>>Forte Says Bears Need To Commit To Run
Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte sees the commitment to the handoff and can't help but come away impressed.
The only thing that would be better for him would be if he was talking about his own team instead of this week's opponent.
The Bears will see a team committed to the run when they host DeMarco Murray and the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night. Forte says it's "impressive to see" and makes it clear he wants more carries.
During a loss to Detroit last week, Forte had just five carries, matching a career low, for six yards.
>>St. Louis Rams, Police Disagree On Team "Apology"
(St. Louis, MO) -- The St. Louis Rams and St. Louis County police disagree about whether a team executive apologized for players' demonstration before Sunday's game. During player introductions, five Rams players raised their hands in a "hands up-don't shoot" gesture. Monday, team executive vice-president Kevin Demoff said he "regretted any offense police officers may have taken," but that he didn't apologize. Speaking to the "St. Louis Post Dispatch," Demoff added that he believed it was possible support both law enforcement and players' First Amendment rights. A spokesman for Police Chief Jon Belmar said the chief believed Demoff did apologize in a phone conversation.
The police officers union condemned the gesture Sunday night, calling it "tasteless, offensive, and inflammatory." The players made the gesture six days after a grand jury decided not to indict former Ferguson, Missouri police office Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Wilson shot the unarmed teenager in a street confrontation in the St. Louis suburb last August.
>>Dolphins Sneak Past Jets
(East Rutherford, NJ) -- The Dolphins scored 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull past the Jets, 16-13, at MetLife Stadium on "Monday Night Football." Lamar Miller's four-yard touchdown run tied the game and Caleb Sturgis' 26-yard field goal with 1:57 left gave Miami the victory. Reshad Jones intercepted Geno Smith on New York's final offensive possession to clinch the win. Miami joined a group of six teams in the AFC with a 7-and-5 record. Smith only threw 13 passes for 65 yards, while the Jets piled up 277 yards rushing on 49 carries. Chris Johnson led the way with 105 yards and Chris Ivory added 62. New York is 2-and-10.
>>Browns To Decide QB Starter Wednesday
(Berea, OH) -- The Cleveland Browns are undecided who will start at quarterback this week. Head coach Mike Pettine [[ PET-in ]] said Monday he'll announce on Wednesday whether Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel [[ man-ZELL ]] will be under center for Sunday's home game against the Indianapolis Colts. Pettine added that General Manager Ray Farmer will be in on the meetings. Hoyer was benched early in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 26-10 loss at Buffalo. The Browns are fighting for an AFC playoff spot at 7-and-5.
>>Steelers Put Keisel On IR
(Pittsburgh, PA) -- Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel [[ KEASE-ull ]] is on injured reserve with a torn left triceps. The 13-year veteran was hurt in Sunday's loss to New Orleans and a Monday MRI confirmed the injury. Keisel played in all 12 games with Pittsburgh this season, including four starts. He recorded 17 tackles and one sack. The Steelers have signed defensive end Clifton Geathers to take Keisel's spot on the roster.
>>Cardinals' Mathieu Has Broken Left Thumb
(Tempe, AZ) -- The Arizona Cardinals could be without safety Tyrann Mathieu [[ MATH-hew ]] for a while. He suffered a broken left thumb in Sunday's loss at Atlanta, leaving his status in doubt for this Sunday's game against Kansas City. Head coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Mathieu could have a pin inserted in the thumb to help it heal, which could sideline him for three weeks. There is also the chance he could wear a cast and continue to play.