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Vikings score, with no help from Peterson

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At a time when it’s believed that the Vikings will go only so far as running back Adrian Peterson can carry them, the Vikings lead the Rams with no help from Peterson at all.

In fact, they got negative help from Peterson.

The Vikings drove 45 yards for an opening-drive touchdown, with Peterson carrying the ball five times for minus-three yards.

In contrast, the much-maligned Christian Ponder completed three of three passes for 38 yards, and he scored on a five-yard touchdown run on third and goal from the five.

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Saints drop rookie receiver Brandon Coleman

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The Saints have had plenty of success in recent years with first-year receivers.  Brandon Coleman won’t be one of them.

Per a league source, Coleman has been waived.

At six feet, six inches, Coleman could become in time an intriguing weapon.  As recently explained by Katherine Terrell of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, drops in camp made it much more difficult for Coleman to make the roster.

If he clears waivers, Coleman has a good change of landing on the practice squad.

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Eben Britton among cuts in Chicago

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The Bears continue to clear out the veteran backups on their offensive line.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Eben Britton has joined Dennis Roland and Rob Turner on the discard pile as the team makes its way to 53 players. Britton, a 2009 second-round pick in Jacksonville, re-signed with the Bears after playing 13 games for them last season but the team’s opted for a younger look on the depth chart.

As a vested veteran, Britton can sign anywhere without waiting for the waiver process to play out.

Biggs reports that the Bears have also parted ways with offensive lineman Taylor Boggs, offensive lineman Ryan Groy, wide receiver Dale Moss, wide receiver/kick returner Chris Williams, linebacker DeDe Lattimore, defensive lineman Lee Pegues, linebacker Jerry Franklin, safety Marcus Trice and cornerback C.J. Wilson.

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Reports: Vincent Brown doesn’t make Chargers’ roster

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Vincent Brown’s time with the Chargers could be at a close.

According to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the fourth-year wide receiver has not made the club’s 53-player roster.

Brown will be waived-injured, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Saturday, according to NFL.com. Brown has been sidelined with a calf injury throughout the summer and did not appear in any exhibition games.

The 25-year-old Brown caught 41 passes for 472 yards and a touchdown in 16 games (12 starts) for San Diego in 2013. The Chargers selected him in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

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Titans cut Maikon Bonani, Tommie Campbell

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The Titans may have settled on Rob Bironas’s replacement at kicker.

Travis Coons has outlasted Maikon Bonani in this summer’s competition. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that Bonani has been cut after entering camp as the favorite. Bonani was 3-of-4 on both field goals and extra points. Coons, an undrafted free agent, made 2-of-3 field goals and could still conceivably be replaced when the Titans see who is available after all the cuts have been made.

Cornerback Tommie Campbell, a 2011 seventh-round pick who was flagged for seven penalties during the exhibition season, has also been released. Campbell went on Twitter to thank Titans fans for their support.

Wyatt also reports that linebacker Moise Fokous, tight end Chase Coffman, cornerback Ri’Shard Anderson, offensive lineman Eric Olsen, quarterback Dominique Davis and tight end Jason Schepler have been released.

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Bengal cut former second-rounder Devon Still

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In 2012, the Bengals used a second-round pick on defensive lineman Devon Still.  In 2014, they release him.

Per a league source, Still will be among the cuts down to 53 players.

Still appeared in 10 games last season and eight as a rookie.  He told PFT Live a month before the 2012 draft that Still, who played at Penn State, is a Steelers fan.  The Steelers, along with every other team, will now have a chance to claim him on waivers.

Still’s situation underscores the inherent crapshoot that is the draft.  In the same year they ultimately wasted a second-round pick on Still, the Bengals signed an undrafted linebacker named Vontaze Burfict.

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Giants place Mario Manningham, Trindon Holliday on IR

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The Giants brought back Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham this offseason after he spent two injury-plagued seasons in San Francisco, but he couldn’t stay healthy enough to make the club.

According to multiple reports, the Giants will place Manningham on injured reserve on Saturday because of a calf injury he suffered in the team’s preseason finale. Per the same reports, kick returner Trindon Holliday, signed as a free agent this offseason, will be joining him after battling a hamstring injury for most of the summer.

Manningham was a 2008 third-round pick by the Giants and caught 160 passes for them over four year before moving on to the 49ers as a free agent. He had 51 catches in two years in California, but the injuries have derailed the career of a productive wideout.

Holliday returned two punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns with the Broncos over the last two seasons, but won’t be able to help the Giants in that area this season. The Giants may now turn to wide receiver Rueben Randle in the return game.

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Lions cut Stafford’s buddy Kris Durham

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The Lions have released a favorite receiver of Matthew Stafford.

Kris Durham, a former college teammate and roommate of Stafford’s, was cut today.

Durham played well at times for the Lions, but when Detroit signed Golden Tate this offseason there was one less roster spot available for a wide receiver, and it appears that Durham will lose the numbers game to be one of the backups behind Tate and Calvin Johnson.

Durham caught 38 passes for 490 yards last season.

Other Lions cuts include running back George Winn, tackle Michael Williams, cornerback Mohammed Seisay, defensive end Darryl Tapp, offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds, safety Nate Ness, linebacker Brandon Hepburn, center Darren Keyton and linebacker Shamari Benton.

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Eagles announce their full list, including Alex Henery

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Eagles coach Chip Kelly has always dared to be different.

So it stands to figure that the Eagles would buck the cut-day trend.

While many teams drag it out until the final minute, the Eagles are the first to announce their full list today.

The Eagles waived the following 19 players: Linebacker Emmanuel Acho, offensive lineman Josh Andrews, running back Kenjon Barner (waived/injured), cornerback Roc Carmichael, tackle Kevin Graf, kicker Alex Henery, wide receiver Damaris Johnson, safety Keelan Johnson, running back Henry Josey, linebacker Josh Kaddu, defensive tackle Wade Keliikipi, quarterback G.J. Kinne, cornerback Curtis Marsh, wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah, wide receiver Will Murphy, wide receiver Quron Pratt, safety Ed Reynolds, defensive tackle Damion Square and running back Matthew Tucker.

They also placed wide receiver Arrelious Benn and linebacker Travis Long on injured reserve.

With Lane Johnson’s suspension for the first four games, they’re now to the 53-man limit.

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Seahawks releasing Eric Winston

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The Seahawks are releasing one of the NFL’s most notable right tackles of recent seasons.

The club is parting ways with Eric Winston, PFT’s Mike Florio reported on Saturday.

The Seahawks signed Winston in July to compete for their right tackle job, a position that has been won by rookie Justin Britt.

The 30-year-old Winston has made 119 regular season starts at right tackle. He was a 16-game starter for Arizona in 2013. Before that, he had stints with Houston (2006-2011) and Kansas City (2012). It’s possible Winston could draw interest from clubs looking for experienced help on the right side.

Winston is the president of the NFL Players Association.

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Broncos cut Kevin Vickerson

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Veteran defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson did not make the 53-man roster in Denver.

Vickerson, who started 11 games last season for the Broncos, was cut today, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.

The move comes as something of a surprise considering Vickerson’s status as a starter last season, but the Broncos are deep on the defensive line, and they decided to go with younger players including the 25-year-old Marvin Austin, who signed with Denver this year.

Vickerson will become an unrestricted free agent immediately.

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Report: Bon Jovi out of Toronto group

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Good news, Bills fans.  Jon Bon Jovi won’t be buying the team.

Bad news, Bills fans.  The Toronto-based group is still planning to try to purchase the franchise.

According to the New York Post, Larry Tanenbaum and Edward Rogers have dumped Bon Jovi because Bon Jovi’s desire to control the team has limited the total bid that the trio can make.  The controlling owner must have 30 percent of the team; as the bids reportedly exceed $1 billion, Bon Jovi doesn’t have the cash to contribute to 30 percent of a competitive offer.

Now, Tannenbaum and Rogers, who would have owned 35 percent of a Bon Jovi-led franchise, will continue to chase the team by putting up more cash.  Their strong Toronto connections mean that the threat of relocation will continue until they make it clear that the team will never move.

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Jets waive QB Tajh Boyd

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The Jets are reducing their QB ranks by one.

The club has waived rookie Tajh Boyd, a sixth-round pick from Clemson.

The move leaves the Jets with Michael Vick and Matt Simms as the backups to starter Geno Smith.

Boyd was 8-of-17 for 98 yards and a touchdown in the preseason. He is eligible to claimed by any other club, and he has practice squad eligibility.

The Jets also have announced the release of running back Alex Green, defensive lineman Zach Thompson and tight end Chris Pantale. The Jets also confirmed they were parting ways with third-year wideout Stephen Hill, news of which emerged earlier Saturday.

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Lions release Garrett Reynolds

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The Lions are releasing an offensive guard who’s started 23 games over the last three seasons.

PFT’s Mike Florio reports the Lions are cutting Garrett Reynolds, who started 10 games at right guard for Atlanta in 2013.

The 27-year-old Reynolds has appeared in 42 regular season games. A North Carolina product, Reynolds spent the previous five seasons with the Falcons (2009-2013).

Reynolds’ experience and relative youth are factors that could land him with another club as teams set their 53-player rosters. If he doesn’t sign elsewhere now, he could be a candidate as an in-season addition as injuries mount around the league.

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Bengals cut Trevor Robinson

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In Cincinnati, the roster includes only two players identified as centers.  One of them has been cut.

Gone is Trevor Robinson, per a league source.  Robinson, who made the team as an undrafted free agent in 2012, started seven games as a rookie.  Last year, he appeared in six regular-season games.

Russell Bodine is the only other center on the roster.  The Bengals traded up in the draft — something they rarely do — to land Bodine in round four of the 2014 selection process.

Kyle Cook, the full-season starter at center a year ago, was cut in March.

Robinson will be exposed to waivers.  If unclaimed, he becomes a free agent.

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Dolphins finally give up on running back Daniel Thomas

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The Dolphins kept giving Daniel Thomas chances to be their lead running back, and he kept refusing to take them.

So today, they’re giving up on the former second-round pick, according to Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post.

The Dolphins have also released return man Marcus Thigpen, tight end Kyle Miller and cornerback Kevin Fogg.

Thomas never gained 600 yards in a season, and never averaged more than 3.7 yards per carry.

With Knowshon Moreno coming on board this year, there was simply no room or time to wait for him to deliver on his potential.

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