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  • ‘Hands Up’ players to attend Ferguson Christmas party

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jared Cook wants to be more than hands up, he wants to be hands on this holiday season. The St. Louis Rams tight end and four other players who recently did the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture are following through on plans to aid residents in nearby Ferguson, Missouri. Cook and…

  • Jaguars without defensive tackle Miller against Titans

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are without starting defensive tackle Roy Miller against Tennessee. Just days after signing a four-year extension worth $16.2 million, Miller misses his first game of the season because of a sprained knee. He had been listed as questionable. Second-year pro Abry Jones starts in his place. The Jaguars…

  • Seattle Seahawks sign Wright to 4-year extension

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The conversations started in the spring and as much as K.J. Wright wanted to believe the Seattle Seahawks legitimately wanted to keep him around long-term, the fact the season started and weeks ticked by without a contract extension began weighing on the linebacker. “The more the season goes on, it’s only…

  • 49ers’ Aldon Smith hopes to build off tough year

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Aldon Smith might not have the intimidating and impressive sack numbers of past seasons in his abbreviated year, yet he judges his play by more than just flattening opposing quarterbacks. Smith believes he has done well applying pressure since returning from a nine-game suspension that has made it tough for…

  • Lions preparing for the cold

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions like to call themselves an indoor team with an outdoor mentality. Now it’s time to put that mantra to the test. Needing one win to clinch a playoff spot, the Lions will play at Chicago on Sunday against the struggling Bears. Although Detroit is heavily favored the…

  • Raiders defense depleted by injuries

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders defense was dealt a big blow back in the preseason when middle linebacker and defensive signal caller Nick Roach suffered a season-ending concussion. That injury set the tone this season for the Raiders, who have had to piece together their defense on the fly because of a litany…

  • Browns, Thomas likely to miss playoffs again

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Year after year it’s the same thing: the Browns collapse in December or even earlier, miss the playoffs and left tackle Joe Thomas makes the Pro Bowl. Book it again. Well, not just yet. Cleveland’s chances of making the AFC playoffs are hanging by the thinnest thread as the Browns (7-7)…

  • ‘Super Mario’ making presence felt in Buffalo

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Jerry Hughes shakes his head in dismay and mutters, “That’s crazy.” The Bills defensive end has difficulty imagining how the Houston Texans were being second-guessed for selecting Mario Williams with the No. 1 pick in the 2006 draft. No offense to running back Reggie Bush or quarterback Vince Young, who…

  • Bengals heading back into withering spotlight

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Two big goals are still out there for the Cincinnati Bengals: Shine in prime time, win in the playoffs. The AFC North leaders have a chance to put a dent in the first one on Monday night when they host Denver (11-3), which has already clinched the AFC West. The Bengals (9-4-1)…

  • 49ers’ Harbaugh mum on reported offer

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is declining to respond to reports that he is weighing an offer from Michigan to become the new football coach at his alma mater. Harbaugh has one season remaining on the $25 million, five-year contract he signed in January 2011. Several media outlets, including ESPN and…

  • Manning limited at practice with thigh injury

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning is over his illness but not his injury. Denver’s quarterback was limited Thursday when the Broncos reconvened for their first practice since their win at San Diego on Sunday. Manning fought through the flu in that game and strained his right thigh late in the first half. Manning participated…

  • Philip Rivers returns to practice, has perfect day

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Philip Rivers was back at practice Thursday, and by all accounts it was a perfect one. The San Diego Chargers quarterback returned a day after sitting out practice in order to rest chest and back injuries. He expects to play at San Francisco on Saturday night, when the Chargers (8-6) hope…

  • Eagles expect the old RG3

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If RG3’s days in Washington are nearing an end, he won’t have to look far to find a coach that appreciates his talent. Chip Kelly will watch from the opposite sideline Saturday. Robert Griffin III is back as the starting quarterback for the Redskins (3-11) when they host the Philadelphia Eagles (9-5).…

  • Redskins’ Santana Moss reflects on ‘cursed’ career

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Santana Moss had caught just seven passes this year for the Washington Redskins. At age 35, he knows he might not be much in demand once the season is over. That makes it a fair time to reflect on a good career that might have been even better, if only he…

  • Bears bench QB Jay Cutler for Clausen

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The thought crossed Jay Cutler’s mind as soon as he found out he was being benched: He might have played his final game for Chicago. The Bears announced Thursday that they will start Jimmy Clausen against the Detroit Lions on Sunday instead of the man who signed a massive, seven-year…