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Chargers' Gordon out, Berry rejoins KC

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon joined his backup Austin Ekeler on the inactive list for their high-profile AFC West showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.

Gordon and Ekeler combined for 103 yards rushing and 189 yards receiving when the teams met in Los Angeles to open the season. But after Gordon tested his injured knee in warmups, he conferred with coach Anthony Lynn and general manager Tom Telesco and shook his head, "No."

Gordon has now missed three consecutive games with the knee injury.


Eagles QB Wentz has fractured vertebrae

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Carson Wentz has a back injury. The severity is still not known.

Two people familiar with the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback's injury confirmed reports that Wentz has a fractured vertebra, but no definitive determination has been made regarding his status, pending further evaluation.


Beckham having quad further evaluated

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has had his injured quad examined by a specialist and his status for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans is uncertain.

Beckham went to The Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan on Thursday and returned to the Giants' facility after getting the second opinion.


Falcons WR Jones ill but likely to play

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Falcons receiver Julio Jones has been sent home with flu-like symptoms but is expected to play Sunday against Arizona.

Coach Dan Quinn says the wide receiver likely will return to practice on Friday. Jones, a two-time All-Pro, leads the NFL in yards receiving and is the only player in league history with five straight 1,400-yard seasons.


Jets rule out RB Crowell, WR Enunwa

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets will be without two key playmakers on offense against the Houston Texans.

Starting running back Isaiah Crowell and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa will not play because of injuries that kept them out of practice all week.


Bills RB McCoy back to limited practice

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday, a day after being held out because of an injury to his left hamstring.

Coach Sean McDermott said the team will continue evaluating McCoy's progress before determining whether he can play Sunday, when Buffalo hosts Detroit. McCoy did not return after being hurt during Buffalo's opening series in a 27-23 loss to the New York Jets last weekend.


Browns CB Ward out second straight week

CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns will again be without rookie starting cornerback Denzel Ward, who will miss his second straight game Saturday at Denver with a concussion.

Ward has been in concussion protocol since getting hurt while making a tackle in a Dec. 2 loss at Houston. Ward sat out last week's win over Carolina and missed all three practices this week before the Browns announced Thursday that he has been ruled out against the Broncos.


Sherman downplays Seahawks' comments

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco cornerback Richard Sherman won't get as emotional about playing against Seattle this week as he did when the 49ers and Seahawks met two weeks ago.

All of that, Sherman insists, is water under the bridge now.


Chargers' temp home changing name in '19

CARSON, Calif. (AP) The home stadium of the NFL's Los Angeles Chargers and Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy will change its name in 2019.

StubHub Center will become Dignity Health Sports Park on Jan. 1, owner AEG announced Thursday.


Jackson still Ravens' QB, Flacco backup

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) As he worked diligently for more than a month to return from a potentially dangerous hip injury, Joe Flacco watched the Baltimore Ravens flourish without him.

Now that he's healthy, Flacco must adjust to a role he's never experienced during his 11-year NFL career: backup quarterback.

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