NFL-National Football League roundup


Sept 25 (The Sports Xchange) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano is sending starting quarterback Josh Freeman to the bench in favor of rookie Mike Glennon, who will make his first NFL start Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

Schiano said last week at New England that he didn't consider pulling Freeman, dismissing the fact that Glennon warmed up on the sideline in the third quarter of the 23-3 loss that dropped the Buccaneers' record to 0-3.

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The Cleveland Browns will stick with Brian Hoyer as their starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the rival Cincinnati Bengals.

Coach Rod Chudzinski said Hoyer will get the nod over Brandon Weeden after leading the Browns to a 31-27 victory on the road over the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday.

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The NFL Players' Association is questioning whether the proper steps were taken with Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Monday after he suffered a concussion in a 37-21 loss in Denver.

Pryor absorbed a legal helmet-to-helmet hit from Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard on a run near the goal line in the fourth quarter. He stayed in the game for two more plays before coming out and then being escorted to the locker room for evaluation.

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was limited in practice Wednesday in London by a rib injury and raised the possibility of backup Matt Cassel starting in his place on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Ponder suffered the rib injury in the Vikings' loss to the Cleveland Browns last Sunday. He finished that game and was able to throw on Wednesday during a team walkthrough practice.

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Baltimore Ravens players disagree with linebacker Ray Lewis' comments about the team lacking leadership this season.

Lewis took the team to task after it was reported that wide receiver Torrey Smith was hit over the head on Sunday night by a stripper with a champagne bottle.

Quarterback Joe Flacco chided.

"Ray knows better than that. Things happen," Flacco said. "We're usually a pretty good team with stuff like that. If you look around the league, there's a lot of leadership problems then."

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The Dallas Cowboys placed starting defensive end Anthony Spencer on season-ending injured reserve and picked up cornerback Chris Greenwood from the Detroit Lions' practice squad.

Spencer faces surgery on his left knee, said his agent, Jordon Woy. It is the same knee that underwent surgery two months ago.

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Fullback John Conner signed a two-year contract with the New York Giants, according to several media reports.

Conner played for the New York Jets, including eight starts in 2011, and was released by the Cincinnati Bengals in August after losing a competition with Orson Charles in training camp.

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The Cincinnati Bengals brought back a familiar face and said goodbye for now to a veteran, signing free-agent safety Chris Crocker to a contract and releasing offensive tackle Dennis Roland.

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Former San Diego Chargers defensive back Paul Oliver has died at age 29, his family confirmed.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Oliver committed suicide.

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was fined $7,875 by the NFL for making a throat-slashing gesture after scoring a touchdown last Sunday in a 31-7 win over the St. Louis Rams, reported.

Despite acknowledging that he made the throat-slashing gesture, Bryant said he would appeal the fine. (Editing by Frank Pingue)

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