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NFL suspended Lions C Dominic Raiola one game for stomping on Bears DT Ego Ferguson in Sunday's win over Chicago.

It sounds like he'll just lose one game and one game check for the clearly-dirty move, which was caught on video. Raiola has the right to appeal, but being available for the playoffs should remain his top priority. He could still appeal in an attempt to delay the one-game suspension until next season. Raiola deserves to miss Week 17, and he should know it. He ought to accept this.
Dec 22 - 3:42 PM

Drew Stanton (knee) is expected to practice "some" in Week 17, but won't start against the 49ers.

The Cardinals have already announced they'll be going with rookie Logan Thomas for the regular-season finale. Their aim with Stanton is getting him ready for the Wild Card round. The early signs suggest he will be able to go.
Dec 22 - 3:23 PM

The Cowboys plan to play their starters in Sunday's game against the Redskins.

In theory, the Cowboys are still in the mix for a first-round bye, but they would need a series of inexplicable events to unfold. That means that, for all intents and purposes, they're locked into the No. 3 seed and don't have a ton to play for against Washington. We wouldn't be surprised if Tony Romo played only 2-3 quarters, and if DeMarco Murray (hand) was limited even further.
Dec 22 - 3:19 PM

Falcons coach Mike Smith declined to update Steven Jackson's (quad) status at Monday's presser.

Smith did say Jackson was undergoing testing on Monday. ESPN's Vaughn McClure has reported Jackson is tentatively expected to suit up for Sunday's winner-take-all finale against the Panthers, but considering Jackson's age and injury history, it's far from a sure thing. His status will be updated no later than Wednesday.
Dec 22 - 2:56 PM

With Jimmy Clausen (concussion) sidelined, Jay Cutler will be back under center for the Bears in Week 17.

Smokin' Jay comes crawling back. He'll be backed up by sixth-round rookie David Fales. Cutler will be facing the Vikings, a team he shredded for 330 yards and three touchdowns in a Week 11 victory. We obviously aren't expecting a repeat performance, but Cutler will be on the DFS radar.
Dec 22 - 2:44 PM

Jimmy Clausen has been diagnosed with a concussion, and will be sidelined for Sunday's finale against the Vikings.

Clausen took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Lions RE Ziggy Ansah in Sunday's loss, and apparently suffered "delayed" symptoms. He didn't miss a snap, but ended up going to the hospital on Sunday evening. The league still has a long way to go with concussions. Clausen's injury means Jay Cutler will be back under center for Week 17, and backed up by sixth-round rookie David Fales. The timing couldn't be worse for Clausen, who didn't put anything persuasive on film Sunday. There's no guarantee he'll get a No. 2 job for 2015.
Dec 22 - 2:33 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports Brian Hoyer suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday's loss to the Panthers, and is day to day.

The team has yet to confirm, but it would up the chances Johnny Manziel (hamstring) is back under center for Week 17. That, of course, would depend on Johnny Football's health. The Browns don't have a third quarterback, so it's uncertain what they'd do if neither Hoyer nor Manziel could go. The most likely option would be promoting Connor Shaw from the practice squad.
Dec 22 - 2:30 PM

Speaking Monday, Chargers coach Mike McCoy said there's a "possibility" Ryan Mathews (ankle) is ready for Week 17.

Mathews has missed the Bolts' past two games. Mathews has yet to resume practicing, so we wouldn't bet big money on him being ready to go against the Chiefs. If that's the case, the Bolts will keep going with a three-man committee of Branden Oliver, Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown.
Dec 22 - 2:24 PM

Speaking Monday, coach Bruce Arians confirmed the Cardinals are "leaning" towards starting Logan Thomas against the 49ers.

Drew Stanton (knee) isn't ready and Ryan Lindley has looked completely overwhelmed, so Arians doesn't have much of a choice as the Cards jockey for playoff seeding. Arians did say Thomas would have to practice well to earn the nod, and that he'd be on a short leash on Sunday. Stanton is hardly a capable NFL quarterback, but the Cards will be one-and-done in the playoffs if he isn't ready to go.
Dec 22 - 2:12 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Jets are expected to hire ex-Texans GM Charley Casserly as a consultant "in the event the organization decides to make any changes."

We already knew coach Rex Ryan was as good as gone, but Casserly's addition would suggest GM John Idzik is on the way out, as well. Per Schefter, both Ryan and Idzik's jobs are "very much in jeopardy." We should know their fate by this time next week.
Dec 22 - 2:05 PM

The Arizona Republic reports Logan Thomas is expected to be the Cardinals' Week 17 starter at quarterback.

Beat writer Kent Somers' report comes from an "informed" Cardinals source. "The best kind," in Somers' words. Ryan Lindley was an unmitigated disaster in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, so the news doesn't qualify as a surprise. Drew Stanton (knee) is supposedly healing quicker than expected, but isn't considered likely to be ready for this week's finale. It's doubtful Thomas will be much better than Lindley, but the Cardinals owe it to themselves to find out. Lindley didn't look like he belonged on an NFL field versus Seattle.
Dec 22 - 1:55 PM

Seahawks LT Russell Okung (chest) is expected to resume practicing this week.

That would put Okung on track to suit up for Sunday's finale against the Rams, but the Seahawks won't take any chances with his health even as they fight for the NFC's No. 1 seed. Alvin Bailey filled in against the Cardinals, holding his own.
Dec 22 - 1:45 PM

The Dolphins will retain GM Dennis Hickey for 2015.

It's not a surprise, as owner Stephen Ross has already said that coach Joe Philbin will be back, and Hickey had a solid first year on the job. We don't understand Ross so quickly and publicly committing to Philbin, but Hickey's vote of confidence was earned.
Dec 22 - 1:21 PM

Dwayne Bowe sprained his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

Bowe was never announced with an injury on Sunday, and played 52-of-66 snaps. It's likely a day-to-day type ailment, one he'll probably play through in this week's climactic showdown with the Chargers.
Dec 22 - 1:17 PM

Bills released WR Mike Williams from injured reserve.

Williams is free to sign with any team, as he already passed through waivers unclaimed when he was waived/injured earlier this month. A mess off the field who has declined on it, Williams' phone isn't going to be ringing off the hook.
Dec 22 - 1:10 PM



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