DENVER – (Wire Service Report) – Rookie Paxton Lynch will start at quarterback on Sunday when the Denver Broncos put their unbeaten record on the line against the visiting Atlanta Falcons.
It will be the first career start for Lynch, who replaced an injured Trevor Siemian in the second quarter of last Sunday’s 27-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Mike Klis of 9news.com in Denver, citing multiple sources, first reported that Lynch will get the nod.
Siemian sprained his left (non-throwing) shoulder and was clearly limited in practice throughout the week. The 2015 seventh-round draft pick out of Northwestern has the reigning Super Bowl champions off to a 4-0 start.
Lynch acquitted himself well in his NFL debut, completing 14 of 24 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown.
(All reports from Digital Sports Desk wire service, Sports Xchange and Sports Direct)
CHARLOTTE – The Carolina Panthers officially ruled out quarterback Cam Newton for Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to a concussion. The 27-year-old Newton did not practice all week after he suffered his first documented concussion in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 48-33 loss at Atlanta, when he took a legal helmet-to-helmet hit from Falcons rookie linebacker Deion Jones on a two-point conversion run. Newton has remained in concussion protocol since then.
Derek Anderson will make his third start for Carolina since joining the team in 2011. He was 2-0 in his other two starts, both against the Buccaneers in 2014 when Newton was injured. Anderson finished last Sunday’s game, completing 17 of 23 pass attempts for 172 yards and two touchdowns. He completed 49 of 74 pass attempts for 501 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in his other two starts for the Panthers.
FOXBORO – Quarterback Tom Brady and defensive end Rob Ninkovich were activated by the New England Patriots after serving four-game suspensions, and both will play Sunday at Cleveland against the winless Browns. Brady was suspended for his part in the highly publicized Deflategate scandal, while Ninkovich violated the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. The Patriots previously made room on the roster by placing rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett on injured reserve and releasing tight end Clay Harbor. The Patriots, who won their first three games without Brady before being beaten 16-0 by the Buffalo Bills last week, also released guard Jonathan Cooper and signed rookie defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton off their practice squad.
New England also released offensive guard Jonathan Cooper, who was acquired in an offseason trade that sent defensive end Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals.
TAMPA – Tampa Bay officially ruled out only wide receiver Cecil Shorts III due to a hamstring injury for Monday night’s game against the Carolina Panthers, but the Buccaneers likely will be missing other key players as well. The Bucs are expected to be without their top two running backs in Doug Martin (hamstring) and Charles Sims (knee), who are listed as doubtful.
Running back Jacquizz Rodgers, who signed with the Bucs after the first week of the season, is expected to start. In addition, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (calf) was listed as doubtful on the Bucs’ final injury report Saturday. Defensive end Robert Ayers (ankle), who had 9.5 sacks last season, has missed the last two weeks and also is listed as doubtful.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Rams released cornerback Coty Sensabaugh, almost seven months after signing him to a three-year contract.
Los Angeles promoted defensive lineman Morgan Fox from the practice squad to take the roster spot of Sensabaugh, who joined the Rams in March.
Sensabaugh signed a free-agent deal worth nearly $15 million, with incentives pushing the pact upwards of $19 million.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts activated defensive tackle Arthur Jones from the commissioner exempt list after he served his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The 6-foot-3, 320-pound Jones signed with the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2014.
He has played in 55 career NFL games (23 starts) and totaled 142 tackles, 10 sacks and two forced fumbles with the Colts (2014-15) and Baltimore Ravens (2010-13).
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers placed cornerback Senquez Golson and offensive tackle Ryan Harris on injured reserve.
Golson has been sidelined since undergoing surgery on his foot in August. A second-round draft pick out of Ole Miss in 2015, Golson was injured in practice and has yet to play a down in the NFL.
Harris was hurt in last week’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs. He was starting in place of injured right tackle Marcus Gilbert, who will also miss Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.
BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Ravens activated tight end Darren Waller on Saturday from the commissioner exempt list to the 53-man roster after he served his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
Waller, a sixth-round pick in the 2015 draft out of Georgia Tech, has played in six career games, posting two receptions for 18 yards and registering three special teams tackles.