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Patriots foil Panthers' plan, claim Tyler Gaffney
by Larry Hartstein |

The Patriots claimed rookie running back Tyler Gaffney off waivers from the Panthers after Carolina "tried to sneak him through waivers and into IR," reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Gaffney tore his lateral meniscus Friday and is out for the season.

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Lardarius Webb to undergo further tests on back
by R.J. White |

Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb is undergoing further testing on his injured back, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Webb has been out of practice since Saturday while dealing with the back issue, which could be worse than initially thought. He played all 16 games last season after missing 10 games the previous year.

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Alfonso Smith signs with 49ers
by R.J. White |

The 49ers signed running back Alfonso Smith Monday.

Smith saw limited work with the ball in his hands last season while playing all 16 games with the Cardinals. He carried the ball 18 times for 54 yards and a touchdown, with most of that work coming in the first three games of the season.

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Tests on Odell Beckham's hamstring come back clean
by R.J. White |

Tests on the injured hamstring of Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham have come back clean, the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Beckham originally injured his hamstring during OTAs and has been held out of practice since the start of camp. He is expected to be out for at least one more week.

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Aaron Williams misses practice with illness
by R.J. White |

Bills safety Aaron Williams missed practice Monday with an illness, reports.

Williams has practiced sporadically since camp began and had his shoulder checked out at one point. He is coming back from shoulder surgery this offseason.

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Colts waive Aaron Burks
by R.J. White |

The Colts waived wide receiver Aaron Burks Monday. Burks was added earlier in July as an undrafted free agent out of Boise State.

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Chiefs sign Damond Smith
by R.J. White |

The Chiefs signed cornerback Damond Smith Monday, the Kansas City Star reports.

Smith played part of 2013 with British Columbia of the Canadian Football League. He'll add depth to the Kansas City depth chart as the team deals with multiple injuries.

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Report: John Abraham arrested for DUI in June
by R.J. White |

Cardinals linebacker John Abraham was arrested for DUI in late June, the Arizona Republic reports.

Abraham was detained, questioned and charged with multiple accounts after the incident, which took place in suburban Atlanta. A Cardinals spokesperson Monday said the team is aware of the arrest but had no further comment. Abraham would be in line for a fine and/or suspension if found guilty. He has been excused from the beginning of camp due to personal reasons.

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Juron Criner misses practice Monday with hamstring issue
by R.J. White |

Raiders receiver Juron Criner did not participate in practice Monday due to a hamstring injury, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Criner is looking to make a case to move up the depth charts this preseason. He caught just three passes for 32 yards in one game in 2013.

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Rod Streater diagnosed with concussion
by R.J. White |

Raiders receiver Rod Streater has been diagnosed with a concussion, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Streater left practice Sunday due to a head injury. He'll need to pass concussion tests before being allowed back on the field.

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