49ers QB Kaepernick has best-selling NFL jersey

The Sports Xchange/Reuters

Posted at Jul 21 2013 04:46 PM | Updated as of Jul 22 2013 12:46 AM

 San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has the NFL's best-selling jersey over the past three months, according to NFLShop.com.

Quarterbacks made up four of the top five spots on the top 10 list, which is based on sales figures from April 1 to June 30.

Following Kaepernick were Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

Even though Ray Lewis retired, his Baltimore Ravens jersey placed eighth. Brian Urlacher, who retired from the Chicago Bears in the offseason, was 10th.

The jersey of the San Diego Chargers' Manti Te'o topped all rookies.

Among team jerseys, the 49ers led the way, followed by the Seahawks. The rest of the top five were the Dallas Cowboys, Ravens and New England Patriots.

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said coach Jason Garrett's job is not on the line this year.

The Cowboys are 21-19 and have not made the playoffs under Garrett. That includes consecutive 8-8 marks the past two seasons.

"Everything I'm thinking about is not only about how to beat the (New York) Giants when we open up (the season), but also about what our future is in a plus manner or in a positive way with Jason," Jones said on Saturday as the Cowboys opened training camp. "I look to the future with Jason, not just through his contract that we're sitting here with right now."

Jones said the last two seasons have been disappointing. He fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and encouraged Garrett's brother, John, to leave his job as tight ends coach/passing coordinator to become the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' receivers coach. Jones also handed play-calling duties over to offensive coordinator Bill Callahan.

Still, Jones said Garrett would not lose his job if the Cowboys missed the playoffs for a fourth straight year.

"It's a mistake. That's not right," he said. "He's been directly involved in the coaching of (quarterback Tony) Romo for six years. When he got here, Romo had never had the same guy two years in a row. We've got to take advantage of that."

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New York Giants safety Will Hill was suspended without pay for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's policy and program for substances of abuse.

Hill was suspended for four games last year for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy.

Hill is eligible to return to the roster on Sept. 30, a day after the Giants' game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

He can participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

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The Miami Dolphins signed number three overall draft pick Dion Jordan before opening training camp on Saturday.

With Jordan aboard, the Dolphins have signed all nine of their picks.

Jordan, a defensive end from Oregon, and the Dolphins had haggled over language in the contract that would allow the team to recoup money from Jordan if he is cut.

The Dolphins had a similar issue in negotiating the contract of quarterback Ryan Tannehill last year.

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The Washington Redskins asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former NFL linebacker Barrett Green, which alleged that the team violated criminal and civil laws by intentionally injuring him.

Former Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and tight end Robert Royal were also named as defendants.

Green was injured in 2004 as a member of the New York Giants during a game against the Redskins. Williams, a central figure in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, was defensive coordinator of the Redskins in '04.

Green claims in the lawsuit that "Redskins coaches directed their players to disregard criminal and civil laws, as well as NFL rules, to intentionally injure opponents" and Royal "intentionally lowered his helmet and dove into" Green's knees "at full speed" and ended his career.

The Redskins responded by asking a judge to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming that it is "utterly baseless."

(Editing by Gene Cherry)