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12/22/2014
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Johnny Manziel Questionable For Week 17 (12/21 5:57 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the previous item. ... Manziel, who left today's loss to the Panthers with an injured hamstring, is considered questionable for Sunday's finale against Baltimore. HC Mike Pettine said after the loss he wasn't sure of the severity of the injury. Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: For the season, Manziel is 18 of 35 passing for 143 yards and a rushing touchdown and two interceptions. Manziel said he felt the offense was progressing Sunday and "there was nothing catastrophic" from the offense as far as turnovers, which plagued the team in last week's 30-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Manziel continued to use the word "frustrating" in his postgame news conference. "I felt I put in two really good weeks of practice," Manziel said. "I want to be out there with those guys." Manziel called the last two weeks as a starter "a very good thing for me." He added: "I want to be the guy, that's what I want to do. ..." He'll have to get healthy to get another shot at it next week.

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Ross Says Philbin Will Return As HC In 2015 (12/21 4:02 PT)

The Facts: Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said after today's win over Minnesota that Joe Philbin would be back as the team’s coach in 2015. “Here’s a Christmas present. You don’t have to ask me anymore. He has one year left on contract and is coming back,” Ross said, via Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: After a dismal performance in the second half of a loss to the Patriots last week, there was talk that the axe might fall on Philbin when the season came to an end. Things went better for the Dolphins on Sunday when they blocked a Vikings punt for a safety at the end of the fourth quarter to take a 37-35 win in improbable fashion. The Dolphins can’t make the playoffs with a win over the Jets next week, but they can finish 9-7 for the first winning season of Philbin’s tenure. It would also make two straight years of improved win totals and Ross appears to believe that Philbin can keep making progress in his fourth year on the job.

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Steven Jackson Ruled Out With Injured Quad (12/21 2:51 PT)

The Facts: Jackson was downgraded from questionable to out for the remainder of the game, per the team's official website. Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: Jackson departed in the second quarter with a quad injury and was escorted back to the locker room for further evaluation. He finished the game with four carries for 9 yards and one catch for 14 yards. Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman will shoulder the load the rest of the way.

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Percy Harvin Forced Out With Injured Ribs (12/21 2:18 PT)

The Facts: Harvin was forced out of Sunday's home game against New England with an injury to the ribs, per Newsday reports. Reported by CBSSports.com

Diehards Line: Harvin left the game in the third quarter with the injury and was deemed questionable to return to the game. He caught four passes for 44 yards and carried the ball twice for only 1 yard.

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Pierre Thomas Missing Time With Injured Ribs (12/21 1:47 PT)

The Facts: Thomas left today's game against the Falcons with a rib injury. He is questionable to return. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: Thomas last touched the ball in the first quarter. His absence opens up some receiving work for Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson as Travaris Cadet was a healthy scratch for this one. ... We'll follow up as needed.

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Johnny Manziel Sidelined By Hamstring Injury; Return Questionable (12/21 1:28 PT)

The Facts: Manziel had to leave today's game against the Panthers after taking a hard shot just before halftime, and Brian Hoyer replaced him. They announced his injury as a hamstring, and he’s questionable to return. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: He was driven into the ground by Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly and safety Colin Jones as he ran for the sideline. Trainers took him to the locker room, as he draped a towel over his head. Manziel has had a largely ineffective first half, though the playoff-hopeful Panthers have something to do with that. He’s still 3-of-8 for 32 yards passing, with two rushes for 3 yards. ... More as developments warrant.

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Jay Cutler Benched In Favor Of Clausen (12/17 5:38 PT)

The Facts: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bears will be starting Jimmy Clausen over Cutler this week. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: The Bears haven't announced the move, but Schefter's reporting is pretty definitive. We'll be following up as needed, but Cutler owners will want to make a change and those rolling with the supporting cast in a tough matchup against Detroit might want to reconsider their options.

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DeMarco Murray On The Practice Field Wednesday (12/17 11:41 PT)

The Facts: Murray will be considered day to day after undergoing hand surgery on Monday. But on Wednesday, HC Jason Garrett outlined some of the benchmarks they hope to see their star running back hit before determining his status for Sunday. That included observations from Wednesday's practice, where Murray was going through drills and catching passes. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: "I think we need to see something," Garrett told reporters Wednesday. "There's a comfort level that we all have and certainly a comfort level that he has. Carrying the football is an important responsibility, so you have to be able to do it. I think we all want to see it and I know he wants to see it. So we'll take it day by day and see how he progresses. ..." Stay tuned. This process will be ongoing all week. Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar will be standing by as needed.

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Smith Optimistic That Julio Jones Will Return This Week (12/17 12:09 PT)

The Facts: On Monday, coach Mike Smith said Jones was “darn close” to playing against Pittsburgh and that he thinks Jones will be ready to go against New Orleans.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: “Julio is about where he was yesterday. Our anticipation is we’ll have him ready to go this week,” Smith said, via the team’s website. “It’s going to be important for him to continue to improve. He improved from last week to this week, and we need to get him back out there. I know it’ll be every day, what’s going on with Julio. I think what we need to do, is we need to realize it’s something that’s going to be later on during the week, so maybe we can look at other things and talk about other before we talk about number 11.” Smith was full of optimism for Jones last week and Roddy White the previous week before both players wound up on the sideline come kickoff. That doesn’t mean he’s off on this call, but there’s probably not much reason to jump to the conclusion that Jones is playing until he’s able to at least get back on the practice field.

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Colt McCoy Placed On Injured Reserve (12/16 7:38 PT)

The Facts: HC Jay Gruden announced Tuesday that McCOy will be placed on season-ending injured reserve. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: McCoy suffered a neck injury in Week 14 and aggravated the injury on Sunday after just 13 snaps. The Redskins will roll with Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins for the final two games. RGIII will get the start Saturday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Gruden added that there is no current plan to bring in another signal caller. Gruden chose McCoy over RGIII and Cousins to start the past three games, believing the fifth-year quarterback ran his offense more fluidly. McCoy will end his season with a 1-3 record as a starter (also guided a Week 7 win after replacing Cousins) going 91-of-128 passing (71.1 percent) for 1,057 yards, four touchdowns, three interceptions and a rushing score. Without the threat of McCoy's return looming, it appears RGIII will have another chance to regain his form and prove he has progressed under Gruden before any potential offseason changes.

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Lorenzo Taliaferro Placed On Injured Reserve (12/16 5:02 PT)

The Facts: The Ravens added a pair of 2014 draft picks to their growing list of players on injured reserve on Tuesday. Taliaferro and safety Terrence Brooks are both done for the season.  Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: Taliaferro, a fourth-round pick, hurt his foot in the Week 14 win over Miami and didn’t play against the Jaguars last Sunday. He ran 68 times for 292 yards and four touchdowns. The Ravens now have Bernard Pierce and Fitzgerald Toussaint behind Justin Forsett at running back.

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Keenan Allen Has A Broken Collarbone (12/16 1:23 PT)

The Facts: Allen suffered broken collarbone Sunday vs. Broncos, Chargers announce. Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: As San Diego Union-Tribune staffer Michael Gehlken noted, Allen is not expected to play Saturday against the 49ers. Eddie Royal and Seyi Ajirotutu move up in the rotation alongside Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates with Allen out.

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Cowboys Consider DeMarco Murray A Game-Time Decision (12/16 11:38 PT)

The Facts: Owner/GM Jerry Jones wasn’t ready to make an early determination on Murray’s status Tuesday morning, citing his running back as a likely game time decision. Murray had surgery on his broken hand at 6 p.m. on Monday, and Jones said the Cowboys are still in the process of evaluating his health for Sunday’s game against Indianapolis. "I think we just want to take a look at it. We don’t know,” Jones said. “I’m not so sure, when they say the definition of healing, how much can heal between now and Sunday.”  Reported by DallasCowobys.com

Diehards Line: Having said that, Jones was optimistic Murray could be ready to go when the Indianapolis Colts visit this weekend. The Cowboys don’t have any more padded practices this season, so the determination of whether Murray can be ready is simply a matter of feedback on the injury. “I don’t think we’d have to see him practice. I think it’s more a question of the condition of the hand at game time and what we can do to protect it,” Jones said. “I think it’s one of those that you’d want to wait and see just how he’s feeling before the game.” While Murray recuperates, the Cowboys will no doubt prepare Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar for a heavier workload this weekend. There is also the possibility they could activate Ryan Williams from the team’s practice squad if necessary.

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NFLPA Files Lawsuit On Behalf Of Adrian Peterson (12/16 11:00 PT)

The Facts: The NFL Players Association has filed a lawsuit against the NFL in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, challenging an arbitrator's decision made Friday to uphold Peterson's suspension by the league, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports. Reported by the Redzone.org

Diehards Line: The lawsuit comes as ABC News has obtained a recording of the Nov. 12 phone call between Troy Vincent and Peterson in which the NFL executive tells the Minnesota Vikings running back that he would be reinstated after a two-game suspension and get credit for his time on the commissioner's exempt list. Vincent made the promise with the additional request that Peterson attend a meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the child abuse case in which he pleaded no contest in Texas to misdemeanor reckless assault for physically disciplining his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. Peterson did not attend the meeting, however, and the NFL issued a six-game suspension to the running back days later.

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Rashad Jennings Could Be Back At Square 1 With Ankle (12/16 12:42 PT)

The Facts: Jennings re-injured his sprained right ankle on the first play of Sunday's victory against Washington and did not return. "He did have a re-occurrence of the ankle and was not able to go back in the game," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Monday. "Whether or not we are all the way back to Square 1, I don't know yet. I don't have anything on that today yet."  Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: Jennings sprained his ankle in the Week 13 loss in Jacksonville and played a minimal role in the following week's victory in Tennessee. He was slated for a slightly larger workload Sunday, as evidenced by the fact that he got the first carry of the game. But says he "tweaked" the ankle on that very play, and now his status for the final two games of the season is obviously in doubt. Assuming the injury is where it was after the Jacksonville game, it's impossible to count on Jennings for Sunday's game in St. Louis, and it's possible they could just shut him down for the rest of the season and give the starting running back work to rookie Andre Williams. We likely won't know for sure until Wednesday, when the Giants return to the practice field. But it's obviously not looking good for Jennings to have the strong finish to the season for which he was hoping.

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MRI On T.Y. Hilton's Hamstring Comes Back Negative (12/16 12:35 PT)


Robbie Gould Inactive For Bears (12/15 6:32 PT)

The Facts: The Bears have declared Gould inactive for tonight's game against the Saints.  Reported by FootballDiehards.com

Diehards Line: Gould was listed as questionable with the same groin injury that sidelined him last week. Jay Feely will continue to fill in tonight. You can access complete the complete lists for both teams on our Inactives Page.

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C.J. Spiller Will Be Added Back To Active Roster (12/15 3:32 PT)

The Facts: After eight weeks on injured reserve, HC Doug Marrone confirmed Monday that Spiller will be added back to the active roster. “He’s cleared so I’m looking forward to seeing how he practices during the week,” said Marrone, who confirmed he’ll be placed back on the roster this week. Reported by BuffaloBills.com

Diehards Line: He was given the return designation when he was placed on injured reserve at the beginning of Week 8 this season. Now that he able to participate fully, Marrone wants to see how he performs on the practice field this week before deciding whether he’ll be active for Sunday’s game at Oakland. “I’d like to see his participation more before we make that decision,” Marrone said. Spiller could provide a much needed boost for an offense that has had trouble scoring points on a consistent basis. The play in which Spiller was injured back in Week 8 remains the longest run from scrimmage for the Bills this season. ... Stay tuned.

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Texans Down To Lewis, Re-Signed Keenum At QB (12/15 3:06 PT)

The Facts: After losing Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ryan Mallett to season-ending knee injuries, they won’t even be able to turn to rookie Savage this week. Per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Texans coach Bill O’Brien told reporters that Savage would miss this week and perhaps longer with a knee injury suffered yesterday against the Colts. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: That leaves the Texans in the hands of either Thad Lewis or Case Keenum, who was brought back today after being cut by the team in the preseason. “We’ll make a decision during the week who’s going to start against Baltimore,” O’Brien said. That the Texans have milked a 7-7 record out of this season given that quarterback situation is a testament to O’Brien’s coaching and some of the talent he inherited from a 2-14 team a year ago.

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Report: Broncos Aren't Worried About Peyton Manning's Thigh (12/15 2:34 PT)

The Facts: After Broncos Manning made an early exit to the locker room before halftime, the team ultimately announced that he was probable to return to Sunday’s win over the Chargers with a thigh injury. Per a league source, the Broncos have no lingering concern about said thigh injury. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: The team believes the thigh problem was related to Peyton’s illness, and that it won’t affect his preparation for next Monday’s game against the Bengals. His decision to head to the locker room early was aimed at getting the thigh worked on by the strength coach and trainer at halftime. We’ll all officially know more about Manning’s thigh on Thursday, when the team’s first injury report in advance of next Monday’s game is released. Apparently, Manning won’t be listed with a thigh injury.

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