NFL rumors roundup

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Here's a look at some of the top rumors for Tuesday, Nov. 24:

  • It's hard to imagine a swifter fall from grace than the San Francisco 49ers have had in the last calendar year. Leading into Thanksgiving a year ago, the team was 7-4 and coming off of three consecutive appearances in the NFC Championship Game, including a trip to Super Bowl XLVII. Since then, the Niners have gone 4-11 with a point differential of minus-160. Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle wonders if all of the failure could add up to a one-and-done season for head coach Jim Tomsula, whom Killion describes as "in so far over his head it is almost painful to watch." While this doesn't appear to be anything more than reading the tea leaves, it's certainly an interesting question to ponder. Now that Colin Kaepernick -- whose future in San Francisco looks uncertain, at best -- is on injured reserve, Tomsula is next in line as a scapegoat, Killion argues. CEO Jed York and GM Trent Baalke walked willingly into this mess by parting ways with Jim Harbaugh and promoting Tomsula last offseason (which in turn alienated defensive coordinator Vic Fangio), but how will they clean it up? Killion also points out that the front office's clear preference for a "yes man" head coach could make it difficult to find a strong candidate in the future. More than a third of the season is yet to be played, but this situation will certainly bear monitoring, especially if the ugly losses keep piling up.

  • Updating an item from yesterday, 9News Denver's Mike Klis hears that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was "incensed" by Pro Football Talk's report saying Manning plans on playing in 2016 with or without the Broncos. The implication is that Manning has not yet begun to think about his plans for next season. Klis added that Manning considered retirement last offseason, which suggests he'll consider retirement again after this season ends. It's certainly possible that Manning is already leaning toward returning in 2016, prompting the original Pro Football Talk report, but if that's the case, he clearly wasn't happy to see his inclination leaked to the media. But with much still to play out for Manning this season, it's hard to imagine that he's decided on his future one way or another at this point. For what it's worth, Klis also noted that the Broncos' quarterback situation has been a source of "zero controversy" and "zero distraction" in the locker room, crediting head coach Gary Kubiak for that. Manning's situation certainly draws a large spotlight, but the team has made a relatively smooth transition to Brock Osweiler so far. Whether or not that changes once Manning deems himself healthy could be a completely different story.

  • Buffalo Bills rookie guard John Miller appears to have avoided serious injury in Monday night's loss to the New England Patriots. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports Miller -- who was carted off the field -- suffered "just a minor ankle sprain" rather than a broken bone. Miller has struggled as a rookie, ranking 82nd out of 83 guards in Pro Football Focus' rankings this season, but a developing rookie can only improve by staying on the field. The Bills' offensive line has been a positive overall, and continuity can't hurt.