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PFT’s Week 16 picks

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — All MDS wanted was a chance.  Maybe he should have been more careful about what he wished for. Down five games with 32 games left and his ability to close the gap hinging on the existence of enough disagreements between the two of us, we disagree on five games this week. So, in theory, he…
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Sen’Derrick Marks has 600,000 reasons to play hard tonight

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — For teams that are out of playoff contention, motivation might be hard to come by. For many individual players, each game can be invaluable. Jaguars defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks has a chance to earn an extra $600,000 tonight, if he can get half a sack in an otherwise unremarkable game against the Titans (a game…
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Report: Philip Rivers has significant back injury

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — For several weeks, questions have swirled regarding whether and to what extent Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is playing with injuries.  He could be playing with an injury that is bad enough that perhaps he shouldn’t be playing. The Chargers recently acknowledged that Rivers has a back injury.  He missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday, critical sessions…
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Thursday morning one-liners

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — The Bills’ offensive line has room for improvement. The Dolphins got four injured LBs back to practice, but it’s unclear if they’ll all be available. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski. Sausage. Write your own punch line. Former Jets CB Darrelle Revis said “It’s kind of sad” the way coach Rex Ryan is going out. Ravens TE…
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Ray Rice makes a public appearance, feels support in Baltimore

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Michael David Smith) — Ray Rice made a rare public appearance on Wednesday, attending an event hosted by Ravens receiver Torrey Smith aimed at collecting donations for needy children at Christmas. Rice said he wanted to do something to support his community, and that he in turn feels supported by the people in Baltimore. “I’ve been back out but…
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Bryan Bulaga “looks great” after Sunday’s concussion

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — The Packers had a devil of a time keeping the Bills defensive line from harassing Aaron Rodgers during last Sunday’s loss in Buffalo, something that wasn’t helped by the loss of right tackle Bryan Bulaga to a concussion during the game. Bulaga’s absence was particularly notable on a late sack by Bills defensive end Mario…
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49ers players react to “unfortunate” Ray McDonald situation

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — The 49ers released defensive end Ray McDonald on Wednesday in the wake of news that he’s the subject of a sexual assault investigation that comes a short time after McDonald was investigated, but not charged, in a domestic violence case. McDonald hasn’t been arrested and the 49ers stuck with McDonald through the first allegations by…
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C.J. Spiller’s limited, but hoping to play Sunday

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — There are a number of things Bills running back C.J. Spiller’s going to have to get used to in a hurry, if he’s going to play this week. Namely, shoulder pads. Spiller took his off midway through Bills practice yesterday, his first since coming back from a broken collarbone. “Yeah, I was just getting used…
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Rex Ryan blanches at the words he heard from Tom Brady

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — Jets coach Rex Ryan was trying to watch a television copy of the Patriots to prepare for this week’s game, when the words he heard offended his delicate ears. Specifically, the F-bombs dropped by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady caught him by surprise. “I even take the TV copies of the games and I watch them, but to…
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Chip Kelly: If we win 11 games and miss playoffs, shame on us

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — The NFL changes a lot from year to year, something that the Eagles could learn the hard way this season. In 2013, the Eagles won 10 games and that was enough to make them NFC East champions and hosts of a home game in the playoffs. This year, the Eagles could wind up with 11…
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Falcons not biting on Saints “funeral” trash talk

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — The Saints are ready to bury the Falcons once and for all. But the Falcons aren’t biting on a eulogy offered by Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis. Via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com, Lewis was talking about not letting the Falcons pass for 500 yards against them when he said: “We’re definitely gonna give them their funeral.” To his…
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Russell Okung not ruled out, Max Unger has chance to play against Cardinals

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Curtis Crabtree) — Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said left tackle Russell Okung has yet to be ruled out for this week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. “He’s still in the mix,” Carroll said. “He’s going to have some stuff done tomorrow that will let us know where he sits and all that. He’s not out of…
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Playoff Chase: N.F.L. Standings and Playoff Scenarios, Week 16

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By DAVID LEONHARDT and KEVIN QUEALY) — What should fans watch — and not watch — in the regular season’s second-to-last week? We have answers.
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Lions claim Josh Thomas off waivers from the Jets

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Curtis Crabtree) — Cornerback Josh Thomas was released by the New York Jets on Tuesday after having his playbook and passport stolen. However, Thomas wasn’t out of work long as he was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions on Wednesday. Thomas played in one game for the Jets and appeared in three games for the Seattle Seahawks…
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Thursday’s Matchup: Titans (2-12) at Jaguars (2-12)

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By BENJAMIN HOFFMAN) — A matchup between two of the worst teams in the N.F.L. will stand alone in prime time.
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