LeBron James took the spotlight away from Johnny Manziel for a day at the Cleveland Browns training camp on Thursday.

James, his two sons -- LeBron Jr. and Bryce -- and some friends attended the closed practice in Berea, Ohio.

James spent an hour on the sideline as the Browns went through a morning workout in preparation for Saturday's exhibition opener in Detroit. It was James' first public appearance since re-signing with the Cavaliers last month.

After practice, the four-time MVP took time for the usual greetings and photos.

James met players inside, then spent time chatting with Manziel on the field.

Head coach Mike Pettine said James had reached out about visiting the Browns and that "it was something we had been looking forward to."

"I do know that I'm going to be father of the year now," Pettine said. 'My daughter got a picture with LeBron. She could care less about a picture with me."

---University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler doesn't want to see the Redskins' nickname anywhere in TCF Bank Stadium when Washington plays at the Minnesota Vikings in November.

The Vikings are using the university's campus facility for the next two seasons to play their home games while a new stadium is built in downtown Minneapolis.

Kaler said he assured U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), who believes using the name would violate school policies on equity and diversity, that Redskins would not be used in promotional and game-day material when the Vikings play host to Washington on Nov. 2.

Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley said the team will continue to discuss the use of the nickname with university and Native American community leaders.

---Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly joined with one of the undisclosed bidders for the Buffalo Bills and he was meeting with the team's trust Thursday, the Buffalo News reported.

The Bills' trust has begun making in-person presentations to prospective buyers, with as many as eight scheduled over the next three weeks, according to the report.

The newspaper doesn't specifically name which bidder Kelly has joined. Kelly reportedly was approached previously by Jeffery Gundlach, a bond investor from East Amherst, N.Y.

Initially it was believed three bidders were in on the team: rocker/businessman Bon Jovi, billionaire Donald Trump and Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula. Those three submitted bids by the July 29 deadline, but that date turned out to be flexible.

---Houston Texans owner Bob McNair is healthy and cancer-free after undergoing an aggressive therapy regimen for more than 10 months.

"I didn't think I was going to die. I knew some did," McNair told the Houston Chronicle. "I knew there were some rumors. That's one of the reasons I'm talking about it. I don't want people to think it's something it's not. I'm not ill. I'm healthy. I'm not going anywhere. We've got Super Bowls to win."

McNair, 77, established his wealth as chairman of Cogen Technologies and was instrumental in bringing football back to Houston with the Texans' inaugural season in 2002 and a Super Bowl to newly constructed Reliant Stadium two years later.

---New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is assigned clipboard duty Thursday night when Ryan Mallett starts the preseason opener against the Washington Redskins.

Brady will not play in the game as Mallett, the subject of offseason trade rumors, works with the first-team offense. Tight end Rob Gronkowski is out for the Patriots, who are taking their time bringing back the All-Pro from a torn ACL and two injury-riddled seasons.

This is the third time since 2004 that Brady didn't play in the preseason opener. He also sat in 2005, 2008 and 2011.

---Wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin was waived by the Detroit Lions on Wednesday when knee issues led to a failed physical physical designation.

On Thursday, the Lions signed veteran cornerback Drayton Florence, who started five games for the Carolina Panthers last season.

---Atlanta Falcons rookie linebacker Marquis Spruill will miss the entire 2014 season after suffering a torn ACL in practice, the team announced.

Spruill injured his leg in Wednesday's practice. Head coach Mike Smith said the Falcons will be making a roster move in the near future. Spruill (6-foot-0, 224 pounds) was selected by the Falcons in the fifth round.