NFL notebook: Browns considering 2 QB system with Hoyer, Manziel
The Browns seem to have a backup plan in place for quarterback Johnny Manziel. Coach Mike Pettine hinted that the team is exploring ways to get him on the field and that a two-quarterback system “is on the table.”
“I think in the NFL that you do yourself a disservice if you don't have two quarterbacks ready,” Pettine said Friday on “The Opening Drive” on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “And people have asked me about potentially a two-quarterback system and having a package for him. That is on the table.
Hoyer was named the team's starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Steelers last Wednesday.
Newton's back X-rays negative
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered a back contusion late in the second quarter of a preseason loss against the Patriots on Friday night, ESPN reported.
Newton underwent X-rays as a precaution, and coach Ron Rivera said they came back negative.
After escaping pressure, Newton scrambled for 7 yards before taking a shot to the back from Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins. Collins' knee appeared to drive into Newton's back.
Packers' Raji out for season
Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji is out for the season after tearing a right biceps in Friday's preseason game against the Raiders, ESPN reported.
Raji did not speak to reporters after the game but was seen leaving Lambeau Field with a large ice bag on his right arm.
Jags name QB Henne starter
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley confirmed after Friday night's loss to Detroit that Chad Henne will be his Week 1 starter against the Eagles, NFL.com reported.
Henne generated just 70 yards through the air over four drives that generated a three points.
Rookie Blake Bortles went 10 of 16 passing for 158 yards, and he elevated his preseason totals to 28 of 44 for 435 yards and a touchdown for a passer rating of 103.9.
Smith is Jets starting QB
Jets coach Rex Ryan made it official after the Jets' preseason loss to the Giants on Friday night, announcing that Geno Smith will be the starting quarterback in Week 1.
While Ryan refused to publicly acknowledge Smith would be the starter, it had been evident for months. Smith, a West Virginia product, capped his final preseason appearance by going 9 of 14 for 137 yards with a touchdown.
Bills' Watkins still healing
Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins, who had been very limited in practices since bruising his ribs against the Steelers last week, sat out Saturday's preseason game against the Buccaneers.
Bradford leaves with injury
Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was taken to the locker room after appearing to reinjure his surgically repaired left knee in a preseason game against the Browns on Saturday.