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Cowboys DB C.J. Spillman still practicing despite allegations
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:31 pm ET) Cowboys defensive back and special teams player C.J. Spillman will be allowed to continue practicing with the team while Texas police investigate sexual assault allegations made against him, USA Today has reported.

Jason Garrett said thursday that  Spillman's status with the Cowboys will remain unchanged unless is his arrested or formally charged.

Spillman has participated in all four games and contributed one tackle.


Bills DL Kyle Williams sits out practice again Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:24 pm ET) Bills defensive lineman Kyle Williams sat out practice again Thursday due to a knee injury suffered Week 4. After missing another practice, Williams' status for Week 5 against the Lions could be in jeopardy.

Eagles CB Brandon Boykin back to work Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:14 pm ET) Eagles slot cornerback Brandon Boykin has returned to the field for practice Thursday after missing time with a hamstring injury.

Boykin, who was removed from the Week 4 game with the injury, has been a consistent contributor with 13 tackles in just over three games. Malcolm Jenkins is set to play the slot if Boykin is given the red light Sunday against St. Louis.


Redskins QB Kirk Cousins seeking to learn from Week 4 disaster
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:47 am ET) Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is trying to turn a negative into a positive, which is why he is hoping to learn from watching the film of his Week 4 performance against the Giants in which he tossed four interceptions.

Cousins told the media Thursday that he learned different things from each pick, including not throwing blind and when to take a sack.

He performed well in his first two games after starter Robert Griffin III was lost to injury. Cousins has completed 71 of 114 passes on the year for 934 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions.


Lions CB Cassius Vaughn seeking role for Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:34 am ET) Lions nickel cornerback Cassius Vaughn is hoping to return to action Sunday against Buffalo after missing two games with an ankle injury. But he realizes his hopes might conflict with reality.

Vaughn has made progress since suffering the injury on Sept. 17. But he might be deemed unready to play and might also no longer have a defined role, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"I'm trying to sweet talk them and see (if I can play this week)," Vaughn said. "I know the coaching staff believes in me and I know we're trying to get back, but when we're on a run like this and you're seeing the team doing so well, you just want to be a part of it."

Vaughn assumed the nickel role early in Week 2 after rookie Nevin Lawson sustained a season-ending injury. Vaughn was slated for slot duty against Green Bay the next week, but sprained his ankle in practice and has been sidelined since.


Diagnosis on Cardinals QB Carson Palmer reveals numbness
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:21 am ET) A visit to an orthopedic surgeon has revealed that Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is suffering from numbness over part of his outer shoulder, as well as weakness when he lifts his arm up and away from the body, according to Fox Sports.

That is considered good news since it will allow him to avoid surgery and continue rehabbing with the team. The injury, which he sustained in Week 1, occurred on a running play during which he took a hit on the shoulder.

Bruce Arians has indicated that Palmer would be doubtful for Thursday practice but could still serve as the backup when the Cardinals play at Denver on Sunday. Much will depend on his condition before that.


Giants WR Odell Beckham to be thrown right into the fire
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:48 am ET) Giants rookie wideout Odell Beckham will not dip his toes in the water when it comes to his first NFL action, which will likely be Sunday against Atlanta. He is expected to get tossed right in, according to NJ.com.

Beckham, who has been sidelined all year with a hamstring injury, must be familiar with the entire offensive scheme, but Tom Coughlin claims he's ready.

"He's been in every meeting," Coughlin said. "I would expect him to know everything. I wouldn't shy away from [him playing a significant role]. He's demonstrated an ability to handle whatever's thrown at him. He's done that throughout, so I would expect that. Now, under fire with adjustments and signals and things of that nature, we've got to see where we are with regard to that, too."

Beckham returned to practice last week, but has not participated fully in a workout since mid-June. He has had 1-on-1 meetings recently with quarterback Eli Manning.


Lions RB George Winn could be destined for action Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:35 am ET) Just-promoted Lions running back George Winn could find himself carrying the ball a lot sooner than anticipated. He is likely to get a shot as early as Sunday against Buffalo.

Winn, who was one of the surprises of the preseason, might be needed with Joique Bell (concussion) and Theo Riddick (hamstring) potentially out.

"I think it's certainly a possibility," Jim Caldwell told MLive.com. "I think he's a guy that's up for the task as well. He worked extremely hard, obviously, during the preseason, was able to come in and do some good things. We think he's progressed since then."

Winn has been on the rosters of four different NFL teams since the beginning of last season but has yet to play a down.


Colts QB Andrew Luck 'not getting greedy' in passing game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:27 am ET) The Colts have nine players with at least six receptions through the first four games. Colts coach Chuck Pagano feels quarterback Andrew Luck's ability to spread the football around has led Luck to opening the season with 13 passing touchdowns, including back-to-back four-touchdown performances.

"He's doing a great job of taking what the defense is giving him and not getting greedy, so to speak, and spreading the ball around," Pagano said, per ESPN. "They've got to make a decision defensively who they want to identify like we do as game-wreckers and take those guys away, but it's going to open it up obviously for somebody else either in the run game or the pass game."


Report: Vikings leaning toward sitting QB Teddy Bridgewater
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:15 am ET) Signs are pointing to Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater not playing Thursday night at Green Bay, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Bridgewater, who performed well in his NFL debut the past two games, has been dealing with a sprained ankle. Mike Zimmer has hinted that the team does not want to risk worsening the injury by playing Bridgewater after a short work week.


 
 
 
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