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Denver's Osweiler used time on sidelines wisely

After waiting 43 months, Broncos QB Brock Osweiler has made the most of his opportunity. In the process, he's won over teammates with his confidence and maturity, writes Jeff Legwold.

Chip Kelly refutes report he met with USC (2:11)
Brady hopes Gronk injury is not too serious (0:46)
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Game balls: Who starred in Week 12

Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who is now 4-0 as a starter this season, and Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin are among Sunday's top performers.

Kearse: We left it all out on the field (0:45)
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Four downs: Chiefs can swing fantasy playoffs

Alex Smith is playing like a top-10 fantasy quarterback, his weapons are producing and Kansas City's schedule couldn't be easier for the stretch run.

Winston disappointed in game, not situation (0:43)
OBJ doing OBJ things (0:26)


Manziel active for Monday Night Football

Browns QB Johnny Manziel will be active for tonight's game against the Ravens, according to Pat McManamon and first reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He will serve as the third quarterback behind starter Josh McCown and backup Austin Davis.

Panthers on an amazing streak

What happened a year ago today? The Carolina Panthers lost their last regular season game. Since then, the Panthers have rattled off 15 consecutive victories. Take a trip down memory lane

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Luck not in danger of losing starting job

Despite Matt Hasselbeck compiling a 4-0 record in Andrew Luck's absence, Colts coach Chuck Pagano put an end to any possible controversy: "When he's healthy ... and the doctors and trainers say he's ready to roll, he's going to be under center."


Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Rob Gronkowski not expected to play Sun vs. Eagles, per sources. Likely to miss multiple weeks; return date will be a pain tolerance issue.

Jets' Revis still in concussion protocol

New York coach Todd Bowles said CB Darrelle Revis has made only "slight progress" after suffering the head injury Nov. 22 vs. Houston. Revis' replacement, Marcus Williams, is day-to-day with a sprained MCL.


Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyler Eifert still feels optimistic about playing Sunday, but the Bengals TE acknowledged he still is working back the full movement and range of motion in his shoulder/neck after receiving a stinger in Sunday's win over the Rams.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills have placed DL Alex Carrington (quad) on injured reserve and waived LB A.J. Tarpley. That opens two 53-man roster spots and leaves the Bills with Preston Brown and rookie Tony Steward as their only healthy inside linebackers.

Why to watch Ravens-Browns on MNF

The Ravens and Browns may be a combined 5-15 this season, but that doesn't mean their Monday night matchup will be a dud. All 10 of the Ravens' games have been decided by 8 points or less, including a 33-30 loss to the Browns in Week 5. Lots of close MNF games

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McPhee: Rodgers' remark motivated Bears

Chicago LB Pernell McPhee said Thursday's win at Green Bay was extra meaningful because of comments made by Aaron Rodgers in Week 1. "C'mon, the quarterback said he loved beating up on us. Who he think we are?" McPhee told reporters. "We ain't the team from last year, or two years ago, or three years ago. ... A lot of guys took it personal."

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Colts starting middle linebacker Jerrell Freeman is week-to-week with a Grade 2 hamstring injury, coach Chuck Pagano said. Freeman suffered the injury in Sundays victory over Tampa Bay. Nate Irving replaced Freeman in the game.

Not Ray Lewis on stopping Cam's dabbing

"He got your wife dabbing. He got your kids dabbing. He got coach Roy Williams from the Chapel Hill Tar Heels dabbing. Stop this man from dancing!"


Barnwell: Pats still positioned for SB run

The Patriots lost their first game of the season Sunday, and added a few players to an already-packed injury list. But Bill Barnwell isn't giving up on New England. Still SB contenders

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Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Tony Romo has had two back surgeries and broken collarbone three times since 2010. He turns 36 next April but Jason Garrett doesn't see the end for Romo. "He has a lot of football left in him," Garrett said.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers RB Eddie Lacy when asked whether he got into more trouble for his fumble or almost flipping the ball away too early on his TD: "Both of them. That was too close."

Bayless fired up about refs in Pats game

Skip wants to give credit where it's due to a Broncos squad that played a great game but ... "My final score of that game is Refs 30, Tom Brady 24."


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said, "We're excited to be in the position we're in. Now it's a matter of maintaining our focus."

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Marvin Lewis says a goal Sunday was to walk away from the game vs. the Rams feeling good about the play on both lines of scrimmage. He's happy that happened.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Jones was disappointed with his play right after Sunday's game. As Marvin Lewis watched the game this morning, he saw better play from the Bengals corner than expected. So he texted Jones: "Don't be so hard on yourself." Lewis said that's an example of how competitive Jones (who felt he was playing at 65 percent Sunday) is.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

So Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola could be back in next couple weeks, Julian Edelman by end of season. By playoffs, Patriots healthier.

Rob Gronkowski has no tear in knee

An MRI confirms that the Patriots TE has a bruised right knee, and no tears, a source tells ESPN's Dianna Russini. A source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that Gronkowski's injury is considered a "minor knee strain," and said he'll be out "a week or two, most likely."

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins injury update: TE Derek Carrier (high ankle sprain/Achilles), CB Quinton Dunbar (open dislocation of finger), WR Andre Roberts (knee) and RB Chris Thompson (sprain AC joint) are all day to day, coach Jay Gruden said.

Injury updates from around the NFL

  • Bills DE Alex Carrington (torn quad) out for season, per Adam Caplan and NFL Network
  • Cardinals RB Chris Johnson has knee contusion, RB Andre Ellington has turf toe
  • Giants OG Geoff Schwartz (ankle) to go on season-ending IR, according to coach Tom Coughlin


Belichick really not happy with question

A reporter dared to ask Bill Belichick his emotions after seeing Rob Gronkowski down on the field. Note: Do not ask Bill Belichick about his emotions.


Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

"No comment on officials." -- Cardinals coach Bruce Arians when he was asked Monday if he received an additional explanation for the 13-men on the field penalty and subsequent confusion on downs.