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CHIEFS BENCH BACK, LOSE QBS

Chiefs running back Larry Johnson apologized Wednesday for behavior that has led to an NFL investigation and to his benching for a second straight week.

"This is the first time in my life I actually had to stand up, I mean actually woke up and kind of be disgusted with myself and disgusted as far as the way my life and my career is heading right now," Johnson said after coach Herm Edwards announced a benching instead of a suspension.

The NFL is investigating a report that Johnson, 28, spat several times on a woman at a Kansas City nightclub, the fourth time in five years he's been accused of assaulting a woman.

Also, quarterback Brodie Croyle (left knee) and Damon Huard (right hand) both suffered season-ending injuries in Sunday's loss to Tennessee and went on injured reserve. Tyler Thigpen, 24 and in his second season, will start against the Jets with former Gator Ingle Martin as the backup.

Browns: Tight end Kellen Winslow has appealed his one-game suspension, which would cost him $235,294, for comments he made about the team's handling of his hospitalization with a staph infection. Winslow was critical of GM Phil Savage and said he only came forward to reveal he had staph - for the second time - out of concern for his teammates' health.

Cardinals: Receiver Anquan Boldin had a limited workout to test his surgically repaired sinus and jaw. He passed that test, but said he is uncertain whether he would play Sunday at Carolina.

Cowboys: Tony Romo's broken pinkie will not only keep him out against the Bucs this weekend, but now the quarterback says he doesn't expect to play again until at least mid November, also missing a game against the Giants. Safety Roy Williams went injured reserve, ending his season. Williams refractured his right arm Sunday after missing four games because of a broken forearm.

Giants: Receiver Plaxico Burress (shoulder and neck) and offensive tackle David Diehl (back) missed practice, while middle linebacker Antonio Pierce (quads) returned after missing Sunday's game.

Jets: Receiver Laveranues Coles did not practice because of what the team called "head" and "thigh" ailments.

Patriots: Safety Rodney Harrison, 35, was officially put on injured reserve, ending his season and possibly his career with a torn thigh muscle.

Rams: Running back Steven Jackson (strained quads) did not practice but did light leg work trying to improve the range of motion. He is likely a game-time decision against New England.

Steelers: Safety Troy Polamalu (concussion) passed some tests but still hasn't been cleared to play against the Giants by coach Mike Tomlin.

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