NFL notebook: Colts will honor Manning during trip to Indy
The Colts plan to honor Peyton Manning for his 14 seasons with the organization when they play the Broncos on Oct. 20.
“We're going to have a great tribute to him,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said. “It's going to be something where you go into it wanting to have fun, where you love Peyton as a Colt fan, but now we're competing against him.”
Details of the tribute, which will include a lot of cheers — and possibly tears — from the crowd, at what will be a sold-out stadium, have yet to be finalized.
• The Falcons placed Julio Jones on injured reserve a day after announcing the wide receiver will undergo season-ending foot surgery. Wide receiver Brian Robiskie was signed to fill his roster spot.
• The NFL granted the Bills a one-day extension to avoid becoming the NFL's first team this season to have a home game blacked out on local television. The Bills now have until Friday afternoon to sell the remaining 5,300 tickets for Sunday's game against the Bengals.
• After considering retirement the last few months, quarterback David Garrard returned to the Jets to serve as a veteran backup and mentor to rookie Geno Smith.
• Matt Cassel will start at quarterback for the Vikings on Sunday against the Carolina rather than Christian Ponder, according to reports.
• The debate over the Redskins name will follow the team on the road when it faces the rival Cowboys. The Oneida Indian Nation said it will air a radio ad called “Bipartisan” on the Cowboys' flagship station ahead of Sunday's game.
• Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin practiced for a second straight day and will play against the Redskins after missing two games with a hamstring injury.
• Vikings running back Adrian Peterson did not attend practice due to personal reasons. The team said he is expected to return on Friday.
• Eagles coach Chip Kelly might wait until Sunday before deciding on his starting quarterback for Philadelphia's game at Tampa Bay. Michael Vick is nursing a pulled hamstring. Nick Foles worked with the first team again.
• Wide receiver Calvin Johnson was back on the practice field for the Lions, although it's still not clear how likely he is to play this weekend at Cleveland.
• Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks is being treated for a recurrence of the MRSA infection in his left foot. Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said the team received confirmation that Nicks has a staph infection again in the “same place, same location.” He had already missed most of training camp while recovering from surgery on his left big toe when he was initially diagnosed with MRSA in late August.
• Police in Dallas are investigating a claim that former NFL star Deion Sanders assaulted an employee of the charter school he co-founded, according to the Dallas Morning News.
• Chargers running back Ryan Mathews has not been cleared to practice this week because of a concussion.
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