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[December 18, 2014]  Dec 17 (The Sports Xchange) - The San Francisco 49ers released defensive end Ray McDonald on Wednesday within hours after an investigation by the San Jose Police Department into a possible sexual assault

49ers general manager Trent Baalke cited a "pattern of poor behavior" in the team's decision to cut ties with the former third-round pick.

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A lawsuit filed by 1,300 former players against the NFL over the use of painkillers was dismissed Wednesday by a federal judge.

The NFL Players' Association last month told the judge that the collective bargaining agreement did not provide a means to file grievances over the dispensation of painkillers.

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Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was on the practice field Wednesday and took part in individual drills less than 48 hours after undergoing surgery to repair a broken left hand.

Coach Jason Garrett said he did not expect Murray to do a lot during practice in preparation for the Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton returned to the practice field just one week after he was injured in an auto accident.

Newton suffered two transverse process fractures in his back during the crash on Dec. 9 near Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., but he was running and throwing passes during the Panthers' workout on Wednesday and could play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

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Running back C.J. Spiller is expected to play for the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders, but how much work he can handle will be determined as the week progresses.

Spiller has been on the injured reserve/designated to return list since breaking his collarbone Oct. 19 against the Minnesota Vikings.

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The New England Patriots placed first-round draft pick and defensive end Dominique Easley on injured reserve Wednesday.

The Patriots also signed tight end Steve Maneri to the 53-man roster.

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The Baltimore Ravens signed cornerback Chris Greenwood off the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad Wednesday.

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Greenwood was a fifth-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2012. He has played in three regular-season games, all with the Lions last season, and made six tackles.

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The Minnesota Vikings signed rookie safety Ahmad Dixon to the active roster from the team's practice squad Wednesday.

Dixon was a seventh-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys out of Baylor.

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The Indianapolis Colts signed defensive tackle Tyler Hoover to the practice squad Wednesday.

The 6-foot-7, 297-pound Hoover was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State on May 13.

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after his three-touchdown performance Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after he helped his team spoil the debut of Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel with a 30-0 victory. (Editing by Frank Pingue)

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