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Week 12 fantasy advice: Team-by-team intel

NFL Nation reporters explain why Steelers tailback DeAngelo Williams and Browns quarterback Josh McCown, among others, are solid fantasy plays this weekend.

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Johnny Manziel gave the Browns no choice

The latest in Johnny Manziel's dubious off-field scenes proved too much to tolerate for the Browns, who demoted the QB from starter to the third team.

What you need to know for Week 12 (1:00)
JPP 'happy to be alive' this Thanksgiving (1:01)
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Brady-Manning: What we'll miss about their classic matchup

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have played 16 times since 2001. But as Geoffrey Chaucer penned, 'All good things must come to an end.' With Manning out Sunday and his career in doubt because of injuries, here are a few things we'll miss about their matchup.

Jimmy Graham trade not bad for Seahawks (0:44)
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Stock up, stock down, according to NFL FPI

A look at the NFL teams that have seen their playoff chances rise and fall the most in recent weeks, according to the Football Power Index.


Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams QB Case Keenum (concussion) participated in a limited portion of Wednesdays practice. Coach Jeff Fisher said Keenum split reps with the first-team offense with Nick Foles during the practice. Keenum is still in the concussion protocol but Rams are hopeful hell clear it and be able to play this week.

RB Fantasy Ranks: Lean on T.J. Yeldon?

Eric Karabell has the Jaguars back in his top 10 for this week, but he's alone on an island compared to our other experts. Yeldon has gone without a TD for three straight weeks. RB Rankings

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Another person said Stedman Bailey's surgery lasted closer to 9 hours. He is stable and will be closely monitored over next 5 days.

Panthers lip-sync 'Hello' -- and nail it

Jonathan Stewart, Greg Olsen, Luke Kuechly (in a hot tub!) and a couple of other Panthers made a video lip-syncing Adele's hit. And it's awesome. Hello, it's the Panthers

Gronk scared to overeat at Thanksgiving?

It takes mental toughness not to eat too much, said Pats TE Rob Gronkowski: "Knowing you've got that huge pie in front of you and only eating a little piece. ... I know anyone in this locker room could put down like 6 pounds of food."


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Rams coach Jeff Fisher says Stedman Bailey is resting in ICU after surgery that lasted an estimated 4-6 hours.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints QB Matt Flynn, who won a national championship under Les Miles at LSU, said he thinks it would be a mistake to fire him. Just be careful what youre asking for. Flynn said he understands the frustration of unmet expectations but said Miles is a reason for those high expectations. And he said talk that Miles won with Nick Sabans players is quite a bit of ignorance. ... Its been 11 years since (Saban) has been there, and people are still talking about him. So I mean, get over it.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rams huddled in prayer for WR Stedman Bailey before today's practice. Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Bailey is out of surgery and resting in the ICU. Surgery lasted between four and six hours, according to Fisher.

Brady-Manning: A few things we'll miss

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have played 16 times since 2001. With Manning out Sunday and his career in doubt because of injuries, here are a few things we'll miss about their matchup. Who's the better pitchman?


QB fantasy rankings: Palmer the No. 1 option

Matthew Berry and Field Yates both have the Cardinals QB atop their list of options for this week. Palmer's opponent, the 49ers, allow the second-highest QBR in the league. QB rankings

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Tom Brady: Manning has been 'remarkable'

The Patriots QB said no one respects Peyton Manning more than he does, and that it's unfortunate timing for an injury: "If anyone can appreciate what he's accomplished, it's me." New England and Denver face off Sunday without Manning.


Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets center Nick Mangold, who hopes to take snaps tomorrow in practice to test his right hand laceration, was naturally saddened to see Ryan Fitzpatrick drastically trim his own beard. "I know it is the hot button issue for the day," Mangold deadpanned. "Its difficult to see a good beard go down. But obviously he is a fighter. He will get back up and continue to work on his growth and just keep getting better every day... (Was it) a panic move? No. No. No. Just his birthday and I assume he did it for the kids because we all know it is all about the kids."

JPP has much to be thankful for

After returning from a fireworks accident this summer to make an impact for a playoff contender, Jason Pierre-Paul said, "I'm just thankful to be alive."


Not Ray Lewis has your turkey motivation

To those who labor in the kitchen prepping all the Thanksgiving food -- Andre Boyd sees you. And he's got some words of encouragement.


Family: Frank Gifford had CTE

Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, who died last summer of natural causes, suffered from the concussion-related brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), his family said Wednesday. Story

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Sixers could pass Bucs with streak

The 76ers' active 25-game losing streak is one short of the benchmark in both the NBA and NFL. The Buccaneers infamously lost the first 26 games of the franchise's existence. Longest losing streaks in sports

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Obama pardons turkeys, cooks Packers

President Barack Obama pardoned two Thanksgiving turkeys today, and while listing the things he was thankful for, he said he's grateful the Bears will beat the Packers on Thursday.

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Starr ready for emotional homecoming

The Packers legend survived two strokes, a heart attack and four seizures last year -- and then a life-threatening bronchial infection three months ago -- and is set to attend Thursday's ceremony for Brett Favre. A legend at Lambeau

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Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Left tackle Joe Thomas was asked if players would be worried what would happen off the field if Johnny Manziel started again. His comment came with a smile: Thats a lot to think about. Ive got a small brain and Im very simple minded. I just try to block the guy that lines up across from me.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Asked whether he expects Richard Sherman to follow him all game, Antonio Brown said, "He follows me on Twitter."

You like that? A Kirk Cousins investigation

When the Redskins QB shouted You like that! earlier this season, it prompted ESPN's John Keim to go through all of Cousins' games so far this season and determine if he liked that. Mixed results

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Ryan Fitzpatrick trimmed the beard. By a lot.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears ruled tight end Martellus Bennett out of Thursday's game against Green Bay. Bennett suffered a ribs injury in last week's loss to Denver. Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery are questionable for the game.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed that Marshawn Lynch had sports hernia surgery. The doctor is very optimistic about a quick recovery. Carroll said best-case scenario is a return in three to four weeks. But it could be longer.

Luck 'very confident' in return this season

Colts QB Andrew Luck said today he is "very confident, very confident" that he will return before the season's end. Luck has been out the past two weeks with a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle.