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Published Oct. 6, 2014

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Bad Thumb sidelines Titans QB Locker

NASHVILLE — Titans QB Jake Locker will have tests on his right thumb today after being knocked out of Sunday's game.

Locker apparently was hurt when hitting his hand on the helmet of Browns CB Buster Skrine. Locker signaled for first down after being hit, then went to the sideline where a team doctor examined his right wrist and thumb.

"I was excited about getting a first down, and I went to do something, felt it and looked down and it was swollen up pretty good already," Locker said.

Locker watched the second half with white tape around his wrist as the Titans endured their biggest squandered lead in the franchise's regular-season history. Tennessee led Cleveland 28-3 in the first half before losing 29-28.

Dolphin arrest: Miami DE Derrick Shelby was arrested at 4 a.m. Saturday at a Fort Lauderdale club, and his booking mug shows a bloody and bruised face, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported. He was accused of trespassing and resisting arrest without violence; the Broward County Sheriff's Office plans to release the incident report today.

Starr condition: Hall of Fame QB Bart Starr, 80, had two strokes and a heart attack in September, according to a statement by his wife, Cherry, on the Packers' website. Last month it was announced Starr had a stroke.

Rice case: Former Ravens RB Ray Rice, wife Janay and his defense attorney Michael Diamondstein will meet with NFL investigator Robert Mueller and NFL Players Association investigator Richard Craig Smith on a date to be determined, the Baltimore Sun reported. Rice and his wife will interview separately.

Testing: HGH testing will begin for players starting today. Each week, five players on eight teams will be tested, NFLPA president Eric Winston said in a letter to players.

Bills: CB Ron Brooks was evaluated for a neck injury in a Detroit hospital after a collision during a punt return. Brooks was moving his extremities as he was carted off. … Coach Doug Marrone said the team filed a complaint to league security officials about a laser pointer being shined from the stands at his players. Marrone said QB Kyle Orton and holder Colton Schmidt complained.

Broncos: LB Danny Trevathan made his 2014 debut after breaking his left leg in the preseason.

Colts: Reggie Wayne passed Hall of Famer Cris Carter for eighth in career receiving yards. Wayne, a former college standout at Miami, passed Carter (13,899 yards) in the first quarter and is at 13,950. Hall of Famer James Lofton is next up with 14,004 yards.

Cowboys: Jason Witten joined Tony Gonzalez and Shannon Sharpe as the only tight ends with 10,000 yards receiving. Witten, 32, is the team's all-time leader with 897 catches for 10,014 yards. Newly retired Gonzalez had 15,127 yards; Sharpe 10,060.

49ers: Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported that there's "no way" that Jim Harbaugh remains the coach of the team next season, even if it wins the Super Bowl. Glazer said Harbaugh's style has "worn thin" in the organization.

Lions: WR Calvin Johnson left after aggravating his right ankle injury in the third quarter.

Saints: Drew Brees eclipsed 40,000 yards passing for the franchise, the fastest in history to hit that mark with one team. Brees did it in his 132nd game with New Orleans; Hall of Famer Dan Marino reached 40,000 yards in his 153rd game with the Dolphins. Brees, 35, has 52,284 yards passing for his career, which includes five seasons with San Diego.

Times wires