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11/22/2014
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Jarius Wright Missing Time With Injured Hamstring (11/16 2:07 PT)

The Facts: Wright is listed as questionable for the second half with hamstring issue. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: Wright probably isn't high on anybody's fantasy radar, but those wondering why completely disappeared now know why. We'll follow up as needed.

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Emmanuel Sanders Being Evaluated For Concussion (11/16 2:01 PT)

The Facts: Sanders left today's game against the Rams in the third quarter and is being evaluated for a possible concussion. His return is questionable. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: Sanders took a hard hit when he reached out to attempt to reel in a deep ball from Peyton Manning. The hit, from Rams safety Rodney McLeod, was flagged as an illegal hit to the head of a defenseless player. McLeod appeared to be trying to lead with his shoulder, but there was some helmet-to-helmet contact. The Broncos have already lost tight end Julius Thomas and running back Montee Ball to injuries today. We'll follow up as needed.

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Marshawn Lynch Back On The Field Despite Injured Knee (11/16 1:59 PT)

The Facts: Despite being characterized as questionable to return for the second half of today's game against the Chiefs, Lynch was on the field midway through the third quarter.  Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: Lynch, who hurt a knee, didn’t go to locker room at halftime. Instead he spent the time on trainer’s table getting treatment. ... We'll follow up as needed, but for now Lynch continues to add to his totals.

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Montee Ball Sidelined After Re-Injuring Groin (11/16 1:12 PT)

The Facts: Ball left today's game in the first half after re-injuring his groin; his return is questionable. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: The Broncos might be giving him a chance to return, but according to ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold, Ball's body language says he's not coming back in today. That leaves C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson as the only healthy RBs on the roster today. ... More on Ball as details emerge.

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Julius Thomas Missing Time With Injured Ankle; Return Questionable (11/16 12:48 PT)

The Facts: Thomas left today's game against the Rams with an ankle injury. His return is questionable. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: If Thomas can't return it will be a major blow for fantasy owners counting on him for heavy production. He had two catches for three yards upon departure. ... We'll follow up as needed.

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Report: Shaun Hill To Take Over As Rams Starting QB (11/12 10:07 PT)

The Facts: After previously indicating that AustinDavis would keep the starting job, HC Jeff Fisher has reconsidered. According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Shaun Hill will start Sunday’s game against the Broncos. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Hill opened the season as the starter after Sam Bradford suffered a season-ending knee injury in the preseason. But after Hill suffered a Week 1 injury, Fisher gave the job to Davis and said Davis would keep the job even after Hill was completely healed. Now Fisher has changed his mind. Davis has shown flashes of talent, but he has also made some big mistakes, including three fourth-quarter turnovers in Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals. Fisher wants a veteran he can trust not to make game-changing mistakes, and Fisher thinks Hill is the guy. At least for now.

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Jaguars Place Rookie WR Allen Robinson On IR With Broken Foot (11/11 12:57 PT)

The Facts: The Jaguars have placed Robinson on injured reserve with a broken right foot. Robinson broke his foot during Sunday’s loss to Dallas in London.  Reported by the Associated Press

Diehards Line: A second-round draft pick from Penn State, Robinson has been one of Jacksonville’s bright spots on offense this season. He had 48 receptions for 548 yards and two touchdowns, outperforming veteran Cecil Shorts and fellow rookies Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns. The Jaguars say Robinson is seeking a second opinion regarding whether or not to have surgery. Without him, HC Gus Bradley expects Lee to get more opportunities alongside Shorts and Hurns. Jacksonville also will get tight end Marcedes Lewis back after the bye week and is counting on him to boost the passing game.

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Adrian Peterson Hearing Set For Nov. 17; Week 12 Return Ahead? (11/11 12:20 PT)

The Facts: The bad news for Peterson? He’ll miss at least one more game. The good news? He’ll be paid. The better news? He’ll have a ruling on his status before the Vikings host the Packers on November 23. Per a league source, the hearing on Peterson’s non-injury grievance will happen Monday, November 17.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Arbitrator Shyam Das will conduct the hearing. Upon its conclusion (and it should be a short hearing), Das will have five days to issue a ruling. If the grievance had been filed earlier — as in, immediately upon the NFL’s breach of the agreement that originally placed Peterson on the Commissioner-Exempt list — a ruling could have come before Minnesota’s next game on Sunday against the Bears. Instead we can all start looking to Week 12 for a possible return.

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Adrian Peterson Case Should Be Resolved By Nov. 22 At The Latest (11/11 10:55 PT)

The Facts: On Monday, the NFL Players Association filed on behalf of Peterson a grievance against the league and the team, based on the failure of the NFL to remove Peterson from the Commissioner-Exempt list after his legal case was resolved. Under Article 43 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, a hearing on the expedited grievance must occur within seven days of its filing. In this case, the hearing will happen by Monday, November 17. The grievance then must be resolved within five days after the hearing.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: So, according to PFT's Mike Florio, at the latest, Peterson’s status will be determined by Saturday, November 22 -- one day before the Vikings launch a three-game home stand commencing with the Packers. Florio added the grievance could, as a practical matter, be resolved sooner than that. A conference call will happen as soon as Tuesday between the league, the NFLPA, and arbitrator Shyam Das. The arbitrator, who undoubtedly understands that this matter boils down to the interpretation of the September 18 letter agreement that placed Peterson on the Commissioner-Exempt list “until the criminal charges pending against him are adjudicated,” could inform that parties that the hearing will happen this week, and Das could in turn rule quickly — possibly, at the hearing itself.

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Cam Newton Increasingly Beat Up (11/11 9:18 PT)

The Facts: Newton isn't just dealing with his surgically repaired ankle. The QB has two bad wheels right now. Newton is nursing a right foot injury the Panthers training staff believes might be the result of compensating for the lingering soreness in his left ankle, a source told FOX Sports. Reported by FOXSports.com

Diehards Line: According to FOX's Mike Garafolo, the combination of lower-leg issues could explain why Newton has appeared to be sluggish, particularly on Monday night while he was trying to escape Philadelphia Eagles pass rushers during a 45-21 loss for the Panthers. Newton was limping for much of the game and jogged gingerly to and from the sideline between series. Following one of the Eagles' nine sacks of him, Newton was stretching his groin or hamstring area, so he might have tweaked a muscle in that region as well. In addition to those ailments, Newton is battling a thumb issue on his throwing hand that's forced him to wrap it during games. Newton's foot issue hasn't been listed on the team's injury report. He hasn't missed practice time for any injuries since September. Newton is on pace to come in below last year's mark of 585 yards rushing, which was the lowest of his first three NFL seasons.

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NFLPA Files Expedited Grievance To Get Adrian Peterson Reinstated (11/11 2:35 PT)

The Facts: The NFL Players Association has filed an expedited grievance with the NFL to reinstate Peterson.  Reported by the Associated Press

Diehards Line: The NFLPA cited Monday 'explicit language in a signed agreement' from Sept. 18, when Peterson was placed on a special commissioner's exempt list following his indictment on felony child abuse in Texas. Peterson pleaded no contest Tuesday to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault, freeing him from the court system provided he fulfills the terms of his probation. The league began a review Thursday of his case under the personal conduct policy, but it said Peterson would remain on paid leave until the process is completed. That didn't sit well with the union. The Vikings come off their bye week still waiting for the NFL to act but hardly pinning any plans on a possible Peterson return. 'We'd just prepare like he's not going to be here until we hear differently,' coach Mike Zimmer said.

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Report: Ronnie Hillman Out At Least Two Weeks With Midfoot Sprain (11/10 2:49 PT)

The Facts: Hillman for at least two weeks after the starting running back suffered a midfoot sprain in his right foot Sunday, according to an NFL source. Reported by the Denver Post

Diehards Line: Hillman seemed to suffer the injury as he was attempting to catch a pass early in the Broncos’ 41-17 win against the Oakland Raiders. He limped off the field and had his right ankle taped then returned to the game. With Hillman ailing, C.J. Anderson had a breakout game, rushing for 90 yards and turning a short reception into an electrifying 51-yard touchdown. Montee Ball has missed the past five games because of a groin injury but is expected to return this week to play against the St. Louis Rams. ... Stay tuned. We'll be following up with the team's plans at the position in coming days.

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Rashad Jennings Looking Good To Return This Week (11/10 1:25 PT)

The Facts: Jennings is "looking good" to finally return to action against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN.com. Reported by the Redzone.org

Diehards Line: Graziano cautions that it's "still early," but it's obviously encouraging that Jennings got in some practice reps in Week 10. The Giants' whole offense, not to mention the running game, has gone in the tank during Jennings' absence, so his return would be no small matter. Jennings would immediately replace rookie Andre Williams in the starting lineup.

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It's Official: Carson Palmer Has Season-Ending ACL Injury (11/10 1:18 PT)

The Facts: HC coach Bruce Arians confirmed today what was widely expected after Sunday’s game against the Rams: Palmer has suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and is done for the year. He will go on season-ending injured reserve. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: If there’s any good news, it’s that Arians also confirmed that there is no damage to Palmer’s knee other than the torn ACL. Palmer will likely be ready to go for the start of next season, but this season is done. The Cardinals, who have the best record in the NFL at 8-1, will now go forward with Drew Stanton as their starting quarterback the rest of the way. Stanton’s job won’t be easy, as the Cardinals have the Lions this week and then travel to Seattle next week.

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Vikings Issue Statement On Adrian Peterson (11/10 12:48 PT)

The Facts: Peterson's case for reinstatement expected to be heard this week following a plea deal of no contest to one count of misdemeanor reckless assault, the next question is whether or not the Vikings want him back. A Monday statement from the team didn't reveal much: "In regards to Adrian Peterson's status with the Minnesota Vikings, at this time his potential reinstatement is under NFL guidelines," the team wrote on its official website. "As an organization, we respect and understand the league's process. In the interim, our focus is on the team and preparing for this weekend's game against the Bears." Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday that while Peterson is facing a six-game suspension under the league's personal-conduct policy, his punishment would likely be shorter than that with a compromise based on time served and loss of pay. Rapoport noted that Peterson might return in December. "The big problem, one big problem, is that there is an internal battle with the Minnesota Vikings," Rapoport said. "Some of their executives are divided on whether they want Adrian Peterson back immediately." Many of Peterson's teammates support his return, while Vikings coaches would love to inject the All-Pro runner back into the game plan. "We support him, but the whole thing is out of our hands," HC Mike Zimmer told reporters Monday. Some members of Minnesota's front office, though, don't share that enthusiasm after the team deactivated A.P. for a Week 2 game against the Patriots, reinstated him for Week 3 and then placed Peterson on the Reserve/Commissioner's Exempt List less than 48 hours after that announcement. ... Stay tuned.

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Lamar Miller's Status For Thursday Night Uncertain (11/10 12:40 PT)

The Facts: Miller has been slowed with a separated shoulder he suffered last week against San Diego. Miller started and played against the Detroit Lions but carried only four times for 10 yards and could not finish the game. Miller's status for Thursday night's game against Buffalo is uncertain. Reported by the Miami Herald

Diehards Line: When the Dolphins needed to move the ball with 3:37 to play to preserve the victory, Miller was on the bench unable to play. The Dolphins used Daniel Thomas and Damien Williams instead. Both Thomas (5 carries) and Williams (7) carried the ball more than Miller. Given the uncertainty, the Dolphins promoted LaMichael James from the practice squad when they placed starting OT Branden Albert on IR with a torn ACL suffered in Detroit. ... Stay tuned. We'll be following up.

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Tony Romo Claims He's No Worse For The Wear After Win Over Jags (11/10 12:25 PT)

The Facts: With two transverse process fractures, Romo was not only able to play but play well, putting up a season-best 138.8 passer rating while throwing three touchdown passes. He was sacked once and hit a couple of times but was able to make it through the game without any issues.  Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: Romo did not add much padding to protect his back. He said he took a Toradol pill for the pain before the game. "Just sore," Romo said. "Anybody that's had any broken bones, it's uncomfortable at times and things like that. But if you play football, you go play. ..." Look for more of the same ahead after the Cowboys return from their Week 11 bye.

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Report: Adrian Peterson In Shape, Ready And Eager To Play (11/10 12:15 PT)

The Facts: Jason La Canfora of CBS reported Sunday that the Vikings “harbor some serious concerns” about Peterson’s “physical and mental state following his prolonged layoff,” and that Peterson “has not been working out nearly to the degree he would have if he were playing.” La Canfora also says “there are no guarantees at this point that they would welcome him back if reinstate.” Per multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation, the report regarding Peterson’s mental and physical state is incorrect. He has remained in shape and wants to play as soon as possible.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: As one source told PFT's Mike Florio, this is the same Peterson who returned from a torn ACL in less than eight months, and then became the NFL’s MVP. On the latter point, Florio concedes it’s unclear whether the Vikings would welcome Peterson back, if reinstated. onflicting reports have emerged regarding whether the Vikings have an internal conflict regarding Peterson’s status. The notion that the Vikings may not welcome Peterson back overlooks the reality that they have only two options, if he’s reinstated: Bring him back or cut him. Regardless, Peterson wants to return ASAP. So he apparently thinks he’s ready to go.

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Brandon Marshall's Night Ends Early Due To Ankle Injury (11/9 11:20 PT)

The Facts: Marshall suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's game against the Packers and did not return. Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: Marshall, who appeared to be limping after coming out of the game, was checked out on the trainer's table and eventually headed to the locker room. Marshall finished the day with eight receptions on 10 targets for 112 yards and a touchdown. He'll face the Vikings in Week 11 if he can suit up.

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RB Michael Cox Dealing With A Fractured Leg (11/9 8:36 PT)

The Facts: Cox is dealing with a leg fracture, according to the New York Daily News.  Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: Cox was spotted in a wheelchair after the game with his leg elevated, but the team did not know the severity of the injury at the time. Cox will head back to New Jersey with the team Sunday night.

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