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Owners meet with L.A. on minds

RAVENS SHOCKER: Will Hill picks up a blocked field goal and returns it to beat the Browns.

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RAVENS SHOCKER: Will Hill picks up a blocked field goal and returns it to beat the Browns.

LOS ANGELES — The NFL's owners could take a significant step toward the league's return to Los Angeles this week.

Or they could decide to take another big step back.

Nobody seems certain of the next move i when the full ownership convenes today for its annual meetings at a resort outside Dallas.

While nothing is expected to be resolved this week, the NFL might set a date for that resolution by scheduling a relocation vote for early next year. Or, the league also might emerge with a consensus to delay this entire debate for yet another year.

The owners' gathering will be dominated by discussion of the empty Los Angeles market and the three teams vying to occupy it: the Rams, the Chargers and the Raiders.

Although the clubs aren't scheduled to make presentations, their competing stadium proposals for Inglewood and Carson are likely to be analyzed at length. The Rams' historic ties to L.A., the Chargers' exhaustive failures to get a San Diego stadium and the Raiders' combination of both factors will be debated.

Behind closed doors, league executives are expected to continue trying to broker a deal on L.A. without forcing the owners into a potentially messy public vote.

McCown out for year; Manziel might start

Browns quarterback Josh McCown suffered a season-ending broken collarbone in Monday night's 33-27 loss to the Ravens, leaving Austin Davis or Johnny Manziel to start Sunday against the Bengals.

"Worst-possible scenario for Josh," coach Mike Pettine said. "That's very unfortunate. Josh means a lot to this team."

Pettine will choose the starter after meeting with other members of the franchise. Davis replaced McCown on Monday.

The Ravens won when Will Hill returned a blocked field for a touchdown as time ran out. There was talk that Ravens safety Anthony Levine was lined up across the line of scrimmage on the play, but the league said Tuesday that he lined up correctly.

In other Browns news, Terrelle Pryor agreed to sign — as a receiver — according to reports. The former Ohio State quarterback was one of Cleveland's last cuts in training camp.

Bills: Defensive tackle Kyle Williams was placed on season-ending injured reserve because of a left knee injury that has forced him to miss the past four games.

BRONCOS: With T.J. Ward expected to miss time with a high left ankle sprain, safety Josh Bush was brought back. He played in three games for Denver this season then was cut.

CARDINALS: Running back Chris Johnson was placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list, which means the only way he will play again this season is if Arizona reaches the Super Bowl. Johnson reportedly chipped or fractured his tibia where it meets his left knee.

PANTHERS: Cornerback Cortland Finnegan signed, adding depth with starting cornerback Charles Tillman missing the past two games with a knee injury.

PATRIOTS: Tight end Rob Gronkowski has a bone bruise and sprain of his right knee and will be evaluated on a weekly basis. There is no timetable for his return.

STEELERS: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says he had a migraine that limited his vision and caused him to leave Sunday's game, but coach Mike Tomlin will keep the quarterback under the concussion protocol this week, required to pass a battery of tests before playing.

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