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Raider wanted to hurt Newton

Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly admitted he wanted to knock Panthers quarterback Cam Newton out of the game Sunday.

Oakland lost starting quarterback Carson Palmer to broken ribs and a bruised lung when Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy hit him in the back. Hardy was flagged for unnecessary roughness. Later, Newton kicked Kelly after being sacked by him. Kelly retaliated by pushing Newton, but only Kelly was called for a personal foul. "You don't ever want to see your quarterback get put out of the game," Kelly said. "So personally, we try to put their quarterback out. … You don't try to do anything illegal. But you see someone put your quarterback out, it kind of makes you want to put theirs out."

Report: Knee injury ends season of 49ers receiver

San Francisco receiver Mario Manningham will be out for the rest of this season and possibly part of next season with two torn ligaments in his left knee, espn.com reported.

Manningham, second on the team with 42 catches and third with 449 receiving yards, tore the anterior cruciate ligament and posterior cruciate ligament while being tackled Sunday. The injury likely means Randy Moss will see more snaps.

More 49ers: Tight end Vernon Davis is expected to play this week after sustaining a concussion Sunday.

Bengals: Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, the 17th overall pick in April, went on season-ending injured reserve because of a knee injury. To take his roster spot, Cincinnati claimed former Ohio State star receiver Dane Sanzenbacher off waivers from the Bears.

Cowboys: Linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who has a team-high 11½ sacks, said he'll play this week despite a right shoulder injury that kept him out for most of the second half Sunday. The Cowboys must beat the Redskins to make the playoffs.

Eagles: Quarterback Michael Vick said he is excited to start but doesn't see it as an audition for next season. Vick hasn't played since sustaining a concussion against Dallas on Nov. 11. He has been cleared. But the Eagles went with rookie Nick Foles, who broke his hand Sunday. "My play and what I've done for this league and the accolades that I have speak for themselves," Vick said. "The thing I want to do is improve. Whatever happens next year happens. I'm just going to be a guy who, wherever I'm at, I'm going to make the team better."

Ravens: Receiver Anquan Boldin, who has a team-high 65 catches, is questionable for this week because of a bruised shoulder sustained when he dived for a ball Sunday.

Vikings: Starting cornerback Antoine Winfield likely will play this week despite breaking his hand Sunday, coach Leslie Frazier said. Frazier did not say which hand was broken or how the injury happened. The team makes the playoffs if it beats the Packers.

Raider wanted to hurt Newton 12/25/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 10:08pm]

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