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NFL

Vikings QB Cassel to start against Steelers

– Matt Cassel will get a chance to steer the Minnesota Vikings to their first win of the season – and maybe put himself in position for a more regular role.

Cassel will replace injured starter Christian Ponder at quarterback against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Wembley Stadium. The Vikings (0-3) ruled out Ponder on Friday with a fractured rib sustained in last weekend’s 31-27 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

“We worked with Matt in the mindset that this was a possibility, so I think we’re prepared in that way,” coach Leslie Frazier said. “He’s been in this role before. His veteran presence – you can feel it. So there was no shock this week as he got more and more reps. I think (the team) will handle it the right way.”

“I’ve been preparing for this and I feel like I’m ready to go,” Cassel said.

Fines roundup

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was fined $10,000 for wearing clips on his helmet visor featuring the Under Armour logo.

Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $31,000 for two unnecessary roughness violations.

Bengals teammate George Iloka was fined $15,000 for unnecessary roughness fo a hit in the head and neck area.

Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown received $15,750 in fines for two unnecessary roughness violations against Chicago.

Tennessee’s Moise Fokou was docked $7,875 for unnecessary roughness for a face mask violation.

Around the league

Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman (knee, groin) is questionable to play against Detroit. … Cincinnati cornerback Adam Jones paid a $130 fine for disorderly conduct. … Cleveland linebacker Jabaal Sheard (knee) is doubtful to play against Cincinnati. … Buffalo cornerback Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) will be a game-time decision against Baltimore. … The New York Giants will be without starting left guard Chris Snee (hip), center David Baas (neck) and cornerback Corey Webster against Kansas City. … Jacksonville will be without safety Dwight Lowery against Indianapolis. … New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (hamstring) and cornerback Dee Milliner (hamstring) will not play at Tennessee. …

San Diego rookie linebacker Manti Te’o is poised to make his regular-season debut against Dallas, who will be without receiver Miles Austin (hamstring). … Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor (concussion) was approved for full contact in practice. … Atlanta cornerback Asante Samuel (thigh) is questionable against New England. …Seattle right tackle Breno Giacomini (knee) and center Max Unger (triceps) are doubtful against Houston. …

The girlfriend of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was indicted on a perjury charge in connection with the killing of his friend. A grand jury indicted Shayanna Jenkins, 24, on a single count in relation to the investigation into the June 17 killing of Odin Lloyd.

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