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Tampa Bay Buccaneers pick up former Buffalo Bills No. 1 choice John McCargo

TAMPA — The Bucs, after their latest loss at defensive tackle, have agreed to terms with free agent John McCargo, a former first-round draft pick of the Bills who is attempting to revive his undistinguished career.

With E.J. Wilson waived Saturday and expected to be placed on injured reserve after an ankle injury sustained Thursday against the Patriots, the Bucs were down three tackles. Brian Price (pelvis) and Roy Miller (knee) are the others.

McCargo, 28, went to North Carolina State and was drafted 26th overall by Buffalo in 2006. He has played 40 games with one start. In 2008, he was traded to the Colts, but the deal was voided when he failed a physical.

McCargo is one of several first-round disappointments for the Bills. Quarterback J.P. Losman and defensive end Aaron Maybin have also flamed out in recent years. Maybin was released last week.

Two shot in parking lot after 49ers game

SAN FRANCISCO — Police in San Francisco say two men were shot and injured in the parking lot of Candlestick Park after the 49ers' 17-3 win over the Raiders.

Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said the shootings occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday night after the 49ers' 17-3 victory over Oakland.

He says the victims are a 20-year-old man who is expected to survive and a 24-year-old man who is in a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The men's names have not been released, and police have identified no suspects.

Manning may not be ready to start season

INDIANAPOLIS — Peyton Manning thinks he can be ready for the Colts' season opener.

The rest of the preseason appears to be out.

Manning said he will use the next two weeks to get healthy from offseason neck surgery. The recovery could jeopardize his streak of 227 consecutive starts.

"I certainly want to be out there, and it's hard to keep track of the hours I've spent in rehab," he said. "I was short-changed a little bit by the lockout."

He had neck surgery in May on a nerve and has been on the physically-unable-to-perform list throughout training camp.

A few hours before Manning spoke, team owner Jim Irsay posted on his Twitter account it's possible the Colts will start the season without their star.

Also, former USF defensive end David Bedford, a rookie free agent, is expected to miss at least four weeks with a high ankle sprain.

FITZGERALD DEAL: The Cardinals and perennial All-Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald have agreed to an eight-year, $120 million contract with $50 million guaranteed. Fitzgerald, 28 next week, will be the highest-paid receiver in league history. Also, rookie running back Ryan Williams suffered a season-ending knee injury Friday against Green Bay and will have surgery this week on a ruptured right patella tendon.

PRYOR WORKS OUT, WON'T APPEAL AFTER ALL: Terrelle Pryor worked out for 17 teams — including the Bucs, ESPN reported — in Greensburg, Pa., and said he wouldn't appeal his five-game suspension that goes into effect after he signs. The former Ohio State quarterback is trying to prove he should be taken in Monday's supplemental draft.

SEAHAWKS: Kicker Brandon Coutu and defensive tackle Ryan Sims were waived.

OBITUARY: Norm Willey, a former Pro Bowl defensive end with the Eagles, died Thursday night in Newark, Del. He was 83. Nicknamed "Wild Man," Mr. Willey played from 1950-57 and was All-Pro three times. According to accounts, on Oct. 26, 1952, against the Giants, Mr. Willey tackled quarterback Charley Conerly 17 times behind the line of scrimmage. But sacks were not official then (and the boxscore at has 14 total sacks of Conerly in the game), so Derrick Thomas of the Chiefs holds the official record of seven in a game.

SATURDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS: Brady Quinn leapfrogged Tim Tebow, at least for a night, as Denver's No. 2 quarterback during a 24-10 win over the visiting Bills. Tebow, a former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida, had a sack and a big scramble in cleanup duty; Quinn threw a touchdown pass and an interception after relieving Kyle Orton. Bills running back Johnny White was carted off after his head was driven to the grass on a clean tackle by linebacker Mario Haggan. White moved his left hand as he left.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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