PHILADELPHIA – No news is seldom good news when it comes to injuries. Based on that truism, it seems more likely that Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks will miss a fifth game Sunday because of a calf injury sustained late in the game at Indianapolis.

Kendricks was listed as limited in practice Thursday, the last full session of the week. His participation was listed the same as that of center Jason Kelce and guard Evan Mathis, who are not expected to play this week, and running back Darren Sproles, whose status is similarly unclear.

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The Eagles will have a lighter walk-through practice Friday, but the real preparation for Sunday’s opponent, the Arizona Cardinals, is done. Kendricks was in the trainers’ room after practice. He was not in the locker room all week when it was open to media.

“Mychal’s been running around,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said before Thursday’s practice. “I’ve been watching him get acclimated back into drills, and the team settings and how does he fit in. We’ve still got three training sessions to figure out how much he can contribute – or can he contribute?”

If Kendricks is unavailable, Emmanuel Acho and Casey Matthews would again platoon at his inside linebacker spot. Veteran DeMeco Ryans, who injured his groin during the Eagles’ game against St. Louis three weeks ago but played the next week against the Giants, will start at the other inside spot.

Meanwhile, first-round draft pick Marcus Smith will play some inside linebacker in nickel defensive packages.

Expectations were high for Kendricks this season. He improved during the course of the 2013 season, his first in coordinator Bill Davis’ 3-4 scheme. Kendricks recorded three of his four sacks in the final three games of the season. After a strong preseason, he appeared poised to build on his strong finish from 2013.

Earlier this week, Kendricks wrote a blog post on his website saying he planned to practice this week. He was vague on whether he expected to play.

“It's a day-to-day thing,” Davis said Wednesday. “We're slowly leaking him back in there to see what he can do. These athletes know their bodies better than anything. Do all you can without going backwards with the injury. … So we're excited about the opportunity that we might get him back.”

They might or might not. Based on the available signs, the best guess is it might take another week.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills had no changes to their Thursday injury report.

 Special teams ace Marcus Easley remained a limited participant in practice. Coach Doug Marrone did not rule him out of Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin remained out of practice with a hamstring injury.

"I'm just rehabbing and trying to get better each day," Goodwin said Thursday.

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WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring)
LB Ty Powell (ankle)
RB Fred Jackson (groin)

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WR Marcus Easley (knee)
S Aaron Williams (neck)

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DE Mario Williams (thumb)
WR Sammy Watkins (groin)
LB Brandon Spikes (ribs)
METAIRIE, La. -- Eric Olsen was admittedly frustrated when the New Orleans Saints released him last season after he suffered a Lisfranc foot injury in the summer that sidelined him for about two months. But the journeyman guard/center said he understood the "business side" of the decision.

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Olsen said Wednesday that he felt even better about it when the Saints brought him back this week when they needed depth in the wake of starting center Jonathan Goodwin's knee injury.

"I always had the feeling they still liked me here, and it was an injury-related thing that ended up happening. And it was good to know that I wasn't just imagining that, and that they still know what I can do and still feel comfortable enough to bring me back," said Olsen, who spent time with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans over the past year, but didn’t crack the active rosters.

The Saints have not offered any updates on the severity of Goodwin’s injury, which he suffered during last Sunday’s 24-23 loss to the Detroit Lions. But it appears to be a good sign that the Saints haven’t placed Goodwin on injured reserve. In the meantime, they trust second-year pro Tim Lelito as his replacement. Lelito, who lost a close battle to Goodwin for the starting job this summer, has played well in three appearances this season after Goodwin went down with three separate injuries.

In another roster move Wednesday, the Saints brought back rookie linebacker Todd Davis to their practice squad. Davis was activated for one game, but was released after he made his NFL debut as a backup and special teamer last Sunday.
Geoff Schwartz was the big offensive line pickup of the New York Giants' offseason, and he has yet to play a meaningful game for the team. A toe injury he suffered late in the preseason forced Schwartz to short-term injured reserve, and he wasn't eligible to practice with the team until last week. The first game in which he's allowed to play is their next game -- Nov. 3 against the Indianapolis Colts. But while Schwartz and the team are hopeful he can play in their first game after the bye week, they're still not certain.

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"That's a great question, and I don't know the answer," Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty said Tuesday. "Geoff has been very active in our meetings. He's stayed on top of everything. He's worked his tail off in there, and from all reports I get, he's done the same thing in the training room. As far as how close he is to playing, I'll know more next week when I see him."

Aside from obsessing over the World Series (he's a San Francisco Giants fan), Schwartz has been spending his bye week getting treatment at the Giants' team facility. He said Monday that he wasn't sure whether he'd be able to practice with the team next week when they all got back to work. A lot will depend on how that toe feels once he starts really testing it out. He did some running on the side during practices last week, but hasn't tried to block or punch anyone, and he doesn't know how his foot will hold up right now to the rigors of his position.

"I would think he's not going to stand on the sideline [once he's cleared]," Flaherty said. "But how much? Is he ready to play 75 plays? That's the question. If he's not, then he's got to play X number of plays, and we have to figure out when to insert him into the games."

They also have to figure out where. Flaherty said Schwartz looked good in the preseason making the transition to left guard after playing on the right side of the offensive line for most of his career. But it's hard right now to identify where the greatest need is on the offensive line. Rookie Weston Richburg has had his share of struggles at left guard since replacing Schwartz there late in camp, but John Jerry hasn't been Mr. Reliable over at right guard, either. The Giants might have to decide where they think Schwartz can best help them once they decide he's ready to help them.

"I'm really not closed-minded on one side or the other," Flaherty said. "I think wherever he fits and can help us, he can adjust, because he's had that versatility of playing on the left side and the right side. So at this point, I'm not sure what side it's going to be. We'll have to see how it unfolds as he progresses."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny had successful surgery on Wednesday morning to repair a torn pectoral muscle, the team announced Thursday.

The Jaguars placed Posluszny on injured reserve Monday afternoon. He suffered the injury during last Sunday's 24-6 victory against Cleveland.

Posluszny is in his fourth season with the Jaguars and eighth overall. The 2013 Pro Bowler has recorded at least 110 tackles from 2008-2013. He was second in the NFL with 162 tackles in 2013.
Asked about getting first overall pick Jadeveon Clowney back on the field for this Sunday, Houston Texans defensive end Jared Crick was measured.

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"We'll see what he does in the game," Crick said. "He's coming off a big break. I guess only time will tell."

It is exciting for the Texans to get their star outside linebacker back, but it's best not to expect he'll be able to play exactly as he did before. Clowney is not quite in football shape, and that will take some time. Bill O'Brien doesn't plan to force too many plays on him too soon.

That type of game management was something the Texans did with Clowney during the preseason when he only took 29 snaps. He still managed to make some eye-popping plays, including that big hit and sack against the Falcons in Week 2 of the preseason.

It only takes one snap for Clowney to do something memorable. Having him back, as it seems likely the Texans will, gives Houston an extra pop, no matter how limited his playing time is.

James Starks, Datone Jones return

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Maybe the Green Bay Packers won't have to ride running back Eddie Lacy after all on Sunday at New Orleans.

 His backfield running mate, James Starks, returned to practice on Thursday after sustaining an ankle injury in last Sunday's win over the Carolina Panthers. Starks was unable to practice on Wednesday.

The Packers have been splitting carries between Lacy and Starks the past three games. That's a change from early in the season, when Starks did not carry the ball in two of the first four games.

Defensive end Datone Jones also returned to practice on Thursday. He has not played since he left the Oct. 2 game against the Minnesota Vikings because of a sprained ankle. Jones practiced briefly in advance of the Oct. 12 game at the Miami Dolphins but experienced a setback and had been out until Thursday.

The Packers were still without two of their four starting defensive backs. Safety Morgan Burnett (calf) and cornerback Sam Shields (knee) did not practice during the portion that was open to reporters. Thursday's workout was in full pads.

The full injury report will be available following practice.

Clowney says he'll play Sunday

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HOUSTON -- Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney says he'll play through his remaining soreness Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

"I'm the best I'm going to be this season, I feel like," Clowney said. "Take it and go ahead and play football."

Clowney, the top overall draft pick this year, tore his meniscus during the first half of the Texans' season opener against Washington. He suffered the injury when he came down awkwardly after jumping to bat a pass. He had surgery Sept. 8 and returned to practice Oct. 17, the Friday before the Texans played the Pittsburgh Steelers on "Monday Night Football."

Clowney tested his knee on the field in Pittsburgh but did not play. He was OK running full speed ahead, but changing direction caused problems.

"It's coming along all right," Clowney said of cutting on his knee. "The knee's going to bother me a little bit, but there's some stuff you gotta push through and come out here and play."

In his first game back, Clowney won't take his full workload. Coach Bill O'Brien has said the Texans will ease him back into his usual playing time after missing six weeks.

"Just going to practice, working on my craft," Clowney said. "[I need to] get back in football shape. I've been running, but it's still not the same as running around on the football field."


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BAGSHOT, England -- TJ Jones has been frustrated. Every day he has had to sit and watch is one more moment of his rookie year gone because of a nerve issue in his arm.

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What started with offseason shoulder surgery turned into being unable to practice at the start of training camp. It led to Jones being placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list, which he was eligible to come off last week. The team didn't make that move then and still hasn't, but that time is coming.

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said Thursday they plan on Jones practicing soon to evaluate whether to activate him or shelve him for the season.

"We're going to bring him off some time in the next few weeks, bring him off the PUP and let him practice and we'll see what he does," Mayhew said. "Obviously injured pretty early in the process, so it'll just depend how he performs when he comes off PUP."

If the Lions do activate him, he would be joining a crowded wide receiver corps with Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Jeremy Ross and Corey Fuller in somewhat established roles. Then there is Ryan Broyles, who Mayhew said "will get an opportunity," but has largely been a non-factor when he has been active.

So even if Jones is able to play, there might not be much room for him to do so.

He told ESPN two weeks ago that his grip strength -- the last thing to come back following a nerve issue -- is "making improvements," but he didn't want to give a timetable of when he would be available.

Once the Lions do let him start practicing, the team will have a three-week window to activate him or end his season.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets might be the healthiest 1-6 team in the league -- whatever that's worth.

 For the second straight day, the Jets practiced indoors because of the rain. Once again, every player on the 53-man roster was in uniform. Rookie linebacker Trevor Reilly, recovering from a sprained knee, likely will sit out team drills again. He was the only player who didn't practice Wednesday.

Wide receiver Greg Salas (wrist, ankle) participated in positional drills with a heavy wrap on his wrist.

It'll be interesting to see how they handle the wide-receiver position for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills. The Jets, who have eight receivers on the roster, usually dress six. Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley and Percy Harvin are definites. Walter Powell (punt returner) and Saalim Hakim are active because of special teams. The sixth spot (if they take six to the game) will come down to T.J. Graham or Salas.
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter, who has missed the last three games with a thigh injury, returned to practice Thursday. Cowboys officials hope Carter will be healthy enough to play in Monday's game against the Washington Redskins.

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Also, cornerback Brandon Carr, who finished last week's game against the New York Giants with a pulled hamstring, was participating during the open media access period of practice.

Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, currently on the reserve/non-football injury list, practiced for the first time this season. Okoye has recovered from anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, a brain condition that causes memory loss and seizures. Okoye was in a coma for three months last year.

Safety Jakar Hamilton (personal reasons), quarterback Tony Romo (back), defensive end Jack Crawford (calf) and Doug Free (foot) missed practice.

Romo, however, did participate in the walk-through session.

Chandler Jones is lone absence at practice

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Defensive end Chandler Jones was the only Patriots roster player missing from practice on Thursday.

 Jones is reportedly out for one month with a hip injury. He was listed on Wednesday’s practice report, the first report of the week.

Practice squad defensive lineman Kona Schwenke was not spotted at practice in his No. 97 jersey, but he may have still been at practice. There was a player wearing a No. 69 jersey who looked a lot like Schwenke. The No. 69 player was wearing a blue jersey, signifying that he is a defensive player.

Schwenke may have switched from No. 97 to No. 69 to give the No. 97 jersey to veteran defensive tackle Alan Branch, who reportedly signed with the Patriots earlier this week.

We have yet to see Branch practice with the team or in the locker room. The Patriots have not officially announced the signing of Branch.

Due to the rain, the Patriots were practicing inside Dana-Farber Field House and were wearing full pads.
Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones, who was limited during Wednesday's practice in London, was back to full participation Thursday as the team continued to prepare for the Detroit Lions.

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Maybe the Falcons will have their full complement of receivers healthy for Sunday. Harry Douglas, who missed the past four games with a deep bruise in his left foot, returned to practice Thursday and was limited.

Jones wasn't the only Falcon back at full strength. Left guard Justin Blalock, coming off a back injury, was a full participant after being limited Wednesday.

Jones' left ankle has given him issues early in the week ever since the Minnesota game, but constant treatment has allowed him to be ready by game time.

Blalock's change in status is good news for the Falcons. He struggled in last week's loss at Baltimore as his back obviously wasn't 100 percent. He missed the Giants game due to the injury.

Held out of practice was defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux with a foot injury. Coach Mike Smith mentioned the possibility of Babineaux returning on Friday.

Also, rookie linebacker Prince Shembo remained limited with a knee injury.

For Detroit, receiver Calvin Johnson practiced for the second consecutive day and was limited coming off an ankle injury while running back Reggie Bush did not practice due to an ankle injury.
BAGSHOT, England -- The Detroit Lions’ banged-up skill position players continue to take turns sitting out practice.

 While Calvin Johnson practiced for the second straight day Thursday -- the first time he’s practiced on back-to-back days since before Week 3 against Green Bay -- the Lions were still without their top three tight ends and a top running back on Thursday.

Brandon Pettigrew, Joseph Fauria, Eric Ebron and Reggie Bush all sat out the portion of practice open to the media at Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa on Thursday. The three tight ends did not practice Wednesday, either, while Bush’s absence Thursday is somewhat of a surprise.

Bush had said both Tuesday and Wednesday he is not 100 percent, but plans to play Sunday in Wembley Stadium against the Atlanta Falcons.

If Bush does not play Sunday against Atlanta, it would mean more carries and touches for Joique Bell and Theo Riddick. Riddick sat out last Sunday’s game against New Orleans with a hamstring injury.

Right now, the healthy Lions’ tight ends are Kellen Davis and Jordan Thompson. Both were signed within the last week, although Thompson was promoted from the practice squad.

In good news for the Lions, defensive end Ezekiel Ansah returned to practice after missing Wednesday so he would appear on track to play against the Falcons.
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George Gojkovich/Getty ImagesLaAdrian Waddle suffered a concussion on the Lions' extra point following their go-ahead score during Detroit's 24-23 win over New Orleans.

BAGSHOT, England -- Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell admitted right tackle LaAdrian Waddle played one play -- a kneel-down against the New Orleans Saints -- with a concussion Sunday.

Caldwell said Waddle suffered the concussion on the team's extra point following its go-ahead score during Detroit's 24-23 win over New Orleans, but he played on the kneel-down to end the game.

"We knew exactly when it occurred," Caldwell said. "And what happened within the context of it."

Caldwell later said Waddle "banged his head on the ground" during the extra point but that doctors did not think he had a concussion at the time. Caldwell went on to defend his team's medical staff.

"Obviously he went back on the field the final snap," Caldwell said. "We knew it was only one snap. The doctors reviewed him, took a look at him. It wasn't one of those situations where we felt he had to go into the locker room right away.

"But they did know he banged it when he came off."


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