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Joe Thomas' 9,684 straight shifts in the Factory of Sadness

The offensive lineman wants to be there when the Cleveland Browns become the Chicago Cubs. He'll have earned it -- the likely Hall of Famer has never missed a snap.

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JPP's injury may have a major impact on NCF East (1:22)
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Stephen A. reveals the origin of his disdain for the Cowboys (2:25)
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Woody is tired of Jones' focus on Romo (1:23)
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Playoff odds: How will wacky AFC play out?

How much did the Broncos' wild-card odds rise? Do the Steelers have the edge over the Ravens in the AFC North? Football Outsiders updates the postseason odds for every team.

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Why was the death of Joe McKnight manslaughter?

A man shot and killed McKnight in a "road rage" incident in Louisiana, and that man's version of events has been given the benefit of the doubt. There's a problem with that.

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Free-agent finds for Week 14

We help you make your Week 14 waiver claims with the top free agents available in most ESPN leagues, including key players who could lead you to a title down the stretch.

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

LeSean McCoy comes to the defense of Tyrod Taylor, saying he "stands behind" his quarterback despite heavy criticism this week. McCoy points to dropped passes, lack of healthy Sammy Watkins as reasons for Taylor's struggles this season.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers DE Mario Addison (foot) at practice but wearing a baseball cap. No sign of DE Charles Johnson (hamstring) yet, but Associated Press sportswriter Steve Reed saw Johnson walking to the parking lot with a big duffle bag.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben McAdoo says "it's too early to tell" about putting JPP on injured reserve. They'll review it in coming days. Surgery just happened.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian is on the field for the team's walk-through Wednesday, so looked as if he was going to participate.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

No sign of Adam Humphries (concussion), Luke Stocker (ankle) or Chris Conte (chest) out at Bucs practice today.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

LeSean McCoy on Tyrod Taylor: "A lot of people are taking shots at him. ... I stand behind him."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly has a helmet. Another step forward in the concussion protocol it appears.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs RB Doug Martin is out on the field practicing today. Here he is doing ball security drills with teammates. Told me earlier that "he's fine." He suffered a minor injury against the Chargers, hence Jacquizz Rodgers getting more touches in the second half.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyrod Taylor: "I don't feel like talking about my contract right now. We have games to play."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Recently signed P Matt Wile alternated with Cardinals current punter Drew Butler during open portion of practice today.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyrod Taylor: "Critics are going to critique. It's in their job title. ... I don't let it affect it me."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Pierre Thomas said Richard Hernandez, Kevin O'Neal and one other man were all "very aggressive in their arguments," not calm. Hernandez is the only one so far who has not conceded that the arguments between all parties were heated and aggressive. Hernandez claimed he remained calm, even though he removed his short expecting a fistfight -- which the defense jumped all over.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers safety Kurt Coleman (concussion) has helmet so he could return on at least a limited basis today.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyrod Taylor: "I've taken everything you have asked me on the chest. It doesn't affect me." Taylor says it's a "collective effort every Sunday" and suggests it's not fair to only blame him for Bills' passing struggles.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyrod Taylor responding to questions about his future with "this week, fellas." Taylor says he should be judged on the Bills' overall performance, then cuts off question asking how he will be judged if Bills don't make playoffs.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs wide receiver Josh Huff, who was just brought up from the practice squad, catches punts at the beginning of practice Wednesday. He had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown earlier this year with the Eagles.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive end William Gholston, who has an ankle sprain, has shed his walking boot and crutches and is out on the field with teammates. Did not see him doing any drills. As ESPN's Adam Caplan reported, it's not a high ankle sprain.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyrod Taylor: "I don't have Instagram on my phone, Twitter. I don't watch TV. I don't see or hear [the criticism]." Taylor says, "we're still in it" in the playoff race.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

No sign of Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu at open portion of practice. OL Earl Watford was working at first-team RG in place of John Wetzel. WR John Brown was working with a trainer on a side field. Looks like another veteran day off for QB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald.