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Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray practices, but how much?
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:51 pm ET) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray participated in the early part of practice for the second straight day Thursday, but it wasn't yet clear if he joined team drills after watching those Wednesday, reports the Dallas Morning News. Murray's left hand was wrapped.

He had surgery Monday to fix a broken bone in his hand. If Murray can't play Sunday against the Colts, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar would share backfield duties.

The Cowboys are 3-point favorites over the AFC South champs.


Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman returns Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:50 pm ET) Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman was back at practice Thursday after missing the last five games with a foot injury. He looked good running pass routes early in the session, per ESPN.

It remains to be seen if Hillman is healthy enough to play Monday night at Cincinnati.


Cam Newton dominates first-team reps Thursday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:33 pm ET) After splitting reps with Derek Anderson on Wednesday, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton dominated the first-team snaps at practice Thursday, reports NFL.com. The Associated Press said Newton "did not appear to have any problems throwing the ball and moved around well."

A car accident nine days ago left Newton with two fractures in his lower back. He sat out Week 15 and watched Anderson throw for 277 yards and a touchdown in a win over Tampa Bay.

Newton will address the media later on Thursday. Coach Ron Rivera has said he hopes to name a starter Friday for Sunday's game against Cleveland.


Peyton Manning leaves practice to get treatment on thigh
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:18 pm ET) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning stretched with the team Thursday, then left practice to get treatment on his injured thigh, reports the Denver Post. Manning had to leave the Week 15 win at San Diego due to the thigh injury but returned quickly and finished the game.

The paper said Manning went in for "normal treatment" and did not suffer a setback. "No reason for concern yet," the paper said, adding Manning is expected to practice Friday. ESPN.com called Manning's absence a "planned rest day."

Manning gets an extra day to prepare for Week 16 as Denver visits Cincinnati on Monday night. He has one touchdown pass over his past two games.

The Broncos are laying 3 or 3.5 points at Vegas sportsbooks.


Broncos elevate TE Dominique Jones
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:04 pm ET) The Broncos promoted tight end Dominique Jones to the active roster. He's played in 13 career games, catching three passes for 42 yards.

Giants RB Rashad Jennings sitting out as expected
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:54 pm ET) Giants running back Rashad Jennings (ankle) missed another practice Thursday as the team prepared for Sunday's game against the Rams. It's unclear if Jennings will even travel with the team to St. Louis, reports The Star-Ledger.

Rookie Andre Williams will start if Jennings can't go. Williams has run for 568 yards and six touchdowns, but averages 3.2 yards per carry.


Texans WR Johnson appears ready to roll for Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:40 pm ET) Texans standout wideout Andre Johnson has passed concussion protocol and seems set to return to game action against visiting Baltimore on Sunday.

Johnson, who missed the Week 15 loss to Indianapolis, needs 267 yards receiving in the last two games to reach 1,000 for the third consecutive season.


Wright out, McDougald in for Buccaneers in Week 16
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:29 pm ET) Buccaneers strong safety Major Wright is set to sit again Sunday against Green Bay with a rib injury. It will be his second straight absence from game action.

Bradley McDougald will start in his place.


Colts WR Hilton still red-lighted Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:26 pm ET) A hamstring problem has Colts star wide receiver T.Y. Hilton out of practice again Thursday. Hilton had been considered likely to return Wednesday or Thursday, but remains out.

There is no indication, however, that he will be sidelined for the Sunday game at Dallas.


Report: QB Cam Newton likely Panthers starter on Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:23 pm ET) Cam Newton is the likely starter at quarterback for the Panthers against visiting Cleveland on Sunday, according to The Associated Press. That prediction is based on his workload Thursday in practice.

Newton is recovering from a back injury sustained in a car accident last week. He returned to the field Wednesday. The team is expected to name a starter Friday between Newton and former Brown Derek Anderson.


 
 
 
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