CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Amini Silatolu said earlier in the week he expected to make his season debut at right tackle when the Carolina Panthers face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in Minneapolis.

That's in doubt now.

Silatolu, who has played guard since being selected in the second round of the 2012 draft, missed Thursday's practice with a knee injury. He missed the final 13 games last season after suffering a season-ending ACL tear in his right knee.

He was inactive for Carolina's last game, a 19-17 loss to Atlanta on Nov. 16, due to swelling and soreness in the knee.

Before the latest setback Silatolu appeared set to replace starting right tackle Nate Chandler, who was placed on injured reserve last week with a knee injury.

If Silatolu is unavailable for Minnesota, Carolina will go with Chris Scott or Mike Remmers. Scott also is a converted guard who was released at the end of training camp. He signed to the practice squad in mid-October and moved up to the 53-man roster later in the month.

Remmers is with his sixth different team since being signed by Denver in 2012 as an undrafted rookie out of Oregon State. The Panthers (3-7-1) recently signed him off the St. Louis Rams practice squad.

Carolina's offensive line has been decimated by injuries this season. Center Ryan Kalil is the only starter who hasn't missed at least one game.
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In a sign that he is making progress in his return from a hip injury sustained Oct. 16, defensive end Chandler Jones was a limited participant in practice for the second straight day. But the difference between Thursday and Wednesday is that the Patriots held a more traditional practice. On Wednesday, it was a walkthrough (no pads and more mental work than physical work).

Elsewhere on the injury report, core special teamer Chris White was a new addition with an ankle injury. He was limited in practice, as he presumably sustained the injury during Thursday's session.

There were no other changes on the Patriots' injury report from Wednesday, while the Packers had one notable change -- rookie receiver Davante Adams was limited with a heel injury. Adams had practiced fully on Wednesday.

49ers activate Garrett Celek

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The San Francisco 49ers made a few roster moves going into Thursday night's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Tight end Garrett Celek was activated from the reserve/physically unable to perform list, and tight end Asante Cleveland added to the active roster.

To make room on the roster, the team placed tight end Derek Carrier on injured reserve and waived linebacker Chase Thomas.

Left guard Gabe Jackson practices

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders rookie left guard Gabe Jackson practiced for a second straight day Thursday, but the team still isn’t sure whether he will start or play Sunday in St. Louis.

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Jackson, Oakland’s third-round draft pick, has missed the previous three games with a knee injury suffered late in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 2. Jackson practiced one day last week, but was held out against the Chiefs and was excused from practice on Monday for personal reasons.

Although interim coach Tony Sparano is encouraged by Jackson’s progress, he might wait until Sunday to make a determination on Jackson’s availability.

"I saw some things yesterday during practice yesterday that were really good, I saw some things yesterday that weren’t quite where I think they needed to be," Sparano said. "We’ll watch the film today and see where he is. Whether or not he starts, plays or is not active, those are all still possibilities."

The rest of the Raiders injury report from Thursday:

Full: TE Brian Leonhardt (concussion)

Limited: RB Latavius Murray (concussion), S Larry Asante (shoulder), S Jonathan Dowling (back), CB TJ Carrie (ankle)

DNP: CB Carlos Rogers (knee), CB Neiko Thorpe (hand)
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins concluded their second practice in preparation for the New York Jets.

Here is the Thursday injury report for Miami:

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Ruled out: LB Jonathan Freeny (hamstring), CB Jamar Taylor (shoulder)

Limited practice: WR Mike Wallace (chest), TE Charles Clay (hamstring, knee), G Daryn Colledge (back), CB Cortland Finnegan (ankle), LT Ja'Wuan James (neck)

Full practice: G Nate Garner (illness), QB Ryan Tannehill (left shoulder), WR Jarvis Landry (shoulder), RB Lamar Miller (knee), LB Koa Misi (ankle, knee), S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring)

Analysis: The Dolphins are in pretty good shape entering Week 13. Most of their "limited" players are expected to be ready for Monday’s rivalry game against the Jets. Finnegan, who missed the past two games with an ankle injury, is the major question mark. He worked primarily with trainers on Wednesday’s portion of practice open to the media, but increased his workload on Thursday. The Dolphins need depth at cornerback, especially with Taylor already ruled out against New York with a shoulder injury.
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- It's become a Wednesday custom for St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher to give some of his key veteran players a day off. In turn, it's become a Thursday tradition for many of those players to get back to work Thursday.

That was the case this Thursday as middle linebacker James Laurinaitis (ankle), end Robert Quinn (not injury related), cornerback E.J. Gaines (knee), receiver Kenny Britt (back) and center Scott Wells (not injury related) all returned to practice on a full-time basis after sitting out Wednesday.

The Rams did have a couple of additions to the report Thursday though as linebacker Alec Ogletree was limited with an illness and guard Davin Joseph was given a veteran's day off of his own.

Meanwhile, all signs continue to point in the direction of end Chris Long returning this week against the Oakland Raiders. Coach Jeff Fisher said Long is making progress and there would be a decision soon on his status for the weekend. It's not official yet but it's expected that Long will be activated in time to play Sunday.

Here's the full injury report from Thursday:

Did not participate: CB Marcus Roberson (ankle), DE Eugene Sims (not injury related), RG Davin Joseph (not injury related)

Limited participation: TE Cory Harkey (thigh), DT Alex Carrington (thigh), LB Alec Ogletree (illness), LB Will Herring (foot)

Full participation: CB Lamarcus Joyner (groin), LB James Laurinaitis (ankle), DE Robert Quinn (not injury related), C Scott Wells (not injury related), CB E.J. Gaines (knee), TE Jared Cook (back), WR Kenny Britt (back)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts cornerback Greg Toler (concussion) was a full participant in practice Thursday, but defensive lineman Cory Redding sat out because of a knee problem.

Coach Chuck Pagano said Wednesday that the plan was for Toler to take part in all of practice Thursday after wearing a red non-contact jersey in practice the day before.

The odds of tight end Dwayne Allen (ankle) playing Sunday against the Washington Redskins are slim because he has yet to practice this week. The Colts are being extra cautious with Allen because they don’t want him to injure his ankle again the same way Art Jones did when he returned to the lineup too soon from his high-ankle sprain.

Here’s the rest of Thursday’s practice report:

Did not practice: Safety Colt Anderson (knee), offensive lineman Xavier Nixon (foot), linebacker Andy Studebaker (hamstring), offensive lineman Hugh Thornton (knee)

Limited practice: Cornerback Darius Butler (knee), cornerback Vontae Davis (foot)
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- You can go back to enjoying your Thanksgiving, the Green Bay Packers don't appear to be concerned that receiver Davante Adams is at risk of missing Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.

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Adams was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice because of a heel injury, but he did not appear to do anything during the portion that was open to reporters.

Coach Mike McCarthy said someone stepped on Adams' foot in practice on Wednesday.

"Davante actually moved around, did some things, so they're just kind of working through exactly how they're going to handle it," McCarthy said after practice. "So I don't have high concern."

Neither did receiver Jordy Nelson.

"I think he'll be fine," Nelson said. "I'm not worried."

One player not listed on the injury report -- and who insisted that he shouldn't be -- is linebacker A.J. Hawk, who looked like he was having a hard time in coverage against Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph last Sunday. On the Vikings' first play from scrimmage, Rudolph easily ran away from Hawk for a 23-yard gain on a crossing route.

"It wasn't from being unhealthy or whatever," Hawk said. "He just caught me by surprise. I should've anticipated him coming across earlier, but it wasn't anything health-wise.

"I'm good. I'm healthy. There's no way I would ever say anything if I wasn't, but I'm actually not lying to you."

Here's the full injury report from Thursday’s practice:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs had changes on their injury report Thursday, some positive and others not.

Starting tight end Anthony Fasano (knee), reserve defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson (calf) and punter Dustin Colquitt (calf) made progress. Fasano and Vickerson were listed as limited practice participants after not participating a day earlier. Colquitt was a full participant after being limited Wednesday.

Wide receiver Donnie Avery (groin) and cornerback Jamell Fleming (hamstring) went the other way. They were limited a day after being full participants.

There was no change for wide receiver Junior Hemingway (concussion, did not practice), nickel back Chris Owens (knee and abdomen, limited), linebacker Tamba Hali (knee), tackle Donald Stephenson (shoulder, full) and cornerback Sean Smith (groin, full).

The Chiefs will issue on their final injury report Friday with playing statuses for Sunday night's game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium.
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DETROIT -- Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte was escorted to the locker room in the first quarter of Thursday's 34-17 Thanksgiving Day loss to the Detroit Lions and trainers determined after an evaluation for a concussion that the veteran would not be able to continue due to an eye injury.

The club also announced defensive end Cornelius Washington would miss the rest of the game due to a chest injury.

This latest setback tops off a litany of injury issues for Conte, who had been diagnosed with two concussions this season in addition to missing time with sprains on both shoulders.

Conte suffered the eye injury in the first quarter after a collision with Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. The team announced it was evaluating Conte for a concussion when he left the field before saying later the safety suffered an eye injury.

Conte left the field after the play, and Brock Vereen replaced him in the lineup. Initially, it appeared as if Conte had something lodged in his eye. Conte continuously wiped at his left eye with a towel while athletic trainers attended to him.

Bears coach Marc Trestman on Tuesday complimented Conte for the adversity he's overcome this season. In the team's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, Conte picked off a pass to run his season total to three.


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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts returned to practice on Thursday after missing Wednesday's workout because of the flu.

Shorts said he was still feeling some lingering effects from the illness but felt much better, and there are no indications that he will not be available for Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

Several other players, however, did not practice: linebacker Jeremiah George (ankle), safety Josh Evans (elbow), defensive end Chris Clemons (knee), and linebacker Geno Smith (day off).

Also, defensive end Andre Branch participated fully in practice after participating on a limited basis on Wednesday. He is returning from a groin injury that has caused him to miss the past four games.
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert did not practice Thursday because of an ankle injury, putting his status for Sunday in question.

Gilbert left practice Wednesday after colliding with left guard Ramon Foster. If the fourth-year veteran is unable to play against the visiting New Orleans Saints, Mike Adams will start at right tackle.

Strong safety Troy Polamalu did not practice as he was given another veteran's day off. Polamalu is expected to play against the Saints even though he has missed the last two games because of a sprained knee.

Linebacker Ryan Shazier (ankle), nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder) and cornerback Cortez Allen (thumb) were limited in drills.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Good afternoon, and a happy Thanksgiving to all of you. The Minnesota Vikings practiced on Thanksgiving morning, in a session that was closed to reporters (no complaints here), and according to their injury report, they were still missing four starters as they prepare for the Carolina Panthers.

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Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was out again with the knee and ankle injuries he suffered on Sunday, and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd did not practice again after sitting out last Sunday with a knee injury. Coach Mike Zimmer said on Wednesday that Floyd would play Sunday against the Panthers; if that's still the Vikings' plan, they will likely try to get Floyd on the practice field on Friday.

Running back Jerick McKinnon sat out for a second consecutive day with a low back strain, and tight end Chase Ford was also out with hamstring and foot injuries. Both McKinnon and Ford have been playing with back and foot injuries, respectively, and both figure to be available Sunday, but we'll again have to see how the Vikings handle things on Friday.

Safety Harrison Smith returned to limited participation after missing Wednesday's practice with shoulder and ankle injuries, and three players who were limited on Wednesday -- Matt Asiata (concussion), Matt Kalil (knee) and Anthony Barr (knee) -- were full participants on Thursday.

With that, we'll return you to more substantive happenings in the NFC North today. Hope you all enjoy a safe and happy holiday, and we'll talk to you tomorrow morning.
CINCINNATI -- It appears Vontaze Burfict will be out a fourth straight game as the linebacker missed the Cincinnati Bengals' Thanksgiving Day practice.

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Coach Marvin Lewis said Wednesday that although Burfict wouldn't practice that day, there was a good chance he would return to practice at some point this week. With their game on the road Sunday at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Bengals only have one practice left this week: Friday's.

If Burfict goes Friday, don't view it as a sign he will be ready for Sunday. View it instead as a sign that he might be ready in time for next week's home game against the Steelers.

Since last Wednesday, Burfict had been spending practice time rehabbing and going through conditioning drills on the side as he works his way back from arthroscopic knee surgery. He had the procedure done Nov. 3, a day after he tweaked his knee while trying to shed a block against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He finished that game. The knee injury has just been the latest in a series of ailments for the linebacker this season. He had head and neck issues in three of the first four games he played this season.

Burfict, one year removed from a Pro Bowl second season, has only finished three games this season.

Along with Burfict, the Bengals were again without defensive end Margus Hunt and a pair of players who were fighting off illnesses. Linebacker Nico Johnson and receiver Greg Little were the third and fourth players to miss practice this week because of illnesses. Receiver Mohamed Sanu and long snapper Clark Harris also missed Wednesday's practice because of sicknesses, but returned Thursday.

Cornerback Adam Jones, who wasn't even at the facility Wednesday, practiced fully Thursday. According to the injury report, he had been out with non-injury related tooth issue.

Here's the full Thursday injury report:

DID NOT PRACTICE
LB Burfict (knee)
DE Hunt (ankle)
LB Johnson (illness; non-injury related)
LS Little (illness; non-injury related)
OT Andrew Whitworth (veteran's day off)

LIMITED PRACTICE PARTICIPATION
DE Robert Geathers (toe)
S George Iloka (groin)

FULL PRACTICE PARTICIPATION
CB Jones (tooth; non-injury related)
LS Harris (illness; non-injury related)
WR Sanu (illness; non-injury related)
OL Mike Pollak (knee)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills were back in their facility Thursday, Thanksgiving day, and held their second practice of the week.

Tight end Lee Smith, who missed Wednesday's session with an illness, was back on the field.

Safety Bacarri Rambo, who was injured on the second to last play of Wednesday's practice, sat out Thursday.

Here is the Bills' full injury report:

Did not practice:
DE Jarius Wynn (knee)
TE Chris Gragg (knee)
S Bacarri Rambo (hamstring)

Limited participation:
WR Robert Woods (ankle)
K Dan Carpenter (right groin

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