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Week 11 injury report roundup

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It’s late Friday afternoon and that can mean only one thing.

The weekly look at the injury reports submitted by all of the teams playing on Sunday. If I said it was something like waking up on Christmas morning to see what was under the tree, I’d be lying. It’s important business for this week’s games, though, and now you’ve got it all in one handy place for your perusal.

Just one more thing to say thanks for next Thursday when you aren’t shoveling stuffing in your mouth between plays.

Cardinals at Falcons

Defensive end Calais Campbell’s a 50/50 shot for the Cardinals, who are making non-injury related changes to the lineup as well. Cornerbacks Jamell Fleming and Greg Toler are also questionable. The Falcons won’t know until Sunday whether they’ll have wide receiver Julio Jones or linebacker Sean Weatherspoon in the lineup. Both are questionable, as are running back Michael Turner and defensive end John Abraham.

Buccaneers at Panthers

The Bucs have a slim injury report with guard Jamon Meredith as the only player listed as anything more than probable. He’s questionable for the NFC South tilt. Defensive end Antwan Applewhite is out for the Panthers, who also have eight players listed as probable. Wide receiver Steve Smith and left tackle Jordan Gross are both on that list.

Browns at Cowboys

Browns cornerback Joe Haden will be a game-time decision after injuring his oblique muscle in practice on Wednesday. Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin, who has missed three of the last four games, is also questionable. If both are out, it won’t look good for the Browns defense. Running back DeMarco Murray is doubtful, so the Cowboys will likely be without him again this week. Defensive end Sean Lissemore, safety Matt Johnson and center Phil Costa are all out and cornerback Mike Jenkins is doubtful.

Jets at Rams

Wide receiver Jeremy Kelley didn’t practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for the game in St. Louis. Running backs Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight, defensive tackle Sione Po’uha and linebacker Bart Scott are also questionable. Coach Rex Ryan said he expects all of them to play. The Rams are looking pretty healthy, with wide receiver Austin Pettis standing as the biggest name among four questionable players.

Eagles at Redskins

You’ve likely heard that quarterback Michael Vick is out for this one. Wide receiver Jason Avant has also been ruled out, which means the Eagles’ emergency quarterback for Sunday is reportedly DeSean Jackson. Wide receiver Pierre Garçon and safety Brandon Meriweather are both likely to play for the otherwise healthy Redskins.

Packers at Lions

The Packers have known for some time that they are going to be without linebacker Clay Matthews, cornerback Charles Woodson and wide receiver Greg Jennings. Cornerback Sam Shields and linebacker Terrell Manning are both questionable for Green Bay. The Lions have ruled out defensive tackle Corey Williams and safety Amari Spievey. Louis Delmas is also doubtful, which would leave the Lions short in the secondary against a team that you’d rather not face when you’re short in the secondary. Cornerback Chris Houston and wide receiver Calvin Johnson are both questionable after practicing on Thursday and Friday.

Jaguars at Texans

The Jaguars started off the week by ruling out running back Maurice Jones-Drew and ended it by doing the same with cornerback Rashean Mathis, defensive back Dwight Lowery and linebacker Greg Jones. Tight end Owen Daniels will be a game-time decision again this week after not being able to play in the win over the Bears. Running back Ben Tate’s been ruled out, while linebacker Tim Dobbins and defensive tackle Shaun Cody are both questionable.

Bengals at Chiefs

It doesn’t look like Bengals will have wide receiver Marvin Jones or safety Reggie Nelson as both are doubtful, but there’s still a chance for center Jeff Faine and wide receiver Andrew Hawkins. Guard Jon Asamoah and wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin are both out for this week’s game. Center Ryan Lilja and quarterback Brady Quinn are both questionable, although it looks like Matt Cassel will start again this week.

Saints at Raiders

The Saints have a chance at getting running back Darren Sproles back in the lineup, but they won’t have tackle Zach Strief again this week. The Raiders will be without defensive tackle Richard Seymour and running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson again this week. They’ll make a determination about safety Tyvon Branch and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey before the start of the game.

Chargers at Broncos

Chargers tackle Jared Gaither hasn’t been ruled out, he’s doubtful to play, but defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin won’t play. Running back Ryan Mathews returned to practice Friday after missing two days with a neck injury and is listed as questionable. Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil is also questionable while cornerback Tracy Porter is out and guard Chris Kuper probably will be.

Colts at Patriots

The Colts ruled out cornerback Vontae Davis and tight end Coby Fleener were ruled out earlier in the week and the rest of the players on their injury report are probable. The Patriots’ injury report is, as always, filled with questionable players everywhere you look. Tight end Aaron Hernandez is one of them, although reports are that he will not play, and guard Logan Mankins breaks the mold by earning a doubtful designation.

Ravens at Steelers

Cornerback Jimmy Smith’s been knocked out by sports hernia surgery and the Ravens could also be without a pair of defensive linemen. Defensive end Pernell McPhee is doubtful and defensive tackle Terrance Cody is questionable. The Steelers will be without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receiver Antonio Brown, tackle Marcus Gilbert and safety Troy Polamalu. Safety Ryan Clark is probable after suffering a concussion on Monday night, as is running back Rashard Mendenhall.

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Zach Miller, Jeremy Langford touchdowns give Bears halftime lead

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Jeremy Langford scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Chicago Bears a 14-13 lead over the Green Bay Packers at halftime on Thursday night.

The Bears quickly drove 58 yards on seven plays with Langford scoring with 30 seconds left to give Chicago their first lead of the night.

Trailing 7-0, Chris Prosinski forced a fumble from Eddie Lacy to give Chicago the ball at the Packers 36-yard line. Nine plays later, Jay Cutler found tight end Zach Miller open for a 3-yard touchdown to even the game 7-7 with six minutes left in the second quarter.

Jeff Janis‘ 64-yard kickoff return quickly put the Packers back in Chicago territory with a chance to re-take the lead. Green Bay moved to the Chicago 1-yard line on a 4-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Randall Cobb, but an offensive pass interference call on James Jones backed the Packers up and led to a 22-yard Mason Crosby field goal to give Green Bay a 10-7 lead.

The Bears took over with 1:58 remaining and Cutler marched the Bears for the go-ahead score. Deonte Thompson’s 37-yard kickoff return give Chicago good field position to start the drive. The Bears didn’t face a single third down on the possession in moving quickly downfield. Marquess Wilson nearly scored a 20-yard touchdown but was ruled down at the 1-yard line upon review. It didn’t take long for the Bears to punch it in with Langford scoring on the next play.

A 13-yard completion from Rodgers to Richard Rodgers and a 23-yard completion to Randall Cobb moved Green Bay into field goal position. Crosby hit a 50-yard field goal as time expired to close the gap before the half.

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Slim chance Romo plays again this year

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On Friday, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will find out whether his left clavicle has indeed been fractured again. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the bone most likely has once again been broken.

If it’s broken, Romo won’t play again this year. But what if it’s not broken?

ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that Romo’s season is over regardless of the outcome of the CT scan. PFT has been told, however, that there’s still a slim chance Romo will return.

First, the collarbone would have to not be broken. Second, the Cowboys would have to win multiple games without Romo in order to make his return in three weeks or so relevant to the team’s effort to catch the Giants in the NFC East.

That’s a tall order, given that the Cowboys are 0-7 without Romo in 2015.

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Lacy rolling early, just misses blooper-reel play

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Eddie Lacy is running like he has something to prove, and the Packers have an early 7-0 lead on the Bears.

Lacy turned a short pass from Aaron Rodgers into a 25-yard touchdown with 5:15 left in the first quarter. After losing his starting job earlier this season amid struggles with injuries and his weight, Lacy looks fast and determined tonight.

The touchdown survived a review. Lacy flipped the ball backwards near the goal line, close enough that a second and third look were necessary to make sure the ball had crossed the goal line before he flung it backwards into the air.

It would have been the kind of blooper-reel play that lived for a long time.

Lacy has 6 carries for 48 yards. He had a 29-yard run on the game’s first possession but was stuffed on fourth and 2 as the Packers chose to be aggressive early in the game.

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Watch Bears-Packers on NBC Sports Live Extra

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Not everyone is currently crowded around a TV. For those of you who aren’t, you can still see the Thanksgiving NFL nightcap.

The Bears-Packers contest can be seen at NBC Sports Live Extra. You also can watch the game by downloading the NBC Sports Live Extra app.

After a couple of snoozers to start the day, here’s hoping the Bears give the Packers all they can handle, while you keep giving your gullet all the food and drink it can handle. And then some.

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Source: “Most likely” a small fracture for Romo

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X-rays apparently were inconclusive. By Friday, an answer will emerge as to the status of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s twice-broken left collarbone.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there’s “most likely” a small fracture in the bone.

After Thursday’s loss, Romo told reporters that the sensation was similar to his past experiences with breaking the bone. He’ll have a CT scan to determine whether the bone is indeed broken.

If it’s broken, Romo undoubtedly will be done for the year. If it’s not broken, it’ll be interesting to see when he returns — especially with the Cowboys at 3-8.

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Tony Romo: Shoulder “feels similar” to first broken collarbone

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Tony Romo’s immediate reaction gave no reason for optimism.

And while they’re not calling it yet, there’s not much reason for any.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he didn’t have any update on the injured left shoulder that knocked his quarterback out Sunday, but Romo didn’t seem confident, as he stood at the podium with his left arm in a sling.

Via Ed Werder of ESPN, Romo said “It feels similar” to the broken clavicle he suffered in Week Two against the Eagles, but that he wanted to wait for more tests tomorrow.

Romo landed hard on his shoulder near the end of the third quarter, as he was being tackled by Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis. He immediately grabbed his left shoulder, in obvious pain.

Now the questions will turn to whether Romo returned too soon from what Jones said was six fractures. He was wearing extra padding to try to protect the area, but it clearly didn’t work.

And now, the Cowboys can’t expect to either.

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Panthers stay perfect with thorough thrashing of Cowboys

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The Panthers stayed undefeated, and made perhaps their most convincing case yet that their 11-0 record is not an accident.

And the Cowboys found out there was something worse than Tony Romo throwing three interceptions in the first half.

The Panthers rolled to a dominant 33-14 win over the Cowboys, whose nightmare season took another turn as Romo left late in the third quarter to get X-rays on his left clavicle.

While that dropped the Cowboys to 3-8, it also extinguished any hope they had of turning things around if Romo’s not going to be able to return. They had a bit of confidence when he came back last week and helped them snap a seven-game losing streak, which coincided with his absence from his first broken left clavicle.

But for the Panthers, it was a celebration long before Romo gave way to Matt Cassel.

They turned three Romo interceptions into 17 points in the first half and never looked back, sustaining drives in the second half with a powerful run game. They needed it, as the Cowboys played well enough defensively in the first half to keep it reasonably close.

But at this point, the Panthers’ formula is evident, as they won their 15th straight regular season game, dating back to last season. By the time they play their next game on Dec. 6, it will be 371 days since they last lost a regular season game (Nov. 30, 2014 at the Vikings).

They can run the ball, topping 100 yards as a team for the 22nd straight game.

They can pass-protect better than advertised, keeping a largely clean pocket for Cam Newton, and negating Greg Hardy’s effort at revenge. Newton was sacked just once, and Hardy made no impact on the game against his old team.

They can stop the run, limiting Dallas to 16 rushing yards in the first half and just 15 in the second.

And they can create takeaways, as they entered the week leading the league in turnovers created and points off turnovers. Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly had a pair of interceptions, returning one for a score (after safety Kurt Coleman had a pick-six of his own).

It’s a formula that could carry them to the Super Bowl, and give them a serious chance at a 16-0 season. Their remaining five games are at New Orleans, at home against the Falcons, followed by back-to-back road games against the Giants and Falcons and their home finale against the Buccaneers.

While they were a Vegas underdog to start this week, it’s hard to see that being the case again, unless the oddsmakers see the trip to New York as a potential slip.

But even if they do lose a game at some point, they showed a national audience Thursday that their success is legitimate, and that they’re one of the two most dangerous teams in the league.

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Forte, Jeffery active for Thursday nightcap

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The Bears will have running back Matt Forte and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery in the lineup for Thursday night’s game at Green Bay.

Forte (knee) and Jeffery (groin) had been listed as questionable. Forte has missed the last three games, and rookie Jeremy Langford has played well in his place.

As previously announced, the Bears will be without tight end Martellus Bennett (ribs) and wide receiver Eddie Royal (knee). Bennett leads the Bears with 50 receptions, while Jeffery leads the team with 515 receiving yards.

Linebacker Pernell McPhee, who had also been questionable with a knee injury, will also play. Starting defensive Will Sutton was not on the injury report but is inactive.

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X-rays for Romo on left collarbone

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In the second game of the season, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo broke his left collarbone. In his second game back from the injury, he may have broken it again.

Via Tracy Wolfson of CBS, Romo currently is getting X-rays on the clavicle, which owner Jerry Jones recently suggested was broken in multiple places.

‘To give you an idea, if you ever want to make a picture of his positive competitive mentality, do it when he came back off a shoulder that had six fractures,” Jones said Sunday, after a 24-14 win at Miami. “OK? Six. OK!”

Regardless of whether it’s one break or more, the Cowboys are now facing life without Romo again, which would almost certainly bring an end to a season that started with such high expectations, after an unexpected surge to 12-4 in 2014.

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Panthers rolling, Tony Romo leaves game after shot to shoulder

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It looked like the Cowboys were going to trade field goals with the Panthers to open the second half.

But then they made another mistake, one that they can’t trace to Tony Romo, and the Panthers are pulling away.

After Cowboys rookie Byron Jones was flagged for leaping over the line on a field goal try, the Panthers kept the drive going and finally found the end zone on offense.

Cam Newton ran in from 4 yards out, giving the Panthers a 30-6 lead late in the third quarter.

But the news got worse for Dallas, as Romo went down on the next to last play of the third quarter, landing hard on his left shoulder. That’s the one with the broken collarbone that cost him seven games.

So as bad as the game is for the Cowboys, the news could be getting even worse.

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Greg Hardy not able to start the second half

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Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy wanted to prove to the Panthers they made a mistake letting him go.

But he hasn’t been able to make an impact on the game so far, and he wasn’t even on the field when the second half began.

Hardy didn’t record a statistic in the first half, the Panthers lead 23-3. Then when they came out for the second half, Hardy came out without a helmet, and took a seat on the bench.

Via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, Hardy was taking oxygen on the sidelines during the first series of the second half. Hardy has dealt with asthma his entire career.

UPDATE 6:35 p.m. ET: Hardy returned to the field for the second possession.

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Tony Romo keeps throwing picks, Panthers lead 20-3

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The Panthers aren’t having as much success offensively as they’re accustomed to.

They might not need to do much more.

Luke Kuechly just returned an interception for a touchdown, the second pick-six of Tony Romo on the day, giving the Panthers a 20-3 lead in the second quarter.

Coupled with Kurt Coleman’s touchdown and then another pick by Kuechly, the Panthers are rolling in the late stages of the second quarter.

The big mistakes from Romo have undermined an otherwise good day by his defense, which has kept Cam Newton frustrated, forcing him to settle for a pair of field goals. But with the job the Panthers are doing on Romo (Dez Bryant still doesn’t have a catch), Newton will eventually end up smiling.

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Colts claim RB Boom Herron

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The Colts claimed running back Boom Herron on Thursday, bringing back the player who emerged as their top running back in last year’s playoffs.

Herron was waived-injured by the Colts after he was injured in the final preseason game, then released with an injury settlement. He signed with the Bills and played four games before being waived Wednesday.

Running back Zurlon Tipton was waived to make room for Herron on the roster.

A sixth-round pick of the Bengals in 2012, Herron played five games for the Colts in 2013 after being signed off of the Bengals’ practice squad. He played in all 16 games and made three starts for the Colts last season. He ran well down the stretch, averaging 4.5 yards per carry, and ran 45 times for 170 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts’ three playoff games.

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Report: Patriots placing Dobson on IR

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An ankle injury has ended the season for Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson.

ESPN’s Field Yates reported Thursday that the team will place Dobson on injured reserve and replace him on the roster with safety Dewey McDonald.

Dobson suffered what was originally diagnosed as a high ankle sprain during last Monday’s win over the Bills. The Patriots are low on receivers with Julian Edelman out for an extended period, Danny Amendola dealing with a knee injury and Keshawn Martin dealing with a hamstring injury, so the loss of Dobson is significant even though he was not a starter.

The injury situation forced the Patriots to work out three wide receivers on Wednesday.

The Patriots claimed McDonald from the Colts earlier in the season. He’s been on and off the roster since then and is primarily a special teams player.

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Panthers start things off with a quick pick-six

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It’s hard to imagine not being able to see a Panthers player in these eye-popping blue uniforms they’re wearing today.

And yet, Tony Romo just did.

The Panthers took a quick 7-0 lead in Dallas, with Kurt Coleman picking off Romo and returning it for a touchdown.

The interception was Coleman’s fifth of the year for the Panthers, as he’s proven to be an excellent free agent pickup for a defense that continues to create turnovers.

They followed by forcing a quick three-and-out, establishing an early tone.

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