Chiefs' Alex Smith will sit out finale with lacerated spleen
Smith sustained the injury after taking a brutal hit to the abdomen against the Steelers in Week 16. He noticed the discomfort following the game, but did not believe it to be serious.
Smith will not need surgery, although his injury will require a six-week timetable which will virtually keep him out for the remainder of the season, if Kansas City advances to the playoffs. The Chiefs will need to win against the Chargers and have the Ravens and Texans lose in order to clinch a spot in the postseason.
Smith signed a five-year, $76 million contract before the start of the season. In 15 games, Smith passed for 3,265 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. For the second straight season,
Kansas City opened as a 3-point home favorite. The line has moved to 3 1/2 points, as of Friday.
Nick Foles officially out, Bradley Fletcher questionable for Sunday
Patriots' Jonas Gray skips practice on Friday
Gray carried the ball six times for 5 yards and a score in Week 16 against the Jets. He has 412 rushing yards this season. If he's unable to play, the team will likely turn to LeGarrette Blount and Shane Vereen to shoulder the rushing workload.
The Patriots opened as an 8 1/2-point favorite at home on Sunday. The line has dropped to 4 1/2 points, per Vegas Insider.
Falcons WR Julio Jones practices for first time since hip injury
Jones had seven catches for 107 yards in Week 16 against the Saints without being able to practice all week.
His official status for Sunday will be released later in the day. Jones has 1,535 yards and six touchdowns this year.
Raiders' Sparano: Latavius Murray can handle being a No. 1 guy
During an interview with Sirius XM radio,
"Early in the season, it took us a while to figure that part of it out," Sparano said. "He's a guy that was hurt all year last year. Latavius has really come into his own, and I think he can handle the workload of being a No. 1 guy."
Murray has appeared in 14 games this season, rushing for 387 yards and two touchdowns on 72 attempts. He has rushed for 333 yards over the past four weeks and will look to end the season on a high note Sunday against Denver.
Oakland is 14-point underdog at Denver.
Report: Cardinals QB Drew Stanton may be done for season
Stanton was still recovering from an MCL sprain when the infection was discovered Wednesday and is believed to be from an outside medical treatment, according to Rapoport.
Stanton threw for 1,711 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions this year and was hoping to make a return for the playoffs.
Trial date scheduled for Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer
Investigators believe Dwyer broke his wife's nose, punched her the following day and threw a shoe at his 1-year-old son. He was arrested in September and placed on the reserve/non-football illness list.
Louis Murphy signs three-year extension to stay in Tampa Bay
Murphy has 31 catches for 380 yards in his first year in Tampa Bay with two touchdowns.
For his career, Murphy has 152 catches for 2,124 yards and 10 touchdowns, mostly as a member of the Oakland Raiders.
Ravens' Torrey Smith: 'I might not be here next year'
"As bad as it is not going to the playoffs, that's a horrible feeling to knowing that it's a possibility that I might not be here next year," Smith said. "But I'm not really worried about that. I’m trying to win this game and see what happens."
Smith, who cracked the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career in 2013, took a bit of a step back this season. Through 15 games, he has 45 of 86 targets for a career-low 684 yards and a career-best 10 touchdowns.
The Ravens need a win over the Browns and a San Diego loss to Kansas City in order to advance to the postseason. Baltimore opened as a 7-point favorite over Cleveland. The line has now moved to 10 points.
Report: Falcons RB Steven Jackson likely out Week 17 with quad injury
Jackson missed two straight practices while recovering from the injury.
coach Mike Smith said he hopes Jackson will get a chance to "move around a little bit'' during Friday's practice.
If Jackson is unable to go, running backs Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman would assume his duties in the run game.
The Falcons are currently 3 1/2-point favorites over the Panthers for Sunday's matchup.
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