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Panthers' Alexander banned 10 more games

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The NFL has announced Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander has been suspended an additional 10 games after violating the league's substance abuse policy again.

The league made the announcement on Wednesday.

Alexander suspended May 2 for four games for violating the substance abuse policy.


Vikes' Bridgewater questionable vs. Pack

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have listed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as questionable for their game at Green Bay.

The final injury report of the week was released Wednesday, as the Vikings prepared to travel east for their primetime game against the rival Packers Thursday.


QB Palmer's injured shoulder regresses

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona coach Bruce Arians says quarterback Carson Palmer was seeing another specialist after his injured shoulder regressed following some throwing last week.

Arians says Palmer's condition is "fairly close" to what it was when he first hurt the shoulder in the season-opening win over San Diego.


Titans QB Locker likely to face Browns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Jake Locker practiced Wednesday for the Tennessee Titans, and now the quarterback will see how his right wrist responds to a full session of throwing the ball.

Locker isn't overly concerned, he expects to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.


Bears' Allen confident he'll play Sunday

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Jared Allen is confident he will be ready to play this week for the Chicago Bears after missing a game because of pneumonia.

The five-time Pro Bowl defensive end is feeling "much better" after sitting out Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers. He returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis and hopes to be ready when the Bears visit the Carolina Panthers this week.


Rams QB Davis named starter rest of year

ST. LOUIS (AP) Rams coach Jeff Fisher says that Austin Davis will be the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the season.

Fisher had insisted that Shaun Hill would return as the starter as soon as he was completely healed from a quad injury. Instead, he said Wednesday that Davis is the starter beginning Sunday at Philadelphia.


NFL, DirecTV reach $20B, 8 yr. extension

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL has extended its contract with satellite provider DirecTV to carry the "Sunday Ticket" package, which allows viewers to watch out-of-market games.

The deal expands DirecTV's rights to stream the package live on mobile devices and online. The agreement is worth $20 billion over eight years - $1.5 billion annually, according to a person familiar with the contract.


Jets CB Milliner to play vs. Chargers

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets coach Rex Ryan says cornerback Dee Milliner will play Sunday at San Diego after he missed the last two games with a quadriceps injury.

Milliner, the team's top cornerback, has only played in one game this season after missing most of training camp and the opener with a high ankle sprain. It's uncertain if Milliner will start against the Chargers, but is expected to see his first playing time since Week 2 at Green Bay.


Jaguars rule out WR Lee vs. Steelers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have ruled out rookie receiver Marqise Lee for the third consecutive game.

The second-round draft pick won't play Sunday against Pittsburgh because of a strained right hamstring. The Jaguars (0-4) also are expected to be without Cecil Shorts III, who injured his left hamstring in last week's 33-14 loss at San Diego. Shorts missed the first two games with the same injury.


49ers, Chiefs QB Smith set for reunion

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Alex Smith arrived in San Francisco with the pressure of being the No. 1 overall draft pick. He got called a draft bust, then turned the tide to win back those same fans who had booed him out of Candlestick Park.

Smith got hurt, bounced back, started and was benched, then regained his job and lost it once more. All the while as he adjusted to a new offensive coordinator and system nearly every year.

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