Monday, May 21, 2018
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Pats sign former No. 1 pick Floyd

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots have claimed wide receiver Michael Floyd off waivers one day after he was released by the Cardinals.

Floyd's agent Brian Murphy confirmed the move in an email.

Floyd, a first-round pick (13th overall) out of Notre Dame in 2012 by Arizona, was released by the team two days after he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and failure to obey a police officer.

The 6-foot-2 220-pound receiver gives Tom Brady a big, experienced target. Floyd was having a down season, but he had five 100-yard receiving games last year.

Floyd, 27, had 33 catches for 446 yards and four touchdowns this season but had several critical drops.

The Patriots have been hit by injuries to their receiving corps, including All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski.

The Floyd move is reminiscent of when the Patriots picked up running back LeGarrette Blount in 2014 after the Steelers cut him. Blount had troubles in Pittsburgh, including an arrest on a marijuana possession charge. He was let go by the Steelers after walking off the field early during a game against the Titans, and the Patriots picked him up a few days later, helping them win the Super Bowl that season.

SEAHAWKS ROMP: Russell Wilson completed 19 of 26 for 229 yards and three touchdowns to lead the host Seahawks to a 24-3 victory over the Rams, clinching a third NFC West title in four seasons for Seattle. The victory by the Seahawks eliminates the Cardinals from postseason contention.

DEZ ON INJURY REPORT: The Cowboys added starting receiver Dez Bryant (back) to their injury report, listing him as limited in practice. Bryant appeared to be walking fine in the locker room after practice but did not speak to reporters about the injury, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Guard Ron Leary (back), tackle Tyron Smith (back/right knee) and safety J.J. Wilcox (left thigh) returned to practice. It was Wilcox's first practice since injuring his thigh on Thanksgiving against the Redskins. Leary said he will play Sunday against the Bucs. Former Tampa Catholic and Gators tackle Chaz Green (back) did not practice after being limited Wednesday.

BROWNS: Offensive lineman Alvin Bailey has been suspended without pay for two games by the league for a substance violation. Bailey was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated on Sept. 26, hours after the team returned from an overtime loss in Miami.

JETS: Running back Matt Forte (knee) practiced on a limited basis and likely be a game-time decision Saturday.

LIONS: Defensive end Corey Lemonier was claimed off waivers a day after he was released by the Browns.

PACKERS: Running back James Starks is in the concussion protocol after being in a car crash Monday, said coach Mike McCarthy, who did not provide further details. A police spokesman confirmed the accident occurred in Green Bay but said the police report was not ready to be released.

PANTHERS: Coach Ron Rivera said an MRI exam on Cam Newton's right shoulder revealed no serious damage and he anticipates the quarterback will play Monday against Washington.

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