Sunday, January 24, 2010

Mark Brunell will start Sunday for New Orleans Saints

While Brees rests, Brunell will start

The New Orleans Saints will rest quarterback Drew Brees on Sunday.

Mark Brunell is scheduled to start the regular season finale at Carolina in place of Brees, according to the Associated Press.

The move means that Brees, barring an appearance Sunday in a reserve role, will break the single-season NFL record for completion percentage.

He's at 70.6 percent, ahead of Ken Anderson's 70.55 percent for the Cincinnati Bengals in 1982.

The Saints have clinched home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

They also will rest safety Darren Sharper and tight end David Thomas on Sunday, according to the AP.

Rivers gets the nod

Philip Rivers is expected to start at quarterback Sunday for the San Diego Chargers against the Washington Redskins, but backup Billy Volek is to take over at some point.

The Chargers, winners of 10 straight games, have clinched the AFC's second playoff seed.

"I want to see Billy get some good opportunities," Chargers Coach Norv Turner said, according to the Associated Press, before adding: "I think it would be good for him."

Bills will look at Billick

Former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick is expected to interview next week for the Buffalo Bills' coaching job, Yahoo Sports reported.

The Bills fired Dick Jauron in November.

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has been serving as interim head coach.

A Buffalo radio station, WGR, reported that the Bills also are expected to request permission to interview San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera.

Royal loss for Broncos

The Denver Broncos have ruled out wide receiver Eddie Royal for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to the Denver Post.

Royal is recovering from a neck injury.

Broncos Coach Josh McDaniels announced Friday that Pro Bowl wideout Brandon Marshall would not play in the game. McDaniels said that Marshall was not willing to play with a hamstring injury. Marshall said he was unable to play because of the injury.

The Broncos promoted wideout Matt Willis from the practice squad to the 53-man roster Saturday. He joins fellow wide receivers Jabar Gaffney, Brandon Stokley and Brandon Lloyd on the active roster.

Tight end Tony Scheffler also is to be inactive Sunday, reportedly because McDaniels was dissatisfied with Scheffler's attitude.

Cardinals cut Nugent

The Arizona Cardinals released place kicker Mike Nugent on Saturday, according to the team's Web site.

Nugent had been filling in for Neil Rackers, who was plagued by a groin injury. Rackers is scheduled to play Sunday.

The Cardinals promoted defensive lineman Jason Banks from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.


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