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Bisciotti refutes Rice case accusations

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti criticized a report that suggests he and other team officials tried to persuade the NFL to be lenient on Ray Rice after the running back was arrested for knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator.

Bisciotti held a news conference Monday to respond to an ESPN report last week that he, president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome pushed Commissioner Roger Goodell for leniency for their star running back.

"Their accusations didn't jibe with what we know is fact," said Bisciotti, who said he expected Rice to be suspended 4-6 games.


Sack dance puts LB Tulloch out for year

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions, riding high after stuffing Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay in a 19-7 win, got a dose of bad news Monday.

Middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL he suffered while celebrating a sack of the Packers' star quarterback.


Chargers RB Woodhead out for season

SAN DIEGO (AP) Danny Woodhead was many things to the San Diego Chargers - running back, receiver, leader, hard worker and popular teammate.

Now he's out for the season, having broken his lower right leg in a 22-10 victory at Buffalo on Sunday.


Philbin noncommittal on Tannehill at QB

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) If embattled quarterback Ryan Tannehill needed a public vote of confidence from his coach, he didn't get it.

Joe Philbin was asked four times by reporters whether Tannehill will remain the Miami Dolphins' starter this week, and each time the coach was noncommittal.


Ravens TE Pitta has surgery, season over

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta has undergone surgery to repair a dislocated right hip and is done for the year.

The operation was performed on Monday.


Panthers RBs Tolbert, Stewart now hurt

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The injuries continue to mount in the Carolina Panthers' backfield.

Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that bruising Pro Bowl fullback Mike Tolbert will miss Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens with a hairline fracture in his left leg and running back Jonathan Stewart will be reevaluated on Friday with a severely sprained right knee.


Jets WR Decker active, CB Milliner out

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is active and will play against the Chicago Bears after being listed as questionable with tightness in his right hamstring.

Bears wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey are also playing Monday night, as expected. Both were listed as questionable - as they were last weekend when they played at San Francisco - and will start. Marshall (ankle) and Jeffery (hamstring) were limited in practice Saturday.


Redskins lose Hall, Ihenacho for season

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) DeAngelo Hall made his way around on crutches with a walking boot on his leg, his season over with a ruptured left Achilles.

The Washington Redskins lost their three-time Pro Bowl cornerback for the rest of the 2014 when an MRI confirmed what was suspected after Hall was hurt in the third quarter of Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.


Eagles C Kelce needs hernia surgery

PHILADELPHIA (AP) For 17 weeks in 2013, Eagles coach Chip Kelly knew exactly who was on his offensive line, protecting quarterback Nick Foles and blocking for running back LeSean McCoy.

From left to right: Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Todd Herremans and Lane Johnson. None of the Eagles' five starters missed a game.


QB Locker hurts wrist, status uncertain

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) First-year Tennessee coach Ken Whisenhunt has talked about how adversity helps bring a team together.

Well, his Titans need to unite quickly because they have plenty of issues they need to work their way through.



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