JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars are carrying four quarterbacks into training camp.
The Jaguars waived rookie quarterback Jordan Rodgers on Monday, parting ways with the former Vanderbilt starter four days before training camp.
The move leaves Jacksonville with four quarterbacks for camp: Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne, Mike Kafka and rookie Matt Scott.
Rodgers, the younger brother of Green Bay star Aaron Rodgers, missed most of offseason workouts following surgery to repair a sports hernia.
Rodgers was originally signed as an undrafted free agent in April. He started 12 games for Vandy last season, completing 60 percent of his passes for 2,539 yards and 15 touchdowns. He led the Commodores to a 9-4 record.
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders signed fourth-round pick quarterback Tyler Wilson to a contract.
Wilson was selected 112th overall by the Raiders in April out of Arkansas. He completed 62 percent of his passes in 37 college games for 7,765 yards, 52 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.
Wilson is competing with former LSU standout Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor for the starting job in Oakland.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills parted ways with defensive lineman Mark Anderson just one year after he signed a four-year deal with the team.
Touted as a high-profile signing after a 10-sack performance with New England in 2011, Anderson signed a four-year, $21 million contract with Buffalo in 2012.
But he battled injuries for the Bills during his lone season, which led to his release. He made just five appearances, registering 12 tackles and one sack as the Buffalo defense allowed 435 points, most in the AFC East. The Bills finished 6-10 and have since retooled their defense. Anderson wasn’t in the long-term plans.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos are saving $3.5 million with the release of linebacker Joe Mays, who lost his starting job and then broke his left leg last season.
Not long after signing for $12 million over three years, Mays was suspended a game and docked $50,000 for an illegal hit on Houston’s Matt Schaub. He then lost his middle linebacker job following a poor performance by the defense in a loss at New England.
That relegated Mays to special teams, and he was blocking on a punt return Oct. 28 when a Saints player inadvertently leg-whipped him, fracturing his fibula just above his left ankle, ending his season.
OXNARD, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer is having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and could miss the rest of training camp.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday the surgery would be performed this week. He said the Cowboys “don’t think it’s a very severe thing” and put the recovery time at two to four weeks.
Spencer hyperextended the knee in offseason workouts and said he aggravated the injury in the conditioning test before training camp. He has described the injury as a bone bruise. He was the leading tackler last season and finished a half-sack behind DeMarcus Ware with a career-high 11.
SAN FRANCISCO — Cornerback Eric Wright has failed his physical with the San Francisco 49ers and will return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh declined to say specifically what portion of the physical Wright failed.
Wright was traded to the 49ers on Friday in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2014, one week after he was arrested in Los Angeles on an unspecified misdemeanor charge. Wright was also suspended for four games last season by the NFL for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy in his first season with the Bucs.
His rights now revert back to Tampa Bay. A second-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2007, Wright signed a five-year, $35.3 million contract with the Bucs before the 2012 season.
DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins first-round pick Dion Jordan has practiced for the first time at training camp.
The third overall selection sat out the first two days. He had shoulder surgery Feb. 27.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew was cleared by team doctors to begin practice Friday when the Jaguars hold their first training camp practice.
Jones-Drew had surgery in December to correct the Lisfranc injury that caused him to miss the final 10 games in 2012. He missed all of the team’s offseason workouts and OTAs in the spring, but had vowed he would be ready for the start of training camp.
Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley, in declaring that the NFL’s leading rusher in 2011 had been cleared, said the team will be smart with how they use him during camp and preseason games. They will “bring him along slowly.”
Jones-Drew said he has lost some additional weight and that he is now working to get into football shape.
TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed running back Peyton Hillis to a one-year contract.
Hillis is a sixth-year pro who finished sixth in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage in 2010, when he became the first player in Cleveland Browns history to rush for 1,000 yards, catch 50 passes and score at least 10 touchdowns in a season.
Last year Hillis played for Kansas City Chiefs, rushing for 309 yards and 1 TD.
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