- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 12, 2009

From combined dispatches

Brady Quinn is getting his second chance at starting.

Quinn, benched just 10 quarters into the season for Derek Anderson, will start Monday night’s game against Baltimore. He was pulled at halftime of the Browns’ 34-3 loss to Baltimore on Sept. 27 and will make his return against one of the NFL’s toughest defenses.

“I’m excited to play,” he said. “Every team in the NFL is tough - them especially. We’ve got our hands full right now.”

Coach Eric Mangini decided to go back to Quinn after Anderson went 1-4 as a starter and posted the NFL’s lowest quarterback rating (36.2). Mangini said he would like to stick with Quinn for the remainder of the season.

BILLS: Buffalo is going back to quarterback Trent Edwards, who will start against Tennessee this weekend after missing two games with a concussion.

Coach Dick Jauron said Edwards has “earned the right” to start after the offense continued to struggle under backup Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Bills opened the season 1-4 under Edwards before he suffered his second concussion in a little more than a year in a 16-13 overtime win at the New York Jets.

Fitzpatrick rallied the Bills to beat the Jets, then went 1-1 in two starts.

EAGLES: Cornerback Joselio Hanson was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league’s drug policy.

Hanson’s attorney, David Cornwell, said in a statement that Hanson did not use steroids but tested positive for a diuretic after last year’s NFC title game against Arizona.

“Joselio did not use steroids or any other substance that would enhance his performance,” Cornwell said.

While not specifying what product Hanson used, Cornwell said the player “felt ‘bloated’ after eating Chinese food and ingested a pill that turned out to be a diuretic.”

Cornwell said the NFL’s policy on diuretics is misguided because it assumes they are used to mask the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

TITANS: Tennessee has run several tests on receiver Justin Gage, checking him out after a high, leaping catch against San Francisco has left him sore from head to toe.

Gage missed practice and said he hasn’t received the test results yet. He said he started hurting once the adrenaline wore off following the 34-27 victory over the 49ers on Sunday.

STEELERS: Safety Ryan Clark planned to play in Denver despite nearly losing his life after a game in the high-altitude city two years ago. He also said he’s not unhappy that coach Mike Tomlin chose to hold him out.

Clark had medical clearance to play even though he lost his spleen, gall bladder and 30 pounds in 2007 after playing in Denver triggered a sickle cell-trait condition that is aggravated by exertion in thin air.

Clark suspected he wouldn’t play when Tomlin reduced his practice repetitions last week. Tyrone Carter replaced Clark and had two interceptions in the Steelers’ victory, including a 48-yard touchdown return.

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