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NFL notebook: Lions waive ex-Pitt WR Baldwin due to failed physical

| Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, 8:54 p.m.

The Lions waived former Pitt and Aliquippa receiver Jon Baldwin because of a failed physical Wednesday, two days after claiming him.

The former first-round pick was released by the 49ers on Sunday but didn't have an injury designation. He had missed snaps during training camp with reported discomfort in his left knee.

Baldwin had three catches in seven games last season. In three seasons, he has 44 receptions for 607 yards and two touchdowns in 33 games.

Hoyer starting Saturday

Johnny Manziel will start Cleveland's exhibition opener — on the sideline.

Browns coach Mike Pettine chose Brian Hoyer the starting quarterback for Saturday's game in Detroit, giving the veteran the first chance to impress before Manziel takes the field.

Pettine said the decision to start Hoyer was based on his performance so far in training camp.

“That was his job,” Pettine said. “He was the one coming into it.”

Gordon to miss 8 games?

The Browns are preparing for at least an eight-game suspension for troubled receiver Josh Gordon, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

Gordon completed his appeal hearing Monday. Gordon's lawyers said he has tested negative 70 times and was just above the positive threshold for marijuana this time.

“As frustrating as it is for Josh, I think he's handled it well,'' Pettine said. “He's been practicing hard, giving good effort, finishing plays. Assuming if we don't hear anything, then he'll be out there Saturday.”

Ex-Pitt TE placed on IR

The Titans placed tight end Dorin Dickerson on injured reserve.

The fifth-year pro from West Allegheny and Pitt suffered an injured quad at practice Sunday.

The Titans also waived quarterback Tyler Wilson and agreed to terms with tight end Chase Coffman.

Tearful RB thanks Giants

David Wilson said he had “tears of joy” as he thanked the Giants, two days after the third-year running back was told by doctors he could no longer play football.

When the 23-year-old Wilson, who was waived-injured by the Giants, spoke of his teammates, he paused twice and brushed away tears with the pocket handkerchief from his blue pinstriped suit.

“These are tears of joy,” Wilson said. “Don't think I'm sad. There's no need to dwell on the negative because if you do, then you feel sorry for yourself and you're not living.”

Wilson, the Giants' first-round selection in 2012 out of Virginia Tech, led the NFL in kickoff return yardage as a rookie, gaining 1,533 yards, setting a Giants record. He also rushed for 358 yards and scored four touchdowns.

Jags' Gerhart to sit Friday

Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart will miss the team's preseason opener against Tampa Bay on Friday.

Gerhart missed the last five days of practice because of a hip flexor injury. Without him, Jordan Todman has been getting the first-team repetitions.

The Jaguars gave Gerhart a three-year contract worth $10.5 million in March to replace Maurice Jones-Drew.

Cards TE Ballard retires

Cardinals tight end Jake Ballard announced his retirement.

Ballard said in a statement that his body never has felt the same since he sustained a severe knee injury while playing for the Giants in the 2012 Super Bowl.

Around the league

Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson left practice early with an ankle injury and is listed as questionable for the team's preseason opener against the Patriots on Thursday night. … Giants running back Peyton Hillis is out indefinitely with an injury to his ankle/foot. … Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno was activated after recovering from a left knee injury that forced him to miss the first 12 days of training camp.

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