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NFL news roundup: Police stay close to Aaron Hernandez, Jim Kelly beats cancer

The biggest news of the day came from widely different extremes. Police continue to search in relation to Aaron Hernandez's possible involvement in a murder, while hall of fame quarterback Jim Kelly is cancer-free.

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The slow off-season in the NFL continues. However, there has been plenty of news, despite a one-month layoff before training camp begins. Aaron Hernandez continues to find himself in the headlines while Massachusetts State Police continue to investigate the murder of a 27-year-old man close to the tight end's house.

Police find 'no evidence' after Monday search of Hernandez surroundings

The Hernandez investigation continued Monday as it was reported police were searching the woods, and lake nearby to his home -- going as far as to send a diving team to comb the waters. Reports over the weekend indicated than an arrest warrant had been prepared, but thus far nothing has happened.

It remains to be seen whether today's fruitless search will impact how police proceed. There was very little information from the investigation on what police were searching for, other than an eyewitness report that police were using metal detectors.

Jim Kelly confirms he's cancer free

Thankfully there was good news in NFL circles to counter the ongoing issues in New England. Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly underwent successful surgery, and revealed that he is cancer free. Kelly first revealed he was suffering from lower-jaw cancer in early-May, but his prognosis has improved greatly.

News of the surgery were paired with reports last week that Kelly had ceased receiving chemotherapy -- confirming that he's beaten the illness.

Vikings sign Desmond Bishop

Former Green Bay Packers' linebacker Desmond Bishop had offers from the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Minnesota Vikings -- ultimately deciding to return to the NFC North and face his old team.

Bishop was cut following an unwillingness to restructure his contract, and brings some much-needed stability to the Vikings defense, provided he's able to return to pre-injury form. He missed the entire 2012 season due to a hamstring injury sustained in preseason.

Geno Smith thinks he can win Jets' starting job

A tumultuous draft process has given way to work, as Smith prepares to fight for the New York Jets' starting job in training camp. He split time with Mark Sanchez during OTAs, and believes he's made a 'huge leap' since arriving in the Meadowlands.

Smith was widely-regarded as the top quarterback in the 2013 class, that rang true until draft day, where Smith fell into the second round over questions regarding his maturity that surfaced during the pre-draft process.

Giants' receiver suspended for violating substance abuse policy

In what should become the textbook for 'how not to make an NFL team', second-year undrafted free agent Brandon Collins will miss the first four games of the regular season due to violating the league's substance abuse policy.

The Giants have a talented group of receivers, but there could have been space for him to make a push for a spot on the roster. Domenik Hixon left for Carolina via free agency, while it's unclear what Ramses Barden's role will be moving forward.

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