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Fitzpatrick has 3 TDs, beats Jags again

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Ryan Fitzpatrick handles the Jacksonville Jaguars as well as anyone in the NFL.

It doesn't matter which uniform the journeyman quarterback is wearing, either.

Fitzpatrick accounted for three touchdowns and led Miami to a 31-13 victory Thursday night, becoming the first NFL quarterback to notch six wins over the same opponent with six teams.

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Charges dropped against Pats owner Kraft

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Florida prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Thursday after courts blocked their use of video that allegedly shows him paying for massage parlor sex.

Palm Beach State Attorney Dave Aronberg will explain the decision during an online press conference later Thursday.

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Kittle practices for 2nd straight day

The San Francisco 49ers finally have gotten some good news on the injury front.

All-Pro tight end George Kittle practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day on Thursday in a sign that he could be ready to return after missing one game with a knee injury.

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MetLife turf passes NFL inspection

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The turf at MetLife Stadium is good to go for Sunday's game between the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers.

The NFL said the latest inspection of the field on Wednesday showed the Field Turf surface meets all applicable standards and protocols for its field surfaces.

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Chiefs CB Ward returns to practice

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs could have some help stopping Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson back on the field when they head to Baltimore for a Monday night showdown pitting two teams with Super Bowl aspirations.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Thursday top cornerback Charvarius Ward, who missed last week's win over the Chargers with a fractured hand, would return to practice in some capacity. The Chiefs are also due to get back Mike Pennel, their run-stuffing defensive tackle, who had to serve a two-game suspension to start the season.

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Saints allowing family for Packers game

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Bears Hall of Fame RB Sayers dies at 77

CHICAGO (AP) Gale Sayers, the dazzling and elusive running back who entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite the briefest of careers and whose fame extended far beyond the field for decades thanks to a friendship with a dying Chicago Bears teammate, has died. He was 77.

Nicknamed "The Kansas Comet" and considered among the best open-field runners the game has ever seen, Sayers died Wednesday, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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With Barkley out, Giants sign RB Freeman

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Two-time Pro Bowl halfback Devonta Freeman has signed with the New York Giants and might play this weekend.

The Giants announced the move Wednesday, a day after 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley was placed on injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

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QB Taylor had lung punctured by doctor

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor missed last Sunday's game because a team doctor accidentally punctured his lung, according to a person familiar with the case.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because of medical restriction issues.

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Panthers put McCaffrey on short-term IR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers have placed Christian McCaffrey on short-term injured reserve, meaning the All-Pro running back will miss at least three games.

McCaffrey suffered a high right ankle sprain in Carolina's 31-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday, an injury that normally requires a 4 to 6 week recovery period. McCaffrey said Monday that is how long he was told he should expect to miss, but added that he hopes to be back sooner. The earliest he could return is Oct. 18 when the Panthers host the Bears.

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