Monday, December 11, 2017
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Seahawks handle Cardinals

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes to lead the Seahawks past the Cardinals 34-22 Thursday.

Seattle, 6-1 for the first time, intercepted Carson Palmer twice, converting both into touchdowns. Palmer has thrown 11 interceptions over his past five games and 13 this season, fewer than only the 15 of the Giants' Eli Manning.

Palmer was sacked seven times. Two came from end Chris Clemons, who had been questionable with a hyperextended elbow.

Down 17-10 at halftime, Arizona got Jay Feely's 52-yard field goal on the first series of the second half.

But Seattle went 80 yards in 10 plays. On third and 3 from the Cardinals 48, linebacker Daryl Washington was bringing Wilson to the ground when the quarterback got rid of the ball for a 6-yard completion to tight end Zack Miller. Marshawn Lynch bulled over the middle for 17 yards to the 5. And on third and goal from inside the 1, Wilson hit tight end Kellen Davis in the back of the end zone to make it 24-13.

After the kickoff, corner Brandon Browner stepped in front of Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd, intercepted the pass and returned it 49 yards to the 1. Two plays later, Lynch's 2-yard run made it 31-13.

"I thought Russell played great," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "He did a bunch of cool stuff."

More Seahawks: Former UF receiver Percy Harvin, out all season due to hip surgery, hopes to return to practice next week, the NFL Network reported.

Ponder doesn't know what future holds

MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder said he is considering his options after being passed over to start Monday against the Giants.

The 12th overall pick out of Florida State in 2011 sat out against the Steelers on Sept. 29 with a bruised rib. Healthy after a bye, he remained the No. 2 behind Matt Cassel for Sunday's loss to Carolina. Wednesday, the Vikings said Josh Freeman will start against the Giants with Ponder the No. 2.

"I have to figure out what's best for me and everything and for this team," Ponder said. "I don't know if that's staying here or going somewhere else."

Coach Leslie Frazier said he did not "see any scenario where (Ponder) would not be on our roster" for the rest of the season.

More Vikings: Starting safety Harrison Smith is out for Monday with turf toe on his left foot.

Texans change QBs: Case Keenum will start at quarterback for the Texans on Sunday. Coach Gary Kubiak said Matt Schaub, who hurt his right ankle and foot last week against the Rams, won't be available, leaving T.J. Yates as the No. 2. Keenum threw for 19,217 yards, a Division I-A record, at the University of Houston. He went undrafted and spent last season on the Texans' practice squad.

Browns: Running back Willis McGahee did not practice because of an undisclosed injury. He only rode a stationary bike and worked with a trainer.

Colts: Starting linebacker Jerrell Freeman practiced after sustaining a concussion Monday against the Chargers. He still must be cleared to play Sunday.

Cowboys: Linebacker Cameron Lawrence was fined $21,000 for Sunday's blindside block on Redskins corner David Amerson during a punt return.

Eagles: Quarterback Michael Vick said his hamstring injury will keep him out Sunday, leaving Nick Foles to start.

Giants: Running back Andre Brown practiced for the first time since breaking his leg in the final preseason game. He cannot come off injured reserve until Nov. 10.

Jaguars: Leading receiver Cecil Shorts, who sprained the joint connecting the breastbone and collarbone Sunday, returned to practice on a limited basis and will be a game-time decision.

Patriots: Corner Aqib Talib, who sustained a hip flexor Sunday, is unlikely to play this week, profootballtalk.com reported.

Steelers: A day after saying starting linebacker Jarvis Jones missed practice with a "head injury," the team disclosed he had a concussion Sunday. His status for hasn't been determined.

Titans: Quarterback Jake Locker, who sprained his right knee and right hip Sept. 29 against the Jets, practiced for the second straight day and said he wants to play Sunday. The team didn't say if he or Ryan Fitzpatrick will start.

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