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10/30/2014
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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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Robert Griffin III Won't Play Tonight; Week 9 Is Possible Though (10/27 9:39 PT)

The Facts: NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday morning that Griffin won't play against the Cowboys, according to a Redskins source. Colt McCoy will start as expected. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Jay Gruden played coy all week with Griffin's availability for Monday night's tussle with the Dallas Cowboys. RGIII was listed as questionable after Gruden continually said he would start if the quarterback's ankle was deemed healthy enough. It isn't looking healthy enough. To the surprise of nobody. RGIII has been out since Week 2 with a dislocated ankle. He'll miss his sixth consecutive game. With a bye in Week 10 the Redskins could hold out the quarterback an additional week and have him return in Week 11 for the stretch run. That said, Profootballtalk.com advised readers this morning not to be surprised if Griffin comes back on Sunday against the Vikings. PFT added: "Minnesota has a struggling offense and an uneven defense. It gives Griffin a realistic chance to win in his return, and it avoids a potential clamoring for McCoy to keep the job if he pulls a reverse Clint Longley on Monday night and then beats the Vikings entering the annual week off. ..." Stay tuned.

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Aaron Rodgers Says He Won't Miss Any Time (10/27 9:34 PT)

The Facts: Rodgers clearly wasn’t himself in the second half of last night’s loss to the Saints. Some degree of hamstring issue left Rodgers limping slightly but noticeably after the 44-23 loss, but he insisted it wasn’t an issue. “I’m not going to miss any time,” Rodgers said, via Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com. “If I felt it, then I had to back off a little bit. We had to do a little more in the shotgun but it wasn’t a big deal, ultimately.” Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: As Profootballtalk.com suggested, it certainly appeared to be an issue. His passer rating before the injury was 133.1. After, it was 45.8, with a pair of interceptions which weren’t entirely the fault of his legs. And any element of him moving, the way he did when he scrambled for a first down, was gone. Whatever the case, Rodgers didn’t even want to call it a hamstring pull, and said he felt like he could still play. “It was, ‘Continue playing.’ As long as I could hold up, I felt like I could and was able to run one in there somehow,” he said. “If it would’ve been real detrimental to my health for the season, I probably would have told Coach to take me out. But I felt like I could still go.” Again, Rodgers has a bye week to recover. We'll follow up as needed.

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Ben Roethlisberger Falls Just Short Of All-Time Single-Game Passing Mark (10/27 12:07 PT)

The Facts: Roethlisberger came up 33 yards short of the NFL’s all-time single-game passing mark, but he became the only quarterback ever to hit the 500-yard mark twice in a career in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 51-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Reported by Yahoo! Sports

Diehards Line: The record — 554 yards by Norm Van Brocklin for the Los Angeles Rams against the New York Yanks back on Sept. 28, 1951 — had been approached many times in recent seasons, including by Matt Schaub, Matthew Stafford, Tony Romo and others, but never broken. Roethlisberger's previous high was 503 against the Green Bay Packers in 2009. There have been only 16 500-yard passing games in NFL history. Roethlisberger completed 40-of-49 passes for 522 yards and six touchdowns, which are both Steelers club records. His 522 yards tied for the fourth-most all time with Boomer Esiason, who hit the mark in 1996 with the Arizona Cardinals.

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A.J. Green Says He'll Play Week 9 (10/27 12:01 PT)


Aaron Rodgers Tweaked A Hamstring (10/26 11:02 PT)

The Facts: HC Mike McCarthy confirmed that Rodgers hurt his left hamstring on a scramble in the second half of tonight's loss to the Saints.  Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: The coach said that Rodgers played smart and didn't further jeopardize injury. Matt Flynn came in for mop-up duty late. ... The Packers have their bye this coming week and return to action on Nov. 9 against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field in another Sunday night game. That should be sufficient time to give what appeared to be a mild injury time to heal. Whatever the case, we'll be following up in coming days.

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Cordarrelle Patterson Claims He's Fine Despite Walking Boot (10/26 5:20 PT)

The Facts: Patterson wore a walking boot on his right foot following his best game of the season Sunday at Tampa Bay.  Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: Patterson, who apparently suffered the injury on a kickoff return, insisted to the St. Paul Pioneer Press that "he's fine." We'll follow up as needed.

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Geno Smith Had Shoulder X-Rayed After Game (10/26 5:16 PT)

The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... Smith had X-rays on his right shoulder following his team's 43-23 loss to the Bills, the team announced after the game. Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: Smith was benched in the first quarter after throwing interceptions on three straight drives. He ended the day with two completions on eight attempts for five yards with the three picks. According to Profootballtalk.com, the injury was not the reason Smith left the game. So even if the X-rays don't show a major injury, it's possible the second-year man could be benched against the Chiefs next weekend.

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Jeremy Maclin Returns After Concussion Evaluation (10/26 5:14 PT)

The Facts: Maclin passed his concussion tests and returned to the game at Arizona in the second quarter.  Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: Maclin took a blow to the head and his ear was bleeding after being sandwiched by Cardinals defensive backs Patrick Peterson and Deone Bucannon. Maclin finished the half with seven catches for 93 yards and a touchdown.

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Jordan Cameron Out With Concussion (10/26 5:13 PT)

The Facts: Cameron was taken to the locker room to be checked for a concussion after taking a blow to the head on a pass reception. He will not return  Reported by the Associated Press

Diehards Line: Cameron made a diving catch over the middle Sunday in the second quarter before he was struck by Oakland safety Brandian Ross. Cameron held on for a 21-yard gain and Ross was flagged for hitting a defenseless receiver. Cameron stayed in a seated position on the field before walking to the bench. He was then escorted under his power to Cleveland's locker room for further evaluation. Cameron had three catches for 40 yards before he was hurt. He has 13 catches this season after getting 80 a year ago.

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Le'Veon Bell Playing Through Ankle Injury (10/26 4:55 PT)


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