QB carousel con­tin­ues for Cleve­land

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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.

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