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Starting Patriots’ tackles active for MNF

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The Patriots’ starting offensive tackles, Marcus Cannon and Sebastian Vollmer, are active for Monday night’s game vs. the Bills.

Cannon (toe) and Vollmer (concussion) had been listed as questionable. Cannon hasn’t played since Week 6, while Vollmer missed last week’s game. With Nate Solder having been placed on injured reserve last month, the Patriots have been patching their offensive line together on the fly.

Backup guard Tre Jackson (knee) and wide receiver Keshawn Martin (hamstring) are inactive. Both had been listed as questionable. The Patriots had previously listed linebacker Jamie Collins (illness), cornerback Justin Coleman (hand) and wide receiver Julian Edelman as out.

The Bills have made quarterback E.J. Manuel active, meaning he’ll be the backup to Tyrod Taylor. Josh Johnson is inactive.

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49ers bring back McLeod Bethel-Thompson

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With Colin Kaepernick on injured reserve, the 49ers are looking for a quarterback. And with not many quarterbacks available, they tried out a well-traveled journeyman on Monday.

Per a league source, McLeod Bethel-Thompson got a workout with the 49ers. According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, the 49ers signed Bethel-Thompson to the practice squad.

The move to try out only Bethel-Thompson is a bit of a surprise, given that coach Jim Tomsula told reporters that the team would try out two quarterbacks on Monday.

Unless linebacker Kevin Snyder (who also received a workout) is being considered at quarterback, they definitely tried out only one.

The decision to try out Bethel-Thompson underscores the reality that, when it comes to NFL quarterbacks, the demand far outweighs the supply. He has two prior stints with the 49ers, and the 49ers have only two quarterbacks on the active roster: Blaine Gabbert and Dylan Thompson, an undrafted rookie who was promoted from the practice squad on Saturday.

Bethel-Thompson, who played college football at Sacramento State, has never appeared in an NFL game. He has been on the roster of the Vikings and 49ers.

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Bucs claim Kourtnei Brown from Texans, again

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The Buccaneers have claimed linebacker Kourtnei Brown via waivers from the Texans, ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported.

If that sounds familiar, the same thing happened in September. Brown was with the Bucs for three weeks before getting cut and added to the practice squad, then signed from the practice squad to the Texans active roster.

Brown, 27, played in one game for the Buccaneers earlier this season, and that was his first NFL game. Brown has been cut 10 times by seven teams.

The Texans waived Brown last weekend when they promoted running back Akeem Hunt to the active roster.

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Glenn Dorsey tore his ACL on Sunday

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 22: Linebacker Glenn Dorsey #90 of the San Francisco 49ers is carted off the field during the first half of a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 22, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won the game 29-13. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) Getty Images

The 49ers lost to the Seahawks on Sunday and they lost a member of their defensive line for the rest of the season.

The team announced Monday that defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey tore his ACL when he hurt his knee on the Seahawks’ first offensive play of the game. Dorsey’s right knee buckled as he tried to stop Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls and he was carted off the field a short time later.

First-round pick Arik Armstead took over for Dorsey on Sunday and will likely continue to see increased playing time over the final six weeks of the year.

Dorsey played in all 10 games for the 49ers this season and made seven starts overall. He’s been with the team for three years, although he didn’t play at all in the 2014 regular season due to a torn biceps.

The 49ers said that Dorsey’s surgery is pending. He’s signed for next season with a $1.8 million base salary.

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Panthers Wes Horton, Stephen Hill draw suspensions from NFL

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 05:  Wes Horton #96 of the Carolina Panthers sacks Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears in the 1st quarter at Bank of America Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

Everything is going well for the 10-0 Panthers on the field, but a couple of their players have landed suspensions due to off-field issues.

Per multiple reports, which PFT has confirmed, Wes Horton has been suspended four games for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy. Horton has played in eight games for the Panthers this season and made two starts, but was on the inactive list for Sunday’s victory. He recorded seven tackles and a sack.

Horton’s suspension won’t hurt the team’s depth as much as it would have in the last few weeks because the team plans to activate Charles Johnson from injured reserve on Tuesday.

Rapoport also reports that wide receiver Stephen Hill has drawn a one-game suspension for a substance abuse violation. Hill is on injured reserve, so he’ll lose a week’s salary but the suspension won’t impact the Panthers roster.

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Anthony Castonzo week-to-week with MCL sprain

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 07:  Tackle Anthony Castonzo #74 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on against the New York Jets during a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 7, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images) Getty Images

Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo has made 65 straight starts, but his status for Week 12 is in some doubt after he suffered a sprained MCL late in Sunday’s victory over the Falcons.

Coach Chuck Pagano said Monday that Castonzo is considered “week-to-week” as a result of the injury. That phrasing suggests that it will take a lot for Castonzo to get on the field to protect Matt Hasselbeck this week. It would be a big loss as Castonzo has been the steadiest member of a shaky Colts line for some time.

After Castonzo was injured, the Colts shuffled their line to put Joe Reitz at left tackle, Jack Mewhort at right tackle and brought Lance Louis off the bench to replace Mewhort at left guard. Pagano said Monday that the team was still mulling its options if they are going to move forward without Castonzo.

Pagano also updated the condition of cornerback Vontae Davis, who left the victory with a hamstring injury. Pagano called Davis day-to-day, which should give him a better chance of playing this week than Castonzo.

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10-0 Panthers are underdogs, and their coach doesn’t like it

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The Panthers have won every game they’ve played this year. On Thursday, they head to Dallas with a 10-record — and a 14-game regular-season winning streak. And yet the oddsmakers have installed the Cowboys as one-point favorites.

Carolina coach Ron Rivera doesn’t like that. Via Steve Reed of the Associated Press, Rivera told reporters that its “a little disrespectful” to his team.

He may be right, but betting lines typically aren’t about respect. They reflect an assessment of team performance and betting trends and all sorts of factors. In many cases, the goal is to encourage equal betting on both teams; the point spread in those cases is a reflection of the public’s assessment of the two teams.

Either way, the Cowboys has no responsibility for the betting line. But if there’s a way that the Panthers can use that perceived disrespect to guard against complacency and/or to give the team extra motivation to make the most of the national stage on which they’ll be playing, so be it.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick remains the Jets starter

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 22: D'Brickashaw Ferguson #60 of the New York Jets helps up Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the New York Jets after Fitzpatrick scored a touchdown against the Houston Texans in the second half on November 22, 2015 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Texans won 24 to 17. (Photo by Thomas Shea/Getty Images) Getty Images

After Sunday’s loss to the Texans, Jets coach Todd Bowles responded to questions about whether the team would consider changing their starting quarterback by saying “not at this time” although his followup that the team would discuss the possibility on Monday meant the door was left slightly ajar.

Bowles closed it the rest of the way on Monday when he announced that Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain in the starting lineup for this week’s game against the Dolphins. Bowles said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, that there wasn’t much discussion about making a change, which doesn’t come as much surprise since the Jets didn’t waste much time after Fitzpatrick had left thumb surgery on November 13 before naming him their starter against Houston.

Bowles was asked if Fitzpatrick would have a shorter leash moving forward after turning in poor games against the Texans and Bills the last two weeks. Bowles responded by saying Fitzpatrick is “our starting quarterback,” but presumably more of the same from Fitzpatrick would lead the team to consider giving Geno Smith or Bryce Petty a look.

Fitzpatrick has had an up and down season for the Jets. He has thrown seven interceptions and six touchdowns in the team’s five losses while putting up nine touchdowns and four interceptions in their five wins. The sum total looks a lot like the seasons he turned in with the Bills and Titans and may slow talk of bringing him back from 2016 if consistency continues to be out of reach.

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Darqueze Dennard is indeed done for the year

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The Bengals’ fears have been confirmed. Per a league source, cornerback Darqueze Dennard is done for the year.

Dennard suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday night’s loss to the Cardinals.

Per the source, the team has informed Dennard that he’ll need surgery to repair the damage sustained in the shoulder.

Dennard, a first-round pick in 2014, started on Sunday night in place of Pacman Jones. It was the former Michigan State defensive back’s first career start.

The absence of Dennard will cause the team to rely more heavily on the remaining depth in the secondary, which features names like Dre Kirkpatrick, Leon Hall, George Iloka, and Reggie Nelson.

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Manziel has no comment on latest party pictures

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The Browns didn’t play last weekend, and Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel told reporters Monday he had no comment about pictures and video of him partying during his time off because he hadn’t seen them.

Manziel was at a community event Monday afternoon at the Cleveland Food Bank. The Browns return to practice Tuesday.

The website Busted Coverage first posted about Manziel’s night out in Austin, Tex., on Monday afternoon. Busted Coverage had pictures and videos it says were taken last Friday.

Manziel, whose social media and off-field exploits have been well documented, vowed last week to not be a distraction or an embarrassment during his time off and said nobody in the Browns’ organization “[has] to worry about me this week.”

He was named the starter for the rest of the season last week after throwing for a career-best 373 yards in a 30-9 loss to the Steelers on Nov. 15. The No. 22 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft has made five career starts, three this season.

Manziel spent almost three months in rehab for an undisclosed issue starting last January.

Manziel’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, posted a picture Saturday from Manziel’s visit to the Ohio State-Michigan State game. Manziel told reporters Monday he spent time in Texas and at that game before returning to Cleveland to prepare for next Monday’s game vs. the Ravens.

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Brian Hoyer set to start in Week 12

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 16:  Brian Hoyer #7 of the Houston Texans throws a pass during the first quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 16, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Texans turned to T.J. Yates at quarterback after Brian Hoyer suffered a concussion in the second half of the team’s Week 10 game against the Bengals and Yates threw a game-winning touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins.

Yates got the start again against the Jets on Sunday and went 16-of-34 for 229 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-17 victory that upped Houston’s record to 5-5 and improved their standing the race for playoff spots in the AFC. Yates will get a hearty pat on the back on his way back for a job well done on his way to the bench this week.

Coach Bill O’Brien announced Monday, via the Houston Chronicle, that Hoyer has cleared the concussion protocol and will return to the starting lineup for the team’s Week 12 game against the Saints. Unless New Orleans has been able to pull off some serious bye week magic with their defense, it should be a good matchup for Hoyer, Hopkins and the rest of the Texans passing game as they try to pull themselves above .500.

O’Brien also said that cornerback Kareem Jackson is expected to practice on Wednesday after missing the last four games with a sprained ankle.

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Jay Gruden: Refs aren’t why we lost

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 22:  Head coach Jay Gruden of the Washington Redskins  watches his team play against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 22, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Getty Images

After Sunday’s 44-16 loss to the Panthers, Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher shared his belief that the team’s nickname was behind officiating decisions that have gone against the team this season.

The numbers don’t support a claim that the team is being penalized more often (or as often, for that matter) than others in the league and coach Jay Gruden said Monday that it didn’t make much sense to complain about the guys in the striped shirts after a game you lost by 30 points.

“The refs aren’t an excuse,” Gruden said, via John Keim of “It’s not why we lost. Missed tackles, five sacks, five turnovers. We can point directly to that.”

One call that might have impacted the game came in the second quarter when a Chris Culliver interception return for a touchdown was wiped out by a personal foul for Culliver hitting Panthers tight end Greg Olson when Olson was deemed a defenseless receiver. The call drew criticism from Redskins radio analyst Chris Cooley at the time and Gruden said Monday that it was a confusing call he wishes he could have challenged, but Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports the NFL believes it was the correct ruling.

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Peyton Manning visiting foot specialist for second opinion

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Whether Peyton Manning is trying to get himself back for next week or next year, he’s visiting a specialist to see what his next step is.

According to Lindsay Jones of USA Today, the injured Broncos quarterback is in Charlotte, getting a second opinion on his injured foot.

That’s where foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson’s based, and that’s the guy he needs to see about the plantar fascia injury that kept him off the field last week.

The Broncos have already said that Brock Osweiler will start this week against the Patriots, and Manning has effectively been apart from the team trying to get himself well. He didn’t travel to Chicago for yesterday’s game against the Bears.

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Ravens make wide receiver swap

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The Ravens made a wide receiver swap Monday, promoting Chuck Jacobs from the practice squad and releasing Joe Morgan.

Jacobs, 25, has also spent time with the 49ers but has never played in an NFL game. Morgan spent a little less than three weeks with the Ravens. He had previously been with the Saints.

The Ravens will make more moves once quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Justin Forsett are placed on injured reserve, but the Ravens don’t play until next Monday so there’s no urgency. Given the lack of available players at those positions, the Ravens might also scan the waiver wire and other teams’ practice squads before making any roster decisions.

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Panthers plan to activate Charles Johnson on Tuesday

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 03:  Charles Johnson #95 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after a play during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Panthers will be in Dallas on Thursday, which means they’ll get to spend Thanksgiving with their former pass rushing defensive end Greg Hardy.

It looks like they’ll have one of Hardy’s teammate from his time with the team back from injured reserve for the game. Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that the team plans to activate defensive end Charles Johnson on Tuesday.

“Pretty excited about that,” Rivera said, via the team.

Johnson was placed on injured reserve with the designation to return in September due to a hamstring injury and this week’s game is the first that he’s eligible to play in after spending eight weeks on the list. Johnson had a sack and five tackles in the first three games of the year.

He’ll likely take the roster spot of guard Amini Silatolu, who Rivera announced tore his ACL on Sunday. Silatolu was filling in at left guard for the injured Andrew Norwell, who the team hopes to have back for Thursday’s game.

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