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11/27/2014
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Jets Announced That Geno Smith Will Start At QB (11/26 6:45 PT)

The Facts: The Jets announced this morning that Smith, not Michael Vick, will start on Monday night against the Dolphins. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: HC Rex Ryan met with both Smith and Vick this morning and informed them that he has made the switch. Vick had a disastrous game against the Bills on Monday night, and Smith was slightly better after Vick was benched, so that may have been what made Ryan make the decision. It’s also possible that the decision wasn’t up to Ryan. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that Ryan preferred Vick — but that the decision might be taken from Ryan by GM. John Idzik and owner Woody Johnson. ... Whatever the case, the decisioni is made and Smith is it.

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Report: RG3 Benchned; Colt McCoy Will Start For Redskins (11/25 10:11 PT)

The Facts: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Washington is planning to start McCoy over Robert Griffin III on Sunday at Indianapolis, per a team source.  Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: While Griffin is not a part of Washington's plan for Sunday's game, he still appears to be a significant part of the Redskins' long-term plan, Schefter added citing another source. Yet right now, Washington is hitting the reset button, though it might not last long, a source cautioned. Washington has high hopes for the coming offseason, but for now, Griffin is coming off his most challenging NFL outing at San Francisco, where he was battererd in the pocket and struggled when he did have time to throw. It forced Washington to consider a change that is expected to become official Wednesday, when Gruden meets with reporters. On Monday, Gruden said he intended to start Griffin vs. the Colts, but he never fully committed to it. ... Stay tuned.

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Cardinals Sign FA RB Michael Bush (11/25 3:19 PT)

The Facts: The Cardinals signed Bush Tuesday, according to ESPN. Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: Bush has not played in 2014 and averaged 3.1 yards per carry in 2013. His best season occurred in 2011 when he rushed for 977 yards and scored seven touchdowns for the Raiders. To make room for Bush, the Cardinals released running back Kerwynn Williams from the 53-man roster and Kelvin Palmer from the practice squad. The Cardinals play at Atlanta Week 13.

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Broncos Sign Connor Barth As Their New PK (11/25 3:17 PT)

The Facts: The Broncos, who released Brandon McManus earlier, have signed Barth as their new PK. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, it wasn't an easy decision for Denver to go with Barth over Jay Feely, who made 14-of-15 field goals with a long of 60. Both impressed. But Barth is now working alongside on of the league's most prolific scoring offenses. That's always a plus.

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Reports: Michael Vick Likely To Start This Week If Healthy Enough (11/25 2:36 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... After the Jets were crushed by the Bills in Detroit on Monday night, Rex Ryan said he didn’t know whether Vick or Geno Smith would be the team’s starting QB against the Dolphins in Week 13. A pair of reports from Jets beat writers point to Vick being the choice. Both Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News and Rich Cimini of ESPN.com report that Vick will be Ryan’s choice if his calf is OK after injuring it on Monday.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Mehta adds the caveat that Vick will be the choice if he’s healthy and if Ryan is the one making the call about the starting quarterback. That suggests that GM John Idzik and/or others in the organization might want to see Smith play out the string in hopes of seeing something that Smith didn’t show in 24 consecutive starts over the last two seasons. ... Stay tuned. We'll follow up as needed.

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Broncos Waive PK Brandon McManus (11/25 2:34 PT)

The Facts: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Broncos waived McManus on Tuesday. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: The Broncos were bringing in veterans Jay Feely and Connor Barth for tryouts Tuesday. ... The Broncos decided to keep McManus in October following Matt Prater's four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy by drinking alcohol. But McManus' 69.2 percent conversion rate (9-of-13) this season is dead last among kickers who still have a job in the NFL.

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Ryan Not Sure Who Will Start At QB In Week 13 (11/24 9:48 PT)

The Facts: Not that either QB made a compelling case for the job, but Jets coach Rex Ryan said after Monday's 38-3 loss to the Bills that he isn't sure if Geno Smith or Michael Vick would start next Monday night at home against Miami. "We'll address that later," Ryan said. "I don't know yet. We'll figure it out. I want to see how they look (after evaluating the tape of Monday's game). Sometimes, you can have a feel and a sense of it on the field. When you watch the tape, maybe you see a different opinion. We'll take a look at it and do what we think is best." Reported by the Newark Star-Ledger

Diehards Line: Smith replaced Vick with 4:57 remaining in the third quarter, when the Jets trailed 31-3. Smith did not play in either of the past two games, a loss to the Chiefs and a win over the Steelers. Ryan benched Smith in favor of Vick after Smith threw three first-quarter interceptions Oct. 26 against the Bills. At the time of his benching for the Kansas City game, Smith had committed 37 turnovers in his 24 career NFL games. On Monday night, Vick completed 7 of 19 passes for 76 yards and an interception. Vick almost threw two other picks. Smith completed 10 of 12 passes for 89 yards. Vick sustained a minor calf injury Monday night, but he could have continued to play. ... Stay tuned.

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Geno Smith Takes Over For Vick In Third Quarter Vs. Bills (11/24 8:21 PT)

The Facts: Trailing 31-3 against the Bills tonight at Ford Field, the Jets have pulled Michael Vick and replaced him with Smith. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: It was Smith who opened the season as a starter until he was benched during a terrible performance, also against the Bills. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Vick was pulled because he was injured or just pulled because he was ineffective. Regardless, it’s not like it’s going to make a difference. Tonight’s loss will drop the Jets to 2-9 and mathematically eliminate them from playoff contention. Whether they play out the string with Smith or Vick won’t much matter. As PFT suggests, the reality is the Jets will be looking for a new quarterback next offseason, as neither Smith nor Vick has shown himself capable of getting the job done.

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Fred Jackson Active For Tonight's Game (11/24 4:42 PT)

The Facts: Jackson (groin), listed as questionable for tonight's game, is active against the Jets. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: The Jets are a tough matchup for Buffalo's rushing attack -- although Jackson is a solid enough receiver to roll the dice on if you're in a pinch. Jackson is the primary skill player of interest on the inactive lists tonight with Bilal Powell being the highest profiled name on the Jets list. You can access complete game inactives once they are released by the league on our Inactives Page.

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Brandon McManus' Run With Broncos Nearing An End? (11/24 2:42 PT)

The Facts: The Broncos will likely be auditioning kickers this week to replace Brandon McManus according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Reported by the Redzone.org

Diehards Line: McManus missed yet another field goal in Sunday's win over the Miami Dolphins and the second-year free agent is only 9-of-13 for the season. As the Redzone.org suggests, most telling were the looks of disgust on the Broncos' sideline when McManus missed the kick. At best, Denver's front office made a rare mistake when they cut veteran Matt Prater upon his return from a four-game suspension for substance abuse and chose to go with the unproven McManus. The result has been a kicking game which does not meet the high standards of a Super Bowl contender.

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Gruden: Robert Griffin III Will Start Week 13 (11/24 2:34 PT)

The Facts: Quelling media speculation to the contrary, HC Jay Gruden affirmed Monday that Griffin would remain the starting quarterback for Week 13, according to Redskins.com. Gruden said he had "every intent" to start RGIII against the Colts. Gruden did say "there's a chance at a lot positions" for re-evaluations but apparently he is not ready to make a change at quarterback.  Reported by the Redzone.org

Diehards Line: As the Redzone.org put it, "RGIII was positively dreadful" in Sunday's loss to the 49ers, but received little help from his teammates, particularly his offensive line. Nevertheless, 11 completions for 106 yards is not acceptable at the NFL level, and Griffin will be at risk of in-game benchings for the rest of the season. At some point, the success Colt McCoy had in his brief stint as the starter will become a factor if Griffin can't get it together.

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Johnny Manziel's Entourage Involved In Late-Night Incident (11/24 2:33 PT)

The Facts: According to the police report, Cleveland police were called to an apartment building lobby at 2:36 a.m. for a report of a "riot" involving 20 men and two security guards.A 33-year-old male fan approached Manziel at an upscale apartment complex known as “The 9" in Cleveland on Friday night, gushing over Manziel and requesting a hug. Instead of a hug, the fan reportedly got a punch in the face, suffering "swollen lip, right eye swollen, red face."  Reported by the Redzone.org

Diehards Line: A security guard intervened and also was hurt. The blows apparently were delivered not by Manziel but by someone who described Manziel as his “client,” claiming that the alleged victim attempted to assault Manziel. No one was arrested at the scene. ... GM Ray Farmer released a statement: "We are aware of the incident and are in the process of gathering additional information in order to gain a complete understanding of what occurred. Nonetheless, the time of the incident is concerning to us. We continually stress to all of our players the importance of sound decision making in an effort to avoid putting themselves in these types of situations. We have addressed this appropriately with the player and will have no further comment at this time."

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Jorvorskie Lane's Season Over Due To Broken Leg (11/24 2:32 PT)

The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... Lane has been diagnosed with a broken leg, and requires season-ending surgery according to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. Reported by the Redzone.org

Diehards Line: Lane had played only 77 snaps as the Bucs' lead blocker this season. His loss won't have an effect on Tampa's monumentally-ineffective running game. Going on 28, Lane isn't signed beyond 2014 and is unlikely to command much money on the open market.

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Ryan Mallett's Season Is Over Due To Pectoral Injury (11/24 12:23 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the previous item. ... According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the pectoral injury suffered by Mallett yesterday against the Bengals was season-ending. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: The Texans will now have to turn back to Ryan Fitzpatrick, though it’s possible they’ll take a look at fourth-round rookie Tom Savage if they decide they’re in tire-kicking mode again. The Texans gave up a sixth-round pick in exchange for the former Patriots backup, who will now go into the free agent market as damaged goods.

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Odell Beckham Misses A Play After Big Fall (11/23 10:12 PT)

The Facts: After making the catch of the season, Beckham might not be back to see the end of the game. The receiver went to the locker room with trainers, who were checking him for a back injury. He returned one play later. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: He went down awkwardly after a normal catch, and appeared to take a elbow to the head from Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick. It was a relatively innocuous looking fall, especially with his acrobatics earlier in the night, and it seems to have taken the air out of the home crowd at MetLife Stadium. Whatever the case, we'll be following up if needed.

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Brandon LaFell Says Shoulder Injury Isn't A Concern (11/23 9:59 PT)

The Facts: LaFell left today's game against the Lions game in the fourth quarter after making a diving catch and did not return, with members of the athletic training staff looking at his left shoulder on the sideline.  Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: After the game, LaFell met with reporters and relayed that he won't be sidelined because of the ailment. "I'm good. If we had a game tonight, I'd be ready to play," he said. "I won't miss [any] time. My body is feeling great. ..." We'll follow up as needed.

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Ryan Mallet Could Miss Several Weeks With Pectoral Injury (11/23 9:37 PT)

The Facts: Mallett played through a right pectoral injury Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, a source confirmed. Mallett will have an MRI to determine the extent of the injury. He could miss several weeks, which would further delay the start of an NFL career that has already taken a while to get started.  Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: Mallett suffered the injury in his first career start Nov. 6 against the Cleveland Browns. He practiced fully all week but was on the injury report with a chest injury throughout the week leading up to the game. The Texans turned to Mallett just before their bye week. Mallett replaced former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, a 10-year veteran. ... Stay tuned.

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Report: Larry Fitzgerald's Knee Not Responding As Hoped (11/23 7:44 PT)

The Facts: According to Arizona Repubic staffer Kent Somers, Fitzgerald's knee sprain hasn't respond as hoped. He could well miss more games. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: Fitzgerald sat out today's loss to the Seahawks because of a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee that he suffered last week against Detroit. It's the first game Fitzgerald has missed a game since Dec. 2, 2007 -- a run of 110 straight contests that was the NFL's second-longest streak for active wide receivers. Now it appears it's possible there will be more. ... Stay tuned. We'll obviously be following this one closely.

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Ryan Mathews Slowed By Shoulder Injury (11/23 6:43 PT)

The Facts: Mathews left today's game against the Rams in the third quarter with an injured shoulder. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: Mathews had racked up 102 yards on 11 carries before he was hurt on a 32-year touchdown run. Branden Oliver and Donald Brown took over briefly before Mathews returned to finish out the day. ... We'll be watching for more in coming days.

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Eddie Lacy Feeling Ill After Heavy Workload (11/23 6:42 PT)

The Facts: Lacy did not meet with the media following today's game against the Vikings, according to ESPN. The team told reporters Lacy was feeling ill after the game. Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: Lacy had received a season-high 25 carries during the contest. Lacy finished with 125 rushing yards and two touchdowns. It's unclear if the illness will impact his practice schedule during the upcoming week.

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