Bengals CB Leon Hall back in action Thursday
Hall has started every game this season. He has contributed to 27 tackles and has one interception.
Browns DT Ahtyba Rubin has shot at playing Sunday
Mike Pettine spoke optimistically Thursday about the possible return to action of
Pettine declared that Rubin, who has been sidelined the last two games with an ankle injury, practiced well on Wednesday.
The Browns could certainly use a healthy Rubin. Their defensive line has been decimated by injuries in recent weeks.
Colts WR Reggie Wayne again absent from practice Thursday
An elbow ailment again prevented
Though an MRI has revealed no significant damage, Wayne has yet to participate in any session this week. His availability for the Sunday clash with Pittsburgh remains cloudy.
Bucs' Vincent Jackson: 'I'm happy here in Tampa'
Jackson isn't a free agent until after the 2016 season. He has 25 catches for 344 yards and two touchdowns through six games in 2014.
Cowboys LB Bruce Carter back at practice Thursday
LB Darin Drakeford back with Chiefs
Drakeford was cut by Atlanta before the regular season.
Browns QB Brian Hoyer: 'Maybe it's good we lost last week'
Hoyer had his worst game with Cleveland, completing just 16 of 41 passes for 215 yards. He also threw an interception, lost a fumble, had four tosses batted down and finished with a career-worst passer rating of 46.3.
"Of all the games I've every played, that's the worst I've ever felt after one, and it's something you have to deal with learning on the job," he told the Akron Beacon Journal. "...For the first time in my career in the NFL, I played a bad game, and it sucks. I take a lot [of blame] on myself, and that's why I probably wasn't too pleasant to be around the past two days."
Hoyer, however, claims that the team could benefit from the 24-6 defeat to a Jaguars team that had been winless entering play. After all, the Browns are preparing to play the 0-6 Raiders in Cleveland on Sunday.
"Maybe it's good we lost last week," he said. "I don't think we underestimated anyone. But I think now we see that no matter who we're playing, we have to be at our best, and there's no excuses and we have to go out and execute."
Jets WR Percy Harvin to media: Mum's the word
Newly acquired wideout
It remains to be seen if Harvin fulfills media obligations by being allowed to speak on Friday, as the team promised.
With the Jets already having careened out out of the playoff race, the controversial acquisition of Harvin from Seattle has undergone great scrutiny. Harvin spoke on Monday about the circumstances involed in his departure from the Seahawks - including fights with fellow receivers Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate.
Falcons WR Harry Douglas back at practice, might play Week 8
After missing the last 10 practices,
Smith hinted at a possibility of Douglas playing Week 8 against the Lions. Smith said the team will have to monitor Douglas' status over the next few days, per the team's official website.
Titans' Whisenhunt explains why Akeem Ayers was traded to Patriots
"I think we had an opportunity, and I think it was good for both parties,'' Whisenhunt said. "It gave Akeem a chance to get a fresh start, and it gave us a chance to get something in exchange for that.
"I think really a big part of it was special teams. When you're in that role, you've got to be able to contribute special teams wise, and we needed that, and we just didn't feel like we were getting enough in that area."
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