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Concussion will keep Cutler out

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will sit out Sunday because of a concussion, leaving Todd Collins as the starter.

Cutler was hurt Sunday on the Giants' ninth sack of the first half. The team said doctors "all agreed that participation in practice" went well but felt that sitting out "was the right way to go."

This will be the first time Cutler has missed a start due to injury. He had made 57 in a row since Denver turned to him as a rookie in 2006.

Meanwhile, Collins will make his first start since 2007 while with the Redskins. He took over for the injured Jason Campbell against Chicago and threw two touchdowns in a win after going three years without attempting a pass. The Redskins closed that season by winning their next three games with Collins before losing in the first round of the playoffs. He did not take a snap in 2008 and made just three appearances in 2009.

"I'm pretty comfortable," said Collins, 38. "The best way to provide leadership, I think, is to go out there and perform well. That's the job as the quarterback, to move the ball and score points."

Moss practices

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Wearing his familiar No. 84 jersey, Randy Moss practiced with the Vikings a day after he was acquired from the Patriots.

"To all the Vikings fans that are coming to the Metrodome, pull your 84 jerseys out," Moss said. "I think this is going to be a fun ride."

With owners Zygi and Mark Wilf watching from the sideline, Moss caught passes from Brett Favre and talked to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

"Who woulda ever thunk it?" Favre said.

Moss spent his first seven seasons with the Vikings, emerging as the best deep threat in the league. He was traded to the Raiders in 2005 and spent the past three seasons with the Patriots.

"I thought about this time and time again," Moss said. "How is this thing going to play out? Is the love for me still here in Minnesota? All I've been seeing is nothing but positives."

Simms pleads not guilty: Former Bucs quarterback Chris Simms pleaded not guilty to charges he drove his car while high on marijuana. New York police say Simms, 29, cut by the Titans in August, slurred his words and told them he had been smoking marijuana during a stop at a checkpoint July 1. The judge said he will rule Nov. 19 on if police had probable cause to arrest Simms.

Bills: Safety Bryan Scott and linebacker Keith Ellison, who have started one and two games, respectively, missed practice with knee injuries and likely won't play Sunday. Coach Chan Gailey did not disclose details of the injuries.

Browns: Quarterback Jake Delhomme, out since spraining his right ankle in the opener, said he has steadily improved and could start Sunday. There is no timetable for a decision. Also, leading rusher Peyton Hillis was added to the injury report with a thigh injury. Neither details of the injury, when it occurred nor his status were disclosed.

Colts: Running back Javarris James, cousin of former Colts star Edgerrin James, signed. James, like his cousin a standout at Miami, was released from New England's practice squad Tuesday and signed to Washington's practice squad Wednesday. Teams can sign the practice squad players of other teams if they are put on the active roster.

Raiders: Running back Darren McFadden missed his second straight practice with a sore hamstring and likely will sit out Sunday.

Texans: Defensive end Mark Anderson signed two days after being released by the Bears. He had 12 sacks as a rookie in 2006 but only nine over the next three seasons and none this season.

Blackout: The Bills' game against the Jaguars did not sell out, meaning the Buffalo, N.Y., area will not see a home game for the first time since Dec. 24, 2006.

Concussion will keep Cutler out 10/07/10 [Last modified: Thursday, October 7, 2010 9:43pm]
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