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NFL to play 4 2017 games in London

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LONDON (AP) The NFL will stage four regular-season games in London next year.

Teams and venues for the four games will be announced on Tuesday.

The NFL started playing regular-season games in London in 2007, and has recently played three games per season in the British capital. The league has never before played four games in one season in London.


Panthers LB Kuechly iffy with concussion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera says three-time All-Pro middle linebacker Luke Kuechly will play against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday if he's cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol.

The NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 has missed the last two games with a concussion.


Jags WR Hurns, TE Thomas out vs. Vikes

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without receiver Allen Hurns and tight end Julius Thomas again Sunday against Minnesota.

Coach Gus Bradley ruled out Hurns (hamstring) and Thomas (back) on Friday as well as running back Denard Robinson (ankle), defensive end Jared Odrick (shoulder) and safety Peyton Thompson (ankle).


Jets rule 6 players out vs. 49ers

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets right tackle Breno Giacomini and defensive tackle Steve McLendon are among six players ruled out for the game at San Francisco on Sunday.

Linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin, wide receiver Jalin Marshall, cornerback Antonio Allen and running back Khiry Robinson also will not play because of injuries. Coach Todd Bowles says Friday that defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is questionable to play with an injured ankle.


Chiefs stymie Raiders, control AFC West

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Tyreek Hill didn't know what to do when he started hearing thousands of people in Arrowhead Stadium chanting his name, even as he stood all alone on the frozen turf waiting for the punt.

"Just give them what they want, I guess," Hill thought to himself.


Broncos QB Siemian returns to practice

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Trevor Siemian took a big step Thursday - whether that's forward or back depends on how his sprained left heel responds to his first practice since getting hurt against Kansas City on Nov. 27.

"It was a positive day, so we'll see where we're at tomorrow," coach Gary Kubiak said after splitting snaps between Siemian and rookie Paxton Lynch at his first full practice of the week.


Chiefs LB Johnson tears Achilles

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Derrick Johnson knew his season was over the moment he hit the frozen turf of Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs' veteran linebacker ripping off his helmet in frustration.

It became official when he went to the sideline and found he had torn his Achilles.


0-12 Browns go back to Griffin at QB

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Three months later, Robert Griffin III is starting anew with the Browns.

RG3 wants to make the wait worth it.


Falcons give CB Alford 4-year extension

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have signed cornerback Robert Alford to a four-year contract extension.

Alford has played in 53 games over four seasons with the Falcons, including 41 starts. He has nine interceptions, returning two for touchdowns and teaming with Desmond Trufant to give Atlanta one of the league's better cornerback combos.


Racist graffiti probed at Giants FB home

MOONACHIE, N.J. (AP) Police are investigating a break-in and the scrawling of racist graffiti at the New Jersey home of a New York Giants player.

The break-in at Nikita Whitlock's home is being investigated as a hate crime, Moonachie police Sgt. Richard Behrens told The Record ( ). Jewelry and electronics were also stolen, he said.

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