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By The Associated Press
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, 8:46 p.m.

NEW YORK — Rex Ryan is sticking with Mark Sanchez as the New York Jets' starting quarterback.

The team announced Wednesday morning that Sanchez, benched last Sunday against Arizona, will get the start over Greg McElroy and Tim Tebow when the Jets play at Jacksonville.

Sanchez was pulled late in the third quarter, and McElroy came in and led the Jets to the only touchdown of the game on his first NFL drive, helping New York to a 7-6 victory. Sanchez was 10 of 21 for 97 yards and three interceptions. McElroy was 5 of 7 for 29 yards.

Chiefs attend memorial

Members of the Kansas City Chiefs dressed in suits and ties after practice and boarded a series of buses Wednesday to attend a memorial service for Jovan Belcher, their teammate who was involved in a murder-suicide over the weekend.

The estate or guardian of Blecher's infant daughter will receive more than $1 million under terms of the NFL's collective-bargaining agreement.

Belcher's 3-month-old daughter, Zoey, stands to receive $108,000 annually over the next four years, $48,000 in the fifth year and then $52,000 each year until age 18. She'll continue to receive that amount until age 23 if she attends college. The beneficiary of Belcher, who was in his fourth season, also will receive $600,000 in life insurance, plus $200,000 for each credited season. There is also $100,000 in a retirement account that will go to his beneficiary or estate.

Suggs a ‘game-time' decision

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs hopes a torn right biceps won't keep him out of Sunday's game against Washington. He said his status won't be determined for sure until late in the week. Suggs said his availability will be “a game-time decision.” He was hurt last Sunday in the fourth quarter of a 23-20 loss to the Steelers.

Around the league

The Minnesota Vikings placed wide receiver Percy Harvin on injured reserve, ending his season. ... Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner dropped the appeal of his suspension for using performance-enhancing substances and will miss the final four games of the regular season. ... The Buffalo Bills placed defensive end Chris Kelsay on season-ending injured reserve because of a neck injury. ... Former Packers running back Ryan Grant signed with Green Bay. ... The San Diego Chargers placed outside linebacker Antwan Barnes on injured reserve. ... The Hall of Fame collected the grass- and dirt-stained burgundy jersey and cleats worn by Robert Griffin III when he set the NFL single-season record for yards rushing by a quarterback in the Washington Redskins' win over the New York Giants. ... Arizona's John Skelton will be back at starting quarterback when the Cardinals play the Seahawks on Sunday. .. The Tennessee Titans placed guard Steve Hutchinson on injured reserve.

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