Panthers' Tre Boston, Roman Harper score defensive TDs
by Igor Mello |
(7:39 pm ET) Panthers defensive backs Tre Boston and Roman Harper each scored defensive touchdowns in Sunday's win over Atlanta in Week 17.

Harper took a Matt Ryan interception 31 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. He finished the game with six total tackles. Boston scored on an 84-yard interception return in the fourth quarter to help clinch the NFC South division in a 34-3 win. He finished with two total tackles.

The Panthers will advance to the first round of the playoffs next week against Arizona.

Falcons DBs Dwight Lowery, Kemal Ishmael exit with injuries
by Igor Mello |
(6:20 pm ET) Falcons defensive backs Dwight Lowery (knee) and Kemal Ishmael (hamstring) each left Sunday's regular season finale against Carolina due to injuries, per the team's official website. Both players were deemed questionable to return to the game.

Texans' J.J. Watt only player to reach two 20-plus sack seasons
by Igor Mello |
(4:23 pm ET) Texans defensive end J.J. Watt took down Blake Bortles in the end zone for a safety in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over the Jaguars in Week 17. With that sack Watt became the only player in NFL history with two seasons of 20-plus sacks. Watt led the team with six total tackles, including three sacks and four tackles for loss.  

He finishes the season with 20 1/2 sacks, one interception, two defensive touchdowns, three receiving touchdowns, three forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.

Jaguars' Sen'Derrick Marks (knee) ruled out for rest of Week 17
by Igor Mello |
(2:25 pm ET) Jaguars defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks was ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's season finale at Houston with a knee injury, according to the team's official website. Marks registered two tackles, including one for a loss before leaving the game in the first half. He told reporters he's getting an MRI on his knee on Monday. His season ends with 44 combined tackles, 8 1/2 sacks and one fumble recovery. 

Bills downgrade Marcell Dareus, Stephon Gilmore to out for Week 17
by Igor Mello |
(12/27/2014) The Bills have downgraded defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (knee) and cornerback Stephon Gilmore (concussion) from doubtful to out for Sunday's season finale at New England, per the team's official website. Both players did not make the trip to New England for Week 17.

Buffalo is a 5-point underdog on Sunday.

Raiders CB T.J. Carrie downgraded to out for Week 17
by Igor Mello |
(12/27/2014) The Raiders have downgraded cornerback T.J. Carrie (ankle) from questionable to out for Sunday's season finale against Denver, reports the Bay Area News Group. The rookie appeared in 13 games and posted 44 combined tackles and one interception.

Vikings place Anthony Barr on IR, sign Josh Kaddu
by Igor Mello |
(12/27/2014) The Vikings announced a pair of roster moves on Saturday, according to the Star Tribune. The team placed rookie linebacker Anthony Barr on injured reserve with a knee injury and signed linebacker Josh Kaddu to the 53-man active roster. Kaddu was previously on the practice squad.

Barr's season comes to an end with 70 combined tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 12 games.

Bills still evaluating Stephon Gilmore (concussion) for Week 17
by Igor Mello |
(12/23/2014) The Bills are still evaluating cornerback Stephon Gilmore this week, according to ESPN. Gilmore exited Week 16 at Oakland in the third quarter with a concussion. He has totaled 46 tackles, one forced fumble and three interceptions this season. He's a candidate to land on injured reserve if he's unable to play Week 17.

Buffalo is currently a 4 1/2-point underdog at New England. The line opened at 8 1/2 points.

Bills DT Marcell Dareus will be further evaluated in the week
by Igor Mello |
(12/23/2014) Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will be given rest and will be further evaluated later this week, coach Doug Marrone told reporters, via the team's official website. Dareus exited Week 16 at Oakland with a knee injury. He has totaled 48 tackles and a career-best 10 sacks through 15 games.

The Bills will face the Patriots in Week 17.

Broncos list LB T.J. Ward day to day with neck strain
by Igor Mello |
(12/23/2014) Broncos coach John Fox told reporters Tuesday that strong safety T.J. Ward is day to day with a neck strain, per the Denver Post. Ward was knocked out of Monday's game against Cincinnati in the fourth quarter with the injury. MRI and X-rays came back negative, revealing no significant, season-ending damage.

His status remains uncertain for Sunday's regular season finale against the Raiders.

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