John Beck was named starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins on Wednesday, chosen by Coach Mike Shanahan to start Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. He replaces Rex Grossman, who threw four interceptions in a 20-13 loss to Philadelphia last Sunday.
"You can't constantly turn the football over," Shanahan said. "And if you do, you're going to lose your opportunity to lead the football team."
Beck, the 30-year-old former second-round pick, will make his first NFL start since 2007, when he was a rookie for a Miami team that went 1-15. He played the fourth quarter Sunday after Grossman was benched, leading the Redskins' only touchdown drive of the game.
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On the second play of practice for Oakland's starting offense, Carson Palmer, acquired in a trade Tuesday, stepped in and ran a play.
The question now is whether Palmer can do enough this week to earn the starting quarterback job for the Raiders in place of the injured Jason Campbell.
Palmer shared first-team snaps Wednesday with Kyle Boller, who has been with the Raiders the past two seasons and has a big advantage in knowledge of the offense and chemistry with the receivers.
But Palmer has the stronger pedigree and was acquired at a high price, meaning the Raiders will give him every possible chance to get that job as the starter on Sunday against Kansas City.
TO wants to return
Terrell Owens is ready to return to the NFL.
The veteran wide receiver has been rehabilitating a left-knee injury that required surgery. He is a free agent and agent Drew Rosenhaus says he will begin contacting teams immediately to let them know Owens is healthy.
Rosenhaus said Owens could play Sunday.
The 37-year-old Owens played 14 games for Cincinnati last year, making 72 receptions with nine touchdowns.
Union rejects HGH testing
The players' union has told the NFL to hold off collecting blood for HGH testing. The NFL was preparing to draw the blood samples beginning Monday, although full testing for HGH was not yet scheduled.
The league and the players agreed to begin blood testing for HGH as part of their new collective bargaining agreement reached in late July — but only if the union agreed to the methods. The union has delayed implementing the test, asking for more scientific data to prove it is reliable.
Around the league:
Rams: Quarterback Sam Bradford did not practice while getting treatment for a high left ankle sprain, increasing the likelihood journeyman A.J. Feeley will get the call Sunday at Dallas. Bradford's injury routinely sidelines players for a month, but Coach Steve Spagnuolo had hope he could play because although mobility would be compromised, the plant leg is not affected.
Stadium news: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said he's ready to throw his political weight behind a new, publicly subsidized stadium that would be built on a site preferred by the Minnesota Vikings, whose owner Zygi Wilf said that within the next three weeks he plans to unveil a detailed proposal. ... The Titans want to spend $25 million on new speakers, high-definition videoboards and elevators upgrading LP Field with most renovations completed by the start of the 2012 season. The University of Kentucky is scheduled to play Western Kentucky at LP in 2013.