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Jaguars' Jones-Drew cleared to begin practice
Maurice Jones-Drew made good on his promise.
The Jacksonville Jaguars running back said in June that he would be ready to go at the start of training camp. On Tuesday, two days before the Jaguars report to camp, coach Gus Bradley announced that Jones-Drew had been cleared by team doctors to start practice with his teammates on Friday.
"I'm extremely, extremely excited by the progress he's made. He's been cleared by our training staff," Bradley said. "The biggest thing with us as a staff, is to be really smart with Maurice. We're going to have to bring him along slowly. You'll see him out there getting some reps but we want to make sure we're smart with him and how fast we bring him back."
Jones-Drew last practice with the team was the middle of October last year following the team's bye week. He suffered a fracture of his left foot, later diagnosed as a Lisfranc injury, on the first play from scrimmage against Oakland on October 21.
He missed all of the Jaguars OTA practices and the team's minicamp for veterans in mid-June. But on the last day of the Jaguars minicamp, the NFL's leading rusher in 2011 said he would be ready when camp opened in late July.
"It's been a long time coming. I'm excited to get out there, run around and play," Jones-Drew said. "Not playing football for 10 months, you get out of football shape a little bit, but I feel like after a week or two I'll be able to get out there to do what I need to do to be ready."
Jets sign K Cundiff
The New York Jets agreed to terms on a one-year deal with veteran kicker Billy Cundiff, who will compete with Nick Folk for the job in training camp.
Cundiff worked out for the Jets on Monday. He was last with the San Francisco 49ers, who signed him during the playoffs last January to compete with a struggling David Akers but didn't play.
The Jets also signed long snapper Pat Scales and offensive tackle Jeffrey Shugarts, and released kicker Brett Maher, wide receiver Thomas Mayo and offensive tackle Mark Popek.
The Jets are the 12th organization Cundiff has been with since being signed as an undrafted free agent by Dallas in 2002. A Pro Bowl pick in 2010 with Baltimore, Cundiff is perhaps best known for missing a potential tying 32-yard attempt in the closing seconds against New England in the AFC championship game in 2012.
Cundiff was 7 of 12 on field-goal attempts in five games with Washington last season, and 139 of 184 for his career.
Folk, entering his fourth season with the Jets, re-signed with New York in March after being an unrestricted free agent. He was 21 of 27 on field-goal attempts last season, and 134 for 172 for his career.
Bradshaw to open Colts' camp on PUP list
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw and rookie safety John Boyett will not be available to practice when the Indianapolis Colts report to training camp this weekend.
The team placed Bradshaw, a veteran free agent, on the physically unable to perform list Tuesday. He spent the previous six seasons with the New York Giants and is trying to return from January surgery on his right foot. He is best remembered for scoring the winning TD in New York's Super Bowl victory two years ago.
Boyett, a sixth-round draft pick in April, was put on the non-football injury list.
Hillis signs with Bucs
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed running back Peyton Hillis to a one-year contract.
Hillis is a sixth-year pro who finished sixth in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage in 2010, when he became the first player in Cleveland Browns history to rush for 1,000 yards, catch 50 passes and score at least 10 touchdowns in a season.
The 27-year-old Hillis appeared in 65 career games, rushing for 2,470 yards and scoring 21 TDs on the ground. He has 111 career receptions for 867 yards and three touchdowns.
Last year Hillis played for Kansas City Chiefs, rushing for 309 yards and 1 TD.
Raiders sign QB Wilson
The Oakland Raiders have signed fourth-round pick quarterback Tyler Wilson to a contract.
General manager Reggie McKenzie announced the move Tuesday, three days before the first training camp practice in Napa. Oakland also waived linebacker Travis Goethel and defensive back Coye Francies.
The Raiders still have two unsigned draft picks in first-round cornerback D.J. Hayden and second-round offensive lineman Menelik Watson.
Wilson was selected 112th overall by the Raiders in April out of Arkansas. He completed 62 percent of his passes in 37 college games for 7,765 yards, 52 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.
Wilson is competing with Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor for the starting job in Oakland.
Bills release DL Anderson
The Buffalo Bills have parted ways with defensive lineman Mark Anderson just one year after he signed a four-year deal with the team.
Touted as a high-profile signing after a 10-sack performance with New England in 2011, Anderson agreed to a 4-year, $21 million contract with Buffalo in 2012.
But he battled injuries for the Bills during his lone season, which led to his release. He made just five appearances, registering 12 tackles and one sack as the Buffalo defense allowed 435 points, most in the AFC East. The Bills finished 6-10 and have since retooled their defense. Anderson wasn't in the long-term plans.
Buffalo's offseason acquisitions of pass rushers Jerry Hughes and Manny Lawson made Anderson expendable, as the team looks to build from the line out.
Browns agree with G Greco on 5-year deal
The Browns have agreed to terms with guard John Greco on a five-year contract.
Greco started a career-high 10 games last season for Cleveland, filling in at left guard after Jason Pinkston was hospitalized with blood clots in his lungs. Greco did not miss an offensive snap over his first nine starts.
Browns CEO Joe Banner said one of the team's goals is to "develop and keep our own players" and was glad to reach a deal with Greco.
Coach Rob Chudzinski called Greco "a solid, all-around teammate, on and off the field."
The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Greco was part of an offensive line that helped running back Trent Richardson rush for a franchise rookie record 950 yards last season.
Greco, who is from Youngstown, Ohio, and played at Toledo, was drafted by St. Louis in 2008. The Browns acquired him in a 2011 trade.
Broncos release linebacker Joe Mays
The Denver Broncos are saving $3.5 million with the release of linebacker Joe Mays, who lost his starting job and then broke his left leg last season.
Not long after signing for $12 million over three years, Mays was suspended a game and docked $50,000 for an illegal hit on Houston's Matt Schaub. He then lost his middle linebacker job following a poor performance by the defense in a loss at New England.
That relegated Mays to special teams, and he was blocking on a punt return Oct. 28 when a Saints player inadvertently leg-whipped him, fracturing his fibula just above his left ankle, ending his season.
Although healthy again, Mays was the odd man out with Nate Irving, Stewart Bradley and Steven Johnson vying for the job this summer.
Dolphins 1st-round pick Jordan makes camp debut
Dion Jordan walked off the practice field Tuesday holding the helmets and shoulder pads of two veteran Miami Dolphins teammates.
The third overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft got to take part in his first training camp practice on Tuesday, though he was limited to individual and position drills.
"I feel real good, first of all just being out there with the guys and being able to run around and hit things and just get back to normal football routine," Jordan said.
The defensive end from Oregon signed his rookie contract Saturday, but sat out the first two days of camp. He had shoulder surgery Feb. 27.
"It's going to be a gradual process," Dophins coach Joe Philbin said. "We'll see how he responds, see how he feels tomorrow and take it from there. We're never going to rush a guy if we don't feel he's ready. We'll take our time."
Philbin did not expect Jordan to be too far behind because the rookie has been around for all the installments on defense.
"He sat in the classroom, he's been out there, he's watched all the practice film, heard the corrections," Philbin said. "Obviously, there's going to be a point in time when he needs to get out there and feel it for himself and do it for himself and make a couple of mistakes and then learn from them and move forward as a player."
The Dolphins moved up nine spots in the first round, from 12th to third, to land Jordan in the draft. They gave Oakland a second-round pick in the transaction and made Jordan the highest-drafted defensive player in team history. Jordan says his draft position doesn't additional pressure on him, nor he did come to training camp with any expectations about his role.
"No matter what it is, if it's just a pass rusher, if Coach puts me out there to start, even if it's special teams, I want to play football," Jordan said. "No matter where it is, you've got to earn everything. I have to earn whatever it is."