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[August 03, 2017]  August 2 (The Sports Xchange) - Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Dominique Easley is out for the season after an MRI confirmed a torn ACL, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

The Rams confirmed that Easley will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, but did not specify the injury.

"We received word that it is going to be an injury that's going to require surgery, and he's going to be out for an extended period of time," head coach Sean McVay said on the Rams' website. "But he's a guy that's done all the things we've asked of him. And we love Dominique. We're going to embrace him."

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The Miami Dolphins confirmed running back Jay Ajayi has been diagnosed with a concussion and ruled out of practice.

Ajayi, 24, was hit hard during Monday's full-contact practice and was escorted off the field. He will miss at least a week of drills, sources told the Miami Herald.

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Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller is out indefinitely with a broken collarbone after leaving practice with the injury.

Fuller was a first-round pick in 2016 and earned a starting spot opposite DeAndre Hopkins.

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back I'Tavius Mathers was released from a hospital, one day removed from sustaining a cervical spinal cord injury during practice.

The team announced the update on Mathers, noting that the medical staff will work with him to "decide the best course of action for his recovery." He was back at EverBank Field on Wednesday.

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Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti continues to be torn whether to sign controversial free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick because of the possible backlash from fans.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome support the signing of Kaepernick but have met resistance from Bisciotti, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini.

Newsome responded to Wednesday's report from ESPN regarding Kaepernick.

"We are going through a process, and we have not made a decision," Newsome said in a statement. "Steve Bisciotti has not told us we cannot sign Colin Kaepernick, nor has he blocked the move. Whoever is making those claims is wrong."

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Los Angeles Chargers tight end Antonio Gates will attend former teammate LaDainian Tomlinson's Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday.

Gates, however, will not be accompanied by quarterback Philip Rivers, who will remain with the team for Saturday's joint practice with the Los Angeles Rams, coach Anthony Lynn said.

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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard was carted off the practice field after sustaining an ankle injury.

Giants coach Ben McAdoo told reporters it appears Shepard avoided serious injury.

"It looks at this point like he has a rolled ankle, a basketball-type ankle," McAdoo said. "We'll see how he responds to treatment and go from there."

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The Indianapolis Colts signed free agent offensive tackle Arturo Uzdavinis and waived tackle Jerry Ugokwe.

The 6-foot-7, 305-pound Uzdavinis most recently spent time with the Minnesota Vikings before being waived on July 26. He also spent time with the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2017 offseason.

In 2016, Uzdavinis spent time on the practice squads of the Jaguars and Chicago Bears. He originally signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent on May 6, 2016. Uzdavinis spent the 2016 offseason and training camp with the Texans before being waived on Aug. 30.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed rookie wide receiver Shaq Hill and waived/injured wide receiver Jhajuan Seales.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Hill originally entered the league in May with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent after playing at Eastern Washington. He was on the roster when Houston opened camp on July 26 but was waived two days later.

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