LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Multiple reports say the Chicago Bears are benching quarterback Jay Cutler and going with Jimmy Clausen.
ESPN first reported Wednesday that the Bears were switching quarterbacks, with Clausen getting the nod over Cutler for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, citing sources, also reported the switch.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Citing a pattern of behavior and off-field issues, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke informed defensive lineman Ray McDonald that he was released Wednesday amid a sexual assault investigation by San Jose police.
Baalke spoke with McDonald and his agent by phone around 11:30 a.m. PST to let them know the defender is "terminated"
SAN DIEGO (AP) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers didn't practice Wednesday, although he participated in a morning walkthrough and said he expects to play against the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night when the Chargers try to keep alive their playoff hopes.
"At this point in the week I have no doubt" about playing against the 49ers, Rivers said.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman is aware of all the speculation about his future and acknowledges he is not getting the most out of quarterback Jay Cutler.
The Bears (5-9) have two games left in a season that derailed long ago and changes could be coming. Trestman said his focus is on preparing for Sunday's game against Detroit and halting a three-game skid.
NEW YORK (AP) A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by 1,300 former players against the NFL, writing that the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the union was the appropriate forum to resolve claims that teams damaged the players' by routinely dispensing painkillers.
"In ruling against the novel claims asserted herein, this order does not minimize the underlying societal issue," Judge William Alsup of the U.S. Northern District in California wrote Wednesday. "In such a rough-and-tumble sport as professional football, player injuries loom as a serious and inevitable evil. Proper care of these injuries is likewise a paramount need."
(AP) -- Nearly 500 employees at NFL headquarters in New York turned over phone and email records to investigators looking into how Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff pursued and handled evidence in the Ray Rice case, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because details of the investigation won't be made public until former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III releases his report. The report is expected to be completed this month, one of the sources said.