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Michael Sam: I made the right choice to come out


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) Free-agent defensive end Michael Sam indicated in a documentary on the Oprah Winfrey Network that aired Saturday night that coming out was the right thing to do and that he has no regrets with how he handled the situation, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

"I did everything I was supposed to do. I did everything right," Sam said. "I am proud of how I handled things."

Sam dismissed the notion that his sexuality cost him a spot on an NFL team, adding, "But I do believe I'm a very talented football player and I'm going to continue working hard and try to get that opportunity to play in the league."

Sam was selected in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Rams after being named the SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year. He didn't survive final preseason cuts and spent seven weeks on the Cowboys' practice squad before being released.


Report: Talks ongoing on Browns WR Josh Gordon's 2016 status


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) Talks are ongoing between the Browns and wide receiver Josh Gordon on whether he will lose his accrued season and the ability to become an unrestricted free agent in 2016 after being suspended for the last game of the season, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Players need to be paid for six games of action in order to accrue a season, and Gordon played just his fifth game of the season in Week 16 after serving a 10-game suspension to begin the season. The talks involve whether Gordon will be a restricted or unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season. He finishes 2014 with 24 receptions and 303 yards in five games.


Report: Bengals A.J. Green will play Week 17 vs. Steelers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green said Saturday that he'll play in Sunday's Week 17 matchup with the Steelers, ESPN reports.

Green will be playing with a deep bicep bruise after being ruled probable on the team's final injury report. He'll probably take a painkilling shot before the game, per the report.

The Bengals are a 3 1/2-point underdog in Pittsburgh against the Steelers.


Report: Browns considering pursuing Ndamukong Suh


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) The Browns are considering making a play for impending free-agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, ESPNCleveland.com reports.

The Browns are expected to have plenty of cap space with which to work during the offseason and could be willing to give the premium free-agent-to-be the richest contract for a defensive lineman in history, per the report. Suh has racked up 46 total tackles and 8 1/2 sacks in 15 games.


Redskins place Jason Hatcher on IR, add Travian Robertson


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) The Redskins placed defensive end Jason Hatcher on injured reserve Saturday after claiming defensive tackle Travian Robertson off waivers from the Seahawks.

Hatcher has missed the last two games with a knee injury and wil be out Sunday as well when Washington closes out the season against Dallas as a 4-point home underdog. Robertson played in just one game with the Seahawks, recording one assisted tackle.


Seahawks sign Jimmy Staten to practice squad


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) The Seahawks have resigned defensive lineman Jimmy Staten to the practice squad and released linebacker Mike Zimmer, the Everett Herald reports. Staten has bounced on and off the practice squad throughout his rookie season.


Bills downgrade Marcell Dareus, Stephon Gilmore to out for Week 17


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) The Bills have downgraded defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (knee) and cornerback Stephon Gilmore (concussion) from doubtful to out for Sunday's season finale at New England, per the team's official website. Both players did not make the trip to New England for Week 17.

Buffalo is a 5-point underdog on Sunday.


Patriots place CB Alfonzo Dennard on injured reserve


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) The Patriots placed cornerback Alfonzo Dennard on season-ending injured reserve with a hamstring injury, reports Field Yates of ESPN on Saturday. Dennard appeared in only six games this season, registering 15 combined tackles and one interception -- all season lows.

In corresponding moves, the Patriots elevated wide receiver Josh Boyce from the practice squad to take the spot of Dennard on the 53-man active roster. They re-signed Dax Swanson to the practice squad and released defensive lineman Cam Henderson.


Browns QB Johnny Manziel fined for being late to treatment


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) The Browns have fined rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel an undisclosed amount for arriving late to treatment on Saturday, reports Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer.

Manziel was placed on injured reserve after suffering a hamstring injury in Week 16 against Carolina. Although he's on IR and not eligible to play, he will accompany the team to Baltimore for Cleveland's season finale against the Ravens.

Manziel is expected to be fully recovered in time for OTAs. He finished the turbulent rookie season with 175 passing yards and a 42.0 quarterback rating. He also had two interceptions and one fumble lost.


Saints place John Jenkins on IR


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) The Saints announced a pair of roster moves on Saturday. The team elevated quarterback Ryan Griffin to the 53-man active roster and placed nose tackle John Jenkins on injured reserve with an abdominal injury.

Jenkins registered 30 combined tackles and a sack in 12 games played.


Raiders CB T.J. Carrie downgraded to out for Week 17


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) The Raiders have downgraded cornerback T.J. Carrie (ankle) from questionable to out for Sunday's season finale against Denver, reports the Bay Area News Group. The rookie appeared in 13 games and posted 44 combined tackles and one interception.

Browns' Phil Bates takes Josh Gordon's roster spot for Week 17


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) The Browns have elevated wide receiver Phil Bates from practice squad to the 53-man active roster following the suspension of wide receiver Josh Gordon on Saturday, per the team's official website. Bates has appeared in only one game this season with Seattle, before joining the Browns. The Browns downgraded Bates out for Sunday's season finale at Baltimore, per the Akron Beacon Journal.

Cowboys LB Rolando McClain downgraded to out for Week 17


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain will not accompany the team to Washington D.C. and was downgraded to out for Sunday's regular season finale against the Redskins due to an illness, reports the team's official website.

McClain posted 81 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and an interception through 13 games. The Cowboys have already clinched a spot in the playoffs, and McClain is primed to be fully recovered for Dallas' first postseason game.


Browns suspend Josh Gordon for violation of team rules


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) The Browns suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon for a violation of team rules, per the team's official website. Mike Silver of the NFL Network reported that Gordon and Johnny Manziel were absent from Cleveland's walkthru on Saturday, in preparation for Sunday's season finale against Baltimore.

Gordon emerged in 2013 as one of the most explosive skill position players in the NFL. Despite losing the first two games to suspension, he racked up 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns. He served a 10-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy and didn't make his 2014 debut until Week 12 against Atlanta. His tumultuous 2014 campaign comes to an end with only 24 catches for 303 yards and no touchdowns in five games.

The suspension will prevent him from being an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season. He would have needed six games to earn a credited season. The one-game suspension by the Browns gives Gordon five games this year, making him a restricted free agent after 2015, not unrestricted.


Jets place S Rontez Miles on IR, elevate WR Quincy Enunwa


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) The Jets announced a pair of roster moves on Saturday, per the team's official website. The team placed safety Rontez Miles on injured reserve with a shin injury. In a corresponding move, the team elevated wide receiver Quincy Enunwa from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster.

Buccaneers give TE Brandon Myers contract extension


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) The Buccaneers and tight end Brandon Myers have agreed to a new contract extension, which will lower his 2015 and keep him under contract through 2016, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Myers has been a marginal contributor this season, turning 25 targets into 18 catches for 169 yards in 13 games.


Chargers promote Jeff Baca, place Mike Scrifes on IR


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) The Chargers announced a pair of roster moves on Saturday, according to U-T San Diego. The team promoted center Jeff Baca from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster. In a corresponding move, they placed punter Mike Scifres on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Lions elevate C Darren Keyton to active roster


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) The Lions have signed center Darren Keyton off their practice squad to the 53-man active roster, per the team's official website. Keyton will take Dominic Raiola's roster spot for Week 17 against Green Bay. Raiola is suspended for the final game of the season after stomping on Ego Ferguson's ankle in Week 16.

Browns announce several roster moves before season finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) The Browns announced several roster moves on Saturday, per FOX Sports Ohio. The team promoted quarterback Connor Shaw and defensive lineman Jamie Meder from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster. In a corresponding move, Cleveland waived linebacker Eric Martin and tight end Ryan Taylor.

Browns officially promote Connor Shaw to 53-man roster


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) The Browns have officially promoted rookie quarterback Connor Shaw from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster on Saturday, according to FOX Sports Ohio. With Brian Hoyer (shoulder, biceps) doubtful and Johnny Manziel (hamstring) on injured reserve, Shaw will be in the starting lineup for Sunday's season finale against the Ravens.

Cleveland opened as a 7-point road underdog. The line has now moved to 13 1/2 points in favor of the Ravens.


Saints TE Jimmy Graham on injured shoulder: It 'was a battle every game'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham acknowledged that playing with a bum shoulder "was a battle every game," according to the Times-Picayune. Graham told reporters Friday he may need offseason shoulder surgery, depending on the results on an MRI exam, which he'll undergo as soon as the season comes to an end.

Graham injured his shoulder Week 5 against Tampa Bay but returned two weeks later without missing any game action. He has clearly not been the same since the injury and was on a snap count his first two games back.

"I'm not going to make any excuses for it," Graham said. "I think everyone plays hurt in this league. That's just a part of the job."

Graham has the fewest receiving yards since his rookie year in 2010. He needs 165 yards in Sunday's season finale against Tampa Bay in order to surpass the 1,000-yard threshold for the second consecutive season.


Vikings place Anthony Barr on IR, sign Josh Kaddu


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) The Vikings announced a pair of roster moves on Saturday, according to the Star Tribune. The team placed rookie linebacker Anthony Barr on injured reserve with a knee injury and signed linebacker Josh Kaddu to the 53-man active roster. Kaddu was previously on the practice squad.

Barr's season comes to an end with 70 combined tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 12 games.


Report: Chargers hold workout for Austin Pettis


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) The Chargers held a workout for former Rams wideout Austin Pettis, according to ESPN.

Pettis was cut by St. Louis in October, and hasn't hooked on with a team just yet. The Chargers are dealing with a number of injuries at the receiver position, and are looking to sign Pettis as depth. Pettis caught 12 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown before he was cut. 


Report: Chargers punter Mike Scifres could end up on IR


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) Chargers punter Mike Scifres could wind up going on injured-reserve, according to FoxSports.

Scifres is progressing from a shoulder injury, but the team is pressed for roster spots. Scifres has already missed two games due to the injury, and was ruled out of for the team's regular season finale. The Chargers need to add a center to the active roster, and Scifres could be in danger of losing his spot so the team can add another lineman. 


Saints' Marques Colston reflects on down year


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) Saints wideout Marques Colston reflected on his less than stellar season on Friday, according to the New Orleans Advocate.

Colston, who rarely gives interviews, expressed his frustrations with the season. He's currently on pace to register his second-lowest yardage total in his nine seasons, and needs one touchdown in order to avoid setting a career-low in the category. Colston admitted the struggles got to him during the year. "It’s not a secret I didn’t play up to my own standards," he said. "I’ve got to live with that." He added, "I pride myself on trying to be part of the solution. Instead this year, I feel like I was part of the problem at times."

Colston did not want to address his future in New Orleans, instead opting to look forward to the team's final game this Sunday.