NFL notebook: Cardinals grab Carpenter to contend for kicking job

2013-08-22T00:00:00Z NFL notebook: Cardinals grab Carpenter to contend for kicking jobThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

GLENDALE - The Arizona Cardinals have signed Dan Carpenter to compete with Jay Feely as the team's kicker.

Carpenter was released by the Miami Dolphins a week ago. He signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted rookie in 2008 and, coincidentally, took Feely's job away from him there that season.

At 37, Feely is 10 years older than Carpenter.

"As you get older, you have to prove that you still have it and that you can still do the job and do a great job at it," Feely said Wednesday. "That's what I've been trying to do every day."

In Miami, Carpenter lost out to Caleb Sturgis, a fifth-round draft pick. He was in uniform but didn't do any kicking on Wednesday.

In Saturday's 12-7 victory over Dallas, Feely made field goals of 25, 53, 40 and 22 yards but missed one from 30.

In addition to signing the kicker, the Cardinals released wide receivers Robert Gill and Robby Toma.

Two Browns too fast

Cleveland Browns starting wide receivers Greg Little and Josh Gordon have both received tickets for excessive speeding, and their behavior has been deemed "unacceptable" by the team.

Little was involved in a single-car accident in April, when he admitted to driving 127 mph, WOIO-TV reported after obtaining records from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department. He was fined $350.

Earlier this week, Little was cited for driving 81 mph in a 60 mph and for driving with expired plates.

Gordon was ticketed last week for driving 98 mph in a 60 mph zone, the TV station reported.

RG III at full speed

Robert Griffin III moved a step closer toward a Week 1 return Wednesday when he took full-speed, full-team snaps against the first-string defense for the first time since his knee surgery.

The Sept. 9 Monday night regular season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles is less than three weeks away, and the question remains whether the franchise player who says he'll be ready to go will indeed be ready to go.

"My eyes are set on Philly," he said.

To achieve that goal, he must get the OK from his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, who examined Griffin's reconstructed right knee on Monday and will do so again after the final preseason game. Even if Andrews says all is well, the final decision will rest with coach Mike Shanahan.

Extra points

• Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee signed a six-year contract extension Wednesday, a deal that goes through the 2019 season. A story on the team's website said the deal is worth about $42 million.

• All-Pro linebacker Von Miller spent much of practice Wednesday helping the Denver Broncos prepare to play more than a third of the season without him. Miller was part spectator, part tutor when he wasn't squaring off against left tackle Ryan Clady as a member of Denver's scout team in his first practice since the NFL handed him a six-game suspension for violating the league's drug-abuse policy.

• New York Jets fullback Lex Hilliard was placed on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday, a day after seriously injuring his shoulder at practice. He reportedly has a broken shoulder blade.

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