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[December 19, 2015]  Dec 18 (The Sports Xchange) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady missed Friday's practice because of an undisclosed illness and was listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans.

Even though Brady is officially questionable on the team's injury report Friday, the Patriots expect him to make the start, according to multiple reports.

If Brady's illness takes a turn for the worse, the Patriots would turn to Jimmy Garoppolo. Brady has not missed a game since the final week of the 2008 regular season, which was the last of 15 games he missed after tearing his ACL in the season opener.

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Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has been cleared to play and cornerback Charles Tillman will return to action as the team puts its unbeaten 13-0 mark on the line on Sunday against the New York Giants.

Olsen injured his left knee in last week's 38-0 drubbing of the Atlanta Falcons and sat out a practice early in the week but was a full participant on Friday and was listed as probable.

Olsen, who has played in 139 consecutive games, has 65 receptions for 969 yards this season.

Tillman has missed the last four games due to a knee injury.

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Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields was ruled out for Sunday's game at the Oakland Raiders after he did not clear the concussion protocol, head coach Mike McCarthy said.

Shields suffered a concussion in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday.

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon is listed as doubtful with a knee injury for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Yeldon sprained a ligament in his left knee last Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson is listed as probable and is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

Jackson injured his left knee in last week's game against the Chicago Bears and sat out a practice earlier in the week.

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Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

Chancellor suffered a pelvis injury in last Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain was ruled out for Saturday night's game against the New York Jets because of a concussion.

McClain, who missed the first four games of the season because of a suspension, has 63 tackles and one sack in nine games this season.

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The Jets placed wide receiver Devin Smith on injured reserve and signed linebacker Taiwan Jones from the practice squad to the active roster.

Smith suffered an ACL tear during the third quarter of last Sunday's win over the Tennessee Titans.

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Indianapolis Colts Matt Hasselbeck is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans, head coach Chuck Pagano said.

Pagano confirmed Hasselbeck will get the start after leaving the previous two games with injuries.

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The Buffalo Bills expect to have standout defensive end Mario Williams on the field but will be missing at least four other players when they face the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Williams (illness) was a limited practice participant on Friday after missing the previous two days and was listed as questionable on the injury report.

Listed as out for the contest are linebacker Nigel Bradham (ankle), cornerback Ron Brooks (concussion), tight end Charles Clay (back), right tackle Seantrel Henderson (illness).

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The Atlanta Falcons promoted outside linebacker Tyler Starr to the active roster from the practice squad and placed center James Stone on injured reserve with a knee injury.

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The Titans claimed wide receiver Damaris Johnson off waivers from the Patriots.

Johnson has a total of 44 games of NFL experience with the Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans and Patriots, with 52 receptions for 601 yards.

(Editing by Larry Fine) ))

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