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9-on-9: Bowe suspended, Bills reshuffle, Westbrook in limbo

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You generally don't get a lot of NFL news on a Tuesday because most teams don't practice, but today is an exception. Let's have a good look around.

The Chiefs have known about the pending Dwayne Bowe(notes) PED suspension for some time, and now it's out in the public. Bowe gets a four-game holiday, Chris Chambers(notes) gets reinvented as a fantasy No. 3 receiver while Lance Long(notes) becomes a trendy sleeper in deep groups. Bowe will miss the following four-game slate: Pittsburgh, at San Diego, Denver, Buffalo. [Associated Press]

It could be a very sad endgame for Brian Westbrook(notes) - he's headed to a concussion specialist and there's no guarantees with him going forward. Then again, you also hope he gets off the field while his facilities are still intact. This news obviously pushes LeSean McCoy(notes) into flex consideration but it also makes Philadelphia even more of a pass-reliant team than before. [Adam Schefter on Twitter]

The Dick Jauron era in Buffalo, how was it for you? The embattled Bills coach got the ax on Tuesday after a 24-33 run; his teams went 7-9 in each of his three complete seasons. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell steps in to replace him. Ryan Fitzpatrick(notes) was expected to get the start at Jacksonville this week, not sure if that changes with the new direction. More to come on this story. [Jason LaCanfora on Twitter]

Ken Whisenhunt likes the rotation he has going in his backfield and will keep Tim Hightower(notes) as the starter, with Beanie Wells(notes) the No. 2 option. Both backs look like strong plays against the Rams this week. [Arizona Republic]

It's finally a done deal - Larry Johnson(notes) has joined the Bengals, signing for the league minimum (I guess Bam Morris wasn't available). It remains to be seen how Johnson will be used, and if the club is telling us the truth when it says it's not concerned about Cedric Benson's(notes) hip. As for Benson's reaction to the move, no worries - he's putting a positive spin on the transaction. "I don't see it as any type of threat," Benson said. "It's great to have the guy come in." [Bengals.com]

DeAngelo Williams(notes) (knee) isn't on the injury report for the Panthers and apparently should be good to go for Thursday's matchup against Miami. Steve Smith (ribs) has been practicing as well. Jonathan Stewart(notes) (Achilles) was rested Tuesday, but he's been playing through this injury for a while and obviously it didn't hold him back against Atlanta last week. [Darin Gantt on Twitter]

Donald Brown(notes) suffered a sore back against the Patriots, which is why he didn't get too many snaps in the second half. Surprisingly, the post-game discussion of this game has centered around other stuff. [Colts.com]

Remember when a 300-yard passing game used to be something that tagged along with a lopsided loss? The path to stats, and victories, appears to be changing. [Pro Football Reference]

I don't agree with everything Joe Posnanski writes here, but nonetheless it's far and away the best analysis I've read on the Bill Belichick decision. [JoePosnanski.com]

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