Browns QB Campbell cleared to face Pats
Campbell will start Sunday against the New England Patriots. Campbell and twice-benched quarterback Brandon Weeden have both been recovering from concussions, which led the Browns to sign Caleb Hanie and Alex Tanney and have them split first-team reps in midweek practice.
“He’s had a good two days of practice, been very sharp,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said. “You go with the doctors. I feel confident in them, and that’s the first thing. As I mentioned, it was important that he’s been here.
Gary Kubiak became the first coaching casualty of the NFL season as the Houston Texans fired him on Friday with the team in the midst of a franchise-record 11-game losing streak.
The decision comes a day after Houston lost to Jacksonville and fell to an NFL-worst 2-11, a huge swing from last season when they went 12-4 and won the AFC South.
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will serve as interim coach for the Texans’ final three games of the 2013 season, the team said in a statement.
Rodgers ruled out
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will not play in Sunday’s game against Atlanta, and Matt Flynn will be the Packers’ starting quarterback against the Falcons.
Rodgers will miss his fifth consecutive start because of a collarbone injury. He has said he wants to play, but the Packers will not put him in a game until he is cleared by the Packers’ doctors. “Aaron’s frustrated,” McCarthy said. “We’re in meetings all day together. He’s like every other player fighting to get on the field.”
The Packers (5-6-1) desperately need to beat the Falcons to have a chance to land a playoff berth.