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Manning out at least two more weeks

John Clayton says on SportsCenter that Broncos aren't overly concerned with QB Peyton Manning missing an additional two starts because it will give him time to heal.


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Five former Jets are among the 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- Brett Favre, Alan Faneca, Kevin Mawae, Ty Law and Steve Atwater. Mawae is the only one who spent the majority of his career with the Jets.

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. Said coach Mike Pettine on his weekly "The Mike Pettine Show": "It was something we felt had violated the trust that we had put in him for the bye coming out of the Pittsburgh game." Story

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.


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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Peyton out at least two more weeks

Broncos QB Peyton Manning met with foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, who said he should spend at the least next week in a walking cast as he recovers from a plantar fascia tear. He missed Sunday's game with the injury.

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has named its 25 semifinalists who will be considered for 2016 induction into Canton, and there is one former Bills player on the list: WR Terrell Owens.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

There's a heavy Rams presence on list of 25 Pro Football Hall of Fame semi finalists, including four members of the Greatest Show on Turf: WR Isaac Bruce, WR Torry Holt, OT Orlando Pace and QB Kurt Warner. Pass rusher Kevin Greene also made the cut. Pace, Warner and Greene came up just short last year and are best positioned of Rams entries this year.

Favre leads list of Pro Football HOF semifinalists

First-year candidates Brett Favre, Terrell Owens and Alan Faneca are among 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The voting for the Class of 2016 will culminate on Feb. 6, the night before the Super Bowl. Full list

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Former 49ers WR Terrell Owens and RB Roger Craig are among 25 semifinalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame consideration, the Hall announced Tuesday. Owens is a first-year candidate while this is the eighth time Craig is a semifinalist. Also, WR Isaac Bruce, who played two years for the Niners, and LB/DE Kevin Greene, who spent one year in San Francisco, were also named semifinalists. The semifinalists will be reduced to 15 Modern-Era finalists by mail ballot of the 46 selectors in January.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Staff Writer 

Four former Denver Broncos players were among the 25 semifinalists chosen for the Pro Football Hall of Fames Class of 2016. The list of 25, announced Tuesday, will now be trimmed to 15 modern-era finalists and the Halls Class of 16 will be chosen, from the list of finalists, on Feb. 6, the day before Super Bowl 50. Broncos Ring of Fame selections Terrell Davis, Karl Mecklenburg and Steve Atwater were among the semifinalists. Also on the list was John Lynch, who played with the Broncos from 2004 to 2007. Davis has now been a semifinalist 10 times

Time to plan for fantasy playoffs

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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Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Fisher said that the concussion protocol conference call that the league has called for has not happened yet. That call apparently is scheduled for this evening, though. All 32 teams and the league expected to discuss the procedure for concussions and seek ways to make it better.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

The Seahawks have placed LB Nick Moody on injured reserve and released DT A.J. Francis. They signed RB Bryce Brown and WR B.J. Daniels to the 53-man active roster. The team also placed tackle Terry Poole on practice squad/injured reserve and signed RB DuJuan Harris and WR Tyler Slavin to the practice squad.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams QB Case Keenum did not participate in teams light Tuesday practice as he goes through concussion protocol. Coach Jeff Fisher said theres hope that Keenum will be able to participate in at least some things in Wednesdays practice. He also confirmed again that Keenum will start this week against Cincinnati if he passes the appropriate concussion tests.

Forte expected to return on Thursday

Bears RB Matt Forte has missed the past three weeks with a knee injury but is ready to play on Thanksgiving night against the Packers. "I'm good enough to go," Forte said.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

No surprise but the Panthers officially activated defensive end Charles Johnson from injured reserve.

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 

The Jets worked out four free agents today, including RB Kendall Hunter (49ers). The others: TE Bob Housler (Cards), DE Tim Jamison (Texans) and LB Ryan Mueller (Chargers).

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots are keeping both DT Chris Jones (calf) and LB Dane Fletcher (ACL) on PUP/injured reserve this season, instead of activating them to the 53-man roster. Today was the deadline for the team to make a decision on both players, who opened the year on the PUP list and began practicing three weeks ago. This officially ends their season.

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.