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Cam Newton, Roman Harper among notable probables for Panthers
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:59 pm ET) The Panthers have listed seven players on its final injury report for Week 16 against Cleveland, four of which were deemed questionable. Those four include linebacker A.J. Klein (ankle), guard Amini Silatolu (knee), running back DeAngelo Williams (hand) and cornerback Carrington Byndom (hamstring).

Meanwhile, safety Roman Harper (thigh), quarterback Cam Newton (back) and linebacker Thomas Davis (knee) were listed as probable.


Panthers don't sound optimistic about DeAngelo Williams' status
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:55 pm ET) Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams was officially ruled as questionable for Sunday's game against Cleveland, but coach Ron Rivera did not sound optimistic about his playing status, according to the team's official website. "He's still uncomfortable" when it comes to pass blocking with hand.

If Williams plays, he'll be using a cast to protect his broken hand. If he does in fact sit out a third consecutive game, Jonathan Stewart will get the start. Carolina has moved from a 3-point to a 3 1/2-point favorite at home in Week 16.


Bills list C.J. Spiller as probable for Sunday's game vs. Oakland
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12:54 pm ET) The Bills announced running back C.J. Spiller will be added to the 53-man roster and is listed as probable for Sunday’s game against the Raiders.

Spiller has not played since breaking his collarbone Oct. 19.

The Bills are 6 ½ point favorites over the Raiders Sunday.


Panthers waiting on doctors before naming Cam Newton starter
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:51 pm ET) Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters he will not name a starting quarterback on Friday, but was impressed with the way Cam Newton practiced this week, per the team's official website. "We'll have a good feel tomorrow," Rivera said, who is waiting for doctors to officially clear Newton.

Newton sat out Week 15 after suffering two small fractures in his back when he was involved in a car crash 10 days ago. He's officially ruled as probable for Sunday's game against Cleveland. Carolina has moved from a 3-point to a 3 1/2-point favorite at home in Week 16.


Falcons WR Julio Jones officially questionable for Sunday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:45 pm ET) Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (hip) sat out Friday's practice and was officially designated as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Saints in Week 16, per the team's official website. Jones has not been able to practice since suffering the injury Week 14 against Green Bay.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jones will have a "big test run" on Saturday to determine his status for his team's NFC South showdown against the Saints. If his hip feels healthy enough from Saturday's workout on Sunday, he'll play. If he gets the red-light for the second consecutive week, Harry Douglas would get the start. Atlanta is a 6-point underdog at New Orleans.


Seahawks lock up DE Cliff Avril to four-year, $28.5M extension
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:17 pm ET) The Seahawks have signed defensive end Cliff Avril to a four-year contract extension worth $28.5 million with $16 million guaranteed, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports.

Avril was set to become a free agent at the end of the season before signing an extension. Since joining the Seahawks in 2013, the 28-year-old pass-rusher totaled 40 tackles, 12 1/2 sacks and six forced fumbles over 29 games.


Frank Gore: This could be my 'last two games' with 49ers
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:10 pm ET) 49ers running back Frank Gore told reporters his San Francisco days could be numbered, according to the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday. With two games remaining, the 49ers are virtually out of playoff contention and Gore is nearing the final year of his four-year, $25.9 million contract.

"I've been here 10 years, and it could be last two games here this year," Gore said. "It's weird knowing that I won't be under contract any more. But I've been in the league long enough to understand it's a business."

Drafted in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft, Gore totaled 10,771 yards and 63 touchdowns on the ground over his 10-year career with the 49ers.


Colts WR T.Y. Hilton misses Friday practice
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11:49 am ET) Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton was once against not able to practice Friday, reports ESPN.

Hilton is dealing with a hamstring injury and has not been able to practice at all this week. If Hilton can’t play Sunday at Dallas, wide receiver Donte Moncrief is expected to see an increase in playing time. In 14 games, Moncreif has caught 27 receptions for 423 yards and three touchdowns.

The Colts are 3-point underdogs to Dallas.


Falcons WR Julio Jones unable to practice again Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:39 am ET) Falcons receiver Julio Jones missed another week of practice on Friday because of a lingering hip injury, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jones has not been able to practice since suffering the injury Week 14 against Green Bay.

Per the paper, his playing status for Sunday's NFC South showdown against the Saints will be determined by a test run he'll have on Saturday. Harry Douglas would get the start if Jones sits out a second straight game. Atlanta is a 6-point underdog at New Orleans.


Jets' Rontez Miles suffers season-ending shin injury
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(10:05 am ET) The Jets announced safety Rontez Miles sustained a shin injury during Thursday’s practice and had to have surgery.

Miles was just promoted to the Jets’ 53-man roster Tuesday, but the injury is believed to be serious enough to end his season.


 
 
 
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