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New England traded backup quarterback Ryan Mallett to Houston. Mallett played four games in three years with the Patriots

49ers’ McDonald first to test tougher policy


– San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.

McDonald, 29, was released from jail after posting bail, Santa Clara County sheriff’s Sgt. Kurt Stenderup said.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties last week for players accused of domestic violence. The move followed scrutiny over Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s two-game penalty stemming from his arrest on an assault charge in February.

Colts claim center, fill practice squad

The Colts claimed center A.Q. Shipley off waivers and started filling out their 10-man practice squad Sunday.

Shipley played with the Colts in 2012 but was cut by Baltimore on Saturday. He adds depth to an injury-depleted offensive line that was without its top two centers Thursday night’s preseason finale. Indy waived backup center Thomas Austin to make room for Shipley.

Indianapolis also re-signed linebacker Andrew Jackson, a sixth-round draft pick in May, and tight end Erik Swoope, who played basketball at the University of Miami.

The other signees are offensive linemen Tyler Hoover and Josh Walker, receivers Ryan Lankford and Josh Lenz, safety Dewey McDonald, defensive tackle Nnamdi Obukwelu and cornerback Sheldon Price. The Colts also will sign quarterback Jeff Mathews to the practice squad.

Bears drop snapper

Chicago waived long snapper Brandon Hartson.

Hartson beat out former CFL player Chad Rempel in a preseason competition to replace the retired Patrick Mannelly, who played more years (16) and more games (245) with the Bears than any other player. Rempel was waived Aug. 18.

Patriots’ backup QB traded to Houston

New England traded quarterback Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans.

The move means second-round draft choice Jimmy Garoppolo will be the backup to two-time MVP Tom Brady.

After acquiring Mallett, Houston released Case Keenum, who had been competing with rookie fourth-round pick Tom Savage for the No. 2 role behind Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Texans also welcomed back safety Danieal Manning, claimed receiver Damaris Johnson from the Eagles, cornerback Daryl Morris from the 49ers and offensive tackle Jeff Adams from Tennessee.

Cleveland releases quarterback tutor

Rex Grossman lost his tutoring gig with the Browns.

The veteran quarterback was released by Cleveland, leaving starter Brian Hoyer and rookie backup Johnny Manziel as the only QBs on the Browns’ roster.

Grossman was brought in because of his experience running coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s offense. He was able to help Hoyer and Manziel, who struggled with Cleveland’s schemes throughout training camp and the preseason.

Around the leagues

Quarterback Alex Smith signed a $68 million extension to remain with Kansas City through the 2018 season. … The New York Jets claimed cornerback Leon McFadden off waivers from Cleveland and released cornerback LeQuan Lewis to make room on the roster.