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|12/6/2013||Jay Cutler, QB||Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman says Cutler's injured left ankle responded well after he returned to practice this week.
Analysis: Cutler was a limited participant for the second straight day on Friday as he tries to work his way back from a high left ankle sprain. Trestman says he "did not seem to be any more inhibited today than he was" on Thursday, when he practiced for the first time since he injured the ankle against Detroit on Nov. 10. Cutler will miss his fourth straight game when the Bears host Dallas on Monday night.
|12/6/2013||Jeremy Kerley, WR||New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley will make his return after missing three games with a dislocated elbow, giving struggling Geno Smith one of his key targets on offense.
Analysis: Fellow receiver Santonio Holmes (hamstring) and tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. (knee) will also play Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. That will mark the first time since Week 4 that the Jets will have all three playmakers together.
|12/6/2013||Christian Ponder, QB||The Minnesota Vikings have ruled Ponder out for Sunday's game at Baltimore.
Analysis: Coach Leslie Frazier said Friday that Ponder had yet to pass all of his post-concussion tests. So Ponder will not suit up against the Ravens, with Matt Cassel starting and Josh Freeman backing him up. This is Ponder's third significant injury of the season.
|12/6/2013||Maurice Jones-Drew, RB||Jones-Drew is getting tests on his strained right hamstring. Coach Gus Bradley says Jones-Drew will have an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.
Analysis: Jones-Drew strained his hamstring late in Thursday night's 27-20 victory against Houston. He ran 14 times for a season-high 103 yards, including a 48-yarder in the third quarter that set up the winning touchdown. He also had 20 yards receiving. Jones-Drew, who missed most of last season with a foot injury, has 719 yards rushing this season - 264 yards in the last three games, all wins.
|12/5/2013||Greg Jones, RB||Jones is active in his return to Jacksonville.
Analysis: Jones, who spent the previous nine years playing for the Jaguars, had been questionable with a knee injury. It's clear that the fanfare of Thursday night football for this matchup helped coaz him back onto the field.
|12/5/2013||Tyvon Branch, S||The Raiders finally might be getting one of the anchors of their defense back. Strong safety Tyvon Branch has returned to practice this week for the first time since breaking his right leg Sept. 15 against Jacksonville. Branch is still limited at practice but hopes to be able to play Sunday against the New York Jets.
Analysis: Branch was one of only two returning starters on Oakland's overhauled defense but only played one game before getting hurt in the first quarter against the Jaguars in Week 2. While Brandian Ross is still slated to start this week, Branch could get some time, which would provide a big boost for the Raiders, who have lost four of their last five games.
|12/5/2013||Tramon Williams, CB||Williams has been fined $26,250 for contact with an official, per NFL guidelines. Williams told reporters Thursday that he planned to appeal. He said he didn't realize he had made contact with the official, and meant no harm.
Analysis: The contact occurred after a Lions touchdown early in the fourth quarter of Green Bay's 40-10 loss to the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. A replay appeared to show Williams looking away while walking forward, just behind Lions center Dominic Raiola, when the official crossed in between the two players. Williams received a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
|12/5/2013||Jason Campbell, QB||Campbell has been cleared to play after sitting out one game with a concussion and will start on Sunday when the Browns visit the New England Patriots.
Analysis: Campbell missed last week's game with a concussion sustained on Nov. 24 against Pittsburgh. He was cleared to practice for the first time since the injury on Thursday and only had to get permission from an independent neurologist before he can play.
|12/5/2013||Austin Collie, WR||The New England Patriots have re-signed wide receiver Austin Collie.
Analysis: Collie played four games this season before being released after hurting his knee in a 55-31 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 3. He had three catches after signing with the Patriots as a free agent Oct. 3. Two of those came on the winning drive in a 30-27 win over the New Orleans Saints.
|12/4/2013||Desmond Bryant, DE||Bryant has undergone a successful procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat.
Analysis: Bryant's season ended with four games left because of a rapid heartbeat, a condition he has known about for several years and been treated for in the past. A Browns spokesman said Bryant had a cardiac ablation on Friday at the Cleveland Clinic. Bryant is expected to make a full recovery and resume his NFL career. Bryant was one of Cleveland's biggest offseason acquisitions, signing a five-year, $34 million contract in March. He finished with 3 1-2 sacks.
|12/4/2013||Tony Moeaki, TE||Tight end Tony Moeaki will get what's essentially a four-week tryout in Buffalo to show he's healthy after being signed by the Bills.
Analysis: The former Chiefs player has been out since breaking his shoulder in Kansas City's preseason win over Pittsburgh on Aug. 23. He was then released by the Chiefs after reaching an injury settlement in October.
|12/4/2013||Matt Cassel, QB||Cassel is on track to start this week at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, with Christian Ponder recovering from a concussion.
Analysis: Coach Leslie Frazier said Wednesday that Cassel "more than likely" will start instead of Ponder when the Vikings play at Baltimore on Sunday. Cassel took over late in the second quarter last week when Ponder was hit in the head and passed for 243 yards in half of a game to help the Vikings beat Chicago in overtime.
|12/4/2013||Tashard Choice, RB||The Buffalo Bills have cut Choice.
Analysis: Choice is a six-year NFL veteran, who was in his third season in Buffalo. He ranks third on the team with 126 yards rushing behind co-starters C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.
|12/3/2013||Dennis Roland, T||The Bengals have brought back offensive tackle Dennis Roland, adding to their depth on their injury-depleted line. Left guard Clint Boling tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a 17-10 victory in San Diego on Sunday. The Bengals put him on injured reserve Tuesday.
Analysis: Roland has played for the Bengals since 2008. He played in the first three games this season and was released on Sept. 25. He re-signed with Cincinnati as a free agent.
|12/3/2013||Travis Lewis, LB||Lions linebacker Travis Lewis has been suspended for the final four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Analysis: The league announced the suspension Tuesday. The 25-year-old Lewis is in his second season after being drafted in the seventh round in 2012. He's played 25 games for Detroit, with no starts, and his contributions have been mostly on special teams. Lewis is eligible to return after Detroit's regular-season finale against Minnesota.
|12/3/2013||Drew Brees, QB||Brees threw a TD, but finished 23 of 38 for a season-low 147 yards in Monday's lost against the Seahawks. He also fumbled after his arm was hit and that was returned for a TD.
Analysis: Brees and the Saints were stymied the entire game, with the star quarterback losing for the first time on Monday night after nine straight wins.
|12/3/2013||Russell Wilson, QB||Wilson finished with 310 yards passing with three TDs and attempted only three passes in the fourth quarter for 13 yards
Analysis: Wilson completed 22 of 30 passes and finished with a quarterback rating of 139.6. He is 14-0 at home and has 22 regular-season wins in his first two seasons, tied for the most ever by a second-year QB.
|12/3/2013||Caleb Hanie, QB||With Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell recovering from concussions, the Browns signed quarterback Caleb Hanie, who could start this week at New England.
Analysis: Hanie gives the Browns another option as a starter this week against the Patriots. Coach Rob Chudzinski may choose to start him over Alex Tanney because he has started four regular-season games.
|12/2/2013||Eli Manning, QB||Manning had a streak of 10 completions, including a 22-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Myers in the second quarter that tied the game at the half of Sunday's win over Washington.
Analysis: Manning's final numbers weren't too shabby - 22 for 28 for 235 yards - and it's hard to ignore the back-to-back clutch throws to Myers (18 yards) and Victor Cruz (19) that set up Andre Brown's 1-yard touchdown run that put the Giants ahead for good early in the fourth quarter.
|12/2/2013||Brandon Weeden, QB||Weeden is following NFL protocol for a head injury, leaving Cleveland without a healthy starter for this week.
Analysis: Weeden was injured in Sunday's loss at home to Jacksonville. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski does not know when Weeden, who threw three touchdown passes while filling in for the injured Jason Campbell, got hurt. Chudzinski said Campbell has been cleared for football activities but not yet for practice. Campbell is still recovering from a concussion sustained last week on a blind-side hit by Pittsburgh's William Gay.
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