Jaguars rule out starting center Linder, promote Reed

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars ruled out starting center Brandon Linder for today’s game at Pittsburgh.

The team said Linder (illness) and receiver Jaelen Strong (hamstring) did not make the trip.

Linder missed practice earlier this week and had been listed as questionable against the Steelers (3-1). Tyler Shatley is expected to start in Linder’s place. To help fill the void, the Jaguars (2-2) elevated offensive lineman Chris Reed from the practice squad and released quarterback Ryan Nassib.

The Jaguars signed Nassib nearly three weeks ago to be their third quarterback. A fourth-round draft pick by the New York Giants in 2013, Nassib was waived by New Orleans in final cuts.

Bradford questionable

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford has been listed as questionable to play in the upcoming game at Chicago.

Bradford, who has not played since the season opener because of trouble with his left knee, again took part in practice on a limited basis Saturday. Coach Mike Zimmer offered no more insight than the injury report.

Manning statue unveiled

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts unveiled a statue of Peyton Manning on a plaza outside Lucas Oil Stadium in a ceremony attended by hundreds of fans and featuring remarks from Hall of Famers coach Tony Dungy and executive Bill Polian, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The five-time NFL MVP concluded the event Saturday by proclaiming “I will always be a Colt” and throwing autographed footballs into the crowd.

The bronze likeness features Manning in his Colts uniform preparing to throw a pass. It was a rare time he wasn’t quite prepared.

Bills promote Mabin

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills promoted cornerback Greg Mabin from the practice squad and released receiver Philly Brown, four days after signing him.

Cutting Brown leaves the Bills with just four healthy receivers for their game at Cincinnati today. Starter Jordan Matthews was already ruled out after breaking his thumb last weekend.

Mabin was cut by Buffalo two days after its season opener.

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