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Defensive tackle Fili Moala was placed on injured reserve Wednesday by the Indianapolis Colts, clearing the spot for Josh Chapman and Montori Hughes.

Moala has a partially torn knee ligament in his right knee, an injury that occured in practice in a collision with a teammate. He's expected to miss the season with the same injury he had in 2012.

Moala tied a career high with 26 tackles (13 solo), 1 1/2 sacks, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery in 16 games played (six starts) last season. He has 45 career starts, but 2013 starter Aubrayo Franklin remains unsigned and last month Moala said the future of the 3-4 front was with 2012 fifth-round pick Chapman and Hughes, a fifth-rounder in 2013.

---The Pittsburgh Steelers' highest-salaried player, outside linebacker Jason Worilds, watched OTA practice for the seventh time Wednesday, nursing a calf injury he won't talk about.

Worilds, who has a one-yar, $9.7 million contract, was injured in Pittsburgh's first OTA session May 27 and has not taken part in any on-field workout since.

Worilds led the team with eight sacks last season.

---Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon did not practice Wednesday and will not practice Thursday when the team wraps up minicamp.

Head coach Mike Pettine said Gordon has "a ding" and that holding him from practice has nothing to do with a possible suspension he is facing for reportedly testing positive for marijuana.

One day earlier, Pettine went on a Cleveland radio station and called Gordon out for not hustling all the time. Specifically, Pettine would like to see Gordon get back to the huddle quicker when a play ends. Pettine also said he is anxious to know what the league has in store for Gordon. News of the failed test broke on May 9 before the second day of the draft.

---The Browns signed third-round running back Terrance West to a four-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.

The 5-foot-10, 225-pound West started 23 of 37 games at Towson before forgoing his senior year. West rushed for 4,849 yards on 802 carries (6.1 avg.) with 84 touchdowns while adding 36 receptions for 385 yards and two scores.

The Browns have signed three of their six 2014 draft selections. The Browns still need to sign their first-round picks, cornerback Justin Gilbert and quarterback Johnny Manziel, as well as second-round offensive lineman Joel Bitonio.

---Tony Scheffler suffered a concussion during his final play in the NFL on Oct. 6, 2013, against the Green Bay Packers.

The former Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos tight end retired from the NFL, he said Wednesday, because of three concussions in the past four year. He was cleared to return to the team two weeks after he left the Oct. 6 game but was released before he played another game.

---Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton threw a scare in to the Indianapolis Colts during Wednesday's OTA practice when he dived for an overthrown pass and landed awkwardly.

Hilton, a third-year pro who caught 82 passes for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns last year, stayed on the ground for a few minutes before getting up and heading to the sideline. He finished practice without any issues and said later that he was fine.

---Miami Dolphins tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi, who spent the final month last season on the practice squad, was released to make room for undrafted rookie wide receiver Gerald Ford, the team announced Wednesday.

Ford was signed and released by the Cleveland Browns after the draft. In 2012, the 6-foot-3, 223-pound Ford was named Gulf South Conference Offensive Player of the Year and helped lead Valdosta State to the Division II national championship. He had 52 catches for 836 yards and 12 touchdowns that season. He was academically ineligible in both the 2011 and 2013 seasons.

---The Denver Broncos will conduct three joint training camp practices with the Houston Texans on Aug. 19-21, leading up to their preseason game on Aug. 23 at Sports Authority Field.

The Broncos also held joint training camp practices with the Texans -- both in Houston -- in 2003 and 2005. This will represent the first time the Broncos have hosted a team at their Dove Valley training headquarters in Englewood, Colo., since practicing with the Dallas Cowboys during the 2008 preseason.

The Texans, under new coach Bill O'Brien, also announced they will conduct joint practices with the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons and Texans will work out together in Houston on Aug. 13-14 before playing a preseason game on Aug. 16.

---Veteran offensive tackle Will Svitek signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Svitek played in 13 games with two starts for the New England Patriots and played the previous three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, including 10 starts in 2011.

Cincinnati also signed cornerback Victor Hampton and released linebacker Bruce Taylor and cornerback Brandon Burton to create room on the 90-man roster.

---The New England Patriots released offensive lineman R.J. Matteson on Wednesday.

Mattes, 24, was originally signed by New England as a rookie free agent on May 13, 2013, out of North Carolina State before being released on May 23 and re-signed on June 3. The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder was released again Aug. 24 before being signed to the practice squad on Dec. 30.

---The Minnesota Vikings signed third-round pick Jerick McKinnon, a running back from Georgia Southern, to a four-year deal.

The 5-foot-9, 208-pound McKinnon started 31 of 47 collegiate games he played in, lining up at quarterback, wide receiver, running back and cornerback. He rushed for over 100 yards in 17 games, finishing his career at Georgia Southern with 3,899 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns on the ground in addition to 12 passing touchdowns and one TD reception.

With McKinnon's signing, the Vikings have now signed their entire 2014 draft class.

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