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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.

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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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.

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?


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.

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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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees said Texans do a good job of moving J.J. Watt around, so "It's not like we can just run away from him, since we don't know where he's gonna be." Said it's important to get rid of the ball since Watt is relentless. And said Watt's job is basically to "wreak havoc."

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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Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd practicing for first time since suffering a shoulder injury against the Chicago Bears on Nov. 9.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens QB Matt Schaub said he's excited at the opportunity to start again in the league. "It's a good anxiety to get back out there in the huddle. It's been a whirlwind couple of days."

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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Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Mularkey said WR Kendall Wright "looked much better than I was expecting" at Wednesday practice. After three missed games with a sprained left knee, Wright was still limited to specific number of plays.

Best, worst NFL DFS matchups

Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders says DeAndre Hopkins is a must-have for his matchup vs. the Saints this week. Week 12 tips (Insider)

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Marshawn Lynch has hernia surgery

The Seahawks RB had surgery Wednesday to repair a sports hernia injury, according to ESPN sources and a report. The surgery was first reported by the NFL's website. Story

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Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Mariota was back at Oregon over the weekend, where his Heisman Trophy got a Hawaiian blessing. He left field Wednesday with his LT, Taylor Lewan.

Tom Brady is cooling off a bit

Don't look now, but the Patriots quarterback has been good, rather than great, over the past three weeks.

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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

With 220,026 votes, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has the received the seventh most Pro Bowl votes among all positions.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

"As a quarterback, you just throw to the open guy. It sounds so simple." - 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

"The one thing I believe is that certain storms, you cant go around. Youve got to go right through them, and were steering right through. -- San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula with the Arizona media today on managing the Niners' personnel changes this season.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Despite playing six games, Ben Roethlisberger leads the league with 11 completions on passes thrown at least 30 yards downfield. In the last 10 seasons, no NFL quarterback has thrown more than 16.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions are bringing in Ernie Accorsi to assist with the GM search. Team prez Rod Wood said he will only work for Lions in this cycle.