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Appearing on Showtime's Inside the NFL, NFL Network's Michael Lombardi said he thinks Panthers head coach Ron Rivera will "certainly" be fired on Monday.

Lombardi didn't cite any sources, so take the report with a grain of salt, but Rivera's status heading into the offseason has certainly been in question, especially after Carolina started the season 2-8. The Panthers have rallied to win four-of-five and now sit at 6-9 heading into Week 17. After finishing 2011 with a 6-10 record, Rivera will, at the very least, match that mark, but owner Jerry Richardson may deem that it's not good enough. Aside from blowout losses in Week 3 and Week 10 to the Giants and Broncos, the Panthers have been in every game. Carolina ranks No. 17 in total offense and No. 8 in total defense in 2012. The team has been linked to Oregon's Chip Kelly in recent months.
Wed, Dec 26, 2012 10:30:00 PM

An MRI revealed no structural damage to Jake Locker's wrist, but he remains questionable for Week 4.

Locker has been officially diagnosed with a strained wrist. His status for Sunday's game against the Colts will be determined "later in the week." Although it wouldn't matter for some quarterbacks, it will be a bad sign for Locker if he sits out Wednesday's practice.
Sep 23 - 6:39 PM

NFL Network's Jeff Darlington reports Ryan Tannehill is "scheduled to start Sunday."

According to the Miami Herald, Tannehill took "all" the first-team reps in Tuesday's practice. Coach Joe Philbin has tried to muddle his quarterback situation in the press, but all the early signs suggest Tannehill will keep his job at least another week. Philbin should be focusing on his poorly-designed game plans instead of playing games with the media.
Sep 23 - 6:20 PM

Ravens placed TE Dennis Pitta on injured reserve with a dislocated hip, ending his season.

Pitta, who is also dealing with a fracture, underwent surgery on Monday. Although he's just 29, Pitta's second hip dislocation in as many years has put his career in serious doubt. Pitta is signed through 2018, while his $4 million base salary for 2015 is guaranteed. Pitta and the Ravens have some hard decisions to make in the offseason.
Sep 23 - 5:06 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Jets coach Rex Ryan said Chris Ivory could get more playing time going forward.

"Maybe Chris Ivory will get more time," were Ryan's exact words. "He's running hard. ... There's not a whole lot of guys who want to tackle him." Ivory has run circles around Chris Johnson the past two weeks, but only out-touched him 28-23. CJ?K has out-snapped Ivory 54-52 since Week 2. For the season, Ivory is averaging a robust 5.7 yards per carry compared to just 3.5 for his more famous teammate. Ivory, who's never been known for his hands, has even out-caught Johnson 5-1 over the past two games. The Jets seem to be seeing what everyone else is seeing: Ivory is their best back, and it's not close. Ivory is an upside RB2/FLEX, with Johnson shaping up as a middling RB3.
Sep 23 - 4:58 PM

Bucs OC Jeff Tedford has been granted an indefinite leave of absence to tend to medical issues, and isn't expected to return "any time soon."

Tedford underwent a heart procedure late last month, but was originally expected to miss only a "short amount of time." Instead, he's yet to call any of the Bucs' three games, and apparently needs more time to heal. QBs coach Marcus Arroyo has been handling play-calling duties in Tedford's absence, and could end up doing so for the rest of the season. Tedford's absence is the last thing the Bucs' dysfunctional offense needs, but at least now there is clarity to the situation.
Sep 23 - 1:57 PM

Jordan Reed (hamstring) admitted he is out for Thursday's game against the Giants and sounded sketchy on his Week 5 status as well.

The oft-injured Reed sustained a pretty severe pull in Week 1 when he tried to hurdle a defender. So the door remains wide open for former wideout Niles Paul, who has been the real deal with an 18-253-1 line through three games. We'd still try to hold Reed where possible because of his unique athletic upside, but he doesn't sound anywhere near 100 percent yet.
Sep 23 - 12:49 PM

Odell Beckham (hamstring) participated in on-field practice Tuesday for the first time since Aug. 18.

Beckham was just participating in individual drills, but it's finally a step in right direction. He's had multiple setbacks since pulling his hamstring way back in June. The No. 12 overall pick won't play Thursday, but could make his NFL debut in Week 5 and needs to be on deep-league radars. The Giants want to use a three-wide set as their base.
Sep 23 - 12:44 PM

Panthers placed RB Mike Tolbert (leg) on injured reserve with a designation to return.

It means Tolbert is out until at least Week 13, and leaves the Panthers very thin at running back. DeAngelo Williams (hamstring) is on track to play in Week 4, but Jonathan Stewart (knee) is out and Fozzy Whittaker (quad) is in doubt. If DeAngelo can suit up anywhere near 100 percent, he'll be a good bet for 15-20 touches against the Ravens in Week 4. He'll also get more goal-line chances with Tolbert out and Cam Newton (ribs) hesitant to run.
Sep 23 - 12:16 PM

Steelers signed OLB James Harrison.

Harrison, 36, is just a couple months removed from a retirement ceremony held at the Steelers facility. Now he's back there as a player due to desperation. The Steelers lost both OLB Jarvis Jones (wrist) and ILB Ryan Shazier (knee) on Sunday night, thinning out an already weak defense. Harrison, however, won't be able to help much as the former All-Pro has nothing left in the tank.
Sep 23 - 10:06 AM

Eric Decker (hamstring) said he pulled himself out of Monday night's loss to the Bears because of a "tight feeling that wouldn't loosen up."

Decker says he did not suffer a setback on Monday night. "It was to the point where it wasn't loosening up, and instead of doing something stupid and really hurting something down the road I decided to pull myself and give myself a chance," he said. In other words, Decker's hamstring did not get worse by playing 14 snaps Monday. He'll likely be a game-time decision again for Week 4 against the Lions.
Sep 23 - 9:43 AM

Arian Foster's latest hamstring injury is to the same one that bothered him during the preseason.

Foster missed the first two weeks of camp way back in late-July due to this hamstring. After racking up 59 touches in the first two weeks, he had to sit out the Week 3 loss to the Giants. "As soon as I feel 100 percent, I'll be out there," he said. "It's my hamstring's call." Recurring or chronic soft-tissue issues are always scary, even if this latest strain is considered minor. Alfred Blue is shaping up as a must-own for the foreseeable future.
Sep 23 - 8:29 AM

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