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Rivera unsure if he'll shut down Newton

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera hasn't ruled out shutting down quarterback Cam Newton for the season because of a sore right throwing shoulder.

Rivera said Tuesday he plans to meet with Newton later in the week and figure out where he is "in terms of his physical state and mental state" before deciding if he will start Sunday against Atlanta.

"It's a tough situation right now," Rivera added. "Until I get a chance to visit with him I'm not going to speculate."

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Chargers' Gordon likely to play Saturday

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) All indications point to Melvin Gordon returning to the Los Angeles Chargers backfield for Saturday's game against Baltimore.

The fourth-year running back was a full participant during Tuesday's practice. Gordon has missed the last three games after spraining the MCL in his right knee during the second half of the Chargers' Nov. 26 win against Arizona.

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Redskins' Nicholson charged with assault

WASHINGTON (AP) Redskins safety Montae Nicholson was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with assault and battery and being drunk in public stemming from a fight at a restaurant and retail complex near the team's practice facility in Ashburn, Virginia.

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kraig Troxell confirmed Nicholson's arrest. He says Tuesday afternoon the 23-year-old had been recently released on $2,500 bond.

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Packers RB Jones done for rest of season

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones will miss the final two games of the season after being placed on injured reserve.

The team's leading rusher left the 24-17 loss to Chicago on Sunday in the first quarter with a knee injury. The defeat helped eliminate the Packers from playoff contention.

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Rivera: My fate up to Panthers owner

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Ron Rivera says he wants to return to coach the Panthers next season. He is just not sure if he'll get that chance.

Carolina is in the midst of a colossal collapse, losing six straight games following a 6-2 start. Rivera addressed questions about his job security Tuesday, saying "I can't tell you. I have been through this (uncertainty) a couple of times during my first two seasons here, but at the end of the day it comes to one person - that's the only one that knows."

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Raiders put starting RG Jackson on IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have placed starting right guard Gabe Jackson on injured reserve with an elbow injury.

The Raiders also promoted defensive back Rico Gafford and defensive tackle Gabe Wright from the practice squad and waived linebacker Emmanuel Lamur on Tuesday.

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Colts place starting DT Woods on IR

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts put starting defensive tackle Al Woods on injured reserve Tuesday.

The move comes two days after Woods left Indy's shutout over Dallas with a foot injury.

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Hurt knee lands Seattle G Simmons on IR

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have placed guard Jordan Simmons on injured reserve after he suffered a knee injury last week against San Francisco.

Seattle also signed rookie running back Bo Scarbrough off the Jacksonville practice squad Tuesday.

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Bills put RB Murphy on IR, ink WR Bolden

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have signed receiver Victor Bolden off San Francisco's practice squad and placed running back Marcus Murphy on injured reserve.

Murphy's season is over after dislocating his left elbow in the second quarter of a 14-13 win over Detroit on Sunday. He started the game with LeSean McCoy and backup Chris Ivory sidelined by injuries.

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Falcons sign veteran RB Langford

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have signed running back Jeremy Langford from the practice squad.

Langford, who played two seasons with the Chicago Bears, replaces injured rookie Ito Smith for Sunday's game at Carolina. Smith was placed on injured reserve on Monday with a knee injury.

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