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|11/21/2014||Jason Avant, WR|
|The Chiefs have signed Avant to help a beleaguered and injury-prone group of wide receivers.
Analysis: The move reunites Avant with Andy Reid, his longtime coach in Philadelphia. Kansas City cleared roster space by placing wide receiver A.J. Jenkins on injured reserve on Friday. Avant was drafted by Reid's Eagles and spent his first eight seasons there before signing with Carolina in the offseason. He was the Panthers' third receiver and caught 21 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown before getting released this week.
|11/21/2014||Adrian Peterson, RB|
|Adrian Peterson's hearing for the appeal of his suspension will be held on Dec. 2, and it will not be in front of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Analysis: The NFL announced Friday that longtime hearing officer Harold Henderson will preside over the proceedings involving the Minnesota Vikings star running back. Goodell has the authority to decide whether to hear the appeal himself or appoint someone else. Peterson has not played since the opening week of the season while dealing with child abuse allegations in Texas.
|11/21/2014||Greg Jennings, WR|
|Jennings took part in practice Friday for the first time this week due to a rib injury and was listed as questionable to face his former team.
Analysis: Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he expects Jennings to play Sunday.
|11/21/2014||Clay Matthews, LB|
|The Green Bay Packers expect star linebacker Clay Matthews to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
Analysis: Matthews, whose switch to inside linebacker the last two games has been a boon for a previously struggling defense, has been dealing with a recurring groin injury. Matthews said Thursday he was a little sore after Green Bay's 53-20 rout of Philadelphia last Sunday.
|11/21/2014||Jordan Reed, TE|
|Reed is out for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Analysis: Reed strained his right hamstring in last week's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
|11/21/2014||Larry Fitzgerald, WR|
|Arizona coach Bruce Arians says it will be a game-time decision as to whether Larry Fitzgerald will play against the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday.
Analysis: The eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver did not practice all week and was listed Friday as doubtful for the NFC West contest that pits the 9-1 Cardinals against 6-4 Seattle.
|11/21/2014||Philip Rivers, QB|
|Rivers practiced again Friday and should start against the visiting St. Louis Rams.
Analysis: Tight end Antonio Gates said earlier this week that Rivers, who has struggled while the Chargers have lost three of their past four games, had a "severe rib injury."
|11/21/2014||Jordan Cameron, TE|
|Cameron returned to practice Friday for the first time since Oct. 24, two days before he sustained his third concussion in less than two years on a vicious hit against Oakland.
Analysis: Cameron feels he has finally turned the corner. He has visited two specialists, who have assured him he is not taking a major risk if he keeps playing. Cameron said tests on his brain indicate he has not sustained any major damage.
|11/21/2014||Lamar Miller, RB|
|Miller is questionable for Sunday's game at Denver because of shoulder and knee injuries.
Analysis: Miller has played the past two games with the shoulder injury and was limited in practice this week. Undrafted rookie Damien Williams is listed behind him on the depth chart.
|11/21/2014||Jamaal Charles, RB|
|Charles totaled 122 yards and scored on a 30-yard pass Thursday.
Analysis: He has eight total TDs in six games.
|11/21/2014||Alex Smith, QB|
|Smith threw for 234 yards with two TD passes for the Chiefs (7-4) on Thursday, who had won five in a row.
Analysis: This snapped a two-game TD drought for Smith, who is losing value as a fantasy starter even in two-QB leagues.
|11/21/2014||Derek Carr, QB|
|Carr threw for 174 yards with a TD and no picks Thursday to help the Raiders earn their first win in more than a calendar year.
Analysis: Carr is nothing more than an emergency QB in deeper fantasy leagues, so don't get excited because he hasn't thrown a pick in two games.
|11/21/2014||Latavius Murray, RB|
|Murray ran for two touchdowns and 112 yards on just four carries Thursday against Oakland before leaving with a concussion.
Analysis: Murray's 90-yard touchdown run was the longest by a Raiders running back since Bo Jackson's 92-yarder against Cincinnati in 1989. It's especially disappointing to see him suffer a setback given how impressive he looked in limited action.
|11/20/2014||MarQueis Gray, TE|
|A snowstorm hasn't prevented the Buffalo Bills from making roster changes after being awarded the right to claim tight end MarQuies Gray. The Bills announced the move on Thursday.
Analysis: Listed at 6-foot-4 and 242 pounds, Gray appeared in eight games for the Minnesota Vikings this season. Last year, he had two starts in 12 games for the Cleveland Browns.
|11/20/2014||Will Blackmon, CB|
|Blackmon has pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of marijuana possession in Oklahoma. The Oklahoman newspaper reports that if the former Oklahoma State star doesn't commit any crimes in the next six months, the charge will be dropped to a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.
Analysis: Edmond police stopped Blackmon in July for a minor traffic violation and discovered three grams of marijuana inside his car. Blackmon was joined in Edmond Municipal Court on Thursday by his attorney, Robert Gray, and told Judge Diane Slayton that Blackmon recently completed a voluntary drug rehabilitation program. Blackmon was suspended indefinitely a year ago for repeated violations of the league's substance-abuse policy.
|11/20/2014||Matt Asiata, RB|
|Asiata will miss Sunday's game against Green Bay because of a concussion.
Analysis: Asiata has not yet been cleared to practice. Running back Jerick McKinnon was listed as probable to play the Packers after participating in Friday's practice on a limited basis. Recently signed veteran Ben Tate could get some time at running back.
|11/20/2014||Ben Tate, RB|
|Tate joined the Vikings for practice Thursday, two days after he was waived by the Browns.
Analysis: Tate signed with Cleveland as a free agent before the season. Tate had only two carries for minus-9 yards against the Texans last week and said he was dissatisfied with his role. Tate also missed two games earlier this year because of a sprained right knee. The Vikings host Green Bay this Sunday and are thin at running back with Adrian Peterson suspended and Matt Asiata out with a concussion.
|11/20/2014||Justin Staples, LB|
|The Tennessee Titans have promoted linebacker Justin Staples to the roster from the practice squad.
Analysis: The 6-foot-4 Staples joined the practice squad in September and was on the Cleveland practice squad at times during the past two years. He was undrafted out of Illinois where he played defensive end. He fills the roster spot opened when the Titans released linebacker James Anderson earlier this week.
|11/20/2014||Adrian Peterson, RB|
|The NFL players' union has appealed the league's suspension of Peterson.
Analysis: In a letter to its player representatives and executive committee obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, the NFLPA calls Commissioner Roger Goodell's punishment "unprecedented, arbitrary, and unlawful" and demands an independent, neutral arbitrator hears Peterson's case.
|11/20/2014||LeGarrette Blount, RB|
|The New England Patriots have re-signed Blount two days after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Blount spent last season with the Patriots before signing a two-year contract with the Steelers. Pittsburgh cut him on Tuesday the day after he jogged toward the tunnel with time on the clock as Ben Roethslisberger lined up for the final snap in a 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans.
Analysis: This season, Blount ran for 266 yards and two touchdowns but was on the field for just one play Monday night. Last year, he rushed for 772 yards and seven touchdowns in the regular season. In the postseason against Indianapolis he had 166 yards and four touchdowns rushing.
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