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6hBill Barnwell

Breakout picks from small-sample-size studs

Lions RB Theo Riddick and Broncos pass-rusher Shane Ray have shined in limited snaps. Which other part-time standouts could grow into larger roles? Bill Barnwell breaks it down.

O'Brien: Going on IR is in the best interest of Watt (0:46)
Garoppolo, Brissett not delving into injuries (0:29)
Rex Ryan thinks he knows who will start at QB for Patriots (0:43)
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5hJohn Clayton

NFL executives predict Jay Cutler's future

The clock is ticking on Jay Cutler's time in Chicago. The Bears can release the QB this offseason with minimal impact on their future cap. They don't, however, have a ready-made replacement.

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4hESPN Analytics

Updated Total QBR rankings entering Week 4 of the NFL season

Several factors can paint a picture of how well a QB is playing, but until now, the opposing defense's strength hasn't been part of the Total QBR equation. ESPN's new metrics change that.

Gruden says playing Watt would be a tough call (1:11)
Marcus Peters-Ben Roethlisberger matchup should be special (0:46)
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1dTim Fiorvanti

Latest Super Bowl LI odds

Chalk presents the latest odds for every NFL team to win Super Bowl LI, courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.


Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Joe Haden (groin) and RB Isaiah Crowell (knee) were both limited on a lengthy injury report following Wednesday's practice. QB Josh McCown, WR Corey Coleman, C Cam Erving and DL Carl Nassib will not play.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Hilton also didn't practice last Friday but still played in Sunday's game against San Diego. Quarterback Andrew Luck, like in the past few weeks, was limited in practice because of his right shoulder. Here are the other players who did not practice Wednesday for the Colts: CB Darius Butler (hamstring), OL Denzelle Good (back), RB Frank Gore (rest), OL Jonotthan Harrison (illness), LB D'Qwell Jackson (rest), LB Robert Mathis (rest), WR Donte Moncrief (shoulder), OL Joe Reitz (back)

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets are concerned about WR Eric Decker, who aggravated a shoulder injury in the game. He's expected to have an MRI. Decker didn't tell the training staff about it until yesterday, according to Todd Bowles. Decker didn't practice today and wasn't seen by the media. This is an injury to watch. Sounds like it could be serious.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Mularkey says Titans are expecting Delanie Walker back from hamstring injury for Sunday in Houston. Walker was off today as part of overall plan. Kendall Wright practiced, showed quickness out of breaks. CB Cody Riggs suffered slight hamstring pull.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Today's Bucs-Broncos injury report. Bucs center Joe Hawley missed practice today with an ankle injury

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans special teams coach Bobby April and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau chatted after practice.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets coach Todd Bowles on whether he has any reservations about adding TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who was arrested last week for DUI: "I don't have any reservations because I haven't met him yet. As I get to know him, obviously with the situations he's been in, he's going to sink or swim on his own. We brought in a player and he's got a chance to clean his act up. We'll see what happens."

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

The battles between Marcus Peters and Ben Roethlisberger should be special.


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

TE Rob Gronkowski joked about not being able to get to his locker because of the media crowds surrounding the nearby lockers of QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett, which was a reminder of the big story of the week.


Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

TV reporter from Alabama getting some Derrick Henry time.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan says he thinks he knows who will start Sunday at quarterback for the Patriots, but he doesn't want to say it publicly to avoid potential embarrassment if he's wrong.


Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

A fairly lengthy Lions injury report Wednesday, including one surprise -- Eric Ebron with an ankle injury instead of a back injury.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Julio Jones (calf) was limited for the Falcons during Wednesday's light practice along with RB Tevin Coleman (ankle), WR Taylor Gabriel (hamstring), and DE Brooks Reed (shoulder). QB Matt Ryan (thumb) had full participation. LB De'Vondre Campbell (ankle) did drills on a side field but didn't practice. WR Mohamed Sanu (shoulder), LB Paul Worrilow (groin surgery), and DE Dwight Freeney (rest) all held out.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots injury report: QB Jacoby Brissett (right thumb), OT Marcus Cannon (calf), G Jonathan Cooper (foot), LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder), QB Jimmy Garoppolo (right shoulder), TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring). , LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) and CB Eric Rowe (ankle) were all limited in Wednesday's full-pads practice.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton vowed there won't be another no catch, one target game for wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin as there was on Sunday against Minnesota. "That can't happen," Newton said. "That can't happen. And if I'm speaking for it, that won't happen again. He's too good of a player."

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins LT Branden Albert (ankle) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Bengals and will be a game-time decision.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dolphins will be without starting outside linebacker Koa Misi (neck) Thursday against the Bengals. Center Anthony Steen (ankle) also is doubtful.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Linebacker Ryan Shazier left the locker room right after practice, referred to coach Tomlin on his practice status this week. Doesn't look promising for Chiefs game, at least early in week.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie says there is no tear in groin. Has already done light running. Thinks there is chance to play Monday vs. Vikings.