American Football - Rodgers' improvement noted by Packers coach

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has said there is no change in the status of injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but he did note improvement following Wednesday's practice.

"Aaron is doing better," McCarthy said. "He still has not been cleared by the medical staff. Threw the ball extremely well. Looked sharp. He's getting better."

McCarthy expects a similar approach to last week before a final decision later in the week. Last week before going to Dallas, the Packers ruled Rodgers out Friday.

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A day after they released kicker Garrett Hartley and replaced him with veteran Shayne Graham, the New Orleans Saints have made another move when coach Sean Payton pushed rookie Terron Armstead into the starting left tackle spot for Sunday's road game at Carolina.

Payton watched starting left tackle Charles Brown have trouble against the St. Louis Rams in a 27-16 loss last Sunday and decided to turn to Armstead, who has not played an offensive snap this season and has appeared in only four games on special teams.

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Quarterback Case Keenum has been ruled out of Sunday's game with a thumb injury, leading interim coach Wade Phillips to restore Matt Schaub as the starter for the Houston Texans.

Schaub had nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions before he was benched by then-coach Gary Kubiak in favor of Keenum, an undrafted free agent from the University of Houston. Keenum initially sparked the offense but has just one touchdown and five interceptions in the past four games.

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Back-up quarterback Thad Lewis will make his fourth start of the season in place of rookie EJ Manuel on Sunday when the Buffalo Bills face the Miami Dolphins.

Manuel, the Bills' 2013 first-round draft pick, will sit out after spraining a knee last week. But coach Doug Marrone said Manuel might be able to return for the season finale the following week.

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Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher is 99 per cent certain that his 16th season will be his last in the NFL.

The 38-year-old has played in 254 consecutive games - the longest streak in the NFL since 1970 - and has started 213 games in a row. He's considered one of the most durable players in NFL history, having never missed a game since he came out of Division III John Carroll as an undrafted free agent.

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Jerry Jones believes the Dallas Cowboys are doing just fine without a general manager.

The Cowboys owner explained Tuesday that there's no need to hire a GM who would just answer to Jones anyway.

"It's often said, Why don't I get someone to be the GM? Why don't I get someone to pick the players?" Jones said on 105.3 The Fan on Dallas.

"Well, who in the world do you think that person, when they walk through the door and say, 'We want to get this player, and we want to pay this player,' what in the world do you think I'm going to do?

"I'm going to sit down, and I'm going to go through it, and I'm going to say, 'Show me the player before I write the check.

Show me the player. And let me see everything about the player.' Well, rather than have that happen, I get involved in it and get to know everything there is to know about the players before they get through the door."

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The Kansas City Chiefs have signed tight end Richard Gordon from their practice squad and placed tight end Dominique Jones on the reserve/non-football illness list. They also signed wide receiver Fred Williams and tight end Jake Byrne to the practice squad, released wide receiver Jheranie Boyd and put tight end Demetrius Harris on IR.