NFL roundup: Panthers fire GM Hurney

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Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson fired a warning shot across the bow of his highly-paid coaches and players when he announced general manager Marty Hurney was fired Monday.

The dismissal came a day after quarterback Cam Newton expressed his frustration with the team's offense after the Panthers' 19-14 home loss to the Dallas Cowboys. It was Carolina's fourth consecutive loss and fourth this season by six points or less.

Newton went on a postgame tirade in which he appeared to call out offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski while speaking with reporters.

When he was asked about the running game, Newton said, "I'm not the play caller. ... When we run the football it hasn't been exciting like we want it to be, but you still have to call the plays. It's kind of putting a strangle on our passing game."

Hurney spent a lot of the team's money on the running game, giving backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart big-money deals. Williams got a five-year, $43 million contract a year ago. Stewart received a six-year, $37.8 million deal in August. They are among the nine highest-paid running backs in the league. Hurney also gave $10 million to Mike Tolbert, the team's third back.

But Newton leads the team in rushing with 273 yards. Williams is second with 177, averaging 3.5 yards per carry.

---Green Bay Packers safety Charles Woodson will miss four to six weeks with a fractured collarbone.

Fox Sports insider Jay Glazer reported the injury, which could cause shuffling in the inexperienced secondary of the Packers.

Rookie Casey Hayward, who leads the NFL with four interceptions, all in the last three games, has helped stabilize the defensive backfield.

Woodson moved from cornerback to strong safety this season. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers has said there's no way to put a label on the value Woodson brings to the defense. He's more often asked to concentrate on the quarterback than he is to play a specific position, offering Capers flexibility to use him as a hybrid linebacker/cornerback.

---Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey told reporters Monday that running back Maurice Jones-Drew will not play this weekend against the Green Bay Packers because of a foot injury, but the team also fears it could be a season-ending injury.

The team has no official diagnosis for Jones-Drew's injury yet, but Mularkey said Monday the injury could be a Lisfranc injury, which is a displacement of bones within the foot. If it is a Lisfranc injury, Jones-Drew probably will miss the rest of the season.

Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who injured his non-throwing (left) shoulder during the game, will likely play against the Packers. If he cannot go, Chad Henne will get the start. Henne replaced Gabbert on Sunday.

---The Carolina Panthers announced Monday that cornerback Chris Gamble will be placed on injured reserve.

Gamble, who has recently dealt with a shoulder injury, aggravated it in practice last week before Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Captain Munnerlyn is expected to start after losing his job to fifth-round draft pick Josh Norman in before the season.

---Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones sustained a bruised knee against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, according to ESPN Dallas.

With starter DeMarco Murray nursing a sprained left foot, the Cowboys running game is uncertain heading into next week's game against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.

Dallas is hopeful Murray will return this week and Jones' status is not yet known. Murray was injured against the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 14. He wore a protective boot and was on crutches last week. He will have further tests Monday.

---Tight end Chris Cooley passed his physical and re-signed with the Washington Redskins on Monday.

Cooley's addition comes in the wake of the Redskins losing starter Fred Davis to a season-ending torn left Achilles tendon during their loss to the New York Giants on Sunday.

Washington released Cooley on Aug. 28, but left open the possibility of re-signing him. He is the team's all-time leader in catches by a tight end with 428.

---The San Diego Chargers placed kicker Nate Kaeding on injured reserve with a groin injury and signed wide receiver Denario Alexander.

Kaeding last played on Sept. 30 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He strained his right groin in that game. Nick Novak was signed afterward and has handled the kicking duties since then.

---Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel told reporters in his weekly press conference Monday that he will start Brady Quinn at quarterback this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

Quinn replaces Matt Cassel, who has struggled and missed a game because of a concussion.

The Chiefs (1-5) are coming off a bye. They lost their last game, 38-10, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6. Quinn completed 22 of 38 passes for 180 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions with Cassel out.

---The St. Louis Rams released left guard Quinn Ojinnaka, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday.

Ojinnaka was replaced in the starting lineup by Shelley Smith on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. It was Smith's first NFL start.

Ojinnaka, 28, started five games at left guard this season after Scott Wells and Rokevious Watkins sustained injuries in the Rams' first game of the year.
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