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Week 17 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em
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Setting lineups can be very tricky in Week 17 for those owners playing for something. Our Jamey Eisenberg shares his outlook in his Start 'Em and Sit 'Em. Full story
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Chiefs' Alex Smith will sit out finale with lacerated spleen
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:17 pm ET) Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has been diagnosed with a lacerated spleen, an injury that will keep him sidelined for his team's pivotal Week 17 divisional showdown against the Chargers, trainer Rick Burkholde told reporters, per ESPN.

Smith sustained the injury after taking a brutal hit to the abdomen against the Steelers in Week 16. He noticed the discomfort following the game, but did not believe it to be serious.

Smith will not need surgery, although his injury will require a six-week timetable which will virtually keep him out for the remainder of the season, if Kansas City advances to the playoffs. The Chiefs will need to win against the Chargers and have the Ravens and Texans lose in order to clinch a spot in the postseason.

Smith signed a five-year, $76 million contract before the start of the season. In 15 games, Smith passed for 3,265 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. For the second straight time, Chase Daniels will make a start in Week 17. Daniels completed 21 of 30 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown in a last-minute overtime loss to the Chargers in 2013, which clinched San Diego a playoff spot.

Kansas City opened as a 3-point home favorite. The line has moved to 3 1/2 points, as of Friday.


Nick Foles officially out, Bradley Fletcher questionable for Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:05 pm ET) Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will miss the final game of the season with a collarbone injury. It will be Foles' eighth straight game out after suffering the injury Nov. 2 against the Texans. 

Cornerback Bradley Fletcher is also questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants witha a hip injury.

Jordan Matthews (knee), Beau Allen (shoulder), Brandon Bair (knee), Trent Cole (hand), Mychal Kendricks (ankle), Chris Maragos (Hamstring) and Casey Matthews (non-injury related) are all considered probable for the game.


Patriots' Jonas Gray skips practice on Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:05 pm ET) Patriots running back Jonas Gray, who was a limited participant Thursday with an ankle injury, was not spotted at practice Friday, leading up to New England's Week 17 showdown against the Bills, ESPN reports.

Gray carried the ball six times for 5 yards and a score in Week 16 against the Jets. He has 412 rushing yards this season. If he's unable to play, the team will likely turn to LeGarrette Blount and Shane Vereen to shoulder the rushing workload.

The Patriots opened as an 8 1/2-point favorite at home on Sunday. The line has dropped to 4 1/2 points, per Vegas Insider.


Falcons WR Julio Jones practices for first time since hip injury
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11:44 am ET) Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was seen at practice Friday, working in individual drills with teammate Roddy White for the first time since injuring his hip against the Packers in Week 15.

Jones had seven catches for 107 yards in Week 16 against the Saints without being able to practice all week. 

His official status for Sunday will be released later in the day. Jones has 1,535 yards and six touchdowns this year.


Raiders' Sparano: Latavius Murray can handle being a No. 1 guy
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:21 am ET) During an interview with Sirius XM radio, Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano indicated that Latavius Murray could be the running back of the future, per Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. 

"Early in the season, it took us a while to figure that part of it out," Sparano said. "He's a guy that was hurt all year last year. Latavius has really come into his own, and I think he can handle the workload of being a No. 1 guy."

Murray has appeared in 14 games this season, rushing for 387 yards and two touchdowns on 72 attempts. He has rushed for 333 yards over the past four weeks and will look to end the season on a high note Sunday against Denver.

Oakland is 14-point underdog at Denver.


Report: Cardinals QB Drew Stanton may be done for season
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11:10 am ET) Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton may be out for the season following arthroscopic surgery to fight an infection, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Stanton was still recovering from an MCL sprain when the infection was discovered Wednesday and is believed to be from an outside medical treatment, according to Rapoport.

Stanton threw for 1,711 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions this year and was hoping to make a return for the playoffs.


Trial date scheduled for Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:57 am ET) Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer's trial is scheduled for March 4, the Associated Press reports. Dwyer has pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated assault and eight misdemeanors during a July 21 incident.

Investigators believe Dwyer broke his wife's nose, punched her the following day and threw a shoe at his 1-year-old son. He was arrested in September and placed on the reserve/non-football illness list.

Barring a suspension from commissioner Roger Goodell, the Dwyer is eligible to play as early as the 2015 season.


Louis Murphy signs three-year extension to stay in Tampa Bay
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:48 am ET) Buccaneers wide receiver Louis Murphy has agreed to a three-year contract extension to stay in Tampa Bay, according to the team's website.

Murphy has 31 catches for 380 yards in his first year in Tampa Bay with two touchdowns. 

For his career, Murphy has 152 catches for 2,124 yards and 10 touchdowns, mostly as a member of the Oakland Raiders.


Ravens' Torrey Smith: 'I might not be here next year'
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:34 am ET) Ravens wideout Torrey Smith told reporters he could be playing his final game in a Baltimore uniform on Sunday against the Browns, per ESPN. Smith will be an unrestricted free agent in March if the Ravens don't use the franchise tag on him, which would cost approximately $12 million.

"As bad as it is not going to the playoffs, that's a horrible feeling to knowing that it's a possibility that I might not be here next year," Smith said. "But I'm not really worried about that. I’m trying to win this game and see what happens."

Smith, who cracked the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career in 2013, took a bit of a step back this season. Through 15 games, he has 45 of 86 targets for a career-low 684 yards and a career-best 10 touchdowns.

The Ravens need a win over the Browns and a San Diego loss to Kansas City in order to advance to the postseason. Baltimore opened as a 7-point favorite over Cleveland. The line has now moved to 10 points.


Report: Falcons RB Steven Jackson likely out Week 17 with quad injury
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:20 am ET) Falcons running back Steven Jackson is expected to miss Week 17's game against the Panthers with a quad injury, according to ESPN. 

Jackson missed two straight practices while recovering from the injury.

coach Mike Smith said he hopes Jackson will get a chance to "move around a little bit'' during Friday's practice. 

If Jackson is unable to go, running backs Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman would assume his duties in the run game.

The Falcons are currently 3 1/2-point favorites over the Panthers for Sunday's matchup.


 
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