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Josh McCown Has Collarbone Injury Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | Time: 12:16 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: HC Mike Pettine told reporters after Monday night's loss to the Ravens that McCown was forced out in the fourth quarter due to a collarbone injury.
Diehards Line: Pettine said McCown will remain the team’s starting quarterback for next Sunday’s game against the Bengals if he is healthy enough to play, but said the team will know more about his injury Tuesday. About 75 minutes after the Browns lost on a blocked field goal return, Mary Kay Cabot of tweeted that McCown has a “possible” broken collarbone. Austin Davis replaced McCown Monday. Johnny Manziel had started the two previous games and was named the starter for the rest of the season during the Browns’ bye week, but he was demoted after he reportedly lied to Pettine about his latest appearance social media. ... Stay tuned.
Josh McCown Sidelined By Shoulder Injury Monday, November 30, 2015 | Time: 10:09 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: McCown left tonight's game against the Ravens in the fourth quarter with an injured right shoulder.
Diehards Line: McCown was hurt on a sack that ended a series. He went to the sidelines where the team's medical staff examined the shoulder. McCown eventually convinced them he was able to return and he did on the next series. He lasted one play. McCown's first pass upon return sailed well over the head of the intended receiver and the QB fell to the ground in pain. He subsequently headed for the locker room with Austin Davis taking over the offense. Johnny Manziel is active, but benched by HC Mike Pettine for off-field issues.
No Structural Damage To Tyler Eifert's Neck, But TE Not A Lock To Play Sunday Monday, November 30, 2015 | Time: 7:26 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, tests Eifert's neck today revealed no structural damage, but his status for Sunday is in question for now.
Diehards Line:Eifert told reporters after the game against the Rams that he would be okay, but the team will follow a protocol in his recovery that will be a process. That being the case, we'll be following his progress closely in coming days.
Chris Johnson Has Broken Tibia Monday, November 30, 2015 | Time: 5:11 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: The impressive comeback season for Johnson has hit a bump in the road. Johnson has suffered a fractured tibia, according to Jay Glazer of FOXSports. It's not clear how much time Johnson will miss, but it's likely a significant period of time.
Diehards Line: That’s a big blow to the Cardinals: Johnson is fourth in the NFL with 814 rushing yards this season and has been a big part of the 9-2 Cardinals’ offense. With Johnson out, David Johnson and Andre Ellington will split carries in Arizona’s backfield. Remember: Ellington is day to day with an injured to.
Report: Peyton Manning Won't Be Back Any Time Soon Monday, November 30, 2015 | Time: 2:37 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: After Sunday night's unlikely win over the previously 10-0 Patriots, HC Gary Kubiak didn't say that Manning will return to the lineup only when he's "100 percent," or words to that effect. Kubiak probably didn't need to. According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Manning won't be playing "anytime soon."
Diehards Line: Last week, the Broncos announced that Manning would miss at least two games due to the foot injury that has caused him to miss the last two. Subsequent reporting put him out until at least Week 15. For now, he’s still in a walking cast, and he is expected to wear it until at least Friday of this week. Even after shedding the cast, Manning will still need to further rehab a partially-torn plantar fascia tendon. It’s a painful condition, and there’s no indication that rest and rehab will get Manning to the point where he can perform without limitation. Meanwhile, Brock Osweiler is performing at a high level, making it easier to perform without Manning and harder to justify not rolling with Osweiler’s hot hand. Stay tuned.
Jaguars Not Ruling Allen Hurns Out For Week 13 Monday, November 30, 2015 | Time: 2:35 PT |  Reported by the Florida Times-Union
The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... The Jaguars' update on Hurns today did not include ruling him out for Sunday's game at Tennessee. Hurns is in the NFL's concussion protocol.
Diehards Line: Hurns was injured late in Sunday’s 31-25 loss to San Diego at EverBank Field. He was taken off the field on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. Hurns was released from the hospital Sunday evening. The second-year veteran has caught 48 passes for 758 yards and seven touchdowns this season. He ranks tied for eighth in the NFL in touchdown catches and is 18th in yards. Hurns has never missed a game in his 27-game career. We'll be following up in coming days.
Still More: Rob Gronkowski's Knee Being Described As A Bruise Or Strain Monday, November 30, 2015 | Time: 1:47 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini reports that Gronkowski is week to week and the injury he suffered in Sunday night's game against the Broncos is being described as more of a bruise of the knee than a tear, per sources.
Diehards Line:ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport are characterizing the injury as a strain. Whatever tehcase, all the news has been pointing in a much more positive direction than expected when Gronk was on the ground in obvious pain in Denver. Remember, Rapoport has suggested that Gronk won't miss more than a week -- if that.
The Latest: Rob Gronkowski Unlikely To Miss More Than One Game... If That Monday, November 30, 2015 | Time: 10:34 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it now sounds like Gronkowski (knee) is unlikely to miss more than one game. "In fact," Rapoport added, "he may not even miss that."
Diehards Line: The news just keeps getting more positive. We'll note that all of this will be confirmed by an MRI -- or ot. But based on the amount of pain Gronk happened to be in when he went down to the knee injury in Sunday night's loss to the Broncos, the current level of optimism is a pleasant surprised. We'll continue to follow up as further developments warrant (and they will).
Colts Place Ahmad Bradshaw On Season-Ending IR Monday, November 30, 2015 | Time: 10:32 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Following up on on a previous item. ... According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Colts have placed Bradshaw on season-ending injured reserve.
Diehards Line:Bradshw suffered a wrist injury in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers. And while X-rays were negative, the damage was sufficient to end his season. The team re-signed Zurlon Tipton to their active roster.
Dolphins Fire OC Lazor; QBs Coach Taylor To Take Over Play Calling Monday, November 30, 2015 | Time: 9:39 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: After the Dolphins' first ugly loss to the Jets this season, they fired head coach Joe Philbin. After the Dolphins' second ugly loss to the Jets on Sunday, they've fired offensive coordinator Bill Lazor.
Diehards Line:QBs coach Zac Taylor will take Lazor’s place as the OC for the rest of the season. There’s been talk of dissension in Miami about the state of the offense, with interim coach Dan Campbell seemingly having a different philosophy than Lazor, who limited quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s ability to change plays at the line of scrimmage, and that may be contributing to Tannehill’s lack of development as a quarterback. At 4-7, the Dolphins are in last place in the AFC East and likely heading for a major shakeup in the offseason. About the only good thing that could happen to the Dolphins down the stretch would be Tannehill showing some signs that he deserves his status as the franchise quarterback, and that wasn’t happening with Lazor calling the shots.