Saints top Panthers 28-10 to take NFC South lead (Yahoo Sports)
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. Brees finished 24 of 34 for 297 yards and Mark Ingram turned in another solid performance with 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Redskins: 'every intent' of starting RG3 on Sunday (Yahoo Sports)
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. Gruden said Griffin is fully recovered from a dislocated left ankle suffered in Week 2 and that the third-year quarterback took most of the first-team snaps in practice ahead of Colt McCoy, who started Monday night's upset over the Dallas Cowboys.
AP source: Hardy's appeal trial postponed (Yahoo Sports)
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 change could signal the end of Hardy's season - and perhaps his career - with the Panthers. The NFL and the Panthers have said Hardy would not play until after his trial was resolved, although he is still collecting more than $770,000 per week as Carolina's franchise player. The Panthers placed Hardy on the exempt-commissioner's permission list on Sept. 17 after he was convicted in July of assault on a female and communicating threats.
Video shows Cowboy Randle booked into jail (Yahoo Sports)
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.
Lewan makes plea deal in Michigan assault case (Yahoo Sports)
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. Lewan, 23, instead pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors and agreed to pay $1,714 in restitution, mostly medical bills. I was intoxicated,'' Lewan told the judge.
Chargers cornerback Verrett out indefinitely (Yahoo Sports)
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. The first-round draft pick will miss the game at Miami on Sunday, when the Chargers (5-3) will try to snap a two-game losing streak. The Chargers then have their bye.
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin misses practice (Yahoo Sports)
Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin missed practice Thursday because of a family matter while the team prepared for Sunday's game against San Diego. ''I think he will be back shortly,'' defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said. Coach has done a phenomenal job organizing every practice and every second of every practice, so we just kind of follow his lead and go from there.'' The Dolphins are 4-3, and San Diego is 5-3.
Rex picks Jets' QB: 'that Bumgarner guy' (Yahoo Sports)
Rex Ryan is calling an audible and going to the bullpen. Uh, no. ''All right, we're gonna go with that Bumgarner guy, I think,'' Ryan joked to open his news conference after practice Thursday.
Judge rejects Hernandez bid to move murder trial (Yahoo Sports)
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. In Fall River Superior Court Thursday, Hernandez's lawyer, Michael Fee, urged a judge to move the trial out of Bristol County, citing what he called ''sensational and inflammatory'' media coverage he said has prejudiced potential jurors against Hernandez.
Eagles center Kelce practices, return more likely (Yahoo Sports)
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. ''I'm not ready to say anything definite yet,'' Kelce said. I think we're at the point where it's not going to get worse by playing.'' A sports hernia is different than many other football-related injuries, with some unknowns when trying to recover, Kelce said. ''There's a pain I'm not really used to,'' Kelce said.