Backup Troy Smith has been the Niners' starting quarterback the last five weeks, guiding the team to three wins and a pair of losses. In five games as the 49ers' starter, the former Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State has posted four touchdowns, three interceptions and 1,023 passing yards.
Broncos OLB Bradley Chubb (ankle) activated from injured reserve
Bradley Chubb is back. Denver activated its star pass rusher from injured reserve Saturday, clearing him to play for the first time in more than two months. Chubb has been sidelined since re-injuring his ankle in Week 2, which required an arthroscopic procedure to repair.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Curley Culp passes away at 75
Curley Culp, a Hall-of-Fame defensive tackle who revolutionized his position and became the standard for interior defensive linemen for years to come, passed away Saturday at the age of 75. A multi-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection, Culp played 14 seasons and was an integral part of the Chiefs' Super Bowl IV win during the 1970 season.
Titans WR A.J. Brown (chest) placed on injured reserve, expected to return in December
A.J. Brown's chest injury will keep him out a while. The Titans placed their top wideout on injured reserve Saturday, which sidelines him for at least the next three games. Ian Rapoport reported Brown's injury isn't considered season-ending and he should be back in December.