Lewis: Bengals LB Burfict could return to practice this week
A knee injury that has prevented
Burfict contributed to 29 tackles in five games before going down. Only a quick and successful return this week would give him a chance to playing more than on a limited basis Sunday at Tampa Bay.
Gruden: Colt McCoy to start Week 13, RG3 will be backup QB
"Colt (McCoy) is going to start this week at quarterback. I felt like he deserved a bit of a promotion," Gruden said.
McCoy will be facing a Colts defense yielding 249.4 passing yards per game. Indianapolis has also allowed 18 passing touchdowns, while recording nine interceptions and 28 sacks in 11 games.
Steelers CB Ike Taylor relieved now that he's back
"The first thing I thought about was how long until I get back," Taylor told the team website. "The first thing I asked the doctors was about the two long plates in my arm. He said you just broke your forearm, what do you know about the plates? I am not a doctor, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn. At the same time that is how it is. That's my mind frame, how long it's going to take to get back."
Taylor added, however, that he never feared the injury was career-threatening.
Pettine: Incident would not bench Browns QB Manziel
An incident early Saturday morning involving
"Unless something unforeseen comes up, just given what I know, it would not have an impact on any decision to play him," Pettine told the Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Barring an injury to starter Brian Hoyer, who has guided the team to a 7-4 record and playoff contention despite personal inconsistencies, such a circumstance is unlikely to occur. Pettine said he "never considered" playing Manziel at all in Week 12 in Atlanta. But the coach did address the current situation with Manziel, who allegedly struck a man who claimed to be a big Browns fans and asked for a hug.
Manziel's party is claiming that he was accosted.
"I've had a talk with Johnny, as has (Farmer)," Pettine said. "I mean, he was very upfront and notivied us immediately what had occurred. But as far as in the building, he's been a true professional, he's done everything that's been asked of him - but obviously this is something that's unfortunate."
Giants holding three out of practice Wed., three others limited
The Giants are preparing to play the Jaguars in Week 13.
Browns WR Gordon feels alienated by some in organization
Gordon returned to action in Week 12 to catch eight passes for 120 yards and key a critical victory in Atlanta.
"The lowest point of all this I think was the disassociation from a lot of friends you thought were close or you thought were kind of cool with really not checking on you anymore, [not] hitting you up anymore, [not] wanting to hang out," Gordon said. "As far as even people in here (with the Browns), I don't want to throw names around, but I can see it.
"I'm definitely really observant so I see how people might just be more standoffish (than) they were before. It's kind of like a disease. People they want to see it, but they don't really want to touch it."
Gordon and the Browns are at Buffalo on Sunday.
Giants WR Odell Beckham (back) will not be limited in practice
Beckham will aim for his fourth 100-yard performance in his last five games Week 13 at Jacksonville. Beckham has totaled 31 catches for 503 yards and two touchdowns in four November games. The Jaguars are yielding 257.5 passing yards per game, which is the sixth-highest average in the NFL, and have allowed 19 passing touchdowns in 11 games.
Bears LB Lance Briggs might be out 'a few weeks' due to injury
Briggs' comment contradicts coach Marc Trestman's statement Tuesday that Briggs is considered a game-time decision for Thursday's contest against the Lions.
Briggs said he was injured Sunday while trying to jam Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans on a short passing route.
"I think I somehow got locked in on him," Briggs said. "I got twerked a little bit and pulled out. It kind of felt like I did the splits. When I fell and tried to get up, I knew something was wrong."
Colts WR Wayne: I didn't beg for streak-extending targets
Chuck Pagano called for those passes, which totaled two yards.
"I guarantee you nowhere in there did I say I wanted two more catches to extend the streak," Wayne said on his radio show. "I'm never going to beg for catches, especially when we're winning."
Wayne departed the locker room without answering questions from the media following the game, but cited home obligations for leaving quickly.
Megatron contends he's still the 'same guy' from record-breaking year
It's quite evident
Johnson said Tuesday he is still the "same guy" from 2012, when he totaled 1,964 receiving yards, which is an NFL record. Quarterback Matthew Stafford suggests Johnson's drop in production is because defenses are doing a better job "keying in" on the star receiver.
"He’s the best receiver in the league, and they know that," Stafford said, per The Detroit News. "It’s on me to just throw him better balls and make sure we’re on the same page."
Stafford added it's tough to tell if Johnson is still hobbled by the ankle injury.
"It was a long time that he was out," Stafford said. "Even when he was in early on in the season, there were a couple games he played where he wasn’t himself. It’s always a long process coming back."
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