By The Associated Press
The latest from Week 9 of the NFL (all times EST):
Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold and running back Christian McCaffrey are both active for the game against the New England Patriots.
Darnold has been cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol, but is dealing with a shoulder injury. According to a Panthers team spokesman, coach Matt Rhule is waiting until after the warmup to determine whether or not Darnold or his backup P.J. Walker will start.
McCaffrey is expected to start, but will likely see a reduced number of reps after missing the past five weeks with a hamstring injury, according to Rhule. McCaffrey was removed from injured reserve on Saturday. The Panthers (4-4) were 1-4 without McCaffrey on the field.
The Patriots (4-4) will be without wide receiver N’Keal Harry.
A person with knowledge of the situation says the Miami Dolphins are planning to start Jacoby Brissett at quarterback against the Houston Texans because Tua Tagovailoa is still dealing with an injured finger on his throwing hand.
ESPN and NFL Network first reported the Dolphins’ decision.
Tagovailoa was limited in practice this week because of the finger injury.
It’ll be Brissett’s fourth start of the season for Miami, after Tagovailoa missed three other games with fractured ribs.
Dolphins coach Brian Flores had said Friday that he was optimistic Tagovailoa would be able to play against the Texans.
AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds reporting from Miami Gardens, Florida.
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