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Tebow starter, at least 'this week'

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Tim Tebow wasn't sacked Monday.

One day after giving his embattled young quarterback a less than ringing endorsement following a humiliating 45-10 loss at home to the Lions, Broncos coach John Fox said he's sticking with the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner at Florida.

"For this week, yes," Fox said.

Tebow said he doesn't feel like he's on a week-to-week basis but he's not one to fret anyway.

"It's just take it one day at a time, consistently trying to get better and not focusing too far in the future," Tebow said. "Today's the day I've got to improve. and that's kind of the focus."

BENGALS: The team has a two-day roster exemption to get running back Cedric Benson activated. He was suspended for the win at Seattle after violating the league's conduct policy.

BROWNS: Montario Hardesty tore a calf muscle Sunday at San Francisco and is out indefinitely, leaving Chris Ogbonnaya as the lone healthy running back.

CARDINALS: QB Kevin Kolb (right turf toe) wore a walking boot and said he had "no idea" if he could play Sunday against the Rams. He was hurt early against Baltimore on Sunday but stayed in the game.

COLTS: Peyton Manning will stay on the active roster so he can practice, but it remains unlikely the four-time MVP will play in a regular-season game after his neck surgery.

DOLPHINS: Rookie center Mike Pouncey had medical tests showing no damage to his neck, the Associated Press reported. The first-round draft pick and former Florida standout might practice this week.

GIANTS: Top receiver Hakeem Nicks tweaked a hamstring Sunday against the Dolphins, and his status for Sunday at New England is uncertain.

JETS: Ex-Bills tight end Shawn Nelson signed as a free agent.

LIONS: The team has won its first four road games; of the past 35 teams to do that since 1990, more than 91 percent made the playoffs, STATS LLC said.

RAIDERS: Former Pro Bowl cornerback and ex-Florida star Lito Sheppard signed.

RAMS: QB Sam Bradford began to work out and is no longer wearing a protective boot after missing the past two games with a high left ankle sprain.

STEELERS: Safety Troy Polamalu's slap of the ball into the end zone for a safety at the end of Sunday's victory over New England was against a league rule. The play was reviewed to see if the ball was recovered in the end zone, but the penalty is not reviewable. … Linebacker James Harrison should be back for practice but said on Twitter he is unlikely to play Sunday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had reported that Harrison, out four games with an eye injury, would face Baltimore. … Linebacker LaMarr Woodley is week-to-week with a right hamstring injury, profootballtalk.com reported.

TITANS: Coach Mike Munchak said Chris Johnson remains the starter at running back. Johnson rushed for 2,006 yards in 2009 but is on pace for 690 this season after signing a $53.5 million contract extension. Sunday against the Colts, backup Javon Ringer had the same number of carries as Johnson, 14, but gained 60 yards rushing to Johnson's 34.

RALLY CAPS: The record for comebacks from 20 or more points down has fallen less than halfway into the season. Baltimore's rally from 24-3 down Sunday to beat Arizona was the fifth this year; there were four such comebacks in 1983, '87, '95 and '99.

FLEX MOVE: The Lions at Bears game Nov. 13 moved from 1 p.m. to 4:15. That was the only change in the first week of flex scheduling.

Tebow starter, at least 'this week' 10/31/11 [Last modified: Monday, October 31, 2011 11:14pm]
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