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Colts cut defensive back day after arrest

– The Indianapolis Colts have waived safety John Boyett a day after he was arrested on public intoxication and other charges.

He was the Colts’ sixth-round draft pick out of Oregon in April, but was on the non-football injury list with injuries to both knees.

An Indianapolis police report says the 23-year-old was upset he was not allowed into a downtown nightclub early Monday because he had too much to drink. The report says when an officer attempted to arrest Boyett, he ran. After he was caught, Boyett repeatedly argued officers could not arrest him because he “was a Colts player.”

Police say Boyett faces preliminary charges of public intoxication, resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct.

Colts add tight end

Indianapolis promoted tight end Dominique Jones to the active roster and signed rookie tight end Justice Cunningham to the practice squad

The moves came shortly after the Colts traded rookie linebacker Caesar Rayford to the Dallas Cowboys for a conditional draft pick. Rayford led the Colts with five sacks in the preseason.

Jones played in four games and made one catch last season with Indianapolis but was waived Saturday.

Cunningham, the final pick in April’s draft, was released Monday after Indianapolis acquired linebacker Cam Johnson in a trade from San Francisco. The Colts now have two Mr. Irrelevants on its practice squad – Cunningham and quarterback Chandler Harnish, a Norwell product.

20 players banned as season begins

Denver linebacker Von Miller is among 20 players suspended for the start of the season. Miller is out for six games for violating the substance abuse policy.

4 ex-players file new concussions suit

Four former players sued the league and its helmet maker, claiming they hid information about the dangers of brain injury. They want medical care for past, current and future players.

The ex-players – Jimmy Williams, Rich Mauti, Jimmy Keyes and Nolan Franz – filed the federal lawsuit in New Orleans on Sunday.

Last week, the NFL tentatively agreed to pay $765 million to past players with concussion-related health problems. The players’ careers ranged from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.

Around the league

Cleveland reached agreement on a contract with former Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff, who has just a few days to prepare for the season opener. … Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey returned to practice, two days before Denver hosts Baltimore in the season opener. …

New Orleans brought back receiver Robert Meachem, shortly after his release by San Diego. … Atlanta signed offensive tackle Jeremy Trueblood, who started 84 games in seven seasons with Tampa Bay. …

Former first-round draft pick Danny Watkins signed a $555,000, one-year contract with Miami after being cut by Philadelphia . … Kicker Dan Carpenter landed a job with Buffalo. …

Pittsburgh named Isaac Redman a starter at running back despite Redman spending most of the preseason on the bench as a precaution after tweaking his neck during practice. … New England signed tight end Matthew Mulligan, who was released by Green Bay. …

Houston linebacker Brian Cushing signed a six-year contract extension. … Former New England tight end Aaron Hernandez is seeking to delay proceedings in a Florida lawsuit until a murder charge against him in Massachusetts is resolved. In the Florida lawsuit, Alexander Bradley, 30, claims Hernandez shot him in the face after they argued at a strip club in February.

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