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The doctors of Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano announced Monday that Pagano's leukemia is in remission after he passed standard cancer tests, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Pagano attended Sunday's 23-20 win over the visiting Miami Dolphins and met with the team before the game.

He has been on leave since being diagnosed with the cancer on Sept. 26. He also appeared at the Colts' facilities a week ago. It was the first time he was with the team since the diagnosis.

His oncologist, Dr. Larry Cripe, an associate professor of medicine at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis, reiterated that Pagano's status is not the same as being cured.

Pagano's form of acute promyelocytic leukemia can recur if he only receives one round of chemotherapy. The standard approach is three rounds and then maintenance treatment over a period of about two years, according to Cripe.

A bone marrow aspirate test on Pagano did not detect any evidence of disease.

Pagano's second round of chemotherapy will be less intense than his first.

Experts state that 80 to 90 percent of people diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia are eventually cured.

--Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo does not need an MRI because of a back strain he sustained during Sunday's 19-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, ESPN Dallas reported Monday.

Romo said after the game he is fine, despite walking gingerly.

Also, nose tackle Jay Ratliff has a sprained left ankle but not a high ankle sprain, which the team initially feared. He was hurt in the second quarter but returned on a limited basis in the second half.

He is expected to play this Sunday at the Philadelphia Eagles.

Ratliff missed the first four games of the season because of a high ankle sprain to the same foot.

---Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in an interview with NBC Sports on Sunday night that his job performance as the general manager merits a firing.

The interview with Bob Costas aired before the Cowboys' 19-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Highlights of the interview ran on FoxSports.com.

Jones admitted that he would have fired himself.

"Well I think so, because he was there to dismiss," Jones said. "I've always worked for myself, and you can't do that. You basically have to straighten that guy out in the mirror when you work for yourself. I've done it with coaches, and I certainly would have changed general managers."

---NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed Sunday that the multi-year contract extension the New Orleans Saints gave to suspended coach Sean Payton in September of 2011 was voided by the league, ESPN.com reported.

If a new contract is not worked out by the end of the season, Payton will be a free agent.

"The one contract that was sent into us ... we told him what the issue was," Goodell said. "Now, it's up to the team and Sean Payton. So until I get something back, it's up to them."

---Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew will miss his third straight game Thursday night because of a foot injury.

The Jaguars (1-7) host the surprising 5-3 Indianapolis Colts.

Coach Mike Mularkey made the announcement during his weekly press conference on Monday. Mularkey believes Jones-Drew could return for the Jaguars' following game on Nov. 18 at the Houston Texans.

Jones-Drew sustained the injury in Week 7 against the Oakland Raiders. He has 86 carries for 414 yards with a rushing touchdown this season.

---Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier told reporters at his weekly press conference Monday that wide receiver Percy Harvin is day-to-day with an ankle sprain.

Harvin had an MRI on Monday, which revealed the injury to his left ankle. He was hurt during Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

---The Kansas City Chiefs cut cornerback Stanford Routt and re-signed defensive lineman Shaun Smith on Monday.

Head coach Romeo Crennel also announced linebackers coach Gary Gibbs has been promoted to defensive coordinator, a role that Crennel has served to date.

Routt, who was released by division-rival Oakland after last season, signed with the Chiefs in the offseason. Kansas City then lost Brandon Carr to a $50 million free agent deal with the Dallas Cowboys.

--The Baltimore Ravens' game at the Pittsburgh Steelers will remain on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" in Week 11.

As part of the "flex scheduling" in place the final two months of the season, NBC has the option of swapping games.

The lone change for Week 11 is the Indianapolis Colts' game at the New England Patriots will move from a 1 p.m. ET kickoff to 4:25 on CBS.

--The Jacksonville Jaguars signed fifth-year guard/center Steve Vallos and waived running back Keith Toston, the team announced Monday.

Rookie linebacker Brandon Marshall was signed to the practice squad.

--The Carolina Panthers have claimed linebacker Jason Williams off of waivers from Philadelphia and waived cornerback Ron Parker, the team announced Monday.

Williams played in two games for the Eagles this season, but did not have any tackles.
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