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The Indianapolis Colts signed free agent running back Chris Rainey to their active roster on Wednesday.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Rainey last played in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012.

Rainey saw action in 16 games last season and rushed for 102 yards on 26 carries with two touchdowns and had 14 receptions for 60 yards. On special teams, Rainey returned 39 kickoffs for a 26.5-yard average, which ranked fifth in the AFC and tied for seventh best in the NFL, and three punts for 16 yards.

Drafted in the fifth round in 2012 by the Steelers, he was released by Pittsburgh in the offseason after a string of off-the-field, including an alleged assault that his girlfriend later denied.

---Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss wants quarterback Robert Griffin III to accept his share of the blame for the team's struggles this season.

After a 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, the Redskins fell to 3-7 -- and hopes of defending their NFC East title appear to be slipping away. Moss thinks Griffin should be accountable for his action.

"If we're going to win games, we need to win games with our guy saying, 'At the end of the day, I didn't make a play,' regardless of if it wasn't him," Moss said on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C. "And that's how I feel. Because that's what we're out there to do."

In 10 games this season, Griffin is completing 59.7 percent of his passes for 2,714 yards with 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. But he has had trouble regaining the form he displayed during a standout rookie season that ended with a severe knee injury and reconstructive surgery.

The Redskins are last in the NFC East standings and have lost their last two games.

---Dan Dierdorf's long run as an NFL broadcaster will end after this season.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer said he will retire after 30 seasons for ABC and CBS, and 13 years previously in the NFL as an offensive lineman with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Dierdorf, 64, was named All-Pro six times and a member of the all-decade team in the 1970s. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1996 and won the 2008 Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award for excellence in broadcasting.

---San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was fined $15,750 by the NFL for his hit on New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during Sunday's game.

The penalty generated plenty of debate during the past few days. Brooks argued that the hit to Brees' chest and neck did not merit a flag. Brees called it a clothesline tackle that deserved to be a penalty, but also said he didn't think Brooks was trying to hurt him.

---Quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots know a few things about wide receiver Wes Welker, who spent the previous six seasons as the No. 1 receiver in Brady's arsenal.

Welker, who left for the Denver Broncos when New England made what he considered a low-ball offer in free agency, is on pace for another 90-plus receptions, now as quarterback Peyton Manning's security blanket in the three-receiver formations the Broncos utilize.

But Welker left Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs and was evaluated for neck and head injuries, casting doubt over his availability for a Sunday Night Football return to Foxboro.

"I've been around (Welker) long enough to know what he's all about," Brady told WEEI in Boston on Wednesday. "He loves playing football, and if there's a chance for him to play, especially coming back here, he's definitely going to be out there. I've got no question about that."

Brady and Welker were good friends and offseason workout partners. Brady gives Welker much of the credit for Brady's accelerated rehab and recovery from a torn ACL.

---Christian Ponder will be the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said the decision to start Ponder, who was benched last week in the fourth quarter of a 41-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday, is based on having success in the past against the Packers.

But in his career against the Packers in Lambeau Field, Ponder has completed just 47.4 percent of his passes for 309 yards with one touchdown, three interceptions and a 47.9 quarterback rating.

In seven games this season, Ponder, 25, has completed 63.7 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Matt Cassel, who came in to replace Ponder last Sunday, remains the backup ahead of midseason acquisition Josh Freeman.

---The Oakland Raiders added linebacker Miles Burris to the active roster, re-signed defensive lineman Brian Sanford and placed cornerback DJ Hayden on injured reserve.

Burris spent the first 11 weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list while recovering from knee surgery.

Sanford was waived by the Raiders last Saturday after appearing in four games and starting one, recording seven tackles overall.

Hayden, the Raiders' first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft at No. 12 overall, started two games and played in eight this season before he sustained a groin injury.

The Raiders also signed defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin to the practice squad. Lumpkin was waived by the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 6 after playing in one game during the 2012 season.
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