Chad Henne has been in and out of the starting lineup before. So this is nothing new.
Henne will make his 38th career start when the Jacksonville Jaguars play at Oakland on Sunday. Henne is filling in for Blaine Gabbert, who is sidelined at least this week because of a laceration on the back of his throwing hand.
"You never expect anything like that," Henne said. "But you always have to be prepared."
Henne is taking over an offense that managed a league-low 178 yards in a 28-2 loss to Kansas City. He could also be without several targets. Receiver Justin Blackmon is suspended the first four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Tight end Marcedes Lewis (calf) is considered a long shot to play, and receivers Cecil Shorts III (groin) and Mike Brown (back) were limited in practice Wednesday.
Jets-Patriots: Geno Smith was 10 when Tom Brady played his first game against New York. On Thursday night, the Jets rookie quarterback will make his debut in the rivalry with New England. "From an outside view, it's always been one of the best rivalries in the NFL," Smith said. "It's awesome," Brady said. "It's Boston-New York."
Lions: Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh says he's appealing his latest fine. Suh was fined $100,000 for an illegal block on a Minnesota lineman during an interception return. It's the NFL's biggest monetary fine for on-field conduct, not including the dollars lost by players because of suspensions. "It's going through the appeals process," Suh said. He said he apologized to Vikings center John Sullivan during the game. "He understood where I was coming from, no hard feelings," Suh said.
Broncos: Coach John Fox has had it with Von Miller's transgressions. Now, Denver is waiting to see if commissioner Roger Goodell has, too. The All-Pro linebacker, who is serving a six-game suspension for violating the league's drug-abuse policy, was cited last week for speeding and driving with a suspended license, his second run-in with the law in a month. Asked if he felt if this latest citation could result in a longer banishment for Miller, Fox said, "You'd have to ask the commissioner." The NFL declined to comment.
Browns: Rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo, who was hospitalized with a bruised lung Aug. 15, returned to full contact in practice and is expected to make his NFL debut Sunday against Baltimore.
Chiefs: Running back Jamaal Charles expects to be available Sunday against Dallas after bruising his quad in a win at Jacksonville.
Rams: Coach Jeff Fisher squelched talk he might be in line to be USC's next coach. He called speculation about his alma mater "absurd." Trojans coach Lane Kiffin is feeling pressure after a 10-7 loss to Washington State.
Etc: Eddie DeBartolo, Jon Gruden, Mike Holmgren, Tony Dungy and Ray Guy are among the 126 candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014. The final election is Feb. 1, the day before the Super Bowl.