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NFL: Browns may call on Manziel

Coach Mike Pettine hinted that he might bench starting QB Brian Hoyer.

The switch at quarterback for the Browns appears inevitable this week.

Johnny Football may be about to take over Cleveland's offense.

After Brian Hoyer played poorly again in Sunday's loss to Indianapolis, Browns coach Mike Pettine seemed to be on the verge of giving rookie Johnny Manziel his first NFL start against Cincinnati.

"I think it's natural to lean the other way, given the results," Pettine said Monday. "I still want to make sure we do our due diligence and talk to everybody involved."

Pettine was unclear on if he had already decided to make the change and promote Manziel, the high-profile backup who came off the bench and replaced a struggling Hoyer in the fourth quarter two weeks ago in Buffalo. Pettine, who stuck with Hoyer last week because he had the Browns in the playoff mix, said he wants to meet with his coaching staff and general manager Ray Farmer before telling both quarterbacks and announcing who will face the Bengals.

Bills safety blasts refs

Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams isn't backing away from his criticism of NFL officials, and doesn't care if it costs him.

"I don't care if I do get fined," Williams told the Associated Press on Monday. "I speak the way I feel, and that's the way I feel."

Williams took issue with a fist bump between two officials after Denver running back C.J. Anderson scored his second of three touchdowns in the Broncos 24-17 win on Sunday.

After the game, Williams expressed his displeasure on Twitter, by accusing the officials of teaming up with the Broncos.

Williams linked a video of the fist bump and wrote: "No excuse for my performance but we can't win playing 16 vs 11 thought I seen it all Smh (shake my head)."

Jets could get No. 1 pick

The New York Jets have a good chance of being No. 1 - in the NFL draft.

At 2-11, they're in the mix with Tennessee, Oakland, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville for the dubious distinction of having the NFL's worst record.

So, with three games left, the race is on. Sunday could play a big part in deciding things with the Jets playing the Titans in Tennessee.

Rex Ryan can understand why some fans would prefer the Jets continue to lose to secure the best draft spot. But the coach insists he, his staff and players are focused only on winning the rest of the way.

The big question, though, is who will be doing the picking with the futures of Ryan and general manager John Idzik uncertain beyond Week 17.

RG3 may start - again

Robert Griffin III could be starting again even if Colt McCoy is healthy.

It would be the fifth quarterback change for first-year coach Jay Gruden, who is looking worn down under the burden of the ever-present turmoil that surrounds the Washington Redskins.

Gruden said he will await the outcome of tests on McCoy's sprained neck before deciding on a starter for the game against the New York Giants.

A cancer diagnosis

Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and will begin chemotherapy for what doctors called a "very treatable and potentially curable" form of cancer.

Berry had been undergoing tests at Emory University in Atlanta since an MRI exam nearly two weeks ago showed a mass on the right side of his chest. At the time, doctors were still uncertain whether the mass was cancerous, but further testing revealed the lymphoma.

Christopher Flowers, who directs the lymphoma program at Emory's Winship Cancer Institute, said that Berry will undergo "standard chemotherapy approaches" to treat the disease.

Harbaugh staying put

Jim Harbaugh isn't budging, even if light of his disappointing year.

No wavering when it comes to his coaching future, thoughts about his bosses in the San Francisco front office, or even whether the 49ers have fallen too far to have hope of a 2014 recovery.

After two straight demoralizing defeats in which the Niners have managed only 16 total points, Harbaugh's future is the hottest topic around his team. And that's a far cry from the coach's first three seasons when San Francisco was playoff bound and poised for a deep postseason run - as in three straight NFC championship game appearances.