- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 29, 2009

From combined dispatches

The Kansas City Chiefs suspended running back Larry Johnson until Nov. 9.

The club is on its bye week so Johnson will miss one game at Jacksonville on Nov. 8.

The three-sentence news release issued Wednesday night said only that Johnson, who turns 30 in a few weeks, was suspended for conduct detrimental to the club.

Johnson used a gay slur twice within a 24-hour period Sunday night and Monday, first on his Twitter account and then again Monday morning after telling reporters he was not talking.

The Chiefs said they would have no further comment on Johnson’s status “at this time.”

PANTHERS: Jake Delhomme will remain Carolina’s starting quarterback despite an NFL-high 13 interceptions in six games.

Coach John Fox announced after practice that he still thinks Delhomme gives the Panthers “the best chance to win” and won’t bench him for Sunday’s game at Arizona, which he contemplated earlier in the week.

Delhomme has committed 15 turnovers while throwing only four touchdown passes in Carolina’s 2-4 start. He threw three more picks Sunday, leading to 14 points in Buffalo’s 20-9 victory.

“You go back and you look, and there’s no question that we’ve struggled in that area,” Fox said. “Going through and looking at some our mishaps, I don’t think it’s one guy. I still think he gives us the best chance to win.”

TITANS: Coach Jeff Fisher will announce his starting quarterback Thursday, trying to carve out another day of competitive advantage for the winless Titans against Jacksonville.

The coach stuck with Kerry Collins as his starter all season. But the Titans are 0-6, and owner Bud Adams reportedly wants to see Vince Young start Sunday.

RAVENS: When Baltimore’s offensive line returned to work, Jared Gaither was lined up with the starters at his customary left tackle position during blocking drills.

After missing two games with a scary neck injury that caused him to be carted off the field Oct. 4 against New England, Gaither is expected to return Sunday against Denver.

BUCS: Winless Tampa Bay changed starting quarterbacks again, with rookie Josh Freeman taking over the offense.

Freeman was the 17th pick in April’s draft. He made his NFL debut Sunday, playing two series in the fourth quarter of a 35-7 loss to the Patriots in London.

EAGLES: Concerned over depth at running back with Brian Westbrook recovering from a concussion, Philadelphia signed P.J. Hill off New Orleans’ practice squad.

To make room on the 53-man roster for Hill, the Eagles placed linebacker Omar Gaither on injured reserve with a foot injury, ending his season.

COWBOYS: Newly signed kick returner Allen Rossum is out for two to four weeks because of a hamstring injury suffered on his first return with Dallas.

Rossum was supposed to handle kickoffs and punts but went down in the first quarter Sunday against Atlanta. Felix Jones will be the primary kick returner, and Patrick Crayton will handle punts. Crayton returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown against the Falcons.

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