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Lions win to keep playoff hopes alive

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DETROIT (AP) Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes and avoided mistakes, allowing the Detroit Lions to stay in the playoff picture with a 20-10 victory over the Chicago Bears on Saturday night.

Detroit (8-6) has won two straight and needs to close the regular season with two more wins to keep its postseason hopes alive.

The Bears (4-10) have lost six of seven, sealing a third season with double-digit losses in three years under embattled coach John Fox.

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Concussed Falcons RB Coleman out Monday

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman and left guard Andy Levitre have been ruled out for Monday night's game at Tampa Bay.

Coleman teams with starter Devonta Freeman in one of the NFL's most effective backfield duos. He has been in the concussion protocol since Atlanta's last game, a Dec. 7 victory over New Orleans. He was injured in the fourth quarter and did not return.

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Chargers CB Hayward active vs. Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward is active for Los Angeles' crucial AFC West showdown Saturday night with the Kansas City Chiefs after a calf injury landed him on this week's injury report.

Hayward had been questionable for the matchup between 7-6 teams tied atop the division.

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Pack make it official, activate Rodgers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers activated quarterback Aaron Rodgers from injured reserve Saturday, a day before he starts Sunday in a must-win game at Carolina.

Rodgers broke his right collarbone at Minnesota on Oct. 15, had surgery and was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 20. He returned to practice on a limited basis on Dec. 2, was cleared by the team's medical staff Tuesday night and took the first-team reps this week.

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Dolphins without RB Williams, S Thomas

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins reserve running back Damien Williams and special teams standout Michael Thomas will miss Sunday's game at Buffalo.

Williams was ruled out Saturday because of illness and a lingering shoulder injury, and Thomas because of a knee injury. Neither traveled with the team.

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Bengals won't have 5 defensive starters

CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals put center T.J. Johnson on injured reserve Saturday with an injured chest muscle, the latest setback to a team already depleted by injuries. They signed running back Jarveon Williams off their practice squad.

Cincinnati (5-8) plays at Minnesota (10-3) on Sunday. The Bengals will be missing both starting cornerbacks - Adam "Pacman" Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick - along with three starting linebackers, including Vontaze Burfict.

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Seahawks officially put Chancellor on IR

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks placed safety Kam Chancellor on injured reserve, waived guard Mark Glowinski, and promoted linebacker Kache Palacio and cornerback Mike Tyson from the practice squad Saturday.

Chancellor wasn't expected to play again this season due to a neck injury sustained against the Arizona Cardinals in November. He had remained on the roster for weeks for salary cap purposes.

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Panthers owner faces conduct allegations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers founder and owner Jerry Richardson is under investigation for allegations of workplace misconduct.

The team said Friday former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles is overseeing the investigation by a Los Angeles-based law firm.

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Bills QB Taylor to return to face Miami

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Bills coach Sean McDermott says the team has placed left tackle Cordy Glenn on injured reserve, ending his season.

Glenn has missed the past five games with a foot and ankle injury that has bothered him since training camp. McDermott said Friday that Glenn is scheduled to have surgery soon.

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Raiders WR Cooper won't play vs. Cowboys

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders will be without wide receiver Amari Cooper for Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Cooper aggravated a left ankle injury during last week's loss to Kansas City after sitting out the previous game because of the same injury and a concussion.

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