- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 4, 2008

From combined dispatches

Quarterback Derek Anderson has been benched by the Cleveland Browns, who will start popular backup Brady Quinn on Thursday night against the Denver Broncos.

The switch was confirmed Monday by the team just hours after coach Romeo Crennel said he had no plans to make a change.

Anderson, who has been inconsistent this season, threw a costly interception that was returned for a touchdown in the final minutes of his team’s 37-27 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. The pick prompted Browns fans to begin chants of “Brady! Brady!” for Quinn, the former Notre Dame star who has thrown just eight passes in two seasons.

TEXANS: Quarterback Matt Schaub has an injured medial collateral ligament and will be out at least two weeks and possibly up to a month.

Coach Gary Kubiak said officials still were trying to determine the severity of the injury but that Schaub was on crutches Monday.

The former Virginia quarterback was injured when he was hit in the knee by Jared Allen in the second quarter of Houston’s loss to Minnesota on Sunday. He was limping after the hit, but he finished the second quarter before being replaced by Sage Rosenfels after halftime.

BEARS: One day after leaving the field on a cart, quarterback Kyle Orton underwent more tests on his right ankle to determine the extent of his injury.

Orton was injured in the final minute of the first half in Sunday’s 27-23 victory over the Detroit Lions, forcing the Bears to turn to former starter Rex Grossman. And Chicago might be without Orton for the next few weeks.

“I’m not playing doctor - you shouldn’t either,” coach Lovie Smith said. “You should let us come and tell you once we know for sure exactly what the injury is. We’re hopeful, I’ll just say that.”

LIONS: Daunte Culpepper agreed to a two-year deal with Detroit and said Monday he would sign it after taking a physical.

“As a result of doing some research on different places to play, the Detroit Lions seemed to be the best fit for me,” Culpepper told the Associated Press in an e-mail. “I am encouraged by the commitment of ownership, the vision of management and the great potential of the talent that is on the team.”

VIKINGS: Minnesota could be without defensive end Jared Allen for this weekend’s game against Green Bay.

Allen suffered a sprained right shoulder in Sunday’s win over Houston, an injury he played through, and had two of the team’s five sacks. Afterward, Allen dismissed any concern about his condition by saying: “It’s football. You get beat up.”

BILLS: Safety Donte Whitner is out indefinitely with a separated right shoulder, leaving Buffalo without its vocal leader and most versatile defensive back.

Coach Dick Jauron listed Whitner only as out on a week-to-week basis while noting the injury was “fairly significant.”

SAINTS: The team placed starting defensive end Charles Grant on injured reserve and re-signed veteran defensive tackle Hollis Thomas.

Grant will miss the remainder of the season because of a triceps injury, general manager Mickey Loomis said.

BRONCOS: Denver placed running backs Michael Pittman and Andre Hall on injured reserve, depleting an already thin backfield. Pittman reinjured his neck in a 26-17 loss to Miami on Sunday. He was the team’s leading rusher with 320 yards this season. Hall is out with a left hand injury.

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