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12/19/2014
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Eli Manning Spends Some Extra Time In Training Room (12/8 12:01 PT)

The Facts: Ryan Nassib came out for the kneel-downs at the end of the Giants' 36-7 blowout victory Sunday, which wasn't necessarily unusual. But the fact Manning was the last one out of the trainer's room following the game was unusual. Manning was getting looked at on the sideline by team medical personnel during the second half, but after the game he insisted nothing was wrong. "Just getting iced down on some things," Manning said, somewhat cryptically. "Nothing serious."  Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: As ESPN.com's Dan Graziano notes, if he's got any kind of injury that would limit him in practice, we should know no later than Wednesday, because they'd have to list him on the injury report. As we saw last week with Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys, teams aren't always eager to list their quarterbacks on injury reports, but the league has made it clear that it's going to be vigilant. At this point, Manning deserves the ultimate benefit of the doubt, as he hasn't missed a start since becoming the Giants' starting quarterback in 2004. It would be shocking news if he couldn't play Sunday against Washington. But keep an eye on it as the week goes along. Could be nothing, could be something. So stay tuned.

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Ladarius Green Sidelined By A Concussion (12/7 10:42 PT)

The Facts: Green did not return to Sunday night's game against the Patriots due to a concussion. Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: Green took a big hit to the upper body while juggling the ball on a route across the middle of the field, and while the defender was flagged for a personal foul for helmet-to-helmet contact, it's unclear whether the two players' helmets actually touched. Either way, Green needed help off the field and was taken to the locker room for further evaluation after being looked at by the training staff on the sidelines. Green will have to be cleared by an independent neurologist before being allowed back on the field.

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Report: Percy Harvin Could Be Done For The Year (12/7 8:15 PT)

The Facts: Harvin played one of his best games in two years, but he could be lost for the remainder of the year after injuring his left ankle late in the fourth quarter of the New York Jets' 30-24 overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: Harvin left the stadium on crutches, saying he was going for tests. "I can't talk too much about the injury other than it will be evaluated here in a little bit," he said after torching his first NFL team for 124 yards on six receptions, including a touchdown. The injury -- and the loss -- ruined Harvin's return to Minnesota, where he played four seasons before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks last year. Now we'll see if it ends his season. ... Stay tuned.

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Report: Zach Mettenberger Likely Don For The Season (12/7 8:13 PT)


Torrey Smith's Knee Flared Up In Pre-Game Warmups (12/7 8:07 PT)

The Facts: Smith wasn't targeted for a pass because his right knee injury flared up before the game. Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: Smith was listed as probable after hurting the knee a week ago, but his knee swelled up on him in pre-game warmups after the Ravens had made him active. "It didn’t feel good from the get go. It was more so my pain tolerance," Smith said. "It obviously was hurting when I was running. Basically, I kind of knew going in that I wasn’t going to be able to play the whole game. But being able to go in and spell the guys for a little bit and help them get through the heat. ..." While the way it played out was disappointing, we did have an indication of the issue in advance of kickoff. ... We'll be following up in coming days.

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Colt McCoy Has Sprained Neck; Week 15 Status Uncertain (12/7 8:06 PT)

The Facts: McCoy was unable to take his turn at the podium -- quarterbacks always speak to the media after games -- because of the sprained neck he suffered on the last sack of today's loss to the Rams. Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: McCoy was in pain and was in a hurry to get to a hospital for further evaluation. It was a rough day for McCoy, who was sacked six times and threw two interceptions. McCoy left with two minutes remaining because of the injury, replaced by Robert Griffin III. ... HC Jay Gruden said he wasn’t sure who his starting quarterback would be, but that mostly has to do with McCoy’s health. But Gruden also said he would review the tape of McCoy’s game to see if a change is warranted. “We’re trying to find out who can lead us to victories and who can get this offense on a roll," Gruden said. "That obviously is to be determined." According to ESPN.com's John Keim, it’s hard to imagine a change being made if McCoy is healthy.

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Cardinals Placing Andre Ellington On Season-Ending IR (12/7 6:34 PT)

The Facts: HC Bruce Arians said Ellington will be placed on season-ending IR with a hernia. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: The hernia, a hip pointer and a sore foot have all been issues keeping Ellington from working at full speed for a good portion of the year. Nonetheless, Ellington was a dominant force in the offense. Heading into today's game agianst the Chiefs, Ellington had accounted for 69.1 percent of the Cardinals’ rushing yards, the third most in the league. Ellington was responsible for 26.5 percent of Arizona’s yards from scrimmage through 11 games this season, the seventh-highest rate for any running back in the league. The team will continue to move forward with a committee comprised of Stepfan Taylor, Kerwynn Williams, Marion Grice and Robert Hughes.

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Julius Thomas Active But Watching From Sidelines (12/7 4:56 PT)

The Facts: Although Thomas is active for the game against Buffalo, he spent the first half on the sideline, not wearing his helmet.  Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: Thomas missed the past two games with an ankle injury. Virgil Green and Jacob Tamme handled tight end duties in the first half. ... According to ESPN Denver's Cecil Lammey, Thomas doesn't appear to be limping while walking on the sideline. Denver Post staffer Mike Klis advised his Twitter follows that Thomas doesn't look like he expects to play. ... We'll follow up as needed.

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Zach Mettenberger Scheduled For MRI On Shoulder (12/7 4:46 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the previous item. ... Mettenberger is due on Monday for an MRI on his throwing shoulder after re-injuring the joint during the loss to the New York Giants. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: This is the second-straight week Mettenberger has missed the end of a game with this injury; we'll follow up as needed while reminding you that Jake Locker would be next man up if Mettenberger missed time.

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Percy Harvin Leaves Stadium On Crutches (12/7 4:45 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the previous item. ... Harvin did not return with an ankle injury suffered against the Minnesota Vikings.  Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Harvin was initially doubtful before being downgraded to out and left the stadium on crutches afterward. More in coming days as developments warrant.

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Percy Harvin Sidelined By An Injured Ankle (12/7 3:22 PT)

The Facts: Harvin is doubtful to return with an ankle injury suffered against the Minnesota Vikings. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: Harvin got in a majority of the game before the injury, racking up 124 yards and a touchdown on six catches. We'll follow up as needed in coming days.

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Zach Mettenberger Re-Injures Shoulder (12/7 2:59 PT)

The Facts: Mettenberger was knocked out of his team's game against the Giants in the fourth quarter with a right shoulder injury.  Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Mettenberger went to the locker room and is officially questionable to return. He completed 14-of-24 passes for 125 yards and an interception. He didn't throw a TD. ... Jake Locker entered the game in relief. We'll follow up as developments warrant.

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Roy Helu Sidelined By Toe Injury (12/7 2:43 PT)

The Facts: Redskins running back Roy Helu left Sunday's game against the Rams in second half with a toe injury.  Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: He had no stats before leaving the game. The team has characterized his return as questionable. We'll be following up as developments warrant.

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Andre Johnson Diagnosed With A Concussion; Ruled Out For Rest Of Game (12/7 1:58 PT)

The Facts: Johnson left Sunday’s game against the Jaguars at EverBank Field due to a concussion. He has been ruled out for the remainder of the game. Reported by the Houston Chronicle

Diehards Line: Johnson went down near Jacksonville’s end zone after being hit in the head at the four-yard line. He lost his helmet on the play. Johnson has suffered two concussions in less than two years. He received a concussion Week 2 against Tennessee last season. Johnson, 33, needed eight catches Sunday to reach 1,000 career receptions, tying Marvin Harrison for the fastest in NFL history to reach the mark. Johnson caught four balls for 17 yards before leaving the game. He'll have to pass through the league's concussion protocol before he's cleared to return next week.

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Andre Johnson Missing Time After Helmet To Helmet Hit (12/7 1:11 PT)

The Facts: Johnson went to the locker room in the second quarter of Sunday's game at Jacksonville to be evaluated for a concussion following a helmet-to-helmet hit. Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: According to CBS's Michael Hurcomb, Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith's hit knocked off Johnson's helmet and forced Johnson to drop would have resulted in a first-down catch. Johnson stayed on the ground for a few minutes before walking off the field. Johnson had four catches for 17 yards before leaving the game.

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Joseph Fauria Playing Throughy Ankle Injury (12/7 1:08 PT)

The Facts: Fauria hurt his ankle in the first quarter of Detroit's Week 14 matchup against the Bucs and was questionable to return -- before he returned. Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: Fauria has four catches for 57 yards this season, but he drew the start in today's game. We'll see how the anke held up after the game is over.

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Bears Add Jay Feely As Insurance With Gould Ailing (12/3 12:23 PT)

The Facts: Robbie Gould is sitting out practice this week with a quadriceps injury, so the team has added some kicking insurance. Feely has been signed by Chicago. If Gould can’t go tomorrow night against the Cowboys, Feely will. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: The 38-year-old Feely has had a few tryouts this season but has been out of the league since losing the kicking competition in Arizona. He kicked the last four seasons for the Cardinals and has had prior stints with the Jets, Dolphins, Giants and Falcons. To make room for Feely on the 53-player roster, the Bears waived/injured receiver Chris Williams. Those who were hoping to roll with Gould in tomorrow night's game might want to avoid the situation completely.

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Brian Hoyer Holds Off Manziel; Veteran Gets Another Start (12/3 10:45 PT)

The Facts: Hoyer has held off Johnny Manziel and will start at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, a league source confirmed. Reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Diehards Line: With four games remaining, the Browns (7-5) are in a three-way tie for second place in the AFC North with Baltimore and Pittsburgh. They are all 1 1/2 games behind the 8-3-1 Bengals, who come to town next week. Pettine huddled up with Kyle Shanahan, quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains and general manager Ray Farmer to make the decision, which he acknowledged was a very difficult one. Pettine has appreciated Hoyer's work ethic, dedication, passion and other "play like a Brown" attributes. However, his performance had tailed off in recent weeks to the point where Pettine had to consider a change. But consider it was all he did. The start of the Johnny Football Era will wait for another day.

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Adrian Peterson Appeal Hearing Ongoing (12/3 12:06 PT)

The Facts: The appeal hearing for Peterson ended Tuesday after more than three hours, but will resume Thursday. Peterson did not testify, but Harold Henderson, who heard the appeal, allowed the suspended Minnesota Vikings running back to make a statement, sources tell ESPN. The content of Peterson's statement is unknown. Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: Henderson has ordered NFL executive Troy Vincent to testify on Thursday, over the objections of the NFL, ESPN's Andrew Brandt reports. As part of the hearing, the NFLPA submitted to the league a tape of a conversation between Vincent and Peterson in which Vincent allegedly tells Peterson he will be disciplined with time served and a two-game suspension if he attended a disciplinary hearing Nov. 14 with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. ... Peterson is hoping for a quick resolution and immediate reinstatement, perhaps in time for him to return to the Vikings next week.

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Titans Placing Justin Hunter On Injured Reserve (12/2 3:23 PT)

The Facts: The Titans plan to place Hunter on Injured Reserve, ending his season.  Reported by the Nashville Tennessean

Diehards Line: According to Tennessean staffer Jim Wyatt, it sounds like it will happen today; regardless, it will happen. Hunter is still in a hospital dealing with lacerated spleen suffered in Sunday's loss to the Texans. Nate Washington and Kendall Wright will likely be relied on more with Hunter's season over.

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