NFL notebook: Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray doubtful for Browns
BY Associated Press
Saturday, November 17, 2012
11/17/12 at 6:11 AM
Injured Dallas running back DeMarco Murray is unlikely to return from a four-game absence Sunday against Cleveland.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Friday that Murray is doing more each day in recovering from a sprained right foot but is doubtful this weekend.
Murray injured the foot while rushing for 90 yards in the first half against Baltimore on Oct. 14. He tried to play through the injury but had just one carry after halftime.
The Dallas running game has struggled since Murray's injury but had its best game without him last Sunday against Philadelphia. Led by Felix Jones with 71 yards, the Cowboys surpassed 100 yards rushing for the first time in four games.
Bears' Cutler to miss 49ers game with concussion: The Chicago Bears say quarterback Jay Cutler will miss Monday's game at San Francisco because of a concussion.
Jason Campbell is expected to start in his place.
Cutler's status was in question after he sat out the second half of Sunday's loss to Houston. The Bears believe he was injured on a late-second-quarter helmet-to-helmet hit by the Texans' Tim Dobbins, who was fined $30,000 by the league.
Eagles QB Vick out; Foles to start at Washington: Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will miss Sunday's game vs. the Washington Redskins due to the effects of a concussion.
Rookie Nick Foles, who replaced Vick during the 38-23 loss to Dallas on Sunday, and who practiced with the first team all week, will get his first NFL start in a battle of 3-6 teams fighting to save their seasons.
Philadelphia head trainer Rick Burkholder made the announcement Friday at the team's practice facility, confirming a decision that had been in the works since Monday. It was only because Vick had not completed the league-mandated concussion testing earlier in the week that coach Andy Reid did not officially rule him out until the team's final practice.
Foles was 22-of-32 for 219 yards with a touchdown and an interception vs. the Cowboys. Those numbers weren't enough to help the Eagles avoid their fifth straight loss, a first in Reid's 14 seasons.
RB Mendenhall ready to return for Steelers: Insisting he feels well and has had no setbacks after a full week of practice, running back Rashard Mendenhall is set to return for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Because of an Achilles injury, Mendenhall has missed all four games of a winning streak that the Steelers (6-3) carry into their Sunday showdown with the Baltimore Ravens (7-2).
Mendenhall had not been through a full practice in more than a month, but made it through complete workouts Wednesday, Thursday and Friday