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NFL notebook: Novak’s four kicks lift Chargers over Colts

Associated Press

Philip Rivers threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie Keenan Allen and Nick Novak kicked four field goals for the San Diego Chargers, who used long drives to keep Andrew Luck off the field in a 19-9 victory against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

Rivers methodically moved the Chargers (3-3) on three scoring drives of at least 74 yards as he rebounded from a three-interception performance in a dismal loss at Oakland.

The Colts (4-2) blew a chance to take a two-game lead over Tennessee in the AFC South. Colts receivers had several drops, including Darrius Heyward-Bey, who couldn’t bring in a likely long touchdown pass down the right sideline in the second quarter.

Novak’s fourth field goal, from 50 yards, came with 1:55 left.

Jets’ Goodson tears ACL

Mike Goodson’s season is over just as it was getting started.

The Jets running back tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee during New York’s 19-6 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Goodson broke the news himself on his Twitter page early Monday, and coach Rex Ryan confirmed the versatile back is out for the year.

“I think we all saw what we were so excited about, that type of explosiveness that that young man presents,” Ryan said. “It’s an unfortunate thing, for sure.”

Goodson was hurt while trying to make a tackle on Lawrence Timmons’ game-sealing interception of Geno Smith in the fourth quarter. Goodson’s knee was hit by teammate Brian Winters on the play.

He had to be helped off the field, and an MRI exam Monday morning confirmed the damage.

“Not [too] happy right now,” Goodson tweeted. “But Everything Happens for a reason!”

It has been a rough few months for Goodson, who signed as a free agent in March and was playing in his second game since returning from a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

He was arrested in May in New Jersey on drugs and weapons charges, and then missed all of training camp for personal reasons that he declined to discuss in detail.

Trial begins in Taylor killing

Sean Taylor, a University of Miami football legend and at only 24 a rising star for the Washington Redskins, was shot to death six years ago in a slaying that shocked the nation.

Now, after repeated legal delays, the young Fort Myers, Fla., man accused of pulling the trigger is finally headed to trial.

Today marks the opening of jury selection for Eric Rivera, the first person to go to trial in the high-profile November 2007 slaying. He is one of five men accused of breaking into Taylor’s Palmetto Bay house during a botched burglary that turned deadly.

Rivera, 23, is facing life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder and armed burglary.

Awaiting future trials: Charles Wardlow, 24, Jason Scott Mitchell, 25, and Timothy Brown, 22.

Arizona’s Campbell returns

Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell was back at the team’s practice facility Monday, less than 24 hours after he was carted off the field in San Francisco.

The 6-foot-8, 300-pounder hopes to be cleared to play for Arizona’s home against Seattle on Thursday night. Another test was scheduled for Monday.



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