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Reports: Robert Griffin III Will Start This Week (10/29 6:14 PT)

The Facts: Griffin will start for the Redskins on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, via a source informed of the Redskins decision. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: NBC4 reporter Dianna Russini first reported the same. Russini adds that Colt McCoy was told this afternoon that he would serve as Griffin's backup. ... Stay tuned. More on this story in coming days.

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Vontaze Burfict To Miss Two Weeks Following Knee Scope (10/29 11:22 PT)

The Facts: HC Marvin Lewis told reporters that the Burfict had a knee scope today, and would likely miss the next two games.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: What was thought to be a bruise was revealed to be more extensive damage, so he underwent the procedure. Burfict has dealt with a string of head and neck injuries this season, leading his coaches to both blame the media for concussion problems lingering and suggesting that he’d have to change his style of play to be more available to them. When he’s well, he changes the face of their defense. But there’s no way to count on that now.

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Calvin Johnson Fully Expects To Return Following The Bye (10/29 1:59 PT)

The Facts: According to Tori Petry of the Lions official website, Johnson said Tuesday that he “definitely expects to play” when the Lions return from their bye week to face the Miami Dolphins. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Johnson has missed the last three games for the Detroit Lions with a sprained ankle suffered in Week 5 against the Buffalo Bills. The Lions have managed to survive in Megatron’s absence as Detroit went 3-0 against Minnesota, New Orleans and Atlanta without Johnson in the lineup. Johnson was a limited participant in practice all last week in London prior to their 22-21 over the Falcons. He was listed as questionable but was ultimately held out. Johnson has 22 catches for 348 yards and two touchdowns on the year.

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Tony Romo Questionable At Best? (10/29 1:55 PT)

The Facts: HC Jason Garrett said Tuesday that Dallas was waiting on additional testing for an injury he says is unrelated to the herniated disk Romo sustained in Washington last December, when surgery kept him out of a season-ending loss to Philadelphia with a playoff berth on the line. Still, ESPN Radio in Dallas suggested Romo is "questionable at best" to play. Reported by the Associated Press

Diehards Line: Romo hurt his back against the Redskins again Monday night, getting what Garrett called a contusion on a third-quarter sack. X-rays were negative, and Romo took a pain injection before returning for the final series of regulation and a failed possession in overtime of a 20-17 loss that snapped Dallas' six-game winning streak. After saying on his radio show earlier in the day that he anticipated Romo being ready to face the Cardinals (6-1), Garrett was more evasive when he met with reporters. The coach said Romo 'seemed good' when they spoke by phone, but he hadn't seen the quarterback before Romo went for a CT scan. The Cowboys were off Tuesday, and Romo has skipped the Wednesday practice every week during the regular season as part of his post-surgery routine. He had a procedure to remove a cyst from his back in April 2013 and missed all the offseason workouts last year. 'We've just got to wait and see how he feels, obviously,' Garrett said. 'Because we played late last night, we'll be more abbreviated anyway, more of a jog through-type mode. ..." Stay tuned.

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Darren Spoles Expects To Play This Week (10/29 1:52 PT)

The Facts: Sproles told reporters Tuesday that he expects to play against the Houston Texans on Sunday. "I'm good," Sproles said, according to NJ.com. "Today I felt good. I'll come out here and get another practice." Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: Sproles sprained his left medial collateral ligament during the Eagles' 27-0 victory over the New York Giants on Oct. 12. He had the bye week to rest it, then spent last week seeing limited action in practice. Sproles was inactive for the Eagles' loss to the Arizona Cardinals. HC Chip Kelly said it was a game-time decision to rest Sproles for Sunday's loss in Arizona. "[I feel] better than I did last week," Sproles said. "I did my first full practice, but I feel good."

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Saints Suspend WR Joe Morgan (10/29 1:27 PT)

The Facts: Morgan has barely played this year, and it doesn’t appear that he will play any time soon. Morgan, who started Week 1 but didn’t catch a pass and hasn’t played since, has now been suspended. The Saints announced today that Morgan has been placed on the reserve/suspended list, but they did not explain why.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: The 26-year-old Morgan has shown flashes of great talent, but he’s never been able to put that talent to use consistently. Morgan signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2011, spent all season on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury in the preseason, and then emerged as a big-play threat in 2012, catching just 10 passes but totaling a whopping 379 yards on those 10 catches. Morgan missed the entire 2013 season after suffering a torn ACL in training camp. Off-field issues derailed Morgan’s college career, which began at Illinois but concluded at Walsh University. Now it appears that the combination of injuries and off-field issues may have derailed his NFL career as well.

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Jordan Cameron's Concussions Are A Concern; TE Could Miss Two Games (10/28 1:57 PT)

The Facts: The health of Cameron is increasingly becoming a concern after he suffered his third concussion in the last two years on Sunday. Cameron suffered a concussion in December of 2012 and another in December of 2013 and missed a total of three games late in the last two seasons as a result. Now Cameron may need to miss even more time. It would seem unlikely that he’ll play on Sunday, and probably not in the Browns’ game next Thursday, either. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: HC Mike Pettine said the team will follow the NFL’s concussion protocol, and whether Cameron will play will be determined by the medical staff. “The league, as they should be, is very deliberate with the protocol,” Pettine said, via Cleveland.com. “You just take each day and see where he is symptom-wise. I haven’t gotten the full medical report yet today. I’ll probably know a little bit more later this afternoon.” Cameron suffered his concussion on Sunday when he took a hit to the head from Raiders safety Brandian Ross, who was flagged and will likely be fined. The team added free agent TE Ryan Taylor to the roster on Tuesday.

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Jimmy Graham Ready To Deal With Short Turnaround (10/28 1:25 PT)

The Facts: Graham will have to fight through at least one more tough week with his ailing shoulder as he and the Saints have to quickly turn around and travel to the Panthers on Thursday night. "(Monday’s) gonna be pretty rough for me, I already know. But I’ll take the next 48 hours, that’s really what’s most important, trying to get the swelling and what-not down and try to get ready on Thursday," Graham said after Sunday's game. "I’ll pretty much live in the treatment room, and I’ll be hooked up to all kinds of stuff while I sleep."  Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: Graham is clearly on the road to recovery after finally busting loose in the third quarter of the New Orleans Saints' 44-23 victory against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. It’s unclear when Graham will be back to "100 percent" with the unspecified shoulder injury he suffered three weeks ago. But on Sunday night he showed he can still produce in a big way even if he’s not 100 percent. After not catching a pass in the first half, stretching his shutout streak to six quarters, Graham busted out with five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter. Graham played 42 snaps in the game -- up from 30 a week earlier at Detroit. And HC Sean Payton described him as "full" after saying he was limited to certain packages the week before. Expect more Graham against Carolina.

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Garrett Calls Tony Romo's Injury A Back Contusion (10/27 11:17 PT)

The Facts: According to HC Jason Garrett, the injury Romo suffered in Monday night's loss to the Redskins is a "back contusion." He will have it checked further in morning. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: We'll have to see how it reacts over the next day or two, but X-rays were negative and the fact Romo returned to finish the game is a good (albeit not definitive sign). In his post-game press conference, Romo pointed to the fact he was able to return as an indication he'll play this week. We'll follow up as needed in coming days, while reminding you the short turnaround before Sunday's game against the Cardinals could be an issue.

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Tony Romo Returns To Finish Game (10/27 10:17 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the previous item. ... Romo returned to tonight's game with less than two minutes to go in the fourth quarter.  Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: Romo left in the third quarter after taking a hard knee to his surgically repaired back. But after going through examinations in the locker room (including, according to various reports, a trip to the X-ray room), Romo was seen pleading his case with the team's medical staff. Brandon Weeden did a solid job in relief, but Romo had no desire to remain on the sidelines. He took a hard shot on his second snap back when a blitzing safety got a free run at him; the hit caused a fumble (that Dallas recovered) and Romo continued playing. ... We'll have more on his status going forward on Tuesday, but the fact he returned and didn't appear to be in significant pain is a positive.

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Tony Romo Forced Out Of Game In Third Quarter (10/27 9:45 PT)

The Facts: Romo left Monday night’s game and was taken to the locker room after being sacked by Washington Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson in the third quarter. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Romo turned his back to absorb a blow from the blitzing Robinson and appeared to have taken a knee to his surgically repaired back on the play. Romo spent a few minutes down on the turf at AT&T Stadium before walking off the field incredibly gingerly while flanked by members of the team’s training staff. Romo had surgery on his back last December after being injured in a game at Washington last season. Romo was replaced by Brandon Weeden with 5:43 left in the third quarter. ... We'll be following up as needed.

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No Surprise: Robert Griffin III Inactive Vs. Cowboys (10/27 6:24 PT)

The Facts: As expected, the Redskins have declared Griffin (ankle) is inactive for tonight's game at Dallas. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: With Griffin inactive, Washington will start Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins will back him up. ... Also sitting out for Washington are WR Aldrick Robinson, OT Tyler Polumbus (knee), OG Spencer Long, CB Greg Ducre , DE Jackson Jeffcoat and DT Clifton Geathers. The Cowboys will be without DE Jack Crawford, QB Dustin Vaughan, S Jakar Hamilton, DT Davon Coleman, LB Keith Smith and OT Donald Hawkins.

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Ryan Announces That Michael Vick Will Start This Week (10/27 3:57 PT)

The Facts: HC Rex Ryan announced Monday that Vick will start at quarterback against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9, relegating second-year passer Geno Smith to the bench. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Smith was pulled in the first quarter during Sunday's 43-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills after throwing three interceptions. Starting against the Chiefs means Vick will go up against coach Andy Reid, who signed Vick after his prison term and eventually made him the starting quarterback, for a second straight year. Last season, Reid and the Chiefs beat Vick and the Eagles in Philly, with Vick completing 13 of 30 passes for 201 yards, a touchdown, two interceptions, and a lost fumble. Vick also added 99 yards rushing in the 26-16 loss. ... We'll see what he can do in Smith's place this week.

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Smith Will Stick With Mike Glennon As His Starter... For Now (10/27 3:51 PT)

The Facts: Josh McCown is healthy and served as the backup to Glennon on Sunday and Bucs HC Lovie Smith said Monday that things will remain that way. “If we were going to make a change, I wouldn’t talk about it an awful lot, but the plan isn’t for that,” Lovie said, via JoeBucsFan.com. “I thought Mike did some good things yesterday. You’d always like to have a couple of plays back, but you know, the first thing I thought about as far as improving our ball club wasn’t, ‘We gotta make a change at the quarterback position.'” Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: As PFT notes, the Buccaneers offense was largely theoretical for the first three quarters of Sunday’s game against the Vikings as they entered the final 15 minutes with just 100 total yards on the day. They were able to gain 125 more yards in the fourth quarter while scoring 13 points that allowed them to briefly take a lead before Minnesota sent the game to overtime and then won it when linebacker Anthony Barr stripped the ball from tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and returned it for a touchdown. Smith pointed to the offensive line as a place where the Bucs offense needs to improve, but the list is long and unlikely to be erased this season whether Glennon or McCown takes the snaps.

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Report: Stepfan Taylor To Miss Significant Time (10/27 3:45 PT)

The Facts: Taylor will miss a "significant" amount of time with a calf injury according to Kent Somers of azcentral.com. Reported by the Redzone.org

Diehards Line: Taylor was injured in the opening moments of Sunday's win over the Eagles. Rookie Marion Grice will ascend to No. 2 on the depth chart, and could keep the job depending on how he plays in Taylor's absence. Andre Ellington will, of course, continue to dominate the backfield snaps and touches.

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Rashad Jennings Not Ready To Return... Yet (10/27 2:16 PT)

The Facts: The Giants returned to work after their bye week on Monday and resumed the wait for Jennings to return from a sprained MCL. Jennings said Monday that there’s some work to do before that can happen. “You gotta deal with the reality,” Jennings said, via the Record in North Jersey. “The reality is it ain’t ready.” Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Jennings missed the last two games after getting hurt in Week 5 against the Falcons. The Giants ran for 190 yards in those two games, which they lost to the Eagles and Cowboys, down a good bit from where they were during their three-game winning streak with Jennings in the lineup. It’s understandable, then, that they would like to have Jennings back on the field when they face the Colts on Monday. But ennings ran for the first time since his injury on Monday and hopes to progress to more activity at Wednesday’s practice, but the Giants may be looking at another week with Andre Williams and Peyton Hillis running the ball.

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DeAngelo Williams Says He's Ready To Roll Thursday Night (10/27 1:21 PT)

The Facts: HC Ron Rivera says Williams has informed him he's "ready to roll" for Thursday night's home game against the New Orleans Saints. Reported by the Associated Press

Diehards Line: Williams has missed six games this season due to injuries, including Carolina's 13-9 loss to Seattle on Sunday. The franchise's all-time leading rusher had 72 yards on 14 carries in the season opener against Tampa Bay, but missed the next two games with a hamstring injury. He returned in Week 4 against Baltimore but suffered a high ankle sprain the first half and hasn't played since. Williams has 106 yards rushing on 26 carries. Ron Rivera says "it'll be a nice boost" pairing Williams with running back Jonathan Stewart, who has been starting in his place and leads the team with 217 yards rushing.

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Alex Smith Has A Minor Shoulder Sprain (10/27 12:19 PT)

The Facts: HC Andy Reid told reporters today that Smith suffered a shoulder sprain in yesterday’s win over the Rams. Reid added that Smith’s right shoulder was “a little tender,” today. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: It was hard to tell from his passing line, as Smith was a Smith-like 24-of-28 for 226 yards, and handing off for another 143 yards rushing. The Chiefs don’t have a bye this week, but they are playing the Jets, so it will be interesting to see how Smith recovers over the course of the week. We'll be following up as needed.

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Brian Quick's Season Likely Over Due To Shoulder Injury (10/27 12:17 PT)

The Facts: In addition to losing left tackle Jake Long for the season, the Rams are expected to lose Quick as well. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Quick has a dislocated shoulder and torn rotator cuff and is likely done for the season. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: This is a big blow: Quick is leading the Rams with 375 receiving yards and has been the closest thing the St. Louis offense has had to a big-play threat in the passing game this year. Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin, Chris Given and Stedman Bailey will all have to pick up the pace with Quick out.

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LB Jon Beason To Have Season-Ending Surgery (10/27 12:12 PT)

The Facts: Beason will undergo season-ending surgery to repair his injured right foot, Kimberly Jones of WFAN reports.  Reported by the Redzone.org

Diehards Line: The procedure has not yet been scheduled. Last week Beason called it 50-50 whether he would return this year. “I’m still deciding if the smart thing is to go ahead and get it fixed and get ready for next season,” Beason said. ... Decision is now made.

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