NFL roundup: Giants’ Andre Brown on recallable IR

Giants running back Andre Brown is out for the remainder of the season with a broken fibula, the Newark Star-Ledger reported Monday.

Brown sustained the injury during Sunday night's 38-10 rout of the Packers.

Coach Tom Coughlin announced the injury after the game but the Star-Ledger reported that tests taken Monday revealed that Brown will miss the rest of the season, citing a person with knowledge of Brown's injury as a source.


However, the team Monday placed Brown on recallable injured reserve. He must stay on the list eight weeks, which would get him back for the Super Bowl if the Giants make it. And Brown tweeted Sunday night: "People the season not over yet!!!!"

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Brown has a team-best eight rushing touchdowns and is averaging 5.3 yards per carry. Starter Ahmad Bradshaw and Brown have been splitting carries in recent weeks.

Also, Giants tight end Martellus Bennett broke the fall of a man who fell over a railing trying to grab a glove the player was handing to a child after Sunday night’s win.

Williams out for year

49ers wide receiver and return man Kyle Williams said he will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his left knee sustained in Sunday’s 31-21 win at New Orleans.

Williams posted on his Twitter account he has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the knee. Surgery would be the likely next step.


The 24-year-old Williams — a third-year pro who had two costly fumbles in a 20-17 loss to the Giants in last season’s NFC Championship game — had 14 catches for 212 yards and a touchdown this year.

Coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t say which of his quarterbacks would start Sunday at St. Louis, Colin Kaepernick or Alex Smith.

Big Ben hoping

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has missed two games with a rib and shoulder injury, hopes to play this Sunday. "I'm going to try," Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "It's killing me to watch." The Steelers fell to the Browns, 20-14, Sunday and fell to 6-5 on the season. Pittsburgh takes on the AFC North division-leading Ravens (9-2) in a rematch this Sunday. Team doctors have determined that Roethlisberger's rib has healed enough that further damage is no longer a risk. The Steelers were down to third-stringer Charlie Batch against the Browns, with backup Byron Leftwich out with his own rib and shoulder injuries. Pittsburgh struggled, turning the ball over eight times . . . Packers coach Mike McCarthy said receiver Greg Jennings will fully practice this week and play Sunday vs. the Vikings as he recovers from a torn abdomen muscle. Jennings hasn’t played since Sept. 30.

Manning passed test

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning took a concussion test at halftime of Sunday's game against the Chiefs but did not miss a snap. Manning took a hit to the back of his helmet during the first half of the 17-9 victory and later passed the team's concussion protocols, according to the Denver Post. "I'm fine," he said. "Everything checked out OK. I took a hit there, but I was cleared." More than a year ago, Manning had a neck-fusion operation that kept him out of action for all of 2011 . . . Titans coach Mike Munchak fired offensive coordinator Chris Palmer and replaced the veteran with quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains . . . The Cardinals said they are sticking with Ryan Lindley at QB, at least until Kevin Kolb is healthy enough to play.

No Suh suspension

Ndamukong Suh might lose some money for his low blow against Texans quarterback Matt Schaub Thursday. The Lions defensive tackle, though, will be able to play Sunday at home against the Colts. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted Monday that the Lions have been notified that Suh won’t be suspended for last Thursday’s ‘‘incident,’’ though it will be reviewed for a potential fine . . . The NFL will not be suspending Saints starting defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley for his kick to the back of offensive lineman Alex Boone’s helmet in the final minutes of San Francisco’s victory over New Orleans Sunday.

Bears lose Luis


The Bears will be without starting right guard Lance Louis for the rest of the season because of a left knee injury. And for that, they are not happy with Minnesota’s Jared Allen for the hit on Louis that caused the injury . . . Vikings running back Adrian Peterson missed the bus to Soldier Field for Sunday’s game, but coach Leslie Frazier wasn't ready to say the incident contributed to the team’s loss. Frazier added that Peterson injured his shoulder during the game . . . Houston coach Gary Kubiak said that outside linebacker Brooks Reed is going to miss time with a ‘‘significant’’ groin injury suffered in the Texans’ 34-31 overtime win in Detroit Thursday.

Wright suspended

Tampa Bay cornerback Eric Wright has been suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The player issued a statement through his agent saying he took Adderall ‘‘at the end of July for health issues I was experiencing.’’ Wright appealed the discipline, which was upheld by the NFL . . . Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says he expects starting cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner to be able to play on Sunday at Chicago, despite the possibility they could be facing four-game suspensions for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Lewis to return?

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who was expected to miss the remainder of the year with a torn triceps, could return later this season, Yahoo! Sports reported . . . Receiver Stevie Johnson backpedaled a day later away from comments he made Sunday, when he questioned coach Chan Gailey’s play calling following a 20-13 loss at Indianapolis. Johnson now says rather than suggesting Ryan Fitzpatrick should take over more of the play-calling duties, he meant to say the quarterback should have more opportunities to change plays at the line of scrimmage.

Material from Reuters was used in this report.