QB carousel continues for Cleveland
Kevin Hogan was fourth on the depth chart in training camp. He’s now Cleveland’s starting quarterback.
Hogan, a former All-Met at Gonzaga High, will replace struggling rookie DeShone Kizer this week and start Sunday at Houston, becoming the 28th starter for the Browns since 1999. Hogan has come off the bench three times this season and produced points for the spiraling Browns (0-5), who are 1-20 in two seasons under Coach Hue Jackson and showing minimal signs of improvement.
Kizer has regressed in recent weeks, throwing interceptions and prompting Jackson to make the swap. The NFL’s youngest starting quarterback, the 21-yearold Kizer leads the league with nine interceptions — four inside the red zone.
PATRIOTS: Quarterback Tom Brady told New England fans not to worry about his left shoulder injury, even though it has kept him out of the team’s first two practices this week.
Brady did not participate in practice Wednesday, according to the team’s injury report, although he was spotted on the field during the portion that was open to reporters. Brady was absent from the open portion of practice Tuesday and reportedly received an MRI exam on his non-throwing shoulder.
GIANTS: New York suspended veteran Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie after the cornerback left the team’s facilities before practice Wednesday.
Coach Ben McAdoo announced the indefinite suspension after practice.
The second-year coach had met with Rodgers-Cromartie on Tuesday and told him that he would not be active for Sunday’s game in Denver because of something the 31-year-old either said or did during Sunday’s loss to the Chargers.
McAdoo told the 10-year veteran who joined the Giants in 2014 that he still expected him to practice this week and prepare for the game even though he was not going to play.
RAIDERS: Oakland adjusted its practice schedule in Alameda, Calif., because of poor air quality resulting from the wildfires in nearby wine country.
The Raiders took the practice field in smoky conditions with even some ash falling from the sky. The Environmental Protection Agency said the air was “unhealthy” in Alameda, about 40 miles from the fires.
The Raiders shortened practice by eliminating individual drills in an effort to limit the amount of time players spent outside.
VIKINGS: Minnesota has five starters with injury concerns going into its game vs. Green Bay.
Quarterback Sam Bradford (knee), wide receiver Stefon Diggs (groin), safety Andrew Sendejo (groin), left guard Nick Easton (calf) and defensive tackle Tom Johnson (knee) were all held out of practice.
TITANS: Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota said he feels a lot better than a week ago. Whether he plays Monday night against the Indianapolis Colts will depend on how much Mariota can move around.
Mariota did not play last week in a 16-10 loss to Miami because of a strained left hamstring. The Titans practiced Wednesday, taking advantage of an extra day.
“I was able to participate in a good amount of practice,” Mariota said. “I wasn’t able to do everything, but being able to be out here with the guys, doing some stuff, was big.”
COLTS: Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck will be back on the practice field Thursday and Saturday this week.
Coach Chuck Pagano described Luck’s progression as “coming along good.”
COWBOYS: Dallas released cornerback Nolan Carroll, the team’s second significant free agent let go this season.
Carroll left a loss at Denver in Week 2 with a concussion and didn’t play again.
LIONS: Detroit placed defensive tackle Haloti Ngata on injured reserve. Ngata left Sunday’s game against Carolina with an elbow injury.