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11/26/2014 Marcus Thigpen, WR
The Buffalo Bills have claimed Thigpen after the receiver was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Analysis: Thigpen, who doubles as a return specialist, has appeared in 36 NFL career games. The 28-year-old appeared in four games this year with Tampa Bay, and spent the previous two seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Overall, he has nine catches for 112 yards and a touchdown. He also scored a touchdown returning a punt for the Dolphins in 2012.
11/26/2014 Shaun Phillips, LB
The Colts have claimed Phillips off waivers from Tennessee.

Analysis: The 6-foot-3, 255-pound pass rusher has 554 tackles, 81 1/2 sacks and seven interceptions during his 11-year career. He played nine seasons with San Diego, then signed with Denver last season and joined the Titans this year. With Tennessee, Phillips had 19 tackles and two sacks in 11 games.
11/26/2014 Muhammad Wilkerson, DE
Wilkerson could miss New York's game against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night with a toe injury.

Analysis: Wilkerson has a toe injury that coach Rex Ryan says is similar to turf toe and had him in a walking boot Wednesday. Ryan says it "doesn't look good" for Wilkerson's chances to play. Linebacker Quinton Coples could see increased snaps on the defensive line if Wilkerson can't go.
11/26/2014 Tracy Porter, CB
The Washington Redskins have placed Porter on season-ending injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Analysis: Porter separated his right AC joint in Sunday's 17-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Porter was signed this year as a free agent from the Oakland Raiders, but he played in only three games. He spent much of the season dealing with a pulled right hamstring.
11/26/2014 Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB
The Houston Texans placed quarterback Ryan Mallett on injured reserve on Wednesday, meaning Fitzpatrick will start on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

Analysis: Fitzpatrick started the first nine games before being benched during the bye week in favor of Mallett. Mallett went 1-1 as the starter. Fitzpatrick is a 10-year NFL veteran, who has thrown for 1,960 yards with 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season.
11/26/2014 Kaelin Burnett, LB
The Tennessee Titans have signed Burnett off the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad a day after releasing veteran linebacker Shaun Phillips.

Analysis: The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Burnett has played in 22 NFL games after signing with Oakland as an undrafted free agent. The younger brother of former University of Tennessee player Kevin Burnett, the linebacker played 38 games in college at Nevada.
11/26/2014 J'Marcus Webb, T
The Minnesota Vikings have signed Webb again for depth because of another season-ending injury.

Analysis: Starting right tackle Phil Loadholt was placed on injured reserve Wednesday after he tore a left pectoral muscle Sunday in the loss to Green Bay. Webb played for the Vikings in 2013, appearing in eight games and starting one. He was in training camp with Kansas City but let go before the season. Webb played the first three years of his career with Chicago.
11/26/2014 Colt McCoy, QB
The Washington Redskins plan to start McCoy over Robert Griffin III on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

Analysis: McCoy went 25 of 30 for 299 yards with an INT in his only start this season, a 20-17 overtime win at Dallas.
11/26/2014 Robert Griffin III, QB
The Washington Redskins plan to start Colt McCoy over Griffin on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

Analysis: The Redskins are 0-3 since Griffin returned from an ankle injury and have scored only one touchdown in each of the last two games. The No. 2 overall draft pick was the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012, but he is 4-14 as a starter since the start of the 2013 season and has struggled in an attempt to transform into a traditional pocket-passer.
11/26/2014 Geno Smith, QB
Smith will get the start at quarterback over Michael Vick for the game against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night.

Analysis: Smith, in his second season, last started on Oct. 26 in a 43-23 loss to the Bills in which he threw interceptions on three consecutive possessions and was benched. Smith has thrown for 1,459 yards with seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Vick threw for 404 yards and three TDs and an interception in his three starts.
11/25/2014 Jace Amaro, TE
Amaro has a head injury and is going through the NFL's concussion protocol.

Analysis: Coach Rex Ryan says Tuesday that Amaro, who leads NFL rookie tight ends with 34 catches for 291 yards receiving, is going through the NFL's concussion protocol. Ryan wouldn't confirm whether Amaro actually has a concussion, but the rookie's status for the Jets' game against the Miami Dolphins next Monday night is uncertain.
11/25/2014 Kellen Davis, TE
The Detroit Lions have released tight end Kellen Davis.

Analysis: Davis played three games for the Lions this season without catching a pass. Detroit was beset by injuries at tight end, but Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria are healthy now.
11/25/2014 Brian Schwenke, C
The Tennessee Titans have placed Schwenke on injured reserve.

Analysis: Schwenke hurt his left knee in Sunday's 43-24 loss at Philadelphia and had an MRI exam Monday.
11/25/2014 Michael Bush, RB
The Arizona Cardinals signed running back Michael Bush on Tuesday and released Kerwynn Williams.

Analysis: Bush has 809 carries for 3,250 yards and 29 touchdowns along with 104 receptions for 1,010 yards and two touchdowns over a seven-year NFL career. Bush entered the league as a fourth-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in the 2007 draft. He sat out his rookie season because of a leg injury then played for the Raiders from 2008 to 2011 before signing with the Chicago Bears in 2012. He played in 15 games with the Chicago Bears last season before being released in March.
11/25/2014 Connor Barth, K
The Denver Broncos have switched kickers again, waiving first-year pro Brandon McManus and signing Connor Barth, who hasn't kicked in an NFL game since 2012.

Analysis: Barth, 28, won a competition with 38-year-old Jay Feely at the Broncos complex in suburban Denver on Tuesday.
11/25/2014 Brandon McManus, K
The Denver Broncos have switched kickers again, waiving first-year pro Brandon McManus and signing Connor Barth, who hasn't kicked in an NFL game since 2012.

Analysis: Barth, a five-year veteran, and 13-year pro Jay Feely worked out for the team Tuesday, 48 hours after McManus clanked a 33-yard field goal off an upright in Denver's 39-36 win over Miami. The Broncos traded a seventh-round draft pick to the Giants for McManus in August after Matt Prater's suspension. They later released Prater, who signed with Detroit. Solid on kickoffs, McManus was 9 for 13 on field goal attempts.
11/25/2014 Drew Brees, QB
Brees threw for 420 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Monday's loss to Baltimore.

Analysis: Brees had failed to surpass 300 yards in his previous three games.
11/25/2014 Troy Polamalu, S
Barring a setback this week, cornerback Ike Taylor and safety Troy Polamalu will both play on Sunday when the Steelers host New Orleans.

Analysis: Taylor hasn't played since Week 3 due to a broken right forearm, while Polamalu is recovering from a sprained left knee.
11/25/2014 Ike Taylor, CB
Barring a setback this week, cornerback Ike Taylor and safety Troy Polamalu will both play on Sunday when the Steelers host New Orleans.

Analysis: Taylor hasn't played since Week 3 due to a broken right forearm, while Polamalu is recovering from a sprained left knee.
11/25/2014 Andre Smith, T
The Bengals put right tackle Andre Smith on injured reserve with a torn left triceps on Tuesday, ending his season.

Analysis: Smith got hurt during a 22-13 win in Houston on Sunday. He'd missed the two previous games with a sprained ankle.
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