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Tebow named Broncos starting QB

Associated Press / October 12, 2011

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Broncos coach John Fox said yesterday he’ll start Tim Tebow at quarterback against the Dolphins when the team returns from its bye week.

Tebow supplants Kyle Orton, who has struggled since winning the job with a spectacular training camp.

“Well, I think 1-4 has a lot to do with it,’’ Fox said. “We haven’t gotten it done as a football team. It’s not one guy. It’s not all Kyle Orton’s fault. But we do have to make adjustments, we have to change, and we have to do something to win football games.’’

Tebow said he was “honored to get this opportunity. I’m very excited. I just know that every day I’m going to come out here and practice every day I can.’’

“I’m disappointed with everything,’’ Orton said. “I wish I could have played better. I wish we had a better record. There’s a lot of things, but reality is what it is.’’

’15 Super Bowl to Ariz. The Super Bowl is heading back to the Arizona desert in 2015, one year after it will be at the mercy of winter weather in the Meadowlands. The Phoenix area was awarded the 49th Super Bowl by NFL owners, beating the only other candidate - Tampa.

It will be the third time the Phoenix area has hosted the game, which will be played in Glendale.

The NFL also set Feb. 2, 2014, as the date of the Super Bowl in New Jersey; that date will not conflict with the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Later yesterday, owners approved a resolution to play regular-season games in Britain through 2016.

Meriweather ripped Ex- Patriots and current Bears safety Brandon Meriweather was flagged for unnecessary roughness Monday night during Chicago’s 24-13 loss to the Lions. Meriweather has been fined twice, including earlier this season, for helmet-to-helmet shots.

According to, the latest incident didn’t go over well with former Bears receiver Tom Waddle, who sustained several concussions during his career. He said on his radio show that there’s no room in the game for what he perceives as the dirty and dangerous play of Meriweather.

“I haven’t had a discussion with [Brandon]. But it sure looks by the way he plays the game that the intent isn’t to put a big hit on someone and legally knock them out, it’s to hurt someone.’’

Someone tweeted Meriweather that Waddle said he leads with his head when tackling, and Meriweather responded, “No that’s not true.’’

In the Monday night game, the Lions started 5-0 for the first time since 1956, the year before their last NFL title.

Detroit prevailed in its first Monday night game in a decade despite 12 penalties that cost the team 94 yards.

Matthew Stafford missed some throws, the Detroit defense didn’t slow down Matt Forte, and the Bears had the ball for 39 minutes - nearly double the time of possession for the Lions.

But Stafford threw two touchdown passes and Jahvid Best added an 88-yard scoring run. The Bears looked unnerved from the start by the noise level at Ford Field. They committed nine false start penalties and struggled to protect quarterback Jay Cutler.

Mason to Texans A person familiar with the deal told the AP that the Jets have agreed to trade wide receiver Derrick Mason to the Texans for an undisclosed draft pick. The move comes just five games into Mason’s stint with the Jets after he signed with them and reunited with coach Rex Ryan in early August. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither team had announced the trade. Mason’s role was greatly diminished in New York’s 30-21 loss to the Patriots Sunday, while rookie Jeremy Kerley mostly filled his No. 3 receiver spot. The 37-year-old Mason spent the last six seasons with Baltimore, Ryan’s former team, before choosing the Jets over a return with the Ravens or the Titans . . . Eagles coach Andy Reid has had discussions with the team’s front office on whether to bring in a defensive consultant if the team continues to struggle, sources told ESPN. Reid is seeking help for Juan Castillo, an offensive line coach who is in his first year as defensive coordinator . . . Browns defensive end Marcus Benard, who broke his hand in a motorcycle wreck Monday, has been charged with driving under suspension and reckless operation. Benard remains hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic.

Turk is waived The Jaguars waived veteran Matt Turk two days after his 22-yard punt set up Cincinnati’s winning touchdown. The team signed veteran free agent Nick Harris to replace him . . . The Colts activated running back Darren Evans from the practice squad. The move came after Joseph Addai left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury. Team officials have not updated the severity of the injury heading into Sunday’s game at Cincinnati . . . Buccaneers safety Tanard Jackson has been reinstated to the NFL after being suspended more than a year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The team will have up to two weeks to activate him to the 53-man roster . . . Giants defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

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