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NFL roundup: Browns sign K Hartley, waive Cundiff


The Cleveland Browns signed kicker Garrett Hartley and waived Billy Cundiff on Saturday.

Cundiff did not practice this week due to a sore right knee and was officially listed as questionable on Friday for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The 34-year-old had been struggling this season, connecting on only 22 of 29 (75.9 percent) of his field-goal attempts and had missed a field goal in each of the past five games.

Hartley, a seventh-year player, appeared in 57 games for the New Orleans Saints from 2008-13. He has converted 81.2 percent of his field-goal attempts.

—The Browns fan who accused quarterback Johnny Manziel and his friend of starting a fight with him apologized.

The fan’s apology came via Facebook and was also sent to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Police were called after an incident occurred in the lobby of Manziel’s residence on Nov. 22 at 2:36 a.m.

Manziel said the fan approached him and a friend aggressively and appeared intoxicated. The fan said he wanted to greet Manziel.

“I would like to apologize for approaching you the way I did,” Gonos wrote. “All I ever wanted was to show love and give respect. What occurred that night was a huge misunderstanding. Never did I intend to escalate an altercation.”

Manziel will make his first NFL start Sunday when the Browns (7-6) take on the visiting Cincinnati Bengals (8-4-1).

—The San Francisco 49ers placed All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman on season-ending injured reserve.

The 49ers also placed defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey on IR and promoted cornerback Marcus Cromartie and guard Andrew Tiller from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

Bowman was activated to the roster Tuesday after missing all season because of ACL and MCL tears in his left knee. However, the team decided to shut him down. Bowman was injured in the NFC Championship Game at Seattle last January. He did not practice this season.

Dorsey tore his left biceps in training camp and did not play this season. He practiced on a limited basis this week.

—Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones will be a game-time decision for Sunday’s contest against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers.

Falcons coach Mike Smith told ESPN that Jones is improving from a hip injury but that the medical staff will decide if he is able to play. Jones was listed as questionable on the team’s injury report.

—The Chicago Bears placed linebacker Darryl Sharpton on injured reserve and promoted quarterback David Fales from the practice squad.

Sharpton, who has a hamstring injury, had 27 tackles, three quarterback pressures and two pass breakups in five games (two starts).

—The Denver Broncos placed running back Montee Ball and safety Quinton Carter on injured reserve.

Denver also activated linebacker Danny Trevathan from injured reserve and promoted tight end Dominique Jones from the practice squad.

Ball rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown in five games (three starts) this season. Carter had 21 tackles (17 solo), a sack and a fumble recovery in 11 games.

—The Green Bay Packers placed linebacker Jamari Lattimore on injured reserve and promoted safety Chris Banjo from the practice squad.

Lattimore was shut down because of an ankle injury. He had 37 tackles and an interception in 11 games this season.

—The Oakland Raiders placed safety Larry Asante on injured reserve and signed safety Ras-I Dowling and linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu from the practice squad.

Asante had 23 tackles (18 solo) and one forced fumble in six games this year.

—The Miami Dolphins signed defensive back T.J. Heath from their practice squad.

Heath takes the roster spot of defensive tackle Anthony Johnson, who was placed on injured reserve Friday.

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