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Browns S Whitner, Bills RB Jackson having war of words
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:55 pm ET) Running back Fred Jackson and former Bills teammate Donte Whitner, who now suits up as a starting strong safety for the Browns, have embarked on a war of words heading into the battle between the two teams Sunday.

Whitner tweeted this summer about the team's proposed move to Toronto, asking how Bills fans feel about it and following it up with an "LOL." Jackson hasn't been laughing out loud.

"If you talk down to anybody, you can't be respected," he said via ESPN. "That's just me, that's how I feel about it. For him to stay stuff like that, about people that we love in this organization, he'll never get my respect for that." Jackson also called Whitner "an idiot."

Whitner did not back off, claiming that his words could now have more of a purpose.

"[The Toronto Bills comment] wasn't excessive. It wasn't a joke. I knew that it would get to them. I knew it would ruffle a feather. If they're over there talking about this, maybe we are in their heads. Maybe I'm in their heads. Maybe. We don't know, but the goal is to go 1-0, the goal is to get them talking about things other than football, and I guess that's what they're doing."


Patterson, McKinnon held out of Vikings' practice Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:48 pm ET) Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) and running back Jerick McKinnon (lower back) were held out of practice Wednesday. The Vikings are preparing to play the Panthers in Week 13.

Bucs looking for 'the answer' for lackluster running game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:44 pm ET) The Buccaneers have struggled to run the football in 2014, and coach Lovie Smith knows it too well. The Bucs have rushed for fewer than 100 yards in eight of their last nine games and rank second to last in the NFL in rushing yards per game (84.0 ypg).

"A defense can just tee off on you if you can’t run the football," Smith said, per The Tampa Tribune. "When you can’t run the ball consistently in this league, it hurts."

The Bucs did rush for more than 100 yards in each of their first two games. Since then, they are averaging 73.8 rushing yards per game and 3.4 yards per carry.

The Bucs are averaging 21.7 run plays per game, which is the second-fewest in the NFL. Only one time this year has a Bucs' running back carried the ball more than 20 times. Offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo admits it might be time to change that, and get running backs Doug Martin, Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey more carries.

"We haven’t tried that yet," Arroyo said when asked if the solution might be as simple as calling 30 or more rushing plays per game. "Maybe that is the answer."


Broncos TE Thomas inching toward return from ankle sprain
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:40 pm ET) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas did not practice Wednesday, but was working on the field with strength and conditioning coaches, per the team website. He missed the Week 13 game with a sprained ankle that prevented him from practicing all week.

Thomas has made the most of his 40 catches this season, turning 12 into touchdowns.


Browns LB Karlos Dansby 'real close' to game action
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:35 pm ET) Browns linebacker Karlos Dansby has backed the statement made earlier Wednesday by Mike Pettine, who offered that the veteran could play Sunday in Buffalo. Dansby told the Akron Beacon Journal that he's "real close" to returning from a spained MCL that has only caused him to miss one game so far.

Dansby, who added that he's been running and cutting and needs to just pass a few more tests, has been one of the premier players on a surprising contender. He has contributed to 73 tackles and has three sacks.


Redskins add Chase Minnifield back to roster
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:34 pm ET) The Redskins elevated cornerback Chase Minnifield from the practice squad to the active roster Thursday. Minnifield has appeared in six games this season, totaling two tackles.

Seahawks' Carroll: Lynch 'had a really good week' of practice
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:22 pm ET) Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the team bounced back well physically from Sunday's game against the Cardinals, particularly running back Marshawn Lynch, according to The Seattle Times

Carroll said Lynch "had a really good week" of practice and is ready to face the 49ers on Thursday.

"The tempo really helped him get through and he came out of last week feeling pretty good," Carroll said. "So he’s in good shape this week."

The 49ers are yielding 92.9 rushing yards per game, which is the fifth-lowest average in the NFL. San Francisco has allowed just six rushing touchdowns in 11 games.


Raiders RB Latavius Murray back at practice Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:16 pm ET) Week 12 breakout back Latavius Murray returned to practice Wednesday for the Raiders after being sidelined several days with a concussion.

Murray rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries last Thursday against Kansas City. It remains to be seen if he's cleared to play Sunday against St. Louis.


Reggie Bush is listed as questionable again on Lions' injury report
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:14 pm ET) The Lions released their Week 13 injury report Wednesday, and announced they will play Thursday against the Bears without defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) and guard Larry Warford.

Running back Reggie Bush (ankle, back) is listed as questionable for a third straight week. However, he told reporters he expects to play, according to MLive.com. Bush also said the same thing leading up to Week 12 before sitting out.

Tackle Riley Reiff (knee) is also listed as questionable, while Ezekiel Ansah (elbow), safety James Ihedigbo (knee), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), defensive end George Johnson (foot), cornerback Rashean Mathis (ankle) and safety Glover Quin (back) are all listed as probable.


O'Brien: Texans CB Jackson definitely out Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:09 pm ET) Bill O'Brien said that Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson, who has missed the last three weeks with a knee injury, is set to sit Sunday against Tennessee, but could return for the Week 14 game at Jacksonville.

Jackson recorded 42 tackles and an interception before being sidelined.


 
 
 
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