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Vikings turn to Freeman at QB for this week

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Josh Freeman will be the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night against the New York Giants.

Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier made the announcement after practice yesterday. Frazier said Christian Ponder will be the backup, not Matt Cassel.

Freeman was cut by Tampa Bay on Oct. 3 and signed by Minnesota five days later. The 25-year-old started 59 games over four-plus seasons with the Buccaneers. The former first-round draft pick got a one-year contract with the Vikings (1-4).


Bills QB Manuel expected to miss 4-6 more weeks

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel is expected to miss another four to six weeks now that he’s begun rehabbing his sprained right knee.

Coach Doug Marrone was able to provide a more definitive timetable on Manuel’s recovery yesterday after consulting with team doctors. Manuel began working out on his own Tuesday for the first time since being hurt in a loss to Cleveland on Oct. 3.


Source: Suh fined $31,500 for hit on Weeden

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – A person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press the NFL fined Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh $31,500 for a hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Earlier in the day, Ndamukong Suh insisted he was unaware the NFL was reviewing his hit on Weeden on Sunday. Suh wasn’t penalized for the play, but it was shown on a video posted on NFL.com as vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said he wanted to look at it more for “potential helmet to the body.”


Cowboys release DT Ratliff for failed physical

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys released defensive tackle Jay Ratliff, saying he failed a physical after spending the first six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list.

Ratliff missed the last six games of the 2012 season with a sports hernia injury and never made it on the field this year after getting injured during the conditioning test before training camp in July.


Texans lose starting S Manning to knee injury

HOUSTON – Houston starting strong safety Danieal Manning will miss the rest of the season because of a right knee injury.

Manning was injured in Sunday’s loss to St. Louis. Coach Gary Kubiak called it a significant injury Monday but didn’t have any further details on the injury yesterday.

Shiloh Keo will fill in for Manning. Keo was a fifth-round draft pick in 2011 who spent time on the practice squad that year before appearing in 14 games last season.


Winless Giants sign RB Hillis

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New York Giants signed veteran running back Peyton Hillis.

Hillis, who fills a void in the backfield, is a six-year veteran with a 1,000-yard season on his resume. He has played for Denver, Cleveland and Kansas City, and has 2,470 yards and 21 touchdowns for his career.

In 2010, he had a career season while playing for Cleveland. He ran for 1,177 yards, with 11 touchdowns, on 270 carries, and played in all 16 games.


Broncos’ Miller back and bigger than ever

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Denver Broncos superstar Von Miller returned to practice yesterday for the first time since Aug. 22, having served his six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s drug abuse policy.

By all accounts, he looked great – all 270 pounds of him.

Coach John Fox said his All-Pro outside linebacker “had an outstanding practice. Obviously he’s got fresh legs and ready to roll and excited about the opportunity this week.”


Angels hire Baylor to be new hitting coach

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Don Baylor is returning to the Los Angeles Angels to be their hitting coach.

The Angels hired Baylor yesterday to replace Jim Eppard, who wasn’t retained by Manager Mike Scioscia.

The 64-year-old Baylor had been Arizona’s hitting coach for the past three years. He is the former manager of the Rockies and Cubs.


Masters champ Scott wins PGA Grand Slam of Golf

SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda – Masters champion Adam Scott had a record round at Port Royal to win the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

Starting the final day of the 36-hole exhibition three shots behind, Scott set the course record with a 7-under 64 yesterday to beat U.S. Open champion Justin Rose by two shots.

PGA champion Jason Dufner was third, followed by three-time major champion Padraig Harrington, the alternate who filled in for British Open champion Phil Mickelson.


Ragan and Gilliland returning to Front Row in 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Front Row Motorsports will bring back drivers David Gilliland and David Ragan in 2014.

Gilliland will be back for a fifth season with Front Row, and Ragan will be returning for his third year with the team. Ragan earned Front Row its first victory in May at Talladega, where he and Gilliland used a dramatic last-lap dash to the checkered flag to sweep the front row.

Ragan is currently ranked 26th in the Sprint Cup standings and Gilliland is 29th.


Bourdais signs two-year deal with KVSH

Four-time series champion Sebastien Bourdais signed on to replace Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan, the Associated Press has learned.

Three people familiar with the signing said yesterday that Bourdais signed a two-year contract with KVSH Racing. They spoke on condition of anonymity because principals Kevin Kalkhoven, Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan had not announced the signing.

Kanaan won the Indianapolis 500 in May with KVSH, but decided to leave for Chip Ganassi Racing next year. KVSH acted fast in offering the same deal it offered Kanaan to three-race winner James Hinchcliffe, but the team gave Hinchcliffe a short deadline to accept the contract that did not require the driver to bring any sponsorship. When Hinchcliffe decided KVSH’s timeline was too fast, the team moved on to Bourdais, winner of four consecutive Champ Car titles from 2004 through 2007.

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