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Broncos turning to QB Lynch vs. Raiders

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) It's time to see conclusively if quarterback Paxton Lynch is a bust or just a late bloomer.

The Denver Broncos' former first-round draft pick will make his first start this weekend at Oakland, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Denver coach Vance Joseph won't announce his starter until Wednesday.

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Raiders fire DC Norton, promote Pagano

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. on Tuesday in a staff shake-up during a disappointing season.

Coach Jack Del Rio called the move a difficult decision and said that assistant head coach for defense John Pagano will take over as coordinator leading into this week's home game against the Denver Broncos.

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Seahawks unexpectedly waive DE Freeney

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have made an unexpected roster move, waiving veteran defensive end Dwight Freeney just four games after signing him to help boost their pass rush.

Seattle made the roster move Tuesday but no corresponding move was announced.

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Browns WR Gordon returning to practice

CLEVELAND (AP) Every day he stays committed and sober, Josh Gordon takes another step toward playing again in the NFL.

The long walk and wait are nearly over.

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Jags WR Hurns unlikely to face Cardinals

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns has missed a fourth consecutive practice and is unlikely to play at Arizona.

Hurns was wearing a walking boot on his sprained right ankle Tuesday.

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Falcons cut Collins as 10-game ban ends

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have waived cornerback Jalen Collins after his second suspension ended for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Collins did not play this season. He was suspended without pay for 10 games in August after a second positive test. He served a four-game suspension for violating the same policy last year.

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Lions waive DT Thornton on 28th birthday

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have waived defensive tackle Khyri Thornton.

The Lions announced the move Tuesday, which also happened to be Thornton's 28th birthday.

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Hall candidates cut to 27 semifinalists

CANTON, Ohio (AP) First-year eligibles Ray Lewis and Randy Moss are among 27 semifinalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The hall said Tuesday that all ties for the 25th spot in the semifinals also advance.

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Redskins put LG Lauvao, C Long on IR

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Add left guard Shawn Lauvao and center Spencer Long to the ever-growing list of Washington Redskins done for the season because they're hurt.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden announced Tuesday that Long needs surgery on a quadriceps tendon and will be headed to injured reserve.

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49ers in no rush to start Garoppolo

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Jimmy Garoppolo's three weeks in the building after being acquired as the potential quarterback of the future for the San Francisco 49ers have only solidified general manager John Lynch's belief in the trade.

Lynch has watched Garoppolo spend extra time at the facility trying to learn the offense and getting to know his teammates and seen his strong arm in action on the practice field.

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