- Associated Press - Monday, August 15, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Maurice Jones-Drew is running full speed, making sharp cuts and testing his surgically repaired knee as often as the Jacksonville Jaguars will allow during training camp.

The biggest hurdle that remains for the star running back is getting hit hard for the first time. It might not happen until the season opener.

Coach Jack Del Rio ruled Jones-Drew out of Friday’s preseason game against Atlanta, saying he wants to control Jones-Drew’s contact.

Jones-Drew played most of last season with torn meniscus in his right knee, saying there were days when he would wake up and not be able to walk. He was inactive the final two games, both losses. Those were the first games he’d missed because of injury in his career. Jones-Drew finished the year with 1,324 yards rushing, 317 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. He had arthroscopic knee surgery in January and has been working his way back since.

Bills waive former first-round pick Maybin

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills have run out of patience in waiting for Aaron Maybin to develop. They waived the linebacker two years after selecting him in the first round.

Selected 11th overall in the 2009 draft out of Penn State, Maybin has proved to be a bust. Drafted for his pass-rushing potential, Maybin failed to register a sack in 27 career games, none of them as a starter.

The move didn’t come as a surprise after coach Chan Gailey in January described Maybin’s status as “tenuous.”

Browns’ Ward misses practice with tooth problem

BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns starting safety T.J. Ward missed practice to visit the dentist because of a “crazy” tooth problem.

Ward showed up at the team’s training facility Monday with a swollen face. Coach Pat Shurmur did not know how long Ward, who led the team with 105 tackles as a rookie last season, would be out.

In other developments, running back Montario Hardesty took part in drills after being sidelined most of the past two weeks in his comeback from knee surgery. Tight end Ben Watson (hamstring) and linebacker Scott Fujita (thigh) were kept out for precautionary reasons.

Saints part ways with veteran tackle Stinchcomb

METAIRIE, La. — New Orleans Saints right tackle Jon Stinchcomb was released, coach Sean Payton said.

Stinchcomb had started for the Saints since Payton arrived in 2006 and was a Pro Bowler in 2009.

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