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Pats stretch lead to seven

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looks down field as he prepares to pass during the first quarter of their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough Reuters

Gradually, the Patriots are waking up.  But their rematch with the Texans is a far cry from the blowout we saw five weeks ago.

The Pats have added to their lead with a 37-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski.  The points came on a drive that stalled in large part after receiver Brandon Lloyd threw the ball a little too hard at an official after a pass one-hopped into Lloyd’s hands.  The 15-yard walk-off for unsportsmanlike conduct put the Patriots in tough position to score a touchdown, resulting two plays later in the field goal.

Meanwhile, the Texans are driving midway through the second quarter, despite only 10 yards rushing.

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Texans place 2015 first-round pick Kevin Johnson on IR

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 16:  Kevin Johnson #30 of the Houston Texans congratulates Johnathan Joseph #24 of the Houston Texans after intercepting a pass during the third quarter of the game against the Houston Texans at Paul Brown Stadium on November 16, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images) Getty Images

Texans cornerback Kevin Johnson has been placed on injured reserve.

Johnson, the Texans’ first-round draft pick last season, suffered a broken foot on Sunday against the Colts.

Although it’s possible that Johnson could return in eight weeks, he is likely done for the season.

Johnson also suffered a foot injury as a rookie last year, although he was able to play through it and finish the season before having offseason surgery.

This year Johnson was beginning to emerge as one of the most important pieces in the Texans’ secondary, and he played every snap but one against the Colts despite the injury. Now the Texans will have to reconfigure their secondary without him.

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Jeff Fisher says Rams won’t bait Odell Beckham

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 21:  New York Giants receivers celebrate after a third quarter touchdown against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 21, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images) Getty Images

Fans at a London rugby stadium could be treated to a different kind of scrum on Sunday, when the Rams and Giants play there.

With the often-chippy Odell Beckham Jr. squaring off against the usually-chippy L.A. defense, Nigel and his mates may learn a lot more about American football than they previously had known. After all, a game in December 2014 between the two teams featured a late hit on Beckham, a brawl that led to three ejections, and thousands in fines.

Beckham emerged from the melee with a $10,000 penalty for kicking at linebacker Alec Ogletree.

That happened a year before Beckham’s outburst against the Panthers resulted in a suspension. Now, only a few weeks after Beckham once again proved that he has skin thinner than a late-night-tweeting politician, the Rams get another chance to light his stubby fuse.

Surprisingly, coach Jeff Fisher says that won’t happen.

“We’re going to play between the snap and the whistle, and that’s it,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher told reporters, via “No, we’re not going there. Our guys are going to play hard and play fast, tackle, and have been instructed not to hurt the football team.”

It’s one thing to not do anything that would draw a flag. It’s quite another to constantly try to rattle and harass Beckham. The players are smart enough to know there’s a benefit to doing that — and Fisher is smart to stake out his “I ordered them not to touch Private William Santiago” territory before kickoff.

In other words, bollocks.

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NFL sees TV ratings increase in the UK

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The NFL hasn’t seen much good news on the television ratings front this season, with far fewer people watching this year than last year. But there is one place where NFL TV ratings are up.

According to the New York Daily News, TV ratings on Sky Sports and BBC networks in the United Kingdom are up 80 percent from last year.

There’s a feeling in some league circles that the NFL is already as popular as it’s ever going to get in the United States, and if the league is going to continue to grow it will have to do so overseas. London has been the focal point of the NFL’s international growth efforts, and those television numbers would suggest that the league is making inroads.

What remains to be seen is whether the league can become a consistently popular sport in London, and not just a passing fad. The NFL is committed to playing at least three games a year in London, which suggests that the league believes there are real opportunities for growth across the pond, at the same time as the NFL’s ratings tumble in the United States.

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Jim Irsay: Colts could be 6-0 if the ball bounced our way

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Why is Colts owner Jim Irsay standing by G.M. Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano despite the team’s 2-4 record? Because he doesn’t think they’re as bad as 2-4 suggests.

According to Irsay, the Colts could easily have won every game this season if only they had caught a few breaks.

We could be 6-0 right now if the ball bounced our way,” Irsay told USA Today.

It’s true that the Colts have lost some close games: Three of their four losses were one-score games, and even their 34-20 loss to the Broncos was a one-score game until the final minute. Of course, the Colts’ two wins were one-score games as well. By Irsay’s logic, they’re only a couple good bounces from being 0-6.

The reality is that basically every bad team in the NFL can say it’s a few good bounces away from having a good season. The good teams are the ones that find a way to win even when the bounces don’t go their way.

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Saturday one-liners

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11:  Eric Decker #87 of the New York Jets reacts after his first down reception against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the New York Jets 23-22.  (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) Getty Images

With hip and shoulder injuries on deck, Jets WR Eric Decker insists that he’ll be good to go for 2017.

If RB LeSean McCoy and WR Robert Woods can’t go at Miami, a couple of former Miami players will be called upon to fill the void.

The Dolphins will use a couple of little-known tight ends on Sunday.

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount will return to Pittsburgh for the first time since snaking his way out of town.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco had “good zip” and “good velocity” on his throws at practice on Friday, after missing two days with a shoulder injury.

The Bengals may be 2-4, but QB Andy Dalton apparently is improving.

Undrafted rookie Tracy Howard, who moved from safety to corner at the suggestion of defensive coordinator Ray Horton, will make his first career start on Sunday.

The Steelers have a plan for covering Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett on Sunday — which hopefully will go better than last year’s periodic zero-man approach to Gronk.

Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel has praised the leadership of LB Brian Cushing.

The Colts have been trying to build a dominant defense for five years — and failing.

Jaguars TE Julius Thomas is tied for 28th at his position with 13 receptions.

A collection of paintings and artifacts previously owned by deceased Titans founder Bud Adams will be displayed in Indianapolis on November 12.

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson isn’t worried about his job security.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid will work his 300th game on Sunday.

A blend of rookies and free agents is making it harder for the Raiders defense to excel.

The Chargers think/hope/pray RB Melvin Gordon’s 48-yard run from Week Six is a sign of things to come.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says it’s “absurd” to suggest trading WR Dez Bryant.

Giants DL Damon Harrison would have no interest in playing for a team permanently headquartered in London.

Eagles CB Leodis McKelvin has guaranteed a win over Minnesota, sort of; “We’re going to go out there this week, play as a team, win as a team,” he said.

Washington’s defense knows it will have its hands full against Detroit.

The Bears have nine more days to figure out whether QB Jay Cutler can return to action, for a Monday night date with the Vikings.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford will play his 100th career game on Sunday.

Four days after having a tough outing against Dallas, Packers CB Ladarius Gunter held Alshon Jeffery to 33 yards on three receptions.

33-year-old Vikings DE Brian Robison has been moving around a lot this year.

The Falcons offense is getting better and better under Kyle Shanahan.

Chancellor Lee Adams, the son that former Panthers WR Rae Carruth hoped would be killed along with his mother, will be waiting outside the prison the day Carruth is released.

Former Tulane DE Royce LaFrance hopes to make the most of his latest chance with the Saints’ practice squad.

The Buccaneers will be leaning heavily on RB Jacquizz Rodgers, again.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer was healthy enough to participate in the weekly bucket challenge, which likely means he’ll be healthy enough to play.

The Rams have been let down by the offense and the defense in successive weeks.

Seahawks LS Nolan Frese knows that the less he’s known, the better he’s doing.

ESPN ranks all American pro sports teams, and the 49ers landed at No. 122.

Out of 122.

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Ravens activate Taliaferro

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Lorenzo Taliaferro #34 of the Baltimore Ravens in action against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on September 20, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Ravens activated running back Lorenzo Taliaferro from the physically unable to perform list Saturday.

Taliaferro missed all of the offseason and the start of the season while recovering from a foot injury he suffered last October. A third-year player, Taliaferro has five career rushing touchdowns. Terrance West has emerged as the Ravens’ No. 1 running back, but Taliaferro should get some opportunities.

The Ravens also announced some other moves. Cornerback Robertson Daniel was promoted from the practice squad, while tight end Daniel Brown was waived and safety Kendrick Lewis was placed on injured reserve.

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Josh Norman might tap keg on the field, literally

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Washington cornerback Josh Norman has been fined for miming the shooting of a bow and arrow during a game. He has now joked about a more literal celebration that would highlight the perceived (or actual) double standard regarding the NFL’s position on celebrations.

“I’ll say this,” Norman said this week, via USA Today. “Since they sell beer on TV while kids are watching it, I’m thinking I might open a keg on the field, and I’m going to drink it on the field. And I don’t see that being on the rule book.”

While Norman is right about the absence of any “thou shalt nots” regarding the use of a beer keg in celebrations, there is a general ban regarding the use of props. If, as his teammate Vernon Davis has learned, the ball can be regarded as a prop when simulating a basketball shot through the goalpost, a beer keg would be regarded as a prop, too.

And even if Norman were to opt for cracking a keg on the sidelines in the same way Norman’s nemesis does whatever it is he’s doing with the kicking net, that surely would draw the ire of the NFL. But it also would underscore the inherent hypocrisy regarding the NFL’s insistence that players limit their celebrations because, as Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday, “[o]ur players are role models and others look at that at the youth level, so that’s important for us to hold that standard up, and it’s part of being professional.”

If that’s the case, why does the NFL even have an “official beer“? The $1.4 billion in money-for-nothing that the league will generate through 2022 is the obvious reason. And that money will go a long way toward allowing the powers-that-be to overlook the uncomfortable reality that a full embrace of a brand of beer may cause some at the youth level to think they’re not properly following the sport without their Bose headphones plugged in to a Microsoft Surface while gobbling up Papa John’s pizza and washing it down with a Bud Light.

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Lions great Gail Cogdill dies at 79

Football: Detroit Lions Gail Cogdill (89) in action, making catch vs Green Bay Packers Herb Adderley (26) at Tiger Stadium.
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Gail Cogdill, a Detroit Lion who retired as the team’s all-time leading receiver, has died at the age of 79.

As the Lions’ sixth-round draft pick out of Washington State in 1960, Cogdill made an instant impact, being chosen to the Pro Bowl and winning the Rookie of the Year award. That was the first of three Pro Bowl seasons for Cogdill.

“Gail was simply a great football player, an outstanding receiver and teammate,” Hall of Fame teammate and coach Joe Schmidt told the Detroit Free Press. “Frankly, we didn’t take advantage of his ability.”

Cogdill, who also played briefly for the Colts and Falcons, finished his career with 356 catches for 5,696 yards and 34 touchdowns.

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Cox, Beckham fines show NFL’s discipline makes no sense

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 26: Fletcher Cox #91 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on during the closing moments of a game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on December 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Redskins defeated the Eagles 38-24. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) Getty Images

The NFL fines so many players so much money each week that it’s hard sometimes to keep the numbers straight. But two players recently fined show how little logic there is to the league’s schedule of fines.

Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox has been fined $9,115 after each of his last two games, for illegal hits on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins. Meanwhile, Giants receiver Odell Beckham was fined this week $24,309 for taking his helmet off after scoring a touchdown.

Let’s think about that for a moment: Player safety is supposedly the NFL’s highest priority, with excessive hits on quarterbacks among the plays the league most desperately wants to eliminate. And yet when Cox excessively hit two different quarterbacks in back-to-back games, he was fined a total of $18,230. Taking a helmet off after scoring a touchdown harms no one. And yet when Beckham did it once, he was fined $24,309.

If a judge fined one person $500 for jaywalking and fined another person $200 for assault, we’d say that judge’s priorities were seriously skewed. That’s what we should say about the NFL’s approach to player fines as well. These fines are collectively bargained, and so the players themselves bear some of the blame for allowing the NFL’s discipline structure to reach this point, but regardless of who’s to blame, the fines in the NFL are seriously out of whack.

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Antonio Cromartie takes issue with Jim Irsay’s anthem comments

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 25:  Antonio Cromartie #31 of the Indianapolis Colts kneels and raises his fist during the National Anthem before the start of the game against the San Diego Chargers at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Getty Images

Antonio Cromartie was the only player on the Colts kneeling during the national anthem — until he got cut, not long before Colts owner Jim Irsay said an NFL game is “the wrong venue” for such a protest. Cromartie’s wife thinks that’s why he got cut.

Cromartie himself hasn’t gone that far, but he did write on Instagram that he disagrees with any suggestion that he shouldn’t have made such a protest.

They say it’s not the right place or venue to do what is right and stand for what is right,” Cromartie wrote. “I guarantee that most of the people that’s sending me hate messages don’t even know the top 2 members that are leading in this country in homelessness. Well let me educate you. #1 Veterans #2 Children. But you guys care so much about the people that fought for this country. It’s crazy while I was Indiana I had a chance to talk to some veterans that didn’t have a problem with me taking a knee. Because they understood my reason behind it. I thank them my grandfather and my friends for their support who also served this country.”

Cromartie’s anthem protest surely won’t help him find another job, but it probably doesn’t hurt, either. NFL teams will gladly sign a good player regardless of his political leanings or expressions. Cromartie’s problem is that, at age 32, he’s no longer a good player. We have probably heard the last of him in the NFL, even if he still has important things to say off the field.

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Sam Bradford returns to Philly with better knowledge of Vikings offense

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (8) throws a pass over Houston Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus, right, during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) AP

At one point, it appeared the Vikings and Eagles were on a collision course for a battle of unbeatens. But Philly failed to hold up its end of the bargain, losing a pair of games after the bye.

The Vikings now emerge from their own bye, with quarterback Sam Bradford saying “hello” again to the city where he spent 2015. The extra two weeks gives him more time to learn the offense — and the Vikings more time to tweak it.

For example, Vikings play-by-play announcer (and half of the PA and Florio podcast) Paul Allen said on Friday’s PFT Live that offensive coordinator Norv Turner has used more shotgun formation in order to give Bradford more time, so that he can minimize big hits.

Still, the big hits have happened. Bradford absorbed a hard shot from Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus in Week Five, taking a helmet to the chin and the turf to the back of the head. But Bradford got up and kept going.

Whether that continues remains to be seen. The Eagles surely will come after him, focusing on weaknesses in the offensive line and perhaps sending extra defenders to overwhelm the pass protection. Whether Bradford can stand tall in the face of the pressure and deliver accurate throws and can keep getting up and doing it again will go along way toward determining whether the only undefeated team in the NFL can extend their record to 6-0.

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Todd Bowles attributes Matt Forte’s struggles to blocking not age

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 17:  Running back Matt Forte #22 of the New York Jets stands during the national anthem prior to the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 17, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

After generating 196 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the team’s first two games, Jets running back Matt Forte has seen his production drop significantly in four straight losses — from 65 yards to 27 to 53 to 19. He also has a career-low 3.5 yards per carry.

Those numbers prompted reporters to ask coach Todd Bowles whether Forte’s struggles are due to the fact that he’ll turn 31 in early December.

“No, I don’t,” Bowles said Friday. “[H]e can still run the ball. We knew his age when we signed him. It’s not about age in this league, it’s about production. There are a lot of older players that can play. If things are going well, you’re good on the plus side of 30. If things aren’t going well, they say you’re old on the plus side of 30. That’s just part of the business.”

Bowles sees the problem as being more basic.

“We got to open up some holes for him,” Bowles said. “It’s really simple. We have to block better. We have to call better plays and we have to execute better.”

Bowles added that Forte bears some of the responsibility for the struggles.

“Matt can break some tackles. He can run through some people and run through some arm tackles,” Bowles said. “He can do better too.”

Unless Forte is, you know, simply getting old.

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Von Miller adjusts to getting triple-and-a-half teamed

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 13:   Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers looks to pass under pressure from  Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos during the first half of a game at Qualcomm Stadium on October 13, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Getty Images

Broncos linebacker Von Miller, with a Super Bowl MVP trophy and a record-setting contract, has drawn plenty of attention from opposing offenses this year.

So what’s the worst he has seen?

“About three guys, three-and-a-half guys,” Miler said recently on PFT Live. “You know they might motion a receiver and he’ll get a chip and they might keep the tight end in, and the offensive tackle. Then the running back might come out and chip a little bit, too. So probably like three-and-a-half guys. But whenever teams are doing stuff like that I got a whole team, a whole defense full of stars, so it just gives other guys on my team opportunities to make plays.”

The Broncos defense making plenty of plays again this year. Recently, however, they’ve been giving up too many points on the first drive of the game.

“[L]ast year we gave up 18.5 points per game and this year we are giving up 18 points per game,” defensive coordinator Wade Phillips told reporters on Friday. “It’s not good when you get behind early like that, so it’s something we’re obviously trying not to do. We’re giving up the same amount of points, but you’d rather not give them up the first series of the game where it hurts your team as far as mentally getting behind in the game. We played well after that. We’re addressing it. It still ends up the same number of points, but like I said, it’s not the way you want to do it.”

The Broncos have won the toss and deferred in each of the last two games. And, in each of the last two games, the Broncos have given up a touchdown to the opposing team.

Miller is doing his part to keep that from happening, with 7.5 sacks in six games and an ongoing moratorium on cheese sticks and three-pump celebrations. For more on all those topics, check out the interview.

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Tackling a player by the hair is legal, not a horse-collar tackle

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 16: Running back Rob Kelley #32 of the Washington Redskins carries the ball against free safety Jalen Mills #31 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter at FedExField on October 16, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Getty Images

On Sunday Washington running back Rob Kelley ran for 45 yards before he was caught from behind by Philadelphia defensive back Rodney McLeod, who grabbed Kelley’s long dreadlocks and yanked him down by the hair. An official threw a flag for a horse-collar tackle.

But after a conference, the referee announced that there was no foul on the play. And NFL V.P. of Officiating Dean Blandino said in a video distributed to the media today that the officials made the right decision by not calling a penalty.

“The issue is whether he grabs inside the collar or the shoulder pad, grabs the jersey at the name plate or above, or grabs the hair,” Blandino said. “You could see the player actually grabs the hair, not the back of the jersey at the nameplate and not inside the collar. Grabbing the hair and pulling the runner toward the ground is legal.”

Players who choose to wear their hair long enough that it hangs out the backs of their helmets need to beware: That hair is fair game for any opponent who wants to pull it.

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Week Seven injury report roundup

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 22:  Tight end Tyler Eifert #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals hauls in a fourth quarter touchdown over strong safety Tony Jefferson #22 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 22, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Bengals 34-31.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

Week Six kicked off on Thursday night with a Packers win and it continues with 13 more games on Sunday, which means that the 26 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

Questionable players are uncertain to play, doubtful players are unlikely to play and out should be self-explanatory. Players who are on active rosters and don’t appear below should be considered in the lineup barring any announcements on Saturday. The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.

With that housekeeping out of the way, here are all the injury reports for Sunday.

Giants vs. Rams (in London)

Giants S Nat Berhe (concussion), T Marshall Newhouse (calf) and S Darian Thompson (foot) have been ruled out. LS Zak DeOssie (ankle) is questionable.

The Rams won’t have DT Michael Brockers (thigh) or CB Trumaine Johnson (ankle) on Sunday. WR Nelson Spruce (calf) and G Jamon Brown (hand) are listed as doubtful while DE Robert Quinn (shoulder) and DE William Hayes (ankle) are questionable.

Browns at Bengals

CB Joe Haden (groin) is doubtful for the Browns. The team ruled out CB Marcus Burley (hamstring), WR Corey Coleman (hand), TE Seth DeValve (knee) and QB Josh McCown (left shoulder). DE Xavier Cooper (shoulder), WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) and TE Randall Telfer (ankle) are listed as questionable.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) is questionable to make his first appearance of the 2016 season and the only player with an injury designation this week.

Redskins at Lions

Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion) is out again this week and WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder) is questionable.

TE Eric Ebron (ankle, knee), LB DeAndre Levy (quadricep, knee), DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder), RB Theo Riddick (ankle) and T Corey Robinson (ankle) have been ruled out by the Lions. DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle), G Larry Warford (groin), RB Dwayne Washington (ankle) and LB Tahir Whitehead (abdomen) have been listed as questionable.

Raiders at Jaguars

The Raiders listed OL Vadal Alexander (ankle) as doubtful. They also listed OL Jon Feliciano (calf), C Rodney Hudson (knee), G Gabe Jackson (knee), RB Taiwan Jones (knee), S Brynden Trawick (shoulder) and T Menelik Watson (calf) as questionable.

Jaguars T Kelvin Beachum (ankle), TE Julius Thomas (ankle), WR Neal Sterling (foot) and DE Jared Odrick (hip) all got questionable tags.

Saints at Chiefs

Saints LB Stephone Anthony (hamstring), CB Delvin Breaux (fibula), LB Dannell Ellerbe (quadricep), RB Daniel Lasco (hamstring), CB Sterling Moore (abdomen) and T Andrus Peat (groin) have been ruled out for Sunday. DE Paul Kruger (back) and T Terron Armstead (knee) are listed as questionable.

RB Jamaal Charles (knee) is listed as questionable after a limited practice for the Chiefs on Friday. CB Phillip Gaines (knee) is also questionable.

Bills at Dolphins

Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is listed as questionable along with TE Charles Clay (ankle), RB Jerome Felton (back), T Cordy Glenn (ankle), C Patrick Lewis (knee), CB Kevon Seymour (shoulder) and DT Kyle Williams (neck). T Seantrel Henderson (back) is out while DT Marcell Dareus (hamstring) and WR Robert Woods (foot) are doubtful.

The Dolphins ruled out TE Jordan Cameron (concussion), CB Xavien Howard (knee) and TE Dion Sims (concussion). RB Arian Foster (hamstring), LB Jelani Jenkins (groin), CB Tony Lippett (hamstring) and LB Spencer Paysinger (hamstring, calf) have been listed as questionable.

Ravens at Jets

The Ravens are set to play without several starters on Sunday, although QB Joe Flacco (shoulder, questionable) looks in good shape after returning to practice Friday. LB Elvis Dumervil (foot) and LB C.J. Mosley (thigh) have been ruled out while S Kendrick Lewis (thigh), WR Steve Smith (ankle), LB Terrell Suggs (biceps), CB Shareece Wright (thigh) and G Marshal Yanda (shoulder) are unlikely to play after getting doubtful tags. WR Kamar Aiken (thigh), WR Devin Hester (thigh), CB Jerraud Powers (thigh), CB Jimmy Smith (concussion) and T Ronnie Stanley (foot) are all listed as questionable.

T Ryan Clady (shoulder), C Nick Mangold (knee) and DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) were listed as questionable by the Jets. TE Braedon Bowman (knee), LB Darron Lee (ankle), T Brent Qvale (neck) and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle) have been ruled out.

Vikings at Eagles

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) and WR Laquon Treadwell (thumb) are both questionable to play and WR Jarius Wright (ankle) is doubtful. DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) and TE MyCole Pruitt (knee, back) have been ruled out.

The Eagles listed CB Ron Brooks (calf), LB Mychal Kendricks (ribs), DT Bennie Logan (groin) and CB Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) as questionable.

Colts at Titans

The Colts won’t have much work to do on an inactive list with TE Dwayne Allen (ankle), DT Henry Anderson (knee), WR Phillip Dorsett (foot, hamstring), DT Zach Kerr (ankle), LB Curt Maggitt (ankle), G Jack Mewhort (tricep) and WR Donte Moncrief (shoulder) ruled out already. CB Darius Butler (calf, hamstring), S T.J. Green (knee), C Jonotthan Harrison (illness) and WR T.Y. Hilton (hip) got designated as questionable.

The Titans are in better shape than their AFC South rivals as they have no players with injury designations.

Chargers at Falcons

The Chargers will play without S Jahleel Addae (collarbone), LB Jeremiah Attaochu (ankle) and CB Brandon Flowers (concussion). WR Travis Benjamin (knee) is questionable.

WR Taylor Gabriel (concussion) and CB C.J. Goodwin (hamstring) are out for the otherwise healthy Falcons.

Buccaneers at 49ers

The bye week wasn’t enough time for Buccaneers DE Robert Ayers (ankle), RB Doug Martin (hamstring) and DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring) to get healthy. They’re out for Sunday and CB Jude Adjei-Barimah (knee), C Joe Hawley (knee), DT Gerald McCoy (calf), WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and TE Luke Stocker (ankle) are listed as questionable.

RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder) is out for the 49ers. DT Glenn Dorsey (knee), CB Rashard Robinson (concussion) and WR Torrey Smith (back) are questionable.

Patriots at Steelers

TE Martellus Bennett (ankle), RB Brandon Bolden (knee), LB Jamie Collins (hip), WR Julian Edelman (foot), DT Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder), LB Shea McClellin (concussion), WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring), LB Elandon Roberts (ankle) and DT Vincent Valentine (back) were this week’s recipients of questionable designations from the Patriots.

The Steelers ruled out QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee), RB DeAngelo Williams (knee), WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder), T Marcus Gilbert (ankle), DE Cam Heyward (hamstring), S Shamarko Thomas (groin) and C Cody Wallace (knee).

Seahawks at Cardinals

S Kam Chancellor (groin) is doubtful to play after missing last week’s Seahawks win. DE Quinton Jefferson (knee), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (ankle), RB Thomas Rawls (fibula) and TE Luke Willson (knee) will not play.

Arizona QB Carson Palmer (hamstring) is listed as questionable, but got in a full practice on Friday. WR Jaron Brown (knee) is also questionable while WR John Brown (leg) and LB Gabe Martin (knee) are doubtful. DT Ed Stinson (toe) is out.

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