- Associated Press - Sunday, August 21, 2011

DENVER — Safety Rahim Moore’s vicious hit on Buffalo wide receiver Donald Jones drew outrage and shoves from the Bills and kudos from his Denver Broncos teammates.

Moore’s hit resulted in a 15-yard penalty Saturday night and could produce a fine if the NFL deems the hit crossed the line, although the rookie from UCLA didn’t launch himself at his opponent and led with his shoulder as taught.

Jones‘ head bounced off the ground and his chin strap was pushed up over his mouth. He stayed down for several minutes before getting to his feet and heading to the locker room. Bills coach Chan Gailey said after the Bills’ 24-10 loss that Jones wasn’t seriously injured.

Moore said he was sorry Jones got hurt but he thought it was a clean hit. If it was dirty, he said, he apologizes.

Ravens sign a pair of offensive linemen

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens signed former Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Jason Murphy (Virginia Tech) and former New England Patriots tackle Mark LeVoir.

Baltimore cut offensive linemen Colin Madison and Kyle Calloway to create roster spots for Murphy and LeVoir.

Murphy, 29, a center and guard, also has played with San Diego and Seattle.

LeVoir, 29, played in 32 games over three seasons with New England.

Panthers give Newton nod to start against Bengals

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton will start Carolina’s preseason game Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Sunday that Newton will play the first three quarters against the Bengals.

Newton started and played the entire first half of Friday night’s 20-10 loss to Miami. He finished 7 of 14 for 66 yards. Newton also ran four times for 18 yards.

Around the league

LIONS: Detroit activated left tackle Jeff Backus on Sunday, and the 11-year veteran practiced with the team for the first time this season. Backus, who’s started 160 straight games, suffered a partially torn chest muscle during the offseason and spent the first three weeks of training camp on the active/non-football injury list.

BROWNS: Tight end Evan Moore sustained a mild concussion in Cleveland’s preseason loss to Detroit and was held out of practice.

Moore caught two touchdown passes during the first half of the 30-28 defeat. He wasn’t on the field Sunday. Starting left guard Eric Steinbach (back), safety T.J. Ward (hamstring) and linebacker Chris Gocong (stinger) remain sidelined.

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