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The Titans have benched Jake Locker.

In the last year of his rookie contract, Locker has likely played his final down as a Titan. ESPN's Adam Caplan -- who's had a great read on the Titans since the draft -- "can't see" a scenario where Locker gets his job back barring an implosion by or injury to new starter Zach Mettenberger. If this is indeed it for Locker's Titans career, he will finish with 26 touchdown passes, 24 turnovers, and a 57.3 completion rate. Although Locker has myriad flaws, he has a strong enough arm and enough athleticism to resurface in 2015 as a useful NFL backup. Locker simply doesn't throw the ball with enough accuracy to be a consistent big-league starter. He's also been wildly injury prone in the pros.
Oct 22 - 11:22 PM

The Nashville Tennessean reports the Titans will start sixth-round rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback in Week 8 against the Texans.

Having already lost hope for the 2014 season, the Titans will start playing their pups. Injury-prone, contract-year quarterback Jake Locker has been formally demoted. It's believed Mettenberger was informed of coach Ken Whisenhunt's decision to start him on Tuesday night, which perhaps explains why none of Tennessee's quarterbacks were allowed to speak with the media on Wednesday. A strong-armed LSU product albeit with zero mobility, Mettenberger will make his first NFL start against J.J. Watt's Texans in a home game. With Jadeveon Clowney (knee) tentatively due back this week, the Houston defense is worth a look as a Week 8 streamer.
Oct 22 - 10:40 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing will miss at least one week with a knee injury.

It's a blow to an already vulnerable Houston run defense, and a nice upgrade to Bishop Sankey's Week 8 matchup. Justin Tuggle and Mike Mohamed figure to start at inside linebacker against the Titans. Cushing has battled knee problems for years. PFT's Mike Florio suggests Cushing could be out through Week 11.
Oct 22 - 9:32 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports teams have been calling the Titans about Nate Washington's availability.

This unofficially translates to, "We, the Titans, would love to trade Nate Washington." Already demoted in favor of Justin Hunter, Washington is just taking up roster and cap space on Tennessee's 53, and could probably be had for a conditional seventh-round pick. Unfortunately for the Titans, Washington has a guaranteed $4.8 million base salary and isn't worth half that much. They'd be lucky to get a bag of punctured footballs for him.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 22 - 9:07 PM

Raiders OLB LaMarr Woodley is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn biceps muscle.

He won't be missed. Woodley was a complete non-factor in six games for the Raiders, managing five tackles and zero sacks. Dating back to the 2009 season, Woodley's sack totals in chronological order are 13.5, 10, 9, 4, 5, and 0. GM Reggie McKenzie signed Woodley to a two-year, $12 million deal this past March. Only the Titans and Raiders -- two of the worst-run organizations in pro sports -- had interest after the Steelers cut him this past spring. Woodley figures to be released by Oakland in the offseason.
Oct 22 - 8:32 PM

The Colts' plan is for Trent Richardson (hamstring) to return to practice on Thursday.

Despite leaving last week's game early and not practicing on Wednesday, T-Rich fully expects to play Sunday at Pittsburgh. Per Colts beat writer Mike Wells, Richardson "could have returned to the game but he was held out because the outcome had already been decided." Richardson averaged 5.5 YPC against the Bengals, which says more about Cincinnati's pathetic run defense than T-Rich.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 22 - 8:22 PM

Raiders OLB LaMarr Woodley is dealing with a potentially serious biceps injury.

Anyone notice he was playing? Although Woodley has appeared in all six Raiders games this year, starting five, he has zero sacks and five tackles, and has graded out negatively as both a pass rusher and run defender according to Pro Football Focus. He's just another whiff by GM Reggie McKenzie.
Oct 22 - 8:15 PM

Robert Turbin (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Turbin is dealing with a minor shoulder injury. With Derrick Coleman sidelined, Turbin is expected to get the majority of his snaps at fullback this week.
Oct 22 - 7:31 PM

Bills LG Kraig Urbik is expected to start in Week 8 against the Jets.

Urbik will replace rookie Cyril Richardson. The Bills have had some of the worst interior line play in the league this season. Richardson could eventually move back into the starting lineup in place of Erik Pears, who has allowed 11 quarterback hurries through seven games.
Oct 22 - 7:10 PM

Bills WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

Goodwin is likely dealing with a multi-week injury. Mike Williams should continue to be active as the No. 4 receiver, with Chris Hogan playing in three-wide sets.
Oct 22 - 7:07 PM

Panthers WR/KR Philly Brown (concussion) did not practice Wednesday.

Brown is in the early stages of the concussion protocol. He's not expected to play in Sunday's game, and should be considered week to week.
Oct 22 - 6:54 PM

Travis Kelce (ribs) was limited in Chiefs' practice Wednesday.

Kelce is day to day with rib soreness. It's not something that should sideline him for Week 8, but could impact his snap count. Kelce's status will be updated again on Thursday.
Oct 22 - 6:35 PM

Andre Johnson (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

The Texans are limiting Johnson's reps coming off Monday night's loss. He'll remain a WR2 for Week 8 against the Titans.
Oct 22 - 6:22 PM

Arian Foster was limited in Wednesday's practice.

The Texans listed Foster as "not injury related," but he missed practice time last week with a groin issue. Foster has a matchup with the Titans' No. 22 ranked run defense in Week 8.
Oct 22 - 6:15 PM

ESPN's Michael DiRocco believes the Jaguars could have "found their running back of the future" in Denard Robinson.

"It may be the Denard Robinson show going forward," DiRocco said. "The Jaguars are going to limit his workload in the 15-20 carry range…but I think the main job is going to be Robinson's." Toby Gerhart resumed practicing Wednesday, and could return this week in a complementary role. Robinson has long-term upside, but will be just an RB3/FLEX in Week 8 against Miami.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 22 - 6:09 PM



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