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Cowboys release Sam from practice squad

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IRVING, Texas (AP) Michael Sam will have to wait for a third team to give the NFL's first openly gay player a chance to appear in a regular-season game.

The Dallas Cowboys released Sam from the practice squad Tuesday, dropping the rush end as they prepare for several potential reinforcements to return to the defensive line.

Sam spent seven weeks with the Cowboys after joining their practice squad Sept. 3, four days after he was among the final cuts by the St. Louis Rams at the end of the preseason. He was never placed on the 53-man active roster.

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Rice's appeal hearing set for Nov. 5-6

(AP) -- A hearing on Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension will be held Nov. 5 and 6, two people familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

The people spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details of the hearing have not been made public.

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Spiller may return in 2014, Tanner signs

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Running back C.J. Spiller's season in Buffalo isn't over just yet. And the Bills restocked their banged-up offensive backfield by signing Phillip Tanner on Tuesday.

The Bills kept their options open with Spiller by placing him on the reserve injured/designated to return list, a day after he had surgery to repair a collarbone injury. The designation means Spiller would have the chance to resume practicing in six weeks, and return to action two weeks later, when the Bills travel to play Oakland on Dec. 21.

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Jets sign WR Kerley to 4-year extension

NEW YORK (AP) Jeremy Kerley always figured he'd stay right where he is.

The New York Jets made sure the reliable wide receiver didn't go anywhere, signing Kerley to a four-year contract extension on Tuesday.

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Colts WR Wayne waiting for MRI results

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Colts receiver Reggie Wayne says he's still waiting for MRI results on his injured left elbow.

During his weekly radio show Tuesday, Wayne told WNDE listeners he would do everything in his power to play Sunday at Pittsburgh.

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Bucs DE Bowers suspended 2 games by NFL

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The NFL has suspended Tampa Bay defensive end Da'Quan Bowers for two games without pay for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The fourth-year pro will join suspended Buccaneers fullback Jorvorskie Lane in sitting out Sunday's home game against Minnesota, as well as a Nov. 2 road game at Cleveland. Lane's two-game ban for violating the same policy was announced last week, when Tampa Bay had a bye.

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Lawyer: No charges for Pounceys in fight

MIAMI (AP) The attorney for NFL offensive linemen Mike and Maurkice Pouncey says no charges will filed against the twin brothers stemming from a July altercation at a Miami Beach nightclub.

Lawyer Jeffrey Ostrow said in an email Wednesday that Miami-Dade County prosecutors informed him the brothers won't be charged in the fight at Cameo nightclub.

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Dolphins DE Jordan returns after ban

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Defensive end Dion Jordan rejoins the Miami Dolphins rested, recharged and ready to start his season after a forced layoff.

The 2013 first-round draft pick sat out the first six games without pay for twice violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. With his suspension lifted, Jordan returned to practice Tuesday and might be activated for Sunday's game at Jacksonville.

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Peyton back to work after setting record

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) No more fun and games for Peyton Manning.

OK, it was "hat day" for the Denver Broncos, who didn't don helmets or pads at practice Tuesday. Still, the new record-holder for most career touchdown passes made it clear he has put his historic Sunday night performance against San Francisco behind him.

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Panthers release longtime DB Godfrey

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers announced they've released longtime defensive back Charles Godfrey and signed guard Chris Scott.

Godfrey joined the Panthers as a third-round draft pick in 2008 and played in 82 games with 75 starts.

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