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The Jacksonville Jaguars placed running back Maurice Jones-Drew on injured reserve and signed rookie defensive tackle Jerome Long from Kansas City's practice squad on Friday.

Jones-Drew, who held out during the summer in an attempt to gain a new contract, will have surgery on his injured left foot. He is expected to return in late May or early June, coach Mike Mularkey said.

Jones-Drew missed nine games since he suffered the injury in a game at Oakland on Oct. 21. He finished the season with 414 yards rushing in six games.

Long was a seventh-round draft pick by the Chiefs in 2012 and spent the first 15 games on their practice squad.

---Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed was fined $55,000 for his hit on New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz last Sunday.

Reed is treated as a repeat offender by the NFL.

Even though Reed delivered a glancing blow with his shoulder that connected with Cruz during a 33-14 win, he had a one-game suspension overturned earlier this season and replaced with a $50,000 fine.

"It's an interesting situation," Reed said Thursday before learning of the fine. "I just play the game. I let them make those decisions."

---The NFL fined Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton $21,000 for abusive conduct toward a referee during last Sunday's game, according to CBSSports.com.

Game films showed Newton bumped referee Jerome Boger during the game against the Oakland Raiders after the official did not flag the Raiders for a late hit on the quarterback. Newton, though, was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for "disrespecting an official."

---Thad Lewis will make his first NFL start on Sunday for the Cleveland Browns and running back Trent Richardson will miss the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Coach Pat Shurmur said Friday that Richardson, starting quarterback Brandon Weeden and backup quarterback Colt McCoy will not be available for the Browns' final game of the season.

Weeden and McCoy sat out practice Friday for the third consecutive day because of shoulder injuries. Richardson also was sidelined with a sprained left ankle.

Lewis took reps with the first-team offense during the early portion of Friday's practice. Sunday's game against the Steelers will be his first start since 2009 when he was at Duke.

---Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick blames his decline in production the past two seasons on offensive line coach Howard Mudd.

Mudd replaced Juan Castillo, who was shifted to defense after the 2011 season, and Vick said his difficulties and the offense's struggles start with the resulting scheme and personnel changes.

"Because Howard and Juan are two totally different personalities and two totally different schemes," Vick told The Philadelphia Inquirer. "And they like their own caliber of players. It was different. But we lost Juan to the defense, so I had to go with what I had to go with."

Vick will start what likely will be his final game with the Eagles on Sunday against the New York Giants. He has not played since he suffered a concussion on Nov. 11.

Vick is not willing to renegotiate his contract, which pays him $15.5 million next season, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

---New York Jets coach Rex Ryan reacted angrily Friday to a report that he would leave the team unless changes were made to the offense and the coaching staff during the offseason.

He said a New York Daily News story published Friday was inaccurate, saying he was "disappointed and mad as a hornet" after he heard about it.

"This is the only team that I want to coach. Period," Ryan said. "Anybody that knows me knows that I'm telling you the truth."

Ryan talked with the team about the report Friday morning. He explained to the media that he had no intention of bolting without changes being made.

"That's total garbage. That's garbage. That's not the case at all," Ryan said. "The premise I'd rather go somewhere else to coach somebody else's football team? No way. That's not it. This is my team. I'd rather coach my players and coach my team. I don't care about who else it is. New England Patriots or anybody else, I don't care."

---Injured middle linebacker Brian Urlacher practiced with the Chicago Bears for the first time in three weeks but was listed as doubtful for Sunday's critical game against Detroit.

Urlacher saw limited duty in Friday's practice. He is trying to come back from a hamstring strain on Dec. 2 that forced him to miss the past three games.

Safety Chris Conte (hamstring), running back Armando Allen (knee) and linebacker Blake Costanzo (calf) sat out Friday's practice. Conte and Costanzo were listed as out on the injury report and Allen as questionable.

Running back Matt Forte (ankle) continued to say that he will play Sunday, according to ESPNChicago.com. He's listed as probable.

The Bears elevated running back Harvey Unga to the active roster from the practice squad and waived defensive end Cheta Ozougwu.

---The San Francisco 49ers announced Friday that they placed wide receiver Mario Manningham on injured reserve and promoted defensive lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie from the practice squad.

Manningham made 42 catches for 449 yards with one touchdown this season.

Jerod-Eddie, an undrafted rookie free agent from Texas A&M, was signed to a three-year contract.

---Quarterback Terrelle Pryor will make his first NFL start for Oakland in the Raiders' season finale Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

Pryor, in his second season after leaving Ohio State as a junior, will share time with backup Matt Leinart, coach Dennis Allen said after Friday's practice.

Leinart was ahead of Pryor on the team's depth chart after last Sunday's game against Carolina, but Allen decided this week to remain open minded about which quarterback to start Sunday.

Pryor is replacing Carson Palmer, who suffered cracked ribs and a bruised lung on a hit last Sunday by Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy.

Also, the Raiders promoted defensive lineman Brandon Bair and defensive back Cory Nelms to the active roster and placed defensive back Phillip Adams (concussion, groin) on injured reserve.

---Denver Broncos kick returner Trindon Holliday is listed as doubtful on the team's injury report for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs due to a sprained ankle.

Holliday did not practice this week.

If Holliday does not play, Omar Bolden will handle kickoff returns and Jim Leonhard punt returns.

Cornerback Tracy Porter is out with a concussion. He was injured early during last week's game against the Cleveland Browns.

Right guard Chris Kuper is questionable with a sprained left ankle and migraines. He practiced on a limited basis on Friday.

Running back Willis McGahee, who has been on injured reserve with a torn MCL in his right knee, is eligible to return to practice next week but cannot play until the AFC championship game, if the Broncos advance that far.
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