Giants’ Jennings may return against 49ers

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants’ running game could have its best back available when it plays the San Francisco 49ers.

After missing the past four weeks with sprained knee, former Liberty University star Rashad Jennings hopes to return to the lineup on Sunday when the Giants (3-6) face the 49ers (5-4) at MetLife Stadium.

Jennings practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, and he and coach Tom Coughlin were optimistic that he would be able to play in what has become a must-win game for New York.

The Giants have lost all four games since Jennings was injured against the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 5, and the running game has been almost nonexistent.

Meanwhile, the Giants signed running back Orleans Darkwa off the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad.

The Giants also placed running back Michael Cox on injured reserve. He broke his leg against Seattle on Sunday.

Fisher benches Davis, will start Hill at QB

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher has benched struggling quarterback Austin Davis and will go back to veteran Shaun Hill for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.

Fisher said Monday that he was sticking with Davis, who made his NFL debut earlier this season after Hill was sidelined with an injury. Fisher had said Davis was the starting quarterback for the rest of the season.

The team confirmed the switch before practice Wednesday.

Hill began the season as the replacement for Sam Bradford, who was sidelined for the second straight year with a knee injury. However, Hill injured his thigh in the opener.

Seattle put tight

end Miller on IR

RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks placed tight end Zach Miller on injured reserve after he struggled in returning from ankle surgery.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that Miller will need a second surgery to get the problems in ankle corrected. Miller underwent surgery during Seattle’s bye week after its Week 3 victory over Denver.

The hope was that Miller would only miss a few games, but his recovery went longer than planned. Carroll said Miller got to the point of running on the ground, but could never progress further.


Saints: New Orleans placed receiver Joseph Morgan back on the active roster, ending his two-game suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules.

New Orleans also has made several other roster moves, including Wednesday’s decision to place rookie safety Vinnie Sunseri on injured reserve. Saints coach Sean Payton said Sunseri fractured his forearm late in Sunday’s loss to San Francisco. He was playing primarily on special teams before his injury.

The Saints signed former Cincinnati running back Brian Leonard and safety Jamarca Sanford, while cutting reserve center Eric Olsen.

Chargers: Inside linebacker Manti Te’o returned to practice after missing six games with a broken right foot.

Running back Ryan Mathews, out since spraining his right knee in a victory against Seattle on Sept. 14, is expected to play in Sunday’s home game against Oakland. He returned to practice during the Chargers’ bye week.

Browns: Safety Tashaun Gipson missed his second straight day of practice with a concussion and may sit out Sunday’s game against Houston. Gipson, who leads the NFL with six interceptions, was injured in last week’s win over Cincinnati.

If Gipson can’t play, Jim Leonhard and Jordan Poyer will get time at free safety.

Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron was back on the field after missing the past two games with a concussion. Cameron was injured in an Oct. 26 win over Oakland.

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