Falcons signed CB Robert Alford to a four-year, $38 million extension.
The deal includes $21 million guaranteed. It's a massive commitment, but Alford has quietly been one of the league's better cover corners the last two years. Alford was scheduled to be a free agent this offseason but the Falcons clearly didn't want to risk losing him. His contract shouldn't prevent Atlanta from locking up Desmond Trufant, who's entering a walk year in 2017.
Lions C Travis Swanson is in the concussion protocol.
It comes out of nowhere after Swanson played all 70 snaps in last week’s win. The Lions will likely move Graham Glasgow inside if Swanson is held out, with Laken Tomlinson starting at guard.
The MMQB’s Albert Breer reports Rams coach Jeff Fisher has a "toxic" relationship with GM Les Snead.
The Rams extended both Fisher and Snead despite the ongoing rift. According to Breer, the problems have "been an open secret" in league circles, with some in the organization nicknaming it "Rams Junior High." It's just the latest from one of the most dysfunctional organizations in the league. Despite their new contracts, the Rams haven’t given any assurances to Fisher and Snead beyond this season.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports the Packers expect OLB Nick Perry (hand surgery) to return "at some point."
Perry is out this week but shouldn't miss the rest of the season. The Packers think he can play with a cast despite surgery on several broken fingers. Julius Peppers and Datone Jones will see more snaps until Perry returns.
Jets C Nick Mangold is visiting a foot specialist Thursday.
Mangold suffered a setback returning from his six-game absence last week. It’s never a good sign when players visit with Dr. Robert Anderson. The Jets will turn back to Wesley Johnson if Mangold is shut down for the season.
Latavius Murray has set season highs in touches and playing time in back-to-back weeks.
The Raiders opened the season using a four-way committee involving Murray, Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington, and Jamize Olawale. The RBBC has since been downsized to Murray and Richard, with Murray logging snap rates of 66 and 70 percent the past two weeks on touch totals of 22 and 23. Richard is now the primary change-of-pace back, while Washington has been a healthy scratch and Olawale isn't getting much work anymore. You can read more facts like this in our Thursday Night Matchup breakdown at the link below.
Bucs OC Todd Monken indicated Wednesday that he is not pleased with the current state of Tampa Bay's running game.
"We've just got to do it better," said Monken while stating Jacquizz Rodgers is headed for an expanded role. "We've got to do a better job on the perimeter blocking. We've got to do a better job up front, a better job seeing the holes." The statement "a better job seeing the holes" indicates Monken believes the Bucs have been leaving yards on the field. Doug Martin is averaging 2.85 yards per carry since returning from his hamstring injury, and hasn't cleared 3.8 yards per carry in any of his six appearances this year.
Coach Gary Kubiak made it clear Wednesday that Justin Forsett is an immediate part of the Broncos' backfield plans.
Struggling mightily for the last month-plus, Devontae Booker is going to have to raise his level of play immensely in order to hold off Forsett, who probably knows the offense better than Booker does considering Forsett's history with Kubiak. "He can help us quick," Kubiak said. "We need somebody to step in and contribute. It was a blessing he was let go the week before what we just went through." Forsett gives the Broncos late-season fresh legs and will be given an opportunity to become a meaningful part of their offense during a playoff push. The 8-4 Broncos are one game back of the 9-3 Chiefs and two games back of the 10-2 Raiders.