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Mike Clay says Julio Jones will enjoy a pair of "soft" matchups over the next two weeks, but fantasy owners should be aware of Atlanta's two showdowns with Carolina during Weeks 14 and 16 in the fantasy playoffs. Tips for all 32 teams (Insider)

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets could see former No. 1 pick Quinton Coples on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Coples was claimed on waivers by the Dolphins and chief exec Mike Tannenbaum, the former Jets GM who drafted him in 2012. Coples will arrive for tomorrow's practice; no word on whether he'll suit up, but Miami needs front seven help. Could there be gamesmanship involved? Maybe a little, but you're reaching if you think Coples' knowledge of the Jets' schemes will make a difference in the game.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting connection with new Dolphins DE/OLB Quinton Coples: VP Mike Tannenbaum drafted Coples in the first round while with the Jets in 2012.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins also will travel to face the Jets on Sunday. Quinton Coples knows the defensive scheme well and can provide Miami valuable insight.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots WR Danny Amendola has a sprained knee and is not expected to miss extended time, according to a report from Comcast SportsNet. Amendola left Mondays game late in the third quarter and underwent an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury. The Patriots were cautiously optimistic it wasnt a serious injury and the MRI confirmed it, according to ComcastSportsNet.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting move: The Dolphins have claimed DE Quinton Coples via waivers, according to a source. Miami needs help on its front seven.

Bradford: 'I had some memory loss'

The Eagles QB has been cleared to practice after suffering a concussion on Nov. 15. It was the third concussion he has experienced. Said Bradford: "I had some memory loss. The symptoms I've had were similar to the ones I've had in the past, and I was able to recover from those." Story

Some Panthers still support Greg Hardy

Going into Sunday's game against the Panthers, it's apparent Greg Hardy still has the respect of some of his former teammates. Said OLB Thomas Davis: "Greg Hardy is a guy that you flat-out want on your football team." Story

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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens claim Jimmy Clausen off waivers to be their backup QB and place Joe Flacco on IR. Clausen played under Marc Trestman last season in Chicago.

Pierce on Manziel: 'It's not worth it'

The NFL Live crew agree that Johnny Manziel being demoted to 3rd-string QB going forward says he's done. Said Antonio Pierce: "Manziel has not shown that he can be a professional on and off the field."


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

To fill Quinton Coples' roster spot, the Jets poached OLB Josh Martin from the Colts' practice squad and added him to the 53-man roster. Previously, he played for the Bucs and Chiefs. His career numbers: 21 games, one-half sack and 28 tackles, all with the Chiefs. The Jets replaced a former No. 1 pick with a former undrafted free agent out of Columbia. It tells you how much they wanted to move on from Coples.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions had full participation in practice Tuesday with only five players, including receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) and corner Darius Slay (neck) listed as limited.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers DE Frank Alexander has been suspended for one year for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Alexander, who is on injured reserve, was suspended twice last season for a combined 10 games.

Browns bench Manziel, McCown to start

Josh McCown will start for the Browns on Monday night and Johnny Manziel will serve as the team's third QB option behind Austin Davis, the team announced on Tuesday. Said coach Mike Pettine: "Everyone in this organization wants what is best for Johnny just like we do for every player in our locker room. I'm especially disappointed in his actions and behavior because he has been working very hard." Story

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Forte is expected to play Thursday. Said the main reason he missed the Broncos game was because of the short turnaround from Sunday to Thursday.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is an astounding Dolphins stat: They've lost four division games this year by an average margin of 21.25 points per game. They face the New York Jets on Sunday.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars OC Greg Olson answering questions about the run game, red zone production, and QB Blake Bortles.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan tells WGR 550 that "it's too early to tell" if DE Mario Williams (foot) will be able to play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Williams said in the locker room Monday night that he will "definitely" be ready to play.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's how Chiefs are dominating field position battle: In the last three games, opponents have had 36 possessions. Only one started outside their 29 and that was at the 38. Twenty-eight of those possessions started at the 20 or inside the 20. Opponents are struggling to negotiate the long field against the Chiefs.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears running back Matt Forte (knee), wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (groin) and tight end Martellus Bennett (ribs) were limited on Tuesday. Safety Antrel Rolle (knee) did not practice, and is likely to miss another game. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Chris Prosinski is expected to start in place of Rolle.

Riddick: 'There's a line that you draw'

Louis Riddick says the Browns can't trust Johnny Manziel to be a team leader and face of their franchise.


Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears veteran defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on if Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback he's prepared for: "I don't know if he's the best, but there's nobody better."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan to WGR 550 on Sammy Watkins' lack of targets: "We got to really look at that. He's too good of a play maker not to get more looks. We have a great talent there. We got to try to utilize him a little more than we have." Says QB can "force the issue" because of Watkins' talent.