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Report: Seahawks sign OLB Wright to four-year deal
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:17 pm ET) The Seahawks have assured that outside linebacker K.J. Wright will be sticking around for a while by signing him to a four-year contract extension worth $27 million, per NFL.com insider Ian Rapoport.

Wright has served as a starter since his rookie season. He has contributed to 96 tackles this season and has two sacks.


Marc Trestman: 'We need a lift at quarterback'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3:12 pm ET) Bears coach Marc Trestman explained his decision to bench Jay Cutler for Jimmy Clausen, saying in a press conference: "I think we need a lift at quarterback. I think we need a spark." Trestman said Cutler will be the backup quarterback Sunday against the Lions.

The coach said he's made no decision about who will start the regular-season finale.

"This is in the best interest of our football team," Trestman said. "We need some better play from the quarterback position."

Cutler leads the league with 24 turnovers. Clausen hasn't started a game since his rookie year of 2010, when he went 1-9 as a starter and played in 13 games with Carolina.

Chicago opened as a 6.5-point home underdog but is now getting 8.5 or 9 points throughout Las Vegas.


Titans bring up WR Richardson from practice squad
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:04 pm ET) The Titans have promoted wideout Rico Richardson from their practice squad to take the place on the roster of running back Dexter McCluster, who has been placed on IR.

Richardson has yet to play a snap in a regular season game.


Redskins DE Jason Hatcher might be done for the season
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:59 pm ET) Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher told the Washington Post there's "a big possibility" he won't play again this season. Hatcher missed Week 15 with inflammation in his right knee, and the 32-year-old remained out of practice Thursday.

"It's progressing, but not like I want it to be," he told the paper.

Hatcher registered 25 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 13 games.


Titans place RB Dexter McCluster on IR
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:53 pm ET) What was expected is now official - the Titans have placed running back Dexter McCluster on season-ending injured reserve.

McCluster is dealing with a knee injury sustained in Week 15 against the Jets. He finishes the year with 328 total yards.


Ron Rivera: QB Cam Newton 'on target' to start Sunday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:45 pm ET) Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters that quarterback Cam Newton did every drill in Thursday's practice and is "on target" to start Sunday against the Browns. Rivera indicated Newton probably will start but said he did not want to get ahead of himself and noted there's still a lot of time until kickoff.

Newton sustained two small fractures in his back when he was involved in a car crash nine days ago. On Wednesday he split reps with Derek Anderson, and on Thursday, Newton handled the bulk of the first-team snaps.

Newton has accounted for 19 touchdowns and 16 turnovers in 12 games. With Newton now fully expected to play, the Panthers have been installed as 3-point favorites at most Vegas sportsbooks.


Philip Rivers practices, expected to play Saturday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:27 pm ET) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (back, chest) returned to a full practice Thursday and is expected to play Saturday against the 49ers, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Rivers "didn't do cartwheels out there," the paper said, but he stood in the pocket and made throws.

Rivers has thrown one or zero touchdowns in five of his past six games. The Chargers are 1-point underdogs at San Francisco.


Ravens DE Canty gets thumbs-down again Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:23 pm ET) An ankle problem sidelined Ravens defensive end Chris Canty for the second straight practice Thursday. He has started each of the last six games, but it remains to be seen if he's available Sunday at Houston.

Canty has contributed to 30 tackles and has just a half-sack this year.


Chargers RB Ryan Mathews could miss last two games
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:13 pm ET) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) missed his second straight practice Thursday ahead of Saturday's visit to San Francisco. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, it's unclear if Mathews will return during the regular season.

Running backs Branden Oliver and Donald Brown will carry the load against the 49ers, assuming Mathews sits out. Mathews has played in just six games this year.


Cam Newton: 'I'm fine either way it goes'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:03 pm ET) Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he's experienced no pain while practicing the past two days, but wouldn't say whether he expects to start Sunday against the Browns, reports the Associated Press. "I'm fine either way it goes," he said. "I don't want to be a distraction."

Newton suffered two small fractures in his lower back in a car crash nine days ago. He took most of the first-team reps Thursday, ahead of Derek Anderson. The Panthers likely won't announce a starter until Friday at the earliest.

"The truth of the matter is, whoever gets the start, the team is going to back 100 percent," Newton said.


 
 
 
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