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|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.
|12/19/2014||Dwayne Bowe, WR|
|Bowe missed his third straight day of practice with the flu Friday and is questionable for Sunday's pivotal game at Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Friday he thinks Bowe will be able to play. If he's unable to go, Frankie Hammond Jr. and Jason Avant will likely be called upon to cover Bowe's production.
|12/19/2014||Marcus Gilbert, T|
|Gilbert practiced Friday for Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Gilbertcould return from an ankle injury that has forced him to sit out the last three games.
|12/19/2014||Troy Polamalu, S|
|Polamalu is doubtful with a knee injury.
Analysis: Polamalu, known for his long, flowing hair, is third on the team with 61 tackles.
|12/19/2014||Ryan Shazier, LB|
|Shazier is hoping for a heavier workload on Sunday against Kansas City.
Analysis: Shazier has been limited mostly to work on special teams each of the last two weeks after missing seven of Pittsburgh's first 12 games due to separate leg injuries. Shazier says he's back to 100 percent and hopes to be a bigger part of the game plan.
|12/19/2014||Rontez Miles, S|
|Miles had emergency leg surgery Thursday night after he was injured in practice.
Analysis: The team confirmed Friday that Miles, promoted from the practice squad this week, injured his right shin area when he got tangled with a teammate. Coach Rex Ryan says it appeared to be just a bruise, but team doctors determined it was more serious as the pain increased throughout the day.
|12/19/2014||Cliff Avril, DE|
|A person with knowledge of the deal says the Seattle Seahawks have signed defensive end Cliff Avril to a $28.5 million, four-year extension, preventing one of their top pass rushers from reaching free agency.
Analysis: Avril's deal comes a day after the Seahawks signed linebacker K.J. Wright to a four-year extension worth $27 million. Avril and Wright were two of Seattle's priorities.
|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.
|12/17/2014||Cam Newton, QB|
|Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he's awaiting final clearance from team physicians before officially naming Newton the starter for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.
Analysis: That clearance is expected to come Saturday. The fourth-year quarterback practiced Friday for the third straight day and Rivera says he feels "very confident and comfortable" that Newton will start Sunday, 12 days after a two-vehicle wreck left him with two lower back fractures. Rivera says the only way Newton wouldn't play is if he suffers an unforeseen setback this weekend, but added the quarterback "has had no ill affects every morning" this week.
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