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CINCINNATI — Receiver Antonio Bryant was released on Sunday by the Bengals, who signed him to a four-year, $28 million deal (about $8 million guaranteed) in March believing he would be a complement to Chad Ochocinco.

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Bryant and Terrell Owens worked out for the Bengals in March. Cincinnati chose Bryant, who was coming off an injury-marred season with the Bucs. He had surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left knee and caught only 39 passes last season.

The knee began bothering him over the summer, and he wasn't able to practice during camp. The Bengals signed Owens to a one-year deal at the start of camp.

Owens quickly developed into the Bengals' top receiver in preseason while Bryant, 29, missed all four games because of the knee. He said the muscles around the knee weren't strong enough to let him cut at full speed.

Harvin optimistic

MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings receiver Percy Harvin said he felt "great" after Saturday's preseason debut. The former Gator, out for most of camp with migraines, caught two passes for 30 yards and took two big hits to the head.

"Just glad to get back out there with my teammates and work some of the rust off," Harvin said. "I've got a lot of work to do conditioning-wise, but it felt good to get out there."

Harvin was not expected to play after not practicing all week.

"I did a test (Friday) night, and they found some things that we think was the main cause of (the migraines)," Harvin said. "I'm not saying I'll never get a headache again. But hopefully, we can slow it down a little bit."

Roethlisberger, Goodell to talk: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will meet with commissioner Roger Goodell after the team's final preseason game on Thursday to determine if his suspension will be reduced from six games to four. The league declined to say when or where it will happen or when a decision would come. Roethlisberger was suspended after being accused of sexually assaulting a college student in March. He was not criminally charged in the case.

McNabb out? Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he's not certain quarterback Donovan McNabb will be available for the season opener. McNabb hasn't practiced since spraining his left ankle during the second preseason game against Baltimore. He and the No. 2 quarterback, former Gator Rex Grossman, were not scheduled to play in the preseason finale.

Jets: Linebacker Calvin Pace, who had a team-high eight sacks last season, is set to have surgery today on his broken right foot. He will miss at least the season opener, but his status after that hasn't been determined. He was hurt Friday while being blocked.

Raiders: Running back Michael Bush is set to have surgery today on his broken left thumb. Coach Tom Cable said Bush could play in the season opener but more will be known after the surgery. Bush's hand hit a helmet during a carry Saturday.

Broncos 34, Steelers 17: Cornerback Andre Goodman returned one of Dennis Dixon's two interceptions 77 yards for a touchdown for the host Broncos. Dixon, expected to back up Byron Leftwich with Roethlisberger out, went 9-of-16 for 94 yards and was sacked twice. Roethlisberger took 11 snaps, going 4-of-6 for 67 yards. Former Gator Tim Tebow, who sat out last week with bruised ribs, played the second half for Denver. He went 5-of-10 for 72 yards with a 3-yard touchdown and an interception. Steelers linebacker James Farrior left in the first quarter with a head laceration. His helmet went flying when he helped make a tackle, exposing his head. His status was undetermined.

Cincinnaticuts loosestill-injuredformer Buc 08/29/10 [Last modified: Monday, August 30, 2010 1:12am]
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