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NFL: Cowboys release backup QB Orton

Kyle Orton #18 of the Dallas Cowboys looks to pass in the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on December 29, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Kyle Orton #18 of the Dallas Cowboys looks to pass in the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on December 29, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Quarterback Kyle Orton was released by the Dallas Cowboys.

The expected move Wednesday came after Tony Romo's backup skipped all the offseason workouts amid reports Orton was considering retirement.

Orton was fined about $70,000 for failing to report during the offseason and missing the mandatory minicamp in June. The move saves Dallas about $3.25 million this season, but will cost the team about that amount on the salary cap over the next two seasons.

The Cowboys report to training camp in California next week with Brandon Weeden as the backup quarterback and Caleb Hanie also on the roster.

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  • Weeden, Cleveland's first-round draft pick in 2012, signed with the Cowboys in March and worked with the first team during the offseason while Romo recovered from back surgery.

    Orton threw for 15,019 yards with 83 touchdowns and 59 interceptions in 75 career games for Chicago (2005-08), Denver (2009-11), Kansas City (2011), and Dallas (2012-13). He was 35-35 as a starter, only one of those coming with the Cowboys.

     

    Sharper case postponed

    Former NFL all-pro safety Darren Sharper has appeared in a Los Angeles court, but back-to-back hearings on sexual assault allegations he faces were postponed to Aug. 8. Sharper spoke only to answer a procedural question from the judge.

    Wednesday's proceedings had been scheduled to set a date for a preliminary hearing of allegations that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub.

    The second hearing would have involved Sharper's extradition to Arizona, where he is alleged to have drugged three women and sexually assaulted them in Tempe in November.

    He has pleaded not guilty in California, and he and his lawyers have denied the allegations in the other states.

     

    Jaguars, Lee agree

    Jacksonville Jaguars rookie receiver Marqise Lee has agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth more than $5 million.

    Lee, a second-round draft pick from Southern California, is expected to sign the deal later this week.

    Lee's contract is worth $5.17 million and includes a $2 million signing bonus. The 39th overall player selected in May, Lee is the last of the team's draft picks under contract.

    The 6-foot, 192-pound Lee caught 248 passes for 3,655 yards and 29 touchdowns in three years with the Trojans.

     

    Bills moves

    Starting cornerback Leodis McKelvin is among five Buffalo Bills players who aren't expected to be ready for the start of training camp Sunday. McKelvin and linebacker Randell Johnson were placed on the active/physically unable to perform list. McKelvin is coming off hip surgery.

    Starting left tackle Cordy Glenn and defensive tackle Alan Branch were placed on the active/non-football illness list. The Bills did not specify Glenn and Branch's illnesses.

    Starting linebacker Kiko Alonso was placed on the active/non-football injury list after he tore a ligament in his left knee while working out two weeks ago.

    - Associated Press

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