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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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Garoppolo to start Sunday vs. Colts

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Jimmy Garoppolo made it through the week of practice completely healthy and will start at quarterback Sunday for San Francisco but the 49ers could be missing left tackle Trent Williams.

Garoppolo left a game against Seattle on Oct. 3 with a injured calf and missed the following game. But he was able to heal during the bye week and coach Kyle Shanahan said he is 100% heading into the game against the Colts.

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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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Titans LT Lewan out against 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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Ravens' Murray, Watkins out vs. Bengals

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have ruled out running back Latavius Murray and receiver Sammy Watkins for Sunday's game against Cincinnati.

Murray has an ankle injury from last weekend's win over the Chargers. Watkins missed that game and still has a thigh issue.

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Falcons DE Fowler on IR due to knee

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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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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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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