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Matt Cassel Has Successful Surgery On Throwing Hand

National Football League(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel underwent successful surgery Monday on his right throwing hand that he injured in Sunday's, 17-10 loss to the Denver Broncos.

For now, Kansas City has not placed him on the injured reserved list and Chiefs head coach Todd Haley still hopes Cassel will be able to return before the season's end.

The Chiefs next game will be on Monday night against the New England Patriots (6-3).  Tyler Palko will be the starting quarterback and Ricky Stanzi will be the backup.

Kansas City (4-5) sits in a three-way tie for second place with the San Diego Chargers (4-5) and Denver Broncos (4-5) trailing Oakland Raiders (5-4) in the AFC Western Division by one game.

Any chances of a playoff birth now hang in the recovery of Cassel's hand.

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Texans' Andre Johnson Expected Back After Bye

Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- After missing the past six games, Houston Texans All-Pro wide receiver Andre Johnson is expected to return to the team's lineup after their upcoming bye-week. Johnson suffered a hamstring injury back in week four's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Johnson's return couldn't come at a better time. The team just lost starting quarterback Matt Schaub to a leg injury that will keep him out the rest of the season. Former Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart -- who hasn't even thrown a pass since 2009 -- will take over for Schaub.

"It's a great offense to be a part of," Leinart said. "And now we get the best receiver in the NFL back, which is awesome to have. That's going to be great."

Despite Johnson's absence, the Texans are 7-3, boasting the best record in the AFC. The offense hasn't missed a beat either, as the Texans rank third in the NFL in total points

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Steelers' Roethlisberger Has Fractured Thumb, Hopes Not To Miss Any Time

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers bye-week comes at a perfect time for the team, specifically quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger fractured his right thumb at an unknown point during the team's 24-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, but despite the injury during the game, Roethlisberger didn't miss a single play under center for the first place Steelers.

Roethlisberger has played with a similar injury before. Back in 2005 Big Ben had a thumb injury, but it didn't keep the team from winning the Super Bowl that season.

Luckily for Roethlisberger and the rest of the Steelers, the has the next week off before they take to the field on November 27th against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Cowboys' Felix Jones Expected Back Sunday -- As a Backup

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- After missing the past four games with an ankle injury, Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones is expected back for the team's game on Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

According to team owner Jerry Jones though, Jones will longer be the team's starting running back. Rookie DeMarco Murray, who took over for Jones since his injury, will continue to be the starting running back.

"One thing that comes to mind is that Murray looks like the more he carries, the more effective he gets," Jones said on KRLD-FM. "You think theoretically about a workhorse running back, they get better as the game goes along." "On the other hand, Felix -- this is not in a negative way -- but Felix has always been a guy that looks like the best way for him to be his best is to inject him in spots."

It is hard to argue who has been the more effective back for the Cowboys this season. Before he got hurt, Jones had 253 yards on 63 carries (4.0 yards per carry). Meanwhile, Murray has 674 yards on 100 carries (6.7 yards per carry).

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Packers Dominate Vikings 45-7 on 'Monday Night Football'

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- The Green Bay Packers' pursuit of perfection continues after their 45-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. By handlily defeating their NFC North division rival Monday night, the team is now 9-0 -- and is the only undefeated team in the NFL.

It was just another normal game for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers: he completed 23 of 30 passes for 250 yards, while also throwing for 4 touchdowns. Rookie wide receiver Randall Cobb also added an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown to add insult to injury to a Vikings team that is now 2-7.

"I'm excited about being 9-0. You know we're first place in our division and our goal every year is to win the division, to get a home playoff game here," Rodgers said. "As we saw it last year, we peaked at the right time so it doesn't matter how we're playing right now. We're excited about being undefeated, but it's a long time till December and the playoffs, we need to be peaking then."

After another dominating performance, Rodgers now leads the NFL in passer rating, completion percentage, and touchdowns.

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DeSean Jackson Apologizes for Missing Meeting, Game

NFL via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson claims he overslept on Saturday, which caused him to miss a special team's meeting. As a result from that, Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid not only suspended Jackson for the game, but banished him from the stadium on game day.

Before the season had even started, Jackson let it be known that he wanted a new contract from the team. Jackson is in the last year of his rookie contract after being drafted by the Eagles in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Without Jackson, the Eagles ended up losing to the Cardinals 21-17. Jackson though, did apologize to his team.

"I had, you know, some minutes in the team meeting just to adress the team, to adress the coaches, everybody that was in there," Jackson said. "I kind of just explained to them thing i've been going through. Really, me not being myself, just kind of it being hard to come to work and be happy."

Jackson also said that there was no lingering resentment towards Reid or the rest of the Eagles.

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Season Over for Texans Quarterback Matt Schaub: ESPN

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub will be out for the remainder of the season due to a Lisfranc injury. Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak said that the injury occurred late in the second quarter after a quarterback sneak attempt.

This a huge blow to a team with the best record in the AFC (7-3), and are seeking its first playoff appearance in franchise history.

Replacing Schaub as the team's starting quarterback will be former Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart, who's in his second season with the team. Despite not taking a single snap last season, Leinart is confident he can fill in nicely for the injured Schaub.

"That's what I've wanted for a long time, and that's what I've worked hard for every day and prepared for every day," Leinart said. "It's a great opportunity. I'm just excited about the chance."

Leinart will take over a Texans team that is ranked eighth in the NFL in offense at 396.2 yards per game.

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Tim Tebow Now 3-1 as the Broncos' Starting Quarterback

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- They may not have been pretty, but the first four games of the Tim Tebow era in Denver this season have been a success. Just try not to be too critical of the statistics.

After the team's 17-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the Broncos improved to 4-5 on the season, and 3-1 with Tebow under center. Kyle Orton, the quarterback Tebow replaced, was just 1-4 for the team when he was the starting quarterback.

Tebow completed just two passes in eight attempts for 69 yards and a touchdown. Tebow had more carries than pass attempts. He made nine carries for 43 yards and a touchdown.

"I play this game, and you're on a team to win games and that's it, however we can do that," Tebow said. "You know, I'm a football player first before quarterback, and [will do] whatever we can do to win games."

With the Broncos' win, they are just one game behind the Oakland Raiders for first place in the AFC West division.

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49ers Stay Hot, Beat Giants, 27-20

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco 49ers (8-1) got by the New York Giants (6-3), 27-20 on Sunday at Candlestick Park.

They trailed in the fourth quarter but scored twice within a blink of an eye and continued their impressive 2011 regular season with another win in the books.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning had another chance to be the hero and lead his team down the field once again in an effort to try and atleast tie the game but Justin Smith batted down a pass on fourth-and-2 from the 10 yard line and handed New York the loss.

"Our guys played better, our defense played better, made plays when it had to make plays, kept them out of the end zone twice in the first half.  That's not easy to do against an offensive team like that," said 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh after the win.

"We have a lot of heart and dedication.  We got a lot of guys on this team that can make plays and get it done," 49ers running back Vernon Davis told ESPN about his team's (8-1) record.

San Francisco will look to improve their record next Sunday at home against the Arizona Cardinals (2-6).

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NFL Preview: Giants (6-2) @ 49ers (7-1)

JupiterImages/ YORK) -- The NFC East-leading New York Giants (6-2) will travel to Candlestick Park to take on the NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers (7-1) on Sunday afternoon. 

New York comes into the game three games ahead of the Dallas Cowboys (4-4) and are 3-1 on the road so far in the 2011 season.

Even with the successful first half of the season for New York, Giants defensive end Justin Tuck is thinking big picture.

"Nobody's going to remember what we did in November," Tuck said. "Nobody's going to remember what we did in December. It's about getting back to that Super Bowl and winning that."

The 49ers have won six games in a row, are 3-1 at home, and could clinch their division by the end of the month with a commanding five game lead over both the Seattle Seahawks (2-6) and the Arizona Cardinals (2-6).

Much of San Francisco's success can be attributed to quarterback Alex Smith, who is having his best season since being drafted in 2005.

"He's every bit the elite quarterback as there is playing in the game right now," head coach Jim Harbaugh said of Smith's progress.

Kickoff is set for 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time.

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