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The Seahawks have discussed moving RT James Carpenter (ACL surgery) to left guard once he's healthy.

The coaching staff was satisfied with Breno Giacomini's work at right tackle late in the season, and they could add depth via the draft or free agency. Carpenter struggled in pass protection as a rookie, but he has the size and demeanor to fit in as a road-grader at guard.
Thu, Feb 23, 2012 06:36:00 PM

Updating a previous item, the Lions listed Joique Bell (Achilles') as a full participant in Thursday's practice.

This should result in a probable tag on Friday. Reports earlier Thursday claiming Bell did not practice jumped the gun. Bell is on track to start against Green Bay and should be in line for his usual workload.
Dec 25 - 5:23 PM

A.J. Green (arm) returned to Bengals practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

It confirms that Green is on track to suit up for Sunday evening's AFC North title game. Green will likely be listed as "questionable" on Friday's injury report, but all signs point toward him playing against the Steelers.
Dec 25 - 3:44 PM

The Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals have decided to go back to Ryan Lindley for Sunday's finale against the 49ers.

According to AZCardinals.com's Darren Urban, the decision comes after Logan Thomas got off to a "seriously shaky start at practice." It must have been as shaky as you can get, as Lindley appeared completely overwhelmed in Arizona's Week 16 loss to the Seahawks. Things won't be much easier against a 49ers team that will likely be going to bat for coach Jim Harbaugh in what is expected to be his final game at the helm. The news has little effect on the rest of Arizona's skill players, as the offense was going to be a disaster either way. Lindley can be completely ignored in DFS leagues for Week 17.
Dec 25 - 2:25 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss suggests the Patriots may not play their starters the whole game during Sunday's regular season finale against the Bills.

The Patriots clinched the AFC's No. 1 seed when the Broncos lost to the Bengals on Monday night. Reiss suspects the Patriots could view this game "similar to a fourth preseason contest when the third preseason game doesn't go as well as planned." That could mean trying to "develop some momentum" on offense and if that happens, pulling guys like Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski for the second half. Of course, Bill Belichick has been known to keep his foot on the gas in tons of low-priority situations, so no one knows for sure what will happen. But there's certainly risk in using any Patriots this week.
Source: ESPN Boston
Dec 25 - 10:09 AM

Coach Mike Pettine said Johnny Manziel (IR, hamstring) will "have the chance to compete" for the starting job in 2015.

The Browns clearly aren't going to hand the starting gig to Manziel on a silver platter. How could they after he lost a camp battle to journeyman Brian Hoyer, appeared completely unprepared in his two starts and posted a 42.0 passer rating. Manziel knows he needs to grow up in a hurry if he's going to make an NFL impact. "It's a job for me now. I have to take it a lot more seriously than maybe I did at first," he admitted. With Hoyer currently an impending free agent, JFF's 2015 competition may come from outside the organization.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 25 - 9:27 AM

Steven Jackson (quad) is not expected to play in Sunday's Week 17 game against the Panthers.

At age 31, Jackson wasn't going to recover from a pulled quad muscle in seven days. So the Falcons will roll into their showdown for the NFC South with a committee of Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers at running back. Practice squad callup Jerome Smith will be the No. 3 back. Note that following S-Jax's injury last week, Rodgers played 25 snaps compared to 18 for Freeman. Quizz will handle more of the third-down work and pass game duties, while the rookie handles more base work. We far prefer Freeman as the plug-n-play -- he's more versatile and a better inside runner.
Dec 24 - 6:07 PM

A.J. Green (arm) is not practicing Wednesday.

No surprise. Green will likely miss most of the practice week, but the Bengals have expressed optimism regarding Green's ability to play Week 17 vs. Pittsburgh.
Dec 24 - 1:17 PM

T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) is practicing again Wednesday.

After not practicing at all last week and then watching the Colts offense fall flat at Dallas, Hilton has now practiced two straight days. He's on track to start at Tennessee Sunday. The bigger question is how motivated the Colts will be, as they're essentially locked into the AFC's No. 4 seed. For what it's worth, coach Chuck Pagano has said all his starters will play as he wants the offense to get some confidence back before the Wild Card round. Hilton is shaping up as a strong fantasy play.
Dec 24 - 12:16 PM

The Broncos have placed the most players on the initial Pro Bowl roster, with nine players tabbed to go to Hawaii.

Although he's in the midst of a season-ending slump, Peyton Manning leads the way. It's Manning's 14th selection, extending a record he already held. Perhaps the most notable Pro Bowl "snub" is rookie sensation Odell Beckham, though as a first alternate, he'll undoubtedly find his way to the all-star game. The Pro Bowl is again going with a "captains" format, with Cris Carter and Michael Irvin choosing teams.
Source: Denver Post
Dec 23 - 8:07 PM

Vikings waived RB Ben Tate.

Tate made it all of five games in Minnesota, touching the ball in only three of them. Tate closes the book on his Vikings career with 13 carries for 38 scoreless yards (2.92 YPC). For the season, Tate's YPC sits at a dreadful 3.11. Although Tate is only 26, he's looked used up. Tate has a long history of minor injuries. According to ESPN's Field Yates, both the Colts and Cardinals tried to claim Tate in November. It's possible they'll try to do so again ahead of the playoffs, but we wouldn't be surprised if Tate passes through the wire unclaimed.
Dec 23 - 5:50 PM

Falcons placed SS William Moore on injured reserve with a right-shoulder injury, ending his season.

S Sean Baker has been promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding roster move. The move ends an injury-plagued and ineffective season for the sixth-year pro Moore, as he was limited to 327 snaps by shoulder issues. Moore spent Weeks 5-12 stashed away on injured reserve/designated to return. Although he's going on 30, Moore is signed through 2017. He'll be back as a starter next season, though he could need surgery. Kemal Ishmael will start Sunday's winner-take-all tilt against the Panthers.
Dec 23 - 4:45 PM




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