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Cowboys' Murray still game-time decision

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IRVING, Texas (AP) All signs point to DeMarco Murray playing for Dallas against Indianapolis despite the NFL rushing leader's broken left hand.

Murray was listed as questionable Friday a few hours after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show that the team "should be able to count on" him playing.

The fourth-year back went through individual drills Wednesday before expanding his role in workouts Thursday and Friday. He says he will ultimately decide whether to play on Sunday.

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Rivera 'very confident' Newton to start

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he's awaiting final clearance from team physicians before officially naming Cam Newton the starter for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

That clearance is expected to come Saturday.

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Seahawks ink DE Avril for 4 yrs., $28.5M

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks are continuing efforts to keep core players from reaching free agency, signing defensive end Cliff Avril to a four-year extension on Friday worth up to $28.5 million.

"I'm happy to know that I'll be back in Seattle with such a great group of guys," Avril said. "The talent on this team is amazing and I'm glad to be a part of it."

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Bills RB Spiller activated, probable

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have activated running back C.J. Spiller from injured reserve.

Spiller returned to the active roster Friday after missing the last eight weeks due to a broken collarbone. He suffered the injury against Minnesota in Week 7.

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Arians: Stanton might back up Lindley

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona coach Bruce Arians says quarterback Drew Stanton might suit up against Seattle on Sunday night but would not start.

At best, Arians said, Stanton could back up starter Ryan Lindley.

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Flu-ridden Bowe misses third practice

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe missed his third straight day of practice with the flu Friday and is questionable for Sunday's pivotal game at Pittsburgh.

The Chiefs (8-6) would not be eliminated from the playoff race with a loss to the Steelers, but they would need a lot of help. Kansas City plays San Diego in the final week of the season.

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Browns CB Haden practices, may play

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns star cornerback Joe Haden returned to practice and is questionable for Sunday's game against Carolina.

Haden injured his right shoulder last week when he fell hard while trying to make an interception in a loss to Cincinnati. He didn't practice two days this week and was limited Friday. Browns coach Mike Pettine says Haden is sore and it's a "timing thing" if he plays.

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Jets S Miles has emergency leg surgery

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Rontez Miles' season debut for the New York Jets never made it to game day.

The backup safety had emergency surgery on his right leg Thursday night after he was injured in practice earlier in the day.

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Redskins' Moss fined for tirade to refs

NEW YORK (AP) Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss was fined $22,050 by the NFL on Friday for language deemed "abusive and insulting" directed at game officials.

Moss was ejected from the Redskins' 24-13 loss to the New York Giants last Sunday when he stormed after officials after Washington lost a touchdown on the final play of the first half on a video review.

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Steelers LB Shazier eyes bigger workload

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ryan Shazier is ready for the Pittsburgh Steelers to take the training wheels off on Sunday against Kansas City.

The rookie linebacker Shazier has been healthy the last two weeks but has only seen limited playing time, part of a cautious approach after their first-round pick missed seven of the first 12 games due to two separate leg injuries. Shazier was relegated mostly to special teams work in wins over Cincinnati and Atlanta but was productive during limited reps with the defense, making two tackles with one quarterback pressure in just four snaps.

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