Lions new CB Josh Thomas: Jets coaches didn't help me
Thomas said the stolen playbook was not mentioned when he was told of his forced departure. But he added that the Jets never tried to improve his game.
"I feel like I wasn't given the attention necessary as far as being engaged from the coach-to-player standpoint and know the things I need to work on," Thomas told ESPN. "It became where I was there as a player and wanting and desiring some feedback that wasn't given. So sometimes I may have been standing there with a [deer-in-headlight] look in my eyes trying to figure out what I needed to do."
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph unable to practice again
If Rudolph can't play, Chase Ford would start.
Texans LB Whitney Mercilus fine for Sunday
Mercilus has played in 13 games this season with 11 starts. He has recorded four sacks.
Texans TE Garrett Graham a near-certain no-go Sunday
If he remains sidelined in Week 17, he will finish the season with just 18 catches for 197 yards.
Bengals get TE Gresham, CB Newman back Thursday
Both missed the Week 15 game in Cleveland.
Packers RB Eddie Lacy limited with eye irritation
Lacy has run for 940 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 4.6 yards per carry.
Trio of Browns DBs again red-lighted Thursday
Their continued absences could mean they will all be sidelined when the team plays at Charlotte on Sunday.
49ers' Frank Gore progressing, Carlos Hyde still out
The 49ers host the Chargers on Saturday night. If Gore gets cleared by an independent neurologist and Hyde sits out, Gore could see a heavy workload. If neither plays, the 49ers' top two tailbacks would be
Illness has Bengals WR A.J. Green out Thursday
Green should be fine for the Monday night game against visiting Denver.
Demoted QB Jay Cutler says he wants to stay in Chicago
Cutler signed a seven-year, $126 million contract in January and admitted the deal came with big expectations. "I wish we would have played better, I wish I would have played better," he said. "Then we wouldn't be in this sitaution."
Cutler said he was shocked and disappointed by the benching but called head coach Marc Trestman a "heck of a quarterbacks coach." Asked if he could play for Trestman in 2015, Cutler said, "Yes. ... I think I could. I definitely could."
Cutler has accounted for 30 touchdowns and a league-high 24 turnovers for the 5-9 Bears. His contract guarantees him $15.5 million next season.
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