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Panthers rookie TE Brandon Williams will be sidelined until training camp after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.

An undrafted free agent and former college basketball player, Williams was more of a practice-squad than 53-man roster candidate to begin with. The knee scope will further decrease Williams' odds of landing a job behind Greg Olsen.
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 02:37:00 PM

Alex Smith completed 17-of-26 passes for 264 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the Chiefs' 21-13, Week 14 win over the Raiders.

Even by Smith's standards, it was a deeply bizarre performance. Smith played like 2011 Aaron Rodgers in the first half, completing 11-of-16 passes for 203 yards and his score. He was legitimately gunslinging, and taking accurate shots deep. It was like he was a completely new quarterback. The switch flipped at halftime. He was picked on an awful throw on his second attempt of the third quarter, and lost a fumble to begin Kansas City's next drive. The game was an atrocious slog from there on out. Despite the rough half, Smith has been playing legitimately better of late thanks to Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. He'll be a decent QB2 against the Titans in Week 15.
Dec 8 - 11:48 PM

Derek Carr completed 17-of-41 passes for 117 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions in the Raiders' 21-13, Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.

At least for one week, the MVP talk will be put on ice. Carr's 2.85 yards per attempt was the second lowest in NFL history for a quarterback attempting at least 40 passes. With the temperature checking in at "frigid plains," Carr was noticeably bothered by his pinkie injury. He flat missed throws all evening. This being the Raiders, however, he was also hurt by a number of awful drops/misconnections, none worse than Amari Cooper's baffling inability to haul in a would-be 72-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. It's a score that would have changed the game, and kept Carr out of the history books. With his finger an issue, the Raiders' 10-day break couldn't be coming at a better time. Carr has a get-right Week 15 matchup in the Chargers.
Dec 8 - 11:43 PM

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson was forced from Kansas City's Week 14 game against the Raiders with a left Achilles' injury, and will not return.

Put simply, it looked like Johnson ruptured his left Achilles'. Johnson, who tore his right Achilles' in 2014, immediately took off his helmet and tossed it in disgust, like he knew what the injury was. Per NBC's Cris Collinsworth, Johnson had been dealing with a sore left Achilles'. His loss would be crushing for the Chiefs.
Dec 8 - 9:47 PM

Raiders LG Kelechi Osemele (illness) is inactive for Week 14 against the Chiefs.

Osemele couldn't get healthy on a short week. It's a big blow for what's been one of the league's top offensive lines. Osemele has been worth every penny as a free agent this year. He should be back for Week 15. Inactive for the Raiders are QB Connor Cook, CB Antonio Hamilton, S Karl Joseph, DT Darius Latham, LB Shilique Calhoun and DT Stacy McGee.
Dec 8 - 6:57 PM

Jeremy Maclin (groin) is active for Week 14 against the Raiders.

Maclin is finally ready to go after missing four games. With Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce both cooking, Maclin is hard to trust as more than a low-end WR4 as he knocks the rust off. Inactive for the Chiefs are QB Tyler Bray, CB D.J. White, CB Kenneth Acker, RB Knile Davis, LB Dadi Nicolas, OL Mike Person and TE Ross Travis.
Dec 8 - 6:55 PM

Tom Brady (knee) has been removed from the Patriots' injury report.

As has Julian Edelman (foot). Brady appeared genuinely hobbled in Week 12 before looking better against the Rams in Week 13 (shocker). He'll be a top-five option against the Ravens on Monday Night Football.
Dec 8 - 4:23 PM

Mark Ingram (toe) was downgraded to "DNP" in Thursday's practice.

Ingram seems poised to play through his toe issue for the second straight game, but mid-week downgrades are always eye-catching. We wouldn't consider the matter settled. Ingram will probably suit up as a low-end RB2 against the Bucs, but owners need to keep checking his status.
Dec 8 - 4:18 PM

Marquess Wilson (groin) returned to Bears practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

It gives Wilson a chance to suit up against the Lions, but it's far from certain. Unfortunately, the Bears are a bottom-three team when it comes to injury truthfulness, so we could go into Sunday morning lacking a clear idea of Wilson's status. If Wilson does play, he'll be hard to trust as a WR4. He'll be at less than 100 percent with Matt Barkley playing quarterback.
Dec 8 - 4:10 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jamaal Charles (knee) is doing well in his recovery from knee surgery and hopes to be back for the playoffs.

It's a nice thought, but it's probably not going to happen. Charles has had two knee surgeries this year on top of the torn ACL that caused him to miss most of last season. It doesn't make much sense for the Chiefs to rush Charles back when he isn't even going to be the starter. If Charles does return this year, it will be as a change-of-pace option behind workhorse Spencer Ware. With all the injuries he's suffered over the years, it's fair to wonder how much Charles has left in the tank.
Dec 8 - 3:51 PM

Updating an earlier report, Jordan Matthews (ankle) was upgraded to full at Thursday's practice.

There's no longer any doubt about his Week 14 status, not that there ever was. Matthews will be a WR3 Sunday in his return from a one-week ankle injury.
Dec 8 - 3:20 PM

Michael Thomas (foot) remained sidelined Thursday.

The Saints are arguably the league's most opaque team when it comes to injuries, but missing back-to-back practices is always an ominous sign. Thomas needs to get in at least a limited session on Friday to have a realistic shot at suiting up. Thomas will remain in the low-end WR1 mix if he can give it a go against Tampa. His absence would make Brandin Cooks a no-brainer WR1.
Dec 8 - 3:15 PM




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