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Flores backs Tua as trade rumors linger

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) The story line has not changed over the last couple of months, nor did Miami coach Brian Flores' answer on Friday from when he was first asked about the future of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa months ago.

"Tua's our quarterback," Flores said.

That's not in dispute - for now, at least.

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Kingsbury still absent from Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Linebacker Chandler Jones was back at the Arizona's practice facility on Friday. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury was not.

The undefeated Cardinals are still sifting through COVID-19 issues as they prepare to face the Houston Texans on Sunday. Arizona's trying to push to 7-0 for the first time since 1974.

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Backups shine as Browns hold off Broncos

CLEVELAND (AP) Baker Mayfield had the best seat in the house to watch the Browns' backups deliver.

Case Keenum stepped in for an injured Mayfield and made the most of his first start in two years, third-string back D'Ernest Johnson rushed for 146 yards and Cleveland overcame a short week and a long list of injuries to beat the Denver Broncos 17-14 on Thursday night.

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Titans left tackle Lewan out vs. Chiefs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan will not play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday as he recovers from a concussion.

The Titans also declared Friday that wide receiver Chester Rogers, who ranks second in the NFL averaging 13.3 yards per punt return, and linebacker Monty Rice won't play.

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Falcons DE Dante Fowler (knee) put on IR

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Atlanta Falcons defensive end Dante Fowler was placed on injured reserve Friday and will miss at least three games.

Fowler was initially ruled out of Sunday's game at Miami with a knee injury. The team then said he was going on IR.

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Giants WR Slayton to return vs. Panthers

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) While the New York Giants will again be without star running back Saquon Barkley and playmaking receivers Kenny Golladay and exciting rookie Kadarius Toney, the offense is expected to get back wideout Darius Slayton.

Slayton, who led the team in yards receiving in his first two NFL seasons, has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury. He warmed up on Sunday for a game against the Rams but he didn't get a jersey for the 38-11 loss that dropped New York to 1-5.

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Bears put TE Graham on COVID-19 list

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears placed veteran tight end Jimmy Graham on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday.

In his second season with the Bears, the five-time Pro Bowl selection has just one catch for 11 yards. He joins running back Damien Williams and linebacker Robert Quinn on the COVID list.

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Mayfield has broken bone in shoulder

CLEVELAND (AP) Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield also is dealing with a broken bone in his injured left shoulder but believes he can play with it, a person familiar with his health told The Associated Press on Thursday night.

Mayfield hopes the injury improves enough over the next few days that he can face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 31, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

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Congress seeks information on WFT probe

A Congressional committee is seeking documents and information from the NFL regarding the investigation into the Washington Football Team and how the league handled it.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform said Thursday it sent a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell requesting by Nov. 4 all documents and communication about the probe into the workplace culture at the Washington Football Team.

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Packers sign former Texans LB Mercilus

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Whitney Mercilus' football fortunes changed over the course of less than 48 hours.

In his 10th season with Houston, Mercilus was released by the one-win Texans on Tuesday. Contenders quickly called to express their interest.

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