Zach Strief, Brodrick Bunkley to play through ankle injuries
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
Two key Saints, right tackle Zach Strief and nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley, are active for the game vs. Carolina after being listed as questionable with ankle injuries. Both practiced on a limited basis Friday.
Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson was held without a touchdown for the sixth straight game Week 14 against the Falcons, but he at least had decent numbers with Matt Flynn under center, leading the team with 85 yards on four catches.
His four targets were tied for fourth-most on the team, but he made the most of what he got, his biggest contribution coming on a 46-yard bomb early in the fourth quarter. The 85 yards were the second-most he's had in six games, beginning with the one where starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone in Week 9. Nelson had just two catches for 14 yards working with Flynn last week.
With Rodgers returning to practice Thursday, Nelson may have a chance to take another step forward Week 15 at Dallas.
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown nearly scored a huge touchdown at the end of Sunday's game against Dolphins, but he stepped out of bounds short of the goal line in a 34-28 loss.
Brown nearly put the Steelers up for good on the final play in the game, after a series of laterals allowed him to break free down the left sideline. He picked up 55 yards and appeared to have the Dolphins beat for what would have been the game-winning score, but he was ruled out of bounds at the 12-yard line.
Even without the touchdown at the end of the game, Brown still finished with a huge game. He racked up 137 yards on five receptions, while scoring on a 43-yard pass earlier in the game.
Brown surpassed his career-high in receiving yards for a season early in the game, and now sits at 1,240 on 90 receptions, with seven touchdowns. The Steelers face the Bengals in Week 15.
Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders extended his scoring streak to three games Sunday, in a 34-28 loss to the Dolphins in Week 14.
Sanders had a solid performance against one of the better passing defenses in the league, hauling in four of the six passes thrown his way for 57 yards. He scored the game's first points, on a 5-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger in the first quarter.
Sanders has not topped 60 yards in any of his last three games, but has scored every time out during that stretch. He now has five touchdowns on the season, heading into Week 15 against the Bengals.
LeSean McCoy shatters personal mark with 217 rushing yards
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
It seemed early in the game Sunday against Detroit that Eagles featured back LeSean McCoy had as much chance of breaking personal rushing records as did the weather becoming warm and sunny.
A blizzard and a strong Lions run defense held McCoy to just 19 yards on seven carries in the first 25 minutes of action. But he gained traction with 32 yards on the last possession of the half, slowed down a bit in the third quarter, then ran wild in the fourth quarter.
McCoy bolted up the middle for a 40-yard touchdown in the first minute of the quarter, added a 57-yard score a minute later for his sixth career touchdown in three games against Detroit, and by the final tick of the clock had a career-high 217 yards on the ground. He had also exceeded 5,000 yards rushing for his career. Not bad considering the Lions entered with the third-stingiest run defense in the NFL.
The Eagles are slated to play next Sunday at Minnesota.
The Saints listed seven players as inactive for the game vs. Carolina: safety Rafael Bush (ankle), linebacker Keyunta Dawson (calf), defensive end Glenn Foster (knee), quarterback Ryan Griffin, defensive back Trevin Wade, offensive tackle Terron Armstead and wideout Nick Toon.
Panthers running backs DeAngelo Williams (quadriceps), Jonathan Stewart (ankle) and Mike Tolbert (knee) are active for the game at New Orleans after being listed as probable on the injury report. They’ll split carries in Carolina’s run-heavy attack.
Seahawks center Max Unger was forced out of Sunday's contest against the 49ers in Week 14 with a chest injury. He suffered the injury in the second half and was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
John Carlson nets two catches before suffering concussion
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
Vikings tight end John Carlson didn't make much of an impact offensively before leaving Sunday's game against the Ravens with a concussion. After the game, coach Leslie Frazier said he didn't have any further update on Carlson's status.
Carlson was held to two catches for 19 yards before leaving the game in the second half. He was targeted four times.
The Vikings are back in action Week 15 vs. Philadelphia.
Packers running back Eddie Lacy injured his ankle on a 1-yard run to end the first half Week 14 against the Falcons and wasn't on the field for the start of the second half. But by the Packers' second drive, he was back behind quarterback Matt Flynn, his ankle taped and ready to go.
"I just got it re-taped tighter and spatted tighter so I could take away some of the pain," Lacy told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel after the game. "It was stationary, but it took away as much pain as it could and I tolerated the rest of it."
Lacy had 33 yards on nine carries after returning, which was an improvement over the 32 yards on 11 carries he had before the injury even though his running was compromised.
"I had to improvise, I had to chop my feet just so I don't put as much pressure on it as I normally would," he said.
Lacy did contribute a touchdown on the day, but in came in the first quarter on a 1-yard run. He also had three catches for 25 yards. The rookie may be limited in practice leading up to Week 15 at Dallas, but he doesn't seem too concerned.
"As long as I can go out and play, no matter how my body feels, if I can go out and I can continue to play, that's what I'm going to do," he said.