Cowboys LB Sean Lee cleared of concussion
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee successfully completed the league's concussion protocol and will play Sunday against the New England Patriots , ESPN Dallas reports.
The Cowboys will need all hands on deck to try and contain Tom Brady and the Pats offense, so having Lee available along with the returning Greg Hardy and Rolando McClain could give them a fighting chance.
Cowboys QB Matt Cassel will serve as Brandon Weeden's backup Sunday
Quarterback Matt Cassel will be active Sunday for the first time since being acquired by the Dallas Cowboys , the Dallas Morning News reports.
Kellen Moore has been acting as Brandon Weeden 's backup the last two games, but the Cowboys feel that Cassel knows the playbook well enough now to step in if needed.
Texans WR Nate Washington (hamstring) questionable for Week 6
Houston Texans wide receiver Nate Washington 's (hamstring) status remains cloudy, the Houston Cougars Chronicle reports.
Per coach Bill O'Brien, there is a better chance that fellow wideout Cecil Shorts will return to action next week than Washington Huskies . Though we suppose that Washington's Week 6 outlook could look up in the coming days once the Houston Texans resume practice, Friday's report makes such an outcome seem iffy.
Texans WR Cecil Shorts could return next week
Per coach Bill O'Brien, there is a better chance that Houston Texans wide receiver Cecil Shorts (shoulder) will return to action next week than fellow wideout Nate Washington, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Shorts, who is bouncing back from a dislocated left shoulder that didn't require surgery, is out of the sling that he was sporting earlier this week, thus opening the door for a possible return to action as soon as Week 6 against the Jaguars.
Packers S Sean Richardson dealing with herniated disk in neck
Green Bay Packers safety Sean Richardson has a herniated disk in his neck and is expected to miss the rest of the season, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
The injury is reportedly similar to the one Richardson suffered in 2012 that required neck fusion surgery. Given that the team has been very conservative with neck injuries - they refused to clear Nick Collins or Jermichael Finely in recent years - it's reasonable to wonder if this latest injury could jeopardize Richardson's career.
Texans' Ryan Mallett: Supplanted as starter
Ryan Mallett 's teammate, Brian Hoyer, will start against the Jaguars in Week 6, the Houston Chronicle reports.
While coach Bill O'Brien declined to commit to Hoyer as the team's starter for the remainder of the season, Mallett is only worth stashing in the deepest of leagues, as he's no lock to get another chance to start for the Houston Texans moving forward, in the absence of an injury to Hoyer.
Texans pick QB Brian Hoyer starter over Ryan Mallett for Week 6
Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer will start the Week 6 game against the Jaguars, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Hoyer replaced Ryan Mallett on Thursday night and proceeded to complete 24 of 31 passes for 312 yards, two touchdowns and one interception en route to compiling a 116.6 passer rating.
While O'Brien hasn't hesitated to switch things up at the quarterback position this season, we suspect that this change has a good chance to stick as long as Hoyer remains healthy.
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch expected back for Week 6
Seattle Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he expects Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) to return for Week 6 against the Panthers, the Seattle Times reports.
Carroll said Lynch might be physically capable of playing in Sunday's game against the Bengals, adding that the team ruled out its star running back because it was worried that a re-injury could lead to an extended absence. Thomas Rawls is thus in line to lead the Seattle backfield in a tough road matchup against the Bengals, with Fred Jackson (questionable-ankle) potentially available as a complement. If Jackson sits, the Seahawks will likely sign another player and/or use fullback Derrick Coleman as the top backup. Despite the internal optimism, Lynch can still be considered questionable for Week 6.
Browns RB Duke Johnson listed as probable for Sunday
Cleveland Browns emerging rookie running back Duke Johnson (ankle) is listed as probable for the Week 5 game in Baltimore.
Johnson came out of his Week 4 breakout with a minor ankle injury, but he practiced fully throughout the week, confirming it's a non-issue. Though he still figures to split work with Isaiah Crowell, the rookie has comfortably emerged as the more attractive option in Cleveland's backfield, particularly as a pass-catcher.
Texans RB Alfred Blue dealing with toe injury
Alfred Blue is considered day-to-day with a toe injury, the Houston Texans ' official website reports.
After saying that OT Oday Aboushi is day-to-day with turf toe, Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said that Blue has the same outlook and a similar injury. It Blue isn't ready for Week 6 against the Jaguars, Houston will be left with Chris Polk and possibly Jonathan Grimes (knee) behind Arian Foster. Blue has 10 days to get ready.
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