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(AP) — Cam Newton returned to Panthers practice Wednesday, throwing the football with good velocity. The Carolina quarterback threw wearing a thick flak jacket to protect his injured ribs. Coach Ron Rivera said Monday he expected Newton to start against the Detroit Lions on Sunday after missing the season opener at Tampa Bay.

Elsewhere around the NFL;

— St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long will undergo surgery and is out indefinitely with a left leg injury sustained in the opening loss to the Vikings. Coach Jeff Fisher says will be placed on the injured reserve-designated to return list, which would sideline him at least six weeks.

— Browns starting running back Ben Tate will miss Sunday’s game against New Orleans with a sprained knee. He suffered the injury in the season-opening loss to Pittsburgh. Rookie Terrance West is expected to start in Tate’s place.

— The Bengals have placed tight end Tyler Eifert on the short-term injured reserve list with a chance to return at midseason from an elbow injury. Eifert hurt his right elbow during Sunday’s win at Baltimore. He’ll miss practice for six weeks while the elbow heals.

— San Diego has lost veteran center Nick Hardwick for the season with a recurring neck stinger. Hardwick left Monday night’s loss at Arizona with a sprained ankle. There was no word at that time about a neck injury. He’s been the Chargers starter since his rookie year in 2004.

— Outside linebacker Jonathan Abraham has left the Arizona Cardinals and is considering retiring after 16 seasons in the NFL. The 36-year-old Abraham sustained a concussion in Monday night’s victory over San Diego. Abraham ranks ninth on the NFL’s career sacks list with 133½.


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