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Tebow, Ponder still backups

The struggling Broncos and winless Vikings won't switch quarterbacks, with Denver sticking with Kyle Orton over ex-Gator Tim Tebow and Minnesota sticking with Donovan McNabb over ex-Seminole Christian Ponder.

"Kyle's our guy," Broncos running back Willis McGahee said Monday. "Whoever doesn't like it, it is what it is. I think everybody just needs to get over it."

Calls for Tebow have intensified with the Broncos falling to 1-3 and Orton piling up six interceptions and two fumbles to go with his eight touchdowns. Packers fans also chanted for Tebow late in a win over Denver on Sunday. Tebow was in for one play.

"We'd much rather have the fans show (Orton) more support than calling for Tebow to come into the game," said Denver linebacker Joe Mays, adding that players fully support Orton.

Meanwhile, Frazier said McNabb's play has had some good spots and it's not time to start rebuilding for 2012.

Minnesota (0-4) has the 31st-ranked passing offense in the league, and McNabb is 30th in yards passing and 22nd in completion percentage.

Namath rips jets again: For the second straight Monday, legendary New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath pointed fingers at members of the organization after an ugly loss. Last week, he was critical of coach Rex Ryan's preparation. This week, after a 34-17 loss in Baltimore, Namath ripped the offensive line and the attitude of receiver Santonio Holmes. Namath, 68, said Holmes, who criticized the offensive line and Mark Sanchez, was dividing the locker room. "We don't care one bit about what Joe Namath has to say," guard Matt Slauson said. "He means nothing to us." Also, outside linebacker Bryan Thomas suffered a torn left Achilles' tendon and is out for the season.

Browns: Pro Bowl center Alex Mack had emergency surgery to have his appendix removed, one day after he felt sick but played all 87 snaps in a loss to Tennessee. It's not clear how long Mack and cornerback Joe Haden (left knee sprain) will be out.

dolphins: In his first comments since the start of training camp, owner Stephen Ross said Tony Sparano remains "the right coach" for the 0-4 team and stability will help reverse its decline.

Packers: Suspended defensive lineman Johnny Jolly was jailed after his third drug arrest in three years. Jolly was charged Saturday with possession of a compound containing codeine and tampering with evidence.

steelers: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was scheduled to have an MRI exam on his left foot. He was injured late against the Texans and on crutches afterward, with a protective boot.

texans: Receiver Andre Johnson (right hamstring) could miss three days to a few weeks, coach Gary Kubiak said.

Titans: Safety Chris Hope (broken left forearm) needs surgery and is likely out four to six weeks.

Tebow, Ponder still backups 10/03/11 [Last modified: Monday, October 3, 2011 11:58pm]
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