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Three starting quarterbacks — Philadelphia's Michael Vick, above, Chicago's Jay Cutler and San Francisco's Alex Smith — were knocked out of their games Sunday with concussions.

Vick was hit by Cowboys LB Ernie Sims in the second quarter of a 38-23 loss to Dallas. Vick threw a 2-yard touchdown to Clearwater's Riley Cooper in the first quarter.

Smith scrambled and started to slide before turning his back, and Rams LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar barreled into his neck area with 1:10 left in the first quarter of a 24-24 tie against St. Louis.

Cutler took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Texans LB Tim Dobbins late in the first half. Dobbins was called for unnecessary roughness. Cutler stayed in the game for the rest of the half but Jason Campbell entered to start the third quarter.

BILLS: They set a team record with 35 first downs. That was also the most ever allowed by New England.

BRONCOS: Peyton Manning threw his 420th touchdown to move into a tie for second place on the NFL's all-time list with Dan Marino. He trails only Brett Favre (508). … DE Elvis Dumervil left with a shoulder injury in the second quarter.

DOLPHINS: The 37-3 loss was their worst at home since a 48-3 defeat against Kansas City in 1968.

GIANTS: WR Domenik Hixon suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter.

PANTHERS: According to, owner Jerry Richardson put out a statement regarding speculation linking the team with Los Angeles. It read in part: "It has always been my desire that the Carolinas would be the home of our Panthers. Nothing has changed."

PATRIOTS: G Logan Mankins left in the third quarter with a left ankle injury and wore a walking boot afterward.

RAIDERS: Their 55 points allowed tied the team record set in 1961 (against the Houston Oilers in the AFL) and matched in '81 (against San Diego). … Injured RBs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson were inactive.

RAMS: CB Janoris Jenkins, a former Florida player, and WR Chris Givens were inactive after breaking unspecified team rules. No other details were announced.

SAINTS: Fox and ESPN reported that the league gave the team written permission to negotiate with coach Sean Payton on a new deal. His last contract extension was reportedly nullified by the league.

TITANS: Chris Johnson became the first rusher to gain 100 yards against Miami in the past 23 games, with 126 yards.

VIKINGS: S Mistral Raymond, a former USF standout, returned after missing six games with a right ankle injury.

Times wires


Chiefs at Steelers

8:30, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh

TV/radio: ESPN, ESPN Deportes; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

NFL news and notes 11/11/12 [Last modified: Sunday, November 11, 2012 11:13pm]
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