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2hBill Barnwell

Contender kryptonite: Big weaknesses on the top 15 teams

The pass rush in Dallas and New England. The run defense in Oakland and Washington. A new injury in Seattle. The NFL's likely playoff field is full of holes.

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13mRob Demovsky

M. Henry gets cancer diagnosis after NFL cut

Tight end Mitchell Henry, who was released from the Ravens' practice squad last month and has spent time with the Packers and Broncos, has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

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13hESPN.com

The Big Story for every NFL team

Could the Lions be legitimate contenders in the NFC? Can the Seahawks overcome Earl Thomas' injury? A look at the top storylines for all 32 NFL teams heading into Week 14.

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15hESPN.com

Players recall how the biggest plays of Week 13 went down

Antonio Brown rewards Big Ben's trust; the Chiefs find creative ways to get in the end zone; Tom Brady hits a career milestone; the Bears and 49ers struggle with the forward pass. Listen to the stars describe the big moments.

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23hESPN.com

Biggest NFL injuries of Week 13

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas was carted to the locker room with a left leg injury. Here are some other big names who got nicked up this week.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula said Cam Newton was "very focused" for Sunday's game despite being benched for the first series.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Doesn't sound like Mike McCarthy is ready to give up on James Starks, despite just 1 yards on four carries on Sunday. "By the numbers, I understand your question," McCarthy said. "You've got to take it further than the stat. James is a veteran productive player for us and we'll continue to go through packages with different players running the football."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike McCarthy praised Clay Matthews (shoulder) for playing hurt against the Texans. "I think it says volumes about him," McCarthy said. "Hopefully he can get some strength and work through the week and hopefully he's further ahead than he was yesterday. He was obviously playing through a tough situation."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike McCarthy said OLB Nick Perry is "still going through some evaluations" on his left hand. Perry tried to play with a cast on in the second half Sunday against the Texans but didn't last long.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Easiest Titans playoff recipe: Win out, have Colts lose once.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the benching of Cam Newton for the first series on Sunday for a dress code violation was a learning experience and reminded that a lot of what he teaches has nothing to do with football. He is moving on from this.

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How far will Dallas go in the playoffs?

The Redskins' loss on Sunday clinched a postseason berth for Dallas, the first of the NFL season. So now that they're in, how long will they stay? Vote

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said this isn't the first time the dress code has been violated on a trip and he's handled it the same. Said that it was Cam Newton he knew there would be a "feeding frenzy."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said this is a good opportunity to see what the character of the team is over the last four games. He is concerned about the mental aspect of the team.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Sunday was a "hard pill to swallow."

Bill Barnwell @billbarnwell

Losses all but doomed a few teams' FPI playoff odds this week. Dolphins (10%), Bills (8.5%), and Saints (6.4%) all hanging by a thread.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs safety Keith Tandy breaks down his touchdown-saving interception at the 2-yard line that preserved the Bucs' 28-21 win over the Chargers.

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Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

Eagles coach Doug Pederson expects both running back Ryan Mathews and receiver Jordan Matthews back at practice this week. Dorial Green-Beckham will be held out Wednesday with an oblique contusion.

Mike Clay ESPN Writer 

NFL receiving yardage leaders among players yet to catch a touchdown: Jermaine Kearse: 422 Duke Johnson: 420 Tyler Lockett: 388 Chris Conley: 380 Quinton Patton: 374