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12/21/2014
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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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Pagano: Reggie Wayne Has Been Playing With A Torn Triceps (12/9 1:07 PT)

The Facts: HC Chuck Pagano has an explanation for Wayne's declining numbers: A torn triceps. Pagano told reporters Monday that Wayne injured his left arm during a victory over Cincinnati on Oct. 19. Reported by the Associated Press

Diehards Line: Since then, the team has listed Wayne on the injury report with an elbow injury. But Pagano didn't discuss the triceps until Sunday's postgame radio show. While Wayne has missed only one game, he hasn't been himself. Despite being targeted eight times Sunday, Wayne caught only one pass for 5 yards - ending his NFL record streak of consecutive games with three or more catches to 82. He has tied Peyton Manning's franchise records for the most games played (208) and most wins (141), and he could break those marks if the Colts beat Houston -- and if he plays.

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Smith Has No Diagnosis On Julio Jones... But Doesn't Sound To Concerned (12/9 12:54 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the previous item. ... Jones left Monday night's game with a hip injury in the fourth quarter. HC Mike Smith said after the game that the initial diagnosis on Jones' injury was unclear.  Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: The coach didn't sound too concerned while waxing philosophic about his dominant receiver. "When Julio is healthy and he and Matt (Ryan) are in tune with one another they're as good as any in the NFL, and he (Jones) is as good as any in the NFL," Smith said. ... Jones took an awkward shot on a catch in the red zone and never returned. He tried to get the injury loose on the sideline, but the Falcons shut him down for the night even though they were driving for their final touchdown of a 43-37 loss to the Packers. Jones finished the game with 11 catches, 259 yards and a touchdown. We'll continue to follow up.

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Colt McCoy Expects To Start If Healthy (12/9 12:49 PT)


Julio Jones' Questionable To Return Late In Green Bay (12/8 10:32 PT)

The Facts: Jones left tonight's game against the Packers in the fourth quarter with what's been charactized as a hip injury; his return is questionable. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: Not that fantasy owners will complain. Jones racked up 259 yards and a TD on 11 catches before leaving. ... Stay tuned. Well be following up as needed.

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Roddy White Active For Tonight's Game (12/8 6:13 PT)

The Facts: White is active tonight. He was listed as questionable, though, as FOXSports.com's Mike Garafolo put it, "he was on the probable side." Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: Beyond White, there were no real mysteries of great interest to fantasy owners. You can get the complete inactive lists for both teams on our Inactives Page.

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Bears Place Brandon Marshall On Season-Ending IR (12/8 3:05 PT)

The Facts: Marshall’s season has officially come to an end as the Bears placed him on IR Monday. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Marshall, who suffered broken ribs and a lung injury in Thursday night’s loss to the Cowboys, is out of the hospital but will not be able to play again this season. The 2014 season ends with Marshall catching 61 passes for 721 yards, both by far his lowest totals since his rookie year. To replace Marshall on the 53-player roster, the Bears have promoted receiver Josh Bellamy from the practice squad. The Bears have also signed linebacker Jonathan Brown to the practice squad. Marquess Wilson will move into the starting lineup with Marshall's season over.

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Jamaal Charles' Ankle Sprain Shouldn't Be An Issue (12/8 9:37 PT)

The Facts: Charles thought the same thing many Kansas City Chiefs fans no doubt did when he had his left leg wrenched during a pile of humanity in the first quarter of Sunday’s 17-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. “It was scary at first,’’ Charles said. “I thought I tore my knee up. I just got twisted up. Everything got twisted up.’’ Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: Those were sobering words coming from Charles, who knows what a ruined knee feels like. He tore his ACL during the 2011 season. But this time Charles had a mere sprained ankle and he was able to return and finish the game. Charles didn’t get a heavy amount of use, with 10 carries and a pair of pass receptions. But he rushed for 91 yards and scored both of the Chiefs’ touchdowns, one on a 63-yard run and the other on an 18-yard catch from quarterback Alex Smith. We'll be watching for more in coming days.

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Fox: Julius Thomas Could Have Played If Needed (12/8 9:35 PT)

The Facts: The Broncos had to turn in their inactive list at 12:35 p.m. Sunday. At 12:23 p.m., Thomas was on the field talking to OC Adam Gase and TEs coach Clancy Barone. Thomas ran one post pattern — and did so pretty well. It was decided that he would dress for the game against the Bills. But after all that deadline stress, Thomas never came close to playing. He watched the game on the sideline. He didn't even bother to wear his helmet. Reported by the Denver Post

Diehards Line: "He got a week better," said HC John Fox. "He's healing. He was close. We went with having him active but not (with the) intention of playing him. If we needed him, he could have played. ..." Thomas, who caught 12 touchdown passes in his first nine games, has missed the past three with a sprained left ankle suffered early in the Broncos' game at St. Louis on Nov. 16. So the waiting begins anew this week.

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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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