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BROWNS EXPECT TO NAME QUINN QB

Compiled from Times wires

BEREA, Ohio - Derek Anderson stood in the middle of the media huddle in Cleveland's locker room then stepped aside for Brady Quinn.

Perhaps for good.

The mystery surrounding Browns coach Eric Mangini's choice as his starting quarterback became somewhat clearer Wednesday when Quinn and Anderson were forced to answer questions about their recently completed battle.

Anderson was asked if it would be hard to keep the starting QB a secret until Sunday's opener against the Vikings.

"No," he said, "because after this next two minutes are over I'm not going to be talking to you guys. It's pretty easy. Obviously, the rest of us have to go about our regular preparations and continue to do what we always do and just not talk to our families."

By "the rest of us" Anderson seemed to mean the Browns backups, a group it looks as if he belongs to once again.

Mangini met with his QBs Tuesday, told them who would start and explained the reasons.

MARSHALL, denver dealing? The Broncos are exploring giving a contract extension to Brandon Marshall, ESPN reported. The deal would bring the former UCF star's salary in line with some of the game's highly paid receivers. Marshall has been at odds with his team. He demanded a new contract or a trade and was suspended late in the preseason.

OWENS TWEAKS OFFENSE: Having missed four weeks of practice, Terrell Owens says the Bills' no-huddle offense is not his favorite scheme. "No, not really, but I gotta deal with it," the receiver said, then laughed, making it unclear whether his concern was with the no-huddle scheme itself or how much it has been tiring him out.

ROETHLISBERGER CASE: An attorney for Ben Roethlisberger rejected a settlement offer by a Nevada woman who claims the Steelers quarterback sexually assaulted her. The rejection was in response to a letter, filed as part of a motion from the woman's attorney in Reno, that said she would be willing to settle the civil matter if Roethlisberger admits to raping her, apologizes and gives $100,000 to the Committee to Aid Abused Women, a nonprofit agency.

former buc FACes PRISON: Linebacker Dwayne Rudd, who played for the Bucs in 2003, pleaded guilty in Nashville to failing to pay more than $540,000 in child support. He faces up to two years in prison.

MERRIMAN CASE: The District Attorney's Office in San Diego is reviewing accusations of domestic violence that reality TV star Tila Tequila filed against Chargers star linebacker Shawne Merriman.

PRICES RISE: Ticket prices climbed 3.9 percent to an average of $74.99 for the 2009 season. According to Team Marketing Report's survey, 21 teams kept prices the same or lower.

BRONCOS: Quarterback Kyle Orton is optimistic he can play in Sunday's opener despite a dislocated right index finger. Former Buc Chris Simms would get the start if Orton can't go.

CARDINALS: Anquan Boldin (hamstring) missed practice, but coach Ken Whisenhunt said he's optimistic the former FSU receiver will play Sunday.

CHIEFS: Quarterback Matt Cassel practiced for the second time this week, wearing a brace on his left knee as he went through drills, but his status for Sunday remains up in the air.

49ERS: Michael Lewis will start at strong safety Sunday after sustaining two concussions in the preseason.

JAGUARS: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew (bruised right leg) returned to practice.

LIONS: The team has gone to federal court to recover $6.1 million from former receiver Charles Rogers, whose career was derailed by substance-abuse problems.

PANTHERS: Linebacker Jon Beason (sprained MCL) and running back Jonathan Stewart (left Achilles' tendon) returned to practice.

RAIDERS: Five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour remained a no-show for the third straight day after being traded by the Patriots.

RAMS: QB Marc Bulger took direct snaps for the first time since breaking his right pinkie. He said he's healthy enough to play at Seattle.

REDSKINS:Malcolm Kelly won the No. 2 receiver job.

SEAHAWKS: Left tackle Walter Jones and starting center Chris Spencer won't play Sunday, but both could return next week.

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