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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.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie safety Derrick Kindred broke his ankle during the bye week. Jackson said the injury happened while Kindred was working during the bye week "to get ready." Said Jackson: "It's unfortunate. The guy was really starting to play well."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Pete Carroll on Seattle prepping to play at Lambeau Field: "It's 28 degrees here and the wind's blowing and it's supposed to snow this afternoon so we're going to practice in it."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Punter Johnny Hekker, probably heading to another Pro Bowl, has been named the Rams' Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for his philanthropic efforts. Hekker will receive a $50,000 donation and send it to The Grace Network, which combats human trafficking. An additional $50,000 will be used to fund Character Playbook in Los Angeles, which "trains students on how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships during their critical middle school years." In June, Hekker became the LA rep for Waterboys, which was founded by Chris Long to provide clean water around the world.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Thomas said after he thought the argument between Smith and Hayes had de-escalated, he moved toward the argument between Richard Hernandez and Kevin O'Neal to try and calm that down. He heard a gunshot and turned toward the sound. He then saw Hayes fire a shot, he then saw Hayes take maybe two steps closer to the car and shot five or six more times. He couldn't see Will Smith but assumed it was Will being shot inside the car.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

No decision today on the Browns starting quarterback for Sunday against Cincinnati. "We'll keep watching the tape and see where we are," coach Hue Jackson said.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Pete Carroll on parting ways with RB Christine Michael: "We had Thomas (Rawls) coming back and we felt like it would be the best mix for us. We love Christian, and he's been around us along time but it was the best thing to make things fit. "

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran tackle Joe Thomas has been named the team's Walter Payton Man of the Year. The award is given for excellence on the field and community service off. Thomas and his wife Annie are major champions for the Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center, and that's only part of the work he does in the Cleveland area.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Pierre Thomas said he could see everything that preceded the shooting. He saw Will Smith and Cardell Hayes yelling back and forth at each other, saw Racquel in front of Will pushing him back to calm him down, saying, "Stop, we have kids, it's not that serious." Said she accomplished her mission, calmed him down and they began walking toward the front of vehicle. Then he lost sight of them and thought situation was done.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers coach Chip Kelly said he hopes he's done answering questions about Oregon job. Said he made it clear he would not leave a job in the middle of a season to take another job and that's "not how I'm wired." Kelly said he could not look guys like Antoine Bethea and Joe Staley in the face and abandon them mid season for some offer considered to be bigger and better.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Three other Redskins who weren't at practice during the open portion: center Spencer Long (concussion), safety Will Blackmon (concussion/stinger) and safety Donte Whitner. It's uncertain why Whitner wasn't there.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers coach Chip Kelly back to work with team after spending yesterday at funeral for his father in Maine. Kelly was touched by how many people attended the funeral, said his father clearly had a huge impact in his "vibrant and long" life. Kelly said his father, who spent his career as a trial lawyer wearing a suit asked to be buried in 49ers gear. "My dad was loyal," Kelly said.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Pierre Thomas was in a car with a friend ahead of the three-car pileup that preceded Will Smith shooting. He said he heard a loud bang, looked behind him and saw smoke coming from where the cars collided, then walked back to the scene and had a clear view of Smith and Cardell Hayes arguing.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Bryce Petty (9) is getting ready for his first practice as the Jets' starting QB. Nick Mangold, Breno Giacomini and Muhammad Wilkerson aren't practicing. Calvin Pryor, out last week with a concussion, is in uniform. Not sure if he'll practice.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

A.J. Green was working on the rehab field again to start Wednesday's practice.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

RB Adrian Peterson (knee) opened a can of worms today by telling reporters that he'll return this season only if the Vikings are in playoff contention. It's an understandable hedge, with one flaw of logic. If doctors clear him to play, even if at less than 100 percent, isn't he obligated to work per the terms of his contract?

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

As the Redskins work in one-on-one drills, tight end Jordan Reed just watches with helmet in hand. Reed caught passes in individual drills and showed no discomfort when using both hands. He did not take part in blocking drills. Reed is dealing with a shoulder injury.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets have re-signed RB Khiry Robinson. He was poised to make the team in training camp, but he broke a leg in the final preseason game and was waived/injured. He's practicing today. They also promoted RB Brandon Wilds to the active roster.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Quinn talks about Julio Jones' turf toe injury and how serious it might be. Quinn expects Jones to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots QB Tom Brady's injured knee is making progress as he is present at a Wednesday practice for the first time in weeks.

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Defensive ends Chris Baker and Ricky Jean Francois aren't practicing today. Baker has been dealing with multiple issues for much of the season. Jean Francois had his right foot being checked in the locker room after the game.