NFL rumors: Latest news for Week 4 on injuries, free agency, more

See the latest news and rumors around the NFL heading into Week 4.
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Week 4 of the NFL season kicks off on Thursday night with the Baltimore Ravens looking for their first win of the season. They will play the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will be without starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (MCL) for the foreseeable future. The NFL International Series also gets started on Sunday when the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins square off in the first of three league games that will be played in London this season.

Check out the latest NFL news and rumors below.

• The NFL’s appeal of the ruling that overturned Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate could be heard in February. A ruling would be handed down several weeks later.

• Free agent running back Montee Ball was one of six players that worked out for the New England Patriots on Tuesday, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reports.

• Houston Texanswaived kicker Randy Bullock and signed free agent Nick Novak to replace him. Bullock is the only kicker that has missed more than extra point this season.

• San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brookspleaded not guilty to sexual battery charges, according to The New York Times.

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• The Carolina Panthers have placed defensive end Charles Johnson on the injured reserve list with designation for return. Johnson sustained a hamstring injury in Sunday’s win over the Saints.

• Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Michael Vick said he will “play freely” in his first start of the season Thursday night against the Ravens, the New York Times reports. Vick, 35, is unsure whether he will have another opportunity to start for an NFL team after this season.

Packers tight end Andrew Quarless will miss four to six weeks with an MCL sprain, which he sustained in Monday night’s win over the Chiefs.

• The Cleveland Browns have parted ways with offensive line coach Andy Moeller in the aftermath of domestic violence claims against him. No charges have been filed against Moeller, and he is denying the claims.

• The 49ers are being sued over a 2014 assault at Levi’s Stadium, according to the San Jose Mercury News.