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10/24/2014
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Titans Plan To Start Rookie Zach Mettenberger At QB This Week (10/22 10:16 PT)

The Facts: The Titans plan to start Mettenberger against the Texans on Sunday, according to sources familiar with the situation. Reported by the Nashville Tennessean

Diehards Line: The move could also signal the beginning of the end for quarterback Jake Locker in Tennessee. The fourth-year pro has missed the last two games with a thumb injury. On Monday, coach Ken Whisenhunt said the plan was for Locker to regain his place in the starting lineup when healthy. But with the Titans having lost five of their last six games and facing steep odds to make the playoffs, the coach apparently had a change of heart. Indications are Mettenberger was informed of the decision Tuesday night. He was not in the locker room after practice Wednesday, when Locker was off-limits to the media. Charlie Whitehurst, who has three starts this season, said he was not allowed to talk to reporters. Mettenberger threw for 3,082 yards and 22 touchdowns at LSU last season before suffering a torn ACL. A sixth-round pick, he has played in just one game this season, the final minutes of a blowout loss against the Colts. He was 2-of-5 for 17 yards with an interception. Now we'll see what he can do when the snaps mean something.

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Ray Rice Adds Grievance Against The Ravens (10/22 2:31 PT)

The Facts: Per multiple sources, Rice has filed a grievance against the Ravens challenging the team’s decision to terminate his contract on September 8.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: The Ravens cut Rice within hours after the video emerged of Rice striking his then-fiancée (now wife) in the head in an Atlantic City elevator. Rice’s position is that the Collective Bargaining Agreement permits one punishment for infraction. In July, the NFL suspended Rice two games for the assault. Then, immediately after the video surfaced, the Ravens cut Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. If successful on both grievances, Rice would be eligible to receive $3.52 million from the Ravens. That’s the amount he would have earned if reinstated as of Week 3 of the regular season. Rice’s grievance against the NFL has been set for November 5 and 6. It’s unknown when the grievance against the Ravens will be resolved. ... Stay tuned.

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Jeremy Kerley Signs Four-Year Extension (10/22 2:28 PT)

The Facts: The New York Jets have signed Kerley to a four-year contract extension, the team announced Tuesday. The deal is worth $16 million, with $5.4 million guaranteed, a league source told ESPN's Adam Caplan. "I'm happy it's done, and I'm happy that me and my family are going to be taken care of now. So that is out the way," Kerley told ESPN's Josina Anderson. Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: Kerley's deal comes just days after the Jets acquired Percy Harvin in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. Kerley said he wasn't worried that Harvin's addition would keep him from getting a new contract. "I think whatever was going to happen between me and the Jets was going to happen," he said. Kerley, a fifth-round pick out of TCU in 2011, has 22 receptions for 201 yards and a touchdown this season for the Jets (1-6). He's established a good rapport with second-year quarterback Geno Smith, ranking first on the team in targets with 45.

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C.J. Spiller Placed On IR With Designation To Return (10/21 1:24 PT)

The Facts: The Bills placed Spiller on injured reserve Tuesday with a broken collarbone as expected. What was not expected as they placed Spiller on the short-term IR with designation to return according to the team's official website. Reported by the Redzone.org

Diehards Line: Each team in the NFL has one spot per season on the IR/return list and the Bills were running out of time to use theirs. Many observers still believe Spiller is done for the season after undergoing surgery but theoretically he could return to action in Week 16 if the Bills are still in the playoff hunt. That scenario seems unlikely but there is really no downside to stashing Spiller in the hope that he can return to help at team in the thick of the playoff race with two weeks to go. And those final two games are tasty matchups against the very beatable defenses of the Oakland Raiders and the New England Patriots.

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Darren Sproles Practicing; On Track To Play This Week (10/21 11:45 PT)

The Facts: Sproles was back at practice on Tuesday according to Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly.com. Reported by the Redzone.org

Diehards Line: Sproles is ahead of schedule as he comes off a sprained MCL. He has full medical clearance from the training staff, putting him on track to suit up against the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday. We'll be following up in coming days.

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Report: Reggie Wayne Could Miss One Or Two Games (10/21 11:00 PT)

The Facts: Wayne could miss one or two games with an elbow injury according to Mike Chappell of rtv6.com. Reported by the Redzone.org

Diehards Line: Wayne landed awkwardly on his left arm early in Sunday's blowout win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He did not miss much time but had two uncharacteristic drops later in the game and finished with only four catches for 15 yards. According to the Redzone.org, the injury sounds like some kind of minor sprain that the Colts will exercise caution with. HC Chuck Pagano didn’t reveal the results of a magnetic resonance imaging test on Wayne’s elbow during his Monday press conference. Hakeem Nicks and Donte Moncrief would move up in the rotation alongside T.Y. Hilton in Wayne's absence.

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Calvin Johnson Has Resumed Running (10/21 10:58 PT)

The Facts: Johnson sat in last week's comeback win over the Saints after a lengthy pre-game workout. Now in London, preparing for Sunday's game against the Falcons, he sounds like a receiver angling to get back on the field sooner than later. "I'm back running," Johnson told NFL Media's Steve Wyche on Tuesday. "That's a great thing for me right now." Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: While it would make the most sense for Johnson to sit out this week and compound that with a bye week full of rest and treatment, Johnson sounds like a player intent on playing as soon as possible. After all, the team has been playing well without him, or with Johnson in a seriously limited role. And a Lions team with a fully healthy Megatron would be scary.

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A.J. Green Says Still Unsure About Week 8 Status (10/21 10:46 PT)

The Facts: HC Marvin Lewis said Monday Green was progressing from his toe injury. Speaking on NFL Network's NFL AM on Tuesday, the wideout corroborated that he's getting better, but his status for this week is still unknown. "It's still up in the air," Green said. "But it definitely feels better. We'll see about this week." Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Green admitted he probably wouldn't be fully healthy the rest of this year. "It's probably not gonna be 100 percent, but I hope it's just manageable," Green said. "I can get through the season and be fine and still play at a high level." The Bengals are on a three-game winless skid that has them sliding within the AFC North after starting the season 3-0. Green said it's been tough watching his team falter without him there to help. When pressed about whether he'd be on the field to provide aid this week against division foe Baltimore, Green reiterated his skyward-directing phrase. "I hope so, man. It's still up in the air, and we'll see," he said.

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Report: Pierre Thomas Could Miss Two To Three Week (10/21 6:11 PT)

The Facts: Thomas is expected to miss two or three weeks, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: The shoulder injury took place during Sunday’s loss to the Lions. The versatile Thomas is third on the team in rushing with 133 yards and third on the team in receiving with 26 catches. The 2-3 week timeframe would put Thomas out for Sunday night’s game against the Packers and next Thursday’s game against the Panthers, as well as possibly the following week’s game against the 49ers.

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Texans-Steelers Inactives; No Surprises For Either Team (10/20 6:21 PT)

The Facts: The Texans and Steelers have released their inactive lists for tonight's game in Pittsburgh and all the front-line fantasy prospects are active and slated to play as usual. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: The Texans have declared LB Jadeveon Clowney, QB Tom Savage, DB Jumal Rolle, DB Josh Aubrey, DB Darryl Morris, OT Jeff Adams and WR DeVier Posey inactive; the Steelers will be without WR Justin Brown, LB Ryan Shazier, S Shamarko Thomas, NT Steve McLendon, CB Ike Taylor, QB Landry Jones and G Chris Hubbard. ... Worth noting: Steelers rookie WR Martavis Bryant is active for the first time this season.

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Rams Waive Austin Pettis (10/20 4:49 PT)

The Facts: The Rams waived Pettis, a wide receiver and 2011 third-round draft pick, today. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Pettis was surprisingly left inactive on Sunday after having played in all five previous games this season. The 6-3, 203-pound Pettis is a good athlete who showed promise at times but never quite lived up to what the Rams thought they were getting when they drafted him. This year Pettis has 12 catches for 118 yards and one touchdown.

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Trent Richardson, Reggie Wayne Heading For MRIs (10/20 3:47 PT)

The Facts: Wayne and Richardson are headed for MRIs to have their injuries evaluated.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Wayne injured his elbow during the contest, but was able to play through it. He wound up with four catches for 15 yards, giving him eight for 50 yards over two weeks that have had him looking like he’s a 35-year-old wideout returning from a torn ACL. Richardson shrugged off his hamstring injury as nothing serious after the game, which was one of his best as a member of the Colts. Richardson gained 77 yards on 14 carries and added 41 more yards as a receiver. Wednesday should bring updates on both as teh Colts start preparing for their trip to Pittsburgh.

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Colt McCoy Will Start Until RG3 Returns (10/20 2:41 PT)

The Facts: The Kirk Cousins era is over in Washington. HC Jay Gruden announced today that McCoy is his new starting quarterback until Robert Griffin III is cleared to return from his ankle injury. Gruden said he doesn’t know when Griffin will be cleared, but if he’s not cleared for next Monday night’s game against Dallas, then McCoy will start. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: On one level, that doesn’t come as a big surprise: Cousins has been lousy, and McCoy provided the team with a spark when he came in after Cousins was benched on Sunday. It only makes sense to keep McCoy on the job. But on another level, it’s a stunner: As recently as a couple weeks ago there was talk that Cousins was the best fit for Gruden’s offense and might keep the job over Griffin. Instead, Cousins is now Washington’s third-string quarterback.

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Josh McCown Returns To Practice (10/20 2:38 PT)

The Facts: The bye week was good for McCown, who returned to practice Monday and had his first extensive throwing session since suffering a torn ligament in his right thumb in Week 3 at Atlanta. Reported by the Tampa Bay Times

Diehards Line: McCown, 35, still had a wrap on his thumb but didn't appear to have any trouble making short and intermediate throws during individual drills during the portion of practice that was open to the media. McCown went 0-3 as a starter with two touchdowns and four interceptions before suffering a thumb injury in the first half of the Bucs' 56-14 loss to the Falcons Sept. 18. Backup Mike Glennon has played better in his absence, going 1-2 and passing for 986 yards with seven touchdowns and three INTs. His 6.94 yards per attempt average is much higher than McCown's 6.18 average. Accoring to the Times, it would be hard to imagine the Bucs going back to McCown this week against Minnesota, especially if he still is not 100 percent healthy. In any case, the earliest Bucs coach Lovie Smith will even tip his hand would be Wednesday.

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Calvin Johnson Will Make The Trip To London This Week (10/20 1:02 PT)

The Facts: The Lions have played without Johnson for the last two weeks, but the door will remain open for his return in Week 8 even though the team will be playing a long way from home. The team leaves for London on Monday night to begin their week of preparations for next Sunday’s game against the Falcons and HC Jim Caldwell told reporters, including Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, that Johnson will be making the trip with the team. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: As PFT's Josh Alper notes, there have been suggestions that the team would hold the wide receiver out until after their Week 9 bye, but that clearly hasn’t been set in stone. Johnson worked out on the field before the team took on the Saints, but his high ankle sprain wasn’t well enough for him to return to action. If he can progress over the next few days and practice with the team later this week, the result may be a different one come Sunday. ... Stay tuned. We'll obviously be covering this one closely.

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Fred-X High On Bryce Brown (10/20 12:55 PT)

The Facts: Fred Jackson left Sunday’s game at the end of the first quarter with a groin injury. Making his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Jackson made it clear he has some rehabbing to do to recover from his groin injury, but also expressed his level of confidence in Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon, who will have to pick up the slack in Buffalo’s rushing attack with both Jackson and Spiller out indefinitely. Reported by BuffaloBills.com

Diehards Line: When asked about Brown specifically, Jackson believes he can be a full-time feature back. “He is an every down back,” said Jackson. “He can do it all. He’s a guy who can carry the ball 20-25 times. He’s a guy who can pass protect his butt off and run routes well out of the backfield. We won’t miss a beat with a guy like him. He’s a guy who is going to come out and can produce. We know what he’s capable of doing. I’m excited to see him get his opportunity. ...” Jackson intends to be around the team during his rehabilitation to assist Brown and Dixon in their preparations for the Jets this week. “I’m going to be as involved as if I was playing,” said Jackson. “I want to be able to talk to those guys on the sideline and what I’m seeing when I watch the Jets and break them down and see what the tendencies are. So I’ll be around.” In case you haven't noticed, this might be a good week to put in a waiver claim on Brown.

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Fred Jackson Confirms He Won't Need Surgery; 3-4 Week Timetable (10/20 12:54 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Jackson said during an interview with WGR 550 Monday morning that the groin injury he suffered Sunday against the Vikings usually requires four weeks of recovery, but added, "I like to think of myself as someone who can come back faster than typical." Jackson said the injury doesn't require surgery. Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora first reported Sunday night Jackson would miss at least two weeks due to the groin injury, but could miss up to four weeks. In the meantime, with C.J. Spiller undergoing season-ending surgery on his broken collarbone, Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon will be the backs of interest in Buffalo.

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Denard Robinson Makes Waves In Starting Debut (10/20 12:51 PT)

The Facts: Robinson made the most of his starting opportunity as he rushed for 127 yards on 22 carries in a 24-6 victory over the Browns. He’s the first Jaguar to rush for 100 yards since Jordan Todman has 109 in a loss to Buffalo last December. So will Robinson remain the feature back? HC Gus Bradley was somewhat vague when asked about it . “Yeah, I think so. We’ll look at the film. He did a good job and we hope to get Toby [Gerhart] back,’’ Bradley said. Reported by the Florida Times-Union

Diehards Line: Robinson worked hard in the offseason and gained about 15 pounds as he improved his skills. Still, he was expected to be a backup, a change of pace runner. But Gerhart is battling injuries and rookie Storm Johnson gained only 21 yards in 10 carries against Tennessee last week so the Jaguars gave Robinson a shot. It helped that the Jaguars were never far behind Sunday so they could stick with the running game. “We got to run it the whole game and that was fun,’’ said offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch. ... We'll see how it plays out this week.

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Report: Ray Rice Could Be Reinstated In November (10/20 9:34 PT)

The Facts: Rice remains suspended indefinitely following the publication of the video of him striking his now-wife, Janay, in a casino elevator, but he could be reinstated within the next four weeks, sources said. Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: As CBSSports insider Jason La Canfora notes, an appeal hearing date has been set, with a final decision expected to come in an expeditious manner thereafter, and all of that could be resolved by mid-November, which would conceivably allow Rice to sign with another team this season. Numerous legal experts La Canfora has spoken to believe Rice has an exceedingly strong case, and, considering it could be Week 10 or so before this hearing is resolved, it's hard for them to conceive that Rice isn't reinstated as part of the decision. If he is, would a team like the Colts, coached by former Ravens assistant Chuck Pagano who thinks highly of Rice, or New England, where Bill Belichick has very strong ties to Rice's college coach, Greg Schiano, take a chance on Rice if they need a running back down the stretch? Seems like a reach. But we'll be watching for more.

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Bucs Getting Calls About Vincent Jackson (10/20 12:12 PT)

The Facts: The NFL trade deadline sits nine days away on Oct. 28, and speculation is ripe to start flying. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Buccaneers are fielding calls about Jackson. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: "They are getting a ton of calls on him," Rapoport said. "With just one win, I'm told they are open to anything even though they love him as a player." As NFL.com suggests, trading Jackson would strip down the NFL's tallest receiving corps, but perhaps the Bucs believe they have his future replacement in rookie Mike Evans.

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