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Will Ezekiel Elliott maintain his torrid pace?

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Football's dumbest unwritten rules

"You have to take the points here." "Don't go for two until you have to." "Run the ball here because if you don't go anywhere you can just run out the clock." It's time for unwritten rules to go.

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Quiz: How ready are you for NFL Week 8?

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints CB Delvin Breaux said he doesn't know if he has a chance to play Sunday. But he declared himself "90 percent" healed from his broken fibula and said he cleared a big mental hurdle in Thursday's practice by high-pointing the ball and landing on the leg.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints C Max Unger said he has some personal relationships with former teammates -- and he's looking forward to facing that Seahawks defense he used to face in practice. But he said "you kind of have to remove that personal element" and, "I'm not the first player to ever play against their former team."

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers injury report: DNP -- LB Jerry Attaochu (ankle), CB Craig Mager (concussion). LIMITED-- WR Travis Benjamin (knee), WR Tyrell Williams (knee), S Jahleel Addae (clavicle), LB Denzel Perryman (shoulder/foot). FULL-- TE Hunter Henry (concussion), CB Brandon Flowers (concussion), LB Joshua Perry (knee).

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers have reached an injury settlement with WR Jared Abbrederis, who was placed on injured reserve last week. His quad injury apparently will end his career in Green Bay.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Key points on the Jets' injury report: Darron Lee, Bruce Carter and Brent Qvale already have been ruled out. Nick Mangold is not expected to play -- a big blow. Ryan Clady told me he will play. Matt Forte was given a rest day; he will play. Brandon Marshall should be good to go. Bilal Powell and Mo Wilkerson are moving in the right direction.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Jamar Taylor added to injury report as limited with groin muscle issue. He and CB Joe Haden both limited, with same issue and same injury that happened in practice.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Cordarrelle Patterson, who has a concussion, was one of five Vikings who did not practice Thursday. Audie Cole, who appeared to be getting an examination after Sunday's game, was limited with a finger injury.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Two changes to the Packers injury report: Clay Matthews upgraded to limited and T.J. Lang downgraded to DNP. Lang said it was "just a rest day" for a recurring hip issue that flared up last Thursday against the Bears.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins corner Josh Norman says he feels much better than he did Wednesday as he recovers from his concussion. And his incentive to play Sunday stems from possibly facing Bengals receiver A.J. Green.


Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Clay Matthews said his hamstring injury isn't as bad as when it kept him out in Week 3 against Detroit, but the biggest issue might be the long, 10-game stretch without a bye or weekend off that the Packers face to close the regular season.


Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

So how has Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo looked on the field the last two days? His teammate of the last 14 years, Jason Witten, offered this up: "He looks good. Young 9 out there throwing it. He looks rejuvenated. As I say, he brought a lot of energy. It's always good to have him back out there. I know he's worked hard to come back and excited to see him take that next step of going on the field."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Brandin Cooks said he wasn't going to make any comments on Twitter about the memes going around with him racing ahead of Usain Bolt in full uniform on a track. He joked that he didn't want to see Bolt coming back and challenging him to a race.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Colts receiver TY Hilton highlights three starters that did not practice because of injuries on Thursday

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

This looks good for the Lions. Eric Ebron, Theo Riddick practice in full

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Asked if he will play Sunday, Russell Wilson said, "That's the plan." Wilson suffered a right pectoral injury during Sunday's game against the Cardinals. He said his ankle is no longer an issue but Wilson is still dealing with a left knee (MCL) injury. Wednesday was the first time in Wilson's career that he was listed as a limited practice participant.