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NFL News & Rumors: Wednesday 9/4

NFL

  • Free agent OL R.J. Mattes has been suspended for four games. (Aaron Wilson)

Bears

Bengals

Bills

Broncos

  • CB Champ Bailey has been ruled out of Thursday’s game. (Mike Klis)
  • TE Joel Dreessen has been ruled out for Thursday game.  (Mike Klis)
  • The Broncos are expected to use a running back by committee for the “foreseeable future.” (FOX Sports)

Browns

Cardinals

  • Rookie RB Stepfan Taylor will handle team’s short-yardage and goal-line situations this weekend. (Mike Jurecki)

Colts

Cowboys

Eagles

Falcons

Giants

Jaguars

Jets

  • The Jets announced that rookie QB Geno Smith will start Week 1 game against the Buccaneers.
  • QB Mark Sanchez is expected to miss at least the first two weeks of the season. (New York Post)
  • QB Matt Simms will backup Geno Smith against the Buccaneers.
  • TE Kellen Winslow is expected to skip Wednesday practices this season. (ESPN.com)
  • RB Mike Goodson has agreed to reduce his base salary from $1 million to $715,000. (Tom Pelissero)

Lions

Packers

  • The Packers have rookie Eddie Lacy listed as their starting RB. (Rob Demovsky)
  • CB Casey Hayward has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the 49ers. (Jason Wilde)

Panthers

  • Panthers reached injury settlements with WR Joe Adams, DT Frank Kearse and S Haruki Nakamura. (Joe Person)

Patriots

Ravens

  • Ravens placed TE Dennis Pitta on injured reserve/designated for return.

Seahawks

  • DE Cliff Avril returned to practice on Wednesday. (Eric Williams)

Steelers

  • HC Mike Tomlin mentioned that RB Le’Veon Bell being ruled out of Week 1 was because of missed practice time and not his foot injury. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Texans

  • FS Ed Reed is “very doubtful” to play in Monday night’s game against the Chargers. (Jason La Canfora)
  • Rookie OL David Quessenberry broke his foot during Wednesday’s practice and will miss the entire season. (John McClain)
  • Texans cut Mike Mohamed from practice squad and sign Nate Menkin to practice squad. (Aaron Wilson)