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Doug Free out 3-4 weeks, Pat Angerer retires

In other NFL news, the Cincinnati Bengals make a few interesting moves, including a workout with Terrelle Pryor.

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Free out 3-4 weeks

Dallas Cowboys right tackle Doug Free suffered a right foot fracture in Sunday's win over the Seattle Seahawks and is expected to miss 3-4 games with the injury. Free apparently hurt his foot with 3:23 left in the game on a 6-yard rush by DeMarco Murray. Jeremy Parnell is expected to replace Free in the starting lineup. Free will remain in a walking boot while his foot heals and will not need surgery, according to the team.

Free was a key component of a dominant Cowboys offensive line that has paved the way for a league-best 962 yards on the ground and had allowed just three sacks in the last four games. Free had started 77 straight games for the Cowboys over the last six seasons and had played the fourth-most snaps of any tackle since 2010.

Tomlin responds to critics

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is not worried about critical remarks by Steelers alumni about the state of the team, reaffirming that his focus is on the current players and getting them prepared to play each week.

"I don't worry about that. That's elevator music as far as I'm concerned," Tomlin said, via "I'm concerned about the things that are significant and that's the men inside this organization right now and how they prepare and how they play. Love those guys, but those guys are on the outside looking in."

Former coach Bill Cowher and wide receiver Hines Ward both called the team "soft" on defense and a "finesse" offense, and Ward also felt they were "very close to hitting that panic button."

The Steelers are 3-3 and coming off a humiliating 31-10 loss against the Cleveland Browns, their worst defeat to the division rival since 1989. They rank just 23rd in scoring offense and two of their three losses have been by 20 points or more.

Bengals make moves

The injuries continue to pile up this season for the Cincinnati Bengals, who placed wide receiver Marvin Jones on injured reserve on Tuesday after having his right ankle evaluated by a foot specialist earlier in the day. The doctor recommended surgery for Jones, effectively ending his season before it even started.

Jones was on the 53-man active roster but had yet to play a snap this season after a series of lower-leg injuries had caused him to miss most of training camp. Jones ranked second behind Green on the Bengals last season with 712 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches.

The Bengals receiver corps is in shambles after injuries have sidelined several players expected to make key contributions this season. Pro Bowl wideout A.J. Green is expected to miss his second straight game this Sunday due to a toe injury, and the team also has tight end Tyler Eifert on short-term IR with a dislocated elbow.

To replace Jones on the roster, the Bengals signed former Browns wide receiver Greg Little. Little played in all 16 games each season from 2011-13 for the Browns, leading the team in receiving yards in both 2011 and 2012.

In an unrelated move, the Bengals worked out former Raiders dual-threat quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Tuesday. Pryor was released by the Seattle Seahawks in August and also reportedly worked out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in September.

Giants will not trade for Mike Williams

The New York Giants lost star wideout Victor Cruz to a season-ending knee injury on Sunday night, but don't plan to replace their leading receiver over the last four seasons with Buffalo Bills wide receiver Mike Williams, who reportedly has asked the team to trade him.

The Bills said they would "entertain offers" for Williams, but the Giants do not appear to be interested. Per a report from's Jordan Raanan, the Giants do not want to both give up a draft choice and pay Williams' large salary.

The Giants instead will likely insert backup Preston Parker into the starting lineup as the slot receiver and promote Julian Talley from the practice squad to fill out the roster.

Pat Angerer retires

Former Colts linebacker Pat Angerer announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he is retiring from the NFL.

Angerer was drafted by the Colts in 2010 and played four seasons with the franchise.  He played in 54 career games and finished his career with 327 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions, and four forced fumbles.  His best season came in 2011, when he led the team and ranked fourth in the league with 148 tackles.

Injuries, however, plagued him over the last few years and, after being cut by the Atlanta Falcons in August, he had yet to sign with an NFL team this season.