Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Decision on Tynes, Bucs could come Monday

TAMPA — Lawrence Tynes could find out as soon as Monday if he will be a free agent or still under control of the Bucs. But it will take more time for the 35-year-old to discover whether he can be effective as a placekicker again.

"He's … in tremendous physical condition," said Tynes' agent Ken Harris. "But placekickers all wear a shoe that is about two sizes smaller than their foot. Because his condition wasn't detected for several weeks, and he underwent considerable tissue damage as a result of the surgery, he still has to see how he will hold up to the rigors of being an NFL placekicker."

Tynes, placed on the nonfootball injury list by the Bucs last season after developing a MRSA infection in the big toe of his right kicking foot, filed a grievance insisting he should've been placed on injured reserve. The Bucs agreed to pay his one-year, $840,000 salary last season, but the NFL designation means the team controls his rights for another year.

Harris said he did not know the status of Tynes' grievance, but profootballtalk.com said a ruling on his status could come as soon as Monday.

Browner suspension: Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner, reinstated Tuesday after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, will be suspended for the first four games of this season and have to play an additional four games without pay, according to a release Wednesday from the league and the players union.

Report: Broncos dumping Bailey: The Broncos are going to release cornerback Champ Bailey, a 12-time Pro Bowl selection and seven-time All-Pro, cbssports.com reported.

Bills: Safety Aaron Williams signed a four-year, $26 million extension. … The team postponed its annual game in Toronto for at least one year.

Browns: The team released Davone Bess after an offseason that included the receiver being arrested in connection with assaulting a law enforcement officer.

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Published: 12/16/17

Sunday’s sports on TV/radio

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