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Quinn fined for hit on Ravens LB Suggs

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn has been fined by the NFL for his low hit on Baltimore's Terrell Suggs.

After throwing an interception in Monday night’s 16-0 loss to the Ravens, Quinn dived at Suggs’ knees while trying to bring down cornerback Chris Carr, who had picked off the pass. Suggs had to leave the game with a knee injury and could miss significant playing time.

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis accused Quinn of a cheap shot.

Quinn understands why the Ravens were mad.

“I can see why they’d be upset,” he said. “But again, he wasn’t even in my vision. I was trying to get to the ball. He cut across my face as I was already (trying) to jump down for the tackle.”

Quinn dropped his head and threw his body into Suggs’ right knee, thinking he would be able to bring down Carr. He was flagged for a low block and the Browns were penalized 15 yards.

Quinn received a letter from the league on Wednesday but would not disclose the size of his fine, saying only that it was “a good amount.”

Meanwhile, the Ravens said Suggs will miss Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts because of the injury.

Fewell picks QB Fitzpatrick

Perry Fewell wasted no time making changes on his first full day as interim coach of the Bills, picking Ryan Fitzpatrick to be the starting quarterback.

The decision to go with Fitzpatrick over Trent Edwards was announced shortly after the team’s practice Wednesday as the Bills (3-6) prepared to play at Jacksonville (5-4) on Sunday.

Fitzpatrick said he was excited about the opportunity, and indicated the starting job is his indefinitely. Fitzpatrick is 1-1 in two starts and also rallied the Bills to a 16-13 overtime win over the New York Jets on Oct. 18, after Edwards was knocked out of the game.

Fewell was promoted from defensive coordinator after Dick Jauron was fired Tuesday.

Ronnie Brown out for year

Ronnie Brown’s season has ended with an injury – again.

The Miami Dolphins’ leading rusher was placed on injured reserve Wednesday because of a right foot injury suffered in Sunday’s victory over Tampa Bay.

Brown missed the final nine games of the 2007 season with a right knee injury.

The Dolphins had hoped Brown might be able to return this year but made the roster move after he was examined by a specialist. It’s a big blow for a team that ranks fourth in the NFL in rushing.

The move was announced shortly after the Dolphins departed for today’s game against Carolina. Ricky Williams will replace Brown in the lineup.

Brown was on pace for the best season of his career with 648 yards rushing and eight touchdowns, and he threw for another. He was the triggerman in the Wildcat formation.

The backup running back is now 2008 sixth-round draft pick Lex Hilliard.

Gradkowski QB for Raiders

The Oakland Raiders benched former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell, handing the starting quarterback job to journeyman Bruce Gradkowski for the foreseeable future.

Coach Tom Cable made the announcement of the change following practice as the Raiders (2-7) prepare to play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Cable said his plan is to stick with Gradkowski.

Cable had pulled Russell for ineffectiveness in two of the past three games as he grew more frustrated with Russell’s inaccuracy and poor decision-making in his third season in the NFL.

Extra points

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield gave himself an “85 percent” chance of returning to play this week. Winfield hurt his right foot on Oct. 18 against Baltimore and sat out the last three games. … Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton, the ligaments in his left ankle torn, didn’t practice Wednesday as backup Chris Simms took the snaps with the starters. … The Ravens signed former Cowboys kicker Billy Cundiff to replace Steve Hauschka, who was cut Tuesday after missing several important field goal tries. … The Chargers placed linebacker Jyles Tucker on the injured reserve list with an ankle injury, ending his season. … Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano has been ruled out of tonight’s game at Charlotte because of a hip injury. … Cornerback Chris McAlister, angry to be cut by the Ravens, was snapped up by the Saints. … Bills starting left tackle Demetrius Bell is out indefinitely with a right knee injury. … The Browns placed punter Dave Zastudil and tight end Steve Heiden on injured reserve with season-ending injuries. … Jets safety Jim Leonhard had three pins inserted into his broken right thumb and his arm is in a sling, leaving his status for New York’s game against New England uncertain. … The Raiders have reached a tentative agreement with Alameda County officials to extend their lease at the Coliseum through the 2013 season.

TONIGHT’S GAME

MIAMI DOLPHINS (4-5) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (4-5)

5:20 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.

Line: Carolina by 3

Series: Miami leads, 3-0.

Last meeting: Miami won, 27-24, on Sept. 25, 2005

Last week: Miami beat Tampa Bay, 25-23; Carolina beat Atlanta, 28-19

Notes: Miami and Carolina have fought off 0-3 starts to earn their way onto the far periphery of playoff contention. And only the winner realistically will still be there after this game. … Miami has lost leading rusher Ronnie Brown (foot) for the year. … Ricky Williams is expected to get bulk of carries for the Dolphins and take some snaps in the Wildcat offense. Williams rushed for 102 yards Sunday vs. Bucs. … Carolina’s DeAngelo Williams has averaged 128 yards rushing in his past five games. … Lacey native Jonathan Stewart rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ victory on Sunday. … Miami is 1-3 on the road. … Carolina QB Jake Delhomme threw 13 interceptions in his first six games but has gone turnover-free in the past three games. .… Panthers lost Pro Bowl LT Jordan Gross to broken ankle vs. Atlanta.

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