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Report: MRI Confirms Torn ACL For Jamaal Charles Monday, October 12, 2015 | Time: 4:52 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: The early word out of Kansas City was that Charles tore his right ACL on Sunday afternoon against the Bears and the MRI has reportedly confirmed that diagnosis. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the tests showed Charles indeed suffered the tear in his right knee.
Diehards Line: It’s a season-ending injury, obviously, and Charles should be ready in time for next season if his rehab progresses without any serious difficulties. Charles tore his other ACL in 2011, so he’s familiar with the road ahead. He rebounded well from that injury, rushing for 4,193 yards from 2012 until going down again over the weekend. Charcandrick West ran seven times for 31 yards against Chicago and the Chiefs also have Knile Davis on the roster at running back. There’s been some talk of using De’Anthony Thomas out of the backfield more often and the team is also looking at veterans Ben Tate and Pierre Thomas this week as they prepare for life without Charles.
Jacquizz Rodgers Placed On IR; Antone Smith Signed Monday, October 12, 2015 | Time: 4:50 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith were once teammates with the Falcons and now both men will be in the Bears organization at the same time as well. The only catch is that only Smith will be playing for Chicago for the rest of the season.
Diehards Line: Rodgers broke his arm in Sunday’s victory over the Chiefs, leading the team to place him on injured reserve Monday and sign Smith to take his spot on the roster. “I think he’s a guy who kind of surpassed probably our expectations and contributed on the field whether it was on offense or in the kicking game,” HC John Fox said of Rodgers. “He’s a guy that will be missed but over time he’ll get better and we’ll get back in the future.” Rodgers had 14 carries in the first five weeks, which was second behind Matt Forte, and saw a lot of time on special teams for Chicago. Ka’Deem Carey and Jeremy Langford join Smith, who broke his leg with the Falcons last year, behind Forte on the updated depth chart.
Chargers Make It Official: Activate Antonio Gates Monday, October 12, 2015 | Time: 3:32 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: The Chargers added an eight-time Pro Bowler to the roster, just in time to face the Steelers tonight. The team announced they had activated Gates today, after he spent the first four games suspended for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Diehards Line: That should be an obvious boost for a 2-2 team which has quarterback Philip Rivers playing some of his best football already. Gates is one touchdown reception short of 100, and if he gets it tonight (or, whenever, really) he’ll be just the second tight end and ninth player all-time with that distinction. To make room for him on the roster, the Chargers waived safety Adrian Phillips.
Martavis Bryant Not Added To Active Roster For Tonight's Game Monday, October 12, 2015 | Time: 3:31 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Bryant was not activated on to Pittsburgh's 53-man roster and is not eligible to play tonight against the Chargers.
Diehards Line:The news comes as no surprise. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staffer Ed Bouchette had previously reported the plan was to add him Tuesday and sit him out this week. According to a report, Bryant tweaked a knee in practice last Monday. He hasn't practiced since.
Pierre Thomas To Work Out For Chiefs Monday, October 12, 2015 | Time: 1:51 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Chiefs are also bringing in former Saints RB Thomas for a workout.
Diehards Line: As previously noted, the team will have veteran free agent Ben Tate in as well as they search for depth with Jamaal Charles expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Charles was undergoing an MRI this morning to verify the injury, but clearly the Chiefs are making preparations to move forward without him.
Coughlin Hopes Odell Beckham, Randle Will Be Able To Work Later This Week Monday, October 12, 2015 | Time: 1:46 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: HC Tom Coughlin told reporters he's hoping Beckham and Rueben Randle will at least be limited in practice late in the week. "We'll see how fast they respond," Coughlin said.
Diehards Line: Both players suffered hamstring injuries in the fourth quarter of last night's win over the 49ers. Beckham was able to return for the final series of the game and he contributed nicely, but there wasn't a ton of certainty to be found in Coughlin's comments. ... We'll be following up on both in coming days.
Mike Wallace Not At Practice Monday; Week 6 Status Uncertain Monday, October 12, 2015 | Time: 1:08 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: The Vikings returned from a week off for practice on Monday and Wallace didn't join his teammates on the field. On Monday, coach Mike Zimmer said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, that he "can't disclose" why Wallace is out of practice and answered "we'll see" when asked about the chances that Wallace would be in the lineup against the Chiefs this weekend.
Diehards Line:Wallace had his most productive game as a Viking in Week Four when he caught eight passes for 83 yards and a touchdown in a 23-20 loss to the Broncos, but sat out the team’s only practice last week as well. The Vikings have not had to put out an injury report since that loss, although there were reports last week that Wallace is dealing with a sore knee. Wide receiver Charles Johnson missed the Denver game with a rib injury and was seen working on the side during Monday’s practice. ... We'll be following up.
Blake Bortles Played Through AC Joint Sprain Monday, October 12, 2015 | Time: 12:05 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: HC Gus Bradley tells reportersBortles has a grade 1 AC joint sprain that he played through.
Diehards Line: The Jaguars will update Bortle's status in coming days. But you might want to find some insurance just in case. Bortles is on a four-game roll with 9 touchdown passes and just two INTs. Stay tuned. We'll be following up.
Justin Forsett Slowed By Injured Ankle Monday, October 12, 2015 | Time: 11:46 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Forsett injured his ankle late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 33-30 loss to the Browns and the Baltimore Ravens' offense limped around without him for the remainder of the game.
Diehards Line:Forsett scored the go-ahead touchdown and produced 103 yards in the fourth quarter, rushing for 71 yards on nine carries (7.8 yards per attempt) and catching one pass for 32 yards. The rest of the Ravens' offense netted minus-5 yards in the fourth quarter. In Forsett's absence, the Ravens couldn't punch the ball in the end zone on three plays inside the Browns' 11-yard line in the fourth quarter and then went three-and-out in their only series in overtime. In total, Baltimore gained 5 yards on the final six plays without Forsett. Forsett said it would've been tough for him to play in overtime. "I feel like if I went back out there I possibly could have damaged it a little more," Forsett said. Forsett was moving around better in the locker room, but he said he still needed to be evaluated by the training staff. The loss of Forsett was compounded by the fact that Baltimore was without backup running back Lorenzo Taliaferro, who was inactive after being listed as probable with a foot injury. Stay tuned. We'll be watching for more.
Andrew Luck Working Fully This Week Monday, October 12, 2015 | Time: 11:19 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, HC Chuck Pagano told reporters that Luck was a full participant at practice on Monday.
Diehards Line: All signs point to Luck starting this week this week after missing the previous two games with an injured shoulder. The long turnaround from last Thursday night's game should certainly help. Also worth noting, the team released QB Josh Johnson this morning. Of course, they did this last week only to re-sign him when it became clear Luck wouldn't be ready. So we'll continue to follow up as needed.