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Former UM, Texans WR retires

NASHVILLE — Star wide receiver Andre Johnson is retiring after 14 seasons in a career mainly spent with the Texans.

Johnson, 35, a college standout at Miami, is a seven-time Pro Bowl player now with Tennessee. The Titans announced Monday that Johnson told them of his decision to retire.

Johnson ranks among the top 10 receivers in NFL history in catches (1,062) and receiving yards (14,185). After 12 seasons with the Texans, Johnson played for the Colts last season before joining the Titans this season.

He had nine catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns this season, but hadn't caught a pass in the past three games.

Bears upset Vikings

CHICAGO — Jay Cutler threw for 252 yards and a touchdown after missing five games with a thumb injury, rookie Jordan Howard ran for a career-high 153 yards and a touchdown, and the Bears stunned the Vikings 20-10 Monday night.

The Bears sacked Sam Bradford five times while handing the NFC North-leading Vikings their second straight loss.

Howard exploded for a 69-yard run on Chicago's third play in its first drive.

Pats trade linebacker: The Browns acquired Pro Bowl linebacker Jamie Collins from the Patriots for a conditional third-round draft choice. Collins, 6 feet 3, 250 pounds, was a second-round selection by New England in 2013. He is earning $485,928 in the final year of his rookie contract, but negotiations for a new pact had stalled.

Concussion ruling: A judge is forcing the league to reveal how its medical officials handled brain injuries in the past two decades. New York state Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey K. Oing issued an order to let insurance companies that wrote policies for the NFL determine if the league knew about the dangers of concussions and concealed them from players, the New York Times reported.

Unhappy with agholor: After Sunday's 29-23 overtime loss to Dallas, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said he was disappointed by receiver Nelson Agholor's dismissive comments about his drop in the game. Agholor, a former standout at Berkeley Prep, failed to hold on to a third-down Carson Wentz pass early that would have given the Eagles first and goal early on. The drive ended with a Caleb Sturgis field goal. "I don't give a damn, man, that (stuff) is nothing," Agholor said, according to ESPN. "I'm disappointed in (those) type of comments," Pederson said.

Gordon update: Former Browns receiver Josh Gordon finished his recent 30-day rehabilitation stay and was released, the Associated Press reported.

Cardinals: Left tackle Jared Veldheer (torn triceps) will go on injured reserve and safety/cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder) will miss 3-6 weeks.

Chiefs: They defended their treatment of quarterback Alex Smith after his head hit the turf twice in Indianapolis on Sunday. The second time he was diagnosed with a concussion and taken out of the game.

Steelers: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger practiced in a limited capacity two weeks after having surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee. His status for Sunday's game against Baltimore was unknown.

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