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Week 10 injury report roundup

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Over the course of the week, there are a lot of posts about the most prominent injured players but we know that you might not see all of them and that some others may fall through the cracks. As a result, we’ll comb through all the injury reports every Friday afternoon so that there’s one stop for all the news from every team playing on Sunday.

Seahawks at Falcons

The Seahawks will travel to Atlanta without defensive end Red Bryant (concussion), running back Derrick Coleman (hamstring), defensive tackle Jordan Hill (biceps) and center Max Unger (concussion). Tackle Breno Giacomini (knee) is listed as doubtful, but has been ruled out as well. Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (hamstring) has declared himself ready to return. The Falcons have called him questionable, along with tackle Sam Baker (knee), linebacker Stephen Nicholas (thigh) and defensive tackle Corey Peters (knee).

Bengals at Ravens

The Bengals ruled out linebacker Rey Maualuga (knee) and defensive tackle Devon Still (elbow). Linebacker Michael Boley (hamstring) is doubtful, while running back Giovani Bernard (ribs) and tight end Jermaine Gresham (groin) are questionable. Linebacker Terrell Suggs (foot) is probable, but cornerback Corey Graham (calf), safety James Ihedigbo (toe), linebacker Daryl Smith (thigh), cornerback Jimmy Smith (thigh) and wide receiver Brandon Stokley (thigh) are all questionable.

Lions at Bears

It doesn’t look like the Lions will have defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (ankle), cornerback Bill Bentley (knee) and tackle Corey Hilliard (knee) as they’re all listed as doubtful. Running back Reggie Bush (knee) and wide receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) are both probable, though. Quarterback Jay Cutler (groin) and cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) are both good to go for the Bears. Defensive end Shea McClellin (hamstring) is doubtful to be in the lineup.

Raiders at Giants

Safety Tyvon Branch (ankle), wide receiver Juron Criner (shoulder), cornerback D.J. Hayden (groin), tackle Matt McCants (toe), running back Darren McFadden (hamstring) and tackle Tony Pashos (hip) have all been ruled out for the Raiders. Guard Andre Gurode (quadricep) and linebacker Kaluka Maiava (rib) are listed as questionable, so the team may be even more shorthanded come Sunday. It’s another week on the sideline for Giants cornerback Corey Webster (groin, ankle), whose season is pretty close to lost at this point. Running back Brandon Jacobs (hamstring, knee) is doubtful, while the team has higher hopes for questionable cornerbacks Jayron Hosley (hamstring) and Trumaine McBride (groin). Wide receiver Victor Cruz (neck) is probable after missing a day of practice.

Eagles at Packers

The Eagles listed cornerback Bradley Fletcher (pectoral) as questionable, while quarterback Michael Vick (hamstring) is on track to miss another game. It’s hard to imagine you were unaware that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) is out. Linebacker Nick Perry (foot) and guard T.J. Lang (concussion) are both questionable while linebacker Clay Matthews (thumb) is set to make his return.

Rams at Colts

Guard Harvey Dahl (knee) has been ruled out for the Rams, while both tight end Lance Kendricks (hand) and quarterback Brady Quinn (hip) are listed as doubtful. Running back Trent Richardson (ankle) is questionable for Indy after missing two days of practice this week. Defensive tackle Josh Chapman (knee), cornerback Josh Gordy (groin), safety Delano Howell (neck) and cornerback Gregory Toler (groin) will all miss the game.

Bills at Steelers

The Bills will likely be without wide receiver Robert Woods (ankle) after listing him as doubtful, while linebacker Manny Lawson (personal) is questionable. Quarterback E.J. Manuel is set to return from his knee injury. Tackles Mike Adams (ribs) and Marcus Gilbert (ankle) are both questionable for the Steelers.

Jaguars at Titans

Jaguars wide receiver Stephen Williams (Achilles) is doubtful, while tight end Danny Noble (knee) and guard Will Rackley (concussion) are both questionable. Linebacker Moise Fokou (knee) will miss another game for the Titans. Cornerback Tommie Campbell (shoulder), safety Michael Griffin (quadricep), defensive end Ropati Pitoitua (calf) and tackle David Stewart (shoulder) are all listed as questionable.

Panthers at 49ers

The Panthers only have three players on their injury report, but all three — linebacker Chase Blackburn (foot), cornerback James Dockery (shoulder) and guard Chris Scott (knee) — are out. Wide receiver Quinton Patton (foot) remains out for San Francisco. Linebacker Ahmad Brooks (stinger), defensive tackle Ray McDonald (biceps) and defensive tackle Justin Smith (shoulder) are all questionable.

Texans at Cardinals

The Texans won’t have running back Arian Foster (back) in the desert, leaving Ben Tate (ribs) to handle the job. Ten other Texans join Tate with probable designations. Wide receiver Brittan Golden (hamstring) won’t play for the Cardinals and tight end Rob Housler (groin) is questionable to play.

Broncos at Chargers

The Broncos are once again without cornerback Champ Bailey (foot) and safety Duke Ihenacho (ankle) is questionable, which could leave the Broncos a bit short in the secondary. Quarterback Peyton Manning (ankle) leads a parade of 11 probable Broncos. The Chargers will wait to determine the status of defensive end Lawrence Guy (toe), linebacker Jarret Johnson (hamstring) and wide receiver Eddie Royal (toe), but linebacker Donald Butler (groin) should play after being listed as probable.

Cowboys at Saints

Wide receiver Dez Bryant says his back’s just fine and he’s listed as probable for the game. Cornerback Morris Claiborne (hamstring), linebacker DeVonte Holloman (neck) and safety J.J. Wilcox (knee) have been ruled out and wide receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) is likely to join them on the inactive list. Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (neck) will be a game-time decision. The fleur-de-lys on the side of the Saints’ helmet could be replaced by a question mark this week with wide receiver Marques Colston (knee), guard Jahri Evans (hip), tight end Jimmy Graham (elbow, foot), safety Roman Harper (knee), linebacker David Hawthorne (toe), safety Malcolm Jenkins (knee), defensive end Tom Johnson (hip), defensive end Cameron Jordan (ankle), linebacker Curtis Lofton (hamstring, ankle) and defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker (knee) all earning the designation on Friday’s injury report. Running back Darren Sproles (concussion) should play after being listed as probable.

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Panthers cut guard Chris Scott

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The Panthers’ offensive line has gone several changes in the offseason due to retirement.  On Saturday, the Panthers opted to make a change via termination of employment.

Per a league source, guard Chris Scott has been released.

In 2013, his first year with the team, Scott appeared in 10 regular-season games, with eight starts.  Rookie Trai Turner is expected to start at right guard for the Panthers in 2014.

Scott has four years of service, so he’ll instantly become a free agent.

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Browns part ways with veteran wideout Nate Burleson

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The Browns didn’t do nearly enough to fix the wide receiver position this offseason, knowing Josh Gordon would be suspended.

But it seemed that bringing in Nate Burleson was a wise move, to lend some ballast to a young group.

But the Browns apparently thought they didn’t need him, as Burleson was cut this morning, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Browns will be counting on Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins and a a number of young players, and you get the sense there will come a time when they wished they had a veteran in the locker room.

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Vikings set Fred Evans free

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An early surprise on 53 day comes from the land of 9,947 more lakes than that.

The Vikings have parted ways with veteran defensive lineman Fred Evans, per a league source.

Evans has served as a key member of the team’s defensive tackle rotation since 2007.  In 2013, he appeared in 14 games with three starts.

His departure should be regarded as good news in one respect.  If Linval Joseph wasn’t expected to be ready to return from getting shot in the leg after a preseason game, Evans probably wouldn’t have been cut.

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Idonije out in New York

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The Giants’ march to 53 includes a veteran defensive lineman who possibly is reaching the end of an intriguing road in professional football.

Per a league source, veteran defensive lineman Israel Idonije has been cut by the Giants.

He played at the University of Manitoba and wasn’t invited to the Scouting Combine.  So he showed up on his own, handing out tapes of his performances from a brown paper bag.

It didn’t work on draft day, but Idonije got an initial shot with the Browns before finding a nine-year home with the Bears.  Following the 2012 season, Idonije signed with the Lions for 2013.  He then re-joined the Bears earlier this year, but he was cut in June.

Idonije landed with the Giants in early August, but the Giants have moved on.  Idonije instantly becomes a free agent, able to sign with any team.  If he has the same relentlessness that earned him a spot in the NFL in the first place, Idonije may not be done yet.

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Reports: Washington cuts Zach Hocker, keeps Silas Redd

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Washington has reportedly made a decision in its kicker competition.

The club will waive rookie Zach Hocker, John Keim of ESPN.com reported Saturday morning. The seventh-round pick from Arkansas had been challenging incumbent kicker Kai Forbath.

In other Washington personnel news, undrafted rookie tailback Silas Redd is set to make the 53-player roster, Dianna Marie Russini of NBC Washington reported. The former USC and Penn State running back led Washington in rushing yards (157) and carries (34) in the preseason.

While Washington will keep Redd, it will be releasing second-year tailback Chris Thompson, Lake Lewis Jr. of SportsJourney.com reported. A Florida State product, Thompson was a fifth-round pick in 2013.

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Giants brush off Curtis Painter, keeping just two QBs

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The Giants are working (slowly, painfully) on a new offense.

And they’re only going to keep two quarterbacks to run it.

According to NJ.com, quarterback Curtis Painter is among the early cuts for the Giants.

That leaves Ryan Nassib as Eli Manning’s only backup, and frankly, with the injury problems they had up front, a third quarterback would have been a luxury.

They’ve also released defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles, defensive back Bennett Jackson, linebacker Dan Fox, fullback John Conner, offensive lineman Jamaal Johnson-Webb, tight end Kellen Davis.

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Report: Ravens release A.Q. Shipley

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The Ravens are reportedly releasing a veteran interior lineman with quite a bit of recent starting experience.

The club is parting ways with offensive guard A.Q. Shipley, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reported Saturday. A nine-game starter for Baltimore a season ago, the 28-year-old Shipley could appeal to clubs looking for veteran line help.

The club will also waive rookie quarterback Keith Wenning and second-year offensive lineman Ryan Jensen, Wilson reported. Both are recent sixth-round picks.

Jensen and Wenning have practice squad eligibility should they clear waivers. So would rookie tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint, who is also being waived by the Ravens, according to the Sun.

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Welcome to 53 day

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Some call it cutdown day, referring to the fact that up to 22 players from each team will be bounced by 4:00 p.m. ET.  But why not celebrate the guys who made it?

So, at least for now (as in, until I press “publish” on this post), I’ll call it “53 day.”  Welcome to it.

We’ll be keeping up as best we can with the dizzying array of roster moves.  Here’s how it will work.

The latest breaking news that flows into PFT headquarters will be posted on our Twitter page.  We’ll post the information here immediately thereafter, and we’ll eventually (hopefully sooner than later) add the information to the official PFT roster tracker.

One last point — before any of the bubble players pops the bubbly, keep in mind that the aftershock from the flood of available players will prompt more roster moves and potentially claim the spot of a player who had made it.

In St. Louis, for example, defensive end Michael Sam could end up winning a roster spot for now — and he then could lose that spot if the Rams sign a veteran quarterback to back up Shaun Hill.

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Mike Flacco released by Chargers

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Tight end Mike Flacco may one day be elite.  But not yet.  Not yet.

Flacco, the younger brother of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, will be released by the Chargers, per a league source.  Mike, who was signed as an undrafted free agent in May, had put together a solid preseason.  He lost out in a numbers game.

“This is a great place to learn how to play tight end,” Flacco recently said, via ESPN.com.  “Unfortunately, there’s some good tight ends in front of me on the depth chart. But between the coaching and guys in front of you to watch, it’s a great place to learn.”

The 27-year-old rookie will now hit the waiver wire, and maybe another team with serious needs at tight end about which I just wrote a few minutes ago (scroll or look down) will be interested.

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Kellen Davis done in New York

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It’s still unclear who’ll emerge as the top tight end for the Giants this year.  It’s becoming more clear who won’t.

Kellen Davis is the latest to be release, joining Dickensian antagonist Xavier Grimble as former Giants tight ends.  Davis had three catches for 12 yards in five preseason games.  He previously has played for the Bears from 2008 through 2012 before winning a Super Bowl ring with the Seahawks in 2013.

The Giants list Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells as the backup.  Adrien Robinson is the third tight end, for now.

Presumably, G.M. Jerry Reese and company will be watching the wire today for potential upgrades at the position, given that the three remaining players have scant NFL experience.

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Browns cut Dion Lewis

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Running back Dion Lewis emerged from Pitt in 2011, joining another former Pitt tailback (LeSean McCoy) on the roster of the Steelers.  But for Lewis, a fifth-round draft pick, the NFL thing hasn’t gone nearly as well.

Traded for the Browns for linebacker Emmanuel Acho after two seasons, 24 regular-season games, and 171 total rushing yards, Lewis broke a leg last summer, missing all of 2013.  He returned to the team determined to make a dent in the depth chart.

Per a league source, it didn’t happen.  Lewis has been cut by the Browns.

He’s got fewer than four years of service, so he’ll hit the waiver wire before becoming a free agent.

The Browns apparently will start Ben Tate at tailback, with Terrance West and Chris Ogbonnaya behind Tate.

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Texans move on from Ricardo Mathews

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After four years with the Colts, defensive lineman Ricardo Mathews joined the Texans, who were looking to replenish depth after the departure of Antonio Smith and Earl Mitchell.

The Texans have decided to rely on their defensive-line depth elsewhere.  Per a league source, Mathews has been released.

Mathews appeared in 16 regular-season games each of the last two years, with six starts.  Because he has four years of service, Mathews instantly becomes a free agent.

PFT also has confirmed that the Texans have released linebacker Chris McAllister.  Undrafted out of Baylor, McAllister joined the Texans in May.  He’ll first be exposed to waivers, and then he’ll be eligible to sign with any team or practice squad.

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Eagles’ Travis Long suffers torn ACL

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The Eagles have lost some linebacker depth as Travis Long has been lost for the season.

Long, who spent last year on Philadelphia’s practice squad and was expected to make the 53-man roster this year, suffered a torn ACL in Thursday’s preseason finale, according to Philly.com. Long’s injury came on the series after he sacked Jets quarterback Tajh Boyd.

The injury is to Long’s left ACL. He tore his right ACL in 2012 during his senior season at Washington State, which is one of the reasons he went undrafted last year. But the Eagles thought he was coming along well after signing as an undrafted free agent and had high hopes that he’d be a contributor this year.

Although Long was not projected to start this year, he was versatile enough to play inside linebacker, outside linebacker, defensive end and multiple special teams positions, and he’ll be tough to replace.

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Lovie Smith says a patchwork offensive line can be fine

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The Buccaneers’ offensive line has been a major question mark all year, and when the season opens next weekend the line will feature a bunch of guys who have never played together as a unit. And coach Lovie Smith says that’s just fine because, according to Smith, chemistry among offensive linemen is overrated.

“It’s been talked an awful lot about “the offensive line, they have to play together’’,’’ Smith said, via ESPN. “I don’t buy that at all. I think you get the best possible guys you can, and you make moves when you have to.’’

Smith said new arrival Logan Mankins can fit right in without having practiced with his teammates

“He knows how to get himself ready,” Smith said of Mankins. “He’ll have to change a little bit of terminology but not as much as you would assume. He’ll fit in right away and I don’t think that will be a big issue. Some of our other offensive linemen haven’t played a lot together. But these three preseason games, they’ve come together. Based on the way they played the last time they were together [in the third preseason game], we like where we’re at.”

At the moment, the offensive line looks like the Bucs’ biggest weakness. If Smith is right, perhaps the offensive line can be a surprise strength of a team going in the right direction.

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Texans cut 2011 second-round pick Brandon Harris

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Another recent Texans draft pick has been sent packing.

Cornerback Brandon Harris, a 2011 second-round draft pick, was cut by the Texans today, according to James Palmer of CSN Houston.

Bad draft picks have plagued the Texans in recent years, and Harris is a prime example: When you draft a player in the second round, you expect him to be a starter. Harris is released having never started a game in Houston.

Harris, who played his college football at the University of Miami, is a talented enough athlete that some team may decide to give him a second chance in the NFL. But his first chance, in Houston, has ended as a major disappointment.

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