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Dec 7 (The Sports Xchange) - Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew told Sirius XM Radio that he will play next week against the Buffalo Bills after an MRI on his injured hamstring revealed a strain.

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Jones-Drew rushed for a season-high 103 yards Thursday against the Houston Texans before leaving in the fourth quarter of the Jaguars' 27-20 win.

"Definitely, that's always been the plan," Jones-Drew said. "Right now, I mean, I just want to make sure everything is on track. And then we'll see how it goes next week, but I expect to be out there playing with my teammates.

"It's ... just a strained hamstring. I've played with those before so it's not that big of a deal. You just have to get the necessary treatments and things done so you can get back and get on the field for Sunday."

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner, facing a year-long suspension, reportedly turned down an offer from the NFL that would have allowed him to return to the field next October rather than in December.

Under the deal, Browner would have been eligible to return at the start of October, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reported.

Browner is contesting his placement in Stage Three of the NFL's substance-abuse program, arguing that the league improperly advanced him while he was playing in the Canadian Football League from 2007 to 2010.

He also is claiming his urine sample in the positive test in September was mishandled, according to Garafolo.

Browner claims the urine collector used a damaged cup and then poured the urine into another cup. Browner's request to have the collector testify during appeal hearings was denied, Garafolo reported, and the collector disputed Browner's account in a conversation with the league's medical director.

He reportedly is prepared to sue the league if a suspension is levied.

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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is expected to start Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams, despite being listed as questionable with a right elbow injury.

Palmer took all of the snaps in Saturday's walk-through, according to ESPN.

Palmer injured his elbow during last Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but he played the rest of the game.

If Palmer cannot play, Drew Stanton will be the Cardinals' starting quarterback. He has not played since 2010.

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The Baltimore Ravens activated tight end Dennis Pitta from the injured reserve/designated to return list on Saturday.

Pitta has been out with a dislocated hip since July. He returned to practice Nov. 20.

"You always want to see how you're going to respond after getting hit like that," Pitta said. "It's not something that you could simulate in rehab or even in practice. It will be nice to kind of take that first hit and just see how it feels."

Pitta was the Ravens' second-leading receiver last season with 61 catches for 669 yards and seven touchdowns.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers activated tight end Matt Spaeth from the injured reserve/designated to return list Saturday.

Spaeth, considered one of the best blocking tight ends in the NFL, has been out since preseason with a foot injury.

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Detroit Lions rookie cornerback Darius Slay has a torn meniscus in a knee that was injured in practice this week, according to ESPN.

Slay is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was injured Thursday and is reportedly considered week-to-week.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz said it was a "freak" injury that occurred during a non-contact portion of practice.

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The San Diego Chargers activated outside linebacker Melvin Ingram from the physically unable to perform list on Saturday.

Ingram, a first-round draft pick in 2012, spent the first 12 games of this season recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament that he sustained in May.

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The Kansas City Chiefs promoted tight end Dominique Jones to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and released wide receiver Chad Hall.

Jones played 10 games (three starts) in two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (2012-13).

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