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In brief: Rookie QB Clausen to get start for Carolina

The Jimmy Clausen era is under way in Carolina, ahead of schedule.

Panthers coach John Fox said Monday he’s benching the struggling Matt Moore and will start the rookie from Notre Dame on Sunday against Cincinnati.

Moore has had two miserable weeks. He threw three end zone interceptions and lost a fumble before leaving with a concussion in a Week 1 loss to the New York Giants. After being cleared to return Sunday, Moore threw an interception and lost another fumble before getting yanked early in the fourth quarter in a 20-7 loss to Tampa Bay.

Clausen is 7 of 15 passing for 59 yards and one interception in two brief stints.

Revis has strained hamstring

All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis had an MRI that revealed a strained left hamstring, something that could sideline him from 1-2 weeks. Revis initially felt tightness in his hamstring Thursday and was limited in practice near the end of the week. He pulled up during Randy Moss’ 34-yard touchdown catch with 53 seconds left in the first half with more tightness and didn’t return.

Revis said his muscles are mostly weak now, as opposed to the way his left hamstring felt during training camp last season, when he suffered a pull and had some trouble walking.

Vick returns to backup role

Eagles coach Andy Reid said Kevin Kolb will be the starting quarterback at Jacksonville on Sunday, despite a pair of impressive performances by Michael Vick.

Kolb has been cleared to practice after missing the second half of a season-opening loss to Green Bay and Sunday’s win over Detroit because of a concussion. So he’ll start unless he has a setback this week.

Vick still will play in Philadelphia’s version of the wildcat offense.

Young still Titans starter

Jeff Fisher keeps repeating himself. There’s no quarterback controversy in Tennessee, and Vince Young will start Sunday against the New York Giants and for the rest of the season.

The status of the Titans’ starting quarterback was the hot topic after Fisher benched Young for the final quarter of their 19-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. There’s plenty of blame to go around on offense as the Titans (1-1) hurt themselves with seven turnovers..

Broncos WR found dead

The Arapahoe County (Co.) Sheriff says Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley has been found dead in his home.

Sheriff Grayson Robinson said detectives believe he was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

McKinley was a second-year pro who was on the team’s injured reserve list this season.

Quick kicks

Denver cornerbacks Champ Bailey and Andre Goodman both left the Broncos’ win over Seattle with injuries on Sunday. Bailey has either a right foot or ankle injury while Goodman injured his right thigh. … Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten says he is feeling fine and has no headaches a day after hitting his head on the turf in Sunday’s game. … Bills coach Chan Gailey says Ryan Fitzpatrick will be Buffalo’s starting quarterback. … Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says veteran LT Chad Clifton’s availability for next Monday night’s game in Chicago is in doubt. Rookie Bryan Bulaga will take his place if needed.



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