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Buccaneers release RB Martin

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Two-time Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin has been released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who may look for a replacement in free agency.

Martin rushed for a career-low 406 yards in 2017, when he averaged just 2.9 yards per carry after missing the first three games of the season while serving the remainder of a four-game ban for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancers.

The release comes less than two years after Martin signed a five-year, $35.75 million contract that would have paid him $6.75 million in 2018.

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Texans release veteran LB Cushing

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans have released veteran linebacker Brian Cushing.

Cushing, who was a first-round pick in 2009, is the franchise's all-time leader in tackles with 664, but his career has been marked by two suspensions for violating the league's policy on performance enhancers.

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Bears cut ties with G Sitton, LB Freeman

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears are parting with veteran guard Josh Sitton and linebacker Jerrell Freeman.

Two people familiar with the situation said Tuesday the Bears have decided to decline their option on Sitton for next season and release Freeman. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the moves.

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Jaguars exercise option on TE Lewis

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars look as if they will keep veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis around at least another year.

Jacksonville exercised club options Tuesday on Lewis and backup offensive linemen Tyler Shatley and Josh Wells.

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Colts to induct Wayne into Ring of Honor

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Former Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne will become the 15th member of the Indianapolis Colts' Ring of Honor next season.

A date for the ceremony will not be determined until the NFL schedule is released.

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Titans K Succop agrees to extension

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee Titans kicker Ryan Succop has agreed to terms on a multiyear contract extension.

Succop scored a career-high 136 points in 2017 to tie Al Del Greco's 1998 franchise record. His 35 field goals and 42 field-goal attempts were both career highs. He went 31 of 33 on extra-point attempts.

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Carruth sorry for role in shooting death

Former NFL player Rae Carruth has apologized for his role in the shooting death of Cherica Adams in 2001 and the permanent disability suffered by his then-unborn son, Chancellor Adams, as a result.

Carruth is serving 18 to 24 years in prison after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and two other charges. He could be released Oct. 22 from Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, North Carolina.

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Bears' Hall pleads guilty in bar fracas

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) A Chicago Bears defensive back pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors stemming from a fracas at a bar in northeast Iowa.

Deiondre' Hall and Green Bay Packers defensive back Makinton Dorleant were arrested March 26 last year outside Sharkey's Funhouse in Cedar Falls. A Black Hawk County court document said Hall didn't respond to police instructions and spit in officers' faces. Dorleant was detained after he approached officers in a threatening manner following Hall's arrest, police said.

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Vikings hire ex-Raiders OC Downing

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have hired Todd Downing as a senior offensive assistant, bringing him back to his hometown team after serving last year as offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders.

Downing will begin his 18th season in the NFL, the first five of which were with the Vikings as an intern, systems analyst and quality control coach. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in Oakland in 2017 after two years as quarterbacks coach.

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Eagles C Kelce visits Phillies camp

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce got plenty of attention for his salty language during the Super Bowl celebration parade. The All-Pro says he tried to tone it down when he spoke inside the Phillies clubhouse on Monday.

But once Kelce started his speech, he found that old habits die hard.

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