- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 19, 2009

From combined dispatches

Ronnie Brown’s season is over for the Miami Dolphins.

Miami’s leading rusher was placed on injured reserve Wednesday because of a foot injury - his second season-ending injury in three years.

Brown hurt his right foot in Sunday’s victory over Tampa Bay. The Dolphins hoped he might be able to return this season but made the roster move after he was examined by a specialist.

The loss of Brown is a big blow to a team that ranks fourth in the NFL in rushing and 30th in passing. Ricky Williams, the 2002 NFL rushing champion, will replace Brown starting Thursday at Carolina.

The triggerman in the Wildcat, Brown was on pace for the best year of his career with 648 yards rushing and eight touchdowns.

RAIDERS: Oakland is benching former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell, handing the starting job to Bruce Gradkowski.

Coach Tom Cable said after practice that Gradkowski will get the nod Sunday against Cincinnati. Cable said the plan is for Gradkowski to start the rest of the season. Cable has pulled Russell for ineffectiveness in two of the past three games.

RAVENS: Linebacker Terrell Suggs will miss Sunday’s game against Indianapolis because of a knee injury.

Suggs has a sprained ligament in his right knee, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. Suggs was injured by Cleveland quarterback Brady Quinn’s illegal chop block Monday.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection will miss his first NFL game in seven years, ending his streak at 105, and could be out up to three weeks.

In other Ravens news, the team signed kicker Billy Cundiff to replace Steve Hauschka, who was cut Tuesday.

BROWNS: Quarterback Brady Quinn was fined by the NFL for a chop block on Terrell Suggs on Monday night.

After throwing an interception in the 16-0 loss to the Ravens, Quinn dived at Suggs’ knees while trying to bring down cornerback Chris Carr, who had picked him off.

EAGLES: Running back Brian Westbrook has improved significantly since Sunday when he suffered a second concussion in a three-week span, doctors said.

Westbrook won’t play this Sunday at Chicago against the Bears, and it’s unknown if he’ll return at all this season.

STEELERS: Safety Troy Polamalu wore a heavy brace on his reinjured left knee while watching practice and did not take part in any drills.

Polamalu limped off the field about 30 minutes before practice ended and did not answer questions. He is all but certain to miss Sunday’s game at Kansas City, and he might not be ready for Baltimore on Nov. 29.

BRONCOS: Kyle Orton didn’t practice as Denver installed its game plan for San Diego. Backup Chris Simms took the snaps at practice because of Orton’s bum ankle.

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