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."
--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
Williams off waivers from the Rams.
--With Saints running back Mark Ingram
second consecutive practice Thursday with a bruised right heel, Chris Ivory could
be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list
"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
--Bucs safety Tanard Jackson has
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
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.
--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
full Thursday and said his bruised right thumb feels fine.
--Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has had
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
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.
--Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams
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
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