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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.

Oakland Raiders.

Signed tailback George Atkinson III, defensive end Denico Autry, linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu, cornerback Ras-I Dowling, linebacker Spencer Hadley, offensive tackle Dan Kistler, defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin, offensive guard Lamar Mady, wide receiver Seth Roberts and tight end Scott Simonson.

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.

Seattle Seahawks.

Signed safety Josh Aubrey and rookie defensive end Julius Warmsley on Monday. Signed quarterback B.J. Daniels, tailback Demitrius Bronson, tight end RaShaun Allen, offensive lineman Nate Isles, wide receiver Chris Matthews, defensive tackle Jimmy Staten, safety Terrance Parks and safety Steven Terrell on Sunday.

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.

Washington Redskins

Signed cornerback Richard Crawford, safety Akeem Davis, safety Phillip Thomas, linebacker Chaz Sutton, cornerback Chase Minnifield, tight end Ted Bolser, running back Chris Thompson, offensive lineman Tevita Stevens, defensive lineman Robert Thomas and wide receiver Nick Williams.

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Falcons shuffle linebackers, sign eight to practice squad

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The Falcons kept linebacker Tim Dobbins on their initial 53-man roster, but they opted to go in a different direction on Sunday.

The team announce that they have claimed linebacker Nate Stupar off of waivers from the Jaguars and released Dobbins to make room on the roster. Stupar has been well traveled since entering the league as a 2012 seventh-round pick in Oakland as he’s had stints with the Eagles and 49ers in between his time with the Raiders and Jags. He saw action in 12 games for the Niners and Jaguars last season.

Dobbins was signed as a free agent this offseason as the Falcons sifted through options in the wake of Sean Weatherspoon’s injury.

The Falcons also announced the first eight members of their practice squad. All were in camp with the Falcons, including fifth-round cornerback Ricardo Allen. The other seven players returning to the fold are 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. The team has two spots left to fill.

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Colts sign sixth-round pick Andrew Jackson to practice squad

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Rookie inside linebacker Andrew Jackson is among nine players to re-sign with the Colts’ practice squad after being waived Saturday, the team said today.

The 22-year-old Jackson was the Colts’ sixth-round pick in May. The Western Kentucky product notched six tackles in the exhibition finale against Cincinnati.

The Colts also announced the re-signing of seven undrafted rookies to the practice squad: defensive lineman Tyler Hoover, wide receiver Ryan Lankford, safety Dewey McDonald, defensive tackle Nnamdi Obukwelu, cornerback Sheldon Price, tight end Erik Swoope and offensive guard Josh Walker.

The Colts also added first-year wideout Josh Lenz to the practice squad. He spent part of last season on the Colts’ practice roster as well.

The 10th and final member of the Colts’ practice squad is slated to be rookie quarterback Jeff Mathews, who has agreed to a deal with Indianapolis, the club said. An undrafted free agent from Cornell, Mathews was waived by the Falcons on August 24.

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Panthers sign practice squad, including linebacker D.J. Smith

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As part of the expansion of practice squads to 10 players, the league is letting each team bring back two more experienced players.

The Panthers are taking full advantage of that, signing a pair of guys with starting experience to the $6,300 a week practice squad.

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.

Smith started nine combined games for the Packers in 2011 and 2012, and has also had stints with the Chargers and Texans. Lester started four games for the Panthers last year.

All the players they signed were in camp with them this year.

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Cowboys, Browns take from each other’s discard pile

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If the Cowboys and Browns knew how things were going to wind up playing out, they might have just made a trade before Saturday’s cut to 53 players instead of waiting to acquire a player from the other team via waivers.

There’s no going back in time, though, so we’ll just have to wonder what the world’s reaction to a trade involving LaRon Byrd and Donald Hawkins might have been.

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Browns have claimed wide receiver LaRon Byrd off of waivers from the Cowboys. Byrd caught one pass for the Cardinals in 2012 and spent last season on injured reserve before his failed attempt to make the Cowboys. He’s 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and fast, but it hasn’t translated to the field to this point in his career.

The same could be said of former Jet Stephen Hill, whose agent thought the Browns would have interest in his client but Byrd’s arrival would seem to make that less likely.

The Cowboys announced that they claimed Hawkins from the Browns to bolster their situation at guard. He was only in Cleveland for a short while as they claimed him off waivers from the Eagles last week. Dallas cut tackle John Wetzel to make room.

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Dolphins claim two defensive backs

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The Dolphins have made some changes to their secondary.

The team has claimed cornerback Sammy Seamster and safety Brandian Ross off of waivers. General Manager Dennis Hickey announced the moves at a press conference on Sunday while also giving the word that wide receiver Damian Williams and safety Don Jones have been cut from the roster.

Seamster signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Middle Tennessee State this offseason, but was one of the team’s final cuts. He’s a big corner at 6-foot-1, but only made 10 starts at the collegiate level so he’s still got some growing to do if he’s going to be a productive part of the Dolphins defense.

Ross was waived by the Raiders a year after making 13 starts for them. He had 75 tackles and a forced fumble in Oakland and the team likely hopes he can help them weather the absence of Reshad Jones for the first four games of the season.

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Case Keenum out in Houston after Mallett trade

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It didn’t take a crystal ball or a deck of tarot cards on Sunday to tell that Case Keenum’s time in Houston was just about up.

With Ryan Mallett arriving in a deal with the Patriots, Keenum looked like the odd man out. Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that the Texans have, in fact, dropped him from the roster to make room for their new acquisition.

The trade for Mallett gave the Texans four quarterbacks, Ryan Fitzpatrick had lots of starting experience before running the first team in Houston this summer and rookie Tom Savage a few months removed from being selected in the fourth round. Keenum was a holdover from the Gary Kubiak days and coach Bill O’Brien said recently that Savage was gaining on Keenum in the competition for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart.

Keenum made eight starts in Houston last season, completing 54.2 percent of his passes while throwing nine touchdowns and six interceptions. He could draw interest as the quarterback carousel takes another spin.

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