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NFL notebook: Browns not ready to name starting QB

| Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, 8:06 p.m.

This summer saga, packed with drama, celebrity and clumsiness, isn't quite over for the Browns. Hoyer vs. Manziel marches on. Cleveland first-year coach Mike Pettine still hasn't chosen his Week 1 starting quarterback, and that's not his fault. Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel haven't convinced him — or anyone, really — that they deserve the job. Pettine had been expected to announce during a teleconference Tuesday whether Hoyer, the inexperienced veteran and hometown hero coming back from knee surgery, or Manziel, the hyped rookie and former Heisman Trophy winner, would start the Sept. 7 opener at the Steelers. But the decision has been delayed and it could carry through Cleveland's third preseason game on Saturday. “We're not in position to make it at this point in time,” Pettine said. “We'll decide later if we're ready to name a starter. We could have one named, and I'm not ruling that out. That's something we're going to discuss. And if we do have to wait until after the next game, so be it.”

• Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe said he reached a settlement with the team to avert a threatened lawsuit over his release, saying the club had agreed to donate to several groups that support gay rights. Kluwe had accused the Vikings of cutting him in 2013 over his outspoken support for gay marriage. Financial details of the settlement weren't released, but Kluwe said he would get no money.

• The sale of the Bills is entering its final stage with prospective buyers asked to submit their formal bids in about two weeks, the Associated Press reported citing sources.

•Teams can carry 10 players on their practice squads for the next two seasons. The league and the players' union agreed to increase the number of practice squad members from eight.

• Broncos running back Montee Ball returned to practice, participating in individual drills in his first on-field workout since undergoing an appendectomy Aug. 4.

• Two weeks after ending his NFL career due to a neck injury, former Giants running back David Wilson is turning to track and field. The 23-year-old Wilson, who competed in the triple jump during high school and at Virginia Tech, intends to train in the event with an eye on making the U.S. team for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

• Vikings wide receiverJerome Simpson appealed a pending three-game suspension for a repeat violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

• Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles was still held out of Chiefs practice after hurting his foot in an accident while moving out of the dorms last week.

• Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will miss the annual bragging rights game against the Jets (2-0) because of continuing problems with a hamstring injury.

• The Lions released veteran cornerbackDrayton Florence.

• Former kicker Max Zendejas pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage involving a restaurant space he leased from the Tucson school.

• Cardinals safety Tryann Mathieu was activated from the physically unable to perform list.

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