Jags hold off Texans for fourth win
Chad Henne threw two touchdown passes, Jordan Todman scored on some trickery and the Jacksonville Jaguars held on to beat the visiting Houston Texans 27-20 on Thursday night.
The Jaguars (4-9) won their third straight – their fourth victory in five games since a bye – and continued to show signs of progress under first-year coach Gus Bradley.
They also won at home for the first time since Nov. 25, 2012, against Tennessee.
Houston (2-11) extended its franchise-record losing streak to 11 games, a stunning stretch of futility that could lead the franchise to fire coach Gary Kubiak.
Kubiak and the Texans looked as if they would end the streak after a quarterback change, but Geno Hayes intercepted Matt Schuab’s pass with 2:08 remaining to seal Jacksonville’s first series sweep since 2009.
Cutler to miss game
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and linebacker Lance Briggs will miss Monday night’s home game against Dallas.
Cutler has been out since suffering a high ankle sprain Nov. 10 and practiced on a limited basis Thursday. He has been ruled out for the game by coach Marc Trestman.
Briggs suffered a shoulder fracture Oct. 20 and remains out. He did not practice Thursday, but did run on the sidelines. Josh McCown will make his fifth start of the season in Cutler’s place for the Bears.
Cleveland quarterback Jason Campbell has been cleared to practice after sustaining a concussion and could play Sunday against New England. As long as he passes a concussion test by an independent neurologist, he may be able to face the Patriots.
Campbell was injured on Nov. 24 against Pittsburgh. He was replaced last week by Brandon Weeden, who started and was concussed at some point during the loss to the Jaguars. Weeden has not yet been given permission to practice.
Around the league
A person familiar with the situation says Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin is meeting in Los Angeles with NFL special investigator Ted Wells for a second round of questioning about the team’s bullying scandal. Martin alleges he was harassed daily by teammates, including Richie Incognito. … The New England Patriots have re-signed wide receiver Austin Collie. Collie played four games this season before being released. … Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook and Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams have both been fined $26,250 for contact with an official.
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