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12/18/2014
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Robbie Gould Inactive For Bears (12/15 6:32 PT)

The Facts: The Bears have declared Gould inactive for tonight's game against the Saints.  Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: Gould was listed as questionable with the same groin injury that sidelined him last week. Jay Feely will continue to fill in tonight. You can access complete the complete lists for both teams on our Inactives Page.

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C.J. Spiller Will Be Added Back To Active Roster (12/15 3:32 PT)

The Facts: After eight weeks on injured reserve, HC Doug Marrone confirmed Monday that Spiller will be added back to the active roster. “He’s cleared so I’m looking forward to seeing how he practices during the week,” said Marrone, who confirmed he’ll be placed back on the roster this week. Reported by BuffaloBills.com

Diehards Line: He was given the return designation when he was placed on injured reserve at the beginning of Week 8 this season. Now that he able to participate fully, Marrone wants to see how he performs on the practice field this week before deciding whether he’ll be active for Sunday’s game at Oakland. “I’d like to see his participation more before we make that decision,” Marrone said. Spiller could provide a much needed boost for an offense that has had trouble scoring points on a consistent basis. The play in which Spiller was injured back in Week 8 remains the longest run from scrimmage for the Bills this season. ... Stay tuned.

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Texans Down To Lewis, Re-Signed Keenum At QB (12/15 3:06 PT)

The Facts: After losing Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ryan Mallett to season-ending knee injuries, they won’t even be able to turn to rookie Savage this week. Per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Texans coach Bill O’Brien told reporters that Savage would miss this week and perhaps longer with a knee injury suffered yesterday against the Colts. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: That leaves the Texans in the hands of either Thad Lewis or Case Keenum, who was brought back today after being cut by the team in the preseason. “We’ll make a decision during the week who’s going to start against Baltimore,” O’Brien said. That the Texans have milked a 7-7 record out of this season given that quarterback situation is a testament to O’Brien’s coaching and some of the talent he inherited from a 2-14 team a year ago.

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Report: Broncos Aren't Worried About Peyton Manning's Thigh (12/15 2:34 PT)

The Facts: After Broncos Manning made an early exit to the locker room before halftime, the team ultimately announced that he was probable to return to Sunday’s win over the Chargers with a thigh injury. Per a league source, the Broncos have no lingering concern about said thigh injury. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: The team believes the thigh problem was related to Peyton’s illness, and that it won’t affect his preparation for next Monday’s game against the Bengals. His decision to head to the locker room early was aimed at getting the thigh worked on by the strength coach and trainer at halftime. We’ll all officially know more about Manning’s thigh on Thursday, when the team’s first injury report in advance of next Monday’s game is released. Apparently, Manning won’t be listed with a thigh injury.

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Cam Newton's Week 16 Status Unclear (12/15 2:31 PT)

The Facts: The Panthers have yet to put a hard timetable in place for Newton. HC Ron Rivera indicated to reporters Monday that Carolina is still feeling the situation out after Newton sustained two fractures in his lower back in a car accident last week. Rivera said the decision will come down to a coaching decision on whether Newton puts himself at risk of a setback by taking the field against the Browns in Week 16. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: "I don't want to put a guy out there that can't protect himself," Rivera said Monday. "By that it's being able to run out of the way, scramble out of the way, stay alive, keep the play alive by being able to get away. That's all part of it. That's all part of the decision that went into the first Tampa Bay game. ..." Rivera is referring to Week 1, when the Panthers kept Newton on the sidelines with a cracked rib. Derek Anderson started and won that game, then beat the Bucs a second time on Sunday. ... Stay tuned. We'll be following up in coming days.

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Ryan Lindley To Start Against Seattle (12/15 2:27 PT)

The Facts: HC Bruce Arians announced Monday that Lindley will start versus Seattle on Sunday. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Arians also disclosed that the coaching staff is working on a package of plays for Logan Thomas, a more athletically gifted but raw passer. Although Thomas' upside is greater, Arians conceded after last Thursday's victory that the rookie simply isn't ready to start at the NFL level. Just as he did when Drew Stanton replaced Carson Palmer, Arians will continue to take shot plays down the field with his fourth quarterback of the season. When Arians informed Lindley that he is getting the starting nod this week, he instructed the 2012 sixth-round draft pick, "Go sling it, baby. There's a reason you're here." That won't be easy against the Seahawks, who are allowing an average of seven points and 188 yards over the past four games, a stretch of dominance that last year's historically great defense never matched. The last time Lindley played against this defense, the Cardinals lost by 58 points.

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Robert Griffin III Will Start Week 16 (12/15 2:18 PT)

The Facts: HC Jay Gruden has announced that Griffin will start against the Eagles in Week 16. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: Griffin took over for an injured Colt McCoy and completed 18-of-27 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

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Blake Bortles Questionable For Thursday (12/15 2:12 PT)

The Facts: Bortles has been diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain, and is "questionable" for Thursday's game against the Titans according to John Oehser of jaguars.com.  Reported by the Redzone.org

Diehards Line: As the Redzone.org suggests, unless Bortles has the mildest foot sprain ever, he should be considered more doubtful than questionable to take the field in a little over 72 hours. It is unclear when Bortles suffered the injury in Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens, as he played 69-of-69 snaps. Chad Henne will get the call for Thursday Night Football if Bortles cannot play.

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DeMarco Murray Having Surgery On Hand; Not Ruled Out For Week 16 (12/15 1:58 PT)

The Facts: After Sunday night’s victory over the Eagles, Murray had x-rays on his left hand and said he would be fine. As it turns out, there will be a little bit of an interval before Murray is totally fine. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on KRLD Monday that Murray has a broken bone in his hand and that he is having surgery on Monday to deal with the injury.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Jones said that Murray has not been ruled out of the Week 16 home game against the Colts, which the Cowboys need to keep their one-game lead on the Eagles in the NFC East. Jones didn’t specify the exact injury, but Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com reports that Murray broke the fourth metacarpal. That’s part of the ring finger and the Cowboys would appear to believe that there could be a way to protect Murray’s finger well enough for him to remain in the lineup. We’ll see how that plays out, but losing Murray would be a blow. Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle are Murray’s backups on the 53-man roster. They’ve combined to carry the ball 60 times this season while Murray has had 351 attempts on the ground.

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Denard Robinson's Season Over Due To Sprained Foot (12/10 2:24 PT)

The Facts: The Jaguars announced that Robinson is out for season with a foot sprain.  Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: The injury crept up on all of us as he turned up at practice in a walking boot. Toby Gerhart seems likely to get first shot at the featured role, but nobody should be in a hurry to get the Jagaurs running back -- whoever it is, in their lineps.

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Smith Optimistic About Julio Jones' Availability (12/10 12:11 PT)

The Facts: HC Mike Smith expressed hope about getting Jones back this week after he suffered a game-ending hip injury at Green Bay. "How much practice time [he is] going to get, we don't know that at this point in time. But it's our intention to do everything in our power to have [Jones] ready to go against Pittsburgh."  Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: Jones suffered a hip injury in the team's 43-37 loss to the Packers and missed the last offensive series. He paced the sideline in pain trying to walk it off and even grabbed his helmet to go back in one point, but the medical staff kept him from doing so. Jones was noticeably hobbled after the game but said he did not undergo any type of immediate examination. It is unclear whether Jones had an MRI on Tuesday morning, but ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure reports the initial word is he suffered a bruised hip.

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Panthers Confirm Cam Newton Has Two Transverse Process Fractures (12/9 2:34 PT)

The Facts: Newton suffered two fractures in his back when he was involved in a car crash near the team’s stadium today. Panthers spokesman Charlie Dayton said today that Newton is in fair condition and will remain hospitalized overnight. “Cam does have two transverse process fractures in his lower back but no other internal injuries,” he said. “He’ll stay overnight but there are no more tests scheduled, and that’s it.” Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Two transverse process fractures is the same injury suffered by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo this season. Romo missed one game. Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty also suffered a transverse process fracture this season and also missed one game. The transverse process is a small bone that sticks out from either side of the vertebrae. ... The Panthers say they are only thinking about Newton’s well-being and have not begun thinking about when he will be able to return to the field. We'll continue to follow up as needed.

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Cam Newton Hospitalized In Fair Condition; Will Remain There Overnight (12/9 1:43 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... While it’s becoming increasingly apparently that Newton has escaped serious injury in a car accident, Newton is sufficiently injured to remain in the hospital. According to the Panthers, Newton will remain hospitalized overnight, and he is in fair condition. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Newton flipped his truck multiple times on Tuesday. He was conscious and smiling when taken by stretcher to a Charlotte-area hospital. The biggest concern is his health and well being. Eventually, the question becomes whether he’ll be able to play on Sunday against the Buccaneers. For now, that’s unclear. ... Stay tuned.

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Reports: Cam Newton Not Seriously Injured In Car Accident (12/9 12:14 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the previous item. ... Newton has been taken to a Charlotte-area hospital after being involved in a car accident on Tuesday. Per multiple reports, the authorities have said that Newton’s injuries are not serious. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Newton’s truck flipped, up to four times according to one report. Though the trip to the hospital was a precaution, one photograph from the scene show Newton immobilized on a stretcher. He nevertheless was conscious and smiling after the crash. For now, the most important news is that Newton did not suffer serious injuries.

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Cam Newton Injured In Car Accident; More Details To Come (12/9 12:04 PT)

The Facts: According to the Charlotte Observer, Newton was involved in a car wreck near downtown Charlotte today. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Details are few at the moment, but the crash included one car flipped over on a bridge and another involved, near the intersection of Church Street and I-277. Dianne Gallagher of WCNC has a photograph of Newton being loaded into an ambulance. Gallagher subsequently tweeted an officer on scene said he thought everyone would be okay, but but he could not elaborate be on extent of injuries if any and hadn't spoken with medics. ... We’ll have more on this as it develops.

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Report: Johnny Manziel To Make His First Start This Week (12/9 11:50 PT)

The Facts: According to Jay Glazer of FOXSports, Manziel and Brian Hoyer have been told that Manziel would start this week against the Bengals. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: As PFT suggests, it’s perfectly timed for so many reasons, not the least of which was Bengals coach Marvin Lewis calling Manziel a “midget” Monday night (he subsequently apologized for the comment. The Browns gave Hoyer a chance to save his job after being benched the week before, at the urging of veteran players. But another flat performance in the passing game was too much for them to stick with, so now the Johnny Football era in Cleveland can begin.

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Eddie Lacy Slowed By Bruised Hip (12/9 11:02 PT)

The Facts: James Starks did the job at the end, helping the Packers run out the clock, but why wasn't Lacy in the game? It turned out Lacy sustained a hip bruise late in the game that prevented him from finishing.  Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: Lacy said he thought he would be OK despite the short turnaround to Sunday's game at Buffalo, but he couldn't go at the end against the Falcons. "I mean I tried, but no," Lacy said. Lacy and Starks combined for 148 yards rushing (Starks had 10 carries for 75 yards, while Lacy had 13 carries for 73 yards) and each scored a rushing touchdown. Lacy also caught a touchdown pass, but it was Starks who was there at the end. "He had a great game out there tonight," Lacy said of his backfield mate. "And we have to go out and continue to do this for the rest of the season." We'll follow up as needed.

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Julius Thomas Expects To Play This Week (12/9 10:52 PT)

The Facts: Thomas is confident the week-to-week uncertainty about his playing status is resolved. "I'm looking forward to this week," he said. Reported by the Denver Post

Diehards Line: The Broncos tight end caught an NFL-record 12 touchdown passes through nine games, then missed most of the next one plus the past three weeks with a severely sprained left ankle. The Broncos decided at the last minute Sunday to activate Thomas for the game against the Buffalo Bills, but he didn't play. He is planning to play Sunday at San Diego.

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Mike Glennon Could Return To Lineup This Week (12/9 10:46 PT)

The Facts: The Buccaneers fell to 2-11 last Sunday and that record is too poor to contend for a playoff spot even in the NFC South, which leaves them with little to do over the final three weeks of the season other than start making plans for 2015. One way they could do that is by reinstalling Glennon into the lineup as the starting quarterback.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Glennon started five games earlier this season, but HC Lovie Smith went back to Josh McCown in early November and the results haven’t improved. Taking a look at Glennon would help inform the team’s offseason decisions at quarterback and Smith won’t rule a move back to Glennon in or out at this point in time. "We want to put the best product on the field, guys in the right spots, the ones that gives us the best opportunity to win,” Smith said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “That’s where we’re at. Playing a player at a position that won’t hurt our football team [or] win a football game, we’ll always look at that. I hadn’t made it that far, to even decide. ..." Stay tuned. It sounds like a change is possible.

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Jamaal Charles Is A Bit Tender (12/9 1:19 PT)

The Facts: B.J. Kissel of the Chiefs official website reports that HC Andy Reid said Charlies is dealing with knee and ankle issues as well. “He’s a bit tender today,” Reid said of Charles. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: That might explain the reduced role Charles had in Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals. Charles scored twice, but had just 12 touches (10 rushes, two receptions) in the game, as his workload has diminished the last few weeks. He left Sunday’s game briefly with an ankle injury, but came back to score immediately thereafter, so it doesn’t seem to be a major concern heading into their must-win game this week against the Raiders.

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