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10/24/2014
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Report: Pierre Thomas Could Miss Two To Three Week (10/21 6:11 PT)

The Facts: Thomas is expected to miss two or three weeks, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: The shoulder injury took place during Sunday’s loss to the Lions. The versatile Thomas is third on the team in rushing with 133 yards and third on the team in receiving with 26 catches. The 2-3 week timeframe would put Thomas out for Sunday night’s game against the Packers and next Thursday’s game against the Panthers, as well as possibly the following week’s game against the 49ers.

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Texans-Steelers Inactives; No Surprises For Either Team (10/20 6:21 PT)

The Facts: The Texans and Steelers have released their inactive lists for tonight's game in Pittsburgh and all the front-line fantasy prospects are active and slated to play as usual. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: The Texans have declared LB Jadeveon Clowney, QB Tom Savage, DB Jumal Rolle, DB Josh Aubrey, DB Darryl Morris, OT Jeff Adams and WR DeVier Posey inactive; the Steelers will be without WR Justin Brown, LB Ryan Shazier, S Shamarko Thomas, NT Steve McLendon, CB Ike Taylor, QB Landry Jones and G Chris Hubbard. ... Worth noting: Steelers rookie WR Martavis Bryant is active for the first time this season.

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Rams Waive Austin Pettis (10/20 4:49 PT)

The Facts: The Rams waived Pettis, a wide receiver and 2011 third-round draft pick, today. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Pettis was surprisingly left inactive on Sunday after having played in all five previous games this season. The 6-3, 203-pound Pettis is a good athlete who showed promise at times but never quite lived up to what the Rams thought they were getting when they drafted him. This year Pettis has 12 catches for 118 yards and one touchdown.

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Trent Richardson, Reggie Wayne Heading For MRIs (10/20 3:47 PT)

The Facts: Wayne and Richardson are headed for MRIs to have their injuries evaluated.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Wayne injured his elbow during the contest, but was able to play through it. He wound up with four catches for 15 yards, giving him eight for 50 yards over two weeks that have had him looking like he’s a 35-year-old wideout returning from a torn ACL. Richardson shrugged off his hamstring injury as nothing serious after the game, which was one of his best as a member of the Colts. Richardson gained 77 yards on 14 carries and added 41 more yards as a receiver. Wednesday should bring updates on both as teh Colts start preparing for their trip to Pittsburgh.

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Colt McCoy Will Start Until RG3 Returns (10/20 2:41 PT)

The Facts: The Kirk Cousins era is over in Washington. HC Jay Gruden announced today that McCoy is his new starting quarterback until Robert Griffin III is cleared to return from his ankle injury. Gruden said he doesn’t know when Griffin will be cleared, but if he’s not cleared for next Monday night’s game against Dallas, then McCoy will start. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: On one level, that doesn’t come as a big surprise: Cousins has been lousy, and McCoy provided the team with a spark when he came in after Cousins was benched on Sunday. It only makes sense to keep McCoy on the job. But on another level, it’s a stunner: As recently as a couple weeks ago there was talk that Cousins was the best fit for Gruden’s offense and might keep the job over Griffin. Instead, Cousins is now Washington’s third-string quarterback.

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Josh McCown Returns To Practice (10/20 2:38 PT)

The Facts: The bye week was good for McCown, who returned to practice Monday and had his first extensive throwing session since suffering a torn ligament in his right thumb in Week 3 at Atlanta. Reported by the Tampa Bay Times

Diehards Line: McCown, 35, still had a wrap on his thumb but didn't appear to have any trouble making short and intermediate throws during individual drills during the portion of practice that was open to the media. McCown went 0-3 as a starter with two touchdowns and four interceptions before suffering a thumb injury in the first half of the Bucs' 56-14 loss to the Falcons Sept. 18. Backup Mike Glennon has played better in his absence, going 1-2 and passing for 986 yards with seven touchdowns and three INTs. His 6.94 yards per attempt average is much higher than McCown's 6.18 average. Accoring to the Times, it would be hard to imagine the Bucs going back to McCown this week against Minnesota, especially if he still is not 100 percent healthy. In any case, the earliest Bucs coach Lovie Smith will even tip his hand would be Wednesday.

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Calvin Johnson Will Make The Trip To London This Week (10/20 1:02 PT)

The Facts: The Lions have played without Johnson for the last two weeks, but the door will remain open for his return in Week 8 even though the team will be playing a long way from home. The team leaves for London on Monday night to begin their week of preparations for next Sunday’s game against the Falcons and HC Jim Caldwell told reporters, including Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, that Johnson will be making the trip with the team. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: As PFT's Josh Alper notes, there have been suggestions that the team would hold the wide receiver out until after their Week 9 bye, but that clearly hasn’t been set in stone. Johnson worked out on the field before the team took on the Saints, but his high ankle sprain wasn’t well enough for him to return to action. If he can progress over the next few days and practice with the team later this week, the result may be a different one come Sunday. ... Stay tuned. We'll obviously be covering this one closely.

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Fred-X High On Bryce Brown (10/20 12:55 PT)

The Facts: Fred Jackson left Sunday’s game at the end of the first quarter with a groin injury. Making his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Jackson made it clear he has some rehabbing to do to recover from his groin injury, but also expressed his level of confidence in Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon, who will have to pick up the slack in Buffalo’s rushing attack with both Jackson and Spiller out indefinitely. Reported by BuffaloBills.com

Diehards Line: When asked about Brown specifically, Jackson believes he can be a full-time feature back. “He is an every down back,” said Jackson. “He can do it all. He’s a guy who can carry the ball 20-25 times. He’s a guy who can pass protect his butt off and run routes well out of the backfield. We won’t miss a beat with a guy like him. He’s a guy who is going to come out and can produce. We know what he’s capable of doing. I’m excited to see him get his opportunity. ...” Jackson intends to be around the team during his rehabilitation to assist Brown and Dixon in their preparations for the Jets this week. “I’m going to be as involved as if I was playing,” said Jackson. “I want to be able to talk to those guys on the sideline and what I’m seeing when I watch the Jets and break them down and see what the tendencies are. So I’ll be around.” In case you haven't noticed, this might be a good week to put in a waiver claim on Brown.

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Fred Jackson Confirms He Won't Need Surgery; 3-4 Week Timetable (10/20 12:54 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Jackson said during an interview with WGR 550 Monday morning that the groin injury he suffered Sunday against the Vikings usually requires four weeks of recovery, but added, "I like to think of myself as someone who can come back faster than typical." Jackson said the injury doesn't require surgery. Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora first reported Sunday night Jackson would miss at least two weeks due to the groin injury, but could miss up to four weeks. In the meantime, with C.J. Spiller undergoing season-ending surgery on his broken collarbone, Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon will be the backs of interest in Buffalo.

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Denard Robinson Makes Waves In Starting Debut (10/20 12:51 PT)

The Facts: Robinson made the most of his starting opportunity as he rushed for 127 yards on 22 carries in a 24-6 victory over the Browns. He’s the first Jaguar to rush for 100 yards since Jordan Todman has 109 in a loss to Buffalo last December. So will Robinson remain the feature back? HC Gus Bradley was somewhat vague when asked about it . “Yeah, I think so. We’ll look at the film. He did a good job and we hope to get Toby [Gerhart] back,’’ Bradley said. Reported by the Florida Times-Union

Diehards Line: Robinson worked hard in the offseason and gained about 15 pounds as he improved his skills. Still, he was expected to be a backup, a change of pace runner. But Gerhart is battling injuries and rookie Storm Johnson gained only 21 yards in 10 carries against Tennessee last week so the Jaguars gave Robinson a shot. It helped that the Jaguars were never far behind Sunday so they could stick with the running game. “We got to run it the whole game and that was fun,’’ said offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch. ... We'll see how it plays out this week.

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Report: Ray Rice Could Be Reinstated In November (10/20 9:34 PT)

The Facts: Rice remains suspended indefinitely following the publication of the video of him striking his now-wife, Janay, in a casino elevator, but he could be reinstated within the next four weeks, sources said. Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: As CBSSports insider Jason La Canfora notes, an appeal hearing date has been set, with a final decision expected to come in an expeditious manner thereafter, and all of that could be resolved by mid-November, which would conceivably allow Rice to sign with another team this season. Numerous legal experts La Canfora has spoken to believe Rice has an exceedingly strong case, and, considering it could be Week 10 or so before this hearing is resolved, it's hard for them to conceive that Rice isn't reinstated as part of the decision. If he is, would a team like the Colts, coached by former Ravens assistant Chuck Pagano who thinks highly of Rice, or New England, where Bill Belichick has very strong ties to Rice's college coach, Greg Schiano, take a chance on Rice if they need a running back down the stretch? Seems like a reach. But we'll be watching for more.

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Bucs Getting Calls About Vincent Jackson (10/20 12:12 PT)

The Facts: The NFL trade deadline sits nine days away on Oct. 28, and speculation is ripe to start flying. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Buccaneers are fielding calls about Jackson. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: "They are getting a ton of calls on him," Rapoport said. "With just one win, I'm told they are open to anything even though they love him as a player." As NFL.com suggests, trading Jackson would strip down the NFL's tallest receiving corps, but perhaps the Bucs believe they have his future replacement in rookie Mike Evans.

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Peyton Manning Throws NFL Record 509th Touchdown Pass (10/19 8:48 PT)

The Facts: Manning is the most prolific touchdown passer in NFL history. Manning connected with Demaryius Thomas in the second quarter Sunday night on an 8-yard toss for his 509th career touchdown pass, passing Brett Favre to set the all-time record. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Emmanuel Sanders caught a 3-yard score on Denver's first drive, and Wes Welker got deep to score on the third play of Denver's second drive. And now Manning will continute to add to that record with each touchdown pass he tosses -- adding to a record that's likely to hold up for some time to come.

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Fred Jackson Aiming For Week 10; But Could Miss Up To Four Weeks (10/19 8:41 PT)

The Facts: Following up on an ongoing story. ... Accoridng to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the worst case scenario has Jackson missing up to four weeks after suffering a groin injury in today's win over the Vikings. Reported by Twitter.com

Diehards Line: Nonetheless, Rapoport adds that Jackson will target the team's Week 10 tilt, a Thursday night game, for his return. That's certainly a better outcome than the worst-case. In the meantime, we'll all be watching to see whether Bryce Brown or Anthony Dixon turns out to be the lead back in what's almost certain to be some form of timeshare in Jackson's absence. Remember, C.J. Spiller will miss the rest of the season with a broken collarbone.

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DeMarco Murray Gets NFL Record 7th Straight 100-Yard Game (10/19 6:26 PT)

The Facts: There have been a lot of talented running backs in the NFL over the years, but none of them has ever done what Murray has done in the first seven games of this season. Murray went over 100 yards in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Giants to become the first player in history to run for at least 100 yards in each of his team’s first seven games of a season.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Jim Brown had done it in six straight games, but Murray has now gone one better as his remarkable 2014 season continues. Murray needed to get his left ankle retaped after an awkward fall in the second quarter, but it has otherwise been business as usual for the league’s top rusher. Murray finished with 128 yards on a whopping 28 carries, giving him giving him 913 yards for the season. Murray stands a good chance at topping the 1,000-yard mark in the first half of the season.

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C.J. Spiller To Have Season Ending Surgery Monday (10/19 6:05 PT)

The Facts: According to Profootballtalk.com, Spiller will have surgery tomorrow to repair his broken collarbone. His season is over. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: With Spiller certainly out and Fred Jackson suffering an apparently serious groin injury, Bryce Brown will be the waiver wire pickup of choice this coming week. Meanwhile, Spiller's disappointing 2014 season ends early and adds to the questions about his future in Buffalo.

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A.J. Green Tells Teammate He'll Play Week 8 (10/19 6:03 PT)

The Facts: Green told a teammate in the locker room after the shutout Sunday at Indianapolis that he was tired of watching from the sideline and that he plans on playing in Week 8 against Baltimore, per Fox 19 in Cincinnati.  Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: A toe injury has prevented Green from playing the last two games. But various reports earlier today suggested that Green was indeed on track to return next week. In fact, he took part in some of the pre-game warmups this morning. ... Stay tuned. More to come.

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Gruden: Robert Griffin III Has A Chance To Practice Wednesday (10/19 6:02 PT)

The Facts: Griffin missed a fifth straight game Sunday due to an ankle injury, but it appears he could be in play to return Week 8. "Robert's got a chance to practice on Wednesday, so we'll have to see where he is," HC Jay Gruden said. Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: Gruden also said after Sunday's 19-17 win against the Titans he hasn't made a decision on who will start at quarterback Week 8 against the Cowboys. Third-string quarterback Colt McCoy came off the bench in the second half Sunday to replace Kirk Cousins, who had Washington trailing 10-6 at halftime. We'll obviously be watching this situation closely in coming days.

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Trent Richardson Says Hamstring Isn't Bad (10/19 6:02 PT)

The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... Richardson tweeted an encouraging thought after the win over Cincinnati on Sunday in regard to a hamstring injury that knocked him out of the game in the fourth quarter. "I'll be good," he wrote. Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: Richardson added: "Tell everyone I'm a wolverine and you can't hold a wolverine down. ..." Richardson had one of his best all-around games as a pro. He rushed for 77 yards on 14 carries and added four catches for 41 yards. ... We'll be following up on Richardson's status as needed in coming days.

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Jake Locker Should Return For Week 8 (10/19 6:01 PT)

The Facts: HC Ken Whisenhunt said following Sunday's 19-17 loss at Washington he expects Locker to return to action Week 8 vs. Houston Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: Locker missed his second straight game due to a thumb injury Week 7. Whisenhunt said soreness kept Locker from making his return Sunday. Charlie Whitehurst has been serviceable in Locker's absence, but the team needs some continuity at the position. ... We'll be following up in coming days.

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