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NFL notebook — July 23

Associated Press

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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.

The 27-year-old Hillis appeared in 65 career games, rushing for 2,470 yards and scoring 21 TDs on the ground. He has 111 career receptions for 867 yards and three touchdowns.

Last year Hillis played for the Kansas City Chiefs, rushing for 309 yards and 1 TD.

To make room on the roster Tuesday, the Bucs waived running back Matt Brown.

Safety breaks collarbone

Kansas City Chiefs safety Sanders Commings fractured his left collarbone in his first practice of training camp when he landed on it while trying to defend a pass.

The fifth-round draft pick jumped to defend tight end Tony Moeaki and landed hard on one of the practice fields at Missouri Western State University on Tuesday. Commings immediately walked off the field and was taken for X-rays that revealed the break.

Commings wasn’t wearing shoulder pads because players are barred from wearing them for the first three practices under terms of the most recent collective bargaining agreement.

Bills release Anderson

The Buffalo Bills have parted ways with defensive lineman Mark Anderson just one year after he signed a four-year deal.

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.

Seattle signs tight end

The Seattle Seahawks have added depth at a position of need by signing former Atlanta tight end Michael Palmer just two days before the start of training camp.

The Seahawks made the roster move Tuesday. The team released undrafted rookie defensive back Ray Polk to clear a roster spot.

Palmer played in 43 games over the past three seasons with the Falcons after signing with them as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He started five games and had 21 receptions for 123 yards and three touchdowns with Atlanta.

Cowboy to have surgery

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.

Packers cut QB Brown

The Green Bay Packers have waived quarterback Matt Brown.

Brown, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound rookie from Illinois State, was signed by Green Bay as a non-drafted free agent on May 10.

General manager Ted Thompson announced the move Tuesday.

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