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ORLANDO, Fla. — Tim Tebow and Tom Brady worried about Aaron Hernandez’s behavior as early as 2011, with Hernandez being described as “a lot to handle,” a newly surfaced video shows.

Tebow and Brady are shown talking about Hernandez — as well as former Florida Gator Brandon Spikes, a Patriots linebacker — in the long-forgotten video from NFL Films.

“ … I’m trying to watch over Aaron and Brandon,” Brady tells Tebow.

“I appreciate that, too, man. They’re good guys,” Tebow responds.

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“(Yeah) they’re a lot to handle,” Brady says.

The video is from Dec. 18, 2011, in Denver — Week 15 of the NFL season, when Brady’s New England Patriots defeated the Tebow-led Denver Broncos, 41-23.

Tebow was teammates at Florida with Hernandez, the former Patriots tight end now charged with first-degree murder.

Lions release Best

DETROIT — The Detroit Lions announced the release of concussion-plagued running back Jahvid Best, who had not played in a game since October 2011.

Best played in 22 games for the Lions over two seasons since the team traded up in the 2010 draft to select him 30th overall out of Cal.

He was a dual threat out of the backfield and the kind of explosive weapon the Lions desired to complement quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson. And Best was exactly that for a brief time.

But the epitaph on Best’s Lions career will be as the poster child for the NFL’s handling of concussions amid raging lawsuits from former players who say the league did not do enough to protect them.


• Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth will miss the season with a torn Achilles tendon and the team signed two-time Super Bowl winner Lawrence Tynes as his replacement. Barth signed a four-year, $13.2 million contract extension in 2012.

• Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters paid a fine of $656.50 on June 21 after drag-racing charges he accrued a week earlier were reduced to driving with improper equipment and resisting an officer by flight, according to the Monroe, La., district attorney’s office.

In another matter, Peters will get nearly $2 million in a lawsuit over a rolling walker which he said broke and caused him to reinjure his torn Achilles tendon.

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