Victor Cruz plans to talk to coach Ben McAdoo about his role after playing just 26-of-60 snaps in Sunday's loss.
"We'll take it from there," Cruz said. "But I'm not angry. I'm not a disgruntled employee. I'm not like, 'Screw this.' I'm a team guy first and I just want to make sure that everybody's interests are at heart." The simple truth is that, now 30 and coming off a major injury, Cruz is no longer a good player. He'll continue to be phased out as the Giants try to nail down a Wild Card spot.
Bucs WR Cecil Shorts tore his right ACL, MCL and PCL, and dislocated his knee.
It's a career-threatening injury. Going on 29 with a long and winding injury history, the odds are against Shorts ever playing another NFL snap. It's a shame for a player who had a useful peak, one that could have been much better without all the injuries.
Jaguars RB Denard Robinson has been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain.
Shoelace suffered the injury after touching the ball 18 times on Sunday. It creates increased urgency for Chris Ivory (hamstring) to return for Week 14.
Saints RE Cameron Jordan played through a sprained MCL earlier this season.
Jordan suffered the injury in Week 2, but played 64-of-64 snaps in Week 3. "Those are things that you have to deal with," Jordan said, adding that he wore a brace. Jordan has only five sacks, but has generated a ton of pressure. He's a big reason the Saints' defense has stopped embarrassing itself over the past two months.
Speaking Monday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said "I don't know" when asked about Jeremy Maclin's (groin) Week 14 availability.
"He's making improvement," was Reid's unhelpful addendum. Despite getting in three limited practices, Maclin didn't seem particularly close to returning on Sunday. There's a pretty strong chance he won't suddenly be cleared in three days time for Thursday Night Football. Even if Maclin does play, his usual complement of snaps is unlikely. Struggling even before he was injured, Maclin has faded to WR4 status.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said maybe the team "got ahead of ourselves" in Kelvin Benjamin's recovery from an ACL tear this offseason.
"Maybe we did get him out there too soon, too much," Rivera said. Benjamin has not been spectacular, but he has actually caught a larger percentage of his targets and averaged more yards per catch this year than his rookie season. He also is dealing with a shoulder injury which likely has nothing to do with being pushed back "too soon." The Panthers will look for answers after this lost season, but Benjamin has been fine.
Saints TE Josh Hill suffered a broken fibula Week 13 against the Lions.
Hill also suffered an ankle injury, but it is not believed to be broken. It is a tough turn of events for a player who had been taking over the starting job in the last several weeks. With Hill out for the season, Coby Fleener should have steadier snap and route totals moving forward. In the first year of a three-year, $7.1 million deal, Hill will be back to compete for a role next season.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Jordan Matthews (ankle) should return to practice Wednesday.
Matthews was able to get in a limited practice last Thursday, but he was held out on Friday after getting "a little sore." A return Wednesday would tentatively put Matthews on track to play, but another setback cannot be ruled out. Devoid of reliable weapons in the passing game, the Eagles need Matthews healthy as soon as possible.