ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders released quarterback Matt Flynn on Monday, just six months after bringing him in to be the starter.
Oakland acquired Flynn in April from Seattle for a 2014 fifth-round draft pick and a conditional pick in 2015. The Raiders also reworked Flynn's contract to give him $6.5 million in guaranteed money this season.
But Flynn was beaten out for the starting job in the preseason by Terrelle Pryor and then fell to third string behind undrafted free agent Matt McGloin last week, leading to his eventual release.
"It just didn't work," coach Dennis Allen said. "Terrelle came in and he took over the job. He's earned the position that he's in. So, we just felt like it's probably best to move on from that."
Coach Jim Harbaugh expects top 2012 wide receiver Michael Crabtree to return to game action in mid- to late November after recovering in quick fashion from a torn right Achilles tendon that required surgery.
The 26-year-old Crabtree had career highs last season with 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns for the NFC champion Niners, and was a big reason they returned to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years. He sustained the injury during 7-on-7 drills in an organized team activity May 21.
A day after working out free agents Pat White and Dennis Dixon, and losing out to Minnesota in a bid to sign recently cut Tampa Bay starter Josh Freeman, Buffalo (2-3) stayed in-house in finding an interim replacement for injured rookie starter EJ Manuel.
Coach Doug Marrone named Thad Lewis the starter.
The scramble to find a starter began after Manuel sprained his right knee in a 37-24 loss to Cleveland on Thursday. The injury will not require surgery, but Manuel is expected to miss a few weeks, and potentially longer.
The Bills had only one other quarterback on their roster, undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel, who struggled in replacing Manuel on Thursday. Tuel completed 8 of 20 passes for 80 yards and an interception that was returned for a touchdown.
Lewis has spent the past six weeks with the Bills. He was acquired in a trade with Detroit in late August, after Manuel was sidelined with a left knee injury and veteran Kevin Kolb sustained a concussion.
Michael Vick and Nick Foles soon could be in the middle of another quarterback controversy.
Vick is day to day because of a hamstring injury that forced him out of Philadelphia's 36-21 win at the New York Giants on Sunday, and coach Chip Kelly said Foles could win the starting job based on his performance. Foles threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns against the Giants in slightly over a half.
Vick was injured running out of bounds on a scramble late in the second quarter. An MRI exam on his left hamstring revealed a pull. Kelly denied reports that Vick already has been ruled out for next Sunday's game at Tampa Bay (0-4).
Cincinnati cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones punched a woman after she poured beer on him when he insulted her and her friends, witnesses and a prosecutor said Monday at his trial on an assault charge.
Jones, who has had a spate of legal troubles, has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault stemming from the June 5 nightclub dispute. He could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted by the Hamilton County Municipal Court judge.
Jones' attorney said in opening statements that Jones was the victim and that the woman struck first, hitting him with a beer bottle.