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Sixth-round pick Matt Hazel among 10 additions to Miami’s practice squad

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The Dolphins’ initial practice squad includes one of their draft picks.

Sixth-round pick Matt Hazel, a wide receiver from Coastal Carolina, was among the 10 signees to the practice squad announced by Miami on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Hazel caught six passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in preseason play for Miami.

The Dolphins’ other practice squad additions are center Sam Brenner, offensive tackle Tony Hills, linebacker David Hinds, quarterback Seth Lobato, tight end Jacob Maxwell, defensive end D’Aundre Reed, cornerback Lowell Rose, defensive tackle Garrison Smith and wide receiver Tommy Streeter. Brenner, Lobato, Reed and Smith were waived by Miami on Saturday, then re-signed to the practice squad after clearing waivers.

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Jets add Matt Simms, six others to practice squad

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The Jets have re-signed one of the quarterbacks they waived Saturday to their practice squad.

Matt Simms, who was among the club’s final cuts, is among the first seven players added to the Jets’ practice roster, the team said Sunday.

Another practice squad addition was ex-Rams tailback Daryl Richardson, whom the Jets also waived Saturday.

The Jets’ other practice squad signees were defensive tackle Tevita Finau, defensive lineman Kerry Hyder, safety Rontez Miles, tight end Chris Pantale and offensive tackle Brett Qvale.

The Jets have three more practice squad spots to be filled.

Among the Jets’ cuts who have yet to be added to a practice squad is rookie quarterback Tajh Boyd, who cleared waivers Sunday.

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Cowboys bring running back Ryan Williams back to practice squad

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As it turns out, Devon Still isn’t the only former second-rounder to make a practice squad this weekend, but at least he’s on the team that drafted him.

Among the seven practice-squaders signed by the Cowboys Sunday was running back Ryan Williams.

Williams was taken by the Cardinals in the second round of the 2011 Draft, 38th overall. He had a solid preseason for the Cowboys, but was released yesterday, as the Cowboys kept just Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle behind starter DeMarco Murray.

The Cowboys also signed wide receiver Tim Benford, defensive end Kenneth Boatright, center Ronald Patrick, safety Micah Pellerin and linebackers Keith Smith and Will Smith.

They also released tackle John Wetzel from the active roster to make room for guard Donald Hawkins, after claiming him off waivers from the Browns.

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Mike Pettine hints Rex Grossman might be back soon

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We should have seen this coming. The NFL simply could not be without Rex Grossman for too long.

The Browns cut Grossman earlier today during a spate of roster moves, but Browns coach Mike Pettine said that might be temporary.

I wouldn’t read too much into it right now,” Pettine said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Some guys could come back. It’s fluid.”

The Browns also waived wide receiver Charles Johnson and offensive linemen Karim Barton and Martin Wallace, after claiming four players off waivers.

But Grossman has a link none of those players have, an all-but-the-tattoo relationship with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan which has kept him employed for several years.

Whether the Browns bring him back this week, or in Week Two when his salary wouldn’t be guaranteed for the year, it appears obvious he’ll be back.

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Cardinals claim outside linebacker Thomas Keiser off waivers

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The Cardinals and Chargers will play twice in 11 days, since the rematch of the preseason finale will be played next Monday night.

Thomas Keiser will have the rare ability to play for both teams.

The Cardinals claimed the outside linebacker, who was waived by the Chargers yesterday, according to the league’s transaction notice. They waived wide receiver Walter Powell to make room on the roster.

Keiser’s a reasonably talented pass-rusher, who had 4.5 sacks last year, but the Chargers used a second-round pick on Jeremiah Attaochu and brought in CFL pass-rusher Cordarro Law.

Keiser also had an arrest for misdemeanor battery from a fight outside a San Diego bar last year. He pleaded guilty, and has to attend anger management classes.

But he’s also a competent pass-rusher, and the Cardinals are looking for all the help they can get after losing piece after piece this offseason.

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Report: Packers work out three quarterbacks Sunday

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The Packers, who kept two backup quarterbacks on their 53-player roster, reportedly took a look at three other quarterbacks on Sunday.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Packers put Pat Devlin, Jeff Mathews and Jon Jennings through workouts on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Devlin has the most NFL experience of the trio. He spent the previous three seasons with the Dolphins. Miami released Devlin (6-3, 220) with an injury settlement on August 19. Devlin played collegiately at Delaware.

A Cornell product, Mathews spent time with the Falcons this summer before being waived August 24. He signed as undrafted free agent with Atlanta in May. Mathews (6-4, 229) agreed to join the Colts’ practice squad on Sunday.

Jennings (6-2, 205) is a rookie from Saginaw Valley State. He was collegiate teammates with Packers wide receiver Jeff Janis.

It’s possible the Packers were working out the three quarterbacks with an eye on being prepared in case a passer needed to be added at a moment’s notice. Such workouts are not uncommon.

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Chris Clemons out, Danieal Manning expected back in at safety for Texans

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The Texans cut safety Danieal Manning early in the offseason, but there appears to be a reunion in the works.

Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle reports that the team is expected to sign Manning, who was cut by the Bengals, to their 53-man roster if he passes his physical. Manning spent the last three years in Houston, starting all 35 games he played for the team before a broken leg brought an early end to his 2013 season. Manning had four interceptions and two sacks during his time in Houston.

Manning’s return will coincide with the end of Chris Clemons’s short tenure with the team. Smith reports Clemons will be cut as the team shapes their roster before the first game of the regular season. Clemons was a member of the Dolphins before heading to Houston and his old team might have some interest in a return with Reshad Jones suspended for the first four games of the year.

Smith reports that wide receiver Mike Thomas is also out. The addition of Damaris Johnson via waivers likely eliminated the need for Thomas on the Houston roster.

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Patriots claim two rookie defensive linemen

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The Patriots moved on from defensive linemen Jerel Worthy and Tommy Kelly while making their way down to 53 players and they continued to show a taste for younger options up front on Sunday.

The team announced that they have claimed a pair of rookie defensive linemen off of waivers. Bruce Gaston was waived by the Cardinals after signing with them as an undrafted free agent out of Purdue, where he started 44 games and recorded seven sacks. Interestingly, Gaston was dropped by the Cardinals shortly after they signed Kelly to bolster their defensive line.

The Patriots also added Kelcy Quarles, who had 13 sacks in 35 games at South Carolina and was dropped by the Giants on their way to 53 players.

One of the roster spots needed for the new players was cleared when the Pats traded quarterback Ryan Mallett to the Texans, a move that the team officially confirmed on Sunday afternoon. They cleared the other one by releasing linebacker Chris White, who played all 16 regular season games for the Patriots as a special teamer last season.

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Ravens sign three recent draft picks to practice squad

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The Ravens have signed three of their former draft picks to the practice squad.

The club announced Sunday it had re-signed outside linebacker John Simon (2013 fourth-round selection), offensive lineman Ryan Jensen (2013 sixth-round selection) and quarterback Keith Wenning (2014 sixth-round selection).

Simon, Jensen and Wenning are three of the Ravens’ nine initial signees to the practice squad. The others are rookie cornerback Tramain Jacobs, rookie defensive tackle Jamie Meder, rookie cornerback Deji Olatoye, rookie defensive tackle A.J. Pataiali’i, first-year tight end Phillip Supernaw and rookie tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint.

This leaves the Ravens with one open slot on their practice squad, which has been expanded to 10 players this season.

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Vikings drop two to make room for new arrivals, sign nine to practice squad

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The Vikings confirmed the previously reported waiver claims of tight end/fullback MarQueis Gray and tackle Mike Harris on Sunday while also announcing the corresponding roster moves and the first nine additions to the team’s practice squad.

The Vikings parted ways with linebacker Larry Dean and tackle Austin Wentworth to make room for Gray and Harris. Dean played all 48 regular season games for the Vikings over the last three years as a reserve defender and special teamer. Wentworth was an undrafted free agent who made the initial 53-man roster as the only backup tackle, but the more experienced Harris will now take over those duties.

Running back Joe Banyard, wide receiver Kain Colter, defensive tackle Isame Faciane, tight end Chase Ford, wide receiver Donte Foster, cornerback Kendall James, center Zac Kerin, tackle Mike Remmers and defensive end Justin Trattou were added to the practice squad.

The Vikings have one more slot to fill on that auxiliary unit and Wentworth could be a candidate to return to the organization in that capacity.

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Packers pick Chris Banjo for practice squad

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The Packers brought back 10 familiar names to their practice squad, all guys who were with them in camp.

The list includes safety Chris Banjo, wide receiver Kevin Dorsey, center Garth Gerhart, wide receiver Alex Gillett, running back Michael Hill, linebcaker Adrian Hubbard, tight end Justin Perillo, defensive end Luther Robinson, tackle Jeremy Vujnovich and wide receiver Myles White.

Banjo played all 16 games for the Packers last year, starting one. Among the others Gillett is  notable because he made one of the most impressive plays of the preseason, a one-handed tip-drill-to-himself touchdown grab against the Raiders.

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Devon Still returns to Bengals practice squad

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It’s safe to say that the Bengals didn’t draft defensive tackle Devon Still in the second round of the 2012 draft so that he’d be on their practice squad in 2014, but at least they still have him in the organization in the event he lives up to his earlier promise.

Still was one of nine players signed to the Bengals practice squad on Sunday. Seven of the other eight were also with the Bengals this summer, but the team reached outside the organization to sign tight end Kevin Greene. Greene was cut by the 49ers when they dropped to 75 players last week and played his college ball at USC.

Defensive end Sam Montgomery, center Trevor Robinson, running back James Wilder Jr., tackle Dan France, defensive tackle David King, wide receiver Colin Lockett and cornerback Onterio McCalebb are the other returning Bengals.

Cincinnati still has room to add one more player to the practice squad.

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49ers re-sign Lawrence Okoye to practice squad

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The 49ers have re-signed seven players they waived Saturday to the practice squad, the team said Sunday.

Second-year defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye, the star British discus thrower turned football player, is among those added to the Niners’ practice squad after being released Saturday.

Just 22 years old, Okoye appeared in all four of San Francisco’s exhibition games. The club originally signed him last year, and he spent the 2013 season on injured reserve.

Also re-signed by San Francisco were offensive tackle Carter Bykowski, tight end Asante Cleveland, wide receiver Lance Lewis, nose tackle Mike Purcell and linebackers Shayne Skov and Chase Thomas.

The 49ers have three open spots on their practice squad.

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Broncos bring Zac Dysert back to practice squad

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The Broncos carried quarterback Zac Dysert on the 53-man roster last season, but this year, he’s part of the practice squad.

Dysert was cut yesterday, as they kept just Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler on the 53-man roster.

The former seventh-round pick was one of nine names the Broncos announced Sunday, leaving one spot open. All the guys they signed were waived yesterday after being in camp with the team this summer.

The other players signed were linebacker Shaquil Barrett, running back Kapri Bibbs, safety John Boyett, wide receiver Bennie Fowler, guard Vinston Painter, wide receiver Nathan Palmer, center Matt Paradis and tight end Gerell Robinson.

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2014 NFL practice squad tracker

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NFL teams started assembling their practice squads on August 31, a day after all rosters were cut down to the 53-man limit. Links to our posts on each team’s practice squad are below.

Atlanta Falcons

The team added cornerback Ricardo Allen, safety Sean Baker, guard Harland Gunn, tackle Terren Jones, wide receiver Bernard Reedy, defensive tackle Travian Robertson, linebacker Jacques Smith, and running back Jerome Smith.

Baltimore Ravens.

Signed rookie cornerback Tramain Jacobs, second-year offensive lineman Ryan Jensen, rookie defensive tackle Jamie Meder, rookie cornerback Deji Olatoye, rookie defensive tackle A.J. Pataiali’i, second-year outside linebacker John Simon, first-year tight end Phillip Supernaw, rookie tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint and rookie quarterback Keith Wenning.

Buffalo Bills

Guard D.J. Morrell, running back Lonnie Pryor, quarterback Jeff Tuel, defensive back Deon Broomfield, linebacker Jimmy Gaines, wide receiver Caleb Holley, defensive end Ike Igbinosun, defensive end Bryan Johnson and defensive back Kenny Ladler.

Carolina Panthers.

The team announced they had signed linebacker D.J. Smith, safety Robert Lester, cornerback Carrington Byndom, linebacker Adarius Glanton, wide receiver Tavarres King, wide receiver Marcus Lucas, tackle Andrew McDonald, running back Darrin Reaves, defensive tackle Micanor Regis and defensive tackle Casey Walker.

Chicago Bears.

Signed wide receiver Josh Bellamy, center Taylor Boggs, defensive tackle Brandon Dunn, cornerback Isaiah Frey, guard Ryan Groy, linebacker DeDe Lattimore, cornerback Al Louis-Jean, cornerback Terrance Mitchell, defensive tackle Roy Philon and wide receiver Rashad Ross.

Cincinnati Bengals

Signed defensive tackle Devon Still, defensive end Sam Montgomery, center Trevor Robinson, running back James Wilder Jr., tackle Dan France, defensive tackle David King, wide receiver Colin Lockett and cornerback Onterio McCalebb.

Dallas Cowboys.

Signed running back Ryan Williams, wide receiver Tim Benford, defensive end Kenneth Boatright, center Ronald Patrick, safety Micah Pellerin and linebackers Keith Smith and Will Smith.

Denver Broncos.

They brought back quarterback Zac Dysert, linebacker Shaquil Barrett, running back Kapri Bibbs, safety John Boyett, wide receiver Bennie Fowler, guard Vinston Painter, wide receiver Nathan Palmer, center Matt Paradis and tight end Gerell Robinson.

Green Bay Packers.

Signed safety Chris Banjo, wide receiver Kevin Dorsey, center Garth Gerhart, wide receiver Alex Gillett, running back Michael Hill, linebacker Adrian Hubbard, tight end Justin Perillo, defensive end Luther Robinson, tackle Jeremy Vujnovich and wide receiver Myles White.

Indianapolis Colts.

Signed defensive lineman Tyler Hoover, linebacker Andrew Jackson, wide receiver Ryan Lankford, wide receiver Josh Lenz, safety Dewey McDonald, defensive tackle Nnamdi Obukwelu, cornerback Sheldon Price, tight end Erik Swoope and offensive guard Josh Walker. Agreed with quarterback Jeff Mathews.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Signed tackle Cody Booth, defensive tackle DeAndre Coleman, safety Craig Loston, quarterback Stephen Morris, wide receiver Kerry Taylor, linebacker Marcus Whitfield and wide receiver Tony Washington.

Kansas City Chiefs

Added linebacker Nico Johnson, center Ben Gottschalk, running back Charcandrick West, linebacker Jerry Franklin, guard Ricky Henry, wide receiver Darryl Surgent, wide receiver Fred Williams, fullback Jordan Campbell and defensive end Kona Schwenke.

Miami Dolphins.

Signed center Sam Brenner, offensive tackle Tony Hills, wide receiver Matt Hazel, linebacker David Hinds, quarterback Seth Lobato, tight end Jacob Maxwell, defensive end D’Aundre Reed, cornerback Lowell Rose, defensive tackle Garrison Smith and wide receiver Tommy Streeter.

Minnesota Vikings

Signed running back Joe Banyard, wide receiver Kain Colter, defensive tackle Isame Faciane, tight end Chase Ford, wide receiver Donte Foster, cornerback Kendall James, center Zac Kerin, tackle Mike Remmers and defensive end Justin Trattou on Sunday. Signed cornerback Chris Greenwood on Monday.

New England Patriots

Added quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, long snapper Charley Hughlett, wide receiver Josh Boyce, defensive end Jake Bequette, linebacker Ja’Gared Davis, safety Kanorris Davis, running back Jonas Gray, offensive lineman Chris Martin, defensive lineman Deonate Skinner and defensive back Daxton Swanson.

New Orleans Saints

Signed the following 10 players Monday: wide receiver Brandon Coleman, inside linebacker Todd Davis, cornerback Terrence Frederick, tight end Nic Jacobs, wide receiver Seantavius Jones, offensive guard Antoine McClain, offensive tackle Tavon Rooks, nose tackle Lawrence Virgil, cornerback Trevin Wade and safety Pierre Warren.

New York Giants

Signed running back Michael Cox, cornerback Bennett Jackson, cornerback Chandler Fenner, linebacker Dan Fox, defensive end Jordan Stanton, tackle Nick Becton and wide receiver Julian Talley.

New York Jets

Signed defensive tackle Tevita Finau, defensive lineman Kerry Hyder, safety Rontez Miles, tight end Chris Pantale, offensive tackle Brett Qvale, tailback Daryl Richardson and quarterback Matt Simms.

Philadelphia Eagles

Signed safety Ed Reynolds, quarterback G.J. Kinne, linebacker Emmanuel Acho, guard/center Josh Andrews, tackle/guard Kevin Graf, defensive lineman Wade Kelilikipi, wide receiver Will Murphy, running back Matthew Tucker and wide receiver Quron Pratt.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh added Alejandro Villanueva, cornerback Shaquille Richardson, tight end Rob Blanchflower, Howard Jones, wide receiver C.J. Goodwin, wide receiver Derek Moye, defensive back Ross Ventrone, defensive lineman Josh Mauro, defensive lineman Nick Williams and running back Josh Harris.

San Diego Chargers

Added quarterback Ryan Lindley, wide receiver Javontee Herndon, outside linebacker Cordarro Law, guard/tackle Jeremiah Sirles, wide receiver Torrence Allen, guard Craig Watts, defensive end Chas Alecxih, cornerback Greg Ducre and safety Adrian Phillips.

San Francisco 49ers.

Signed offensive tackle Carter Bykowski, tight end Asante Cleveland, wide receiver Lance Lewis, defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye, nose tackle Mike Purcell, linebacker Shayne Skov and linebacker Chase Thomas.

St. Louis Rams.

Signed linebacker Denicos Allen, wide receiver Emory Blake, safety Christian Bryant, defensive tackle Matt Conrath, safety Matt Daniels, quarterback Garrett Gilbert, tackle Sean Hooey, linebacker Kevin Reddick, wide receiver Justin Veltung and guard Brandon Washington.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Signed running back Jeff Demps, tight end Cameron Brate, quarterback Mike Kafka, linebacker Brandon Magee, defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo and kick returner Solomon Patton.

Tennessee Titans

Brought offensive lineman Justin McCray, tackle Will Poehls, defensive lineman Chigbo Anunoby, linebacker Brandon Copeland, running back Antonio Andrews and wide receiver Rico Richardson back after the cut to 53 players.

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