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Giants waive CB Jenkins for Twitter rant

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J (AP) The New York Giants waived-injured cornerback Janoris Jenkins on Friday, days after he engaged in a Twitter conversation in which he used offensive language.

Jenkins had said he injured his ankle in Monday night's loss at Philadelphia that dropped the Giants to 2-11 with nine straight losses. But coach Pat Shurmur made it clear that Jenkins' actions on social media played a major role in the decision to release him.

Jenkins defended his use of the word "retard" in an exchange with a fan, saying it was acceptable language where he grew up.


Manning to start at QB again for Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Eli Manning will get another start at quarterback for the New York Giants with Daniel Jones still sidelined by a high ankle sprain.

Giants coach Pat Shurmur said Friday that the veteran Manning will start on Sunday at home against Miami. Manning returned last Monday night in an overtime loss at Philadelphia, performing well in the first half with two touchdown passes before struggling the rest of the way.


WR Smith-Schuster out for Steelers-Bills

PITTSBURGH (AP) Despite some encouraging signs to the contrary earlier in the week, the depleted Pittsburgh Steelers offense won’t be getting its top wide receiver back for what is a crucial game this weekend.

JuJu Smith-Schuster will not play when the Steelers host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night. The Steelers’ No. 1 wideout left Thursday’s practice early and did not participate in Friday’s session at all, ending hope he would avoid missing a fourth consecutive game because of a knee injury.


Titans RB Henry uncertain to face Texans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee running back Derrick Henry is questionable for the Titans' AFC South showdown with the Houston Texans.

Henry has not practiced all week with a sore left hamstring that limited him in th e Titans' 42-21 win over the Oakland Raiders last week despite him running for 103 yards and a touchdown. Henry currently ranks second in the NFL with 1,243 yards rushing and is tied for the league lead with 13 TD runs.


Dolphins, WR Parker agree to $40M deal

MIAMI (AP) With a breakout season, receiver DeVante Parker has become a big part of the Miami Dolphins’ rebuilding plan, and now he’s under contract through 2023.

Parker signed a deal that could be worth up to $40 million, including incentives and bonuses, his agent said Friday. An $8 million signing bonus is part of more than $20 million guaranteed, agent Jimmy Gould said.


Cardinals cut veteran pass rusher Suggs

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have released veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs with three games remaining in a disappointing season for both the player and the team.

The 37-year-old Suggs had some good moments for the Cardinals early in the year but his production diminished in recent weeks. He's played in all 13 games and has 35 tackles, including eight for a loss and 5 1/2 sacks.


Seahawks rule out Clowney, Kendricks

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and linebacker Mychal Kendricks have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

Meanwhile, cornerback Shaquill Griffin and defensive end Ziggy Ansah are questionable.


Broncos banged up across both lines

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos will be without several starters on their offensive and defensive lines when they visit Arrowhead Stadium this weekend in search of their first victory over the Kansas City Chiefs since 2015.

Austin Schlotmann will make his second straight start at right guard with Ronald Leary still in concussion protocol, and Elijah Wilkinson will start at right tackle with Ja'Wuan James (knee) missing his 11th game of the season.


Lions rule out LB Davis, OT Wagner

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have ruled out linebacker Jarrad Davis and tackle Rick Wagner for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford also remains out after missing the past five games with back and hip problems. Davis has back and knee issues, and Wagner has a knee injury.


Ex-Saints standout LB Johnson dies at 57

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Saints say former Pro Bowl linebacker Vaughan Johnson, who was a member of the club's vaunted “Dome Patrol” linebacker corps, has died at age 57.

Johnson played in college at North Carolina State and began his pro career with the Jacksonville Bulls of the United State Football League before the Saints selected him in the first round of a USFL supplemental draft in 1986.

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