Bron­cos cruise past Tex­ans, 27-9

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS & NFL -

The Den­ver Bron­cos ru­ined Brock Osweiler’s home­com­ing Mon­day night, hur­ry­ing, hit­ting and ha­rass­ing their for­mer team­mate in a 27-9 win over his Hous­ton Tex­ans (4-3).

Coach Gary Ku­biak re­turned to the side­line fol­low­ing his sec­ond health scare in three years, and the Bron­cos (5-2) ended a twogame skid.

C.J. An­der­son and Devon­tae Booker en­er­gized Den­ver’s sput­ter­ing ground game, both run­ning for a touch­down. An­der­son gained 107 yards on 16 car­ries and Booker had 83 on 17 at­tempts.

Although he avoided sacks, Osweiler was just 22 for 41 for 131 yards with no touch­downs and no in­ter­cep­tions. Siemian was 14 of 25 for 157 yards, a touch­down and no in­ter­cep­tions. Jaguars’ Lee flagged for slur: Jaguars re­ceiver Mar­qise Lee said he was flagged for us­ing a racial slur in Jack­sonville’s 33-16 loss to the Raiders on Sun­day.

Lee ac­knowl­edged Mon­day that was the cause for his un­sports­man­like-con­duct penalty late in the third quar­ter, a flag that seem­ingly started the Jaguars’ fourth-quar­ter melt­down in which de­fen­sive tackle Ma­lik Jack­son and cor­ner­back Jalen Ram­sey were ejected.

“I got flagged for say­ing the N-word,” Lee said. “In the midst of the game, emo­tion is go­ing from both teams. It just so hap­pened the ref heard me, so I got the flag. I’ve just got to fess up to it.” RB Foster re­tires: Four­time Pro Bowl run­ning back Arian Foster has an­nounced his re­tire­ment mid­way through an in­jury­plagued sea­son with the Dol­phins.

Foster, 30, tried to come back from a torn Achilles ten­don but was slowed this sea­son by groin and ham­string in­juries. He dis­closed his de­ci­sion on the web­site Un­in­ter­rupted, and the Dol­phins con­firmed it. Ryan calls hit ‘dirty’: Bills coach Rex Ryan is chal­leng­ing the NFL to con­sider eject­ing play­ers for blind­side hits to the head such as the one by Dol­phins re­ceiver Jarvis Landry that lev­eled Buf­falo safety Aaron Wil­liams.

Ryan called Landry’s hit “dirty” and “de­lib­er­ate” while say­ing on-field of­fi­cials made the right call in flag­ging the player for un­nec­es­sary rough­ness. Ex­tra points: Bears QB Jay Cut­ler has been cleared and will re­turn from a thumb in­jury to play against the Vik­ings on Oct. 31. He has been out since Sept. 19. ... Cow­boys WR Dez Bryant, who has not played since in­jur­ing his right knee Sept. 25 against the Bears, ran routes and caught passes in prac­tice and is ex­pected to play Sun­day. ... Jets QB Geno Smith has a torn an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in his right knee. He was hurt while be­ing sacked dur­ing Sun­day’s win over the Ravens. ... Car­di­nals WR Jaron Brown tore his ACL against the Sea­hawks and is out for the re­main­der of the sea­son. ... An MRI showed that Red­skins LT Trent Wil­liams’ left knee, in­jured in a loss to the Lions, has no struc­tural dam­age, but coach Jay Gru­den said Wil­liams’ con­di­tion will be mon­i­tored dur­ing the week.

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