NFL Notebook

Notes: Bills cut ex-Patriots DE Mark Anderson

The Bills parted ways with defensive end Mark Anderson just one year after he signed a four-year deal with the team.

Touted as a high-profile signing after a 10-sack performance with the Patriots in 2011, Anderson agreed to a $21 million contract with Buffalo in 2012. But he battled injuries during his lone season in Buffalo, which led to his release Tuesday. He made just five appearances, registering 12 tackles and one sack as the Buffalo defense allowed 435 points, most in the AFC East. The Bills finished 6-10 and have since retooled their defense, and Anderson wasn’t in the plans.

Buffalo’s offseason acquisitions of pass rushers Jerry Hughes and Manny Lawson made Anderson expendable.


A 2006 fifth-round pick of Chicago, Anderson spent parts of five seasons with the Bears and another with Houston before moving to New England.

Jones-Drew set to go

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Maurice Jones-Drew made good on his promise. The Jaguars running back said in June that he would be ready to go at the start of training camp. On Tuesday, two days before the Jaguars report to camp, coach Gus Bradley announced that Jones-Drew had been cleared by team doctors to start practice with his teammates Friday . . . Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and could miss the rest of training camp. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said 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 . . . Running back Ahmad Bradshaw and rookie safety John Boyett will not be available to practice when the Colts report to training camp this weekend. The team placed Bradshaw, who spent the previous six seasons with the Giants, on the physically unable to perform list as he is trying to return from January surgery on his right foot. Boyett, a sixth-round draft pick out of Oregon in April, was put on the non-football injury list. He played in only one game for the Ducks last season because of injuries to both knees . . . Chiefs rookie safety Sanders Commings broke his left collarbone when he landed hard on the turf defending a pass during the first day of training camp. 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.

Hillis signs with Bucs

The Buccaneers signed 27-year-old running back Peyton Hillis to a one-year contract. Hillis finished sixth in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage in 2010, when he became the first player in Browns history to rush for 1,000 yards, catch 50 passes, and score at least 10 touchdowns in a season. Last year, Hillis played for the Chiefs, rushing for 309 yards and 1 TD . . . Left Guard John Greco agreed to terms on a five-year contract through the 2017 season. Financial terms were not disclosed. The Browns also signed free agent wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt, who played 16 games the past three seasons with Buffalo.

Broncos release Mays

The Broncos saved $3.5 million by releasing linebacker Joe Mays, who lost his starting job and then broke his left leg last season. Not long after signing for $12 million over three years, Mays was suspended a game and docked $50,000 for an illegal hit on Houston’s Matt Schaub. He then lost his middle linebacker job following a poor performance by the defense in a loss at New England. That relegated Mays to special teams, and he was blocking on a punt return Oct. 28 when a Saints player inadvertently leg-whipped him, fracturing his fibula just above his left ankle, ending his season . . . The Jets placed wide receiver Santonio Holmes on the active-physically unable to perform list, an expected move as Holmes recovers from a serious foot injury that ended his season last year after four games. The Jets also agreed to terms on a one-year deal with veteran kicker Billy Cundiff, who will compete with Nick Folk for the job. The Jets are the 12th organization Cundiff has been with since being signed as an undrafted free agent by Dallas in 2002. Cundiff worked out for the Jets Monday.