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Saints top Panthers, take NFC South lead

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Drew Brees and the Saints proved they know how to win big games on the road.

Brees overcame a shaky start and threw for one touchdown and ran for another and New Orleans defeated the Carolina Panthers 28-10 Thursday night to take over first place in the NFC South.

The Saints (4-4) piled up 375 yards to snap a seven-game losing streak on the road that dated back to last November.

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Gruden intends to start RG3 on Sunday

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) It's time for RG3's latest comeback.

One of the NFL's most dynamic play-makers - and personalities - is set to return Sunday, and the rest of the season could go far in determining his future in the league. Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden made it all but official Thursday when he said he has "every intent" of starting Robert Griffin III against the Minnesota Vikings.

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DE Hardy's trial ppd. until after season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy's domestic violence appeal trial set for Nov. 17 has been postponed until after the NFL season, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday night.

The person said the new trial date has not been set.

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Cowboys' Randle flippant during arrest

FRISCO, Texas (AP) As he was being booked on a shoplifting charge, Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle offered $100 for a massage and wondered aloud if his arrest would make the news.

KTVT-TV (http://cbsloc.al/1tkhSWi) on Wednesday night aired the video of Randle at the Frisco City Jail following his Oct. 13 arrest. Randle was charged with misdemeanor theft after being accused of stealing cologne and underwear from a Dallas-area department store.

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Plea deal gets Titans' Lewan probation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Tennessee Titans rookie Taylor Lewan pleaded guilty Thursday to being drunk and disorderly in a plea deal that will put him on probation for a confrontation last year involving an Ohio State fan.

Lewan, a former Michigan offensive tackle, was accused of hitting the fan outside a bar, hours after the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines in Ann Arbor last season, 42-41. He was originally charged with aggravated assault and assault and battery against two people.

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Chargers CB Verrett out indefinitely

SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers will lose rookie cornerback Jason Verrett for at least one game and probably longer with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Verrett originally hurt his shoulder in a victory at Oakland on Oct. 12 - which he sealed with a last-minute interception - and aggravated it in a loss at Denver last Thursday night.

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Dolphins coach Philbin misses practice

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin missed practice Thursday because of a family matter while the team prepared for Sunday's game against San Diego.

Philbin's absence was expected to be brief.

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Ryan jokes Jets to start Bumgarner at QB

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Rex Ryan is calling an audible and going to the bullpen.

Michael Vick as the New York Jets' quarterback? Nope.

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Judge denies Hernandez bid to move trial

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) A Massachusetts judge on Thursday denied a request from former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to move his trial in the fatal shooting of a semi-professional football player to a different county.

Hernandez, a former tight end for the Patriots, is charged in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiance. Lloyd's body was found in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez's home in North Attleborough.

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Eagles C Kelce more likely to return

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce made it through his third straight day of practice Thursday, making it more likely he will return from a sports hernia injury in this weekend's game against the Houston Texans.

The center has been out since having surgery at the end of September. He was cautious Thursday when asked about the possibility of playing.

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