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Kickoff return specialist Josh Cribbs, a former standout at Kent State University and with the Browns, was released by the Oakland Raiders on Sunday in a wave of team cuts.

Cribbs had knee surgery in the offseason and signed with the Raiders after eight seasons with the Browns. But the 29-year-old struggled to regain his speed in training camp. He also fumbled a kickoff in Friday’s preseason loss to the Chicago Bears.

Cribbs’ contract was terminated by the Raiders, leaving him free to sign with any team.

Also released were: linebackers Keenan Clayton and Eric Harper, fullback Jon Hoese, wide receivers Sam McGuffie, Tray Session and Isaiah Williams, guard Andrew Robiskie, cornerback Cory Nelms and defensive tackle Myles Wade.

Leinart to join Bills

Free-agent quarterback Matt Leinart agreed to sign with the Buffalo Bills, a source told the Associated Press.

The source spoke Sunday on the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been completed and the Bills haven’t made an announcement.

Leinart will fill an immediate need at Buffalo’s injury-depleted quarterback position. Kevin Kolb left the Bills’ preseason game Saturday against Washington because of concussion-like symptoms and first-round pick EJ Manuel is out for the rest of the preseason with a left knee injury.

Pryor to start for Raiders

Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor will make his first start in the Oakland Raiders’ preseason finale Thursday night at Seattle while the team rests Matt Flynn.

Coach Dennis Allen said Sunday that Flynn has been bothered by arm soreness throughout camp. Pryor, who led four scoring drives after replacing Flynn in the second quarter Friday night in a loss to Chicago, has been the Raiders’ most effective quarterback so far. He also is the team’s second leading rusher with 83 yards on 11 carries.

Giants lose Brown

New York Giants free safety Stevie Brown will miss the regular season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that he hurt in Saturday’s preseason overtime loss to the Jets.

The 27-year-old Brown, who led the Giants with eight interceptions last season, was placed on injured reserve Sunday.

For now, it leaves the Giants without the starting safeties from a year ago, with strong safety Antrel Rolle still out with a sprained ankle.

Jones out of hospital

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones was released from a hospital after being treated for a chest injury.

The team said Sunday that tests were negative, but did not say what tests the first-round pick from Georgia underwent or whether he’ll play in the preseason finale Thursday at Carolina.

Jones was hurt when he fell on the ball at the end of a third-quarter interception that was overturned against the Kansas City Chiefs.

He was on the turf for several minutes but walked off on his own power. He was wheeled out of Heinz Field on a stretcher late Saturday night.

Colts tackle injured

Indianapolis Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo was diagnosed with a mild sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Coach Chuck Pagano said Sunday that an MRI confirmed the original diagnosis following Saturday night’s 27-6 victory over Cleveland. Pagano told reporters on a conference call that Castonzo would not play in Indy’s preseason finale at Cincinnati on Thursday.

Around the league

The Chicago Bears released veteran safety Tom Zbikowski and defensive end Kyle Moore, along with 12 other players. … The Cincinnati Bengals waived tight end Richard Quinn and waived five other players. … Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe was cut by the Baltimore Ravens. … Indianapolis placed linebacker Lawrence Sidbury on injured reserve. … The Detroit Lions released defensive end Ronnell Lewis, safety Chris Hope, cornerback Myron Lewis and wide receiver Cody Wilson. … The Arizona Cardinals released kicker Dan Carpenter.


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