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A league source tells Profootballtalk.com the Lions may hold Reggie Bush (knee) out of Week 3 as a precaution.

Per PFT's Mike Florio, "the scales could tilt toward shutting him down" against the Redskins because the Lions want Bush "available for the long haul," and are "inclined to give him a week off to heal." Florio reports the final decision may not be made until pre-game warmups, so it's going to come down to a game-time decision. If Bush is held out against the Redskins, Joique Bell could post legit RB1 numbers against Washington's swiss-cheese defense.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 11:36:00 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Jets owner Woody Johnson plans to "move swiftly" on Monday, firing both coach Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik.

Per Mort, Johnson doesn't want to keep Rex twisting in the wind. It would be an inglorious end to what's ultimately been a successful tenure for Ryan in the Big Apple, but one that's been a fait accompli since early in the season. Ryan is a good head coach, but has routinely been felled by dysfunctional offenses. That's not all his fault, of course, but no one can fault the Jets for making a change after four straight 8-8 or worse seasons. Ryan will likely be in high demand if/when he's let go, however. Ryan is reportedly dead set against being a coordinator, so we'd guess he'll head into television if a head-coaching gig doesn't materialize.
Dec 29 - 1:00 AM

Le'Veon Bell suffered a hyperextended right knee in Sunday night's Week 17 game against the Bengals.

Bell was injured on a low tackle by Bengals S Reggie Nelson at the end of a 19-yard reception. He jogged off the field under his own power, but was noticeably limping. The Steelers have listed him as doubtful to return. Bell finished with 100 total yards on 14 touches before exiting. Dri Archer and Josh Harris will replace him at running back.
Dec 28 - 10:49 PM

By losing to the Saints in Week 17, the Buccaneers secured the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

It's incredibly early in the process to try predicting such things, but the general thinking among media members is Oregon QB Marcus Mariota and Florida State QB Jameis Winston will both be in play at No. 1 overall. The Titans will pick second, and the Jaguars third. These are picks Nos. 4-10: Raiders (4); Redskins (5); Jets (6); Bears (7); Falcons (8); Giants (9); Rams (10).
Dec 28 - 9:55 PM

Julio Jones caught 4-of-8 targets for 58 yards in the Falcons' Week 17 loss to the Panthers.

Jones was in and out of the game after reportedly aggravating a preexisting knee injury. That's the story of Jones' season, as he battled multiple lower-body ailments despite missing just one game. He still had the best season of his career, totaling 104 catches for 1,593 yards and six touchdowns. Legitimately dominant on the outside when at or near full health, Jones will be a surefire WR1 and first- or second-round pick in fantasy drafts next season. He has one year left on his contract at 25 years old. Matt Ryan also still has a ton of game left at 30.
Dec 28 - 8:35 PM

NFL Network's Jeff Darlington reports Mike Wallace was benched in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Jets for quitting on the team.

Wallace literally quit. After Charles Clay scored a touchdown late in the second quarter, Wallace reportedly "came off the field and told Joe Philbin he no longer wanted to play in the game." Understandably, Wallace's teammates were "very displeased" with Wallace's actions, and he spent the second half sitting on the bench with no one around him. Wallace was a largely effective wide receiver in 2014, particularly in the red zone, but it's now fair to question whether he'll be back with the Dolphins in 2015. He is owed $9.9 million in salary and bonuses.
Dec 28 - 8:18 PM

49ers fired coach Jim Harbaugh.

The 49ers are refusing to call the transaction a firing, but instead a "(mutual agreement) to part ways." Whatever they want to call it, the 49ers are pushing out a coach with one year left on his contract. Harbaugh was a revelation in his first go-around as an NFL head coach, posting a 44-19-1 record across four seasons while reaching the NFC Championship Game three times. Harbaugh's squad lost Super Bowl XLVII to the Ravens, and were one play away from being world champions. It seems absurd that Harbaugh has lost his power struggle with GM Trent Baalke, but it's no secret that his personality is a grating one. Despite the winning, he just couldn't get along with his bosses. Harbaugh is widely rumored to be returning to the college ranks, and his alma mater Michigan. We should have official word some time in the next 48 hours. Whomever the 49ers hire next will be a downgrade, and likely a steep one.
Dec 28 - 8:14 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed 13 times for 87 yards with three touchdowns and caught two passes for 20 yards in Sunday's 47-14 Week 17 win over the Raiders.

Anderson continued his Pro Bowl caliber play since taking over the starting job, scoring for the 10th time in the last seven games. He's clearly an ideal fit for this Peyton Manning offense and has played virtually error-free football. However, he strangely lost a ton of high-leverage snaps and carries to Ronnie Hillman (15 rushes, one catch) as Hillman made his return from a foot injury. It's possible the Broncos were just saving CJA for the playoffs, where they earned a bye as the AFC's No. 2 seed. Hillman is best used as a scat-back kind of complement.
Dec 28 - 7:50 PM

Michael Floyd secured 8-of-12 targets for 153 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals' Week 17 loss to the 49ers.

Floyd finally showed what he's capable of when given a lot of passing-game volume. He's a true "No. 1" receiver; the Cardinals to this point just hadn't utilized him as one. Floyd made spectacular sideline catches in this one and repeatedly abused San Francisco's secondary. The Cardinals will need more of where this game from to have a shot at upsetting Carolina in the Wild Card round.
Dec 28 - 7:45 PM

Russell Wilson completed 17-of-25 passes for 239 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception in the Seahawks' 20-6, Week 17 win over the Rams.

With the win, the Seahawks have clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC and a first-round bye. With Seattle playing so well and every team having to come through the Pacific Northwest, it's hard to see anyone other than the Seahawks going to the Super Bowl from the NFC. The Rams gave Wilson and Co. a run for their money in the first half, taking a 6-0 lead into the locker room and picking off Wilson to go along with three sacks. But Shaun Hill doomed the Rams with a couple horrible interceptions. Wilson and the Seahawks get two weeks to rest up for another title run.
Dec 28 - 7:34 PM

Ryan Lindley completed 22-of-39 passes for 316 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions in the Cardinals' Week 17 loss to San Francisco.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians caught a lot of flak for attacking the Seahawks' defense aggressively, allowing Lindley to pile up over 40 pass attempts in last week's loss. Arians stuck with his plan against the 49ers, allowing Lindley to sling it all over the field. It worked early in the game as Lindley twice found Michael Floyd for long first-half TDs, but fell to pieces as Lindley turned the ball over to kill Arizona's chances. The Cardinals will be Wild Card round underdogs to the red-hot Panthers, who will host next week's playoff game.
Dec 28 - 7:33 PM

Cam Newton completed 10-of-16 passes for 114 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions in the Panthers' division-clinching, 34-3, Week 17 win over the Falcons, adding 51 rushing yards and another touchdown on six carries.

The 7-8-1 Panthers end the regular season on a four-game winning streak and have clinched the No. 4 seed in the NFC. They'll host the Cardinals next weekend and have a good chance at pulling out the victory against the Ryan Lindley-led Arizona squad. On Sunday, the Panthers got off to a soaring start, jumping out to an early 10-0 lead with a field goal and touchdown on their first two possessions. Matt Ryan then tossed a pick-six before the Panthers then recovered a fumble at the Falcons' four-yard line. On the next play, Newton and the Carolina offensive line bullied their way into the end zone to stake themselves to a 24-3 lead. On Cam's touchdown pass, he found Ed Dickson in the flat in the front right corner of the end zone from five yards out. Cam is playing his best football of the season at the moment.
Dec 28 - 7:25 PM




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