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11/20/2014 Ben Tate, RB
Tate joined the Vikings for practice Thursday, two days after he was waived by the Browns.

Analysis: Tate signed with Cleveland as a free agent before the season. Tate had only two carries for minus-9 yards against the Texans last week and said he was dissatisfied with his role. Tate also missed two games earlier this year because of a sprained right knee. The Vikings host Green Bay this Sunday and are thin at running back with Adrian Peterson suspended and Matt Asiata out with a concussion.
11/20/2014 Justin Staples, LB
The Tennessee Titans have promoted linebacker Justin Staples to the roster from the practice squad.

Analysis: The 6-foot-4 Staples joined the practice squad in September and was on the Cleveland practice squad at times during the past two years. He was undrafted out of Illinois where he played defensive end. He fills the roster spot opened when the Titans released linebacker James Anderson earlier this week.
11/20/2014 Adrian Peterson, RB
The NFL players' union has appealed the league's suspension of Peterson.

Analysis: In a letter to its player representatives and executive committee obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, the NFLPA calls Commissioner Roger Goodell's punishment "unprecedented, arbitrary, and unlawful" and demands an independent, neutral arbitrator hears Peterson's case.
11/20/2014 LeGarrette Blount, RB
The New England Patriots have re-signed Blount two days after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Blount spent last season with the Patriots before signing a two-year contract with the Steelers. Pittsburgh cut him on Tuesday the day after he jogged toward the tunnel with time on the clock as Ben Roethslisberger lined up for the final snap in a 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans.

Analysis: This season, Blount ran for 266 yards and two touchdowns but was on the field for just one play Monday night. Last year, he rushed for 772 yards and seven touchdowns in the regular season. In the postseason against Indianapolis he had 166 yards and four touchdowns rushing.
11/19/2014 Philip Rivers, QB
Rivers was listed on the San Diego Chargers' practice report Wednesday as having a chest injury.

Analysis: Rivers was listed as a full participant and coach Mike McCoy said the quarterback will play Sunday against St. Louis. McCoy refused to be specific when asked if it was a rib injury. Tight end Antonio Gates was praising Rivers' toughness when he let it slip that the quarterback has been dealing with "a very severe rib injury" for the last three or four weeks.
11/19/2014 Matt Bryant, K
The 39-year-old Bryant has never been better.

Analysis: He's made all eight of his field goal tries the last two weeks, including a 44-yarder with just over 2 minutes remaining that gave the first-place Falcons a 19-17 victory at Carolina. He's made 16 of 18 field goals, his only misses coming from 57 and 59 yards. That game-winner against the Panthers was the ninth time he's come through for the Falcons in the last five minutes of regulation or overtime.
11/19/2014 Clay Matthews, LB
Matthews was limited Wednesday due to a groin injury.

Analysis: Coach Mike McCarthy relayed Wednesday that his star linebacker didn't have "high concern" about the injury.
11/19/2014 Andre Ellington, RB
Ellington has taken a pounding for the Cards.

Analysis: Ellington practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday. He faces a physical Seattle defense this weekend so you may want to look elsewhere for a fantasy running back.
11/19/2014 Bobby Wagner, LB
The Seahawks are hoping Wagner, their starting middle linebacker, will make his return this week when Seattle hosts Arizona in a key NFC West matchup.

Analysis: Wagner's potential return could be critical because of what the Seahawks face. After Arizona, Seattle is at San Francisco on a short week and then travels to Philadelphia.
11/19/2014 Tony Romo, QB
Romo will play the New York Giants on Sunday night, then figure out if his surgically repaired back can hold up for the quick Thanksgiving turnaround.

Analysis: Trying to decide this week what plan will work for next week is premature - the same label he gave to a question about how good a year he's having while leading the Cowboys (7-3) in his eighth full season as the starter.
11/19/2014 Ahmad Brooks, LB
San Francisco linebacker Ahmad Brooks says he was benched for the second half of Sunday's road win against the Giants for heated words he directed at defensive line coach Jim Tomsula in the second quarter.

Analysis: Brooks was frustrated with his playing time on a day linebacker Aldon Smith returned following a nine-game suspension. The outside linebacker apologized to Tomsula and says they have moved forward. Coach Jim Harbaugh spoke to Brooks and said "it's not insubordination." Brooks is scheduled to play Sunday when the 49ers host the Washington Redskins.
11/19/2014 Ben Tate, RB
The Minnesota Vikings have claimed Tate off waivers from the Cleveland Browns.

Analysis: Tate was signed Wednesday, when running backs Matt Asiata (concussion) and Jerick McKinnon (lower back injury) both were held out of practice. The move also came the day after the NFL announced a suspension of running back Adrian Peterson for the rest of the season for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
11/19/2014 Ryan Tannehill, QB
Tannehill was limited with a lingering left shoulder injury that also curtailed his practice time last week.

Analysis: He should be able to go Sunday at Denver.
11/19/2014 Jonathan Freeny, LB
Freeny has been ruled out of Sunday's game at Denver with a hamstring injury that is expected to sideline him for several weeks.

Analysis: Freeny was hurt in last week's win over Buffalo.
11/19/2014 Carlos Rogers, CB
Cornerbacks TJ Carrie and Rogers will miss the Oakland Raiders' game on Thursday night against the Kansas City Chiefs because of injuries.

Analysis: Carrie will miss his second game in three weeks with an ankle injury and Rogers will be out for a fourth straight game with an injured knee.
11/19/2014 TJ Carrie, CB
Carrie and Carlos Rogers will miss the Oakland Raiders' game on Thursday night against the Kansas City Chiefs because of injuries.

Analysis: Carrie will miss his second game in three weeks with an ankle injury and Rogers will be out for a fourth straight game with an injured knee.
11/19/2014 Larry Fitzgerald, WR
Fitzgerald did not practice Wednesday and coach Bruce Arians said the star wide receiver is "iffy" for Sunday's game at Seattle.

Analysis: The seven-time Pro Bowl receiver has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his left knee.
11/19/2014 Marshawn Lynch, RB
The NFL has fined Lynch $50,000 for violations of the league's media policy.

Analysis: League spokesman Michael Signora confirmed the fine Wednesday, which will total $100,000 against the Seahawks' standout. Along with the $50,000 for violating the NFL Media Policy this year, the league is collecting the $50,000 fine that was imposed against Lynch for violations last season. The fine from 2013 was held in anticipation of future cooperation from Lynch.
11/19/2014 Earl Wolff, S
Wolff is out for the season.

Analysis: Wolff is on injured reserve with a knee injury.
11/18/2014 Chase Coffman, TE
Coffman says running into a Ravens' assistant was an accident and he will talk to the NFL about his $30,000 fine.

Analysis: Coffman spoke Monday night after the Titans lost 27-24 to Pittsburgh and says he has talked to the assistant. He says any team would be mad when one of their people is hit.
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