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|7/20/2014||Marcell Dareus, DT||Dareus has been excused from training camp to deal with what coach Doug Marrone called personal matters.
Analysis: Marrone provided the update after practice Monday, in the latest twist in Dareus' troubled offseason. Dareus was scheduled to return to camp in suburban Rochester later in the day. Dareus reported to camp on Friday, but was placed on the active/non-football injury list after failing a conditioning test on Saturday. Dareus must pass the test before he can be cleared for practice.
|7/20/2014||Nate Byham, TE||The New England Patriots have signed Byham.
Analysis: The 26-year-old Byham spent the past two seasons with Tampa Bay after his first two seasons with San Francisco. Byham has 11 catches for 83 yards and one touchdown in 29 games since the 49ers drafted him out of Pittsburgh in the sixth round in 2010. Last season, he had three catches for 38 yards in four games with the Buccaneers.
|7/20/2014||Jo-Lonn Dunbar, LB||Authorities say two professional athletes have been arrested after fighting outside a Miami Beach nightclub. Dunbar and NBA free agent Donte Greene were arrested early Sunday outside Dream Nightclub in South Beach. Thayer says the athletes got into a fight with each other outside the club.
Analysis: Thayer says Dunbar and Green each face charges of battery and disorderly conduct. Miami-Dade County jail records did not show either man in custody Sunday afternoon. Details about the bonds they posted were not immediately available.
|7/19/2014||Leodis McKelvin, CB||McKelvin was cleared for Bills practice.
Analysis: McKelvin is coming off hip surgery.
|7/19/2014||Marcell Dareus, DT||Dareus won't be ready for the start of training camp after he was placed on the active/non-football injury list.
Analysis: The move was made Saturday, a day before the Bills hold their first practice in suburban Rochester. The team did not say why he was placed on the list. It's the latest setback for Dareus, who is already dealing with two off-field legal matters. In early May, Dareus was arrested in Alabama and charged with possession of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Four weeks later, he crashed his 2012 Jaguar into a tree and was charged with reckless endangerment.
|7/19/2014||Kamaal McIlwain, CB||The Buffalo Bills have signed receiver Tori Gurley and McIlwan.
Analysis: McIlwan has yet to play in an NFL game since breaking into the league in 2011. He was cut by Kansas City before the start of last season. Both players participated on a tryout basis in Buffalo's mandatory minicamp last month.
|7/19/2014||Tori Gurley, WR||The Buffalo Bills have signed Gurley and defensive back Kamaal McIlwan.
Analysis: The free agent signings were announced Saturday, a day before the Bills open training camp in suburban Rochester. The 6-foot-4 Gurley had one catch in three games with the Cleveland Browns last season. He has spent time with several teams since breaking into the NFL in 2011 as an undrafted free agent with Green Bay.
|7/17/2014||Joe Staley, T||The San Francisco 49ers have signed Staley to a two-year contract extension through the 2019 season. The 49ers announced the extension after Thursday's ribbon-cutting ceremony at Levi's Stadium. Staley was among the players at the event.
Analysis: San Francisco selected Staley 28th overall in the 2007 draft out of Central Michigan. He has earned Pro Bowl honors the past three seasons and is primarily responsible for protecting Colin Kaepernick's blindside. General manager Trent Baalke says the extension means the 29-year-old Staley "will likely be a 49er for life."
|7/17/2014||Taylor Lewan, T||Lewan will have a jury trial in Michigan in October. He is charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault and battery. He was told Thursday to return to Ann Arbor District Court on Oct. 27 for jury selection and trial the next day. The Tennessee Titans will not be preparing that week for a game.
Analysis: The former Michigan offensive tackle is accused of punching an Ohio State fan after the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines last season. Lewan says he was breaking up a dispute and wasn't involved in a fight. Lewan was drafted No. 11 overall. He is one of three players drafted this year without a contract.
|7/16/2014||Mike Caussin, TE||Buffalo released Caussin.
Analysis: Caussin missed most of the past two seasons because of hip and knee injuries.
|7/16/2014||Stevenson Sylvester, LB||Buffalo signed Sylvester on Wednesday.
Analysis: The linebacker played in 50 games over two seasons with the Steelers, including two starts.
|7/16/2014||Kiko Alonso, LB||Alonso won't be ready for the start of training camp after being put on the active/non-football injury list Wednesday.
Analysis: Alonso tore a ligament in his left knee while working out two weeks ago.
|7/16/2014||Alan Branch, DT||Branch isn't expected to be ready for the start of Bills camp as he was placed on the non-football illness list.
Analysis: Buffalo didn't specify Branch's illness.
|7/16/2014||Cordy Glenn, T||Glenn is not expected to be ready for the start of Bills training camp after being placed on the non-football illness list.
Analysis: Buffalo didn't specify Glenn's illness.
|7/16/2014||Randell Johnson, LB||Johnson isn't expected to be ready for the start of training camp Sunday after being placed on the physically unable to perform list Wednesday.
Analysis: The rookie recorded 41 total tackles for Florida Atlantic in 2013, including 7 1/2 for a loss.
|7/16/2014||Leodis McKelvin, CB||McKelvin is among five Buffalo Bills players who aren't expected to be ready for the start of training camp Sunday.
Analysis: McKelvin and linebacker Randell Johnson were placed on the active/physically unable to perform list Wednesday. McKelvin is coming off hip surgery.
|7/16/2014||Marqise Lee, WR||Lee has agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth more than $5 million. A second-round draft pick from Southern California, Lee is expected to sign the deal later this week.
Analysis: Lee's contract is worth $5.17 million and includes a $2 million signing bonus. The 39th overall player selected in May, Lee is the last of the team's draft picks under contract. The 6-foot, 192-pound Lee caught 248 passes for 3,655 yards and 29 touchdowns in three years with the Trojans. He caught 57 passes for 791 yards and four scores last year despite playing through a knee injury.
|7/16/2014||Kyle Orton, QB||Orton has been released by the Dallas Cowboys. The expected move Wednesday came after Tony Romo's backup skipped all the offseason workouts amid reports Orton was considering retirement.
Analysis: Orton was fined about $70,000 for failing to report during the offseason and missing the mandatory minicamp in June. The move saves Dallas about $3.25 million this season, but will cost the team about that amount on the salary cap over the next two seasons.
|7/15/2014||Kyle Orton, QB||The Dallas Cowboys are releasing Orton after their backup quarterback missed all the offseason workouts amid reports he was considering retirement.
Analysis: The 31-year-old Orton started the finale last year after Tony Romo injured his back a week earlier. The Cowboys lost to Philadelphia, their third straight season-ending defeat against an NFC East rival with a playoff berth on the line. The new backup is likely to be Brandon Weeden. Cleveland's first-round draft pick in 2012.
|7/15/2014||Jimmy Graham, TE||The New Orleans Saints on Tuesday confirmed a multiyear contract with Graham, ending a protracted holdout for the star tight end. Graham skipped all of the Saints' voluntary and mandatory practices and workouts - and challenged the NFL's franchise tag process through arbitration.
Analysis: The NFL Players Association filed a grievance, contending Graham was used as a wide receiver often enough to qualify for the more lucrative receiver tag, worth about $5 million a year more than the $7 million tag for a tight end.
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