PFT’s Week 13 picks

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It’s probably over. OK, it’s over.

With five weeks to go, MDS has built a 10-game cushion. It’s going to be very hard for me to catch, especially if (as this week) we’re only going to disagree on one game.

I was 9-5 last week, and MDS went 11-3. For the year, he’s now 118-58. I’m at 108-68.

Bears at Lions

MDS’s take: The Bears are still clinging to remote playoff hopes, while the Lions’ season is spiraling downward. This will be an ugly game to watch before your turkey.

MDS’s pick: Bears 19, Lions 6.

Florio’s take: The Bears scratch and claw toward what would be one of the most unlikely playoff berths in years. They won’t get there, but it’s fun to watch.

Florio’s pick: Bears 20, Lions 10.


Bills at Cowboys

MDS’s take: Jason Garrett needs to bounce back from the loss that made his boss say he got out-coached. I think the Cowboys’ offense will prove too much for the Bills’ defense.

MDS’s pick: Cowboys 28, Bills 20.

Florio’s take: Cowboys coach Jason Garrett seems to be at his best when he is desperate. On Thursday, he is desperate.

Florio’s pick: Cowboys 23, Bills 16.


Saints at Falcons

MDS’s take: Can the Falcon upset the Saints on Thanksgiving night, just as they did in New Orleans a couple weeks ago? I don’t see it happening.

MDS’s pick: Saints 24, Falcons 13.

Florio’s take: The push for a bye, and possibly the top seed, continues with a shot at righting the wrong of an ugly home loss to the Falcons.

Florio’s pick: Saints 38, Falcons 31.


Browns at Steelers

MDS’s take: The winner of this game will be well positioned in the AFC wild card race, which is quite a turnaround given how bad both of these teams have looked at times this season. I think the Steelers made the right move going to Devlin Hodges, and they’ll pull out a win.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 20, Browns 17.

Florio’s take: The Steelers get a little revenge, without banging anyone over the head with their own helmet.

Florio’s pick: Steelers 17, Browns 13.


Packers at Giants

MDS’s take: The Packers looked terrible last week against the 49ers, but a visit to the Giants should be just what the doctor ordered.

MDS’s pick: Packers 30, Giants 17.

Florio’s take: Green Bay should go 4-1 down the stretch, which should be good enough to win the division but not good enough to secure a bye.

Florio’s pick: Packers 27, Giants 10.


Eagles at Dolphins

MDS’s take: The Eagles looked terrible last week against the Seahawks, but a visit to the Dolphins should be just what the doctor ordered.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 28, Dolphins 14.

Florio’s take: If the Eagles lose this one, they can forget about the playoffs.

Florio’s pick: Eagles 24, Dolphins 13.


Buccaneers at Jaguars

MDS’s take: Jameis Winston is always a sure thing to throw a couple great passes and a couple terrible passes, and the key to the game is what he does on all his other plays. I think he’ll do enough to outscore a struggling Jaguars offense.

MDS’s pick: Buccaneers 28, Jaguars 21.

Florio’s take: The Battle for Florida will definitely not result in any sort of trophy, but it could be an exciting game between teams currently moving in different directions.

Florio’s pick: Jaguars 34, Buccaneers 31.


Titans at Colts

MDS’s take: The AFC South is still a three-team race, but the loser of this game is in a world of hurt. I think this is the game when Ryan Tannehill comes back to earth and the Colts win a low-scoring affair.

MDS’s pick: Colts 14, Titans 13.

Florio’s take: The loser of this one will have a hard time making it to January, and the Colts are too good to be in that position on Thanksgiving weekend.

Florio’s pick: Colts 21, Titans 20.


Jets at Bengals

MDS’s take: With Andy Dalton back under center, the Bengals earning their first win of the season wouldn’t shock me, but instead I think they’re going to fall just short.

MDS’s pick: Jets 21, Bengals 20.

Florio’s take: It may be too late for the Jets, especially with the Ravens looming in two weeks. But it’s fun to watch.

Florio’s pick: Jets 30, Bengals 17.


Washington at Panthers

MDS’s take: No two-game winning streak is on order for Washington, which has an offense that can barely move the ball.

MDS’s pick: Panthers 20, Washington 9.

Florio’s take: Ron Rivera may not make if to Week 17 if he loses this one.

Florio’s pick: Panthers 27, Washington 13.


49ers at Ravens

MDS’s take: An outstanding game between the Ravens’ historic offense and the 49ers’ stout defense. I like Lamar Jackson to make enough plays with his feet to win a close one.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 24, 49ers 20.

Florio’s take: Game of the year? Game of the year.

Florio’s pick: Ravens 24, 49ers 21.


Rams at Cardinals

MDS’s take: The Rams are down to their last chance to turn this season around, and I think they’ll get the win they need in Arizona.

MDS’s pick: Rams 22, Cardinals 17.

Florio’s take: A get-right game for the Rams, even though things probably won’t stay that way.

Florio’s pick: Rams 31, Cardinals 27.


Chargers at Broncos

MDS’s take: Both of these teams are out of the AFC West race, but I think the Chargers will be a little more competitive down the stretch.

MDS’s pick: Chargers 17, Broncos 14.

Florio’s take: The Chargers have begun to emotionally detach from Philip Rivers, and it will affect them just enough to give the Broncos an opening to win.

Florio’s pick: Broncos 20, Chargers 17.


Raiders at Chiefs

MDS’s take: It’s not too late for the Raiders to make a push to win the AFC West, but it will be if they lose on Sunday, and that’s what I’m expecting them to do.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 30, Raiders 17.

Florio’s take: When Andy Reid has extra time to get ready, that’s very good for his team and bad for the other one.

Florio’s pick: Chiefs 31, Raiders 21.


Patriots at Texans

MDS’s take: Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore is leading one of the best pass defenses we’ve ever seen in the NFL, and Deshaun Watson is going to struggle against them.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 24, Texans 13.

Florio’s take: The Patriots know they have no margin for error, not with the Ravens still hot on their heels. Meanwhile, Bill O’Brien has never beaten Bill Belichick.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 21, Texans 17.


Vikings at Seahawks

MDS’s take: This is a very important game to the NFC playoff race, and I think a hostile atmosphere in Seattle is going to be too much for the Vikings.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 24, Vikings 17.

Florio’s take: That win over the Cowboys hardly means that the Vikings have exorcised their prime-time demons.

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 24, Vikings 20.

Week 13 power rankings

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1. Ravens (9-2; last week No. 1): When asking whether they’re peaking too soon, it’s also fair to ask whether they haven’t peaked yet.

2. 49ers (10-1; No. 4): Sure, they face a tough schedule. The teams that will be facing them have it even tougher.

3. Seahawks (9-2; No. 2): The No. 1 seed or the No. 5 seed continues to hinge on Week 17 vs. the 49ers.

4. Patriots (10-1; No. 3): A Super Bowl berth hinges eventually on the ability to contain Lamar Jackson.

5. Saints (9-2; No. 5): If they’re going to be screwed by the pass interference replay process, it’s better that it happen now than later.

6. Vikings (8-3; No. 7): A win in Seattle, as unlikely as it would be, would propel the Vikings into the bye-week conversation.

7. Packers (8-3; No. 6): They should never play a game in California again.

8. Chiefs (7-4; No. 8): Andy Reid’s teams thrive after the bye; the real question is whether a win over the Raiders can be followed by a win over the Patriots.

9. Texans (7-4; No. 12): Two weeks after a potential signature win became a blowout loss, the Texans have another shot at a signature win.

10. Bills (8-3; No. 9): They’ll likely get to the playoffs; can they win once the playoffs start?

11. Steelers (6-5; No. 15): If someone from the Browns tries to hit Devlin Hodges over the head with his own helmet, hopefully he will quickly lower his head in an effort to avoid the blow.

12. Titans (6-5; No. 16): The most boring team in football is quickly becoming anything but.

13. Cowboys (6-5; No. 11): If they lose to Buffalo at home on Thanksgiving, Black Friday may have a much different meaning for Jason Garrett.

14. Raiders (6-5; No. 10): Playoffs or not, Derek Carr may not actually be living in that house he’s building in Las Vegas.

15. Colts (6-5; No. 14): They’ll be a dangerous playoff team if they make it; it’s still not clear whether they’ll make it.

16. Browns (5-6; No. 19): Maybe they’ll make it to the playoffs after all.

17. Rams (6-5; No. 13): Maybe they won’t make it to the playoffs after all.

18. Eagles (5-6; No. 17): Maybe they’ll regret signing Carson Wentz.

19. Panthers (5-6; No. 18): Maybe they’ll regret keeping Joey Slye.

20. Bears (5-6; No. 21): Maybe they’ll stop being asked why they didn’t take Patrick Mahomes in 2017 and instead be asked why they didn’t take Lamar Jackson in 2018.

21. Jets (4-7; No. 25): Maybe they’d be a contender if they didn’t have so many tough games in September and October.

22. Buccaneers (4-7; No. 27): Maybe Jameis Winston will do enough to get another year where the constant question will be whether he should get another year.

23. Chargers (4-7; No. 22): By beating Lamar Jackson in the 2018 playoffs, the Chargers finally have something they can hold over the Rams.

24. Jaguars (4-7; No. 20): The Super Bowl window has been slammed shut and boarded up.

25. Falcons (3-8; No. 23): It’ll take more than $2 hot dogs to get people to show up on Thanksgiving night.

26. Broncos (3-8; No. 24): When will they leave the starting job to the guy who looks like the star of Leave It To Beaver?

27. Lions (3-7-1; No. 26): It’s no surprise that a team with six decades of dysfunction wouldn’t realize the benefit of giving an effort to finally change things more than two years to take root.

28. Cardinals (3-7-1; No. 28): Patrick Mahomes in 2018, Lamar Jackson in 2019 . . . Kyler Murray in 2020?

29. Washington (2-9; No. 31): Far more surprising than Dwayne Haskins‘ decision to take a selfie with fans is that fans were actually there to take selfies with.

30. Dolphins (2-9; No. 29): They’re going to regret those two wins in April.

31. Giants (2-9; No. 30): The Giants could be the third NFC East team looking for a new coach in January.

32. Bengals (0-11; No. 32): They definitely wouldn’t be 0-11 if Marvin Lewis was still the coach.

AFC playoff picture: Big games on tap in Week 13

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The top of the AFC’s playoff picture has looked the same for some time now and there’s little reason to think the Patriots and Ravens won’t be able to remain in the top two spots.

What it will look like behind them is a bit less clear. Seven teams have five, six or seven wins to this point in the season and many of them will be playing each other in the coming weeks. That includes three games this weekend — Titans-Colts, Raiders-Chiefs and Browns-Steelers — that will have great impact on the eventual playoff competitors.

Those results will make the playoff picture clearer, but here’s how things stand after Week 12:

LEADERS
1. Patriots (10-1) Houston and Kansas City provide a pair of tough tests before things ease up in the final three weeks.

2. Ravens (9-2) If the 49ers can’t stop their offense, will anyone be able to shut them down this season?

3. Texans (7-4) They’re getting the Patriots at home this week while their closest divisional rivals face each other.

4. Chiefs (7-4) Got some help from the Jets against the Raiders and can all but finish the AFC West race this weekend.

5. Bills (8-3) The next four weeks are the toughest of the season for Buffalo, but they’ve put themselves in position to absorb a loss or two without fatally damaging their postseason bid.

6. Steelers (6-5) They benched their quarterback, but moved into playoff position ahead of a rematch with the Browns.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
7. Raiders (6-5) Didn’t do themselves any favors in Week 12, but a win in Kansas City would brighten the outlook considerably for the Raiders.

8. Colts (6-5) A win this week would give them a sweep of the Titans that might be a factor if they need to break a tie come Week 17.

9. Titans (6-5) They have the Colts, Raiders and Texans over the next three weeks, which gives them a chance to make a big jump up the ladder.

10. Browns (5-6) A win over the Steelers this week would be four in a row and a shot in the arm for their Wild Card bid.

11. Jaguars (4-7) They’ve given up 699 rushing yards the last three weeks to run themselves out of playoff contention.

12. Chargers (4-7) Derwin James is set to return, but it looks like too little too late.

13. Jets (4-7) With the Bengals and Dolphins on deck, the three-game winning streak may be getting longer.

14. Broncos (3-8) A potential start for Drew Lock is about as intriguing as it gets in Denver these days.

15. Dolphins (2-9) They technically remain alive in the playoff race, but they probably won’t be there for long.

ELIMINATED
16. Bengals (0-11) Andy Dalton‘s back in the saddle with a two-game edge on competitors for the top pick in the draft.

NFC playoff picture: Creating separation as November ends

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With five weeks left in the regular season, five NFC teams should be feeling pretty comfortable about their chances of making the playoffs.

The 49ers, Saints, Packers, Seahawks and Vikings are all at least two games up on their closest competitors for playoff spots and, barring total collapse, it shouldn’t be long before some of those teams are clinching berths in the postseason. Where they’ll all stack up once the playoffs arrive remains in some doubt, however, and the final weeks will set the seeding for January.

The outlier to the separation of powers is in the NFC East, where the Eagles and Cowboys both remain alive for a division title.

Here’s how the entire conference shapes up after Week 12:

LEADERS
1. 49ers (10-1) Can their defense stop Lamar Jackson? If not, we could have a new No. 1 team in the NFC next week.

2. Saints (9-2) Survived the Panthers to essentially sew up the NFC South and they get their shot at the Niners in Week 14.

3. Packers (8-3) A second loss in three games keeps the Vikings right on top of them in the NFC North.

4. Cowboys (6-5) They fizzled in New England to keep hope alive for the Eagles.

5. Seahawks (9-2) Monday night’s game against the Vikings will be a big part of the seeding game.

6. Vikings (8-3) They should be well rested for Seattle after their Week 12 bye.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
7. Rams (6-5) Eight turnovers in the last three games are one of the reasons why it’s hard to believe the Rams can right the ship in December.

8. Bears (5-6) The good news is that they got a win and have the Lions on deck. The bad news is the Cowboys, Packers, Chiefs and Vikings are their final four opponents.

9. Eagles (5-6) It’s been a rough year, but the schedule shows the Dolphins, Giants and Washington in the next three weeks so the division title probably isn’t running away from them.

10. Panthers (5-6) They may have lost even if Joey Slye made a 28-yard field goal, but it’s all the more painful that he did.

11. Buccaneers (4-7) Running the table would get them a winning season, but they haven’t won two straight games all year.

12. Lions (3-7-1) They’ll try to avoid a winless November against the Bears on Thanksgiving.

13. Cardinals (3-7-1) They can help spoil the season for the Rams this week.

14. Falcons (3-8) Atlanta reverted to form after a two-game winning streak.

15. Giants (2-9) Pat Shurmur is now 17-43 as an NFL head coach.

16. Washington (2-9) Selfies with Dwayne Haskins are all the rage these days.

FMIA Week 12: Why Dominant, Deep 49ers Might Be NFL’s Scariest Team

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In the NFL, it’s always smart to have recency bias. Peter King opens Football Morning in America Week 12 in Santa Clara, Calif., where the league’s scariest team, San Francisco, showed off its dominance by blowing out Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Also in the column:

• A quick peek ahead at the juicy Week 13 matchup—Niners at Ravens—and why it’s in the NFL’s least attractive television window.

• A look at what’s wrong with Carson Wentz, and whether the Eagles can still save their season.

• Peeling back the curtain on the NFL 100 All-Time Team and how the players were picked, starting with the running backs.

• The Week 12 awards, including strong performances from Derrick Henry, Chris Godwin, Shaq Lawson, Adam Gase and more.

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on Frank Gore’s longevity; the Myles Garrett incident; the two-horse MVP race; the importance of studying game film; the surprising rise in fourth-down risks.

• Plus 10 things, factoids, a travel note, beernerdness, coffeenerdness and the four men who will be coaching for their jobs over the season’s final month. [more]

Week 12 early inactives

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Every week we bring you all the inactives from the 1 p.m. ET games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. Check back to see the full list as it becomes available 90 minutes ahead of kickoff.

Buccaneers at Falcons 

Buccaneers: LB Anthony Nelson, CB M.J. Stewart, CB Mazzi Wilkins, LB Kahzin Daniels, G Aaron Stinnie, T Jerald Hawkins, TE Jordan Leggett

Falcons: RB Devonta Freeman, TE Austin Hooper, S Kemal Ishmael, DE John Cominsky, T Matt Gono, WR Brandon Powell, DT Deadrin Senat

Broncos at Bills

Broncos: LB Justin Hollins, T Ju’Wuan James, WR Juwann Winfree, CB Cyrus Jones, DE DeMarcus Walker, T Calvin Anderson, DL Jonathan Harris

Bills: DB Siran Neal, T Ty Nsekhe, RB T.J. Yeldon, WR Duke Williams, TE Tommy Sweeney, OL Ike Boettger, DT Vincent Taylor,

Giants at Bears

Giants: TE Evan Engram, TE Rhett Ellison, QB Alex Tanney, OT Eric Smith, OL Chad Slade, WR Bennie Fowler, LB Chris Peace

Bears: LB Danny Trevathan, TE Adam Shaheen, CB Duke Shelley, OL Alex Bars, DL Abdullah Anderson, TE Bradley Sowell, WR Riley Ridley

Steelers at Bengals

Steelers: WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, RB James Conner, QB Paxton Lynch, CB Artie Burns, LB Tuzar Skipper, T Chuks Okorafor, TE Zach Gentry

Bengals: WR A.J. Green, TE Drew Sample, T Andre Smith, OL Fred Johnson, QB Jake Dolegala, CB Torry McTyer, DE Anthony Zettel

Dolphins at Browns

Dolphins: CB Xavier Crawford, CB Ken Webster, OL Chris Reed, T Isaiah Prince, OL Keaton Sutherland, TE Clive Walford, LB Trent Harris

Browns: S Eric Murray, DE Olivier Vernon, WR Taywan Taylor, CB Robert Jackson, T Kendall Lamm, OL Drew Forbes, TE Pharaoh Brown

Panthers at Saints

Panthers: CB Ross Cockrell, DE Wes Horton, RB Mike Davis, DE Marquis Haynes, LB Jordan Kunaszyk, WR Brandon Zylstra, CB Corn Elder

Saints: G Andrus Peat, CB Marshon Lattimore, WR Deonte Harris, RB Zach Line, OL Ethan Greenidge, TE Dan Arnold, DE Carl Granderson

Raiders at Jets

Raiders: T David Sharpe, QB DeShone Kizer, LB Preston Brown, OL Erik Magnuson, WR Keelan Doss, DL Terrell McCain, S Lamarcus Joyner

Jets: LB C.J. Mosley, CB Darryl Roberts, S Matthias Farley, LB Paul Worrilow, CB Nate Hairston, DE Jordan Willis and C Leo Koloamatangi

Seahawks at Eagles

Seahawks: DE Jadeveon Clowney, WR Jaron Brown, RB C.J. Prosise, TE Luke Willson, OL Phil Haynes, CB Neiko Thorpe, WR John Ursua

Eagles: T Lane Johnson, WR Alshon Jeffery, RB Jordan Howard, WR Nelson Agholor, G Nate Herbig, DE Shareef Miller, QB Nate Sudfeld

Lions at Washington

Lions: QB Matthew Stafford, DE Trey Flowers, CB Rashaan Melvin, C Frank Ragnow, DL Da’Shawn Hand, S Tracy Walker, CB Jamal Agnew

Washington: QB Colt McCoy, RB Chris Thompson, WR Cam Sims, OL Ross Pierschbacher, DL Daron Payne, CB Aaron Colvin, S Jeremy Reaves

Week 12 injury report roundup

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Week 12 of the 2019 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Texans and it continues with 12 more games on Sunday, which means that the 24 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their final injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.

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

Steelers at Bengals

The Steelers ruled RB James Conner (shoulder) and WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion, knee) out for Sunday. CB Artie Burns (knee) is listed as questionable.

WR A.J. Green (ankle) and TE Drew Sample (ankle) are out for the Bengals. Wide receivers Stanley Morgan (illness) and WR Auden Tate (concussion) were the only players tagged as questionable.

Buccaneers at Falcons

LB Anthony Nelson (hamstring) and CB M.J. Stewart (knee) won’t be in the Buccaneers lineup. LB Carl Nassib (groin) is their lone questionable player.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot), TE Austin Hooper (knee) and S Kemal Ishmael (concussion) have been ruled out. DE John Cominsky (ankle), DE Takkarist McKinley (shoulder) and CB Kendall Sheffield (illness) are listed as questionable.

Broncos at Bills

The Broncos ruled LB Justin Hollins (hamstring) out for this weekend. TE Jeff Heuerman (knee), T Ja'Wuan James (knee), LB Joseph Jones (foot), G Ronald Leary (shoulder, neck), C Connor McGovern (back), WR Tim Patrick (shoulder) and G Dalton Risner (ankle) have questionable listings for Sunday.

S Siran Neal (concussion) and T Ty Nsekhe (ankle) are out for the Bills, but everyone else is set to play.

Giants at Bears

Tight ends Rhett Ellison (concussion) and Evan Engram (foot) will not play for the Giants.

Bears TE Adam Shaheen (foot) and LB Danny Trevathan (elbow) are out this Sunday. LB Isaiah Irving (quad) is listed as questionable.

Dolphins at Browns

Dolphins CB Ken Webster (ankle) is considered doubtful for Sunday. DE Taco Charlton (elbow) is listed as questionable.

The Browns ruled out S Eric Murray (knee) and DE Olivier Vernon (knee). LB Joe Schobert (groin) is listed as questionable.

Panthers at Saints

The Panthers listed CB Ross Cockrell (quadricep), G Dennis Daley (groin) and T Greg Little (knee) as questionable. Everyone else on the active roster is considered healthy enough to play.

CB Marshon Lattimore (hamstring) is the only Saints player listed as questionable. WR Deonte Harris (hamstring), RB Zach Line (knee) and G Andrus Peat (forearm) are all out this week.

Raiders at Jets

The Raiders won’t have T David Sharpe (calf). S Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring) is the lone questionable player for Oakland.

LB C.J. Mosley (groin) is the only Jets player ruled out, but S Matthias Farley (quadricep), CB Darryl Roberts (calf) and LB Paul Worrilow (quadricep) are headed for the same place after being listed as doubtful. DE Henry Anderson (shoulder), T Kelvin Beachum (ankle), LB Brandon Copeland (hip, thumb), T Chuma Edoga (ankle), LB Neville Hewitt (neck, knee), G Alex Lewis (elbow, shoulder), DT Steve McLendon (neck) and WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) make up a sizable questionable contingent.

Seahawks at Eagles

The Seahawks have a brief injury report. DE Jadeveon Clowney (knee, hip) and CB Neiko Thorpe (groin) are listed as questionable while TE Luke Willson (hamstring) is doubtful.

It will be game-time decisions for Eagles WR Nelson Agholor (knee), RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) and WR Alshon Jeffery (ankle) after they landed in the questionable category. S Rudy Ford (abdomen) and T Lane Johnson (concussion) won’t play this weekend.

Lions at Washington

Lions QB Matthew Stafford (hip, back) is out for the third straight week. CB Jamal Agnew (ankle), DE Trey Flowers (concussion), DE Da'shawn Hand (ankle), C Frank Ragnow (concussion), and S Tracy Walker (knee) are also out for Detroit. CB Rashaan Melvin (ribs) is listed as questionable.

Washington CB Josh Norman (hamstring), RB Adrian Peterson (toe) and RB Chris Thompson (toe) are listed as questionable for this weekend. DT Da’Ron Payne (ankle) is unlikely to play after drawing a doubtful tag.

Jaguars at Titans

The Jaguars have a one-man injury report and TE Seth DeValve (oblique) has been ruled out.

The Titans have a two-man injury report. G Kevin Pamphile (knee) and TE Delanie Walker (ankle) are listed as doubtful.

Cowboys at Patriots

The Cowboys won’t have LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck). LB Joe Thomas (illness), G Connor Williams (knee) and S Donovan Wilson (illness) drew questionable tags.

QB Tom Brady (elbow) landed on the injury report Friday and is listed as questionable, but he’s expected to play on Sunday. LB Ja'whaun Bentley (knee), T Marcus Cannon (illness), S Patrick Chung (heel, chest), WR Phillip Dorsett (concussion), S Nate Ebner (ankle, back), WR Julian Edelman (shoulder), RB Damien Harris (hamstring), CB Jason McCourty (groin), WR Mohamed Sanu (ankle), DE John Simon (elbow) and WR Matt Slater (hamstring) are also listed as questionable.

Packers at 49ers

Packers G Cole Madison tore his ACL in practice this week and won’t play. TE Robert Tonyan (hip) and RB Dan Vitale (knee) are listed as questionable.

The 49ers are hopeful they’ll have TE George Kittle (knee, ankle), WR Deebo Samuel (shoulder) and WR Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) in the lineup after listing them as questionable. There’s less hope for RB Matt Breida (ankle) and K Robbie Gould (right quadricep) after they got doubtful tags. There’s no hope for DE Dee Ford (quadricep, hamstring) and T Joe Staley (finger) because they’ve been ruled out.

PFT’s Week 12 picks

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I had my chance, but I blew it.

After cutting the MDS lead from eight games to six, it’s back to eight after he swept our Week 11 head-to-head disagreements.

This week, we disagree on four games. If I get swept, it’s over. If I pull off the sweep, it gets interesting.

I was 10-4 last week, and MDS went 12-2. For the year, he’s now 107-55. I’m at 99-63.

Colts at Texans

MDS’s take: The winner of this game will be the favorite to win the AFC South, and I think the Texans will bounce back from last week’s ugly loss to the Ravens and turn in a big performance.

MDS’s pick: Texans 30, Colts 20.

Florio’s take: The Texans are reeling, the Colts are rising. But for Jacoby Brissett’s knee injury, they’d be 8-2. They’ll be 7-4 — and a team that could disrupt a Ravens-Patriots AFC title game.

Florio’s pick: Colts 27, Texans 24.


Seahawks at Eagles

MDS’s take: Traveling across the country for an early game won’t be easy for the Seahawks, but I see Russell Wilson having a big game as Seattle earns an important win in the NFC playoff race.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 27, Eagles 21.

Florio’s take: Backs-Against-The-Wall Eagles are the best Eagles.

Florio’s pick: Eagles 27, Seahawks 24.


Lions at Washington

MDS’s take: The Lions’ defense has been a mess this season and is only getting worse, but a visit to Washington to face Dwayne Haskins should cure that.

MDS’s pick: Lions 21, Washington 13.

Florio’s take: It’s fitting that the team with ownership that traces back to Henry Ford is playing the NFL’s current version of the Edsel.

Florio’s pick: Lions 20, Washington 13.


Raiders at Jets

MDS’s take: The Raiders still have some work to do in their rebuilding effort, but they’re further along than most were expecting in Year 2 for Jon Gruden, and they’ll get another win on Sunday to remain in playoff contention.

MDS’s pick: Raiders 20, Jets 17.

Florio’s take: Jamal Adams is going to make Derek Carr wish he’d stayed home and watched Heidi.

Florio’s pick: Jets 20, Raiders 17. 


Panthers at Saints

MDS’s take: The Saints shouldn’t have much trouble shutting down a struggling Panthers offense.

MDS’s pick: Saints 17, Panthers 7.

Florio’s take: Each of the three quarterbacks on New Orleans’ roster is better than either of the options available to Carolina.

Florio’s pick: Saints 31, Panthers 20.


Dolphins at Browns

MDS’s take: It’s probably too little, too late for the Browns to get to the playoffs, but they shouldn’t have much trouble earning their third straight victory on Sunday.

MDS’s pick: Browns 28, Dolphins 14.

Florio’s take: The surge continues for a Cleveland team that can still make it to January.

Florio’s pick: Browns 30, Dolphins 13.


Steelers at Bengals

MDS’s take: The Steelers are staying in playoff contention and the Bengals are staying in the lead for the first overall pick in the draft.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 20, Bengals 17.

Florio’s take: The Steelers aren’t the Steelers that we’re used to, but the Bengals have given new meaning to bungling.

Florio’s pick: Steelers 24, Bengals 16.


Giants at Bears

MDS’s take: Matt Nagy’s offense has been a mess this season, but I think facing the Giants should be just the thing to get them back on track.

MDS’s pick: Bears 27, Giants 17.

Florio’s take:  A team that has no business being in the playoff race somehow stays on the fringes of it.

Florio’s pick: Bears 27, Giants 17.


Broncos at Bills

MDS’s take: I like the way Brandon Allen, the Broncos’ young quarterback, is playing, and I’m tempted to pick the Broncos to pull the upset. But after their collapse against the Vikings last week, I’m not sure I can trust the Broncos to play well on the road for four quarters.

MDS’s pick: Bills 20, Broncos 17.

Florio’s take: Josh Allen > Brandon Allen.

Florio’s pick: Bills 13, Broncos 10.


Buccaneers at Falcons

MDS’s take: The Falcons are turning things around — probably too late to make a difference this season, but possibly not too late to save coach Dan Quinn’s job. I think they’ll win another one on Sunday.

MDS’s pick: Falcons 24, Buccaneers 20.

Florio’s take: Dirk Koetter gets his revenge. (How dare they fire a guy who deserved it.)

Florio’s pick: Falcons 30, Buccaneers 20.


Jaguars at Titans

MDS’s take: The Jaguars laid an egg in Nick Foles‘ return on Sunday, and they’re in for another rough game on Sunday against a Titans team that is still in playoff contention.

MDS’s pick: Titans 28, Jaguars 17.

Florio’s take: As the Colts and Texans jockey for the AFC South lead, the Titans continue to lurk.

Florio’s pick: Titans 23, Jaguars 21.


Cowboys at Patriots

MDS’s take: Dak Prescott is playing outstanding football right now, but the Patriots’ pass defense will give him fits.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 20, Cowboys 13.

Florio’s take: Bill Belichick > Kellen Moore.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 20, Cowboys 17.


Packers at 49ers

MDS’s take: San Francisco has been a little shaky in recent weeks, but I see the 49ers’ defense shutting down Aaron Rodgers and earning a big win.

MDS’s pick: 49ers 28, Packers 10.

Florio’s take: The 49ers are banged up, the Packers are rested, and Aaron Rodgers will surely be reminding his teammates of what happened the last time they played in California. (I’m reserving the right to change this pick during Football Night in America, based on the 49ers’ actives and inactives.)

Florio’s pick: Packers 27, 49ers 23.


Ravens at Rams

MDS’s take: Are the Rams still contenders? This is the game when they can make a statement, but I just don’t think they’re playing well enough right now to beat a team like the Ravens.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 27, Rams 17.

Florio’s take: Here’s something that would have been inconceivable a year ago — the Ravens’ offense is significantly better than the Rams’ offense. 

Florio’s pick: Ravens 30, Rams 23.

Week 12 power rankings

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1. Ravens (8-2; last week No. 1): The only thing that will derail them at this point is a Lamar Jackson injury.

2. Seahawks (8-2; No. 2): They’re one false move by the 49ers away from the No. 1 seed.

3. Patriots (9-1; No. 3): They’re one false move away from the Ravens being the No. 1 seed.

4. 49ers (9-1; No. 4): The teeth of the schedule finally arrives, at perhaps the worst possible time.

5. Saints (8-2; No. 5): Nothing cures a football hangover faster than facing Jameis Winston.

6. Packers (8-2; No. 6): Whether they win the division may hinge on whether they can beat the 49ers.

7. Vikings (8-3; No. 7): Don’t be shocked if when the dust settles in 40 days the NFC road to Miami goes through Minneapolis.

8. Chiefs (7-4; No. 9): An old-school showdown with the Raiders is looming, and there’s a good chance both teams will be 7-4 when the ball is kicked.

9. Bills (7-3; No. 10): What once seemed like a no-brainer playoff berth could still go up in smoke, especially given the upcoming schedule.

10. Raiders (6-4; No. 13): A good way to end things in Oakland would be to host a playoff game. A better way to end things in Oakland would be to not end things in Oakland.

11. Cowboys (6-4; No. 14): They’ll need to win some games they shouldn’t if they hope to get to where they should be.

12. Texans (6-4; No. 8): Their playoff hopes may hinge on their ability to recover from a 41-7 loss in only four days.

13. Rams (6-4; No. 15): This team has a long way to go to be as good as it was last year.

14. Colts (6-4; No. 18): The AFC South is there for the taking.

15. Steelers (5-5; No. 11): Mason Rudolph getting hit over the head with his own helmet provided a great distraction for Rudolph throwing four interceptions.

16. Titans (5-5; No. 16): They continue to have a very real shot at stealing the division.

17. Eagles (5-5; No. 12): The margin for error is getting slimmer and slimmer.

18. Panthers (5-5; No. 17): Before they can make a decision about Cam Newton, they’ll need to decide on who’ll be making the decision about Cam Newton.

19. Browns (4-6; No. 23): Their playoff chances may have evaporated in one windmill swing of a helmet.

20. Jaguars (4-6; No. 19): They’re not done yet, but the clock is ticking loudly.

21. Bears (4-6; No. 20): The Bears continue to be unable to string two good years together, but it feels like they’ll be stringing more than a few bad years together.

22. Chargers (4-7; No. 21): The Bears aren’t the only team that blew it by passing on Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.

23. Falcons (3-7; No. 27): They’re officially The Team That No One Wants To Play.

24. Broncos (3-7; No. 22): Another week, another close loss that should have been a win.

25. Jets (3-7; No. 29): They’re laying a great foundation for 2020, and they still have a chance to salvage 2019.

26. Lions (3-6-1; No. 24): Will ownership see the glass as half full or as half empty, given that the glass has been mostly empty for most of the last 60 years?

27. Buccaneers (3-7; No. 25): Bruce Arians’ plan for the rest of the year is to “win them all.” (What was the plan for the first 11 weeks?)

28. Cardinals (3-7-1; No. 26): They’re not far away from becoming a contender.

29. Dolphins (2-8; No. 28): Tanking or not, this team still has a long way to go in order to become a contender.

30. Giants (2-8; No. 30): When does the push begin for an Eli Manning farewell tour?

31. Washington (1-9; No. 31): Eventually, the team will get a new stadium that fans of every team they face can overrun.

32. Bengals (0-10; No. 32): The NFL never talks about expansion. Maybe the league should start talking about contraction.

AFC playoff picture: A change atop the AFC South

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The Colts were on the outside looking in at the playoffs at this time last week, but their positioning looks a lot better after Week 11.

They beat the Jaguars on Sunday while the Texans lost to the Ravens, which led to Indianapolis leapfrogging Houston into first place in the AFC South. They’ll get a chance to solidify that placement on Thursday night when they travel to face the Texans in a game that will also impact the way the Wild Card race shapes up.

Here’s how the overall playoff picture looks this week:

LEADERS
1. Patriots (9-1) It wasn’t the prettiest offensive performance against the Eagles, but the win keeps them clear of the Ravens.

2. Ravens (8-2) The division is firmly in hand and they still have that tiebreaker over the Patriots.

3. Chiefs (7-4) Week 13 against the Raiders could be for first place in the AFC West.

4. Colts (6-4) A win on Thursday would mean a sweep of the Texans and a clear path to the division title.

5. Bills (7-3) The schedule gets tougher after this week’s Broncos visit, but banking another win would leave the Bills in good position.

6. Texans (6-4) Losing Thursday would make for a much murkier playoff outlook in Houston.

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7. Raiders (6-4) Extending their winning streak to four games would set up quite the finish in the AFC West.

8. Steelers (5-5) Last Thursday’s loss was a helmet to the face of their playoff hopes.

9. Titans (5-5) With two games against the Texans and one against the Colts, the Titans can still make noise in the AFC South.

10. Browns (4-6) The schedule’s fairly forgiving, but no Myles Garrett will make life difficult for Cleveland.

11. Jaguars (4-6) Losing to the Titans this week will leave the Jaguars with very long postseason odds.

12. Chargers (4-7) Head coach Anthony Lynn said his team needed to win on Monday night, but they failed to do so and winning out might not even help them now.

13. Broncos (3-7) Blowing a 20-point halftime lead in Minnesota effectively snuffed any lingering playoff hopes.

14. Jets (3-7) A two-game winning streak has dialed down the heat without doing much for the Jets’ postseason chances.

15. Dolphins (2-8) With the Browns and Eagles next up on the schedule, the Dolphins can still spoil things for other teams.

ELIMINATED
16. Bengals (0-10) The Bengals were unofficially eliminated from the playoffs in September, but it didn’t become official until this week.

NFC playoff picture: Different week, same view at the top

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The NFC playoff picture wasn’t upended when the 49ers, Saints and Cowboys lost games in Week 10, but it did open the door for bigger changes if the teams couldn’t get back on track.

Sunday’s games are all in the books and everyone got back on track. All six teams that opened the weekend in playoff position end it in the same spots they occupied at this time last week. The status quo actually extended all the way down the pecking order as the only change is that the Falcons are now one spot ahead of the Buccaneers instead of being behind them.

Here’s how everything looks in the NFC after Week 11.

LEADERS
1. 49ers (9-1) It wasn’t the strongest effort for 60 minutes, but the 49ers came up big against Arizona when it counted.

2. Packers (8-2) They got a bye week to prepare for their swing at the top spot in Santa Clara next Sunday night.

3. Saints (8-2) A commanding lead in the NFC South means the Saints can focus on trying to earn a bye.

4. Cowboys (6-4) They put some space between them and the Eagles, but the division title still may come down to their Week 16 rematch.

5. Seahawks (8-2) The Seahawks can help themselves and the Cowboys in Philly next weekend.

6. Vikings (8-3) Coming back from 20 points down at halftime kept the Vikings’ Wild Card bid in good shape.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
7. Rams (6-4) They got a needed win Sunday night and will need another against a hot Ravens team in Week 12.

8. Eagles (5-5) The offense fizzled against the Patriots and the Eagles can’t afford too many more days like that.

9. Panthers (5-5) When one of your players calls your performance “a comedy of terrible football,” things aren’t trending in the right direction.

10. Bears (4-6) An ugly night against the Rams leaves the Bears with no margin for error.

11. Lions (3-6-1) Sunday started with word of Matthew Stafford possibly missing the rest of the season and it didn’t get any better from there.

12. Cardinals (3-7-1) Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray‘s development will be the key to the rest of Arizona’s season.

13. Falcons (3-7) Where were these Falcons in the first half of the season?

14. Buccaneers (3-7) The good feelings about Jameis Winston from last week were replaced by four interceptions this week.

15. Giants (2-8) It was a rare week without a Giants loss, but they’ll have to get on the field next weekend.

16. Washington (1-9) They pulled off a difficult feat on Sunday by making the Jets look like a potent football team.

FMIA Week 11: Football Changes Fast, As Lamar Jackson’s Rise Reminds

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The NFL, says one Raven, has “never, never, never seen anything like Freaky L.” Peter King opens Football Morning in America Week 11 in Baltimore, where Lamar Jackson led the Ravens to a surprisingly easy rout of the Texans and now has even more fans chanting M-V-P. Also in the column:

• The back story of how Baltimore drafted Lamar Jackson, and the anecdote about how a New York City concert helps explain why the quarterback is a great leader.

• Three thoughts on the Myles Garrett incident, and why the NFL got right its punishment for all involved.

• An attempt to shed some light on the mystery of Colin Kaepernick, after a bizarre weekend workout.

• The Week 11 awards, including strong performances from Jimmy Garoppolo, Dak Prescott, Maxx Crosby, Jamal Adams and more.

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on the Myles Garrett impact on parents and football; what the Tua Tagovailoa injury means for the draft; the end of Mitchell Schwartz’s snaps streak.

• Plus 10 things, factoids, a travel note, beernerdness and why the author might just camp out in front of a movie theater this month. [more]

Week 11 early inactives

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Every week we bring you all the inactives from the 1 p.m. ET games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. Check back to see the full list as it becomes available 90 minutes ahead of kickoff.

Falcons at Panthers

Falcons: RB Devonta Freeman, TE Austin Hooper, S Kemal Ishmael, DE John Cominsky, T Matt Gono, WR Brandon Powell, DT Deadrin Senat

Panthers: CB Ross Cockrell, DT Kyle Love, RB Mike Davis, LB Christian Miller, T Dennis Daley, LB Jordan Kunaszyk, WR Brandon Zylstra

Texans at Ravens

Texans: WR Will Fuller, CB Bradley Roby, CB Vernon Hargreaves, LB Tyrell Adams, T Chris Clark, DE Joel Heath, WR Steven Mitchell

Ravens: DT Michael Pierce, DE Zach Sieler, WR Chris Moore, CB Iman Marshall, WR Jaleel Scott, G Ben Powers, QB Trace McSorley

Cowboys at Lions

Cowboys: G Connor Williams, WR Cedrick Wilson, WR Devin Smith, S Jeff Heath, DE Joe Jackson, LB Luke Gifford, DT Trysten Hill

Lions: QB Matthew Stafford, DE Da'shawn Hand, T Rick Wagner, OL Dan Skipper, DE Romeo Okwara OL Beau Benzschawel, CB Michael Jackson

Jaguars at Colts

Jaguars: QB Josh Dobbs, WR T.J. Board, RB Tyler Ervin, CB Tae Hayes, OL Brandon Thomas, TE Seth DeValve, DT Dontavius Randall

Colts: WR T.Y. Hilton, WR Parris Campbell, OL Le’Raven Clark, CB Pierre Desir, QB Chad Kelly, CB Quincy Wilson, RB Jordan Wilkins

Bills at Dolphins

Bills: RB T.J. Yeldon, OL Ryan Bates, TE Tommy Sweeney, S Dean Marlowe, WR Duke Williams, DT Vincent Taylor, G Ike Boettger

Dolphins: CB Ken Webster, CB Xavien Crawford, LB Rawkwon McMillian, OL Shaq Calhoun, OL Chris Reed, T Isaiah Prince, DE Taco Charlton

Broncos at Vikings

Broncos: TE Jeff Heuerman, T Ja'Wuan James, DE DeMarcus Walker, CB Cyrus Jones, WR Juwann Winfree, T Calvin Anderson, DL Jonathan Harris

Vikings: S Anthony Harris, WR Adam Thielen, G Josh Kline, DT Linval Joseph, DT Hercules Mata'afa, G Dru Samia, T Oli Udoh

Saints at Buccaneers

Saints: CB Marshon Lattimore, G Andrus Peat, WR Deonte Harris, TE Dan Arnold, WR Austin Carr, DE Carl Granderson, OL Ethan Greenidge

Buccaneers: DE Carl Nassib, LB Anthony Nelson, CB M.J. Stewart, CB Mazzi Wilkins, G Aaron Stinnie, T Jerald Hawkins, TE Jordan Leggett

Jets at Washington

Jets: S Matthias Farley, LB Paul Worrilow, LB C.J. Mosley, DL Jordan Willis, OL Leo Koloamatangi, CB Darryl Roberts, CB Nate Hairston

Washington: TE Vernon Davis, WR Paul Richardson, RB Chris Thompson, DT Tim Settle, QB Colt McCoy, S Deshazor Everett, C Ross Pierschbacher

Inside the waiver proposed by the NFL to Colin Kaepernick

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Sunday’s homework assignment is coming along nicely, so far.

PFT has obtained the waiver proposed by the NFL to Colin Kaepernick in advance of Saturday’s workout. The three-page, 13-paragraph documents contains several specific provisions that could be relevant to the question of whether the NFL was trying to parlay the waiver into a release of any claims for collusion/retaliation that Kaepernick could make as a result of his ongoing unemployment by the league since settling his first collusion case in February.

Here’s the language of paragraph No. 2 from the waiver: “Player acknowledges that he has been made no promise of employment, and understands that his participation in the Workout does not constitute employment by any of the Released Parties (as defined herein), but desires to participate in the Workout voluntarily in order to be considered for possible future employment. Player further acknowledges that his participation in the Workout does not guarantee that Player will be offered employment by any of the Released Parties at any time.”

Paragraph No. 2 contains no language that would operate as a waiver of existing claims for collusion or retaliation. But its presence, despite being intended (we’re told) to preempt potential workers’ compensation claims, pulls the employment issue into the waiver, which becomes relevant to the portion of the waiver that specifically, and broadly, releases Kaepernick’s potential legal claims.

That language resides in paragraph No. 7: “In consideration for the opportunity to participate in the Workout, Player, for himself, his personal representatives, executors, administrators, heirs, successors and assigns, hereby releases, discharges, and agrees to indemnify and hold harmless National Invitational Camp, Inc., National Football Scouting, Inc., the owner(s), operator(s) and manager(s) of the Facility, any and all individuals participating in or present at the Workout, including, without limitation, Joe Philbin, the National Football League (‘NFL’) and each of its 32 NFL Member Clubs, and each of the foregoing parties’ respective direct and indirect affiliates, partners, subsidiaries, agents, representatives, employees, shareholders, officers, directors, attorneys, insurers, successors and assigns (collectively, the ‘Released Parties’), from and against any and all claims, demands, actions, causes of action, suits, grievances, costs, losses, expenses, damages, injuries, illnesses, and losses (including death) caused by, arising out of, occurring during, or related directly or indirectly to the Workout, Player’s presence at the Facility, and any medical treatment or services rendered in connection with or necessitated by Player’s participation in the Workout.”

Most of that word paella has become standard practice when attempting to ensure that a waiver sweeps as broadly as intended, covering all parties who could be sued and all parties who could be doing the suing. Here’s the specific language that would get my attention, if I were the lawyer whose client was being asked to sign it: “any and all claims . . . caused by, arising out of, occurring during, or related directly or indirectly to the Workout, Player’s presence at the Facility, and any medical treatment or services rendered in connection with or necessitated by Player’s participation in the Workout.”

The phrase “directly or indirectly” should raise a bright red flag, because the term “indirectly” easily could be used to bootstrap a waiver intended to protect the NFL and all related parties against a personal injury lawsuit into a silver bullet that would defeat from the get go any claims for collusion or retaliation related to Kaepernick’s ongoing unemployment from the moment his February settlement agreement was signed through and beyond the November 16 workout.

If I were representing Kaepernick, and if the goal were to have a genuine workout aimed at enhancing his chances of being signed by an NFL team, I would have asked immediately for the document to be revised to specifically clarify that any and all potential employment rights would be preserved. If the league had refused, I wouldn’t have signed it, because the language leaves the door sufficiently ajar for a subsequent defense to a collusion/retaliation case that signing the waiver extinguished the claims. Failure to obtain that clarification could be characterized as professional malpractice, especially in light of this portion of paragraph No. 13: “This Release is governed by the laws of New York, without regard to conflict-of-law principles, and is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the State of New York.” (Emphasis added.)

In their statement from Saturday afternoon, Kaepernick’s representatives said that “the NFL has demanded that as a precondition to the workout, Mr. Kaepernick sign an unusual liability waiver that addresses employment-related issues and rejected the standard liability waiver from physical injury proposed by Mr. Kaepernick’s representatives.” Based on the language of the waiver, that’s an overstatement of its specific contents.

That said, there’s enough language in the waiver to give a prudent, careful lawyer legitimate concern that an aggressive litigator would later argue that signing the document defeats all potential employment claims that Kaepernick could have made. Haggling over specific terms and words and phrases in waivers happens all the time; the reasonable reaction to the league’s waiver should have been for the two sides to engage in a prompt and thorough negotiation about the scope and content of the waiver, in order to ensure that he would be waiving only claims for personal injuries arising from the workout, and nothing more. With one extra sentence or paragraph, it could have been made perfectly clear that nothing in the waiver would undermine Kaepernick’s ability to claim that his employment rights have continued to be violated in the aftermath of the settlement agreement signed earlier this year.

A prompt and thorough negotation aimed at clarifying questionable language in the league’s waiver apparently never happened. Which brings back into focus what seems to be the sole overriding truth as it relates to the Kaepernick workout: Neither side viewed this as a legitimate effort to get him back in the NFL, but instead as a vehicle for advancing their own P.R. and/or legal agendas.

Week 11 injury report roundup

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Week 11 of the 2019 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win (and a few other things) by the Browns and it continues with 12 more games on Sunday, which means that the 24 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their final injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.

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

Cowboys at Lions

The Cowboys will be without G Connor Williams (knee) after he had arthroscopic surgery. T La'el Collins (knee, back) and S Jeff Heath (shoulder, shoulder) were labeled questionable on Friday.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford (hip, back) is out for the second straight week. DE Da'shawn Hand (ankle and T Rick Wagner (concussion) will also miss the game. DT Damon Harrison (groin, not injury related), RB Ty Johnson (concussion), P Sam Martin (abdomen), DE Romeo Okwara (groin) and S Tracy Walker (knee) make up Detroit’s questionable group.

Jaguars at Colts

TE Seth DeValve (oblique) is considered doubtful to play in QB Nick Foles‘s return to the Jaguars lineup.

Colts QB Jacoby Brissett (knee) is off the injury report and ready to play, but wide receivers Parris Campbell (hand) and T.Y. Hilton (calf) won’t play this weekend. CB Pierre Desir (hamstring) is listed as doubtful while TE Mo Alie-Cox (hip) and RB Jordan Wilkins (ankle) are considered questionable.

Bills at Dolphins

DE Jerry Hughes (groin) is the only player on the Bills injury report. He’s considered questionable for Sunday.

The Dolphins listed DE Taco Charlton (elbow), S Reshad Jones (chest), LB Raekwon McMillan (knee) and DE Avery Moss (ankle) as questionable. CB Ken Webster (ankle) is the only player ruled out this week.

Broncos at Vikings

The Broncos don’t expect to have TE Jeff Heuerman (knee) or T Ja'Wuan James (knee) after listing them as doubtful. CB Bryce Callahan (foot) was ruled out before being moved to injured reserve and WR DaeSean Hamilton (knee) got the lone questionable tag.

S Anthony Harris (groin), DT Linval Joseph (knee), G Josh Kline (concussion) and WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) were ruled out for the Vikings. S Andrew Sendejo (groin) is listed as questionable.

Saints at Buccaneers

The Saints will play without WR Deonte Harris (hamstring), CB Marshon Lattimore (hamstring) and G Andrus Peat (forearm) in Tampa.

DE Carl Nassib (groin), LB Anthony Nelson (hamstring) and CB M.J. Stewart (knee) will not be in the Buccaneers’ lineup. CB Carlton Davis (hip) is listed as questionable.

Jets at Washington

It’s another lengthy injury report for the Jets. S Matthias Farley (quadricep), C Ryan Kalil (knee), LB C.J. Mosley (groin) and LB Paul Worrilow (quadricep) have been ruled out with CB Darryl Roberts (calf) set to join them on the inactive list after being listed as doubtful. DE Henry Anderson (shoulder), T Kelvin Beachum (ankle), RB Le'Veon Bell (illness, ribs, knee), LB Brandon Copeland (hip, thumb), LB Neville Hewitt (neck, knee), G Alex Lewis (elbow), DT Steve McLendon (neck) and WR Demaryius Thomas (knee, hamstring) make up the large contingent of players listed as questionable.

TE Vernon Davis (concussion), WR Paul Richardson (hamstring), DT Tim Settle (hamstring) and RB Chris Thompson (toe) are out for Washington. Safeties Deshazor Everett (ankle) and Montae Nicholson (ankle) are listed as questionable.

Falcons at Panthers

The Falcons ruled out RB Devonta Freeman (foot), TE Austin Hooper (knee) and S Kemal Ishmael (concussion) with no one else on their final injury report.

The Panthers ruled out one cornerback — Ross Cockrell (quadricep) — and listed another — CB Donte Jackson (hip) — as questionable. OL Dennis Daley (groin) is listed as doubtful.

Texans at Ravens

The Texans listed WR Will Fuller (hamstring), S Tashaun Gipson (back, wrist), CB Bradley Roby (hamstring) and T Laremy Tunsil (shoulder) as questionable for their highly anticipated matchup with the Ravens.

Wide receivers Marquise Brown (ankle) and Chris Moore (thumb) are listed as questionable for Baltimore. DT Michael Pierce (ankle) is unlikely to play after drawing a doubtful tag.

Cardinals at 49ers

The Cardinals ruled out DE Jonathan Bullard (foot) and RB Chase Edmonds (hamstring). CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring), DE Zach Kerr (knee), T Justin Murray (knee) and LB Terrell Suggs (hamstring, back) are questionable to play in the NFC West matchup.

The 49ers haven’t ruled out RB Matt Breida (ankle), K Robbie Gould (right quadricep) or TE George Kittle (knee, ankle), but chances are they’ll sit out after being listed as doubtful. DT D.J. Jones (groin) and T Joe Staley (finger) have been ruled out. LB Azeez Al-Shaair (concussion), RB Raheem Mostert (knee), WR Dante Pettis (back), WR Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) and CB Ahkello Witherspoon (foot, quadricep) all drew questionable tags.

Bengals at Raiders

WR A.J. Green (ankle), G Alex Redmond (knee, ankle) and TE Drew Sample (ankle) are out for the Bengals and CB Dre Kirkpatrick (knee) was placed on injured reserve Friday. DT Geno Atkins (ankle, knee) is questionable after missing practice Thursday and working on a limited basis Friday. T Bobby Hart (shoulder) is also questionable.

The Raiders won’t have S Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring) or T David Sharpe (calf). T Trent Brown (knee) and WR Dwayne Harris (foot) are listed as questionable.

Patriots at Eagles

S Patrick Chung (heel, chest), S Nate Ebner (ankle, back), RB Damien Harris (hamstring), TE Matt LaCosse (knee), WR Gunner Olszewski (ankle, hamstring), DT Danny Shelton (ankle) and DE John Simon (elbow) were all listed as questionable for the Patriots.

The Eagles ruled LB Nigel Bradham (ankle), WR Alshon Jeffery (ankle) and RB Darren Sproles (quadricep) out on Friday and Sproles later went to injured reserve with Jay Ajayi returning to Philly. RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) is listed as questionable.

Bears at Rams

TE Trey Burton (calf), LB Isaiah Irving (quadricep), TE Adam Shaheen (foot) and LB Danny Trevathan (elbow) will not play for the Bears on Sunday night. Chicago hopes to have RB David Montgomery (ankle) after listing him as questionable.

The Rams have three question marks at tight end with Gerald Everett (wrist), Tyler Higbee (knee) and Johnny Mundt (groin) banged up. WR Brandin Cooks (concussion), T Rob Havenstein (knee) and CB Darious Williams (ankle) have been ruled out for Week 11.