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[October 12, 2017]  NFL Note - Kansas City Chiefs Kelce, Travis

TE Travis Kelce remains in the league's concussion protocol following a helmet-to-helmet he received during Sunday's game against Houston. Kelce briefly returned to the game after being cleared by the league's unaffiliated neurological consultant but experienced memory issues during halftime and left the game for good. Head coach Andy Reid said he feels good but remains unsure of his availability against Pittsburgh. Kelce did attend Wednesday's practice while watching from the sidelines.

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NFL Note - Cleveland Browns Hogan, Kevin

QB Kevin Hogan will be the Browns starter against the Texans on Sunday, coach Hue Jackson announced Wednesday. Hogan, 24, will make the first start of his career over rookie DeShone Kizer, who was benched after halftime in last Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Jets. Hogan was 16-of-19 passing for 194 yards against the Jets and led the Browns on two touchdown drives. For the season, he is 26 of 38 for 377 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions, and a passer rating of 104.8.

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NFL Note - Buffalo Bills Clay, Charles

TE Charles Clay underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Monday and will miss "multiple weeks" according to head coach Sean McDermott.

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NFL Note - Buffalo Bills Gaines, E.J.

CB E.J. Gaines missed Sunday's game with a groin injury, and he will be week-to-week, though it remains possible he could return when the Bills play again Oct. 22.

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NFL Note - Buffalo Bills Johnson, Leonard

CB Leonard Johnson suffered a hamstring injury in Cincinnati, but it appears he should be ready to play after the bye.

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NFL Note - * Free Agents Houston, Bart

LB Justin Houston did not practice Wednesday after leaving Sunday's game with calf spasms. Reid said Houston was doing well, suggesting he may practice later this week.

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NFL Note - Kansas City Chiefs Morse, Mitch

C Mitch Morse missed his third straight game Sunday with a sprained foot and did not practice Wednesday. Backup C Zach Fulton expects to continue starting in his place until Morse is healthy.

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NFL Note - Green Bay Packers McCray, Justin

OL Justin McCray had never played an NFL snap when the 2017 season began. Amazingly, McCray has made three starts this season - two at right tackle and last week at left guard. "(He's) fought his ass off and (he's) played pretty well," Packers' offensive line coach James Campen said.

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NFL Note - Chicago Bears Trevathan, Danny

ILB Danny Trevathan returns this week and said he and Packers receiver Davante Adams are on good terms after Adams was put in the hospital with a hit that earned Trevathan a suspension.

"He was real cool," Trevathan said. "He plays football, he plays it hard and he plays it good. We were good."

The Bears could also get Nick Kwiatkoski back to play alongside Trevathan. He practiced Wednesday on a limited basis for the first time since suffering a pectoral injury in Week 2. Kwiatkoski was replacing Jerrell Freeman, who is out for the year with a pectoral muscle injury.

"Having Nick back would help," Trevathan said.

Christian Jones called signals last week after a knee and ankle injury took John Timu out of the game.

"He's a guy who loves the game and gives it his all," Trevathan said of Jones. "You see it every time he's out there."

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NFL Note - Arizona Cardinals Watford, Earl

LG Earl Watford graded out fairly well against the Eagles for a player signed off the street the same week he made his first start of the season. Watford, who spent his first four NFL seasons with the Cardinals before leaving as a free agent this past offseason, got the start because of injuries to Mike Iupati and Alex Boone. "Earl didn't play that bad," head coach Bruce Arians said. "He had the one pressure, or one sack, but for just coming off the street, he didn't play that bad."

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NFL Note - San Francisco 49ers Nwachukwu, Noble

DT Noble Nwachukwu was released from the practice squad by the 49ers on Wednesday in order to create room for the addition of DT Jeremy Liggins. Nwachukwu went to training camp with the 49ers this summer after having been undrafted in April.

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NFL Note - San Francisco 49ers Foster, Reuben

OLB Reuben Foster (sprained ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday. Foster had not played or practiced since suffering the injury in the season opener against Carolina. While noting that the 49ers would be cautious with Foster's return, head coach Kyle Shanahan indicated Wednesday the door at this point is open for the rookie to play Sunday at Washington.

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NFL Note - San Francisco 49ers Witherspoon, Ahkello

CB Ahkello Witherspoon (concussion) is in the NFL's concussion protocol. He suffered the injury last Sunday at Indianapolis. He is questionable for this week's game at Washington. ... CB Asa Jackson (strained hamstring) was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list on Wednesday. The 27-year-old was injured in the Week 5 loss at Indianapolis. Jackson played in four games for the 49ers this season, recording three tackles.

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NFL Note - Buffalo Bills Glenn, Cordy

LT Cordy Glenn has missed four games with foot and ankle injuries, and while he will probably be ready to play when the Bills return to action, it isn't a certainty that he'll be on the left side.

Head coach Sean McDermott hinted that he's still evaluating what the starting five will be, and how it will look.

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NFL Note - Buffalo Bills Hyde, Micah

SS Micah Hyde, the Bills' big-ticket free-agent acquisition, leads the NFL with four interceptions and he also has nine passes defensed.

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NFL Note - Buffalo Bills Taylor, Tyrod

QB Tyrod Taylor has absorbed 18 sacks, tied for second-most in the NFL. His yards per attempt average of 6.7 yards is tied for 29th in the league.

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NFL Note - Buffalo Bills Matthews, Jordan

WR Jordan Matthews tops the Bills' wideouts with 10 catches, but that figure ranks him tied for 131st among all players who have caught passes including tight ends and running backs.

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NFL Note - San Francisco 49ers Reid, Eric

SS Eric Reid (strained knee ligament) was limited in his return to practice Wednesday. The veteran suffered the injury in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Rams. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan indicated Monday that Reid would be evaluated over the course of the week to determine if he were healthy enough to play Sunday at Washington.

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NFL Note - Tennessee Titans Cyprien, Johnathan

S Johnathan Cyprien is out again this week, having injured his hamstring in the opener and not played since. He is likely out until after the Titans' bye week, which comes Oct. 29.

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NFL Note - Tennessee Titans Searcy, Da'Norris

S Da'Norris Searcy will continue to start while Johnathan Cyprien is out of the lineup. He was a starter last year and now has started four of the five games this season.

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NFL Note - Tennessee Titans Supernaw, Phillip

TE Phillip Supernaw had the first touchdown catch of his career in Sunday's loss in Miami. Amazingly, it came after Supernaw false-started twice in a row, moving the football from the 1 back to the 11.

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NFL Note - Buffalo Bills McCoy, LeSean

RB LeSean McCoy is averaging 55.8 yards per game, far below last year's average of 84.6 yards and less than his career average of 75.7 yards.

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NFL Note - Buffalo Bills Hauschka, Steven

K Stephen Hauschka has connected on 11 of his 12 field-goal attempts and all eight of his extra points.

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NFL Note - Cincinnati Bengals Hopkins, Trey

RG Trey Hopkins split reps with T.J. Johnson on Sunday. Hopkins missed three weeks with a knee injury. "To get (him) back to playing football," said head coach Marvin Lewis.

"That was a little bit of a concern, and we want to make sure we have the right guys playing."

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NFL Note - Cincinnati Bengals Boyd, *Tyler

WR Tyler Boyd left Sunday's game in the first quarter with a knee injury. Head coach Marvin Lewis wouldn't confirm reports that Boyd could be out for a few weeks.

"Again, we can't know how long healing will take," Lewis said. "He has a sore knee (laughs)." Boyd has Boyd has only six receptions for 43 yards, coming off a strong rookie campaign.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Rams Joyner, Lamarcus

S Lamarcus Joyner was limited in practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Rams Whitworth, Andrew

LT Andrew Whitworth did not practice Wedensday in a non-injury related absence.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Rams Sullivan, John

C John Sullivan did not practice Wednesday in a non-injury related absence.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Rams Hill, Troy

CB Troy Hill did not practice Wednesday with a shoulder injury.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Rams Barwin, Connor

LB Connor Barwin did not practice Wedensday in a non-injury related absence.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Rams Barron, Mark

LB Mark Barron did not practice Wednesday with a knee injury.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Rams Johnson, John

S John Johnson, a rookie, played well enough in his first career start on Sunday that it looks like he'll remain the starter along with Lamarcus Joyner. That also means former starter Maurice Alexander is out of a job as the club released him on Monday. Rams head coach Sean McVay said Johnson and Joyner will be interchangeable in their roles.

"The way that our coaches do it is they train those guys to play both free (safety) and underneath and we've got some different calls and things like that, that dictate whatever it is, whether it's a two-safety or single-safety defense - who is an underneath defender, who is a middle safety," McVay said. "And John did a nice job specifically as a post player yesterday. But, you look at the interception he made, he's an underneath flat player. So, I think with those safeties, they're interchangeable in terms of being able to play deep and then underneath in some of those run support structures."

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Rams Watkins, Sammy

WR Sammy Watkins has just one catch the last two weeks and was targeted just four times last week against Seattle, which set off a bit of a firestorm as Watkins went to Twitter to voice some cryptic concerns.

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NFL Note - Green Bay Packers King, Kevin

CB Kevin King, a rookie second-round draft choice who has become the Packers' top corner, left Green Bay's win over Dallas with a concussion and did not practice.

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NFL Note - Green Bay Packers Thomas, Joe

ILB Joe Thomas did not practice due to an ankle injury.

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NFL Note - Green Bay Packers Burnett, Morgan

SS Morgan Burnett left the Dallas game with a hamstring injury and did not practice Wednesday.

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NFL Note - Green Bay Packers Brooks, Ahmad

OLB Ahmad Brooks did not practice due to a back injury.

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NFL Note - Green Bay Packers Montgomery, Ty

RB Ty Montgomery suffered broken ribs against Chicago in Week 4 and sat out last week. But Montgomery practiced Wednesday.

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NFL Note - Green Bay Packers Bakhtiari, David

LT David Bakhtiari (hamstring) hasn't played since Week 1, but practiced Wednesday.

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NFL Note - Kansas City Chiefs Terrell, Steven

S Steven Terrell sustained a concussion on the opening kickoff of Sunday's game after taking a knee to the helmet. There is no timetable on the return of the backup safety, who contributes primarily on special teams.

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NFL Note - Kansas City Chiefs Logan, Bennie

DT Bennie Logan was limited in practice Wednesday. The team continues providing additional rest for Logan, who has battled knee inflammation since training camp. He is not expected to miss any game time.

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NFL Note - Houston Texans McKinney, Benardrick

ILB Benardrick McKinney (hip) missed practice, but will start Sunday.

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NFL Note - Houston Texans Jackson, Kareem

CB Kareem Jackson (hamstring) missed practice, but will start Sunday.

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NFL Note - Cincinnati Bengals Ross, *John

WR John Ross remains on hold, unless you count his one touch on a 12-yard end-around that resulted in a fumble.

The Bengals' first-round draft choice was a late arrival to training camp practices due to a shoulder injury suffered in college. A knee injury has kept him out of action for four of five weeks. He has been on the field for only five snaps.

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NFL Note - Cleveland Browns Thomas, Joe

LT Joe Thomas (knee) did not practice Wednesday, his normal day to rest.

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NFL Note - Green Bay Packers Tretter, JC

C JC Tretter (knee) did not practice. Head coach Hue Jackson said he does not think it is a long-term injury.

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NFL Note - Cleveland Browns Taylor, Jamar

CB Jamar Taylor (ribs) did not practice. He started the first five games.

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NFL Note - Houston Texans Johnson, Kevin

CB Kevin Johnson (sprained MCL) will miss his fourth game in a row, but is getting closer to returning.

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NFL Note - Houston Texans Joseph, Johnathan

CB Johnathan Joseph (groin) missed practice, but will start Sunday.

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NFL Note - Houston Texans Clowney, Jadeveon

OLB-DE Jadeveon Clowney (knee) missed practice, but will start Sunday.

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NFL Note - Arizona Cardinals Price, Givens

G/T Givens Price was re-signed to the team's practice squad on Wednesday. He replaces rookie guard Dorian Johnson, who was signed to the active roster of the Houston Texans. Johnson was a fourth-round pick out of Pittsburgh and initially was seen as the team's future starting right guard. He never was able to push for the role, however, and was outplayed in training camp and the preseason by second-year pro Evan Boehm. "He struggled in pass protection and we saw progress, but not the speed that we would have liked to add him on the active roster," head coach Bruce Arians said of Johnson.

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NFL Note - Arizona Cardinals Humphries, D.J.

LT D.J. Humphries (knee) is expected to practice when the team gets after it in full pads on Thursday and if all goes well the rest of the week, and he could return to the starting lineup Sunday against visiting Tampa Bay.

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NFL Note - Arizona Cardinals Boone, Alex

LG Alex Boone (pectoral strain) is expected to practice when the team gets after it in full pads on Thursday and if all goes well the rest of the week, he could return to the starting lineup Sunday against visiting Tampa Bay.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Gordon, Melvin

RB Melvin Gordon is coming off his first 100-yard rushing game of the year. He also added two scoring receptions as he hopes to build on his best game of the season. "You could tell he was getting into a rhythm," quarterback Philip Rivers said. "It's still early as far as where it all ends up."

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Phillips, Adrian

S Adrian Phillips (neck) was a full participant.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Dzubnar, Nick

LB Nick Dzubnar (elbow) was a full participant.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Inman, Dontrelle

WR Dontrelle Inman (hamstring was limited.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Williams, *Mike

WR Mike Williams (back) was limited in practice as he continues to increase his load. He's yet to go through an entire practice.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Brown, Jatavis

LB Jatavis Brown (ankle) was limited.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Oliver, Branden

RB Branden Oliver (hamstring) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Barksdale, Joe

RT Joe Barksdale (foot) was limited.

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NFL Note - Los Angeles Chargers Boston, Tre

FS Tre Boston prevailed over Dwight Lowery, a starter last year, in one of the most spirited camp battles. He's slowly having more of an impact and he proved it in the win over the Giants when his first interception with the Chargers sealed the team's first win. Boston has started all five games and is the only Charger to have played all 339 defensive snaps. Along with his pick, he has 25 tackles (21 solo) and two passes defensed.

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NFL Note - San Francisco 49ers Juszczyk, Kyle

FB Kyle Juszczyk (sore back) was held out of practice Wednesday. The fullback suffered a concussion and neck injury in the Week 4 loss at Arizona, but was able to clear the NFL's concussion protocol in order to play last week at Indianapolis. It is unclear if the back issue is related to the previous neck problem.

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NFL Note - San Francisco 49ers Liggins, Jeremy

DT Jeremy Liggins was signed to the 49ers' practice squad on Wednesday. The undrafted rookie went to training camp with the Seattle Seahawks, but was cut on the eve of the regular season. Liggins was an offensive player (mostly tight end and lineman) while at the University of Mississippi.

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NFL Note - Cleveland Browns Burgess, James

LB James Burgess (knee) did not practice. He was injured playing the Jets last week.

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NFL Note - Cleveland Browns Britt, Kenny

WR Kenny Britt (knee/groin) was limited. He was inactive with the injuries last week.

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NFL Note - Pittsburgh Steelers Gilbert, Marcus

RT Marcus Gilbert, who has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, went through a full practice Wednesday and said he expects to play in Kansas City.

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NFL Note - Pittsburgh Steelers Foster, Ramon

LG Ramon Foster did not practice Wednesday due to a back injury.

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NFL Note - Detroit Lions Washington, *Dwayne

RB Dwayne Washington practiced on a limited basis Wednesday for the first time since he suffered a quad injury in a Week 2 win over the New York Giants. Zach Zenner has nine carries for just 16 yards while playing the big-back role in Washington's absence.

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NFL Note - Detroit Lions Worrilow, Paul

LB Paul Worrilow is expected to miss his second straight game Sunday with an MCL injury. Worrilow, the Lions' starting strong-side linebacker, could return after next week's bye. G T.J. Lang (back) and DE Ziggy Ansah (knee) also missed practice Wednesday.

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NFL Note - Detroit Lions Stafford, Matthew

QB Matthew Stafford has now gone 172 straight pass attempts without throwing an interception, the second-longest streak of his career. Stafford went 211 consecutive attempts without an interception at the end of the 2015 season and the start of 2016.

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NFL Note - Seattle Seahawks Jordan, Dion

DE Dion Jordan is on the reserve/non-football injury list and eligible to begin practicing next week. The Seahawks haven't indicated what their plans are for Jordan, who had two knee surgeries in April.

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NFL Note - Seattle Seahawks McDowell, *Malik

DT Malik McDowell is on the reserve/non-football injury, and head coach Pete Carrol said he believes there is a chance McDowell might play this season. McDowell suffered serious injuries in an ATV accident before the start of training camp.

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NFL Note - Detroit Lions Golladay, Kenny

WR Kenny Golladay returned to practice Wednesday after missing two games with a hamstring injury, and could provide a boost to the Lions' struggling offense this weekend against the Saints.

Golladay caught two touchdown passes in his NFL debut last month and at 6-foot-4 is maybe the best deep threat in the Lions' receiving corps.

"I think even without Kenny out there we still have opportunity to have some explosive plays," head coach Jim Caldwell said. "I mean, you watch Golden there at the end, he makes guys miss, gets up the field. Marvin had what, five catches or so (against the Panthers). ... So we have enough out there, even without Kenny. We just haven't been effective enough, that's the key."

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NFL Note - Detroit Lions Fells, Darren

TE Darren Fells started getting respect as the Lions' No. 1 tight end. The Lions have opened all five games this year in two-tight-end sets, but Fells has played more snaps than Eric Ebron (and been more effective) the last two weeks. He has just eight catches for 75 yards on the season, but Fells caught two touchdowns in last week's loss to the Carolina Panthers and he's an invaluable part of the offense as a pass and run blocker.

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NFL Note - Dallas Cowboys March-Lillard, Justin

LB Justin March-Lillard signed with the Cowboys Wednesday. March-Lillard, an undrafted free agent out of Akron, spent the 2015-16 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and was among their final cuts. After the Chiefs released March-Lillard on Sept. 2, the Miami Dolphins claimed him on waivers. The Dolphins then released him on Sept. 26 and the Seattle Seahawks claimed him on Sept. 27.

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NFL Note - Dallas Cowboys Wilson, Damien

LB Damien Wilson was cleared Wednesday of all charges by a grand jury arising from a Fourth of July incident. Wilson, 24, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, stemming from a parking lot dispute over the summer holiday weekend. According to a police report from the incident, Wilson "intentionally" backed into a woman while trying to find a parking spot at Toyota Stadium, and then brandished a rifle at a man. But Wilson won't go to trial over the matter. He posted on social media that Wednesday was "a beautiful day."

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NFL Note - Dallas Cowboys Lee, Sean

LB Sean Lee, who missed the past two games with a strained hamstring, was at practice Wednesday and should be back on the field when the Cowboys return after the bye against the 49ers.

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NFL Note - Pittsburgh Steelers Pouncey, Maurkice

C Maurkice Pouncey did not practice Wednesday due to a chest injury.

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NFL Note - Pittsburgh Steelers Shazier, Ryan

LB Ryan Shazier was limited in practice Wednesday due to a quad injury.

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NFL Note - Tennessee Titans Orakpo, Brian

LB Brian Orakpo, who led the Titans with 10.5 sacks a year ago on his way to the Pro Bowl, has only one sack in five games.

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NFL Note - Tennessee Titans Lewan, Taylor

LT Taylor Lewan, who did not finish Sunday's game in Miami because of a left knee injury, was held out of Wednesday's practice by head coach Mike Mularkey. He remains day-to-day.

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NFL Note - Tennessee Titans Kern, Brett

P Brett Kern had a fabulous day Sunday in Miami, something that happens often when an offense struggles.

Kern became the first punter in NFL history to have 10 punts in a game and average better than 50 yards a kick. His average for Sunday was 54.9 yards and his season average is 51.8 with nine of his 28 punts downed inside the 20.

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NFL Note - Tennessee Titans Mariota, Marcus

QB Marcus Mariota did a little bit more work Wednesday as he tries to make his way back from a left hamstring injury that kept him out of Sunday's game in Miami.

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NFL Note - Tennessee Titans Davis, Corey

WR Corey Davis remains out of the lineup with a hamstring injury and has already been ruled out for Monday night. He might have a chance to return next week.

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NFL Note - New York Giants Shepard, Sterling

WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) is currently in a walking boot and is unable to practice. The Giants have listed Shepard as day-to-day, but it's unlikely that he will play Sunday night against the Broncos.

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NFL Note - New York Giants Apple, *Eli

CB Eli Apple, benched for three defensive series last week, complained about being unfairly targeted and opined that the culture had to change.

He told reporters Tuesday that he was uncertain as to whether he would be back in the starting lineup Sunday.

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NFL Note - New York Giants Vernon, Olivier

DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) remains unable to practice. Vernon was initially injured in Week 3; he aggravated his injury in Week 4 and has not been able to practice since.

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NFL Note - New York Giants Richburg, Weston

C Weston Richburg (concussion) is making progress in the protocol, but has still not been cleared to return to light drills.

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NFL Note - New York Giants Collins, Landon

S Landon Collins (ankle) was not present at the start of practice Wednesday and didn't practice. Collins told reporters that he believes he'll be good to go on Sunday.

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