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|Michael Crabtree not cleared for Week 11||11-16-2013|
|Michael Crabtree WR OAK|
Michael Crabtree (Achilles') won't play in Sunday's game against Saints.
Ed Werder on Twitter
|Crabtree was able to practice Friday after doing side work Wednesday and Thursday, but still hasn't been activated from the PUP list. Assuming he avoids setbacks, there's a chance he could return in Week 12. The 49ers have until November 28 to activate Crabtree to the active roster.|
|Pierre-Paul (shoulder) listed as questionable||11-16-2013|
|Jason Pierre-Paul DE NYG|
Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers.
New York Post
|Pierre-Paul missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but was able to get in a limited session on Friday. His Week 11 status remains up in the air and will come down to a game-time decision. If Pierre-Paul can't go, the Giants will start Cullen Jenkins in their base defense, with Damontre Moore playing in sub-packages.|
|Tom Zbikowski retires from football||11-16-2013|
|Tom Zbikowski S CHI|
Former Ravens, Bears, and Colts S Tom Zbikowski has retired from football.
|He'll begin training for the Chicago Fire Department next month. Only 28, Zbikowski revealed he recently lost his love for football and reported to Bears camp this summer out of shape. A heavy drinker, Zbikowski estimates he played at least 12 of his 64 career games with a "massive hangover." "I'm the only guy who can drink six beers, then spar 10 rounds on the same day," he said.|
|Santonio Holmes could be limited Sunday||11-16-2013|
|Santonio Holmes WR CHI|
Jets coach Rex Ryan indicated Santonio Holmes (hamstring) will be on a snap count in Week 11.
ESPN New York
|"Will he be on a pitch count? I think we'll be smart about that," Ryan said. "We're not going to put him out there for 80 snaps." Holmes has missed the last five games due to a lingering hamstring injury and will be limited Sunday in his return to action. He's Rotoworld's No. 42 receiver this week.|
|Titans expect MLB Fokou to return next week||11-16-2013|
|Moise Fokou LB CLE|
The Titans expect MLB Moise Fokou (knee) to return next week.
Jim Wyatt on Twitter
|Fokou has been out since Week 6 due to his knee injury, but returned to practice on a limited basis this week. He was playing on 97.6 percent of Tennessee's defensive snaps prior to going down and will immediately regain his starting job from Colin McCarthy when healthy.|
|Justin Hunter has concussion-like symptoms||11-16-2013|
|Justin Hunter WR BUF|
Titans coach Mike Munchak confirmed WR Justin Hunter is dealing with concussion-like symptoms.
Jim Wyatt on Twitter
|Hunter was injured in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's loss, and did not return. He could miss some practice time early next week, but is expected to be fine. Hunter will have 10 days to get cleared for Tennessee's Week 12 game against the Raiders.|
|Ravens-Bears forecast includes t-storms||11-16-2013|
|Josh McCown QB CLE|
The forecast for Sunday's Ravens-Bears game at Soldier Field is currently calling for "possibly severe" afternoon thunderstorms and winds in the 25-35 MPH range.
|The chance of rain is 70 percent, and per Weather.com Sunday's storms could "contain damaging winds." It's not cold in Chicago -- it's been in the 50s and 60s Saturday and is expected to be around 65 on Sunday -- but the expectation of strong winds could be a concern for vertical passing. The Bears will play quick-out passing offense as they always do. The Ravens are more of a vertical passing team, so this could be a concern for Torrey Smith.|
|Snelling to miss Week 11 for personal reasons||11-16-2013|
|Jason Snelling RB ATL|
Jason Snelling will not play in Sunday's Week 11 game against the Bucs.
D. Orlando Ledbetter on Twitter
|Snelling is taking some personal time away from the team after his marijuana possession arrest on Friday. He's expected to rejoin the team next week.|
|Dimitri Patterson to be game-time decision||11-16-2013|
|Dimitri Patterson CB NYJ|
Dolphins CB Dimitri Patterson (questionable, groin) will be a game-time decision for Week 11.
Adam Beasley on Twitter
|The Miami Herald tentatively expects Patterson to play after sitting out last week. He practiced on a limited basis Friday and will start opposite Brent Grimes if active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.|
|Vernon Davis expected to play against Saints||11-16-2013|
|Vernon Davis TE WAS|
The Sacramento Bee considers Vernon Davis (concussion, questionable) "on track to play" Sunday at New Orleans.
|The 49ers promoted TE Derek Carrier from their practice squad on Saturday, but it's believed that was more a reflection of Garrett Celek's (hamstring) status. Celek isn't going to play. Keep checking back for updates, but Davis underwent his final concussion protocol test on Friday, and is tentatively scheduled to start against the Saints. Beat writer Matt Barrows wrote again on his blog Saturday that Davis is "expected to play."|
|Seahawks activate LT Okung from short-term IR||11-16-2013|
|Russell Okung OT DEN|
|Seahawks activated LT Russell Okung (foot) from injured reserve/designated to return.||Okung has been practicing the last two weeks, but wasn't eligible to return until Week 11. He'll be an immediate upgrade over fill-in LT Paul McQuistan. The Seahawks are also expected to get back C Max Unger (concussion) and RT Breno Giacomini (knee) for Sunday's game against the Vikings.|
|Seahawks waive QB B.J. Daniels.||11-16-2013|
|B.J. Daniels WR ATL|
|Seahawks waived QB B.J. Daniels.||Daniels had been serving as Seattle's No. 3 quarterback since Week 4. The move clears a spot for LT Russell Okung (foot) to return from injured reserve.|
|Tyler Wilson to serve as backup QB Sunday||11-16-2013|
|Tyler Wilson QB CIN|
|Raiders promoted QB Tyler Wilson from their practice squad.||With Terrelle Pryor (knee) sidelined, Wilson will serve as Matt McGloin's backup this week. The 112th overall pick in April's draft has spent the entire season on the Raiders practice squad.|
|Gronkowski listed probable for Monday night||11-16-2013|
|Rob Gronkowski TE NE|
|Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back, hamstring) is probable for Week 11 against the Panthers.||Gronkowski's status was never in doubt for Monday night's game despite practicing on a limited basis. He's Rotoworld's No. 1 overall tight end this week.|
|Patriots list Aqib Talib (hip) questionable||11-16-2013|
|Aqib Talib CB DEN|
Patriots CB Aqib Talib (hip) is listed as questionable for Week 11.
Ben Volin on Twitter
|All signs continue to point to Talib returning this week and shadowing Steve Smith in coverage. The Patriots will be without both CB Alfonzo Dennard (knee) and SS Steve Gregory (thumb) for Monday night's game against the Panthers.|
|Dolphins place OT Will Yeatman on I.R.||11-16-2013|
|Will Yeatman TE HOU|
|Dolphins placed OT Will Yeatman on injured reserve with a torn ACL, ending his season.||Yeatman had emerged as the Dolphins swing tackle prior to going down in last week's loss to the Bucs. A restricted free agent, he'll enter the offseason with major concerns about his health. OL Sam Brenner was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster in a corresponding move.|
|Bears waive LB Larry Grant||11-16-2013|
|Larry Grant LB CLE|
|Bears waived LB Larry Grant.||Grant was signed in Week 8 and appeared in two games on special teams. The Bears signed DE Cheta Ozougwi from the practice squad to take his spot on the active roster.|
|Raiders rule out Terrelle Pryor for Week 11||11-16-2013|
|Terrelle Pryor WR CLE|
|Terrelle Pryor (knee) has been ruled out for Week 11.||Pryor practiced on a limited basis Friday and was officially listed as questionable. He remains day to day with a sprained MCL in his right knee and isn't a lock to return in Week 12. Undrafted rookie Matthew McGloin took the majority of the first-team reps this week and will make his first NFL start.|
|Alfonzo Dennard (knee) ruled out for Week 11||11-16-2013|
|Alfonzo Dennard CB ARZ|
Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard (knee) has been ruled out for Week 11.
|Dennard suffered the knee injury during practice this week. He didn't practice Saturday and won't play on Monday night against the Panthers. Aqib Talib (hip) remains on track to return after missing the last three games and is expected to shadow Steve Smith in coverage.|
|Paul Posluszny (concussion) downgraded to out||11-16-2013|
|Paul Posluszny MLB JAX|
Jaguars MLB Paul Posluszny (questionable, concussion) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter
|Posluszny hasn't been cleared to return from his Week 10 concussion and will miss his first game since joining the Jaguars in 2011. Russell Allen will move inside to replace Posluszny, with John Lotulelei starting at weak-side linebacker.|
|Panthers rule out WLB Chase Blackburn||11-16-2013|
|Chase Blackburn LB CAR|
|Panthers WLB Chase Blackburn (foot) has been ruled out for Week 11.||Blackburn suffered the foot injury in Sunday's win over the 49ers and didn't practice all week. A.J. Klein will replace him in the starting lineup. The Panthers also signed LB Dan Connor on Wednesday to provide depth.|
|Drayton Florence (groin) questionable for MNF||11-16-2013|
|Drayton Florence CB DET|
Panthers CB Drayton Florence (groin) did not practice Saturday and is listed as questionable for Week 11.
Joe Person on Twitter
|Florence was held out of practice due to groin soreness, but it's not a major concern. Coach Ron Rivera said that he's confident Florence will be healthy enough to play in Monday night's game against the Patriots.|
|Colts not expected to start Donald Brown||11-16-2013|
|Donald Brown RB NE|
The Indianapolis Star does not anticipate the Colts promoting Donald Brown into the starting lineup over Trent Richardson.
|Coach Chuck Pagano indicated the Colts will "ride the hot hand," and Brown has had it for most of the year in Indy. The Colts are still expected to "continue to divide carries" between disappointing in-season acquisition Richardson and normal change-of-pace back Brown. If "a guy gets hot, you can always go with the hot hand," Pagano said. "But I like the way we're doing things now."|
|Report: Mike Wallace expected to play Sunday||11-16-2013|
|Mike Wallace WR BAL|
The Miami Herald reports Mike Wallace (hamstring, questionable) is expected to play Sunday against the Chargers, barring an unexpected setback.
Barry Jackson on Twitter
|Wallace was added to the injury report Thursday, getting in a limited session, but team beat writers expressed little concern regarding 60 Minutes' game-day status for Week 11 after he got in some practice reps Friday afternoon. Fire Wallace up as a high-end WR3 against San Diego's leaky pass defense. Check back Sunday morning for further Wallace confirmation. Kickoff is at 4:05 PM ET.|
|Bengals promote S Dye to active roster||11-16-2013|
|Tony Dye S OAK|
Bengals promoted S Tony Dye from the practice squad.
Aaron Wilson on Twitter
|Dye was signed as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA last season and spent the year on injured reserve with an ankle issue. If active Sunday, he'll be making his NFL debut. The Bengals waived CB Chris Lewis-Harris in a corresponding move.|
|Pagano doesn't know why T-Rich is struggling||11-16-2013|
|Trent Richardson RB BAL|
Coach Chuck Pagano doesn't know "what the heck is going on" when it comes to Trent Richardson's struggles.
Profootballtalk on NBC Sports
|"I don't know if he's snake bit, I don't know what the heck is going on," Pagano said. "We'll get it fixed. We'll get the holes there. He's making the right reads, he's doing all the right things, he knows what to do. His numbers are going to come. I'm not concerned about that." When asked if the Colts had buyer's remorse, Pagano said, "Absolutely not." Richardson has a tough date with Arizona's stout run defense next week. He's barely a flex option.|
|Lions RE Ansah dealing with high-ankle sprain||11-16-2013|
|Ezekiel Ansah DE DET|
Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) is not expected to play this week against the Steelers.
Dave Birkett on Twitter
|Ansah suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 8 and will miss his second consecutive game. Devin Taylor and Willie Young will be the Lions' starting ends Sunday. Ansah has registered 19 tackles, three sacks, and two forced fumbles.|
|49ers not expected to activate Crabtree Sun.||11-16-2013|
|Michael Crabtree WR OAK|
Coach Jim Harbaugh said "it doesn't look probable" that the 49ers will activate Michael Crabtree (Achilles') from the PUP list this week.
Profootballtalk on NBC Sports
|"He had a week of running routes, of sprinting, pushing the sled, lifting, training and catching," Harbaugh said. "He wasn't part of the team workout, but controlled would be the best way to say it." Crabtree practiced with the team Friday after doing side work Wednesday and Thursday. The 49ers have until November 28 to activate Crabtree to the active roster or shut him down for the year. A return for Week 12 against the Redskins next Monday night seems possible.|