The Lions have cleared all their probables for their Sunday game against Chicago, including premier wideout Calvin Johnson (ankle). Among the other significant proables given the thumbs-up are linebacker Ashlee Palmer (quad) and guard Rob Sims (illness).
Taylor has been dealing with a shoulder injury that also caused him to miss Week 15's game against the Falcons. Polamalu, who is dealing with a knee injury, has 61 tackles and one forced fumble in 2014.
Other inactives for Pittsburgh include: quarterback Landry Jones, wide receiver Justin Brown, defensive end Clifton Geathers, offensive lineman Chris Hubbard, and tight end Matt Spaeth.
As expected, the Panthers have cleared quarterback Cam Newton for their Sunday game against Cleveland. He is set to start. Newton had been dealing with a back issue that had him deemed probable, but his availability had been determined by Saturday.
Browns CB Joe Haden out Sunday against the Panthers
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
Browns cornerback Joe Hadenwill miss Sunday's game against the Panthers with a shoulder injury, according ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler.
Haden tried to warmup and looked good, according to Fowler, but said as he was walking off the field he's not playing.
Rookie Robert Nelson is third cornerback on the depth behind Haden and K'Wuan Williams, who are both out and could see an increase in playing time in Haden's place. The Panthers are 3 1/2 point favorites at home against Cleveland.
Falcons wideout Julio Jones (hip) is expected to play Sunday against the Saints in Week 16, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.
Jones went through a pregame workout before receiving clearance from the team. He is third among all receivers in receptions (93) and second in receiving yards (1,428) this season. Harry Douglas would get the start if Jones sits out a second straight game.
The Falcons are now a 6-point road underdog at New Orleans.
Rivers converted a pair of fourth downs and led his team to a 14-play, 80-yard drive which resulted in a game-tying touchdown with just 29 second left on the clock in the fourth quarter. He compiled for 356 yards while completing 33 of 54 passes, adding four touchdowns and three interceptions in Saturday's 38-35 win over the 49ers in overtime.
According to Mortensen, the injury started giving him some discomfort three weeks ago and doctors fear that the bulging disk is on the brink of being herniated. Rivers has taken epidural injections to reduce the swelling and is considering surgery at the end of the season. The Chargers are 9-7 and still alive for a playoff spot heading into the final week of the season against Kansas City.
Bears QB Jay Cutler expected back in Chicago with new staff
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is expected to be back in Chicago next season, likely with a new offensive staff, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora on Sunday.
Cutler has accounted for 30 touchdowns and a league-high 24 turnovers for the 5-9 Bears. He has the seventh-best completion percentage (66.1) among all quarterbacks this season. He signed a seven-year, $126 million contract in January and is guaranteed to make $15.5 million next season.
Report: Falcons remain optimistic Julio Jones will play Sunday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
The Falconsremain optimistic that wide receiver Julio Jones will be in the starting lineup Sunday against New Orleans, despite missing another week of practice because of a hip injury, Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports.
Jones ran on Saturday and will test his injured hip hours before kickoff in order to see how it responds. According to Breer, Jones' hip is in "better shape" than last week, and if he warms up without any setbacks, he'll be cleared to play Sunday.
Jones is third among all receivers in receptions (93) and second in receiving yards (1,428) this season. Harry Douglas would get the start if Jones sits out a second straight game.
Atlanta has moved from 6-point to a 6 1/2-point underdog at New Orleans.