Panthers released CB Robert McClain.
McClain started in the Super Bowl last season after being signed late in the season, and he played 313 snaps across 11 appearances this season. He has struggled, however, and the Panthers likely want to take a look at their younger corners as they close out a lost season. McClain could pop up somewhere else before the end of the season.
NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes wrote "there's no guarantee" Jets OC Chan Gailey will be back next season even if coach Todd Bowles keeps his job.
Gailey, 64, said has no plans to retire or resign, so the only way he is not running the offense next season is if he is fired. The calls for that exact scenario have picked up in the second half of a dreadful offensive season, but Gailey said he is not concerned. "I've been through this enough times," Gailey said. "You can't let it affect who you are, and what you're trying to get done." A proven coordinator whose offense overachieved last season, firing Gailey would be a short-sighted decision.
Josh Doctson's (Achilles', injured reserve) rookie season is officially over.
Doctson was eligible to return in Week 16, but the Redskins ended that dream by designating C Kory Lichtensteiger as their return player earlier this week. Doctson finishes his rookie season with just two catches for 66 yards in two appearances. With both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon headed for free agency, Washington will not have much tape to judge as they determine if Doctson can fill the No. 1 role next season.
Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com said WLB DeAndre Levy "was noticeably more involved" in practice Wednesday.
It could be a sign Levy is ready to return this week, but he was listed as limited both Wednesday and Thursday. He will almost certainly be listed as questionable on the final report. It is getting to the point where anything the Lions get from Levy this season will be a bonus.
Clay Matthews said his shoulder is "a lot better" than last week.
Matthews was limited to 29 snaps which mostly came on passing downs because of the injury last week, but he could play more against the Seahawks after getting in a limited practice Thursday. "Things progressed a lot more than last week," Matthews said. "It’s a lot better than where we were last week so hopefully that’s a positive indicator moving forward." With OLB Nick Perry (hand) expected to sit and ILBs Jake Ryan (ankle) and Blake Martinez (knee) limited, the Packers need as much from Matthews as he can give.
Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder) admitted he is not 100 percent healthy.
We did not need the confirmation after watching him on the field the last couple weeks, but Bennett said he plans to keep playing through the issues. "I never thought about [sitting out]. I just keep going," Bennett said. "I’m like the Energizer Bunny. I just try to find a way." At less than 100 percent and being asked to do less in the passing game, Bennett is a risky option in the first week of the fantasy playoffs.
Bills GM Doug Whaley said he does not want to see rookie QB Cardale Jones get any snaps this season.
"That would mean something terrible happened," Whaley said. The GM was noncommittal on Tyrod Taylor's future with the team, but the reality is the Bills do not have any other options. Jones is a fourth-round project who struggled with inaccuracy in camp, and there is zero chance the Bills will feel comfortable handing him the keys next season. With backup E.J. Manuel headed to free agency, Jones could serve as the No. 2 next year.
Bills GM Doug Whaley said the team will decide whether to retain Tyrod Taylor after the season.
"He's got 4 more games to write this chapter," Whaley said. "Then after this season, like everybody on the team, we're going to do an evaluation and then we'll go from there." Whaley was equally cryptic about Taylor's future last offseason before signing him to a "six-year, $92 million" contract in August which was really a one-year deal with a $27.5 million option for 2017. Taylor has played well enough to cement himself as the starter in Buffalo, and the Bills really do not have any other option but to retain him. Whaley could be soft-playing his hand in an attempt to finagle a renegotiation, but Buffalo has to retain Taylor at this point.