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NFL probes Winston groping allegation

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The NFL is investigating an allegation that Jameis Winston groped a female Uber driver in 2016, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has denied the allegation on his social media accounts.

The Buccaneers acknowledged the allegation on Friday and released a statement saying they are in the "process of obtaining further information regarding today's media report. We take these matters seriously and are fully supportive of the investigation that is being conducted by the NFL."

The NFL also released a statement saying that it has reached out to Uber to request more information.


Cards give Fitzgerald 1-year extension

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Larry Fitzgerald has signed a contract to return to the Arizona Cardinals for a 15th season, if he decides to play at all.

The one-year extension announced Friday with arguably the most popular player in Cardinals franchise history does not mean Fitzgerald will play football next season. Only that if he does, it will be with the only team he has known since he entered the league.


Jags list RB Fournette as questionable

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars could be without running back Leonard Fournette at winless Cleveland on Sunday.

Fournette has been hampered by an ankle injury and did not practice Friday after being limited the previous two days. He was listed as questionable on the injury report. Fournette ranks third in the AFC with 629 yards rushing in just seven games. He missed one game because of the ankle and another because he violated an undisclosed team rule.


Cardinals QB Gabbert to start vs. Texans

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Blaine Gabbert will get his first start for the Arizona Cardinals when they play the Texans in Houston on Sunday.

Coach Bruce Arians announced the decision after Friday's practice.


Bengals' Burfict not fined for ejection

NEW YORK (AP) Jets cornerback Buster Skrine was fined $48,620 for his illegal hit on Tampa Bay receiver DeSean Jackson last week and Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict wasn't fined after his ejection against Tennessee for pushing away the arm of an official who tried to break up a sideline scuffle.

Burfict wasn't fined for his late hit out of bounds two plays earlier, either.


Cowboys LB Lee ruled out against Eagles

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee has been ruled out of Sunday's game against NFL-leading Philadelphia because of a hamstring injury.

The 2016 All-Pro was injured in the first quarter of last week's 27-7 loss to Atlanta. The Cowboys lost both games he missed because of hamstring issues earlier in the season and gave up three touchdown drives after the injury against the Falcons.


Broncos QB Lynch could be backup Sunday

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Paxton Lynch has a good chance of being active for the first time this season when the Denver Broncos face the Cincinnati Bengals.

Brock Osweiler will make his third start for the Broncos (3-6), but coach Vance Joseph for the first time left open the possibility that Lynch would leapfrog Trevor Siemian as the backup.


Dolphins WR Stills questionable vs. Bucs

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills is questionable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay because of a back injury that forced him to leave practice this week.

Stills left practice on Thursday and sat out the workout on Friday. Coach Adam Gase said he was feeling better.


Big Ben has 4 TDs, Steelers drill Titans

PITTSBURGH (AP) Another uninspiring half in the books in a season littered with them for a team that expects to play deep into January and beyond, Ben Roethlisberger decided he had seen enough.

So the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback decided it was time to speak up. The defense had kept the Tennessee Titans and star Marcus Mariota in check, yet a game that had the makings of a blowout didn't feel like one mostly because the offense kept squandering chance after chance.


QB Rodgers 'making really good progress'

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Aaron Rodgers' potential return from a broken collarbone took a major step forward this week. But, as Rodgers has said all along, there has to be a reason to return.

The Packers quarterback, who is on injured reserve, went through a conditioning session on Wednesday that included taking snaps and mimicking the throwing motion with a towel. It was his first time doing anything football-related on the field since suffering the injury at Minnesota on Oct. 15.

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