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NFL roundup: Bills' Dareus leaves team following borther's death

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Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus left the team to return to Birmingham after learning his younger brother, 19-year-old Simeon Gilmore, was a victim in a triple homicide in Pelham, Ala.

The incident took place Sunday in a residence and 22-year-olds Casey Cumberland and Joshua Smith were also victims according to CBS 42 in Birmingham.

Dareus' status for Sunday's game against the Chiefs is not known.

The No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 draft, the former Alabama star was raised in part by his godfather, Lester "Sarge" Reasor. He became the legal guardian to Dareus and five other children in the family with Dareus' mother died two years ago after a long battle with numerous health issues.

---Let the awards begin for Redskins' rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Griffin was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 1, 40-32 road victory at New Orleans in his first career start.

Griffin completed 19-of-26 passes for 320 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions to become the first player in NFL history to compile 300-plus passing yards, two or more passing touchdowns and no interceptions in an NFL debut.

His 320 passing yards were the second most by a rookie quarterback in Week 1 in NFL history (Cam Newton, 422, 2011).

---Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith was fined $15,750 by the National Football League for a horse collar penalty in last week's 24-17 season-opening win over the New York Giants.

Smith yanked down linebacker Michael Boley after he intercepted a Tony Romo pass in the second quarter. Had Smith not done that, the play would've resulted in a touchdown.

Instead, the Giants got the ball at the Dallas 1-yard line, and New York had to settle for a field goal.

---Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings is listed as doubtful for Thursday night's game against the Chicago Bears with a groin injury.

While Jennings hasn't practiced all week, coach Mike McCarthy left open the possibility that Jennings could be cleared for at least part of Thursday's game.

Veteran Donald Driver can join the wide receiver rotation after sitting out a large portion of Sunday's game. He told reporters Tuesday that he was disappointed by his lack of activity in the opener.

---Wide receiver Austin Collie was cleared to return from a concussion, his third diagnosed in the NFL, and could be active for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Collie and T.Y. Hilton, a rookie receiver listed behind Reggie Wayne at wide receiver, were able to practice. Hilton injured his shoulder in the preseason and didn't play Week 1.

Collie hasn't played since a collision on "Sunday Night Football" with Steelers linebacker Larry Foote on Aug. 21.

--- The Oakland Raiders appear to be addressing their glaring need for a long-snapper to replace injured Jon Condo.

Travis Tripucka said in his twitter account that he is headed for Oakland, according to the Bay Area News Group, which suggests he is going to work out for the Raiders as a long snapper.

--- Lions All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson missed Wednesday's practice and was listed on the injury report with a foot injury.

Madden curse or minor bumps and bruises? Lions coach Jim Schwartz wasn't letting on what's ailing Johnson, or if his status for Sunday night's game at San Francisco was in jeopardy.

--- Nose tackle Delvin Johnson was signed to the Redskins' practice squad.

An undrafted rookie out of Marshall, Johnson originally signed with Washington on May 6, but was waived Aug. 31 as part of the team's final roster cuts. He had six tackles and 1.5 sacks during the preseason.

Johnson had 10.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in 41 career games at Marshall.

--- Wide receiver James Rodgers, the brother of Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers, was signed to Atlanta's practice squad.

James Rodgers was signed by the Falcons as an undrafted rookie out of Oregon State on April 30, but was waived as part of the team's final cutdown on Aug. 31.

He finished his Beavers career with a school-record 222 receptions and 6,377 all-purpose yards.
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