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Hunt out weeks, Mayfield's status unsure

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CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns will be without one of their best offensive players for quite a while.

He might have company on the sideline.

Punishing running back Kareem Hunt is expected to miss at least one month because of a significant calf injury sustained against Arizona on Sunday, one of several key injuries to a Cleveland team with little time to heal.

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Prescott says calf injury not an issue

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dak Prescott promised not to miss any time after straining his right calf on the touchdown pass in overtime that gave the Dallas Cowboys their first win at New England since 1987.

The star quarterback believes he can deliver on that vow because the team is going into its open week. Even with the break, recent history with his teammates suggests Prescott's view is optimistic.

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Cam says he's vaccinated, wants to play

Cam Newton says he has been vaccinated against contracting COVID-19 and is ready to return to the NFL.

The quarterback who was cut by New England just before the season began published a video on his YouTube channel saying it's time to get back into pro football. He is a free agent.

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Rivera: Heinicke to remain starting QB

Ron Rivera said Monday he is not considering replacing Taylor Heinicke with Kyle Allen as Washington's starting quarterback.

That means Heinicke is set to make his sixth consecutive start Sunday at the Green Bay Packers. Heinicke was 24 of 39 for 172 yards, a touchdown and an interception in a 31-13 loss to Kansas City that dropped Washington to 2-4.

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Ridley back with Falcons, T McGary to IR

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons placed right tackle Kaleb McGary on the COVID-19 reserve list Monday, while top receiver Calvin Ridley returned to practice after skipping the team's last game for personal reasons.

McGary, a first-round pick in 2019, has started 34 of 35 games over his three-year NFL career.

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Vikings CB Peterson placed on IR

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson was placed on injured reserve on Monday after hurting his hamstring against Carolina and must miss a minimum of three games.

Coach Mike Zimmer said the injury was not believed to be season-ending, so the 11-year veteran Peterson will be expected to return at some point during the second half of the schedule.

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Titans LT Lewan carted off vs. Bills

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan was carted off the field strapped to a backboard after taking a hit to his head and neck area Monday night against the Buffalo Bills.

Lewan was being evaluated for a concussion and had movement in all of his extremities, according to the Titans.

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Browns floundering as injuries mount

CLEVELAND (AP) The injuries, and not just your run-of-the-mill bumps and bruises but significant ones to big-name players, are piling up quickly for the Browns.

So are the losses.

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Cards keep winning despite COVID issues

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury likes to get to the office at the ungodly time of 4:45 a.m. for a work day. Vance Joseph isn't that aggressive and waits all the way until - gasp! - 5:30 a.m. before arriving at the practice facility.

Getting an early jump is paying off.

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Rhule: Offense to look vastly different

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Coach Matt Rhule promised the Carolina Panthers' offense will take on a "vastly different look" moving forward after the team's third straight loss.

In an effort for the Panthers to "find their identity" with star running back Christian McCaffrey still out with a hamstring injury, Rhule plans to lean more on rookie Chuba Hubbard and the running game beginning this week against the New York Giants.

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