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3 Peyton-to-Sanders TDs key Broncos' win

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DENVER (AP) With this much speed and acceleration, it's no surprise Emmanuel Sanders is so adept at catching up.

Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week.

Manning and Sanders connected for a trio of touchdowns Thursday night in the Denver Broncos' 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

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Cutler: Marshall did not single me out

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler insisted receiver Brandon Marshall did not single out him or anyone else during his outburst following last week's loss to the Miami Dolphins.

"He didn't come near me," Cutler said Thursday. "He didn't say my name. I don't think he attacked anyone personally (with) what he was saying."

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Titans rookie QB Mettenberger to start

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have kicked their youth movement into high gear with rookie Zach Mettenberger starting at quarterback against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Jake Locker has missed three of the past four games with injuries, and coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday that the decision to go with Mettenberger was made Tuesday. The coach said this is an opportunity to see what the sixth-round draft pick out of LSU can do with the Titans struggling at 2-5.

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Lions WR Johnson uncertain vs. Falcons

BAGSHOT, England (AP) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is still a doubt for Detroit's game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in London.

Johnson has missed the last two games, both wins, for the Lions (5-2) with a right ankle injury. He made the trip to England, but said Thursday there was still no decision on whether he would play this weekend.

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Clowney expects to play vs. Titans

HOUSTON (AP) Top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney is expected to play for the Houston Texans this weekend against the Tennessee Titans.

"I would be surprised if I didn't play," Clowney said Thursday.

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Redskins still planning to start McCoy

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Rookie NFL head coach Jay Gruden pulled a veteran move Thursday, saying he won't absolutely, positively rule out Robert Griffin III's return for the Monday night game against the Dallas Cowboys until just before kickoff.

Gruden nevertheless gave every indication that McCoy will make a first start in nearly three years. The coach said he was "tinkering on thin ice" at practice to give both quarterbacks sufficient first-team snaps so that McCoy will be ready to play and so that Griffin can back in the flow after idle weeks recovering from a dislocated left ankle.

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Concussed Rams' McDonald expects to play

ST. LOUIS (AP) T.J. McDonald played every snap last week before showing up on the St. Louis Rams' injury report with a concussion and missing practice Wednesday.

The safety was back in a limited capacity Thursday after being allowed to work out by the medical staff. McDonald said he expects to play Sunday at Kansas City.

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Vikings C Sullivan back from concussion

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan passed concussion testing and is expected to play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Sullivan, the veteran leader of Minnesota's struggling offensive line, left Sunday's game at Buffalo in the first quarter. He missed Wednesday's practice but returned on a limited basis Thursday.

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Broncos release S Boyett after arrest

DENVER (AP) The Denver Broncos have released safety John Boyett from their practice squad a day after he was charged with assault, theft and harassment.

Police said Boyett, 24, assaulted a cab driver, stole a shovel from a construction site and tried to hide from officers by covering himself in mulch early Wednesday in Greenwood Village, according to court documents.

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Raiders may lose DE Woodley for season

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Oakland Raiders defensive end LaMarr Woodley has a serious biceps injury and could miss the remainder of the season.

Woodley has not practiced since getting injured in Sunday's 24-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Interim coach Tony Sparano wouldn't discuss the specific nature of Woodley's situation but acknowledged it is a long-term injury.

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