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8/28/2013
NFL Notes: Tebow Survives Patriots Roster Cut to 75
AP PHOTOTim Tebow speaks to media in the locker room Aug. 26 after practice in Foxborough, Mass.
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Tim Tebow speaks to media in the locker room Aug. 26 after practice in Foxborough, Mass.

BY HOWARD ULMAN
AP Sports Writer

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tim Tebow has one game left to improve his chances of staying with the New England Patriots after surviving the mandatory roster cut to 75 players on Tuesday.

Tebow is expected to see considerable playing time Thursday night against the New York Giants in the Patriots' final exhibition game. He played poorly in the first two games and did not play in the third.

The third-string quarterback faces another hurdle when all NFL teams must reduce their rosters on Saturday to the regular-season limit of 53. The Patriots can still juggle their roster between then and their opener on Sept. 8 against the Bills in Buffalo.

The Patriots released tight end Evan Landi and defensive lineman Anthony Rashad White, both rookies, on Tuesday. The moves came one day after they cut the roster from 84 to 77 players.

Team owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick praised Tebow on Tuesday but gave no indication of whether he would make the team.

"He's great to work with, outstanding," Belichick said.

Kraft said it's Belichick's job to make the cuts.




"We want to make sure we have the 53 best people to help us win games during this year," Kraft said. "I'm rooting for (Tebow) and I'm in his corner, but I have the privilege of letting Bill make those decisions. He's got a pretty good record doing it."

In two games since being signed as a free agent on June 11, Tebow has completed 5 of 19 passes for 54 yards and one interception. But Belichick said players' work in practice also is a big part of the judgment of whether to keep them.

Still, Thursday's game can be the difference between a player making the 53-man roster or being cut.

"Practice and games are a lot different," defensive end Rob Ninkovich said. "Can go out there and make some big plays in a live situation that's not in a controlled environment like practice (and) you're going against another team? You don't know what they're going to do and it's just you out there either doing it or not doing it. So you've got to make sure that you're out there doing it."

Tebow said on Monday that he's not spending time worrying about the upcoming cuts.

"I can control my attitude, my focus every single day," he said. "Those are the things that I'm going to worry about."

GIANTS: Receiver Victor Cruz expects to play in the regular-season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

A day after removing the protective boot from his injured left foot, Cruz was upbeat about being ready for the Sept. 8 game. He said the only time his injured heel hurts is when he gets out of bed in the morning.

The Giants' leading receiver the past two seasons, Cruz was injured Aug. 18 against the Colts when his foot was stepped on by a defender. The Paterson, N.J., native continues to get treatment, including an exercise where he has to pick up marbles with his feet.

Cruz missed the third preseason game, vs. the Jets, and will also skip Thursday's exhibition finale at New England. He hopes to practice Monday.

PACKERS: Packers starting running back DuJuan Harris is out for the year after injuring his right knee last week against the Seahawks.

Harris said Tuesday he hurt the patella tendon and hoped to have surgery soon. He hurt the same knee during the offseason.

Harris appeared to get injured after being flipped over near the sideline by a defender during the 17-10 preseason loss Friday night to Seattle.

He secured the starting job down the stretch last season after season after rushing for 157 yards and two touchdowns in four games. Harris was signed to the practice squad in October and joined the active roster in December.

The Packers drafted Alabama running back Eddie Lacy in the second round. He and Harris were being counted on to solidify the running game.

LIONS: Detroit released kicker Havard Rugland (HO-vahr ROOG-land) and cornerback Dequan Menzie.

Rugland became an Internet sensation after producing a YouTube video with a lot of quirky trick shots. The Lions signed the Norwegian in April 11 to give kicker David Akers some competition. Rugland, made each of his three field goals during the preseason.

A year ago, he was working at a child protective services facility in Norway. The 28-year-old Rugland had tryouts with the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and Detroit. The Lions were the only team to offer him a contract.

The Lions claimed Menzie off waivers in May from Kansas City. The Chiefs drafted Menzie last year in the fifth round.

COWBOYS: Dallas defensive tackle Jay Ratliff will miss at least the first six games of the season after being placed on the physically unable to perform list with hamstring and groin injuries.







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