ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Falcons are "optimistic" Julio Jones (toe) will play this week.
The New York Daily News reports impending free agent Jason Pierre-Paul's Giants future is up in the air.
Pierre-Paul is done for the season after undergoing sports-hernia surgery. It's possible he won't be back with the Giants after playing out this year on the franchise tag. Pierre-Paul graded as one of PFF's top 4-3 ends, but six of his seven sacks came against Cleveland and Chicago in the two weeks before he went down. Pierre-Paul is likely going to be targeting Olivier Vernon money (five years, $85M). He would cost the Giants $15.7 million to tag in 2017.
Coach Doug Peterson said Ryan Mathews (knee) is "ready to go" for Week 14.
"He's good to play," Pederson said. "Cleared and ready to go." Mathews returned to practice for the first time in two weeks Wednesday. The Eagles struggled to run with him sidelined, rushing for just 134 yards combined. Mathews will resume lead back duties for Sunday's game with Washington.
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.