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Jaguars waive tight end who recovered fumble in end zone

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The player who recovered the fumble in one of the craziest plays in recent NFL history ended up at the same place as the player who fumbled — on the waiver wire.

The Jacksonville Jaguars waived tight end Brandon Christenson and 13 others Tuesday on the first NFL cut deadline.

Christenson was at the right place when Jack Golden of the New York Giants jarred the ball loose from teammate Fred Lewis after Lewis made an interception at the end of a preseason game in Jacksonville two weeks ago.

Christenson, a rookie, recovered in the end zone with seven seconds remaining to give the Jaguars a 16-13 victory.

The Giants released Lewis earlier this week.

"Any time you release people, it's hard," Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin said. "You try to encourage them, but it's not an easy thing."

Among the others waived were guard Kevin Landolt, a fourth-round draft pick who moved over from defense early in training camp, and guard Eric Moss, the brother of Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss.

The Jaguars also signed tight end Rod Monroe, who was waived by the Falcons last Saturday.

BRONCOS: Wide receiver Rod Smith, cited in a domestic-violence incident, received a $25,000 conditional fine from the NFL that he will not have to pay if he adheres to terms of his two-year probation.

Smith, arrested Jan. 24 for suspicion of domestic violence, pleaded guilty last month to one misdemeanor count of verbal abuse. He was sentenced to two years' probation and ordered to attend counseling sessions.

Smith requested a face-to-face meeting with NFL officials at his disciplinary hearing in New York City on Aug. 8.

Under the NFL's new personal-conduct policy, Smith could have been fined, suspended or both.

Running back Terrell Davis, sidelined late in the first quarter of Saturday night's preseason win over Dallas by a sore left hamstring, said the injury was of no concern during Tuesday's practice.

Davis, making steady progress from reconstructive surgery on his right knee last October, expects to play on a limited basis Friday night at San Francisco.

Offensive guard Mark Schlereth rejoined workouts Tuesday. Schlereth, who had a 13th operation on his left knee less than a week into training camp, had fluid drained from the knee twice since and was concerned he wasn't healing as quickly as he normally does.

If Schlereth has no setbacks, he is expected to see his first preseason action against the 49ers.

SAINTS: New Orleans got down to the mandatory roster limit by putting tight end Cam Cleeland on injured reserve, guard Mike Halapin on the reserve-physically-unable-to-perform list, and cutting 14 players.

Offensive tackle Jay Hagood was cut to make room for linebacker Donta Jones, released earlier by the Carolina Panthers.

Waived were wide receivers P.J. Franklin and Sherrod Gideon; defensive tackles Robert Brannon, Winfield Garnett and Demond Gibson; linebacker Jamal Brooks; tight end Cuncho Brown; quarterback Marc Bulger; safety Pete Destafano; kicker Shayne Graham; punter Bill LaFleur; linebacker Donnie Spragan; and defensive end Alfred Williams.

The conditional draft pick the Saints received when they dealt former Southern tight end Lawrence Hart to Dallas on Aug. 10 was returned Monday when the Cowboys waived Hart.

BROWNS: Wide receiver Kevin Johnson, who caught 66 passes last season, returned to practice. He missed two weeks and two preseason games with a hamstring injury.

"He ran with us a little bit," Browns coach Chris Palmer said. "He practiced and went through some of the plays. I don't anticipate any problems. We'll increase the number of reps the next day if there are no problems."

The Browns have to make a decision on offensive tackle Orlando Brown, who sustained a severe right eye injury in a Dec. 19 game against Jacksonville when he was accidentally hit with a weighted penalty flag thrown by referee Jeff Triplette.

Brown has not been able to practice and is on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

Palmer also said cornerback Daylon McCutcheon (chest bruise) would not play in the preseason finale against the Packers, and tight end Mark Campbell injured his left foot against the Redskins.

SEAHAWKS: Seattle made three moves to get their roster down to 65 players, reaching an injury settlement with rookie running back Rodnick Phillips (ankle) before releasing him, and placing running back Corey Walker (groin) and defensive end Kendrick Burton (knee) on injured reserve.

Coach Mike Holmgren said Walker and Burton will be released later.