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Turner: Chargers didn't use Stickum in MNF loss

SAN DIEGO -- Coach Norv Turner says nobody from the San Diego Chargers used Stickum in a Monday night loss to the Denver Broncos on Oct. 15 or in any other game.

Turner was reacting Monday to an investigation by the NFL into whether the Chargers used a banned sticky substance during a 35-24 loss to Denver.

Turner says the team does use a towel, which is used by "a lot of teams in this league," to dry the ball, gloves worn by players and their arms.

Turner says the NFL is looking into the towel.

Fox Sports reported Sunday that officials made an equipment manager empty his pockets and found a skin-colored or clear type of tape.




JAGS: Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew will miss Sunday's game at Green Bay, maybe more, because of a foot injury.

Quarterback Blaine Gabbert has a chance to play despite an injury to his non-throwing shoulder.

Jones-Drew injured his left foot on the first play of Sunday's 26-23 loss at Oakland. Gabbert injured his left shoulder on a sack in the second quarter.

Coach Mike Mularkey says he doesn't have results of tests performed on Jones-Drew's foot, but adds that the injury is serious enough that it could keep the running back sidelined for an extended period. Mularkey says team doctors haven't ruled out the possibility of it being a Lisfranc injury.

Jones-Drew leads the team with 414 yards rushing. Rashad Jennings will start in his place against the Packers.

PACKERS: Packers safety Charles Woodson has a broken collarbone and will be out approximately six weeks.

Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed the severity of the injury Monday, a day after the team's 30-20 win at St. Louis.

The 36-year-old Woodson broken his clavicle in the 2011 Super Bowl win over Pittsburgh. McCarthy says Woodson is nervous about his latest injury.

The Packers played without four defensive starters against the Rams. They host Jacksonville on Sunday.

CHIEFS: Brady Quinn will take over as the Kansas City starting quarterback and Matt Cassel will serve as the backup beginning with Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders.

Quinn started in the Chiefs' loss at Tampa Bay two weeks ago because Cassel was still feeling the effects of a concussion sustained the previous week against Baltimore.

The Chiefs were off last week and that gave coach Romeo Crennel an opportunity to evaluate both of them along with the team's miserable 1-5 start.

Crennel said Monday that he hopes changing the quarterback "will get everybody's attention and hopefully that impacts the team." Cassel had committed 14 turnovers in the first five games of the season. He was completing just 58.5 percent of his passes for 230 yards per game.

GIANTS: Playing with emotion makes Ahmad Bradshaw one of the NFL's toughest running backs.

Putting them on display on Sunday came close to getting the New York Giants veteran in big trouble with coach Tom Coughlin.

An angry and frustrated Bradshaw slapped Victor Cruz in the back of the helmet after the receiver missed a block on a third-quarter run, and then screamed at his 66-year-old coach minutes later to run the ball more as the offense went on the field following a Redskins' turnover.

Coughlin addressed the issue Monday with his No. 1 running back, and added he would like all his players to play with Bradshaw's intensity. Bradshaw blamed his blowup on his emotions and wanting the team to play better in the 27-23 win.

PANTHERS: Carolina fired general manager Marty Hurney following the team's 1-5 start this season.

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson says in release that it was an "extremely difficult decision" and that "Marty made every effort to bring success to the Panthers and took the team to a Super Bowl and two NFC championship games." He says "unfortunately, we have not enjoyed the success we hoped for in recent years."

Carolina has not made the playoffs since 2008.

Hurney, the Panthers' GM since 2002, took responsibility for the team's failures in the release saying, "I am responsible for everybody in coaching, the players, the scouts and everybody in football operations. After six weeks, we are 1-5 coming off a 6-10 season."

GOLF

Simpson Sees No Need for Belly Ban

SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda -- U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson isn't worried about a potential rule change that would ban long putters, and he's already practicing with a conventional putter.

That doesn't mean he agrees with a change, saying Monday that larger drivers have affected golf far more than putters anchored to the body.

The U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club are discussing a possible change to the rules of golf that would keep players from anchoring the putter to their body, such as the belly or the chest for the broom-style putters.

Three of the last five major champions have anchored their putters -- Simpson, British Open champion Ernie Els and PGA champion Keegan Bradley. Simpson and Bradley are at Port Royal for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, a 36-hole exhibition for the four major winners which starts Tuesday. Bradley is filling in for PGA champion Rory McIlroy.

"I'm friends with a lot of the R&A guys and the USGA guys. It's nothing personal and I know they are trying to do it for the betterment of the game," Simpson said. "But I don't think it's a good decision."

Simpson said the PGA Tour's new putting statistic, known as "strokes gained," shows no discernible advantage for players using long putters.







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