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Week 9 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em
Mark Ingram ((USATSI))
How should you handle your Saints and Panthers tonight? Our Jamey Eisenberg shares his outlook on Week 9 in his latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em. Full story
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Most Added Players
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1Martavis Bryant, PIT, WR54
2Anthony Barr, MIN, OLB52
3Lorenzo Taliaferro, BAL, RB41
4Rashad Johnson, ARI, FS33
5Bobby Rainey, TB, RB33
6Jonas Gray, NE, RB28
7Brandon LaFell, NE, WR26
8Mike Nugent, CIN, K26
9Cairo Santos, KC, K26
10Timothy Wright, NE, TE25
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1Brian Quick, STL, WR-48
2Jerry Hughes, BUF, DE-25
3Bryce Brown, BUF, RB-24
4Mason Crosby, GB, K-23
5Willie Young, CHI, DE-23
6Leodis McKelvin, BUF, CB-22
7Marcell Dareus, BUF, DT-20
8Bernard Pierce, BAL, RB-20
9Matt Bryant, ATL, K-20
10Isaiah Crowell, CLE, RB-19
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Raiders WR Kenbrell Thompkins out due to personal issues
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:58 pm ET) Raiders wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins missed Thursday practice with personal issues that Tony Sparano announced could keep him sidelined Sunday in Seattle.

Thompkins has just 10 catches for 87 yards and no touchdowns this season.


Steve Johnson: 49ers receivers aren't a 'bunch of pansies'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:46 pm ET) 49ers wide receiver Steve Johnson has played the role of star receiver in the past and has had pretty good success in the role, totaling more than 1,000 yards in three straight seasons from 2010-12 with the Bills.

However, in his first year with the 49ers, he's competing for playing time and targets with a pretty deep group of receivers that include Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd

Johnson, though, is content with the situation. His focus is helping the 49ers make the playoffs, which would result in Johnson's first playoff appearance in his seven-year career.

"No frustration at all," he said, per CSNBayArea.com. “"(The) only sense of frustration is being a competitor, you know, wanting to do more. But it ain’t like there’s a bunch of pansies in front of me.

"It’s cool to a certain extent. When we get in those situations, in the heat of the moment, of course, I’m a warrior. I’m ready to go out there. We got great guys out there on the field. You can’t be frustrated. It’s not going to look right."


Missed practice could mean Raiders CB Rogers out Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:32 pm ET) Raiders cornerback Carlos Rogers missed his second straight practice Thursday with a lingering knee issue, leading to speculation that he could be out of game action for the first time this year Sunday at Seattle, per ESPN.com.

Rogers had just skipped one day of practice in previous weeks as he dealt with the physical problem.


Chargers RB Donald Brown practices Thursday in full
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:12 pm ET) Chargers running back Donald Brown took another positive step Thursday toward returning to game action for the first time since Week 5 by participating fully in practice.

Brown, who struggled when healthy this season at 2.1 YPC, could play Sunday at Miami. He had been dealing with a concussion.


Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph could make his return Week 11
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:08 pm ET) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Thursday there is a "possibility" tight end Kyle Rudolph (abdomen), who has missed the last five games, could return in Week 11 at Chicago. Rudolph is expected to miss his sixth straight game Week 9 vs. Washington before the Vikings are on their bye Week 10.

Report: Saints RB Ingram to test free agent market in offseason
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:01 pm ET) Saints running back Mark Ingram is expected to test the free agent market after the season, two sources informed of Ingram's situation told NFL.com. The Saints declined Ingram's fifth-year option last offseason.

Ingram missed three games earlier this season with a broken hand but is averaging a career-best 5.7 yards per carry. He also has four rushing touchdowns in four games. His career high is five rushing touchdowns.


Bengals WR A.J. Green sees action at Thursday practice
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:59 pm ET) The positive beat went on Thursday for Bengals super wideout A.J. Green. He was limited in practice with a toe injury that has prevented him from playing since Week 5. He appears to have a strong shot at returning to game action Sunday against visiting Jacksonville.

Jets WR Eric Decker upset with season so far
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:55 pm ET) Jets wide receiver Eric Decker has gone from Super Bowl champion to just another struggling player with the Jets. And he's not happy about it.

"I've gotta be honest with you. I did not see us at this point, in gthe offseason," he told NJ.com. "We have the pieces. We just aren't obviously performing on the field. Execution is the name of the game in this league. The talent level is so even throughout the league that you can't make mistakes. We've made too many mistakes."

Decker, who racked up 2,352 yards and 24 touchdowns receiving the last two seasons combined with Denver, has just 31 catches for 363 yards this year and missed Week 5 with a hamstring injury. His disappointment, therefore, does not begin and end with his new team.

"It's not what I expected from myself," he added. "...Statistics, you can look at it and say that it hasn't been great. Statistics can be blown up as well. The statistic I look at is the wins-loss column and personally I don't think we've done enough in the locker room to accomplish that feat and get more W's."


Bucs' Smith unsure if Charles Sims will play Week 9
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:52 pm ET) Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith acknowledged Thursday rookie running back Charles Sims is "making progress" in his return from an ankle injury that has had him sidelined all season. However, Smith added he doesn't know if Sims will be active Week 9 against the Browns. Smith said a decision will be made later in the week.

Report: Newton, Panthers hope to reach new deal in offseason
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:41 pm ET) The Panthers and quarterback Cam Newton had one discussion about a contract extension before the season, according to NFL.com. No progress was made, but the hope is that a deal can be reached in the offseason.

The Panthers are clear Newton is their franchise quarterback, according to NFL.com National Insider Ian Rapoport. Newton has informed the team he's viewing Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's contract as a potential structure for a new deal and not the contract 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick signed. Ryan's contract has more long-term security.


 
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