Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew told Sirius XM Radio on Friday that he will play next week against the Buffalo Bills after an MRI on his injured hamstring revealed a strain.
Jones-Drew rushed for a season-high 103 yards Thursday against the Houston Texans before leaving in the fourth quarter of the Jaguars' 27-20 win.
"Definitely, that's always been the plan," Jones-Drew said. "Right now, I mean, I just want to make sure everything is on track. And then we'll see how it goes next week, but I expect to be out there playing with my teammates.
"It's ... just a strained hamstring. I've played with those before so it's not that big of a deal. You just have to get the necessary treatments and things done so you can get back and get on the field for Sunday."
It was the first time Jones-Drew has topped 100 yards rushing since September 2012. For the year, he has 208 carries for 719 yards with five touchdowns.
---Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner, facing a yearlong suspension, reportedly turned down an offer from the NFL that would have allowed him to return to the field next October rather than in December.
Under the deal, Browner would have been eligible to return at the start of October, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reported.
Browner is contesting his placement in Stage 3 of the NFL's substance-abuse program, arguing that the league improperly advanced him while he was playing in the CFL from 2007 to 2010.
He also is claiming his urine sample in the positive test in September was mishandled, according to Garafolo.
Browner claims the urine collector used a damaged cup and then poured the urine into another cup. Browner's request to have the collector testify during appeal hearings was denied, Garafolo reported, and the collector disputed Browner's account in a conversation with the league's medical director.
Browner will be a free agent after the season and apparently wants the entire suspension dismissed. He reportedly is prepared to sue the league if a suspension is levied.
Browner has missed the past two games with a groin injury and also will not play in San Francisco on Sunday.
The Seahawks have kept Browner on the roster as they await resolution of the appeal. That is expected to take another week or two.
---Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is expected to start Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams, despite being listed as questionable with a right elbow injury.
Palmer took all of the snaps in Saturday's walk-through, according to ESPN.
Palmer was limited in practice on Friday and was considered a game-time decision. However, coach Bruce Arians said Friday that he believed Palmer would be able to play.
Palmer injured his elbow during last Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but he played the rest of the game.
If Palmer cannot play, Drew Stanton will be the Cardinals' starting quarterback. He has not played since 2010.
Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (knee) and wide receiver Michael Floyd (ankle) are both expected to play Sunday.
---The Baltimore Ravens activated tight end Dennis Pitta from the injured reserve/designated to return list on Saturday.
Pitta has been out with a dislocated hip since July. He returned to practice Nov. 20.
While he is eligible to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, it is not a certainty. Coach John Harbaugh said Friday that Pitta had a "reasonable chance" of playing.
Pitta is looking forward to playing.
"You always want to see how you're going to respond after getting hit like that," Pitta said Friday. "It's not something that you could simulate in rehab or even in practice. It will be nice to kind of take that first hit and just see how it feels."
Pitta was the Ravens' second-leading receiver last season with 61 catches for 669 yards and seven touchdowns.