"Jordan will be day-to-day," Washington coach Jay Gruden said. "You know, we just have to wait and see."
Related players: Vernon Davis
Gruden issued the same statement on Reed last week, and the tight end proceeded to miss all Redskins practices for the week and was announced out for the Arizona game on Friday. Reed's injury came on Thanksgiving in Dallas when he separated his shoulder diving in the end zone for a Kirk Cousins' pass during the first half. Vernon Davis would continue to replace Reed as the team's TE1.
The injury-plagued Lions are bringing back a familiar face.
Bell will provide some depth at running back after Dwayne Washington got hurt against the Saints on Sunday. Bell knows the Lions’ offense and had 311 rushing yards and 286 receiving yards for the Lions last season. Bell briefly played for the Bears this season but was released after having just three carries for six yards.
“I think I’m getting better every day,” Siemian said. “(I’m) trying to do some different things this week and see how it holds up. I think I’m making some headway and we’ll see how it ends up.”
Related players: Paxton Lynch
Siemian is no longer wearing the protective boot on his left foot, and coach Gary Kubiak on Monday said he is hopeful his quarterback will be able to play Sunday at Tennessee.
But Fitzpatrick, and not Hackenberg, will be the backup -- at least at first.
Bowles said Hackenberg simply hasn't received enough practice reps, while sitting behind Fitzpatrick and Petty on the depth chart, to be ready to play this year. And that's why Hackenberg is not the Jets' new backup quarterback.
Coach Todd Bowles says Tuesday, a day after a 41-10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, he has not yet decided how he will fill the two vacant spots on the active roster.
“If Boswell is healthy, he kicks,” coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly press conference.
Tomlin said Bullock, who was signed Saturday as an insurance policy after Boswell injured his abdomen Friday, will remain with the team this week while Boswell recovers.
49ers coach Chip Kelly wasn’t ready to name a starter after benching Colin Kaepernick in favor of Blaine Gabbert during last Sunday’s loss to the Bears, but offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins spilled the beans on Tuesday. Modkins met with the media in Kelly’s place as the head coach is away from the team following the death of his father and announced that Kaepernick will make another start.
The Chiefs only have one full practice this week before they take on the Raiders in a home game on Thursday night and the word from Kansas City is that wide receiver Jeremy Maclin will be a full participant in it.
Related players: Tyreek Hill
Coach Andy Reid broke the news when he met with the media on Tuesday and it represents a major step up for Maclin. The wideout has missed four straight games because of a groin injury and practiced on a limited basis last week before being ruled out for the team’s game against the Falcons.
The Cowboys have clinched a playoff spot with four games remaining, so naturally there will be questions about resting key players in the final weeks if they're able to lock up home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
Jerry Jones doesn't sound interested in resting starters.
"No, I see us more as business as usual," the Cowboys owner and GM said Tuesday morning on 105.3 The Fan's Shan and RJ show [KRLD-FM]. "What it does allow you to do, is when you've got guys on the fence with injury, not pushing them. It just would be smart.
"But I don't know that you gain anything at all with, you just use good sense. The other part of that is the obvious, you don't want to take the edge off. ... You want the team to stay very physical as you enter these playoffs."
Backup quarterback Tony Romo hasn't played in an NFL game in over a year. Does Jones want to see him get some snaps before the team enters the playoffs?
"I want to do what gives us the best chance to have Tony contribute to a championship," Jones said. "I do want Tony to be ready to go in case that Dak [Prescott] should have an issue, health wise. That gives us strength going into the playoffs.
"Not from the standpoint of necessarily protecting Dak ... but from the standpoint of having Tony the readiest to come in and play would be my quick assessment."
Dallas will likely get a bye in the playoffs so it wouldn't make a lot of sense for the team to rest starters in weeks 16 and 17, essentially giving them three weeks off. But it's possible Week 17 could be one where the starters get at least some rest, especially if a bye and home field advantage is clinched at that point.
Miami Dolphins second-year receiver DeVante Parker told his coaching staff early last week that he would play against the Baltimore Ravens. Based on his back injury and track record, there obviously was some doubt.
But Parker managed to fight through the pain and convinced the Dolphins less than two hours before the game that he could. Parker, who didn’t practice all week, finished with three receptions for 34 yards and scored Miami’s only touchdown in a 38-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
The game marked a growing point for Parker, who has dealt with various injuries in his first two seasons. In the past, Parker has missed games or didn’t play well through pain, but neither was the case against the Ravens. Parker looked to fellow receivers Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills playing through their injuries as motivation.
Petty will start the final four games for the 3-9 Jets, beginning with Sunday's trip to San Francisco.
Fitzpatrick was benched once already, after the Jets started 1-5. He was benched again at halftime of Monday night's 41-10 loss to the Colts. Fitzpatrick threw an interception and had a 30.2 quarterback rating in the first half. Petty has some talent to work with at WR and RB but it remains to be seen how much of a spark he can provide so he'll be a risky fantasy option.
Kelley is coming off a 14-carry, 63-yard game in Sunday’s loss to Arizona. That’s not the ideal number of carries for coach Jay Gruden’s liking. It didn’t stem from needing to throw to catch up; rather, the Redskins attempted passes on nine of their first 10 plays in the 31-23 loss.
“There’s no doubt about it, we would like to get more of him involved,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “We had a couple times [Sunday] where we actually had runs called and we got out of them because their safety was down and they were unblockable as far as the run was concerned. We ideally would like to get that running game going a little bit more -- more touches for Robert, because he’s been very good. We have got to make sure that we get him more involved, maintain the time of possession and stay more balanced.”
In Kelley’s first three starts, he rushed for 87, 97 and 137 yards. In his last two, it’s been 37 and 63 yards.
In order to keep the offense balanced, the Redskins would like to hand the ball to Rob Kelley more and let him run, the story said. They may be able to do just that this week against the Eagles. Last time the teams met, the Skins rushed for 230 yards led by Matt Jones.
Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn has stated all season how star receiver Julio Jones is a warrior through injuries, but Quinn might want to intervene to make sure his warrior is ready for the stretch run.
Quinn revealed Monday how Jones is dealing with turf toe, which is a sprain of the ligaments surrounding the big toe. It affects the ability to plant and cut, which is a big part of Jones' explosive game.
It can be a serious issue if not treated with extreme caution, meaning the Falcons might want to consider at least sitting Jones this Sunday against the Rams, if not longer. Quinn said he's not worried about this being a serious case of turf toe for Jones, but the big picture of having Jones at his best for a playoff run has to be at the forefront of the Falcons' thoughts.
This certainly isn't what Jones' fantasy owners want to hear during playoff time. The story went on to say medical experts will tell you the mildest case of turf toe involves one to four weeks of recovery. A moderate case can be two to six weeks of recovery. And a severe case can be four weeks to an indefinite period. The last time Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan missed a game was in 2009 as a result of turf toe. In fact, Ryan missed two contests and three-plus quarters of another game as a result of the injury, the story said. This is worth monitoring as we get closer to Week 14.
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