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Backups shine as Browns hold off Broncos

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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.

Keenum didn't put up impressive stats (21 of 33 for 199 yards), but threw a touchdown pass and did enough - as did Cleveland's maligned defense - to get the Browns (4-3) a much-needed victory.


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.


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.


Miller sprains ankle, Broncos' skid at 4

CLEVELAND (AP) Von Miller's ankle didn't hurt as much as his pride.

The Broncos' surprising start has become a troubling slide.


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.


Maye says he wants to remain with Jets

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Marcus Maye knew where to go once the news of his DUI arrest from February became public.

He went straight to the coach's office, seeking out Robert Saleh to explain what happened and why he kept it from the New York Jets for more than seven months.


OL Knight taking break from football

BALTIMORE (AP) Former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Brandon Knight says he's taking a break from football to address his mental health.

Knight went from the Cowboys to Baltimore via waivers this week, but he did not report to the Ravens. In a message on Twitter on Thursday, he thanked the Ravens for the opportunity.


49ers believe Garoppolo will face Colts

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers are optimistic starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo can return this week from a right calf injury but don't expect backup Trey Lance back for another week.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo would be limited at practice Wednesday after missing one game with the injury and is on target to play Sunday night against Indianapolis.


Stafford happy in LA, won't slam Lions

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) While winning mostly eluded Matthew Stafford during his 12 seasons with Lions, the quarterback still has positive feelings about his time in Detroit, even after his career was rejuvenated by a trade to the Los Angeles Rams.

Going into his first game against the franchise that drafted him first overall in 2009, Stafford doesn't want to jeopardize those good feelings. He rejected the suggestion that his early success with the Rams means he did not receive adequate support from the Lions.


Jets top tackler Mosley iffy vs. Pats

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) C.J. Mosley is taking no chances with his injured hamstring.

The New York Jets linebacker could be sidelined for the team's game Sunday at New England after he said Wednesday he was hurt on the second-to-last play of New York's 27-20 loss to Atlanta in London on Oct. 10.

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