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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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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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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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Chargers CB Jason Verrett has three tears in labrum
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:44 pm ET) Chargers corner Jason Verrett has three tears in his labrum, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune

Verrett will eventually need surgery to repair the issue, but will attempt to return this season. He's expected to miss Week 9, and will use the team's bye to recover. Though it appears Verrett will try to return, there's no guarantee he'll play again this season. 


Report: Panthers end Greg Hardy to have trial pushed back
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:24 pm ET) Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy will have his trial pushed back until after the season, according to ProFootballTalk.com.

Hardy's trial was initially expected to take place in mid-November, but has been pushed until some time after the season. Hardy started the first game of the season for the Panthers before being placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list. Hardy is awaiting jury trial on domestic violence charges. 


Panthers' Kawann Short will try to play Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:21 pm ET) Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short will attempt to play Thursday against the Saints.

Short came into the contest questionable due to an ankle injury. Short was able to put in limited practices all week. 


Panthers will have Nate Chandler, Jason Williams Week 9
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:19 pm ET) The Panthers will have both Nate Chandler and Jason Williams available Week 9 against the Saints.

Chandler is dealing with a thigh injury, but was considered probable heading into the game. Williams has a hip issue, but was also expected to play. 


Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams good to go Week 9
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:17 pm ET) Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams is good to go Week 9 against the Saints.

Williams missed the past couple weeks due to an ankle injury. After putting in limited work early in the week, Williams was able to practice in full Wednesday. He was listed as probable on the team's final injury report. 


Panthers list inactives for Thursday night
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:14 pm ET) The Panthers have made Thomas DeCoud, Byron Bell, Amini Silatolu, Trai Turner, Philly Brown, Bene Benwikere, and Fozzy Whittaker inactive Week 9 against the Saints.

DeCoud was considered questionable coming into the contest due to a hamstring injury. Brown had previously been ruled out due to a concussion. The other five players are healthy scratches. 


Saints list inactives for Carolina game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:09 pm ET) The following players were officially ruled inacitve for the Saints Thursday night against Carolina: Pierre Thomas, Khiry Robinson, Austin Johnson, David Hawthorne, Jonathan Goodwin, Nick Toon and Stanley Jean-Baptiste.

Saints rule TE Jimmy Graham active for TNF
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:06 pm ET) As expected, the Saints officially listed tight end Jimmy Graham active for Thursday's showdown against the Panthers. Graham, who has been dealing with a nagging shoulder injury, was limited in practice all week and was never in any danger of missing game action.

He has 39 catches for 435 yards and four touchdowns on the season.


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."


 
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