– San Francisco 49ers CB Shawntae Spencer will have season-ending surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his left knee.
The 49ers will place Spencer, a fifth-year pro, on injured reserve. He suffered a torn ACL late in the 49ers’ road victory at Seattle on Sept. 14, and missed last week’s win over Detroit.
Spencer started 39 games during his first three seasons, but has served as the 49ers’ nickleback since last year behind starters Walt Harris and Nate Clements. Tarell Brown and Donald Strickland are expected to compete to replace Spencer.
– Jets coach Eric Mangini said Tuesday he anticipates QB Brett Favre will play on Sunday against the Cardinals despite a left ankle injury, keeping his NFL-record streak of 256 straight regular-season starts alive.
– The Bengals signed free agent CB Jamar Fletcher, an eight-year veteran, to a one-year contract on Tuesday. NFL Network’s Adam Schefter reports the deal is pro-rated at the veteran minimum.
– The Bears claimed CB Marcus Hamilton off of waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday and waived WR Mark Bradley. Hamilton, a seventh-round pick of the Bucs in 2007, made his first NFL appearance last week against the Bears but was waived on Monday. Bradley, a second-round pick by the Bears in 2005, appeared in 34 games during his tenure with four starts.
– The Broncos placed 15-year veteran Tom Nalen on injured reserve on Tuesday.
– Saints starting LG Jamar Nesbit was suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the NFL Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances.
– Former Vikings LB Wally Hilgenberg died after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease on Tuesday.