Jat Cutler has been named the Bears' Week 15 starter.
Brandon Jacobs' left knee surgery included a "cartilage graft to repair osteoarthritis."
In other words, it wasn't just a simple scope. Jacobs showed enough this season to at least get a camp invite for 2014, but it's quite possible his knee and advancing age will kill his roster hopes.
Stephen Hill (knee) remained out of Jets practice Thursday.
Hill is going to be inactive for Sunday's game against the Panthers. ESPN New York's Rich Cimini "wouldn't be shocked" if Hill was sent to injured reserve.
According to Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, Cecil Shorts (groin) and Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) could both be game-time decisions for Week 15.
Joy to the world. Shorts has been playing hurt all season, but his groin has become a bigger issue after "flaring up." Sunday's showdown with the Bills' burnable secondary was set to be Shorts' first good matchup in weeks, but now he's shaping up as a risky WR2. The fact that Shorts has been playing at less than 100 percent nearly all year is working in his favor, but owners need to have a back-up plan ready.
Michael Floyd (ankle) got in "some" work in the portion of Thursday's practice open to the media.
It appears Floyd will be slapped with a "limited" tag after being a DNP on Wednesday. It does very little to clear up his Week 15 status. Ultimately, Floyd could be a game-time decision against the Titans after aggravating his injury in last week's win over the Rams. His status will be updated no later than Friday afternoon.
Vincent Jackson (hamstring) remained limited in Thursday's practice.
The Bucs are just managing Jackson's reps, as usual. He'll be a boom-or-bust WR2 against the 49ers' stout defense.
Rob Housler (groin) remained out of Cardinals practice Thursday.
Housler is trending in the wrong direction for Week 15. He can't be trusted as a TE2 for the second week of the fantasy playoffs. Housler will have to return to practice on Friday to have any shot of suiting up against the Titans.
Willis McGahee (concussion) remained out of Browns practice Thursday.
Seeing as coach Rob Chudzinski is talking about McGahee's season potentially being over, it's looking like it will be the Chris Ogbonnaya and Fozzy Whittaker show against the Bears' putrid run defense. Despite the enviable matchup, Ogbonnaya wouldn't be more than a desperation RB2 for Week 15. The situation will be updated Friday.