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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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Rooney on Raiders’ situation: “Something is going to have to give”

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Long-time rivals on the field, the Raiders and Steelers could be allies when it comes to the current stadium situation in Oakland.

Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Steelers owner Art Rooney II addressed the challenges currently faced by Raiders owner Mark Davis, who plays in a dilapidated venue with periodic sewage problems and a baseball infield for half of football season.

“The Raiders have a stadium situation that’s difficult,” Rooney said.  “Something is going to have to give.”

Rooney, who serves as Chairman of the NFL’s Stadium Committee, took a direct role in the Minnesota stadium situation in 2012, helping to persuade the local politicians that action was needed.  Neither Rooney nor any other league officials have taken a public role in persuading the powers-that-be in Oakland to solve the stadium situation.

The Raiders have a one-year lease, which in theory allows them to leave Oakland after the current season.  Davis is currently flirting with San Antonio.

Davis would still need to persuade 23 other owners to approve of a move.  It’s unclear whether Davis could ever conjure the votes.

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Josh Gordon’s hearing with the NFL will continue Monday

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Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon’s hearing with the NFL is going to overtime.

A league source tells PFT that Gordon’s hearing in New York went from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will continue Monday.

Gordon’s potential year-long suspension for his latest violation of the substance abuse policy hangs in the balance, and going into the process, there was a “slight chance” of a settlement  which might mean something shorter than a one-year ban from the league.

The difference between the A and B samples in Gordon’s test for marijuana created a chance for the Chewbacca defense to prevail, and the fact today’s hearing went so long only furthers that perception.

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Hall of Fame adds contributors category

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame has decided to create a separate category for contributors to the game of football, who will now be nominated using a separate process from the way players and coaches are chosen for enshrinement in Canton.

In the past, contributors were elected in the same way that players and coaches were. But some voters and fans didn’t think that made much sense: After all, when the Hall of Fame Selection Committee is having its annual meeting on the day before the Super Bowl, how are they supposed to make a judgment between a player and a person like NFL Films founder Ed Sabol, a Hall of Famer whose contributions to the game aren’t easily enumerated through stats and Pro Bowl appearances.

Now contributors will be voted upon separately, using a process similar to the process for nominating senior candidates — a “contributors committee” will nominate a finalist, and although that finalist will be voted upon by the regular Hall of Fame Selection Committee, that vote will be separate from the vote on players and coaches. So a contributor (who could be an owner, commissioner or anyone else who has contributed to the sport off the field) will not be competing with a player for a spot in the Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame believes there’s currently a backlog contributor candidates, so in 2015, 2017 and 2019 it will allow up to two contributors to be enshrined. In other years only one contributor can be enshrined per year.

Basically, this is good news for the Hall of Fame hopes of contributors who have been voted down recently. That includes former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., former Browns and Ravens owner Art Modell and former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Don’t be surprised if two of those three are putting on gold blazers in Canton a year from now.

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Steelers sign RB Jawan Jamison

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The Steelers have made a change to their RB corps, signing Jawan Jamison and waving Alvester Alexander, the club announced Friday.

A 2013 seventh-round pick of Washington, the 23-year-old Jamison spent most of last season on the Redskins’ practice squad, then was promoted to the roster for the final three games. Washington waived Jamison in March.

A Rutgers product, Jamison (5-7, 203) rushed for 1,075 yards and four TDs in 2012 for the Scarlet Knights. He’ll compete to be the Steelers’ fourth back. Le’Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer will take three of the depth chart spots at tailback for Pittsburgh.

The 23-year-old Alexander is a first-year pro from Wyoming. He spent last season on the Steelers’ practice squad.

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Jim Harbaugh confident in Marcus Lattimore

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Although 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore is still unable to practice, 21 months after a horrific injury at South Carolina, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says he’s confident Lattimore will contribute to the team.

Marcus is going to be a part of this team, in some form or fashion,” Harbaugh said, via CSNBayArea.com. “I know what he’s got inside of him and I know what he’s capable of doing on the football field. We all do.”

Unfortunately, there’s still no word on when Lattimore will be part of the 49ers, in any role other than an observer at practice.

“We’ll continue to do what’s best for him and ultimately that’ll be what’s best for the program,” Harbaugh said.

Lattimore has worked very hard to rehabilitate from an injury so severe that doctors feared at first he may never walk without assistance again, let alone play football again. Here’s hoping that Harbaugh’s confidence is well placed, and that Lattimore eventually gets on the field with the 49ers.

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Cowboys add a defensive end

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The Cowboys came into camp with deficiencies on the defensive line and things have only gotten worse since they arrived in Oxnard.

Second-round pick DeMarcus Lawrence broke his foot, defensive tackle Terrell McClain has a sprained ankle and defensive end Ben Bass is dealing with a hamstring injury. On top of that, Anthony Spencer and Amobi Okoye are on procedural lists that bar them from practicing.

If nothing else, the Cowboys need some healthy bodies to get through practice and they added one on Friday. Agent Brett Tessler announced that his client Ken Boatright has signed a two-year deal with the team.

Boatright, a defensive end, spent a portion of camp with the Seahawks after signing as an undrafted free agent last year and some more time on Seattle’s offseason roster this year before being cut loose. He’s never played in a regular season game.

Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com reports that the team could also sign defensive end Adewale Ojomo, who was released by the Titans following a solicitation arrest. Boatright, Ojomo and Cory Henry all worked out for the Cowboys on Friday.

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Jerry Rice Jr. suffers torn labrum

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Redskins wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr. will need shoulder surgery after sustaining a torn labrum, head coach Jay Gruden said Friday, according to the club’s Twitter feed.

According to Tarik El-Bashir of CSNWashington.com, Gruden seemed to indicate the club hoped Rice would end up on injured reserve, though no call yet has been made on how Washington will proceed.

If Rice Jr. has a season-ending injury, Washington has several options. The club can directly place him on injured reserve, or he could revert to injured reserve if he club waives him and he goes unclaimed. The team could also elect to waive him off the roster with a financial settlement.

The son of the Hall of Fame wide receiver, Jerry Rice Jr. signed with Washington in June as a undrafted free agent. He also had tryouts with San Francisco and Baltimore. Rice Jr. played college football at UCLA and UNLV.

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Brandon Lloyd joins Michael Crabtree on sideline

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When it rains at wide receiver for the 49ers, it pours.

Michael Crabtree will miss the next week or two of practice with an injury that the 49ers have not disclosed, although Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that it is a sore hamstring that the team wants to rest so Crabtree doesn’t do further damage that keeps him out of the lineup for an extended period.

Crabtree will have some company in the trainer’s room. Coach Jim Harbaugh said that Brandon Lloyd will also be out for a week or two, although, as with Crabtree, the coach didn’t specify what kind of injury Lloyd suffered in practice this week.

Lloyd didn’t play at all last season, so he could probably use all the work the 49ers threw his way to earn a roster spot with the team or catch the eye of another club looking for help at receiver before the start of the season. Anquan Boldin, Stevie Johnson, Jonathan Baldwin, Bruce Ellington, Quinton Patton and Kassim Osgood round out the receiver group in San Francisco.

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Packers fear Jared Abbrederis tore his ACL

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It looks like Packers wide receiver Jared Abbrederis is going to spend his rookie season on injured reserve.

Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Packers believe Abbrederis tore his ACL during practice on Thursday. Abbrederis was headed for more tests on Friday and coach Mike McCarthy wouldn’t confirm anything about the severity of the injury when he met the media.

“I haven’t had time to sit down with the medical staff,” McCarthy said. “Right now, he has a knee. He completed practice yesterday.”

Abbrederis was a fifth-round pick after catching 202 passes during his Wisconsin career and was competing for punt return duties in addition to an offensive role. Now it looks like he’ll have to wait and try his luck again next year.

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Cary Williams doesn’t want to practice with “Cheater” Patriots

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Eagles cornerback Cary Williams got himself thrown out of a joint practice with the Patriots last year for fighting.

He didn’t wait until the teams got together later this month to throw his next haymaker.

They are cheaters,” Williams said of the Patriots, via Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com. “They are.”

That was an obvious reference to the Spygate scandal, which saw the Patriots fined $250,000 they lost a 2008 first-round pick for illegally videotaping opponents’ signals. Coach Bill Belichick was also fined an additional $500,000.

But it wasn’t a drive-by for Williams, who kept piling on the team he grew to hate when he was with the Ravens. He said he didn’t like practicing against anyone, but especially New England.

“I’m trying not to go into details about it or disrespect that organization because I give that organization nothing but, . . .you still got to go out there and play the game,” Williams said. “All the credit. I give them all the credit in the world. But one fact still remains, they haven’t won a Super Bowl since they got caught.

“You got caught. I know you’re gonna be looking at the film when we go out there. That’s just that. I don’t want to show them my card. That’s just me, not them. Not them. Every team is gonna look at it anyway. We’re gonna look at what they do too.”

Williams has just guaranteed those practices will be watched a little more closely by everyone.

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Talib not worried about emphasis on fouls against receivers

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The last time the NFL made defensive holding and illegal contact with receivers a point of emphasis in 2004, the number of flags thrown for both fouls increased from 79 to 191.

Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib doesn’t believe this year’s emphasis on those fouls will result in a similar uptick.

“They always talk about it but once it’s September and the real games start, it will probably be regular,” Talib told reporters on Friday.  “It’ll probably go through preseason and die out.  It doesn’t matter, it is what it is.  We’re just going to come out here and play football.”

It probably won’t die out, especially if teams like the Seahawks commit those fouls under the impression that the officials won’t throw a stream of flags for fear of bogging down the game.  The officials are under orders to throw the flags, and they apparently will.

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Jim Haslett not thrilled by referee’s suggestion that defense needs to be coached differently

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Veteran referee Ed Hochuli said this week that there will be a closer emphasis on defensive holding and illegal contact penalties this season, something that he predicted would lead to a lot of flags in the early part of the season.

Officials are visiting camps around the league to provide some instruction about how the rules will be applied. Referee Terry McAuley has been at Redskins camp this week and told a reporter that coaches are going to have to change the way they teach their players to play in pass coverage if they want to avoid flags, which he threw several of during the team’s practices. That suggestion didn’t sit well with Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.

“You know what I would tell the official? I would tell him that he needs to worry about officiating and we’ll coach the team,” Haslett said, via CSNWashington.com. “He needs to worry about calling interference because he called about four or five yesterday where there was nothing. So tell him to worry about his job, we’ll worry about our job.”

While one can certainly understand Haslett’s distaste for someone telling him how to do his job, especially when the rules regarding holding and illegal contact are already on the books. We also imagine this won’t be the last complaint from a defensive coach about the officials throwing flags for what might be borderline calls so that they are in line with the league’s edict on emphasizing those calls.

Given the recent trends in football, those complaints will likely fall on deaf ears while passing offenses continue to put up bigger and bigger numbers.

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Kelvin Benjamin returning to practice tomorrow

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The Panthers dodged a bullet this week when rookie wideout Kelvin Benjamin’s MRI turned up no structural damage to his knee.

They’ll get back to having a full arsenal soon.

According to Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer, Benjamin is scheduled to return to practice tomorrow.

The Panthers don’t have much to discuss at the position other than their first-round pick, as they filled out the roster with veterans and young projects.

Benjamin has also developed a quick friendship with quarterback Cam Newton. Considering there was always a little frost between Newton and Steve Smith, that’s important for the Panthers moving forward.

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Jim Harbaugh says it’s “refreshing” to table contract talk

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The 49ers have tabled their contracts talks with coach Jim Harbaugh, and the owner has said they’re not apparently far apart on money.

But as to the cessation of talks, Harbaugh turned it into a positive, saying he didn’t want a new contract with two years left on his contract.

Isn’t it refreshing?” Harbaugh said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “It has to be refreshing for you, refreshing for everybody in the building, refreshing for our fan base that the concentration will be on the 2014 season and our goals as a football team and achieving those goals. That’s the 49er way that I subscribe to.

“As I stated on the record these past months, this past week, all focus is on the 2014 season and achieving our goals. Now, the organization and I are in lockstep and all energy, all focus is on achieving those goals.”

Well, except for holdout guard Alex Boone, and tight end Vernon Davis, who threatened a holdout before showing up.

Of course, Joe Staley had four years left on his contract when he got a contract extension, so apparently there are some loopholes in “the 49er way.”

“That’s another thing that I’m on the record for,” Harbaugh said “And expressed that last summer when I was presented with a new contract, just my feeling, my principle, just a value, as the leader of the team, if I’m running in for a contract extension every couple years, it has a tendency to send everybody else running for the water cooler.”

Until his status is clarified, however, people are going to continue to sidle up to the cooler for a refreshing drink of “When do I get mine?”

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San Antonio official believes Raiders have given city “a serious look”

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After meeting with Raiders owner Mark Davis last month, the president and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce believes Davis will give the city some real consideration if the team decides to move.

In an interview Friday with SiriusXM NFL Radio, Chamber executive Richard Perez told hosts Alex Marvez and Ross Tucker that Davis “has indeed given us a serious look, and we’re going to see where this takes us.”

Perez also shed some light on Davis’ message to city officials.

“I will you tell that I felt very, very comfortable and confident that his word was true,” Perez said. “And he said, ‘Look, you know, I’m not telling you that I’m coming today, but I will tell you that I’m looking, and you all are definitely someone that we’re looking very closely at.’”

Referring to the city’s previous failed attempts to appeal to professional teams, Perez said: “The carrot’s been dangled in front of us before. We’ve jumped, and we haven’t been successful. But if you don’t take a chance, you never will succeed.”

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