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_ As expected, cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones made the Bengals’ roster as a third cornerback and punt returner. Also, Mike Nugent won the kicking job over Dave Rayner. The Bengals also got former first-round pick Reggie Nelson from Jacksonville in a trade of defensive backs. The Jaguars received cornerback David Jones and a conditional draft pick in the deal, completed after teams made final cuts.

_ Saints safety Darren Sharper will miss the first six weeks after being placed on the physically unable to perform list.

_ Willie Parker became the odd man out in the Washington Redskins’ three-way veteran running back competition when he was released. Larry Johnson will be the backup to Clinton Portis.

_ Receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh was sent packing from Seattle, cut by the Seahawks after just one season as coach Pete Carroll continued his roster purge. Houshmandzadeh, the Seahawks’ leading receiver last season, was in the second year of a $40 million, five-year deal he signed with Seattle before the 2009 season.

_ Quarterback Pat White has been released by the Miami Dolphins one year after they took him in the second round of the draft. White struggled with his throwing accuracy during a disappointing rookie season in 2009, when he failed to complete any of his five passes in limited duty. The Dolphins kept three quarterbacks _ Chad Henne, Chad Pennington and Tyler Thigpen.

_ Outside linebacker Derrick Burgess and special teams captain Sam Aiken were released by the New England Patriots. They also placed safety Brandon McGowan, who started 11 games last season, on season-ending injured reserve with a chest injury.

_ Receiver Michael Clayton was among the cuts of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Clayton was a first-round draft pick in 2004, when had 80 receptions for 1,193 yards and seven touchdowns _ all records for a first-year player in Tampa Bay.

_ The Broncos acquired tight end Dan Gronkowski from the Lions for cornerback Alphonso Smith in a swap of second-year players. Denver also placed NFL sack leader Elvis Dumervil (chest muscle) and wide receiver Brandon Stokley (groin) on injured reserve, officially ending their seasons.

_ Cornerback Chevis Jackson was among 20 players released by the Atlanta Falcons. Among other players waived were wide receivers Troy Bergeron, Tim Buckley, Andy Strickland and Ryan Wolfe. Also, the Falcons terminated the contracts of fullback Dan Klecko and center Brett Romberg.

_ Buffalo released 19 players, including wideouts James Hardy and Chad Jackson as the Bills decided to keep undrafted rookies David Nelson and Donald Jones.

_ The New York Jets waived 21 players, but in a mild surprise wide receiver David Clowney and running backs Danny Woodhead and Chauncey Washington weren’t among them The Jets have seven running backs on the roster. Clowney remains as insurance until Santonio Holmes returns from a four-game suspension in Week 5.