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Andrew Hawkins (thumb) is listed as questionable for Week 17.

Hawkins missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but was able to get in a limited session on Friday. With Josh Gordon suspended, the Browns could be forced to start Taylor Gabriel and Travis Benjamin if Hawkins is held out.
Dec 27 - 2:21 PM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (illness) has been ruled out for Week 17 against the Redskins after not traveling with the team.

McClain got in full practices on Thursday and Friday, so he likely came down with the illness Friday night. With the three seed locked up and a first-round bye a pipe dream, Dallas has no reason to push their starting MLB.
Dec 27 - 2:01 PM

Browns suspended Josh Gordon for Week 17 against the Ravens for a violation of team rules.

Gordon was placed on the reserve/suspended list. WR Phil Bates was promoted off the practice squad to take his place. The Browns did not announce why Gordon was suspended, but NFL.com's Mike Silver reports Gordon missed the Browns' Saturday walk through. The suspension ends a tumultuous season for Gordon. After missing the first 11 weeks of the season serving a league-mandated suspension, Gordon looked out of shape and unfamiliar with the playbook as he struggled his way to 24 catches for 303 yards and zero touchdowns in five starts. Bad quarterback play certainly contributed to Gordon's disappointing stretch, but he was not the transcendent talent that took the league by storm in 2013. Coming off a down season and now serving his third suspension in two years, Gordon's Dynasty stock is crumbling.
Dec 27 - 1:49 PM

Patriots.com believes "anyone dealing with any sort of injury could very very well be inactive" Week 17 against the Bills.

Bill Belichick said earlier in the week the Patriots "will do what we feel is best for our football team, period." That could include resting players dealing with nagging injuries like Julian Edelman (concussion) and LaGarrette Blount (shoulder). Both are listed a questionable for this week, and it would not be surprising if both are inactive.
Dec 27 - 1:42 PM

Jets signed WR Quincy Enunwa off their practice squad.

Enunwa will take the roster spot of S Rontez Miles, who was placed on injured reserve with a leg injury. Waived at final cuts, Enunwa has spent his rookie season on the Jets' practice squad.
Dec 27 - 1:32 PM

Bucs restructured the contract of TE Brandon Myers.

The details are not yet available, but the restructuring will lower Myers $2.25 million base salary in 2015 while adding another year to the contract. This deal will likely keep Myers in Tampa Bay for at least one more season.
Dec 27 - 1:29 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Cowboys' starters practiced this week as if they were playing in a "regular role."

Needing basically a miracle to earn a first-round bye, the Cowboys have little reason to play their starters against Washington. That appears to matter little to coach Jason Garrett, who has been consistent the starters will play a normal role Week 17. A full game may be Dallas' intent, but it would not be surprising if Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant are pulled at some point in the game. All three are risky targets in daily formats.
Dec 27 - 1:23 PM

Steelers LCB Ike Taylor (shoulder/forearm) is listed as questionable for Week 17 against the Bengals.

Taylor got in a limited practice every day this week, but with the secondary playing well over the last several games, the Steelers may choose to hold out the oft-burned corner. That would be bad news for A.J. Green, who torched Taylor for 136 yards and a touchdown Week 14.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 27 - 1:00 PM

Chargers signed C Jeff Baca off their practice squad.

Baca is taking the roster spot of P Mike Scifres, who was placed on injured reserve with a broken clavicle. Already on their fifth center, the Chargers will hope Baca is not needed Week 17 against the Chiefs.
Dec 27 - 12:50 PM

Lions signed C Darren Keyton off their practice squad.

Keyton will take the roster spot of C Dominic Raiola, who was suspended one game for stomping on Bears DT Ego Ferguson. Rookie Travis Swanson will start at center for the Lions.
Dec 27 - 12:46 PM

Browns signed QB Connor Shaw off their practice squad.

Shaw has taken all the first-team reps in practice this week and will start the Browns' Week 17 matchup with the Ravens. Cleveland also promoted DL Jamie Meder from the practice squad. LB Eric Martin and TE Ryan Taylor were waived in corresponding moves.
Dec 27 - 12:39 PM

Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) may be able to return if the Lions are forced to play in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

A loss on Sunday would force the Lions to play a first-round game in Dallas. Fairley has ramped up his workout routine recently and could conceivably return to practice in time to face the Cowboys. The best case scenario for Detroit would be to win against the Packers, earn a first-round bye and get Fairley back for the Divisional Round.
Dec 27 - 12:18 PM

Free agent WR Austin Pettis worked out for the Chargers on Wednesday.

Pettis has also worked out for the Seahawks and Panthers since being released by the Rams in October. With Keenan Allen sidelined for likely the rest of the season, the Chargers may give Pettis a look if they qualify for the postseason. Pettis had 107 catches and nine touchdowns across four seasons with the Rams.
Dec 27 - 11:30 AM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Giants have yet to reach out with an offer to extend impending free-agent DE Jason Pierre-Paul.

The Giants are not expected to slap the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul, and it is becoming increasingly obvious the team will allow JPP to test his value on the open market. Pierre-Paul has come on strong with seven sacks over the past month, but inconsistent play and a checkered injury history may limit him to short-term, prove-it offers.
Dec 27 - 11:23 AM

Pro Football Talk reports Bears GM Phil Emery and team president Ted Phillips are also on the chopping block.

After a disastrous season, it seems the Bears are ready to completely clean house. Coach Marc Trestman already has one foot out the door, Emery's position appears perilous at best and Phillips could get the axe despite being with the team for almost 16 years. Ironically, the one person who may survive is Jay Cutler because his Emery-negotiated contract makes him a headache to trade.
Dec 27 - 10:58 AM



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