Brian Hoyer will start Monday's preseason game at Washington, the second time the Cleveland Browns have gone with the veteran quarterback over popular rookie first-round pick Johnny Manziel.
Hoyer, who has four career starts and went 3-0 with the Browns last season, has been splitting first-team practice reps with Manziel this week.
The Browns plan to name a starter for the regular-season opener before their third preseason game, putting plenty of weight on this week's performance. Neither player excelled in the preseason opener at Detroit last week.
Coach Mike Pettine said Monday that "nothing has changed" on the quarterback depth chart and said Thursday the Browns would stick with Hoyer but get Manziel work with the starters in the first half of the "Monday Night Football" game at FedEx Field against the Redskins.
"It's just something right now where we are comfortable with Brian going out there to start the game," Pettine said. "I think it's a little overblown as to who the starter is going to be."
--The Washington Redskins filed an appeal seeking to overturn a decision that stripped the franchise of its trademark protection.
By filing the appeal to defend the team's name against those who consider it a racial slur in U.S. District Court, the team's lawyers can introduce new testimony that would not have been allowed had their case been filed in appellate court. And the franchise still will have the chance to appeal should the outcome not be favorable.
In June, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decided the Redskins' name was "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team should lose its trademark protection.
Team owner Daniel Snyder has argued that the name "Redskins" is a badge of honor and has vowed never to change the name.
--The Pittsburgh Steelers are getting thin at linebacker having been bit by the injury bug.
The Steelers might have to wait another week before they get a look at rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier in action. Coach Mike Tomlin said Shazier would be listed as questionable with a knee bruise, but that it was highly unlikely he would play Saturday against the Buffalo Bills.
Second year linebacker Jarvis Jones also was listed as questionable for the Bills' contest. Jones is battling a groin injury.
Linebacker Vince Williams suffered a concussion on Tuesday and must pass the concussion tests before he is cleared to practice or play.
--Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne sat out practice after suffering an injury his shoulder during Wednesday's practice with the Oakland Raiders. He is not expected to see action when the Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens meet in a preseason game on Saturday.
Claiborne is listed day-to-day.
"It's some kind of an AC joint separation, but we got good news about it (Wednesday), better than the initial reports thought it might be," Garrett told reporters. "We think it's going to be more of a day-to-day, within-the-week type of thing."
--Kansas City Chiefs' wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has had a particularly difficult training camp and his struggles have not gone unnoticed.
Coach Andy Reid revealed that Bowe has been dealing with a serious a finger injury, which might explain why Bowe is having trouble catching passes.
"His finger is shot," Reid said. "You can practice with that type of thing. It's hard to do it when it's your feet. I give credit to some of these guys that have pushed through some of the injuries."
--The New Orleans Saints welcomed quarterback Drew Brees and cornerback Champ Bailey back to practice this week after both missed about a week-and-a-half of training camp work.
Both players, however, are unlikely to play in the Saints' second exhibition game against the Tennessee Titans on Friday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Brees was back in pads for the first time since Aug. 1 after recovering from a strained left oblique muscle. Bailey participated in practice for the first time since suffering an undisclosed injury one day before Brees was hurt.
--The Atlanta Falcons wrapped up two days of joint practices against the Texans in advance of Saturday's preseason game in Houston, and head coach Mike Smith said he was pleased with the work accomplished during the sessions.
"We worked on a lot of situations that we wanted to do," he said. "We did some red zone, backed up, a couple of different two-minute situations and I thought it was very good work."
The marquee one-on-one battle was Falcons rookie right tackle Jake Matthews working against Texans All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt. Matthews has been impressive throughout training camp, but is coming off a two-penalty performance in the preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins and had his ups and downs against Watt over the two days of joint practices.