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Pat Angerer announces his ouster from Atlanta roster
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:53 pm ET) Veteran linebacker Pat Angerer has tweeted that he has been waived by the Falcons, per ESPN.com.

the 27-year-old Angerer, who signed with Atlanta on July 22, started 11 of the 13 games he played for Indianapolis in 2013. He had been pretty much a full-time starter for the Colts until they allowed him to walk in free agency after last season.


Prince Amukamara set for Monday return
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:39 pm ET) What was anticipated has been confirmed: Giants standout cornerback Prince Amukamara will return to practice Monday.

Amukamara has been sidelined for two weeks with a groin strain, but has now received full medical clearance.


Report: Charles Sims to be placed on IR/DTR
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:36 pm ET) The Buccaneers are planning on placing rookie running back Charles Sims on IR/designated to return after undergoing ankle surgery, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

That move would allow the team to bring Sims back with fresh legs during the season.


Events throwing Raiders quarterback situation in doubt
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:12 pm ET) Dennis Allen has seemingly softened on his stance that veteran Matt Schaub is set as the starting quarterback for the Raiders.

An elbow injury to Schaub and the continued brilliant preseason performance of rookie Derek Carr might have altered the thinking of the coach. Carr completed 11 of 13 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns in just 22 snaps in a Thursday night defeat of Seattle.

"I really like where we're at in the quarterback room," Allen said per CSNBayarea.com. "The biggest things is that we'll have to see where Matt is when he comes in on Monday."


Chris Boswell waived; Randy Bullock earns spot with Texans
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:01 pm ET) The Texans have waived rookie placekicker Chris Boswell. He had been competing with Randy Bullock for the starting spot.

Boswell made both attempts in exhibition play.


Michael Sam on bubble with roster spot decision looming
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:49 am ET) Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam continued to make a strong case for a roster spot Thursday night against Miami. He led the team with six tackles.

Sam has proclaimed himself worthy of a place on the Rams or some other NFL team. "I'm very confident I'll be playing on a NFL roster this fall," he told NFL.com. "I know I can play in this league."

His main competition on the team is undrafted rookie defensive end Ethan Westbrooks, who has also impressed. The final decision on both players is not expected to be confirmed until shortly before the cutdown time of 4 p.m. Saturday.

"I believe (Sam) can play in this league, yes," Jeff Fisher said. "As can some of the other guys on this team that had good preseasons. ... Ethan made a lot of plays every time I look. I didn't really see anything good nor bad out of (Sam), but we'll look at the tape. But he played hard, got a lot of snaps."

Sam, who has created a buzz as the first openly gay player in the NFL, will likely be placed on the practice squad if he doesn't earn a spot on the live roster.


Three-game suspension stands for Jerome Simpson
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:37 am ET) Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson could not get a three-game suspension handed down by the NFL for a DUI reduced. The league has confirmed the suspension, per ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Simpson contributed 48 catches for 726 yards and one touchdown last season, but faded after a strong start. He racked up nearly half of those yards in the first four games.


Personal issue keeps Percy Harvin sidelined Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:30 am ET) Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin did not travel with the team to Oakland for the preseason finale. He was out for what was described as a personal matter that also prevented him from participating in the final two practices of the week.

Harvin has performed well in the preseason despite coming off offseason hip surgery. A hip problem limited him to just one regular season game a year ago.


Cecil Shorts: I'm ready to roll for regular season
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:21 am ET) Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts has declared himself "100 percent" ready for the regular season, per the Florida Times-Union.

Shorts played 15 snaps in the third preseason game and played into the fourth quarter Thursday night against Atlanta. He has described himself as rusty after returning to practice on Aug. 18. He had been out with a hamstring injury sustained in the first practice of training camp on July 25.


Aaron Dobson indicates Thursday he's on right path
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:55 am ET) Patriots second-year wideout Aaron Dobson felt encouraged by his 2014 preseason debut Thursday night against the Giants.

Dobson caught three passes for 57 yards and a 33-yard touchdown in the second quarter that provided his team's first score. Not bad considering he's coming off March surgery on his left foot.

"I feel like everything is coming," Dobson told the Boston Herald. "I can't say everything is back. It's my first game back, so I've still got to feel everything out. I'm still getting my confidence, just building my confidence and growing as much as I can."

Dobson missed all of the offseason workouts and didn't begin his training camp until Aug. 11.


 
 
 
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