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Forte, Jeffery Expected To Play Against Packers Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Time: 7:41 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Jay Cutler will have his two most valuable weapons back in the lineup as he attempts to improve his 1-12 lifetime record versus the Packers. Starting running back Matt Forte and No. 1 receiver Alshon Jeffery are expected to play in Thursday's Thanksgiving night matchup after missing last week's 17-15 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Diehards Line: Sidelined three weeks with a sprained MCL, Forte declared himself "good to go" after Tuesday's practice. Battling groin and shoulder injuries, Jeffery says he feels "a lot better" than he felt last week. We'll be following up as needed in advance of Thursday night's kickoff.
Danny Amendola Has Minor Sprain; Dobson Still Awaiting MRI Results Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Time: 4:20 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: The Patriots saw two wide receivers leave Monday night's victory with injuries and early indications are that Amendola has a better chance of playing this week than Aaron Dobson. Tom Curran of CSN New England reports that Amendola suffered a knee sprain against the Bills that is not expected to keep him out for an extended period of time.
Diehards Line: He is expected to be limited at practice during a short week, though, and that means it will likely be a couple of days before his status for Sunday’s game in Denver becomes clearer. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports that X-rays of Dobson’s ankle were negative, but that the team was still waiting for MRI results to determine the extent of the injury. Curran reports that he is expected to miss at least this week’s game with the final diagnosis giving more clarity about how long he’ll be out of the lineup. Keshawn Martin missed Monday night’s game after being listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, which leaves Brandon LaFell, Chris Harper and special teams stalwart Matthew Slater as healthy players on the depth chart at receiver.
Emmanuel Sanders Reveals He Has A High Ankle Sprain Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Time: 4:18 PT |  Reported by the Denver Post
The Facts: Sanders revealed Monday that his left ankle injury is a high ankle sprain.
Diehards Line:Sanders sat out Sunday's 17-15 win over the Bears in an effort to get 100 percent healthy. He said he could have played, but people around him convinced him he would be a detriment to himself and the team if he went out there in his current state. "It's kind of like when you have a flat tire," Sanders said. "I'm a speed guy, right? So it's ideal for me to have all of my speed." Sanders was questionable to play against the Bears, but says he was still in a lot of pain. "Today was the first day I got up and didn't limp out of bed," Sanders said. He said he is hopeful he will play Sunday against New England, but how he practices during practice will have a big impact on how he moves forward.
Josh McCown Is Once Again Cleveland's Starting QB Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Time: 2:52 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: The Cleveland Browns have made another switch at the quarterback position. A week after naming Johnny Manziel the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the season, the Browns will revert to veteran signal-caller McCown in light of a video that surfaced of Manziel partying during the team's bye week.
Diehards Line: Manziel has been demoted to the No. 3 quarterback position on the depth chart, behind Austin Davis. It's not clear if this is a permanent move, but nobody should be counting on Johnny Football getting an extended showcase at this point.
Teammates Expect Mark Sanchez To Start Thursday Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Time: 1:15 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: While it's true that Sam Bradford did some things in practice yesterday, it's probably not enough that he'll be able to play Thursday. At least that's what his teammates are planning on. According to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News, OT Lane Johnson said that Sanchez has taken all the first team reps in practice, leading him to the natural conclusion that Sanchez will start.
Diehards Line: The Eagles have been trying to buy time before declaring, since Bradford is still in the concussion protocol and dealing with a shoulder injury as well. So they go into Detroit with Sanchez again, hoping to break a two-game losing skid and stay pertinent in the NFC East (which is easily within their reach). ... Stay tuned. We'll follow up as needed.
Johnny Manziel's Bye Week Partying Has Pettine Rethinking Starting Status Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Time: 11:27 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: The Browns returned to work Tuesday, which means reporters asked HC Mike Pettine about Manziel's weekend away from the team. This has happened before. And this time, Pettine's answer was "disappointing. Very."
Diehards Line: The website Busted Coverage first posted about Manziel’s night out in Austin, Tex., on Monday afternoon. Busted Coverage had pictures and videos it says were taken last Friday. Manziel vowed last week not to be “an embarrassment or a distraction” for the Browns during his bye week. ... Pettine said the organization is concerned about Manziel’s “repeated pattern of behavior” and will discuss the latest incident and that pattern later on Tuesday. Pettine said he didn’t want to make a “knee jerk” reaction but also said he can’t say now if Manziel will start at quarterback for the Browns next Monday vs. the Ravens. The team named Manziel the starter for the rest of the season last week. ... Stay tuned.
Bradford Clears Conscussion Protocol, Shoulder Still An Issue; Mathews Still In Protocol Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Time: 10:44 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Bradford has officially cleared concussion protocol, according to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. But the obvious question still lingers: Will he get his job back?
Diehards Line: That's the one Shurmur did not have an answer for Tuesday. Per the Delaware County Times, Shurmur said he did not want to mislead the media by saying one player would start if he wasn't sure yet, a statement that probably rang true given that Bradford is also suffering from some shoulder issues. Shurmur said Bradford threw on Monday, but with a game rapidly closing in, will that be good enough? We shall see. ... Ryan Mathews, arguably the best every down-capable running back the team has at the moment, did not clear concussion protocol, per Shurmur, so help isn't on the way just yet.
Kevin White To Resume Practicing Tuesday Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Time: 10:43 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: The Bears plan to have White -- the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft -- begin his 21-day practice window on Tuesday, per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Diehards Line: Stashed away on the physically unable to perform list since the preseason with a shin injury, White must practice Tuesday or be placed on season-ending injured reserve. White told the Tribune last month that he was "not closing the door" on playing this season because "that would be like quitting." The Bears picked White in hopes that he would replace Brandon Marshall as a starting target across from Alshon Jeffery. Instead, the Bears have played the entire way without their first-round receiver, while Jeffery has made just five appearances. Even a minor contribution from White would provide the rookie with a much-needed dose of confidence heading into 2016.
Don't Expect Marshawn Lynch To Play This Week Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Time: 12:11 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Add ESPN's Adam Schefter to the list of those reporting the Seahawks don't expect Lynch to be available Sunday against Steelers as they await word today on his abdominal injury and possible surgery.
Diehards Line: As previously reported, Lynch has gone to Philadelphia to see Dr. Richard Meyers. The belief is he has a sports hernia. If that's the case, the expectation also seems to be that Lynch will likely miss the rest of the season. We'll be watching for more, but Thomas Rawls is going to be a busy man -- for at least one more week.
Tyrod Taylor Finished Game With Apparent Shoulder Injury; Others Nicked Too Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Time: 12:08 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Rex Ryan said he was ready to go to EJ Manuel after Taylor suffered apparent shoulder injury in the fourth quarter of Monday night's loss to the Patriots. But Taylor said he was good to go.
Diehards Line: Ryan hopes Taylor will be ready on short week vs. Kansas City. ... In addition, receiver Marcus Easley left in the opening minutes of Monday's game to be evaluated for a possible concussion, and did not return. Offensive guard John Miller left the game in the second quarter after suffering an ankle injury. In addition, defensive end Mario Williams (foot) left in the second half and tight end Charles Clay injured his neck in the fourth quarter and did not return.