Texans coach Gary Kubiak said wide receiver Andre Johnson is likely to be a game-time decision against Jacksonville on Sunday. Johnson has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, but still felt some discomfort Thursday.
"I felt a lot better in practice, but not where I want to be," Johnson said. "When you're not where you want to be, that's a little bit discouraging, but I'm encouraged. I improved from where I was at yesterday, so that's a good thing."
RB Peyton Hillis
--One day after he returned to practice, Browns running back Peyton Hillis' balky hamstring had him back on the sideline Thursday, casting doubt over his availability for Sunday's game at San Francisco. Coach Pat Shurmur said Hillis was "a little sore" and could practice Friday.
--The Bears released seven-year veteran Chris Harris, who had gone from starter to inactive and back to starter already this season. But with Major Wright recovered from a hip injury and Brandon Meriweather also available, the Bears decided it was time to cut ties with the oft-injured Harris. Chicago also claimed linebacker Jabara Williams off waivers from the Rams.
"The key is just getting into that football shape, where he's used to contact and used to doing some of the things regardless of rehab and conditioning that you can't simulate until you play football," coach Sean Payton said of Ivory, who missed all of training camp while he recovered from a Lisfranc fracture of his left foot and sports hernia surgery.
Offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael called the plays last week, but Payton wouldn't reveal who the play-caller will be this week.
--Bucs safety Tanard Jackson has signed an extension through the 2012 season, according to the St. Petersburg Times. Jackson returned to the team Oct. 11 after being suspended for more than a year for a repeat violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. He will early $1,454 million this season and $2 million in 2012 in base salary, according to the report.
--Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer told 95.6-FM that it "was a complete shock" when he learned at halftime of last week's game against Kansas City that he would be replacing Kyle Boller. "I didn't know the offense, I also hadn't been training and working out," Palmer said.
RB Brandon Jacobs
--Running back Brandon Jacobs told "Men's Fitness" that he doesn't expect to play for the Giants past this season. "No, I don't," said Jacobs, who is due a $500,000 roster bonus in March. He called the backfield rotation between him and friend Ahmad Bradshaw "a very confusing thing."
--Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck practiced in full Thursday and said his bruised right thumb feels fine. --Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has had a painkilling shot before every game since fracturing a rib in Week 2, and said he'll likely have one before Sunday night's game against the Eagles after saying earlier this week that he hoped he was past the shots.
--Safety Yeremiah Bell fanned the flames in Miami in response to Reggie Bush's comments that the Dolphins stink, comments Bush made after the defensive meltdown and embarrassing loss Sunday against the Broncos.
"He stinks," Bell said of Bush, according to Examiner.com.
--Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams could miss the remainder of the season with his injured foot, according to the NFL Network. Buffalo will give the injury a few more weeks before making a final determination.
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