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Bucs lose practice squad tight end Vitale to Browns

TAMPA — The Bucs lost former draft pick and Northwestern rookie tight end Danny Vitale, who was signed Friday off Tampa Bay's practice squad to the Browns' 53-man roster.

The Bucs had released Vitale, a sixth-round pick, in their final cuts but reacquired him on the practice squad after Buffalo waived him, citing a shoulder injury.

"I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for giving me the opportunity to develop," Vitale wrote on Facebook. "I truly enjoyed my time there and I cannot thank the organization, coaches, fans, and my former teammates enough."

The move leaves the Bucs with six players on their 10-man practice squad. Former Gators tight end Tevin Westbrook, who spent most of last season on the practice squad and was with the team until the end of preseason in August, will be signed back to the squad, according to his agent.

Vegas, baby?

Nevada took a giant step closer to becoming home of Raider Nation after state lawmakers narrowly approved a hotel tax hike that would put $750 million in public money toward an NFL stadium partly funded by billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson.

A cadre of lobbyists for the project strained over the past week to overcome conservative anxiety over a tax increase and liberal objections to subsidizing one of the world's richest men, eventually securing the bare minimum number of state Assembly votes to hit the required two-thirds majority. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, who views the $1.9 billion stadium as a way to ensure Las Vegas' continued dominance in tourism, is expected to sign the deal Monday in Las Vegas.

Raiders owner Mark Davis praised Sandoval and lawmakers in a statement.

But it's far from settled that Oakland's team will move to Las Vegas, a city that's only now ending its drought of pro sports after landing an NHL expansion team over the summer. Oakland still holds out hope that it can keep the Raiders from leaving a second time, and a relocation needs the blessing of three-fourths of NFL team owners — a conservative bunch that historically has shunned Las Vegas because of its legalized sports betting.

BROWNS: Starting left guard Joel Bitonio went on injured reserve with a midfoot sprain and quarterback Josh McCown (broken left collarbone) was ruled out. QB Cody Kessler will return from a concussion to start.

DOLPHINS: Guard Laremy Tunsil practiced but listed as questionable. He was out last week after spraining his right ankle.

JETS: Cornerback Darrelle Revis (hamstring) returned to practice and felt good about his chances of playing Monday at Arizona.

Panthers: Coach Ron Rivera said quarterback Cam Newton is expected to start Sunday barring a setback in his recovery from a concussion that caused him to miss Monday's loss to the Bucs. .

RAIDERS: Running back Latavius Murray will miss his second consecutive game because of a toe injury.

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