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.
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.
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.
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.
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.