Redskins running back Matt Jones says he will not play in Washington's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Wembley Stadium on Sunday because of a knee injury. Jones, who has 99 carries for 460 yards and three touchdowns this season, says he has ''a bruise and some cartilage damage'' after getting hurt in the second quarter of the Redskins' 20-17 road loss to the Detroit Lions last Sunday. With Jones out, the Redskins will turn to Chris Thompson, who ran for a career-high 73 yards against the Lions, and rookie Robert Kelly.
To get back to .500 and in contention for the AFC North lead, the Cincinnati Bengals need to win the strangest ''home'' game in their history, 3,955 miles (6,365 kilometers) from Paul Brown Stadium. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis says jet lag from Friday's red-eye flight to London won't be an issue when Cincinnati (3-4) takes on the Washington Redskins (4-3) at Wembley Stadium in London. ''The focus was on ... the ability to shut down and go to sleep after dinner on the plane, and wake up and it's Friday morning,'' Lewis said after the Bengals' first groggy training session on a rugby field in north London.
Fantasy owners will have to plan very well to fill in for many of their idle starters, and some injuries won't make things any easier. Fantasy owners looking for QB help this week seem to be taking to Jets passer Ryan Fitzpatrick as a friendly ''streaming'' option - a choice for this week, not as someone you would regularly play. Cleveland's 29th-ranked pass defense has allowed an NFL-high 18 TD tosses.
Paul Guenther took down the photos from above his desk and pointed out Jay Gruden standing in their group with various racehorses. The two of them hit it off during their time together in Cincinnati, spending a lot of time together at the track and other places. ''We talk every other day, every third day,'' said Guenther, the Bengals defensive coordinator.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Fresh off his team's sixth straight loss, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aaron Lynch made a bold proclamation.