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NFL notebook — Sept. 3

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Kicker Dan Carpenter has finally landed a job after signing with the Buffalo Bills.

The team announced the signing Tuesday. It came a day after rookie kicker Dustin Hopkins was hurt in practice, according to ESPN.com.

Carpenter has five years of NFL experience with Miami, and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2009. He was released by the Dolphins last month and failed in tryout bids with Arizona and the New York Jets over the past two weeks.

Overall, Carpenter has converted 127-of-155 field-goal attempts. His 127 field goals are tied for fifth-most in the NFL since 2008.

Cowboys acquire lineman

The Dallas Cowboys acquired defensive end Caesar Rayford from the Indianapolis Colts for an undisclosed draft pick. He had five sacks in the preseason.

Dolphins sign guard

Former first-round draft pick Danny Watkins signed a $555,000, one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins after being cut by the Philadelphia Eagles. Watkins, a guard, spent two seasons with the Eagles.

Around the league

The New England Patriots signed tight end Matthew Mulligan, who was released Saturday by the Green Bay Packers after signing as a free agent in April. The Kansas City Chiefs placed rookie safety Sanders Commings on injured reserve and signed Bradley McDougald. The New Orleans Saints brought back receiver Robert Meachem, shortly after his release by the San Diego Chargers. Indianapolis promoted tight end Dominique Jones to the active roster, signed rookie tight end Justice Cunningham to the practice squad amd released rookie safety John Boyett, a sixth-round pick, one day after he was arrested. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed cornerback Danny Gorrer on the injured reserve/designated for return list and re-signed defensive tackle Gary Gibson.


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