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Bears Meet Up With Cowboys At Soldier Field; Sign Kicker

>>Cowboys, Bears Look To Bounce Back From Turkey Day Losses

(Chicago, IL) -- A pair of teams coming off Thanksgiving Day losses meet up on "Thursday Night Football" as the Dallas Cowboys visit the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Dallas was bludgeoned 33-10 at home by Philadelphia last Thursday to fall to 8-and-4, a game behind the Eagles for first place in the NFC East.  width=The Cowboys are just 3-and-4 at home this season, but a perfect 5-and-0 on the road. Dallas plays three of its final four games away from home. The Bears are coming off a 34-17 loss at Detroit on Turkey Day. Chicago is 5-and-7 overall. This is the start of three consecutive home games for the Bears.

>>Bears Sign Kicker With Gould Hurt

The Chicago Bears signed veteran kicker Jay Feely with Robbie Gould doubtful for Thursday's game against the Dallas Cowboys because of a right quadriceps injury.

Gould, who is tied with Kevin Butler for the franchise record with 243 field goals, sat out practice on Tuesday. The Bears brought in Feely on Wednesday.

Feely has converted 82.7 percent of his field-goal attempts over 13 seasons with Atlanta (2001-04), the New York Giants (2005-06), Miami (2007), the New York Jets (2008-09) and Arizona (2010-13). Feely has also hit 444 of 446 extra points.

The Bears listed receiver Alshon Jeffery (hamstring), safety Chris Conte (eye) and defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (knee) as questionable.

They also waived/injured receiver and kick returner Chris Williams.

>>Peterson Appeal Hearing Resumes 

(New York, NY)  --  The appeal hearing for suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson resumes today.  NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent could testify after being ordered to do so by the appeals officer earlier this week.  At question is whether Vincent privately told Peterson he would get credit for time served while on the commissioner's exempt list during his child-abuse case, and that the league's updated domestic violence policy would not apply retroactively. 

The former NFL MVP missed eight games before pleading no contest early last month to using a tree branch to discipline his four-year-old son.  The league then suspended Peterson for at least the rest of this season, citing the NFL's code of conduct policy, with no chance for reinstatement until April.

>>Browns Sticking With Hoyer At QB 

(Berea, OH)  --  The Cleveland Browns will stay the course at quarterback this week.  Head coach Mike Pettine [[ PET-in ]] has named veteran Brian Hoyer the starter for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts.  Pettine said earlier this week he would announce Wednesday whether he would start Hoyer or rookie signal-caller Johnny Manziel [[ man-ZELL ]].  The Browns are fighting for a playoff spot in the tightly-packed AFC North at 7-and-5. 

>>Browns Place Austin On IR, Sign Draughn 

(Berea, OH)  --  The 2014 season has come to end for Browns receiver Miles Austin.  Cleveland has placed Austin on injured reserve because of a kidney issue.  The 30-year-old was hospitalized after sustaining the injury against Buffalo on Sunday.  During his first season with the Browns, Austin is the team's second-leading receiver with 47 catches for 568 yards and two touchdowns.  Cleveland has signed running back Shaun Draughn [[ Drawn ]] to fill the roster spot. 


>>Chip Kelly Not Interested In Florida Job 

(Philadelphia, PA)  --  Chip Kelly will not be the next head football coach at the University of Florida.  Kelly told reporters the school has not contacted him, and if it did he would not entertain any offer.  The second-year NFL coach maintains he is very happy with the Philadelphia Eagles, and his main focus is winning a Super Bowl.  Kelly also said he was staying at Oregon shortly before he took the Eagles job.


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