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|12/19/2014||Marqise Lee, WR|
|Lee had four catches for 65 yards Thursday.
Analysis: Lee is dealing with a difficult rookie season but with an offseason in the Jags' program, don't count him out in the 2015 fantasy draft as someone who can't rock the competition.
|12/19/2014||DeMarco Murray, RB|
|Murray is listed as questionable against Indianapolis after the NFL rushing leader did some work in practice this week for Dallas with a broken left hand. Murray has 1,687 yards rushing and needs 87 to break NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smith's franchise record of 1,773.
Analysis: Murray went through individual drills Wednesday before expanding his role in workouts Thursday and Friday. He says he will ultimately decide whether to play on Sunday. The NFC East-leading Cowboys (10-4) can wrap up a playoff berth if they beat the Colts (10-4) and Philadelphia loses to Washington. But Dallas could miss the postseason with a loss in one of two remaining games if the Eagles beat the New York Giants and Redskins.
|12/19/2014||Santana Moss, WR|
|Moss was fined $22,050 by the NFL on Friday for language deemed "abusive and insulting" directed at game officials.
Analysis: Moss was ejected from the Redskins' 24-13 loss to the New York Giants last Sunday when he stormed after officials after Washington lost a touchdown on the final play of the first half on a video review. Robert Griffin III scrambled for an apparent 8-yard touchdown and a 17-7 lead, but a review by referee Jeff Triplette showed the quarterback lost control of the ball diving over the pylon and the play was ruled a touchback.
|12/19/2014||Charlie Whitehurst, QB|
|Whitehurst completed 24 of 35 passes for a career-high 287 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's loss at Jacksonville.
Analysis: Whitehurst has four TDs and two INTs in four starts this year. He should not be relied upon for fantasy purposes.
|12/19/2014||Toby Gerhart, RB|
|Gerhart ran for 53 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's win over Tennessee.
Analysis: Gerhart's score was his first since Week 4 and just his second of the season. It's been a very disappointing fantasy campaign for the fifth-year running back.
|12/19/2014||Jordan Todman, RB|
|Todman broke loose for a 62-yard TD scamper in Thursday's win over Tennessee.
Analysis: Todman finished with five carries for 71 yards and added two receptions. While the skill set is there, it's hard to rely on him for fantasy purposes with so few touches.
|12/19/2014||Blake Bortles, QB|
|Bortles competed just 13 of 26 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown in Thursday night's 21-13 win over Tennessee.
Analysis: Bortles has just three TDs and to go with four INTs in his last six games. He won't have much fantasy value until Jacksonville surrounds him with more talent.
|12/19/2014||Drew Stanton, QB|
|Arians says quarterback Drew Stanton might suit up against Seattle on Sunday night but would not start. At best, Arians said, Stanton could back up starter Ryan Lindley.
Analysis: Stanton sprained his right knee in last week's win at St. Louis. He practiced on a limited basis on Thursday but did not practice on Friday. Earlier in the week, Arians said he thought Stanton would be out two to four weeks
|12/19/2014||Barkevious Mingo, LB|
|Mingo was fined $16,537 by the NFL on Friday.
Analysis: Mingo was fined for hitting Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton in the head and neck area last Sunday in the Bengals' 30-0 victory.
|12/19/2014||Tamba Hali, LB|
|Hali did not practice Friday.
Analysis: Coach Andy Reid said that was mostly to rest his sore knee.
|12/18/2014||Jimmy Clausen, QB|
|The Chicago Bears benched Jay Cutler on Thursday, deciding to start Jimmy Clausen against this Detroit Lions this weekend in favor of their franchise quarterback who signed a massive, seven-year deal less than a year ago.
Analysis: Clausen has appeared in three games this season and attempted nine passes, completing three. He was 1-9 in 10 starts as a rookie with Carolina in 2010 and threw for 1,558 yards that year. Carolina then drafted Cam Newton. The Bears signed Clausen in June, and he beat out Jordan Palmer for the backup job.
|12/18/2014||Philip Rivers, QB|
|Rivers was back at practice Thursday, and by all accounts it was a perfect one. "Philip had an outstanding day. The ball did not hit the ground today in all the throws he made," coach Mike McCoy said.
Analysis: The San Diego Chargers quarterback returned a day after sitting out practice in order to rest chest and back injuries. He expects to play at San Francisco on Saturday night, when the Chargers (8-6) hope to keep their playoff chances alive.
|12/18/2014||K.J. Wright, LB|
|The Seattle Seahawks have signed Wright to a four-year contract extension, keeping one of their key defensive players from reaching free agency. Seattle announced the extension Thursday. No financial terms were immediately available.
Analysis: Wright has been a versatile piece of Seattle's linebacker corps since his arrival as a fourth-round pick in 2011. Wright has started at multiple linebacker positions, but Seattle has found his best spot is as the weakside linebacker. Wright is leading Seattle with 96 tackles this season, already a career-high, has two sacks and forced three fumbles. He's started all 14 games, including three at middle linebacker when Bobby Wagner was out with a foot injury.
|12/18/2014||Jay Cutler, QB|
|Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman confirmed Cutler is being benched in favor of Jimmy Clausen.
Analysis: Trestman was announced the move on Thursday. He says Cutler will be active and serve as the backup for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. Cutler leads the league in interceptions (18) and turnovers (24). He signed a massive seven-year deal with the Bears after last season.
|12/18/2014||Andrew Hawkins, WR|
|Hawkins was not on the practice field during the portion of the workout open to the media.
Analysis: Hawkins leads Cleveland with 58 receptions for 763 yards and two touchdowns. The team did not have an immediate reason for Hawkins' absence. Earlier this week, Hawkins, who is in his first season with the Browns, poignantly spoke about his reasons for wearing a T-shirt before Sunday's game protesting two police shootings in Ohio.
|12/18/2014||Craig Watts, G|
|The NFL has suspended San Diego Chargers practice squad player Craig Watts without pay for four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Analysis: Watts is not eligible to join the active roster until the day following the fourth regular-season or postseason game of his suspension.
|12/18/2014||DeMarcus Love, T|
|The Denver Broncos have added offensive tackle DeMarcus Love to their practice squad.
Analysis: Love is a fourth-year pro who has spent time with the Vikings (2011-13) and Jaguars (2013) in addition to competing on the practice squads of the Giants and Saints this season.
|12/18/2014||Dominique Jones, TE|
|The Denver Broncos have re-signed tight end Dominique Jones to their active roster.
Analysis: The Broncos signed Jones 48 hours after waiving him. He played four snaps in the Broncos' 22-10 victory at San Diego last weekend after being brought up from Denver's practice squad because of injuries at his position.
|12/18/2014||Blair Walsh, K|
|Walsh has been awful lately.
Analysis: The Minnesota Vikings kicker is 1 for 6 with field goal attempts over the past two games. His success rate has fallen to 71 percent, the lowest of any regular kicker in the NFL this year. Walsh went 0 for 3 against Detroit last week, though one field goal try was blocked and another was a long shot of a 68-yarder at the end of the game.
|12/18/2014||Derek Anderson, QB|
|Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took all of the first-team reps during the 20-minute portion of practice Thursday that was open to the media. Newton had split reps with Anderson on Wednesday.
Analysis: Coach Ron Rivera has yet to name a starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, who are Anderson's former team.
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