Packers DL Datone Jones back at practice Thursday
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Packers defensive end Datone Jones
returned to practice Thursday after missing the last two games due to an ankle injury
. The Packers are preparing to play the Saints in Week 8.
Jaguars CB Alan Ball doesn't believe injury is season-ending
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Jaguars cornerback Alan Ball
echoed his coach's sentiments about him being doubtful to play Week 8 against the Dolphins due to a biceps injury. However, Ball doesn't believe the injury is season-ending
"My thoughts are that it isn’t season-ending," he said, per The Florida Times-Union. "In the next week, week-and-a-half, I’m be trying to get my body back to the best it can possibly be and then go from there."
Report: Bengals stud WR A.J. Green still sidelined Thursday
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A nagging toe injury again prevented Bengals star wide receiver A.J. Green
from practicing Thursday, at least during the media availability portion of the session, the team website is reporting.
Green, who was overheard telling a teammate after the shutout loss to Indianapolis in Week 7 that he will play Sunday against AFC North rival Baltimore, has not participated in game action since Oct. 5.
Bengals CB Leon Hall back in action Thursday
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Bengals cornerback Leon Hall
returned to practice Thursday after missing time with a lower back strain sustained in the Week 7 loss to Indianapolis.
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
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Mike Pettine spoke optimistically
Thursday about the possible return to action of Browns defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin
on Sunday against visiting Oakland.
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
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An elbow ailment again prevented Colts veteran wideout Reggie Wayne
from practicing Thursday.
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'
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Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson
said Thursday he is flattered by the trade speculation
, but he has heard nothing from the front office about being dealt, according to the Tampa Bay Times
. Jackson added, "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
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Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter
returned to practice Thursday after missing the last three games due to a strained quadriceps
. The Cowboys are preparing to face the Redskins in Week 8.
Falcons WR Harry Douglas back at practice, might play Week 8
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After missing the last 10 practices, Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas
finally returned to the practice field Thursday
, coach Mike Smith announced. Smith added Douglas, who has missed the last four games, was limited in practice.
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.
Healthy Gerhart could put squeeze on Jaguars RB Robinson
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Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart
appears on the verge of returning to game action
after missing the last two weeks with a foot sprain. He practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.
"He said he felt pretty good," Gus Bradley told the Florida Times-Union. "I think the last two weeks have been tough on him, but today he felt a lot better and felt like it was beneficial to have that time off."
Now it must be determined if he's still the featured back. He managed a 2.6 YPC average in 48 attempts before going down. Meanwhile, Denard Robinson emerged in Week 7 to rush for 127 yards on just 22 carries in the team's first victory of the season, a lopsided defeat of Cleveland.
"I think we'll continue to mix and match a little bit," said offensive coordinator Jeff Fisch. "I don't exactly how that will all play out yet."
The Jaguars host Miami on Sunday.