NFL news roundup: Jay Cutler ruled out, Erik Walden suspended

Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears will need to last another week without Jay Cutler, while the Indianapolis Colts lose a linebacker for Week 12.

Jay Cutler will miss another week while the Chicago Bears quarterback recovers from a high ankle sprain sustained in Week 10. Head coach Mark Trestman ruled out Cutler for the team's road game against the St. Louis Rams.

The injury gives Josh McCown another opportunity to start under center. His recent play has prompted questions about whether the Bears should return to Cutler when he's healthy, or stick with the hot hand -- but publicly there seems to be no motivation to change. McCown has posted a passer rating of 100.0 over four games, including five touchdowns and no interceptions.

Erik Walden suspended one game

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Erik Walden has been suspended one game for headbutting Delanie Walker of the Tennessee Titans.

The incident happened in the first half of the game on Thursday night when emotions were high. Walden pulled off Walker's helmet in the tackle, before exchanging words and eventually headbutting the defenseless offensive player.

Walden's suspension could mean Bjoern Werner will make his first start for the Colts after being selected in the first round of the NFL draft.

Emmanuel Sanders will be "okay"

The Pittsburgh Steelers received good news with word wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders will be okay following a foot injury sustained against the Detroit Lions.

Sanders has caught 42 passes for 509 yards and two touchdowns this season. Offensive struggles have been a large factor in the team's problems this season, prompting rumors quarterback Ben Roethlisberger requested want a trade following the season. Those rumors may not have been accurate, but having Sanders available will mitigate some of these issues.

Leonard Hankerson requires surgery

Robert Griffin III will be without a weapon down the stretch with news wide receiver Leonard Hankerson requires surgery to repair an LCL injury.

Hankerson has 30 receptions for 375 yards this season, and it was hoped he would take the next step to become a long-term option at the position. That future is unclear with the latest injury.

Chiefs vs. Broncos breaks viewing records

There was no doubting Sunday Night Football between the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos was a big deal, but few anticipated just how popular the game would be.

The game drew the highest ratings of any November NFL game in over 17 years when Peyton Manning led the Broncos in a win over the undefeated Chiefs.

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