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  • Rivera: Newton ‘probably’ will start vs. Browns

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers’ Cam Newton will “probably” start Sunday against the Cleveland Browns barring any physical setbacks this week, Carolina coach Ron Rivera said after the quarterback practiced on Thursday. The team increased Newton’s workload and Rivera said the fourth-year QB seemed to handle it well. However, the coach was hesitant on…

  • Walsh tries to kick through slump for Vikings

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — A couple of Blair Walsh’s missed field goals this season for Minnesota have been blocked. Another failed kick came on a long shot of a 68-yarder on the last play of last week’s game at Detroit that would have broken an NFL record had the ball gone through. There are…

  • Todd Davis quickly carves out niche in Denver

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — In his six months in New Orleans, undrafted linebacker Todd Davis was waived four times, bouncing back and forth between the Saints’ practice squad and their active roster. Now he’s part of Denver’s deep linebacker corps that’s being tested following injuries to Danny Trevathan (dislocated left kneecap) and top tackler Brandon…

  • Gaines lone rookie CB in NFL to start every game

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Defensive back E.J. Gaines slipped into St. Louis Rams training camp as an afterthought. Turns out, the sixth-round pick has been a steal. Gaines has started every game for a defense that hasn’t allowed a touchdown the last three games. He is the only rookie cornerback in the NFL to start…

  • Reports: Bears benching Cutler

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Multiple reports say the Chicago Bears are benching quarterback Jay Cutler and going with Jimmy Clausen. ESPN first reported Wednesday that the Bears were switching quarterbacks, with Clausen getting the nod over Cutler for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions. The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, citing sources, also reported…

  • Carr faces another tough test in rookie season

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr’s rookie season has been like an advanced placement class for quarterbacks. Carr has faced the most fearsome pass rushers, toughest cover cornerbacks and most accomplished defensive schemers throughout the season with the Oakland Raiders. He has faced pressure from J.J. Watt, Von Miller, Justin Houston and Aldon Smith; attempted…

  • NFL Injury Report

    NEW YORK (AP) — The National Football League injury report, as provided by the league (OUT – Definitely will not play; DNP – Did not practice; LIMITED – Limited participation in practice; FULL – Full participation in practice): TENNESSEE TITANS at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS — TITANS: OUT: RB Dexter McCluster (knee). DOUBTFUL: T Taylor Lewan (ankle),…

  • Brees pleased by diversity of Saints’ attack

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — As Drew Brees examined the box score from New Orleans’ latest victory, he was struck by how equitably the Saints distributed the ball among players at various skill positions. For a quarterback trying to lead his team through a late-season playoff push, it was a re-assuring sign that defenses — starting…

  • Randle, Dunbar wait on status of Cowboys’ Murray

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Joseph Randle says he goes into every game not really knowing what his workload will be. So the Dallas running back doesn’t really see this week as anything unusual, even if he might be taking the place of NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray. The Cowboys don’t know if Murray can play…

  • Redskins haven’t been this bad since the 1960s

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Chris Cooley has been all about the Washington Redskins and no other team in his NFL life. He played nine seasons, went to a couple of Pro Bowls, made his home in the D.C. area and now breaks down game film on the team-affiliated radio station. And he’s doing it during…

  • Seahawks thrive keeping same weekly approach

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) — At some point every week, Pete Carroll will describe the upcoming opponent as a “championship opportunity.” Every week. Without fail. No matter the quality of the competition or the setting of the game. The end goal is that when a big game arrives — like last February’s Super Bowl, or Sunday’s…

  • Revis heads back to MetLife Stadium as Jets’ enemy

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Darrelle Revis has been back before, as an opposing player taking on the New York Jets. Not this way, though. This time around, he’s an enemy. He’s a member of the playoff-bound New England Patriots now, and walking into MetLife Stadium on Sunday with the Jets’ AFC East rivals likely…

  • Luck trying to work out issues before playoffs

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck is embarking on the most critical part of the season. He has two games to find solutions to the Colts’ problems before the playoffs, and there’s still too much at stake for the Colts to go into full tuneup mode. “It’s, ‘Let’s go out and win. We need to win,'”…

  • Rivers doesn’t practice, expects to play vs 49ers

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers didn’t practice Wednesday, although he participated in a morning walkthrough and said he expects to play against the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night when the Chargers try to keep alive their playoff hopes. “At this point in the week I have no doubt” about playing against…

  • Win and hope: Bills focus solely on facing Raiders

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Running back Fred Jackson doesn’t have the time or patience to figure out the various scenarios that ensure the Buffalo Bills staying alive in the AFC playoff picture for one more week. Jackson’s only concern is Buffalo (8-6) traveling to play Oakland (2-12) on Sunday. “I haven’t looked at it…