Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Panthers RE Greg Hardy will not play until completion of his domestic abuse trial.
Cole reported late Thursday night that Hardy would ask to have his paid suspension lifted as he awaits trial. According to Cole's NFL source, Hardy will remain on the Commissioner's Exempt List until trial, so he won't be returning to the team anytime soon. Hardy's trial was originally scheduled for November 17. It's been delayed and is expected to take place sometime in January.
Giovani Bernard (hip) remained sidelined at Friday's practice.
Ace beat reporter Paul Dehner "can't see a scenario" where Bernard plays Sunday against the Jaguars. Jeremy Hill is fully expected to handle feature-back duties as a candidate for 20-plus touches. Cedric Peerman would be the No. 2.
A.J. Green (toe) is practicing again on Friday.
Barring a setback, Green is fully expected to play against the Jaguars. The question is whether he'll be more of a decoy than box-score contributor. Green is currently our No. 11 receiver for Week 9. He'd be an intriguing DFS play. Green has elite WR1 upside and likely won't have a high ownership percentage.
The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner doesn't expect Giovani Bernard (hip) to play Week 9 against the Jaguars.
Dehner thinks it would take a Mr. Miyagi-like miraculous healing for Bernard to play against Jacksonville. Bernard has been getting beat up the past few weeks, first injuring his collarbone, then suffering a hip pointer last week. Jeremy Hill is expected to "take over the load of the duties" on Sunday. A candidate for 20-plus touches as the feature back, Hill will be a borderline RB1.
The San Jose Mercury News reports 49ers LE Ray McDonald is likely to escape domestic violence charges.
The Santa Clara District Attorney's Office is expected to make a formal announcement soon. McDonald allegedly roughed up his pregnant fiancee back in August. He's been playing ever since, with the 49ers letting the case play out instead of suspending McDonald from within. He's started all seven games.
Isaiah Crowell said he hopes to play more this week against the Bucs.
Crowell leads the Browns with four rushing touchdowns and is averaging a team-high 4.9 YPC. This while Ben Tate has managed just 62 yards on 31 carries (2.0 YPC) the past two weeks against the Jaguars and Raiders. While Crowell hopes to play more, OC Kyle Shanahan didn't sound committed to getting him more looks, "We only play one back at a time." They trust veteran Tate more.
Rashad Jennings (knee) said the "goal" is to be cleared to play Week 10 against the Seahawks.
Jennings has already been ruled out for Monday night's Week 9 tilt with the Colts. He just began running and jogging earlier this week, but hopes to reach the point of planting and cutting on his sprained MCL at some point next week. We'd consider Jennings highly questionable for Week 10 at this point. Week 11 against the 49ers seems more realistic. Andre Williams will start Monday.
DeAngelo Hall re-tore his Achilles' tendon while at home this week.
Hall is already on season-ending I.R. because he tore his Achilles' in Week 3. It's unclear how he re-injured it at home, but it happened, and Hall had it repaired again on Thursday. It's a five-week setback, though Hall should be ready for training camp next summer. That's not a given, however, with Hall being 31 (next month) and now rupturing the tendon two times in two months.