UNDATED (AP) — Minnesota has lost starting quarterback Matt Cassel (KAS'-uhl) for the season after he suffered broken bones in his left foot during Sunday's loss to New Orleans.

Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will start in his place Sunday against Atlanta.

The Vikings also say guard Brandon Fusco is out for the season with a pectoral muscle injury in the same game.


— Baltimore left tackle Eugene Monroe will be sidelined for several weeks following knee surgery. Monroe has been a key figure on an offensive line that far has enabled the Ravens to average 4.6 yards per rush. In addition, quarterback Joe Flacco has been sacked only three times in three games. Monroe will be replaced by rookie James Hurst, who will start Sunday against Carolina.

— Chicago Bears linebacker Shea McClellin will miss his second straight game because of a hand injury. Coach Marc Trestman calls McClellin "week to week" and said he will not play Sunday against Green Bay.

— Titans quarterback Jake Locker did not practice because of an injured right wrist. Whether he plays against the Indianapolis Colts will depend on how much he heals up by Sunday.

— Buffalo will be without backup receiver and key special teams player Marcus Easley for Sunday's game against Houston. He injured his left leg in last week's loss to San Diego.

— The winless Jacksonville Jaguars have benched two more starters. Coach Gus Bradley is sitting down safety Winston Guy and linebacker LaRoy Reynolds in favor of backups Josh Evans and J.T. Thomas. Evans and Thomas will start Sunday at San Diego.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The NFL players' union has hired former federal prosecutor Richard Craig Smith to oversee its investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence case.

Smith will look at how the league and the Baltimore Ravens handled issues of due process and discipline in Rice's domestic violence case. He'll also look at the conduct of the league office and the Ravens that led to the indefinite suspension Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') gave to Ray Rice.

The Ravens cut Rice after video of him punching his then-fiancée in a hotel elevator went public. Originally, Goodell had given Rice a two-game suspension.

Rice and the NFL Players Association have appealed his suspension.

DALLAS (AP) — An Oklahoma woman accuses Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in a lawsuit of paying her for at least four years to keep her from reporting an alleged sexual assault.

An updated lawsuit filed Monday by Jana Weckerly's attorney accuses Jones of forcibly touching Weckerly and kissing her on the lips without her consent more than five years ago - then bullying her into not reporting the alleged attack. The lawsuit seeks more than $1 million in damages.

Jones has denied Weckerly's allegations. The Cowboys have cited an earlier statement from a Jones attorney calling the claims "completely false."

A hearing is set Friday on whether the lawsuit should be dismissed.