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Bengals signed TE Kevin Brock.

A fifth-year undrafted free agent, Brock has made six career appearances, including four for the Chiefs this season. He's just an extra body in case Tyler Eifert (shoulder) is unavailable for the Wild Card round.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 04:43:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bears will start Jimmy Clausen over Jay Cutler in Week 16 against the Lions.

The Bears are benching Cutler just 14 starts into his seven-year, $127 million extension. Per NFL Network's Mike Silver, coach Marc Trestman felt he could no longer start Cutler "simply to justify a contract" when his on-field play was so poor. Cutler regressed in his second season in Trestman's offense, leading the NFL in turnovers (24). Owed a fully guaranteed $15.5 million next year, the Bears' only option is to trade Cutler this offseason if they want to move on from him. Chicago would absorb $19 million in dead money by releasing Cutler before 2016.
Dec 17 - 6:41 PM

Carlos Hyde (ankle, back) said he does not expect to play in Saturday's game against the Chargers barring a miracle.

Despite receiving good news following an MRI, it doesn't look like Hyde is going to be able to go on this short week. It's terrible timing, as Frank Gore (concussion) is in serious doubt as well. It's certainly possible the 49ers will be forced to roll with Alfonso Smith and Phillip Tanner at running back Saturday.
Dec 17 - 5:14 PM

Carlos Hyde (ankle, back) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

Frank Gore (concussion) also remained out on Wednesday. The 49ers are on a short week with a game against the Chargers on Saturday night. With both Hyde and Gore uncertain for Week 16, the 49ers signed RB Phillip Tanner on Wednesday. Alfonso Smith and Tanner are the lone healthy backs on the roster.
Dec 17 - 4:50 PM

Keenan Allen (ankle, collarbone) has been ruled out for Week 16 against the 49ers.

As expected. Seyi Ajirotutu will fill the No. 3 receiver role behind Malcom Floyd and Eddie Royal. Look for Antonio Gates to see a bump in targets. Those hanging onto Allen in re-draft leagues can safely cut ties with him.
Dec 17 - 4:07 PM

49ers waived LE Ray McDonald.

It's been a long time coming for McDonald. Wednesday's announcement that McDonald is a suspect in an alleged rape from last week that took place at his home was the final straw for the 49ers. It also helps that they're out of the playoff race. McDonald has had a number of off-field red flags, ranging from DUI, all-night partying, felony domestic violence arrest in August, and now this. The 49ers will eat over $4.6 million in dead money against the 2015 salary cap by releasing him.
Dec 17 - 3:39 PM

Coach Mike Smith said the Falcons will decide Julio Jones' (hip) Week 16 status on Sunday morning.

Julio didn't practice Wednesday, and we don't expect him to do so at all this week. He's dealing with a labrum issue in his hip. All we can do is wait until 11:30 AM ET Sunday morning for a decision. We'll continue to provide any updates, but we're unlikely to learn anything before the weekend.
Dec 17 - 2:04 PM

Cam Newton (back) returned to a limited practice Wednesday.

He and Derek Anderson split first-team reps with Newton getting back in the swing of things after last Tuesday's car accident. Kelvin Benjamin said Cam threw the ball with his normal "fire" on Wednesday. We'd bet Newton starts Week 16 against the Browns with the Panthers hanging on for dear life in the NFC South.
Dec 17 - 1:44 PM

49ers LE Ray McDonald is being investigated by the San Jose Police Department on a rape allegation that was reported last Tuesday.

A search warrant has been issued for McDonald's home, and the judge signed it on Tuesday. McDonald was in the news over summer after he was arrested on felony domestic violence charges. Those charges were eventually dropped. But he now has a potential sexual assault case on his hands. It'll be interesting to see if the 49ers choose to stand by McDonald's side as they did over summer.
Dec 17 - 12:58 PM

Blake Bortles (foot) is questionable for Thursday night's Week 16 game against the Titans but is expected to start.

Bortles sprained his foot in last Sunday's loss to the Ravens but made a quick recovery on a short week and should be under center for this AFC South dumpster fire. Neither Bortles nor Charlie Whitehurst are fantasy options.
Dec 17 - 12:37 PM

DeMarco Murray (hand) participated in Wednesday's practice.

Murray had his left (non-dominant) hand wrapped after breaking it last Sunday, but went through all of the individual drills and caught some passes out of the backfield. We believe Murray is going to try and play Week 16 against the Colts with the Cowboys having a chance at home-field advantage for the playoffs.
Dec 17 - 12:30 PM

T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) is not practicing Wednesday.

It's not a major concern. Yet. Hilton is reportedly aiming to be on the field Thursday. He tweaked his hamstring in Sunday's win over the Texans. Hilton's MRI on Monday came back clean. His status will be updated again Thursday.
Dec 17 - 12:19 PM




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