Manning is recovering from a torn plantar fascia and Osweiler was
named the starting quarterback for the fourth consecutive game
Sunday at Pittsburgh.
Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer, who is not out of concussion
protocol, has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the
Indianapolis Colts, coach Bill O'Brien said.
Hoyer suffered a concussion last Sunday night during the Texans'
27-6 loss to the New England Patriots. He also suffered a concussion
against the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 16 in a Monday night game.
The NFL, stung by a rash of officiating mistakes this season, will
alter its review procedures for the postseason to allow more
communication during replay reviews with league vice president of
officiating Dean Blandino in New York.
According to the new protocol, the referee can consult with Blandino
or a designee at league headquarters to assess penalty yardage,
proper administration of the game clock, the correct down or any
other administrative matter not currently reviewable.
No fine is expected for Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze
Burfict after his hit on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben
Roethlisberger during Sunday's game, Burfict's agent said.
Audie Attar told ESPN that the NFL apparently agreed with Burfict's
assertion that he was pushed into Roethlisberger while rushing the
passer in the second quarter of the Steelers' 33-20 victory.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ruled out wide receiver Vincent Jackson
with a knee injury for Thursday night's game against the St. Louis
Jackson, the team's second leading receiver, suffered the injury in
the first half of last Sunday's 24-17 loss to the New Orleans
Saints. It will be Jackson's fourth game out this season.
Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart has been ruled out
with a sprained left foot for Sunday's game against the New York
Giants, coach Ron Rivera said.
Stewart suffered the injury in the first half in last Sunday's 38-0
victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers shut him down for the
rest of the game.
The Buffalo Bills placed cornerback Stephon Gilmore on season-ending
injured reserve Wednesday due to a torn labrum in his shoulder.
Gilmore sustained a shoulder injury in the Week 13 win over the
Houston Texans while trying to make a tackle.
Christine Michael is back with the Seattle Seahawks, who dealt the
running back to the Dallas Cowboys in training camp when he lost out
a competition for the backup spot to Thomas Rawls.
Michael signed with the Seahawks after he was released by the
Washington Redskins' practice squad earlier this week. By Sunday, he
could be in uniform for the Seahawks.
Safety Brandon Meriweather was released by the New York Giants.
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Meriweather, an eight-year veteran, joined the Giants on Aug. 16,
the same day rookie safety Mykkele Thompson was placed on injured
reserve because of a torn Achilles tendon.
The New England Patriots will work out veteran free agent running
back Steven Jackson, according to multiple reports Wednesday.
Jackson, 32, has gone without work this season after spending the
past two years with the Atlanta Falcons.
Matt Hasselbeck missed practice, but Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck
Pagano said it had more to do with rest than the 40-year-old
quarterback's injured ribs.
Hasselbeck wasn't present as preparation for Sunday's AFC South
tussle with the Houston Texans began, and Andrew Luck wore a red
non-contact jersey and did not appear to have his helmet.
Wide receiver Taylor Gabriel is expected to play Sunday when the
Cleveland Browns face the Seahawks in Seattle. He missed the last
three games because of a concussion.
Keith Wenning was promoted from the practice squad to the active
roster by the Cincinnati Bengals, who needed depth behind AJ
McCarron with Andy Dalton sidelined by a fractured thumb.
Wenning, 24, has a firm grasp of the offense and is familiar with
the team's personnel having spent the entire season to date on the
practice squad. He was with the Baltimore Ravens as a practice squad
player in 2014.
The Miami Dolphins promoted quarterback Logan Thomas from their
The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Thomas originally joined Dolphins on Sept. 6
when he was claimed off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals.
The Detroit Lions waived former starting right tackle LaAdrian
Waddle was an undrafted free agent in 2013 and ended up as the
team's starter at right tackle by midseason due to injuries. He
struggled with injuries in 2014 and 2015, including a season-ending
ACL injury in 2014 and a concussion.
The St. Louis Rams announced that a lawsuit and arbitration filed by
the team's former Rams equipment manager, Todd Hewitt, were
dismissed with prejudice by Hewitt.
Hewitt received no consideration in the settlement, ending more than
four years of litigation in the matter. (Editing by Frank Pingue)
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