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The NFL suspended Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin for one game for a repeat violation of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players, the league announced Monday.

Griffin cannot practice this week nor play in the Titans' game this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

Griffin was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders for delivering a blow to the head of Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera.

The violation was Griffin's second this season and fourth since 2011, all for hitting a defenseless players in the head and neck area.

Griffin has started every game for the past four seasons for the Titans, including all 10 games this season. He has 44 tackles and 16 assists this season.

---Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will not play in Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, marking the third straight game he will miss because of a high ankle sprain.

Bears coach Marc Trestman made the announcement, saying Josh McCown will again be the team's starting quarterback this week and that Cutler's status is "week to week."

Trestman does expect Cutler to return before the season is over, however.

--- Although New York Jets coach Rex Ryan was noncommittal about his quarterback situation following the Jets' 19-3 loss in Baltimore on Sunday, Ryan ended any speculation that a change would be made by announcing that Geno Smith will remain the Jets starting quarterback for Sunday's game against Miami.

In his last four games, three of which the Jets lost, Smith threw seven interceptions with no touchdown passes.

---Kansas City Chiefs outside linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali left Sunday's game with injuries, but head coach Andy Reid said at least one could be ready to go this week against the Denver Broncos.

Reid said Houston was unable to have an MRI exam on his elbow subluxation, which typically takes 2-3 weeks to heal. Hali has an ankle injury and might be able to play this week.

---Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno has an ankle bruise but should be able to play this Sunday's game against the Chiefs, according to NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk.

Moreno ran for a career-best 224 yards on 37 carries against the New England Patriots in Sunday night's overtime loss.

---Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas is done for the season with a torn ligament in his left ankle, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said.

For the season, he has 77 carries for 279 yards with three touchdowns.

---Buffalo Bills wide receivers Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods returned to practice after missing games due to injuries, and are expected to play this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

Johnson sat out one game with a groin injury and Woods missed two games with an ankle injury.

---With the Buffalo Bills preparing to play host to the Atlanta Falcons in Toronto on Sunday, a CBSSports.com report said rock star Jon Bon Jovi has shown interest in purchasing the franchise from 95-year-old owner Ralph Wilson.

The report indicated Bon Jovi has been meeting with Buffalo-area politicians as well as league officials in an effort to position himself to purchase the team when Wilson passes away. However, Bon Jovi's publicist, Ken Sunshine, called the report "preposterous," noting the Bills are not currently for sale.

---The Minnesota Vikings released cornerback A.J. Jefferson, just a few hours after he was arrested for domestic assault, according to multiple reports.

---The Cleveland Browns plan to try out quarterback Caleb Hanie on Tuesday, according to ESPNCleveland.com.

Although Brandon Weeden is expected to start this Sunday against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars, the Browns are not sure if Jason Campbell will be recovered from a concussion.

---The Dallas Cowboys' 24-21 victory over the New Giants on Sunday gave Fox the highest-rated NFL game on TV this season, according to Sports Business Daily.

The game earned an 18.9 overnight rating. The previous season-high was a 17.8 for the Green Bay Packers-San Francisco 49ers matchup in Week 1.

---Sunday night's Denver Broncos-New England Patriots game on NBC was the highest-rated primetime November NFL game in 17 years, according to the network.

The Patriots' 34-31 overtime win posted a 17.0 overnight rating and 28 share.

---A woman had critical injuries after jumping from the third deck of O.co Coliseum following Sunday's Oakland Raiders game against the Tennessee Titans, according to the Bay Area News Group.

The woman's life was saved when a 61-year-old man broke her 45-foot fall by trying to catch her, but he is also seriously injured.
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