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Cowboys G Martin avoids ligament damage

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys received the good news they expected after a preseason knee injury to Zack Martin, the highest-paid guard in the NFL.

Two people with knowledge of the diagnosis said Sunday that Martin has no structural damage in his hyperextended left knee and should be ready for the opener.

Martin was injured in the second quarter of the Cowboys' 21-13 exhibition loss to Cincinnati on Saturday night. The people told The Associated Press that an MRI confirmed the Cowboys' belief that the injury wasn't serious. They spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official update on Martin's status.

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Bengals release S Iloka, Bates to start

CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals have released safety George Iloka, clearing the way for rookie Jessie Bates III to move into a starting role.

The seventh-year safety has been sharing time during preseason games with Bates, a second-round pick out of Wake Forest who was given a chance to win the job at the outset.

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Chiefs pick up veteran CB Scandrick

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs have signed veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick to a contract for this season that could be worth up to $1.5 million, filling an area of need after an offseason overhaul of their secondary.

The longtime Cowboys cornerback signed a $10 million, two-year deal with the Redskins in March. He was released Tuesday and visited the Chiefs this past week.

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Packers' Perry activated from PUP list

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Nick Perry thought it would be a "beautiful" day when the Green Bay Packers finally activated him from the physically unable to perform list and allowed him to start practicing.

As it turned out, Sunday was even better than that for the Packers outside linebacker.

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Bills QB McCarron, DT Williams hurting

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills' offseason-long quarterback competition is down to two players now that AJ McCarron is seeking a second opinion to determine the severity of an injury to his throwing shoulder.

Coach Sean McDermott on Sunday declined to reveal many details on McCarron's status except to say the team is still evaluating the injury after initial tests were inconclusive.

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Giants' Barkley running, not practicing

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) First-round draft pick Saquon Barkley ran on his own as the New York Giants returned to practice.

The former Penn State running back drafted No. 2 overall carried a ball and ran at roughly three-quarter speed Sunday as strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman watched.

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Browns' Gordon watches 1st practice back

CLEVELAND (AP) Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was back at practice on Sunday - as a spectator.

Gordon visited with teammates and Hall of Famer Jim Brown a day after ending his three-week absence from training camp and missing the first two exhibition games to work on his mental health and sobriety. The former Pro Bowler appeared to be in a good mood - and in excellent shape - as he stayed to the side and worked with trainers on his conditioning.

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Titans, Eagles leading in head penalties

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The NFL tapped Titans coach Mike Vrabel to narrate a video detailing the new rule on lowering the head to initiate contact, hoping the man who played 14 years as a linebacker in the league could more easily explain how players should adapt.

Now Vrabel's own Titans (0-2) find themselves tied with defending champion Philadelphia for the most lowering-the-head penalties through two preseason games with five apiece. Tennessee was flagged three times for the new rule in an opening loss in Green Bay , and the Titans added two more in Saturday night's 30-14 loss to Tampa Bay .

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Cardinals WRs Kirk, Williams show well

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) First-year Arizona Cardinals coach Steve Wilks has wanted players to separate themselves in the crowded competition at wide receiver.

Christian Kirk and Chad Williams seem to have done just that.

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Colts' veteran radio announcer to retire

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Bob Lamey is retiring as the Indianapolis Colts' longtime radio voice.

In a statement issued Sunday by the team, Lamey said in part, "it's time."

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