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|12/6/2016||Mike Pennel, GB, DT|
|Pennel agreed to a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the league announced Tuesday. Pennel was facing a 10-game ban for a second offense but filed a lawsuit in an Ohio federal court last week, claiming that the NFL and the NFLPA didn't follow the rules listed in the collective bargaining agreement during the appeals process.
Analysis: The settlement means Pennel will miss the final four games of the regular season and will be eligible for reinstatement Jan. 2. He could play in any postseason games if Green Bay qualifies. Pennel missed the first four contests of this season due to a first violation of the same policy. He played in eight games this season with no starts and collected five tackles and two assists.
|12/6/2016||D'Qwell Jackson, Ind, LB|
|Jackson has been suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Analysis: Jackson, who is eligible to return Jan. 2 should the Colts qualify for the playoffs, has 78 tackles, one sack and three pass deflections in 12 games this season.
|12/6/2016||Colin Kaepernick, SF, QB|
|Kaepernick is keeping his starting job after getting benched during one of the worst performances of his career.
Analysis: Niners offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said Tuesday that the embattled quarterback will start when San Francisco (1-11) hosts the Jets (3-9) on Sunday. Kaepernick completed just one pass in three quarters in a 26-6 loss to the Bears on Sunday. Kaepernick was removed from the game for Blaine Gabbert in the fourth quarter after taking five sacks.
|12/6/2016||Quandre Diggs, Det, CB|
|Diggs was place on IR on Tuesday.
Analysis: Diggs notched 42 tackles in 12 games in 2016 before seeing his season end because of a pectoral injury.
|12/6/2016||Armonty Bryant, Det, DE|
|Bryant was placed on injured reserve.
Analysis: Bryant, who is dealing with a knee injury, had five tackles and three sacks in five games this season.
|12/6/2016||Brandon Pettigrew, Det, TE|
|Pettigrew was shuffled from the physically unable to perform list to the reserve/non-football injury list.
Analysis: Pettigrew has been unable to participate after tearing his ACL in December. The 31-year-old has a three-week window to practice with the team before either being placed on the 53-man roster or injured reserve for the remainder of the season. Pettigrew has reeled in 301 receptions for 2,965 yards and 17 touchdowns since being selected with the 20th overall pick of the 2009 draft
|12/6/2016||Joique Bell, Det, RB|
|The Lions signed Bell to the team's active roster on Tuesday.
Analysis: Bell recorded 561 carries for 2,235 yards and 22 touchdowns in four seasons with the Lions. The Wayne State product had three rushes for six yards while appearing in four games with the Chicago Bears this season before being released on Oct. 24.
|12/5/2016||Kevin Dodd, Ten, LB|
|Dodd has been placed on injured reserve and will have his right foot re-evaluated after being scratched the past two games.
Analysis: The 33rd overall pick overall out of Clemson had not been on the injury report. The rookie had surgery on his right foot in late May that the Titans described as preventative. Coach Mike Mularkey says Dodd had a hard time practicing with the foot, which was affecting his performance. Dodd finishes the season with nine tackles, one sack and four quarterback pressures.
|12/5/2016||Kiko Alonso, Mia, LB|
|Alonso has undergone surgery to repair a broken right thumb, but coach Adam Gase says he may be available to play Sunday against Arizona.
Analysis: Alonso was hurt in Sunday's 38-6 loss at Baltimore. He left the game but returned playing with a cast. Alonso, who leads Miami with 59 tackles and four fumble recoveries, has also been slowed by a sore hamstring.
|12/5/2016||Russell Wilson, Sea, QB|
|Russell Wilson was 26 of 36 for 277 yards and threw one touchdown pass Sunday in the Seattle Seahawks' 40-7 win over the Carolina Panthers. He threw one interception, didn't fumble and was sacked three times. Wilson added 29 rushing yards on three carries.
Analysis: Wilson has just as many TD passes as INTs over the past three weeks but did top 270 yards passing for the second time in that span, and he did look good again running the ball in his limited attempts.
|12/5/2016||Doug Baldwin, Sea, WR|
|Doug Baldwin had seven receptions for 65 yards Sunday in the Seattle Seahawks' 40-7 win over the Carolina Panthers.
Analysis: Baldwin caught all seven of his targets but was kept out of the end zone for the third straight week. He's scored in only three games all season.
|12/5/2016||Thomas Rawls, Sea, RB|
|Thomas Rawls ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries Sunday in the Seattle Seahawks' 40-7 win over the Carolina Panthers. He added one reception for 12 yards.
Analysis: Rawls ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns in the first half before briefly leaving to be checked for a concussion, but he did return to play sparingly after halftime and should be good to go next week. He should be a low-end RB1 after dominating one of the NFL's best run defenses.
|12/5/2016||Ted Ginn Jr., Car, WR|
|Ted Ginn Jr. had five receptions for 80 yards and one touchdown Sunday in the Carolina Panthers' 40-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He added one rush for six yards.
Analysis: Ginn has scored in three straight games after failing to record a TD in any of his first nine games. He's compiled 195 receiving yards in the last two weeks.
|12/5/2016||Jimmy Graham, Sea, TE|
|Jimmy Graham had six receptions for 63 yards and one touchdown Sunday in the Seattle Seahawks' 40-7 win over the Carolina Panthers.
Analysis: All five of Graham's TDs have come at home. Graham, targeted nine times Sunday, has had six catches and 60-plus yards in back-to-back games.
|12/5/2016||Tyler Lockett, Sea, WR|
|Tyler Lockett had five receptions for 63 yards Sunday in the Seattle Seahawks' 40-7 win over the Carolina Panthers. He added one rush for 75 yards.
Analysis: Lockett was targeted six times for the second straight game, but he had no catches last week. His 138 total yards, the majority of which came on a 75-yard TD off a reverse, were easily his most of the season.
|12/5/2016||Jonathan Stewart, Car, RB|
|Jonathan Stewart ran for 50 yards on 11 carries Sunday in the Carolina Panthers' 40-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He added one reception for three yards and fumbled once.
Analysis: Stewart, who scored three TDs in the previous two weeks, was held out of the end zone and didn't find much room against one of the best defenses in football. However, he has a good chance to bounce back next week against the Chargers.
|12/5/2016||Jermaine Kearse, Sea, WR|
|Jermaine Kearse had five receptions for 68 yards Sunday in the Seattle Seahawks' 40-7 win over the Carolina Panthers.|
|12/5/2016||Fozzy Whittaker, Car, RB|
|Fozzy Whittaker ran for three yards on one carry Sunday in the Carolina Panthers' 40-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.|
|12/5/2016||Mike Tolbert, Car, RB|
|Mike Tolbert ran for 21 yards on four carries Sunday in the Carolina Panthers' 40-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.|
|12/5/2016||Kelvin Benjamin, Car, WR|
|Kelvin Benjamin had two receptions for 18 yards Sunday in the Carolina Panthers' 40-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Analysis: It was the worst game of the season for Benjamin, who caught just two of his nine targets. Benjamin has failed to catch more than three passes in three straight games and has only one touchdown in his last eight.
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