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Hoyer to make another start for Browns at QB in place of Weeden

BEREA, Ohio – Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will make his second straight start this week against Cincinnati.

Filling in for an injured Brandon Weeden, Hoyer led the Browns to a 31-27 win on Sunday at Minnesota. Hoyer, who began the season as Cleveland’s third-string quarterback, threw three touchdown passes and three interceptions in his second career start.

Coach Rob Chudzinski will play him again because Weeden has not completely recovered from a sprained right thumb. Chudzinski expects Weeden will throw this week and he’ll evaluate the quarterback situation on a “week to week basis.”


Pryor not practicing for Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor did not practice two days after suffering a concussion late in a loss to the Denver Broncos.

Backup Matt Flynn worked with the first-team offense in practice yesterday as the Raiders (1-2) prepared to play the Washington Redskins (0-3) on Sunday.

Pryor is not able to practice or attend meetings until he is cleared by doctors. He got hurt late in Monday night’s loss in Denver when he was knocked out on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard while running a quarterback draw. The play was determined to be legal because Pryor was a runner between the tackles.


Jets rookie defensive back Milliner injures hamstring at practice

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – New York Jets rookie cornerback Dee Milliner injured a hamstring at practice and his status for the team’s game at Tennessee on Sunday was uncertain.

Milliner, the team’s top draft pick in April, was limited at practice yesterday after the injury.

He has had a rough start to his NFL career. After missing most of the offseason while recovering from shoulder surgery in March, Milliner was sidelined for two preseason games with an Achilles injury. He started the first two games of the regular season, but was benched at New England and played only sparingly against Buffalo last Sunday.


Ex-player Douglas arrested on strangulation, assault charges

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Connecticut police said former All-Pro defensive end Hugh Douglas denied charges that he assaulted his girlfriend and told investigators that marks on her neck were from rough sex.

The 42-year-old, who played for the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars from 1995 to 2004, was charged with strangulation and assault early Sunday at a Hartford hotel.

A police report says Douglas’s girlfriend alleged Douglas grabbed her throat in a hallway and slammed her into the walls while carrying her to their room.


Ex-Chargers defensive back
Oliver commits suicide in Georgia

MARIETTA, Ga. – A medical examiner near Atlanta said former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver committed suicide.

Cobb County investigators said the 29-year-old Oliver was found dead Tuesday night at his home in Marietta, about 20 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta.

Police said yesterday that Oliver died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Oliver played for the Chargers from 2007-11. His best season was 2010, when he started eight times and had 62 tackles.

Oliver was a 2007 fourth-round supplemental draft pick from the University of Georgia.

Sprint Cup

Quicken Loans moving to RCR with Newman part-time in ’14

WELCOME, N.C. – Quicken Loans will follow Ryan Newman to Richard Childress Racing as primary sponsor for 12 races next season.

Quicken Loans currently sponsors Newman for 18 races at Stewart-Haas Racing.

The online home lender will be an associate sponsor on Newman’s car at RCR when it is not adorning the hood. Quicken Loans is also the title sponsor of Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, and an associate sponsor of Team Penske IndyCar drivers Helio Castroneves and Will Power.

Quicken Loans President Jay Farner praised Newman for carrying himself with integrity in tough situations. When told he was being let go from SHR, he won the Brickyard 400 a few weeks later.


Air Force suspends quarterback Awini for unspecified violation

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Air Force quarterback Jaleel Awini was suspended from the Falcons football team. The Academy said yesterday that Awini “is no longer a cadet in good standing and is not allowed to represent the Academy in any outside activities, effective immediately.”

There was no indication of what got Awini in trouble. The news release added only this: “All cadets are held to the same high standards – honor, physical fitness, academics and military aptitude – and each case is handled on its own individual merits. Holding each cadet to these high standards promotes good order and discipline throughout the institution.”

Awini had taken over as the Falcons’ starting QB after Kale Pearson hurt a knee in the opener.

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