NFL notebook: QB Zach Mettenberger injures shoulder _lowres

Tennessee Titans' Zach Mettenberger walks off the field after being hurt during the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

HOUSTON — Tennessee quarterback Zach Mettenberger injured his shoulder against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

The rookie quarterback left the game when driven to the ground by J.J. Watt in the third quarter. On the series prior to the injury, Mettenberger threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Wright. Jake Locker replaced him and threw an interception on his first play.

Houston cornerback Johnathan Joseph left the game with an Achilles injury. Joseph interception of Mettenberger in the first quarter led to Houston’s second score.


Chargers-Niners game moveD to Saturday night: In New York, the NFL moved its Week 16 game between San Diego and San Francisco to prime time.

As part of the Week 16 flexible scheduling, the Philadelphia Eagles will play at the Washington Redskins on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 3:30 p.m. on the NFL Network. That will be followed by the Chargers at the 49ers at 7:25 p.m. on CBS, the NFL announced Sunday.

The Week 15 matchup of the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Dec. 14 at noon will be broadcast on Fox. The Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions game has moved to 3:25 p.m. on Fox.

Ray Rice

Janay Rice tells ‘Today’ show: Goodell not honest: Janay Rice says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wasn’t being honest when he said Ray Rice was “ambiguous” about hitting her in a casino elevator.

“I know for a fact ... that Ray told the honest truth that he’s been telling from February,” Janay Rice told NBC’s “Today” show in an interview that will be broadcast Monday. A second segment will be shown Tuesday.

As for Goodell, she said: “I can’t say he’s telling the truth.”

An arbitrator Friday threw out Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension, making the former Baltimore Ravens running back a free agent. Former U.S. District Judge Barbara Jones called Goodell’s decision in September to change Rice’s original suspension from two games to indefinite “arbitrary” and an “abuse of discretion.”

The Rices met with Goodell in June. He then issued a two-game suspension but increased it to indefinite after an in-elevator video of Rice striking his then-fiancee in February was made public. “I think they did what they had to do for themselves,” Janay Rice said, referring to the NFL.

Goodell started Rice’s appeal hearing on Nov. 5 with more than two hours of testimony. Ray and Janay Rice testified the following day.

In her interview with “Today” host Matt Lauer, Janay Rice said she was furious with Ray but never considered leaving him.

Rice, a three-time Pro Bowl player during six seasons with the Ravens, hopes to return to the NFL. It’s uncertain whether a team will sign him this late in the season.


RECEIVER Austin taken to hospital: In Orchard Park, N.Y., Cleveland wide receiver Miles Austin was taken to a Buffalo-area hospital for precautionary reasons after experiencing abdominal discomfort following a 26-10 loss to the Bills.

The Browns announced the development after the game Sunday. It’s unclear when Austin was hurt, and the team had no update on his status.

Browns tight end Gary Barnidge did not return after hurting his ribs in the first quarter. Center Nick McDonald did not return after hurting his ankle in the first quarter.

McDonald was already filling in for injured starter Alex Mack. Backup lineman Ryan Seymour finished the game at center.

The Browns (7-5) did not provide any details on the severity of the injuries.

Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus returned after hurting his groin in the second quarter.