Browns QB Manziel (hamstring) leaves Sunday game
by Marty Gitlin |
(2:23 pm ET) Browns ballyhooed rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has been knocked out of the Sunday game at Carolina late in the second quarter.

Manziel took a hard hit to the shoulder after sprinting for no gain to the left sideline. He was down for a bit before trainers took him to the sideline, then to the locker room. They were checking his left leg. He has been deemed questionable to return with a hamstring injury

Previous starter Brian Hoyer replaced him.

Manziel struggled again during his stint against the Panthers. He completed just 3 of 8 for 32 yards.

Texans QB Case Keenum gets start Sunday vs. Ravens
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(1:07 pm ET) Which quarterback would start Sunday for the Texans was answered when Case Keenum took the field with the starters to open Sunday’s game against the Ravens. 

Keenum was competing with quarterback Thad Lewis for the starting role after quarterbacks Ryan Mallett and Ryan Fitzpatrick were lost for the season and Tom Savage was ruled out with a knee injury.

Browns QB Manziel terrible in practice before first start
by Marty Gitlin |
(12:43 pm ET) Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel performed as badly in practice before his Week 15 start against Cincinnati as he did in his starting debut, soures have told NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

Those sources claim that the same uncertainty and erratic play in the pocket, as well as poor footwork and questionable decision-making that he displayed in the game were evident in Manziel leading up to it. He also appeared nervous and unconfident throughout the week.

It has also been reported that Manziel completed about 40 percent of his passes in practice heading into the game against the Bengals. The vain hope was that the spotlight Sunday would bring out the best in him, but he was miserable. He completed just 10 of 18 passes for 80 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. A third pick was negated by penalty and a fourth dropped.

La Canfora is further reporting that the Browns are taking a conservative approach to Manziel in Week 16 at Carolina. Mike Pettine has stated that even if he performs well the last two weeks, he will not have locked down a starting job in 2015. And if he continues to struggle, the Browns will most assuredly be looking for another starter for next season. They could even give up their two first round picks and more to snag Oregon standout Marcus Mariota.

Report: Bears QB Cutler set to back up Clausen on Sunday
by Marty Gitlin |
(12:08 pm ET) Deposed Bears starter Jay Cutler will serve as the backup to Jimmy Clausen on Sunday against Detroit.

Cutler was replaced after three straight losses in which he threw six interceptions and took 10 sacks.

Bears list three healthy scratches among Sunday inactives
by Marty Gitlin |
(12:05 pm ET) Four injured or ailing Bears have been ruled out for the Sunday game against Detroit, including placekicker Robbie Gould (quad). The others are guard Kyle Long (hip), defensive tackle Will Sutton (illness) and safety Chris Conte (back).

Quarterback David Fales, cornerback Terrance Mitchell and defensive end Trevor Scott are all healthy scratches.

Jets list Week 16 inactives
by Igor Mello |
(11:59 am ET) The Jets have ruled the following players inactive for Sunday's divisional clash against the Patriots in Week 16: T.J. Barnes, Dakota Dozier, Jaiquawn Jarrett, Wesley Johnson, Rontez Miles, Walt Powell and Matt Simms.

Falcons unveil inactives for Week 16 clash at New Orleans
by Igor Mello |
(11:57 am ET) The Falcons have ruled the following players inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints: Quarterback Sean Renfree, safety Charles Godfrey, cornerback Ricardo Allen, linebacker Tyler Starr, guard Jon Asamoah, defensive end Stansly Maponga and James Anderson.

Texans declare Andre Johnson, Arian Foster active vs. Ravens
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(11:55 am ET) The Texans announced their inactives for Sunday’s game against the Ravens and wide receiver Andre Johnson (concussion) and running back Arian Foster (hip) are active.

The following players are inactive: Tom Savage, Mike Mohamed, Xavier Su'a-Filo, Garrett Graham, DeVier Posey, Josh Aubrey and Jason Ankrah.

The Texans are 6 1/2-point underdogs.

Packers relatively healthy heading into Week 16 against the Bucs
by Brandon Wise |
(11:49 am ET) The following players are listed as inactive for the Packers against Tampa Bay Sunday: quarterback Scott Tolzien, cornerback Davon House, linebacker Carl Bradford, center Garth Gerhart, tight end Justin Perillo, wide receiver Jeff Janis and defensive tackle Bruce Gatson.

Lions place only two injured on Sunday inactive list
by Marty Gitlin |
(11:46 am ET) Only two injured players dot the inactive list released Sunday by the Lions for their clash against Chicago. They are defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) and cornerback Mohammed Seisay (hamstring).

The healthy scratches are quarterback Kellen Moore, defensive end Larry Webster, wideout Ryan Broyles, defensive tackle Caraun Reid and offensive lineman Rodney Austin.

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