Vikings FS Harrison Smith missed practice Wednesday with a knee injury.
Smith downplayed the injury and sounds like he expects to play this week. Smith injured the knee against the Packers when teammate Terence Newman slammed into his leg diving for a loose ball. Smith briefly left the game for treatment but ended up playing all but five snaps. He should play against the Falcons.
Raiders signed WR/KR Jeremy Ross from their practice squad.
Ross caught nine passes in five games with the Ravens earlier this year before being waived two weeks ago. He has also spent time with the Packers and Lions. Ross should help out on special teams.
Browns coach Mike Pettine is not planning to cut demoted QB Johnny Manziel.
"We told him yesterday, 'This isn't a dead end, this is a hurdle,'" said Pettine. "Sometimes you have to take a step back to take a few forward. This is a heavy dose of adversity. We will see how he handles it." Pettine stressed the reason for Manziel's demotion was a breach of trust, and LT Joe Thomas said the 30-second party video which surfaced earlier in the week was not the only reason for the demotion. Despite Pettine's comments, it is more likely than not Manziel has played his final snap with the Browns.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Charles Johnson will start at left end Thanksgiving Day against the Cowboys.
Jared Allen will retain his spot at right end, meaning surging sophomore Kony Ealy will head to the bench. With Johnson expected to play limited snaps in his first game since Week 3, Ealy will see plenty of snaps against Dallas, but getting all three ends involved could become an issue as Johnson gets healthy.
The Boston Herald reports Aaron Dobson suffered a high-ankle sprain Week 11 against the Bills.
Dobson will not play against the Broncos this week, and it is likely he will miss multiple games. With Dobson sidelined and Danny Amendola (knee) questionable, Tom Brady may be forced to rely on Chris Harper or special teamer Matthew Slater on the outside against Denver. Needless to say, that would be less than ideal.
Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey said the team is giving Marcus Mariota more opportunities to run.
"We’re tinkering a little more with his running ability," Mularkey said. "As he’s gotten healthier, we’ve put more things in there that has given him the (ability to) run. It doesn’t mean he’s going to, but it gives him the opportunity to run." Mariota had just 10 rushing attempts through his first six starts, but he has 10 attempts including a 23-yard touchdown in his last two. The running threat adds another dimension to a Titans offense lacking weapons outside, and it also boosts Mariota's fantasy value. He will be a borderline QB1 against the Raiders this week.
NFL Network's Albert Breer reports Calvin Johnson (ankle, questionable) is expected to play Thanksgiving Day against the Eagles.
As is Darius Slay (neck, questionable) after the corner got in a full practice Friday. Johnson's practice reps were limited on a short week, but he should be a full-go against a collapsing secondary. Johnson is a solid WR1 and perhaps the best wide receiver play on the Thanksgiving slate.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Mark Sanchez will start Thanksgiving Day against the Lions.
Sam Bradford has been cleared from his concussion, but he is still dealing with a sprain in his left (non-throwing) shoulder and did not take many reps in practice on a short week. Sanchez was dreadful against the Bucs, and the Lions defense has turned it around the last two weeks. Sanchez is a QB2 at best, but he has some DFS upside in what could be a fast-paced game.