EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Odell Beckham Jr. caught six passes for 161 yards and a long touchdown as the Cleveland Browns whipped the New York Jets, 23-3. Beckham took a slant pass and outran the Jets’ defenders all the way to the end zone for an 89-yard TD that put Cleveland up 23-3 with 3 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. His spectacular 33-yard, one-handed grab got Cleveland down to the Jets 4 and set up a field goal for the game’s first points.
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on his aching right elbow, putting the offense in the hands of Mason Rudolph. Roethlisberger shook his arm after a pair of passes with the Steelers driving late in the first half of yesterday’s loss to Seattle and watched the second half from the sideline. Roethlisberger has been Pittsburgh’s starter since taking over for Tommy Maddox in Week 2 of the 2004 season as a rookie.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is expected to be out six weeks after tearing a ligament in his right thumb during yesterday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Saints coach Sean Payton declined today to go into detail about Brees’ condition or even rule him out for this Sunday’s game in Seattle. The injury occurred when the thumb hit the hand of on-rushing defensive lineman Aaron Donald on the follow-through of a throw in the first quarter.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – New England Patriots receiver Antonio Brown’s availability is again in limbo this week with the NFL preparing to meet with the former trainer that has filed a civil lawsuit accusing the star receiver of rape and sexual assault. The NFL declined today to comment on the allegations against Brown or when it would speak with his accuser. But the league told the Patriots last week that it was opening an investigation into the matter.
UNDATED (AP) – Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will wear a walking boot for the next five to seven days after an MRI showed he had a moderate lateral right ankle sprain. Rizzo had to be helped off the field after sustaining the injury while fielding a bunt in the third inning of Sunday’s 16-6 rout of the Pirates. The Cubs can ill afford an extended loss of Rizzo as they continue to play without shortstop Javier Baez, who is out for the rest of the regular season with a hairline fracture of his left thumb.