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Marshawn Lynch Working Through Back Issues (11/23 4:02 PT)

The Facts: Lynch’s problematic back has flared up and he was getting worked on by trainers on the sidelines, with Robert Turbin subbing in for him. He returned to the game later in the second, splitting wide as a receiver on a series, so it appears he’s going to be good to go. Reported by

Diehards Line: With Lynch in and out of the lineup, the Seahawks have had to settle for a pair of short field goals and a 52-yarder as they lead the Cardinals 9-0 in the second quarter. ... We'll follow up if/as needed.


Austin Seferian-Jenkins Questionable To Return (11/23 2:46 PT)

The Facts: Seferian-Jenkins suffered a back injury and is questionable to return against the Bears. Reported by

Diehards Line: The rookie tight end left in the second half of today's game. Seferian-Jenkins had two catches for 16 yards upon departure. We'll follow up as further details come to light.


Cordarrelle Patterson Missing Time (11/23 2:44 PT)

The Facts: Patterson is questionable to return against the Packers. Reported by

Diehards Line: Patterson is dealing with ankle/knee injuries. He missed time earlier in the contest due to an ankle injury, but was able to return. More on his status going forward as further details come to light.


Javorskie Lane Carted Off With Ankle Injury (11/23 1:28 PT)

The Facts: Lane was carted off the field with a right ankle injury and he is out for the game, according to the team.  Reported by

Diehards Line: Lane, who was hurt on just his third carry of the season, had his leg air casted. We'll follow up as needed, but it obviously doesn't look good.


Zach Ertz Questionable To Return With Oblique Injury (11/23 12:57 PT)

The Facts: Ertz has an oblique injury and his return is questionable. Reported by

Diehards Line: Ertz left today's game against the Titans in the first half. He had one catch for eight yards upon departure. We'll follow up as needed.


Decision On Ray Rice's Appeal Looming (11/23 12:27 PT)

The Facts: Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension has been under review for roughly 10 days, with the judge's ruling expected before Thanksgiving. According to CBS' Jason La Canfora, many felt the decision would have come by the end of last week, but with Rice making the case for immediate reinstatement and the NFL season approaching its final six weeks, both parties were under the impression final word on the matter was going to come in all likelihood by this Monday. Reported by

Diehards Line: Rice, who was suspended twice for the same infraction and given a ban much longer than what the NFL put in place under its new domestic violence policy (six games for first-time offenders), has remained in strong shape and would welcome a return to the NFL this season. Rice has been advised that even if reinstated, a team may well shy away from him in this climate, even potential playoff teams in need of a running back. As La Canfora suggests, a return in 2015, with a long offseason to get acclimated to a new city, new locker room and new coaches, would be more ideal than a return in this charged atmosphere.


Vikings Claim Ben Tate Off Waivers (11/19 3:13 PT)

The Facts: According to's Field Yates, the Vikings have claimed Tate off waiver. Reported by

Diehards Line: Tate was released by the Browns earlier this week. The Vikings learned that Adrian Peterson was suspended for the rest of the season. It all makes sense. We'll have more on the team's plans for Tate going forward as further details come to light


Stat Changes Gives Jonas Gray 201 Yards (11/19 10:58 PT)

The Facts: Two days after the fact, Gray's breakout performance in Sunday night's 42-20 win against the Indianapolis Colts got a little bit better. The NFL and Elias Sports Bureau made an official change to Gray's rushing total for Sunday night, giving him 37 carries for 201 yards instead of 38 carries for 199 yards. Reported by

Diehards Line: In the fourth quarter on third-and-2 with 10:31 remaining, Gray had a carry that went for negative-2 yards, but there was a penalty that was enforced on the play. The Colts were offsides, but the accepted penalty was a personal foul facemask on Colts linebacker Erik Walden. With that play now having been nullified, Gray gets those 2 yards back (and finishes with zero negative rushes). Gray also finished the game with four touchdowns, a Patriots regular-season franchise record.


Brandin Cooks Placed On IR (11/18 5:06 PT)

The Facts: The Saints have placed Cooks on injured reserve, ending his 2014 season, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Reported by the

Diehards Line: Cooks had surgery to repair a thumb fractured in Sunday's loss to Cincinnati. Doctors estimated it could be between four and six weeks before he could return. Now the timetable is moot.


Adrian Peterson Loses His Grievance All But Eliminating His Chances Of Playing (11/18 5:00 PT)

The Facts: Before the NFL announced this morning that Peterson is suspended for the rest of the season, he and the league were battling over a separate but related issue regarding his status on the Commissioner’s Exempt List. On that issue, the league has won and Peterson has lost. An arbitrator ruled today that the NFL was not required to remove Peterson from the Exempt List once he resolved his legal issue by pleading no contest to a charge of injuring his son. Reported by

Diehards Line: Peterson losing his grievance means that the arbitrator agrees with the league’s contention that the commissioner gets to decide when a player comes off the Commissioner’s Exempt List. That means there’s no chance of Peterson being allowed to play pending the appeal of his suspension. Given that Peterson’s appeal will be heard by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell -- the very man who just suspended him -- it is extraordinarily unlikely that Peterson will play this year. Peterson is running out of options, other than to accept his suspension and go through the process that Goodell has laid out that could result in him being reinstated in 2015.


Steelers Release LeGarrette Blount (11/18 12:28 PT)

The Facts: The Steelers announced on Tuesday that they released Blount.  Reported by

Diehards Line: Le’Veon Bell carried the ball 33 times for 204 yards and a touchdown Monday night against the Titans. Blount had zero carries for zero yards. And that fact apparently didn't sit well with Blount. According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Blount left the field prior to the conclusion of Monday night’s game in Tennessee presumably upset with his role with the team. That in turn, didn't sit well with the Steelers. Remember, Blount had carried five times for zero yards against the New York Jets last week before the Steelers elected not to use him against Tennessee. Bouchette noted Blount “has been an internal problem” and claim he’s been “dragging down” Bell. That won't be the case going forward.


Panthers Release Jason Avant After He Critized Play Calling (11/18 12:10 PT)

The Facts: The Panthers brought Avant in as a mentor. But after sharing his opinion on the way things were going, they may have decided he wasn’t sharing the right things. Avant’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, just tweeted out what appears to be news that Avant is no longer a Panther. Reported by

Diehards Line: Mike Garfolo of FOX Sports confirmed that Avant was indeed released. Avant made some comments after last week’s loss that pointed to the conservative play-calling down the stretch, when the Panthers played for a potential game-winning field goal, which was ultimately missed by Graham Gano. ... By running off a more productive receiver in Steve Smith, the Panthers made it clear that boat-rocking wasn’t going to be tolerated. And now we have further evidence of that.


Browns Release Ben Tate (11/18 8:44 PT)

The Facts: The Browns have announced that they have cut Tate. “With all the transactions we make while constructing our roster, it will always be our intent to do what is best for our football team,” G.M. Ray Farmer said. “This move is no different and we wish Ben the best going forward.” Reported by

Diehards Line: Tate signed in March a contract that gave him $1.5 million to sign and a fully-guaranteed $1 million base salary for 2014. He’s now walking away with that money, after appearing in only eight games. The move undoubtedly was motivated by Tate’s unhappiness with his role. Last week, he said that he didn’t sign up to be a member of the three-man weave at the running back position. It leaves the Browns with Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West as its top two backs.


Adrian Peterson Suspended For The Rest Of The Season Pending Appeal (11/18 8:43 PT)

The Facts: Peterson will not return to football in 2014. The NFL announced Tuesday the Minnesota Vikings running back will be suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2014 season, and cannot be considered for reinstatement before April 15, 2015. Reported by

Diehards Line: Commissioner Roger Goodell expanded on his decision in the following letter to Peterson: "The timing of your potential reinstatement will be based on the results of the counseling and treatment program set forth in this decision. Under this two-step approach, the precise length of the suspension will depend on your actions. We are prepared to put in place a program that can help you to succeed, but no program can succeed without your genuine and continuing engagement. You must commit yourself to your counseling and rehabilitative effort, properly care for your children, and have no further violations of law or league policy." Peterson, who stands accused of an "incident of abusive discipline" toward his 4-year-old son, has three days to mount an appeal, which the NFLPA indicates will happen.


Delanie Walker Inactive For Monday Night Football (11/17 6:23 PT)

The Facts: Walker, who was questionable with a concussion, is inactive for Monday night's game against the Steelers after he failed to gain clearance from an independent neurologist. Reported by

Diehards Line: Walker has 38 catches for a team-high 512 yards. He's tied for the team lead with four touchdowns. Chase Coffman and Richard Gordon will be the Titans' top two tight ends. You can get the full list for tonight's game on our Inactives Page.


Report: Decision On Adrian Peterson's Reinstatement Could Come Within Two Days (11/17 5:49 PT)

The Facts: As expected, arbitrator Shyam Das conducted a hearing on Monday regarding the effort to reinstate Peterson from the Commissioner-Exempt list. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the hearing was conducted and fully completed on Monday. By rule, a decision must come by Saturday, November 22. The source says a ruling likely will come within two days. Reported by

Diehards Line: If so, it will give Peterson an opportunity to practice with the Vikings in advance of Sunday’s game against the Packers. Meanwhile, the NFL has taken no action against Peterson under the personal conduct policy. Multiple reports indicated that the league would be suspending Peterson on Monday as punishment for his no-contest plea on misdemeanor assault charges in Texas. The league’s failure to act invites speculation that the parties could be engaged in discussions aimed at resolving Peterson’s status. ... Stay tuned.


Broncos View Julius Thomas As Day-To-Day (11/17 2:39 PT)

The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Broncos do not sound overly concerned about Thomas' ankle. Reported by

Diehards Line: Mortensen noted the Broncos are calling the start tight end “day to day” as of now. ... We'll continue to watch closely and follow up as needed in coming days.


Dwayne Allen Hopes To Play This Week (11/17 2:36 PT)

The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... According to RTV6's Mike Chappell, Allen is "hopeful" he'll play against Jacksonville this week.  Reported by

Diehards Line: The tight end characterized his ankle sprain as "minor" while talking with reporters today. ... We'll see. What we didn't get is confirmation as to whether it's a high or low ankle sprain. More in coming days.


Antone Smith Placed On IR With Broken Leg (11/17 2:35 PT)

The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... As's Vaughn McClure first reported, Smith is out for the season. Reported by

Diehards Line: Head coach Mike Smith confirmed that during his press conference. The team placed Smith on injured reserve with a broken leg. Devonta Freeman could be in line for more work with Smith's season over.


Brandin Cooks Had Surgery; Out 4-6 Weeks (11/17 1:01 PT)

The Facts: Reports on Monday morning that Cooks broke his thumb during Sunday’s loss to the Bengals were correct and Cooks wasted very little time starting on the road back to the lineup. Cooks’s agent Jeff Sperbeck announced on Twitter Monday that his client has already undergone successful surgery to repair the injury. While the earlier reports were that Cooks would miss 2-4 weeks as a result of the injury, Sperbeck provides a slightly longer timeline of 4-6 weeks before the rookie would be able to return to the lineup.  Reported by

Diehards Line: The problem? There are only six weeks left in the season unless the Saints make the playoffs, so it’s no sure thing that Cooks will play again this year. A player coming back from such an injury on a 4-6 team would have a good chance of being shut down in most cases, but the Saints play in the NFC South and that means there’s plenty still to play for in New Orleans this season. With Cooks out of the lineup, Kenny Stills, Robert Meachem and Nick Toon could see an increased role in the offense over the next few weeks.


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