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Browns activate Gordon to face Falcons

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CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns activated star wide receiver Josh Gordon, clearing the way for him to make his season debut on Sunday in Atlanta.

Cleveland officially activated the All-Pro from the exempt/commissioner permission list Saturday and waived backup outside linebacker Keith Pough.

The roster move with Gordon was a formality after he was reinstated earlier in the week after serving a 10-game league suspension for violating the drug policy. He'll be on the field at the Georgia Dome when the Browns (6-4) take on the Falcons (4-6).


Bills hold second practice in Detroit

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) After days of simply trying to stay warm while over five feet of snow pounded the Buffalo area this week, the Buffalo Bills are finally getting back to a sense of normalcy in advance of Monday night's matchup in Detroit against the New York Jets.

"Today was great," Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus said after practice Saturday. "It seemed like we were back to ourselves. We were playing fast, moving fast, playing with each other. It's all kind of clicking together."


NFL to hear Peterson's appeal Dec. 2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Adrian Peterson's hearing for the appeal of his suspension will be held on Dec. 2. And it will not be in front of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The NFL announced Friday that longtime hearing officer Harold Henderson will preside over the proceedings involving the Minnesota Vikings star running back. Goodell has the authority to decide whether to hear the appeal himself or appoint someone else.


Cards WR Fitzgerald a game-time decision

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona coach Bruce Arians said it will be a game-time decision as to whether Larry Fitzgerald will play against the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday.

The eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver did not practice all week and was listed Friday as questionable for the NFC West contest that pits the 9-1 Cardinals against the 6-4 Seahawks.


Chargers' Rivers practices, should start

SAN DIEGO (AP) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers practiced again Friday and should start against the visiting St. Louis Rams.

Rivers' status for Sunday's game is probable.


Seahawks LB Wagner to return vs. Cards

RENTON, Wash. (AP) With an important matchup against the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals approaching on Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks are set to get a boost defensively with the return of middle linebacker Bobby Wagner to the lineup.

Wagner missed the last five games after tearing the tendon that attaches his big toe to the bottom of his foot. He was initially told to expect to miss eight weeks with the injury. However, Wagner's recovery has been substantially ahead of schedule and he will play Sunday against the Cardinals.


Packers LB Matthews probable vs. Vikings

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Well into his 13th NFL season and with his third team, Julius Peppers is enjoying life as a first-time Green Bay Packer.

"I haven't really had very much to complain about," Peppers said in the Packers' Lambeau Field locker room Friday. "I wake up, I'm happy to come to work every day. So that's a good thing. So far, so good."


Broncos TE Green expected to return

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The tight end turnstile keeps spinning in Denver, where Julius Thomas is hurting but Virgil Green is on the mend.

Both are listed as questionable for Sunday's showdown with the Miami Dolphins (6-4).


Vikings RB Asiata out, WR Jennings iffy

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata will miss Sunday's game against Green Bay because of a concussion.

Asiata has not yet been cleared to practice. Running back Jerick McKinnon was listed as probable to play the Packers after participating in Friday's practice on a limited basis. Recently signed veteran Ben Tate could get some time at running back.


WR Avant joins KC, reunites with Reid

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs signed veteran Jason Avant on Friday to help a beleaguered and injury-prone group of wide receivers, reuniting him with Andy Reid, his longtime coach in Philadelphia.

Kansas City cleared roster space by placing A.J. Jenkins on injured reserve.



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