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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)


Ryan Not Sure Who Will Start At QB Next Week (10/26 4:13 PT)

The Facts: HC Rex Ryan said after Sunday’s 43-23 thumping at the hands of the Bills that he doesn’t know who will be the starting quarterback for next week's game against the Chiefs and hasn’t started to consider it.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: It will likely be either Geno Smith or Michael Vick, but their six combined turnovers against Buffalo could lead to some calls for Matt Simms. Ryan did say that he still believes Smith can be a good quarterback in the NFL despite Sunday’s three interceptions in a little more than 10 minutes of time in the first quarter. His assessment of Sunday’s work was that Smith “seemed off." You think? Of course, Vick wasn’t much better. He did get the team into the game briefly with 17 points after he took over in the first half, but he turned the ball over three times and couldn’t find a way to keep that first half spark going in the final 30 minutes. So we will wait a few days to see who tries to lead the Jets to their first win since the first week of the season .

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Rob Gronkowski Slowed (Only Slightly) By Dehydration (10/26 4:12 PT)

The Facts: Soon after his 46-yard, stiff-arm laden touchdown romp against the Bears, Gronkowski left the game due to dehydration and remained out.  Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Gronkowski had already hauled in nine passes for 149 yards and three scores. He went to the locker room after breaking off that 46 yard touchdown catch and run. We'll follow up as needed, but Gronk should be fine for next week.

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Giovani Bernard Sidelined Late By Hip Injury (10/26 4:10 PT)

The Facts: Bernard injured his right hip in the fourth quarter of today's win over the Ravens and did not return.  Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: As CBSSports.com noted, Bernard was grinding out yards before the injury, rushing 16 times for just 45 yards and a touchdown while adding two catches for two yards on two targets. We'll follow up as needed. Bernard was dealing with tender ribs heading into the game, so the bumps and bruises are mounting.

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Doug Martin Missing Time With Injured Ankle (10/26 2:22 PT)

The Facts: Martin left today's game against the Vikings in the third quarter and the Bucs are calling him questionable to return because of an ankle injury. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Martin had run for 27 yards on 10 carries before getting hurt as part of an underwhelming performance by the Tampa offense. Bobby Rainey will likely take over the lead tailback duties as long as Martin is out of the contest. ... We'll follow up as needed.

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WR Michael Campanaro Out With Hamstring Injury (10/26 2:04 PT)

The Facts: Campanaro suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's game against the Bengals and will not return. Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: As CBSSport.com notes, the Ravens are also evaluating Torrey Smith for a concussion. With the team's top two tight ends sidelined and two receivers suffering injuries in the second half, the depth of Joe Flacco's pass-catching corps is being severely tested in the Week 8 battle. Campanaro had three catches and a team-high 40 receiving yards at the time of his injury.

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Robert Woods Missing Time With Back Contusion (10/26 1:35 PT)

The Facts: Woods is questionable to return to the Sunday's game against the Jets due to a back contusion, the team announced. Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: Woods was injured on an 84-yard pass play to Sammy Watkins. He caught three passes for 50 yards and a touchdown before the injury, with the score coming on a 22-yard strike from Kyle Orton in the first quarter. ... He was able to return in the second half and finish the game.

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Brian Quick Missing Time With Injured Arm (10/26 1:05 PT)

The Facts: Quick left the game Sunday at Kansas City early in the second quarter with an apparent left arm injury. The Rams say he is questionable to return. Quick was injured on a 10-yard reception. Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: The television camera showed the trainer holding Quick's left arm as he was leaving the field. Quick was eventually carted to the locker room, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Quick had just the one catch and was targeted twice before leaving the game.

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Geno Smith Benched After Throwing Three INTs In First Quarter (10/26 12:56 PT)

The Facts: Smith found a new low against Buffalo in the first quarter, firing interceptions on three straight drives and helping the Jets into a 14-0 hole in front of a home crowd that grew salty with the first pick and may have rioted if Smith returned to the field for a chance to throw No. 4. Rex Ryan is making sure that doesn’t happen. Michael Vick is in at quarterback at MetLife Stadium with more than four minutes to play in the opening quarter.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: It’s the second time the Jets have turned to Vick this season. Things didn’t go well when Vick said he wasn’t well prepared to play in a 31-0 loss to the Chargers, but he may get a longer look this time given how awful Smith was on Sunday. He’ll have Percy Harvin in the lineup with him after Harvin returned from a quick trip to the locker room while Smith was putting the finishing touches on his meltdown. ... Stay tuned.

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Titans Plan To Start Rookie Zach Mettenberger At QB This Week (10/22 10:16 PT)

The Facts: The Titans plan to start Mettenberger against the Texans on Sunday, according to sources familiar with the situation. Reported by the Nashville Tennessean

Diehards Line: The move could also signal the beginning of the end for quarterback Jake Locker in Tennessee. The fourth-year pro has missed the last two games with a thumb injury. On Monday, coach Ken Whisenhunt said the plan was for Locker to regain his place in the starting lineup when healthy. But with the Titans having lost five of their last six games and facing steep odds to make the playoffs, the coach apparently had a change of heart. Indications are Mettenberger was informed of the decision Tuesday night. He was not in the locker room after practice Wednesday, when Locker was off-limits to the media. Charlie Whitehurst, who has three starts this season, said he was not allowed to talk to reporters. Mettenberger threw for 3,082 yards and 22 touchdowns at LSU last season before suffering a torn ACL. A sixth-round pick, he has played in just one game this season, the final minutes of a blowout loss against the Colts. He was 2-of-5 for 17 yards with an interception. Now we'll see what he can do when the snaps mean something.

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