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NFL notebook: Niners release former Pitt star

| Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, 7:09 p.m.

The 49ers announced they waived Jon Baldwin after less than a year with the team.

Last August, the Niners sent wide receiver A.J. Jenkins to the Chiefs to acquire the former Aliquippa and Pitt star in a trade of two struggling former first-round picks.

The change in scenery didn't help Baldwin, who had three catches in seven games last season.

Bon Jovi writes Bills fans

Jon Bon Jovi hopes he has written a hit with Bills fans in a bid to stem concerns of whether his prospective ownership group plans to buy and potentially relocate the franchise to Toronto.

In a letter published by the Buffalo News on Sunday, Bon Jovi wrote that it's his ownership group's objective “to make the Bills successful in Buffalo.” The letter, titled “Why We're Bidding on the Buffalo Bills,” marks the first time the New Jersey rocker has publicly discussed his plans regarding the franchise.

The team is for sale after Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March.

“There has been a lot of conjecture, so we think it's important to clarify our intentions to the fans of the team and people of Buffalo,” Bon Jovi wrote. “I know how much the Bills mean to the people of this region. So I want you to hear this from me: I'm not risking it all to let you down. If we are given the chance to be the next owners of the Buffalo Bills, I promise you that we will bring the same passion that you do every Sunday, every day.”

Calling it his intention to “carry on Ralph Wilson's legacy” in Buffalo, Bon Jovi said his group is committed to working with state and local officials and the business community to identify a new stadium site in the region.

At no point in the seven-paragraph letter does Bon Jovi name his two partners or mention they are both from Toronto. His group is rounded out by Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and the Rogers family, which controls Rogers Communications.

The Toronto group's intentions have been met with skepticism in Buffalo.

Player carted off field

Falcons offensive tackle Terren Jones was carted off the field and taken away in an ambulance after suffering an undisclosed injury.

Jones was motionless and had his eyes closed as he exited. His neck was strapped down upon being placed on the stretcher.

No update was available on Jones' condition.

Jones is considered a long shot to make the 53-man roster.

Chiefs' Berry returns

Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry and starting cornerback Marcus Cooper are practicing again at Chiefs training camp after minor injuries.

Berry missed time with a sore right heel. Cooper tweaked a hamstring.

Linebacker Dezman Moses left Sunday's workout after hurting his elbow.

49ers seeking NT

Quinton Dial put a punishing hit on running back Alfonso Smith late in 11-on-11 work. Tony Jerod-Eddie pounded Jonathan Martin not once but twice, even sending him to his backside.

In their first audition to become San Francisco's starting nose tackle, Dial and Jerod-Eddie each showed off impressive physical strength in the middle of the defensive line Sunday. They have a tough job to replace Glenn Dorsey, who went down with a torn left biceps Friday and will need surgery. While he isn't being ruled out for the entire 2014 season, the recovery is expected to be extensive — perhaps three to four months.

Around the NFL

The Falcons signed safety Tyrell Johnson. ... Titans guard Andy Levitre was removed from the non-football injury list 10 days after an appendectomy.

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