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|10/31/2014||Patrick Willis, LB|
|Willis, who missed the 49ers' loss in Denver two weeks ago with a big toe injury, will be a game-time decision Sunday when San Francisco hosts the St. Louis Rams.
Analysis: Willis, third on the team with 49 tackles, says Friday he still feels pain but is getting better every day.
|10/31/2014||Ryan Mathews, RB|
|Mathews returned to the practice field for the first time since spraining his right knee on Sept. 14 but will not play in Sunday's game at Miami.
Analysis: Mathews did limited work Friday. The Chargers have their bye next Sunday and Mathews hopes to play in a home game against Oakland on Nov. 16.
|10/31/2014||Carlos Rogers, CB|
|The Oakland Raiders are expected to be without Rogers for Sunday's game against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.
Analysis: Rogers has started 55 consecutive games since 2010 but has been bothered by a sore knee this season. He has not practiced this week and is doubtful on the team's injury report.
|10/31/2014||Nate Allen, S|
|Allen is listed as questionable on the team's injury report, making it a 50-50 chance he plays Sunday when the team travels to Houston.
Analysis: Allen injured his hamstring in last week's 24-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, a game in which he was beaten for a 75-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to rookie speedster John Brown in the final minutes. Tuesday, Allen took part in the team's abbreviated practice, but then sat out Wednesday and Thursday, although he did some light jogging and stretching, Thursday.
|10/31/2014||Tony Romo, QB|
|Romo is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Arizona after missing practice all week with a back injury. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett said Friday that Romo would be a game-time decision.
Analysis: He took a direct hit to his surgically repaired back on a sack in Monday's 20-17 overtime loss to Washington. After going to the locker room for treatment, Romo returned for Dallas' final two series. Brandon Weeden, who replaced Romo and led two scoring drives against the Redskins, will make his first start since last Dec. 1 for Cleveland if Romo doesn't play.
|10/31/2014||Eric Berry, S|
|Berry is expected to play for the first time since spraining his ankle in a Week 2 loss to Denver when Kansas City plays the New York Jets on Sunday.
Analysis: Berry was limited in practice but listed as probable on the final injury report Friday, and Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he is planning on Berry playing against the Jets. Reid did not say whether Berry would start. Berry hurt his ankle early against Denver on Sept. 14. He has practiced off and on the past few weeks but has not been active on game day.
|10/31/2014||Jadeveon Clowney, LB|
|Clowney is unlikely to play for the Houston Texans when they host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday because of an unspecified illness.
Analysis: Clowney missed practice Friday and when asked afterward about his status for Sunday, coach Bill O'Brien said: "I don't know. I wouldn't say it looks very good for him playing Sunday." The outside linebacker was listed as questionable on the injury report and it said he was out because of his knee and an illness. Clowney returned last week after missing six games following arthroscopic knee surgery and made one tackle in limited action.
|10/31/2014||Cam Newton, QB|
|Newton, who spent much of Thursday night under heavy duress playing behind an offensive line without three of its regular starters, was limited to 151 yards passing.
Analysis: Newton did run for 43 yards and a TD on seven carries, and has become more of a fantasy threat as runner than a passer of late.
|10/31/2014||Jimmy Graham, TE|
|Graham caught seven passes for 83 yards and a TD on Thursday against the Panthers.
Analysis: With 12 receptions and two TDs in his last two games, Graham appears healthy and productive.
|10/31/2014||Drew Brees, QB|
|Brees threw for 297 yards and a touchdown and also ran for another score in Thursday's win over Carolina.
Analysis: This was a decent performance for Brees, but he also threw an interception and lost a fumble. Five of his eight picks have come on the road.
|10/31/2014||Mark Ingram, RB|
|Ingram turned in another strong performance carrying 30 times for 100 yards and two TDs as New Orleans defeated the Carolina Panthers 28-10 Thursday night to take over first place in the NFC South.
Analysis: Ingram has rushed for 272 yards and three TDs in the last two games. He is blossoming into a solid No. 1 fantasy back, but always be cautious with New Orleans running backs.
|10/30/2014||Greg Hardy, DE|
|A person familiar with the situation says Hardy's domestic violence appeal trial set for Nov. 17 has been postponed until after the NFL season, meaning his career with Carolina could be over. The person said the new trial date has not been set. The person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the decision has not been publicly announced.
Analysis: The Panthers placed Hardy on the exempt-commissioner's permission list on Sept. 17 after being convicted in July of assault on a female and communicating threats. The NFL and the Panthers have said Hardy would not play until after his trial was resolved, although he is still collecting $13.1 million this season as Carolina's franchise player.
|10/30/2014||Pierre Thomas, RB|
|Thomas was inactive for Thursday's game versus Carolina.
Analysis: Thomas continues to be hampered by a shoulder injury.
|10/30/2014||Khiry Robinson, RB|
|Robinson is inactive for New Orleans for Thursday's game against Carolina.
Analysis: Robinson had been listed as questionable with a forearm injury.
|10/30/2014||Jason Verrett, CB|
|The San Diego Chargers will lose Verrett for at least one game and possibly longer with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Analysis: Verrett originally hurt his shoulder in a victory at Oakland on Oct. 12 - which he sealed with a last-minute interception - and aggravated it in a loss at Denver last Thursday night.
|10/30/2014||Jason Kelce, C|
|Kelce made it through his third straight day of practice Thursday, making it more likely he will return from a sports hernia injury in this weekend's game against the Houston Texans.
Analysis: The center has been out since having surgery at the end of September. He was cautious Thursday when asked about the possibility of playing.
|10/30/2014||Brian Quick, WR|
|Quick is out for the season, and will undergo shoulder surgery.
Analysis: The wide receiver started the season strong with 14 catches and 173 yards in two games. He followed that with 11 receptions, 202 yards and three touchdowns in the next five. The shoulder injury may have curtailed a promising season.
|10/29/2014||Justin Durant, LB|
|The Dallas Cowboys have put Durant on season-ending injured reserve with a torn arm muscle.
Analysis: Durant tore his right biceps in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys' 20-17 loss to Washington in overtime on Monday. He was leading Dallas with 61 tackles. The 29-year-old Durant is in the last year of a two-year contract. He spent four seasons in Jacksonville and two in Detroit before joining the Cowboys.
|10/29/2014||Vontaze Burfict, LB|
|Burfict had surgery to clean out his left knee Wednesday and will miss at least the next two games.
Analysis: The Pro Bowl linebacker hurt the knee during a 27-24 win over Baltimore on Sunday. He came out of the game, had the knee examined, then returned and finished the game. The knee continued bothering him and he had a test that showed a piece of something floating in the knee, coach Marvin Lewis said.
|10/29/2014||Alan Ball, CB|
|The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed Ball on injured reserve with a bicep injury.
Analysis: Losing Ball for the season is the latest setback for Jacksonville's improving defense. The Jaguars (1-7) already lost starting linebacker Paul Posluszny for the season with a torn chest muscle and defensive end Andre Branch for at least five more weeks with a groin injury.
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