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|11/22/2014||Josh Gordon, WR|
|The Browns activated Gordon, clearing the way for him to make his season debut on Sunday in Atlanta.
Analysis: Cleveland officially activated the All-Pro from the exempt/commissioner permission list Saturday and waived backup outside linebacker Keith Pough. The roster move with Gordon was a formality after he was reinstated earlier in the week after serving a 10-game league suspension for violating the drug policy. He'll be on the field at the Georgia Dome when the Browns (6-4) take on the Falcons (4-6). Gordon led the NFL with 1,646 yards receiving in just 14 games last year.
|11/22/2014||Charles Brown, T|
|The New York Giants have signed linebacker Justin Anderson from their practice squad and have waived Brown.
Analysis: Brown, who was inactive for six of the first nine games, played poorly last week after replacing an injured Justin Pugh at right tackle.
|11/22/2014||Justin Anderson, LB|
|The New York Giants have signed Anderson from their practice squad and have waived offensive tackle Charles Brown.
Analysis: Anderson was added to the Giants active roster last weekend and played on special team against the 49ers. He was waived on Monday when offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz was activated off injured reserve and re-signed to the practice squad.
|11/22/2014||Virgil Green, TE|
|Green, the team's best blocking tight end, expects to return to the lineup this weekend after missing three games with a strained right calf.
Analysis: Green said he started feeling better last week but the training staff suggested he needed another week to let it fully heal so it won't be a lingering problem down the stretch.
|11/21/2014||Jason Avant, WR|
|The Chiefs have signed Avant to help a beleaguered and injury-prone group of wide receivers.
Analysis: The move reunites Avant with Andy Reid, his longtime coach in Philadelphia. Kansas City cleared roster space by placing wide receiver A.J. Jenkins on injured reserve on Friday. Avant was drafted by Reid's Eagles and spent his first eight seasons there before signing with Carolina in the offseason. He was the Panthers' third receiver and caught 21 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown before getting released this week.
|11/21/2014||Adrian Peterson, RB|
|Adrian Peterson's hearing for the appeal of his suspension will be held on Dec. 2, and it will not be in front of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Analysis: The NFL announced Friday that longtime hearing officer Harold Henderson will preside over the proceedings involving the Minnesota Vikings star running back. Goodell has the authority to decide whether to hear the appeal himself or appoint someone else. Peterson has not played since the opening week of the season while dealing with child abuse allegations in Texas.
|11/21/2014||Greg Jennings, WR|
|Jennings took part in practice Friday for the first time this week due to a rib injury and was listed as questionable to face his former team.
Analysis: Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he expects Jennings to play Sunday.
|11/21/2014||Clay Matthews, LB|
|The Green Bay Packers expect star linebacker Clay Matthews to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
Analysis: Matthews, whose switch to inside linebacker the last two games has been a boon for a previously struggling defense, has been dealing with a recurring groin injury. Matthews said Thursday he was a little sore after Green Bay's 53-20 rout of Philadelphia last Sunday.
|11/21/2014||Jordan Reed, TE|
|Reed is out for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Analysis: Reed strained his right hamstring in last week's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
|11/21/2014||Larry Fitzgerald, WR|
|Arizona coach Bruce Arians says it will be a game-time decision as to whether Larry Fitzgerald will play against the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday.
Analysis: The eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver did not practice all week and was listed Friday as doubtful for the NFC West contest that pits the 9-1 Cardinals against 6-4 Seattle.
|11/21/2014||Philip Rivers, QB|
|Rivers practiced again Friday and should start against the visiting St. Louis Rams.
Analysis: Tight end Antonio Gates said earlier this week that Rivers, who has struggled while the Chargers have lost three of their past four games, had a "severe rib injury."
|11/21/2014||Jordan Cameron, TE|
|Cameron returned to practice Friday for the first time since Oct. 24, two days before he sustained his third concussion in less than two years on a vicious hit against Oakland.
Analysis: Cameron feels he has finally turned the corner. He has visited two specialists, who have assured him he is not taking a major risk if he keeps playing. Cameron said tests on his brain indicate he has not sustained any major damage.
|11/21/2014||Lamar Miller, RB|
|Miller is questionable for Sunday's game at Denver because of shoulder and knee injuries.
Analysis: Miller has played the past two games with the shoulder injury and was limited in practice this week. Undrafted rookie Damien Williams is listed behind him on the depth chart.
|11/21/2014||Jamaal Charles, RB|
|Charles totaled 122 yards and scored on a 30-yard pass Thursday.
Analysis: He has eight total TDs in six games.
|11/21/2014||Alex Smith, QB|
|Smith threw for 234 yards with two TD passes for the Chiefs (7-4) on Thursday, who had won five in a row.
Analysis: This snapped a two-game TD drought for Smith, who is losing value as a fantasy starter even in two-QB leagues.
|11/21/2014||Derek Carr, QB|
|Carr threw for 174 yards with a TD and no picks Thursday to help the Raiders earn their first win in more than a calendar year.
Analysis: Carr is nothing more than an emergency QB in deeper fantasy leagues, so don't get excited because he hasn't thrown a pick in two games.
|11/21/2014||Latavius Murray, RB|
|Murray ran for two touchdowns and 112 yards on just four carries Thursday against Oakland before leaving with a concussion.
Analysis: Murray's 90-yard touchdown run was the longest by a Raiders running back since Bo Jackson's 92-yarder against Cincinnati in 1989. It's especially disappointing to see him suffer a setback given how impressive he looked in limited action.
|11/20/2014||Justin Staples, LB|
|The Tennessee Titans have promoted linebacker Justin Staples to the roster from the practice squad.
Analysis: The 6-foot-4 Staples joined the practice squad in September and was on the Cleveland practice squad at times during the past two years. He was undrafted out of Illinois where he played defensive end. He fills the roster spot opened when the Titans released linebacker James Anderson earlier this week.
|11/20/2014||Adrian Peterson, RB|
|The NFL players' union has appealed the league's suspension of Peterson.
Analysis: In a letter to its player representatives and executive committee obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, the NFLPA calls Commissioner Roger Goodell's punishment "unprecedented, arbitrary, and unlawful" and demands an independent, neutral arbitrator hears Peterson's case.
|11/20/2014||LeGarrette Blount, RB|
|The New England Patriots have re-signed Blount two days after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Blount spent last season with the Patriots before signing a two-year contract with the Steelers. Pittsburgh cut him on Tuesday the day after he jogged toward the tunnel with time on the clock as Ben Roethslisberger lined up for the final snap in a 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans.
Analysis: This season, Blount ran for 266 yards and two touchdowns but was on the field for just one play Monday night. Last year, he rushed for 772 yards and seven touchdowns in the regular season. In the postseason against Indianapolis he had 166 yards and four touchdowns rushing.
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