NFL-National Football League roundup


Oct 1 (The Sports Xchange) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers face scrutiny from the NFL Players Association on two fronts.

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFLPA, said the union plans to join with the NFL in an investigation of the leak that led to the public learning about Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman's inclusion in the NFL's substance-abuse program.

The union also filed a grievance Tuesday against the Buccaneers relating to kicker Lawrence Tynes, who was sidelined for the season after a staph infection in August.

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Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker was diagnosed with a sprained right hip, and will "miss a few weeks, but we are encouraged by the news," the team announced Tuesday.

Locker likely will miss the team's next three games. That would put him on target to return after Tennessee's bye, a Week 9 matchup against the St. Louis Rams.

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The San Diego Chargers placed wide receiver Malcom Floyd and outside linebacker Dwight Freeney on season-ending injured reserve.

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Linebacker Jermaine Cunningham signed with the San Francisco 49ers, who waived quarterback B.J. Daniels and fullback Owen Marecic.

Cunningham was a second-round pick by the New England Patriots in 2010 and has 67 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 36 career games.

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Wide receiver David Nelson agreed to a contract with the New York Jets.

Santonio Holmes could miss two games with a hamstring injury and Stephen Hill must pass concussion tests to suit up, leading the Jets to look for veteran help at the position.

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The Washington Redskins released defensive end Phillip Merling and kicker John Potter.

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The Cincinnati Bengals signed veteran free agent linebacker Michael Boley to add depth to their roster.

Boley (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) is a ninth-year NFL player. He played four seasons for the New York Giants (2008-12) after spending four years with the Atlanta Falcons (2005-08). He started 102 of 121 career NFL games, and he started five postseason games.

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The New York Giants waived running back Da'Rel Scott to create a roster spot for offensive lineman Dallas Reynolds.

Reynolds, a 14-game starter for the Philadelphia Eagles last season, fortifies a Giants offensive line that has been ravaged by injuries through an 0-4 start.

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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, told ESPN that commissioner Roger Goodell "most definitely had a hand" in the 34-minute partial power outage at this year's Super Bowl. It occurred in the third quarter with the Ravens leading the 49ers 28-6.

"I thought he had a hand in it," Suggs told E:60.

San Francisco rallied with 17 consecutive points and had a chance to go ahead with a touchdown in the final minute before stalling inside the 5-yard line.

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Former NFL linebacker Rolando McClain, who retired at age 24 just three years into his pro career after multiple off-the-field problems, wants to resume his NFL career, his agent said.

McClain was drafted No. 8 overall by the Oakland Raiders in 2010, signing a five-year, $40 million rookie contract. He was arrested multiple times, and he was suspended by the Raiders near the end of his third season. (Editing by Frank Pingue)

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