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Broncos, Cardinals meet in need of a win

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals can't run the football. The Denver Broncos can't stop the run.

So maybe the ground game will be the deciding factor when these two struggling teams meet on Thursday night.

"I'll tell you this - and I'm a firm believer in this - stopping the run and running the football allows a team to control the game depending on who is doing that the best," Broncos coach Vance Joseph said.


Dolphins' Tannehill out 2nd game in row

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) With Ryan Tannehill ruled out of Sunday's game against Detroit, Brock Osweiler will get another start at quarterback, and the Miami Dolphins' super sub is optimistic he can deliver a successful encore to the most prolific game of his career last week.

But then Osweiler is always optimistic, even when he's playing lousy.


Bills to start Anderson at QB vs. Colts

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Derek Anderson went from having the Buffalo Bills lure him out of semiretirement one week, to taking over the starting job for injured rookie Josh Allen the next.

So much for the 35-year-old having any chance of easing his way back into football some 10 months since attempting what Anderson once thought might well have been the last pass - an incompletion - of his 12-year career.


Browns CB Gaines out with concussion

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns starting cornerback E.J. Gaines has a concussion and will miss Sunday's game at Tampa Bay.

Gaines practiced on Wednesday, but didn't show any symptoms until Thursday and was placed in league protocol. Coach Hue Jackson isn't certain when Gaines got hurt, but he called the loss "a tough blow" for Cleveland's defense, which will be challenged against the Buccaneers' pass-heavy attack.


NFL looking into Dolphins' injury report

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase described quarterback Ryan Tannehill's worsening injury last week as unusual, and now it has drawn the interest of the NFL.

The league is looking into how the Dolphins reported Tannehill's shoulder problem on injury reports last week, two people with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday. The people confirmed the NFL's interest in the matter to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league wasn't commenting.


Bears' Mack day to day with ankle injury

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) No matter how dominant Chicago Bears star pass rusher Khalil Mack is, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick wanted to make one thing clear.

He's no L.T.


Khan drops bid to buy Wembley Stadium

LONDON (AP) Wembley Stadium is staying in the hands of English soccer.

American sports magnate Shad Khan abandoned a 600 million pound ($790 million) bid for the English Football Association's main asset on Wednesday after recognizing the extent of opposition to the sale.


Eagles injured LT Peters plans to play

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Eagles nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters isn't expected to miss a game despite tearing his biceps.

The 36-year-old Peters was limited in Wednesday's practice, but coach Doug Pederson says "there's no concern with injuring him any further" and "he'll be ready to go" for Sunday's game against Carolina.


Vick's father gets 5-year jail sentence

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) The father of former pro-football star Michael Vick has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for his role in a drug ring.

News outlets report 56-year-old Michael Dwayne Boddie was sentenced Wednesday, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin in June.


Anthem policy not likely forthcoming

NEW YORK (AP) Don't expect the NFL to institute a national anthem policy this season, if at all.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell emphasized on Wednesday the work teams and players are doing in the community and didn't say whether the league and the NFLPA are moving closer toward any agreement on the contentious issue.