NFL roundup: Raiders release Matt Flynn, Josh Freeman will not start this week for Vikings

Brian Bahr

Quarterback moves headlined the news on Monday.

The Oakland Raiders have released quarterback Matt Flynn after he lost a quarterback battle with Terrelle Pryor in preseason and was demoted in the depth chart.

Oakland sent two draft picks to the Seattle Seahawks for the quarterback in April, giving him an opportunity to compete for a starting job. Flynn's story with the Raiders was much like his situation in Seattle, where he began the preseason as the favorite to win the job, before losing it to Russell Wilson.

Don't feel sorry for Flynn, though. He has made more than $14 million the last two seasons for just 43 pass attempts.

Josh Freeman will not start this week

The Minnesota Vikings signed Josh Freeman to a one-year deal, but don't expect the quarterback to be thrust into a starting role right away. The Vikings announced today that either Christian Ponder or Matt Cassel would start this week against the Carolina Panthers.

Freeman was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week following a drama-filled start to the season. He was entering the final year of his rookie contract in Tampa Bay and his performance this season will determine if he gets another starting opportunity in 2014.

Blaine Gabbert could miss extended time

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert could miss extended time after reportedly hearing his hamstring "pop" in the team's 34-20 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

The team's coaching staff has shown faith in Gabbert to play out the remainder of the 2013 season, but will turn to Chad Henne in his absence.

Panthers GM denies coaching search

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman denied a report Sunday that he has taken the first steps to finding a new head coach for the 2014 season.

The Panthers have started the 2013 season 1-3, with their only win coming over the woeful New York Giants. Rivera's game management has consistently come under question over the last three years as the coach has shown an inability to make difficult decisions in tight games.

Dominic Raiola harrassed marching band in Green Bay

One of the strangest stories of the weekend was a report Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola verbally abused members of the Wisconsin marching band during warmups.

Raiola reportedly used homophobic slurs and insulted members of the band prior to the team's loss.

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