Latavius Murray one of four Raiders out this Sunday

November, 28, 2014
Nov 28
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Raiders are literally limping into the final five weeks of the season.

Running back Latavius Murray will not play in this Sunday’s game in St. Louis because of a concussion, one of four Oakland players already ruled out. Rookie left guard Gabe Jackson is questionable because of a knee injury, while three others are probable.

The biggest concern is in the secondary. Starting cornerback Carlos Rogers will miss a fifth consecutive game with a knee injury while backup Neiko Thorpe will also sit out.

TJ Carrie, a reserve cornerback, and backup safety Larry Asante are still nursing lingering injuries as well.

Here’s the Raiders’ complete injury list from Friday:

Out: RB Latavius Murray (concussion), S Jonathan Dowling (back), CB Carlos Rogers (knee), CB Neiko Thorpe (hand).

Questionable: G Gabe Jackson (knee).

Probable: S Larry Asante (shoulde), CB TJ Carrie (ankle), TE Brian Leonhardt (concussion).
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -– New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson said he won’t have to undergo surgery on his left toe, but will not play on Monday when the Jets host Miami at MetLife Stadium.

Wilkerson said he had to balance his desire to play with doing what's best for his body so he could heal from a case of turf toe. He will miss the first game of his professional or college career this weekend.

“It’s a little weird, but I’m going to do my best to support my teammates,” Wilkerson said.

Jets coach Rex Ryan also confirmed that tight end Jace Amaro has a concussion.

Michael Vick missed practice with an illness. The full injury report for the Jets and Dolphins:


Jadeveon Clowney to miss game

November, 28, 2014
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HOUSTON -- Texans rookie Jadeveon Clowney will miss Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans after suffering a setback in his knee rehabilitation.

"Part of it is just being unlucky," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "He's had a year here that's been tough for him as far as injuries go. He had the hernia at the beginning of the year, he had the concussion [during the preseason], he's got the knee he's dealing with for all of the year. He's played some; sometimes he hasn't been able to play. I think we've got to continue to manage it and communicate with him as to how he feels and just stay on that road right now."

Clowney, the first overall pick in this year's draft, has played in just four games this season.

He suffered a torn meniscus in the first half of the opener and had arthroscopic knee surgery the next day. The outside linebacker missed the next six games before returning in the Texans' first meeting against the Titans on Oct. 26. He missed Houston's following game due to the knee and a bout with the flu. Clowney then returned for the Texans' past two games against the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals.

In the week leading up to the Nov. 23 matchup against the Bengals, Clowney's knee became problematic again. He suited up anyway, but said he experienced swelling in it after playing a season-high 49 snaps on defense.

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano was not in a very cheerful mood when speaking with reporters Friday.

Maybe it’s the pressure of trying to get his team to win back-to-back games for the first time in more than two years. Or maybe it was because Sparano learned that running back Latavius Murray did not pass the final test of the NFL-mandated concussion protocol and will not play in Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams.

Whatever the case, Sparano was clearly not in a talkative mood during a seven-minute news conference that, at best, can be termed as tight.

Sparano began by listing the players on the Raiders injury report before being asked a question about Murray, who did not practice Friday after being limited in workouts the previous two days.

“He did not pass the last part of [the concussion test],” Sparano said.

Asked when Murray failed the test, Sparano’s reply was short and terse.

“I don’t need to go into those details, but he’s out,” the interim coach said.

The second-year running back returned to practice this week after rushing for 112 yards and two touchdowns in the Nov. 20 victory over Kansas City but was limited in workouts Wednesday and Thursday because of a concussion he suffered in the first half.

Because Murray did not practice Friday, it raised questions whether he had suffered some sort of setback.

Sparano was evasive in his answer, then later told reporters they were beating a door with repeated questions about Murray’s situation.

“I get it, but I just told you he’s out,” Sparano said. “He’s not playing in the game. I’m being as honest as I can with you. There’s a specific protocol and along the lines of the protocol, there is an amount that they can do. He has taken that amount, but final process, the final step of the process, that didn’t work. At that point, you’ve got to, A, abide by the rule; and B, you’ve got to make the decision as the coach, too.”

Sparano’s mood didn’t lighten when asked about other players as well.

He appeared at one point to scoff at a reporter’s question regarding who would return punts against the Rams, then offered a brief, nine-word reply when asked if fullback Marcel Reece would get increased carries after running for 34 yards on the game-winning fourth-quarter drive against the Chiefs. (“He ran the ball well. He should get carries,” Sparano said.)

When the subject of wide receiver Rod Streater arose, Sparano initially said the team would take its time in making an evaluation, then said he didn’t want the Rams to find out.

“Right now I don’t know if [St. Louis defensive end] Chris Long is playing, so they don’t need to know if Rod Streater is playing.”

Sparano – or any NFL coach for that matter – couldn't care less about being popular with the media. He’s trying to help the Raiders salvage what’s left of another nightmarish season.

Bears place LB Lance Briggs on IR

November, 28, 2014
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Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY SportsThe Bears put Lance Briggs on IR with a groin injury, possibly ending his 12-year career with the team.

The Chicago Bears placed linebacker Lance Briggs on injured reserve Friday due to a groin injury, and it's likely the 2014 season was his last with the team.

A 12-year veteran, Briggs suffered a groin injury in the second quarter of the team's Nov. 23 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the ailment kept the linebacker out of Thursday's loss to the Detroit Lions.

During the team's pregame show on WBBM, Bears general manager said Briggs would be "out for an extended period of time."

A seven-year Pro Bowler with a contract set to expire at the end of the season, Briggs, 34, isn't expecting the Bears to put an offer on the table prior to him hitting free agency.

"It's the last year of my deal. It's not like I'm going to magically show up after this year, and they're going to open the gates up for you," Briggs said Nov. 6. "I've talked to my buddy [former Bears defensive end] Alex Brown. Those gates are closing, you're a free agent. I know the reality of it, and I'm proud of all the years I've had here. It's been great."

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Latavius Murray (concussion) out

November, 28, 2014
Nov 28

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders will be without running back Latavius Murray for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams after he failed to pass the concussion protocol.

Murray did not practice Friday after being limited in two workouts earlier in the week.

Interim head coach Tony Sparano said that Murray had passed some of the protocol tests but failed the final stage and was therefore ruled out.

"He did not pass the last part of the test," Sparano said. "I don't need to go into details but he's out."

Murray rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns in last week's win over the Kansas City Chiefs -- the best day by an Oakland running back this year. He was knocked out of the game late in the first half after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Chiefs safety Kurt Coleman.

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INDIANAPOLIS -- As expected, Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen will miss his second straight game with an ankle injury.

Offensive lineman Xavier Nixon (foot), offensive lineman Hugh Thornton (knee) and linebacker Andy Studebaker (hamstring) will also miss Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins.

Joe Reitz will start at right guard in place of Thornton. Reitz will be able to redeem himself after a poor performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars while starting at right tackle in place of Gosder Cherilus, who has returned to the lineup.

Here is the rest of the injury report heading into Sunday’s game:

Questionable: Cornerback Darius Butler (knee) and safety Colt Anderson (knee)

Probable: Cornerback Vontae Davis (foot), cornerback Greg Toler (back), and defensive lineman Cory Redding (knee).
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- For the first time in more than a month, the New England Patriots aren't ruling any players out on their Friday injury report.

This reflects the progress made by defensive end Chandler Jones, who has been out since injuring his hip Oct. 16 against the Jets.

Jones isn't expected to play Sunday in Green Bay, as he has just returned to practice this week and has been limited.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- With a rather substantial list of defensive backs dotting the team’s injury report the Denver Broncos may have to adjust some things in Sunday night’s AFC West showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Following Friday's practice Broncos head coach John Fox said cornerback Kayvon Webster (right shoulder) is out for the game while cornerback Aqib Talib (left hamstring) and safety Quinton Carter (knee) are questionable. Webster did not take part in Friday’s practice while Talib and Carter were both limited in the workout.

Talib did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. If Talib and Carter are limited or don’t play, the Broncos will look to Omar Bolden, who has played both safety and cornerback, as well as cornerback Tony Carter.

The question on Talib will be whether or not the Broncos feel like he can make it through the game if they put him in uniform Sunday night. In the win against the Miami Dolphins last Sunday, Talib left the game in the first quarter. He tried to return later in the first half, but didn’t play in the second half and the Broncos had made Carter a game-day inactive.

“We’ll decide how exactly it’s going to play out,’’ said defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. “We’ll just let it unfold. We prepare all our guys.’’

Also Friday, tight end Julius Thomas (left ankle) took part on a limited basis for the second consecutive day. Fox said following the practice that Thomas looked “much better’’ Friday than he did last Friday.

Thomas did not play last week. The Broncos hope Thomas will improve before it leaves for Kansas City.

Linebacker Brandon Marshall, who suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter of the Broncos’ win over the Dolphins last Sunday, was cleared by an independent physician as well as the Broncos’ medical staff to return to practice Friday.

Marshall, who plays in all of the team’s personnel groupings on defense, said he expects to play Sunday night in Arrowhead Stadium and take his “normal’’ number of snaps.

“Big game, everybody wants to win this game, this is the biggest game of our season so far,’’ Marshall said. “I’m just glad the concussion wasn’t too bad. I’ve been studying all week even thought I haven’t been practicing, but I’ve been paying attention. I’m just glad to be back out there.’’

As expected, Fox formally ruled out running backs Montee Ball (right groin) and Ronnie Hillman (left foot) for Sunday’s game.

Defensive end Quanterus Smith (ankle) participated fully in Friday’s practice and is expected to play.
IRVING, Texas -- When the Dallas Cowboys return to practice on Sunday to get ready for next week’s game against the Chicago Bears, Tony Romo will fall back into the same practice plan he has followed since the second game of the regular season.

The Cowboys will have a Wednesday practice in terms of preparation for the Bears game, and Romo has not practiced in a full Wednesday practice since September. He practiced this week leading into the Thanksgiving game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but the Cowboys did nothing more than walk-throughs to get ready.

Romo struggled in the 33-10 loss, completing 18 of 29 passes for 199 yards. He was intercepted twice and sacked four times. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett reiterated Friday what he said after the game regarding the condition of Romo’s back.

“I don’t think he was bothered physically,” Garrett said. “Maybe bothered by a pass rush.”

It was the first time since Sept. 23, 2012 that Romo, who is playing through two transverse process fractures, did not have a touchdown pass, a span of 38 games, which is the fifth-longest streak in NFL history.

“He’s a human being,” Garrett said. “He’s dealing with stuff. Everybody’s dealing with stuff. At times I thought he threw the ball well. He certainly missed some throws and just the overall environment, there were some tight throws he had to make; there were people around him. We’re behind. We’re throwing a lot. All those things factored together. Just wasn’t as clean as we wanted it to be.”

Garrett said linebacker Rolando McClain was checked out Friday and is expected to be OK. He has been slowed in recent weeks by a knee injury. McClain was in and out of the lineup Thursday, but Garrett does not believe McClain, who did not play football last season, is wearing down.

“He’s been dealing with a couple of things -- the knee, the groin, some other things that he’s had over the course of the last month or so sometimes that can have an impact on your performance,” Garrett said. “But he did some good things in the game. He didn’t show up quite as much as he did certainly the other night. But we’ll get him healthy and cleaned up and get them rolling again for next week.”

Defensive end George Selvie suffered a sprained thumb, “but we think he’ll be OK,” Garrett said.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Donnie Avery was listed as probable on the final injury report of the week for Sunday night's game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium. That gives Avery an excellent chance of playing for the first time since a Sept. 29 game against New England. Avery had surgery to repair a sports hernia soon after that game.

The Chiefs have missed Avery's speed without him in the lineup.

The Chiefs also listed tight end Anthony Fasano as probable for Sunday's game. Fasano was limited to two snaps in last week's game against Oakland because of a sore knee.

Wide receiver Junior Hemingway was listed as out of Sunday's game because of a concussion. His absence increases the need for recently signed veteran Jason Avant to play. Hemingway played mostly as a slot receiver and Avant was a slot receiver for several seasons for Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Elsewhere on the injury report, the Chiefs listed nickel back Chris Owens (knee/abdomen) and reserve defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson (calf) as questionable. Punter Dustin Colquitt (calf), linebacker Tamba Hali (knee), cornerback Jamell Fleming (hamstring), cornerback Sean Smith (groin) and tackle Donald Stephenson (shoulder) are probable.

Saints injuries: Khiry Robinson out

November, 28, 2014
Nov 28
METAIRIE, La. – New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson (forearm) and linebacker Kyle Knox (hand) were officially ruled out for Sunday’s game at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Everyone else on the Saints’ injury report is listed as probable.

Guard Ben Grubbs (neck) and center Jonathan Goodwin (toe) were limited in Friday’s practice. Cornerback Keenan Lewis (knee), linebacker Curtis Lofton (ankle), running back Pierre Thomas (shoulder/rib) and receiver Robert Meachem (ankle) all practiced fully.
ASHBURN, Va., -- Washington Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher said he’s pleased with the progress in his knee and remains confident he’ll play against Indianapolis on Sunday.

Hatcher was limited in practice Friday after being unable to practice the previous two days because of an injured right knee. Hatcher said an MRI "came back good" and that his knee has improved.

"It was a freak accident," Hatcher said. "I don’t want to go into detail about it, it’s something that happened… I felt it in the game and played through it. I just have to rest it during the week. It’s responding well and I look forward to playing."

Corner E.J. Biggers did not practice because of a concussion suffered last week and is a long shot to play Sunday. Defensive end Chris Baker (sternum) was limited, but there is optimism he will be able to play. Tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) and left tackle Trent Williams (knee) both practiced in full and are listed as questionable on the injury report.

With Biggers sidelined, the Redskins might opt for safety Trenton Robinson as their slot cornerback. They also have cornerbacks Greg Ducre and Chase Minnifield.
SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews suffered an injured shoulder against the St. Louis Rams last weekend but fully participated in practice this week and is probable for Sunday’s contest against the Baltimore Ravens.

Along with Mathews, safety Jahleel Addae (concussion) and receiver Eddie Royal (toe) are probable for Sunday.

Defensive tackle Ryan Carrethers (elbow) and linebacker Andrew Gachkar (knee) did not practice all week. Carrethers has been ruled out for a second straight week, while Gachkar is questionable for Sunday.

Guard Ryan Miller was added to injury report Friday. Miller was a limited participant due to a groin injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday. Miller was active last week against the Rams as a reserve offensive lineman, so the Chargers might have to do some juggling on the active roster to make sure they have enough depth along the offensive line.

Defensive tackle Tenny Palepoi also missed a second straight day of practice to attend to a personal matter. San Diego only has six defensive linemen available if Palepoi does not play Sunday. But either way, Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said his team has enough depth up front defensively for the Baltimore game.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The only injury concern for the Baltimore Ravens is rookie slot receiver Michael Campanaro, who is listed as questionable.

Campanaro injured his hamstring Oct. 26 and returned to practice this week. The seventh-round pick has been limited all week in practice leading up to Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers.

"He’s coming along. It’s a process with a hamstring [injury]," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "You can’t really push that thing too much. What usually happens with hamstrings is [the team trainers] are pretty conservative, and then all of a sudden they come back and tell you he’s ready to go."

Harbaugh added, "But he did practice this week. It wasn’t all the time as fast as we want it to be, because we don’t want a setback. I imagine I’ll find out Sunday if he’s ready to go or not, and if he is, we’ll see. That’s really the best we can do right now.”

Linebackers Terrell Suggs (foot) and Pernell McPhee (shoulder) and reserve offensive tackle Jah Reid (hand) are all probable after full participation in Friday's practice.