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Blackhawks place Hossa on injured reserve

Chicago -- The Chicago Blackhawks said Wednesday forward Marian Hossa has been placed on the injured reserve list.

The high-scoring but oft-injured forward sustained a lower-body injury during a Nov. 29 practice when he collided with teammate Nick Boynton.

The team had said earlier Hossa would likely miss two to three weeks as he recovers from the mishap. It's the second time he has been hobbled this year after also missing seven games with an upper-body injury beginning in late October.

The move comes only days after the Blackhawks said another of its top scorers, Patrick Kane, would be out about three weeks with a lower-body injury.

Chiefs' Cassel undergoes appendectomy

Kansas City, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel underwent an appendectomy and is set to resume practice, the team said Wednesday.

A statement issued by the Chiefs indicated Cassel will be back in the fold almost immediately as Kansas City prepares to meet AFC West rival San Diego in a key game Sunday.

Cassel's absence from practiced was noticed Wednesday when signal-caller Brodie Croyle took the first-team snaps and Tyler Palko served as the back-up, the Kansas City Star reported.

The Chiefs come into the Sunday's game leading the division with an 8-4 mark, and Cassel has played a large part in that, throwing for 2,503 yards and 23 touchdowns with only four interceptions this season.

Roethlisberger limping but likely to play

Pittsburgh -- Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's sprained foot likely won't keep him on the sidelines Sunday against Baltimore, Pittsburgh Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday.

However, Roethlisberger is wearing a special boot and may be limited in practice this week because of the injury, suffered in the first half against Buffalo last weekend.

"I am going to be optimistic and hopeful and he may be a full participant, but there is a chance he couldn't be," Tomlin said. "There is some pain and discomfort. We will see where the week takes us."

Roethlisberger threw for 246 yards but was sacked five times in the Steelers' 19-16 overtime victory against the Bills.

Broncos coach McDaniels fined for taping

Denver -- The NFL has fined Denver Broncos head Coach Josh McDaniels in connection with the illegal taping of an opponent's practice, multiple sources reported Saturday., ESPN and The Denver Post reported McDaniels was fined $50,000 and the Broncos were also assessed a $50,000 penalty in the incident, for which McDaniels and Broncos President and CEO Pat Bowlen issued apologies Saturday.

Bowlen said the league found a Broncos employee had videotaped a portion of the San Francisco 49ers' Oct. 30 'walkthrough' practice at Wembley Stadium in London, a day before the two teams played each other there.

In his statement, McDaniels claimed he did not view the 6-minute tape.

Vick preaches against dog fights to teens

New Haven, Conn. -- NFL quarterback Michael Vick told Connecticut high school students his dog-fighting conviction was a divine warning against the practice.

The Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback told students at Wilbur Cross High in New Haven Tuesday he was captivated with the dogs a man would bring by a barber shop when he was 10. "The most beautiful dogs in the world," Vick said. "I kept asking him to give me a dog."

When he was 20, he got one of the pit bulls, and soon found himself exposed to the practice of setting them against each other to tear themselves apart.

"One day, God said to me, 'What you're doing to these dogs is wrong and I'm going to punish you for it,'" Vick said. "And four days later I was indicted."

Moss: Not seeking trouble with Titans

Nashville -- Mercurial wide receiver Randy Moss said Wednesday he's not out to cause trouble for his new team, the Tennessee Titans, but to work.

Meeting with reporters at the Titans' practice facility after his second day of workouts with his new squad, Moss read a statement in which he said he wants to be all business after being at the center of controversy with his former team, the Minnesota Vikings, The Tennessean reported.

"I said it before: I didn't want to go to Minnesota and mess anything up," Moss said. "But I guess everybody blamed me for it. So I am going to say it again: I am not coming here to start no trouble. I am just coming in here to work every day and hopefully win."

Patriots QB Brady misses practice

Boston -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady missed practice Wednesday with a foot injury, the team revealed.

The Patriots' daily practice report listed Brady as out due to both his foot and right shoulder, but because the shoulder problem has been listed before, it is likely his foot is what caused him to miss practice, The Boston Globe reported.

The newspaper said Brady's absence is the first time he's missed practice since returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in the 2008 season.

That year, the signal-caller was out most of the season recovering. But aside from that stint, Brady has never missed a Patriots game since becoming the team's starter in 2001.

Favre has fractures in ankle

Eden Prairie, Minn. -- Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre has two small fractures in his left ankle and may not be able to practice this week, Vikings Coach Brad Childress said Monday.

Favre was injured Sunday in the Vikings' 28-24 loss at Green Bay. He completed 16-of-29 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown but was also intercepted three times. The injury -- on the same ankle Favre had surgery on this spring -- is believed to have occurred on the play during which he threw his first interception.

Childress said Favre was in a walking cast and doesn't need surgery for the current problem. He said Favre's ability for practices was unknown.

Minnesota plays at New England Sunday. Favre has made an NFL record 291 consecutive starts.

Bears' Cutler cleared to practice, play

Chicago -- The Chicago Bears say quarterback Jay Cutler, returning from a concussion, has been cleared for full practice and will start against Seattle Sunday.

Cutler, who suffered the concussion Oct. 3 in a game against the New York Giants and sat out last Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers, practiced three days last week on a limited basis, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Cutler will return to practice at Halas Hall to prepare for the upcoming match at Soldier Field.

The Bears were optimistic about their other injured players.

Justine Bateman to appear on 'Practice'

Los Angeles -- Actress Justine Bateman has signed on for a guest role in an upcoming episode of the U.S. medical drama series "Private Practice," ABC said.

Bateman is best known for her work on TV's "Family Ties" and "Men in Trees," and in the movie "Satisfaction." She is the sister of actor Jason Bateman.

"Violet and Cooper make amendments to their friendship in order to please their significant others; Pete and Cooper get in an argument involving marijuana use by a patient (Bateman); Addison is conflicted about going public with her new romance, and Sheldon's decision to deny approval for a patient's sex change backfires," the network said in a synopsis of the show's Sept. 30 episode.