NFL notes: Josh Cribbs signs with Jets

Josh Cribbs is getting a chance to continue his career and give the Jets a boost on special teams and at wide receiver.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection was cut by Oakland in the preseason after having offseason surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The Jets had shown interest in Cribbs during the last several months, working him out twice before signing him Tuesday.

Cribbs, 30, is tied with Leon Washington of the Patriots for the most kickoff-return touchdowns in NFL history with eight, and has returned three punts for scores. He spent his first eight NFL seasons with Cleveland.


New York also signed wide receiver Greg Salas from Philadelphia’s practice squad, and placed wide receiver Clyde Gates and running back Mike Goodson on season-ending injured reserve.

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Cribbs could help offset the losses of both Gates and Goodson. He has 107 career receptions for 1,161 yards and seven touchdowns, and has experience running the wildcat formation — one of Goodson’s roles with the Jets — with 753 yards rushing and two scores.

Salas was a fourth-round pick of St. Louis out of Hawaii in 2011, and had 27 catches for 264 yards as a rookie. He was traded to the Patriots before last season, but was later claimed off waivers by Philadelphia.

Brown to IR

Levi Brown’s tenure at left tackle for the Steelers is over before it even began. Pittsburgh placed Brown on injured reserve Tuesday, two days after Brown tore a triceps while warming up before a 19-6 victory over the Jets. Brown, acquired from the Cardinals last week, will need surgery and is done for the year. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin called the injury ‘‘freakish’’ in its timing. ‘‘I've been in this league a number of years and this is probably only the second time I’ve ever been around that,’’ Tomlin said. The Steelers (1-4) also lost tight end David Johnson for the year with a wrist injury. This is the second straight season Johnson is headed to IR. He missed last year due to a torn ACL in his right knee . . . Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is facing potential discipline from the NFL. The league is reviewing a play during which Suh led with his helmet and hit Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden after he threw a pass in Sunday’s game. The hit that wasn’t penalized was shown on a video posted on . . . The Cowboys signed defensive end Jarius Wynn and released defensive tackle David Carter and cornerback Chris Greenwood. Wynn was cut by San Diego last week after appearing in the first five games for the Chargers. Dallas signed running back Davin Meggett to the practice squad. He is the son of former Patriots running back Dave Meggett.

Vick limited

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick practiced on a limited basis Tuesday, but there is no word on his status for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. Vick suffered a hamstring injury against the Giants two weeks ago and missed last Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay. He threw passes on Tuesday, did some light jogging, and worked in individual drills for Philadelphia (3-3) . . . Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb is out for at least six weeks with a knee injury. The team Tuesday placed Cobb on injured reserve/designated for return. The designation requires a player to miss at least six games. Cobb was hurt during Sunday’s win over the Ravens. Packers receiver James Jones, who hurt his leg in the same game, could return this week, according to coach Mike McCarthy . . . The Broncos kept rookie wide receiver Tavarres King from joining the Packers by promoting him to their active roster. The Packers tried to lure King after Cobb and Jones were injured. King, a speedy fifth-round draft pick from Georgia, spent the last six weeks on the practice squad . . . Prosecutors in Sioux Falls, S.D., expect to ask a grand jury to consider more serious charges in the death of the 2-year-old son of Vikings star Adrian Peterson. Lincoln County State’s Attorney Tom Wollman said he will review the autopsy and other reports before seeking any new charges against 27-year-old Joseph Robert Patterson.