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Charles likely to have torn ACL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pro Bowl RB Jamaal Charles of the Chiefs could be out for the season after seriously injuring his knee in the third quarter of Sunday's 18-17 loss to the Bears.

Charles had taken a carry deep in Bears territory when he tried to cut left, his right knee buckling at a gruesome angle. Coach Andy Reid said after the game the preliminary diagnosis was a torn ACL.

Charles is scheduled for an MRI exam today. The 28-year-old missed most of the 2012 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee.

Spying before Spygate? Former Bills and Bucs QB Rob Johnson told the Buffalo News that Gregg Williams, once suspended for a year for his role in Bountygate, sent a spy to Bills training camp when Williams was an assistant with the Titans. The paper reported that when Williams became the Bills' head coach (2001-03), he confessed to Johnson, then Buffalo's quarterback, that Williams had an unspecified coach learn Buffalo's plays and blocking schemes before the Titans and Bills met in a 2000 regular-season game. "I hope it doesn't get him in trouble," Johnson said. "He can just deny it and say I made it up. … They knocked me out." Williams, suspended for the 2013 season for his role in the Saints' pay-for-play scandal, is now the Rams' defensive coordinator.

MRSA situation: Giants TE Daniel Fells remained hospitalized with a season-ending MRSA infection, and the NFL Network reported that doctors were trying to save Fells' foot from amputation. The New York Times reported that doctors were using medications that appear to have helped Fells' recovery. The Bucs went through a MRSA outbreak in 2013; K Lawrence Tynes sued the team because of it.

Bengals: At 5-0 they are one win shy of matching the best start in club history. Cincinnati was 6-0 in 1975 and 1988.

Broncos: They won their record 14th straight road game against a division opponent. … LB DeMarcus Ware left with a back injury but it's not believed to be serious.

Browns: CB Joe Haden, a former Florida standout, played with a broken right ring finger but left in the fourth quarter after being diagnosed with a concussion.

Raiders: K Sebastian Janikowski, a former Florida State standout, passed Hall of Fame WR Tim Brown's team record by playing in his 241st career game. … DE Justin Tuck left with a shoulder injury.

Number of the day

70 Passes attempted by Detroit (32 by Matthew Stafford, 38 by backup Dan Orlovsky), a record for a regulation game, according to STATS. Jets QB Vinny Testaverde threw 69 in a 2000 loss to Baltimore.

Times wires


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NFL news and notes 10/11/15 [Last modified: Sunday, October 11, 2015 10:29pm]
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