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11/20/2014 Chris Long, DE
Coach Jeff Fisher said there was a chance Long (ankle surgery) could be activated from the injured reserve-designated for return list Sunday at San Diego.

Analysis: Long is in his second week of practice and must return by next week.
11/20/2014 Julio Jones, WR
According to coach Mike Smith, Jones will play against Cleveland even if he doesn't practice on Friday.

Analysis: Jones, who ranks fourth in the league with 67 catches, has missed the last two days with an illness.
11/20/2014 AJ McCarron, QB
McCarron returned to practice this week after spending all of training camp and the season getting his passing shoulder back in shape. The Bengals drafted him in the fifth round intending to develop him into a backup for Andy Dalton. A sore passing shoulder pushed back those plans.

Analysis: McCarron said on Thursday that the shoulder feels strong and he's ready to be a backup this season, if that's what the Bengals need. They have three weeks to decide whether to add him to the active roster for the final three games of the regular season.
11/20/2014 Alshon Jeffery, WR
Jeffery (hamstring) and Brandon Marshall (ankle) were limited in practice Thursday.

Analysis: Both sat out Wednesday, so this is a step in the right direction.
11/20/2014 Brandon Marshall, WR
Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) were limited in practice Thursday.

Analysis: Both sat out Wednesday, so this is a step in the right direction.
11/20/2014 MarQueis Gray, TE
A snowstorm hasn't prevented the Buffalo Bills from making roster changes after being awarded the right to claim tight end MarQuies Gray. The Bills announced the move on Thursday.

Analysis: Listed at 6-foot-4 and 242 pounds, Gray appeared in eight games for the Minnesota Vikings this season. Last year, he had two starts in 12 games for the Cleveland Browns.
11/20/2014 Will Blackmon, CB
Blackmon has pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of marijuana possession in Oklahoma. The Oklahoman newspaper reports that if the former Oklahoma State star doesn't commit any crimes in the next six months, the charge will be dropped to a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

Analysis: Edmond police stopped Blackmon in July for a minor traffic violation and discovered three grams of marijuana inside his car. Blackmon was joined in Edmond Municipal Court on Thursday by his attorney, Robert Gray, and told Judge Diane Slayton that Blackmon recently completed a voluntary drug rehabilitation program. Blackmon was suspended indefinitely a year ago for repeated violations of the league's substance-abuse policy.
11/20/2014 Matt Asiata, RB
Asiata will miss Sunday's game against Green Bay because of a concussion.

Analysis: Asiata has not yet been cleared to practice. Running back Jerick McKinnon was listed as probable to play the Packers after participating in Friday's practice on a limited basis. Recently signed veteran Ben Tate could get some time at running back.
11/20/2014 Ben Tate, RB
Tate joined the Vikings for practice Thursday, two days after he was waived by the Browns.

Analysis: Tate signed with Cleveland as a free agent before the season. Tate had only two carries for minus-9 yards against the Texans last week and said he was dissatisfied with his role. Tate also missed two games earlier this year because of a sprained right knee. The Vikings host Green Bay this Sunday and are thin at running back with Adrian Peterson suspended and Matt Asiata out with a concussion.
11/19/2014 Bobby Wagner, LB
The Seahawks are hoping Wagner, their starting middle linebacker, will make his return this week when Seattle hosts Arizona in a key NFC West matchup.

Analysis: Wagner's potential return could be critical because of what the Seahawks face. After Arizona, Seattle is at San Francisco on a short week and then travels to Philadelphia.
11/19/2014 Tony Romo, QB
Romo will play the New York Giants on Sunday night, then figure out if his surgically repaired back can hold up for the quick Thanksgiving turnaround.

Analysis: Trying to decide this week what plan will work for next week is premature - the same label he gave to a question about how good a year he's having while leading the Cowboys (7-3) in his eighth full season as the starter.
11/19/2014 Ahmad Brooks, LB
San Francisco linebacker Ahmad Brooks says he was benched for the second half of Sunday's road win against the Giants for heated words he directed at defensive line coach Jim Tomsula in the second quarter.

Analysis: Brooks was frustrated with his playing time on a day linebacker Aldon Smith returned following a nine-game suspension. The outside linebacker apologized to Tomsula and says they have moved forward. Coach Jim Harbaugh spoke to Brooks and said "it's not insubordination." Brooks is scheduled to play Sunday when the 49ers host the Washington Redskins.
11/19/2014 Ben Tate, RB
The Minnesota Vikings have claimed Tate off waivers from the Cleveland Browns.

Analysis: Tate was signed Wednesday, when running backs Matt Asiata (concussion) and Jerick McKinnon (lower back injury) both were held out of practice. The move also came the day after the NFL announced a suspension of running back Adrian Peterson for the rest of the season for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
11/19/2014 Ryan Tannehill, QB
Tannehill was limited with a lingering left shoulder injury that also curtailed his practice time last week.

Analysis: He should be able to go Sunday at Denver.
11/19/2014 Jonathan Freeny, LB
Freeny has been ruled out of Sunday's game at Denver with a hamstring injury that is expected to sideline him for several weeks.

Analysis: Freeny was hurt in last week's win over Buffalo.
11/19/2014 Carlos Rogers, CB
Cornerbacks TJ Carrie and Rogers will miss the Oakland Raiders' game on Thursday night against the Kansas City Chiefs because of injuries.

Analysis: Carrie will miss his second game in three weeks with an ankle injury and Rogers will be out for a fourth straight game with an injured knee.
11/19/2014 TJ Carrie, CB
Carrie and Carlos Rogers will miss the Oakland Raiders' game on Thursday night against the Kansas City Chiefs because of injuries.

Analysis: Carrie will miss his second game in three weeks with an ankle injury and Rogers will be out for a fourth straight game with an injured knee.
11/19/2014 Larry Fitzgerald, WR
Fitzgerald says his injured left knee is "a little bit better" and that he "remains optimistic" he will be able to play when the Cardinals face the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday.

Analysis: Fitzgerald sprained his left MCL in last Sunday's 14-6 win over Detroit. He left the game in the first half, but returned and caught a pass for the first down that clinched the victory. He has started 71 consecutive games, the longest active streak among NFL wide receivers, but coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that it was "a little iffy" whether Fitzgerald will be able to go against the Seahawks.
11/19/2014 Marshawn Lynch, RB
The NFL has fined Lynch $50,000 for violations of the league's media policy.

Analysis: League spokesman Michael Signora confirmed the fine Wednesday, which will total $100,000 against the Seahawks' standout. Along with the $50,000 for violating the NFL Media Policy this year, the league is collecting the $50,000 fine that was imposed against Lynch for violations last season. The fine from 2013 was held in anticipation of future cooperation from Lynch.
11/19/2014 Earl Wolff, S
Wolff is out for the season.

Analysis: Wolff is on injured reserve with a knee injury.
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