Welker, Mathis, Gordon Among Suspended

Two players are suspended indefinitely: Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon and Redskins safety Tanard Jackson. Neither's loss should be too significant.

One other player gone for the season, Arizona linebacker Daryl Washington, is a significant one for the Cardinals, who previously lost Karlos Dansby in free agency. They also had top defensive lineman Darnell Dockett tear up his right knee and is done for 2014.

Other familiar names whose suspensions likely will hurt their teams are Patriots CB Brandon Browner (four games), Eagles tackle Lane Johnson (four), Cowboys DB Orlando Scandrick (four), and Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather (two).

"I think you have to get creative with what you do, and roll some different guys in there, maybe change some personnel groupings and get some different matchups," Cleveland's Pettine said, speaking directly about Gordon's absence, but representative of how many teams must react. "That's the challenge that we face."


AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton and Sports Writers Janie McCauley, Tom Withers and Michael Marot contributed to this story.


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