practiced with the team Wednesday, one day after being released from the Philadelphia Eagles. He comes to a team in desperate need of healthy receivers.

Sidney Rice is out for at least another month after having hip surgery and Percy Harvin has a strained right hip that leaves his status in question for the game Sunday against Detroit. That left the Vikings with only three healthy receivers before Baskett was brought in.

Seahawks may have replacement CEO

RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks may have found their replacement for outgoing CEO Tod Leiweke.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Wednesday that St. Louis Blues CEO Peter McLoughlin is leaving the club to take an executive position with the Seahawks. The report did not specify what position McLoughlin would be assuming in Seattle.

A Seahawks spokesman would not confirm the report Wednesday afternoon. The team said an announcement could be coming on Thursday.

Seattle's been looking to replace Leiweke since he announced at the end of July he was leaving to become CEO and a minority-owner of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning. McLoughlin has been with the Blues since 2006 in charge of business operations. He previously worked for 21 years with Anheuser-Busch before joining the Blues.

Revis out with strain

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis will not play against the Miami Dolphins (2-0) on Sunday night because of his strained left hamstring.

"I want to be out there with them, but I can't," Revis said Wednesday. "I'm just going to take my time and get back to 100 percent."

Revis did not practice, and Coach Rex Ryan said the All-Pro would not even travel with the Jets (1-1) to Miami. Instead, he will stay back at the team's facility to receive further treatment on the hamstring.

Lockhart opts for trial in mortgage fraud case

DALLAS — Five of the 11 defendants in an alleged $20.5 million mortgage fraud scheme purportedly involving former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Eugene Lockhart have pleaded guilty.

Lockhart and the remaining five defendants opted for a trial. An Oct. 18 trial date was postponed and hasn't been reset.

Lockhart and the others are accused of making 54 fraudulent loan closings for single-family homes in the Dallas area totaling about $20.5 million.

Harrison fined for sack

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has been fined $5,000 for slamming Titans quarterback Vince Young to the turf while sacking him Sunday.

Harrison was not penalized on the play, but Titans Coach Jeff Fisher questioned on Monday why the former All-Pro linebacker wasn't called for unnecessary roughness.

Mathews didn't practice

SAN DIEGO — Chargers rookie running back Ryan Mathews didn't practice on Wednesday and says he has a high ankle sprain.

Mathews says it'll be up to the training staff to decide whether he'll play Sunday at Seattle.

The 12th pick overall in the April draft, Mathews was hurt in the first quarter of last Sunday's 38-13 win against Jacksonville. He jogged back to the bench several minutes later and told Norv Turner he wanted to go back in, but the coach held him out as a precaution.

Chargers keep Jackson

SAN DIEGO — Holdout wide receiver Vincent Jackson remains the property of the Chargers despite his agent saying he had deals in place with several teams before the Wednesday deadline.

Agent Neil Schwartz said he heard from multiple general managers, whom he declined to identify, that the Chargers were asking for "wholly unreasonable" compensation.

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