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McCarthy: No diagnosis on Aaron Rodgers’ injured shoulder

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Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was in full Bill Belichick mode in his postgame press conference when asked about the status of starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

McCarthy was asked about four different times about Rodgers’ injured left shoulder and kept coming back to the same answer.

“No timeline. No exact diagnosis. That’s where we’re at,” McCarthy said.

Rodgers injured his non-throwing shoulder in the first quarter when sacked by Shea McClellin. Backup Seneca Wallace completed 11 of 19 passes for 114 yards and an interception while being sacked four times.

“He has a shoulder injury. (The doctors) want to run more tests. They don’t have an exact diagnosis is where we are,” McCarthy said.

Rodgers and Wallace are the only two quarterbacks on the Packers’ active roster. If Rodgers is forced to miss any amount of time, the Packers will need to add an additional quarterback to their roster. Scott Tolzien is on the Packers’ practice squad and could get elevated to the active roster. Former Green Bay backup Matt Flynn was also released by the Buffalo Bills Monday and could be a potential option to return to the team.

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Report: C.J. Anderson expected to miss time with knee injury

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 13:   C.J. Anderson #22 of the Denver Broncos runs the ball during the first half of a game against the San Diego Chargers  at Qualcomm Stadium on October 13, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Getty Images

Broncos running back C.J. Anderson is going for a second opinion on a knee injury he suffered in Monday night’s game against the Texans, which is the first sign that there’s reason for concern about his availability in the near future.

More signs came on Wednesday afternoon with multiple reports that Anderson will miss multiple weeks as a result of the injury, which is being described as a bone bruise. Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that the second opinion is expected to give Anderson and the team a better sense of just how long he’ll be out.

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said, via Mike Klis of KUSA, that the team expects to have that sense on Thursday. For now, though, it looks like it is safe to assume that rookie Devontae Booker is going to be the lead back when the Chargers come to Denver on Sunday.

Booker saw a big jump in playing time against Houston and responded with 83 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

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Todd Bowles says it wasn’t a tumultuous week

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 17:  Head coach Todd Bowles of the New York Jets watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 17, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Jets, by all appearances, have had a tumultuous week. Their head coach says it wasn’t. Which makes us wonder how crazy it would have to be before he’d use that label.

“It is actually not tumultuous at all,” Bowles said of a game that included a torn ACL to quarterback Geno Smith and a postgame no-one-believes-in-me rant from starter-turned-backup-turned-starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. “Ryan said what he said. We had a conversation, we are all on the same page and we have moved on.”

Bowles believes that Fitzpatrick’s performance against the Ravens, which helped the Jets snap a four-game losing streak, can result in more strong play.

“I do believe it,” Bowles said. “Everybody needs motivation every now and then, and whatever a player needs to be motivated to help him play, I think he should use that. Ryan came in and gave us a boost, and he finished the game for us and got us a win. We had lost four in a row before that. Going forward, it will be his team.”

Like the Bears with Jay Cutler, the Jets have no choice. They’re still alive, technically, for a playoff run. Until they’re more clearly cooked, there’s no reason to test out Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg.

Regardless, the coach who never seems to be flustered by anything isn’t flustered by what happened on Sunday. If he wasn’t flustered by that, he’ll possibly never be flustered by anything.

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Texans sign Jeff Adams, place Derek Newton on injured reserve

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 15:  Alfred Blue #28 of the Houston Texans rushes up the middle as he gets a block from Jeff Adams #70 on Shayne Skov #48 of the San Francisco 49ers in the first half at Reliant Arena at Reliant Park on August 15, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) Getty Images

Texans tackle Derek Newton is looking at a long rehab process before he can walk again after tearing the patellar tendons in both knees during Monday night’s loss to the Broncos, which leaves a return to football as something to put on the back burner for a long while.

As a result, the Texans have moved Newton to injured reserve. The team announced that they have signed tackle Jeff Adams to fill his spot on the roster.

Adams is a familiar face around the Texans. He signed with the team in 2014 and played in two games before starting the first two games of the 2015 season. His run in the lineup came to an end when he suffered a torn patellar tendon of his own and he failed to make the team this summer.

Chris Clark is expected to start in Newton’s place, which will likely leave Adams as the swing tackle moving forward.

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Hunter Henry practices two days after reporting concussion-like symptoms

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 23:  Hunter Henry #86 of the San Diego Chargers fails to pull in this touchdown reception inbounds against Keanu Neal #22 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 23, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Getty Images

Chargers rookie tight end Hunter Henry practiced on Wednesday, two days after Chargers Coach Mike McCoy said Henry was in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

McCoy said Henry reported concussion-like symptoms after the Chargers won in Atlanta last Sunday. Henry being at practice Wednesday is a positive sign for his status for Sunday’s game at Denver, and McCoy said he’s hopeful that Henry will be healthy and cleared to play.

Henry has 20 catches on the season, three for touchdowns, and had his biggest game of the season with eight catches for 83 yards and a touchdown when the Chargers beat the Broncos two weeks ago.

Chargers wide receivers Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin did not practice. McCoy said he wanted Williams and Benjamin to “get some extra rest.”

Benjamin missed some practice time last week with a knee injury but played in last week’s game.

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No changes to pregame procedures for Patriots-Bills rematch

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 02:  The officials discuss a penalty in the fourth quarter diuring a football game between the Tennessee Titans and the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) Getty Images

The last time the Bills and Patriots got together, a pregame scuffle resulted in thousands in fines but no penalties. In turn, no players received the first of two unsportsmanlike conduct fouls under the new automatic ejection formula.

No penalty flags were thrown because the incident occurred without the officials on the field. The officials weren’t on the field because they don’t arrive until 50 minutes before kickoff.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, no changes will be made to the current pregame procedures in advance of the rematch. Which means that the officials won’t enter the field until 50 minutes before kickoff. Which means that, with more than 50 minutes before kickoff, another scuffle could happen.

While extra attention will be paid to the pregame warmups, if game officials aren’t present to impose pregame penalties, the threat of an eventual ejection won’t apply. And with players like Bills cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman already saying he’ll gladly take another fine, where’s the deterrent?

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Cam Newton: Running is my edge, I’m not going to give it up

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 16:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after his team scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 16, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) Getty Images

When Panthers quarterback Cam Newton met the media after the team’s Week Six loss to the Saints, he cut the session off after 90 seconds.

He was more expansive in his Wednesday press conference. Newton talked about the concussion he suffered against the Falcons in Week Four, saying he knew he was “messed up” by the hit he took while running the ball for a two-point conversion and that he learned he can’t take his guard down at any point while he’s on the field.

What he won’t do is take running out of his game. Newton only ran once against the Saints, a two-yard touchdown run, but said that his ability to run between the tackles is “forever my edge” in the NFL.

“I look at the game different. That makes defenses prepare for extra things,” Newton said. “So if you take that away, the defense is like ‘Yes, we don’t have to prepare for a quarterback.’ I’m trying to find any and every way to create edges for us, whether that’s me running around, that’s me blocking. I’m just trying to win football games.”

The Panthers haven’t had much luck winning football games this season and losing Newton again won’t do them any favors on that front over the final 10 games. Having Newton play a style that’s uncomfortable to him without taking full advantage of his talent won’t do them any favors either, though, so it seems the Cardinals should be ready to see Newton carrying the ball this Sunday.

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Seahawks cut running back C.J. Spiller

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 16:  Running back C.J. Spiller #28 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against Eric Weems #14 of the Atlanta Falcons at CenturyLink Field on October 16, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Seahawks are confident their running game is going to improve soon.

And they must think they don’t need running back C.J. Spiller to achieve that goal.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Seahawks released the veteran running back.

Spiller played in two games for the Seahawks, but was a healthy scratch for Sunday’s tie with the Cardinals. The team elected to use C.J. Prosise as their third-down back behind Christine Michael.

And with Thomas Rawls getting closer to health, the Seahawks apparently decided they didn’t need him to provide a boost for one of the league’s worst rushing games.

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Artis Hicks: Vikings had a bounty program like the Saints’

MINNEAPOLIS - DECEMBER 31: Artis Hicks #79 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during the game against the St. Louis Rams on December 31, 2006 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Rams defeated the Vikings 41-21. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

The NFL cracked down severely on the Saints and many of their players and coaches after an investigation revealed a bounty program with cash payouts to players who injured opponents. The game most frequently cited as an example of the Saints attempting to injure an opponent was the NFC Championship Game victory over the Vikings after the 2009 season.

Now a player who was on that Vikings team is saying Minnesota ran a similar bounty program.

Artis Hicks, an offensive lineman on the 2009 Vikings, told Jeff Pearlman, the author of a new Brett Favre biography, that the Vikings were doing the same thing that got the Saints busted.

“It was part of the culture,” Hicks said, in a book excerpt published by Deadspin. “I had coaches start a pot and all the veterans put in an extra $100, $200, and if you hurt someone special, you get the money. There was a bottom line, and I think we all bought in: you’re there to win, and if taking out the other team’s best player helps you win, hey, it’s nothing personal. Just business.”

Brad Childress was the head coach of the Vikings for Hicks’ entire four-year stint with the team. Childress informed the NFL after that NFC Championship Game that he had heard that the Saints had a bounty on Favre, and Childress testified in former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue’s appeals hearing on Bountygate. He has stayed quiet about the matter publicly, perhaps not wanting to say anything that could see him accused of hypocrisy, given Hicks’ accusation.

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Jaguars owner meets with players and coaches

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 28:  Shahid Khan, the billionaire owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, waits on the field before their game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Getty Images

Jaguars owner Shad Khan wants to know what’s going on.

According to the Associated Press, Khad met with players and coaches Monday, asking “why are we not winning and what can we do to fix it?

Khan has generally been upbeat and low-profile, but his team is now 14-40 under coach Gus Bradley, and Sunday’s embarrassing home loss to the Raiders included two ejections, one player penalized for a racial slur and way too many flags in general.

Khan reportedly had an open forum, where players and coaches were encouraged to talk about the problems the franchise had, and why they didn’t make the leap so many expected (including someone who picked them to go to the playoffs).

What makes this meeting a concern for everyone with a job there is it’s the second time in a month he spoke to the team. He talked to them prior to their London game, and they responded with a win that time.

If they don’t Thursday night against the Titans, it’s worth wondering how many of the participants in Monday’s meeting (other than Khan) will be around for the next one.

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Corey Coleman returns to practice, probably not yet ready for games

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 18: Corey Coleman #19 of the Cleveland Browns breaks a tackle on his way to an 11-yard touchdown reception against Jimmy Smith #22 of the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Getty Images

Browns rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, and that’s a good sign as Coleman tries to return from a broken hand.

Coleman previously hadn’t been cleared to practice since suffering the injury on what Browns coach Hue Jackson described as a freak play in practice last month. The injury occurred a few days after Coleman had 104 yards receiving and two touchdowns in Week Two vs. the Ravens.

Jackson told reporters Wednesday that Coleman is “getting closer” to a return but said Coleman probably won’t play this week vs. the Jets.

The injury did not require surgery. It’s likely that Coleman, the Browns’ first-round pick last spring, will wear some sort of protective brace on his hand and that he’ll have to prove he can play with the wrap or brace and still catch the ball before he’s allowed to play in games.

The Browns also listed wide receiver Terrelle Pryor as limited with a hamstring injury. He missed two practices last week and though he played last Sunday he clearly wasn’t 100 percent.

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Riddick, Ebron and Ngata back at practice for Lions

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 09: Graham Glasgow #60 of the Detroit Lions congratulates teammate Theo Riddick #25 after Roddick scored his second touchdown in the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field on October 9, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Lions have been playing without several key players in recent weeks because of injuries, which hasn’t stopped them from reeling off three straight victories.

They may be getting some reinforcements as they try to make it four straight wins against the Texans in Houston this weekend.

Running back Theo Riddick, tight end Eric Ebron and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata were all back on the practice field Wednesday. Riddick and Ngata have missed the last two games while Ebron has missed all three games in the current winning streak.

Given the way the Texans defense looked against the Broncos in Monday night’s loss, the return of Riddick could pay dividends for an offense that hasn’t found much consistency on the ground in recent weeks.

Cornerback Darius Slay didn’t practice on Wednesday after hurting his hamstring against the Redskins last weekend. His loss would be a big one for the defense, although another look back at the Texans on Monday suggests the home team might have a hard time taking full advantage of it.

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Josh Norman makes limited return to practice

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23: Josh Norman #24 of the Washington Redskins is attended to by staff after being injured during third quarter action against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 23, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) Getty Images

Word earlier this week was that Redskins tight end Jordan Reed would be on the practice field Wednesday after missing the last two games with a concussion and that was proven correct when the session got underway.

Reed wasn’t the only player in the concussion protocol to make it back for a limited practice. Cornerback Josh Norman also got the go-ahead to do some on-field work a few days after being forced out of the team’s loss to the Lions.

Left tackle Trent Williams also practiced after hurting his knee against the Lions and heading for an MRI that showed no structural problems.

The news wasn’t as positive when it comes to running back Matt Jones. Jones didn’t practice due to a knee injury that coach Jay Gruden said Jones reported on Wednesday. Gruden said Jones came in sore and had “pain cutting” while adding that there wasn’t an issue when he ran in a straight line.

Gruden said that the team plans to take everyone with them to London for Sunday’s game against the Bengals. That includes Reed and Norman, although he added that he’d like to have a better idea about their chances of getting fully cleared before the flight takes off on Thursday night.

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Robey-Coleman vows Bills will react again to pregame agitation

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When the Bills and Patriots got together in Week Four, a pregame scrum occurred before the officials took the field. No flags were thrown (because the officials, you know, weren’t there to throw the flags), but several Bills players were fined after the fact.

The fact that no Patriots were fined suggests that the home team wasn’t in the wrong. The Bills, who will be the home team for Sunday’s rematch, didn’t see it that way. Buffalo safety Robert Blanton called the decision of quarterback Jacoby Brissett and receiver Malcolm Mitchell to jog through the defensive back’s pregame drills “extremely disrespectful.”

Cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman vows to retaliate again, if there’s a repeat of the jogging through their pregame drills, via Mike Rodak of Robey-Coleman, who was fined $10,000 for the Week Four incident, also said he doesn’t mind being fined again.

It’s unknown whether the NFL has altered the pregame procedures, ensuring that officials will be present when players from both teams are on the field. The officials typically don’t come out until 50 minutes before kickoff. The incident from Bills-Pats Round One happened more than 50 minutes before kickoff.

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Titans will be down two defensive backs against Jaguars

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 23:  Perrish Cox #20 of the Tennessee Titans is carted off the field after being injured during a game against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half at Nissan Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Titans will be missing a pair of starting defensive backs for Thursday night’s game against the Jaguars.

The team has ruled out cornerback Perrish Cox and safety Rashad Johnson after they missed both days of practice this week. Johnson has a neck injury and Cox is in the concussion protocol after getting hurt against the Colts last Sunday.

Brice McCain, Valentino Blake and Cody Riggs are options to take over for Cox. Kevin Byard will likely step in for Johnson.

The Titans already said that they’ll be without left guard Quinton Spain, who is out multiple weeks with a knee injury. Brian Schwenke starts in his place on Thursday.

Wide receiver Tajae Sharpe and defensive end Kevin Dodd round out the injury report with questionable tags. Both players have participated in practice the last two days.

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Devonta Freeman being held out of contact in Falcons practice

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 04:  Devonta Freeman #24 of the Atlanta Falcons walks off the field after beating the Houston Texans at the Georgia Dome on October 4, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Falcons are worried enough about Tevin Coleman’s hamstring injury that they signed two running backs yesterday.

Today, they’re taking no chances with their other main back.

According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Falcons running back Devonta Freeman was wearing a non-contact jersey in practice today, and will ostenisbly be added to the injury report with some undisclosed malady, as the absence of contact seems to define being limited.

With Coleman expected to miss this week’s game against the Packers, the Falcons added some depth by promoting Terron Ward from their practice squad and signing veteran Stevan Ridley.

The Falcons might just be playing it safe with Freeman, but they can scarcely afford to be without him as they try to stop their two-game losing streak. After turning last year’s 5-0 start into an 8-8 finish, plenty of people are already wondering if they’ll keep sliding.

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