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Ravens get veteran receiver from Bills

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Bills traded receiver Lee Evans to the Ravens for a fourth-round pick Friday.

Evans, 30, is a seven-year veteran with two 1,000-yard seasons. But he's coming off his worst season, 37 catches for 578 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games. He is expected to step into the No. 2 role behind Anquan Boldin.

The move allows Buffalo to provide additional playing time to its young receivers, including Stevie Johnson, former Hurricane Roscoe Parrish and former Gator David Nelson.

"We have six or seven really promising young receivers," Bills general manager Buddy Nix said. "Unless somebody got hurt, you were going to have a good player that you were going to have to let go."

The deal was not well received by Buffalo veteran cornerback Drayton Florence.

"Sad day for the bills," he tweeted. "Are we trying to win now or later????"

Broncos: Kicker Matt Prater faces a charge of drunken driving and fleeing the scene of an accident. Police in Greenwood Village, Colo., said he was involved in a noninjury accident in a hotel parking lot Aug. 2. A hearing was set for Oct. 5.

Jets: Receiver Plaxico Burress, who had hoped to play Monday, will not after an MRI exam revealed a sprained left ankle. Center Nick Mangold, who left Thursday's practice after a goal-line drill, is day to day with a stinger that caused temporary numbness in one of his arms.

Panthers: Jimmy Clausen, who started 10 games last season, and Cam Newton, April's top overall pick, will take snaps with the first-team offensive line tonight. Coach Ron Rivera said Clausen will start but didn't say how many series each will play.

Steelers lose corner

LANDOVER, Md. — Steelers starting cornerback Ike Taylor broke his left thumb while making a tackle early in a 16-7 loss to the Redskins. Coach Mike Tomlin said Taylor "could be out for a couple of weeks or so" and isn't sure if he will need surgery.

Meanwhile, Rex Grossman, battling John Beck to be the Redskins starter, went 19-of-26 for 207 yards and a touchdown. Beck sat with a sore groin. The touchdown, an 8-yarder to Santana Moss in the second quarter, came against Pittsburgh's second unit.

The Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger played one series, going 2-of-3 for 22 yards.

Game highlights: Bengals rookie Andy Dalton was hit by Ndamukong Suh on his first snap, resulting in an interception during a 34-3 loss at Detroit. The second-round pick finished 11-of-15 for 69 yards. Suh later slammed him to the turf after he got rid of the ball, drawing a penalty. … Mark Ingram had a spinning, tackle-breaking 14-yard touchdown run in his debut to help the host Saints beat the 49ers 24-3. San Francisco's David Akers made a 59-yard field goal. … Chad Henne, booed by Dolphins fans during a recent practice, threw interceptions on two of his first three series of a 28-23 victory at the Falcons. He finished 4-of-8 for 77 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown against Atlanta's reserves.

Ravens get veteran receiver from Bills 08/12/11 [Last modified: Saturday, August 13, 2011 12:14am]
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