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Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, 8:03 p.m.

Giants running back Andre Brown is likely to miss four to six weeks with a fractured left leg sustained in Thursday night's preseason finale against the Patriots, according to multiple reports.

Brown called it a “tiny little crack,” saying after the game, “I can come back from this … in a couple weeks.”

Brown, expected to share duties with former first-round pick David Wilson, scored eight touchdowns in 10 games last season before suffering a fractured left fibula in late November.

• The Falcons waived Brian Banks, the linebacker who was attempting to make a late start to his NFL career after spending five years in prison on a conviction that was later overturned.

• The Cardinals placed first-round draft pickJonathan Cooper on injured reserve, ending the left guard's season.

• The Bills cut a pair of former Pitt players, tight endDorin Dickerson (West Allegheny) and fullback Zach Brown. Others players with local ties who were released include Jaguars first-year wide receiver Toney Clemons (Valley) and Falcons defensive back Terrence Johnson of Woodland Hills and Cal (Pa.). The Bills also cut quarterback Matt Leinart, a former Heisman Trophy winner, and placed quarterback Kevin Kolb on injured reserve, ending his season.

• San Francisco backup running backLaMichael James suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee and could miss three to four weeks, ESPN reported.

• The Chargers released veteran left tackle Max Starks, who won two Super Bowl rings with the Steelers.

• Former Steelers reserve quarterback Dennis Dixon was among 12 players cut by the Eagles.

• The NFL suspended Bengals defensive end DeQuin Evans for the season's first eight games for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances for a second time.

• The Patriots released veteran tight ends Jake Ballard and Daniel Fells.

• The Ravens cut Caleb Haney and Dayne Crist, leaving two quarterbacks on the roster. Other cuts included running backDelone Carter, obtained in a trade last week with the Colts.

• The Bears released quarterbacks Jordan Palmer and Trent Edwards.

— Wire reports

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