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Report: Texans waive ex-Pitt RB Graham; Shanahan signs with Bucs

| Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, 10:33 p.m.

The Texans waived former Pitt running back Ray Graham on Monday, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Graham, an undrafted free agent, ranks second all-time at Pitt in rushing yards (3,271) and all-purpose yards (4,943). He was first-team All-Big East in 2011 and 2012.

Meanwhile, former Pitt wide receiver Mike Shanahan signed with the Buccaneers. Shanahan, who caught 159 passes at Pitt from 2008-12, will play tight end for the Buccaneers.

Former Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt coaches special teams for Tampa Bay, and former Pitt assistant Brian Angelichio coaches tight ends.

Shanahan, a 2008 Norwin graduate, signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent in April and was released last week.

Ex-Pitt RB Lewis out for year

Running back Dion Lewis' first season with the Browns is officially over. As expected, the team placed Lewis (Pitt) on season-ending injured reserve with a surgically repaired broken leg.

Lewis fractured his left fibula in an exhibition against Detroit on Aug. 15.

Mundy to start for Giants

Ryan Mundy no longer is waiting for an NFL starting job. The Giants just gave him one.

Mundy, a free safety, was given the gig Saturday night when Stevie Brown tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Mundy, a Woodland Hills and West Virginia product, spent the previous four years with the Steelers. He started five games last season.

“I pride myself on being like an above-the-neck-type player,” Mundy said. “I have a great understanding of the defense and that's something I'm continuing to work on each and every day. I'm very comfortable with where I'm at. I'm happy with my progress, but still I feel like I have a lot of work to do.”

Undrafted free-agent QB could start for Bills

Bills coach Doug Marrone said he's planning to have third-stringer Jeff Tuel start in the team's opener against New England on Sept. 8.

Veteran Kevin Kolb is out indefinitely after sustaining a concussion against Washington. Rookie EJ Manuel is not expected to be ready after hurting his left knee.

Matt Leinart made his debut in practice a day after the 2006 first-round pick signed with Buffalo in free agency. But Marrone said his approach to the opener is to have Tuel start because he's the most familiar with the players and the game plan.

Tuel would be the first undrafted rookie directly out of college to start in Week 1 for any team since the NFL merger in 1970, according to STATS LLC.

Also, Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore will miss six to eight weeks with a broken left wrist.

Ryan still won't name starter

Geno Smith appears not ready for prime time, and Mark Sanchez might not be ready for the opener.

Now what for the Jets? They have less than two weeks to solve their big quarterback question before they face Tampa Bay on Sept. 8 in the regular-season opener.

“We said from Day 1 that there was no timetable on us announcing a starting quarterback,” coach Rex Ryan said.

Smith, a West Virginia product, was given an opportunity to possibly seize the starting job Saturday against the Giants, but came up with a dismal performance that included three interceptions and taking a safety when he stepped out of the back of the end zone.

Sanchez, who appeared in great shape to win the competition, now is recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in garbage time against the Giants — and could keep him out for the start of the season.

Around the league

Tim Tebow survived the Patriots' cut to 77 players. The Patriots must make two more moves before Tuesday's league deadline to get to 75. The final 53-man roster will be announced Saturday. ... Receiver Braylon Edwards and running back Joe McKnight were among 15 players cut by the Jets. Also, the Jets announced running back Mike Goodson returned to the team and was suspended for the first four regular-season games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. ... Donte Stallworth was cut by the Redskins, thwarting the veteran receiver's comeback. ... The Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul came off the physically unable to perform list. ... Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams has a hyperextended right knee, but he suffered no ligament damage after a low hit Sunday by 49ers guard Joe Looney the team felt was illegal.

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