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Jay Cutler will return as starting QB for Chicago Bears with Jimmy Clausen injured

Chicago Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen will miss the final game of the season because of a concussion, and Jay Cutler will move back into the lineup.

The Bears say Clausen was injured on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Detroit’s Ezekiel Ansah while scrambling late in Sunday’s loss to the Lions. Ansah received an unnecessary roughness penalty.

Clausen will miss the final game against Minnesota.

Manziel out for finale

Johnny Manziel’s rookie season is over for the Cleveland Browns, who may have to start rookie Connor Shaw in the season finale.

Manziel injured his hamstring in Sunday’s loss to Carolina and coach Mike Pettine said Monday that the first-round draft pick will need several weeks to recover. Manziel, making his second start, got hurt in the second quarter against the Panthers and was replaced by Brian Hoyer, who sustained a shoulder injury in the second half.

Records detail claims against McDonald

A woman alleges former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald sexually assaulted her after a night of drinking and after she injured her head in a fall by his swimming pool, according to court documents unsealed Monday.

The woman told authorities she has no memory of the sexual encounter that occurred in McDonald’s San Jose house, which police say occurred Dec. 14. The court papers quote McDonald as saying in a text message that he believed the encounter was consensual.

No charges have been filed, and the San Jose police continue to investigate.

Quick kicks

Lions center Dominic Raiola has been suspended for one game after he stepped on Chicago Bears defensive tackle Ego Ferguson on Sunday. The league said this was Raiola’s sixth rules violation related to player safety since 2010. … In the wake of Arizona’s one-sided loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he’s leaning toward starting rookie quarterback Logan Thomas in the regular-season finale. Arians said he’s highly optimistic that injured Drew Stanton will be back at quarterback for the playoffs.

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