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Scouting the competition: Players to watch in each Week 4 game

Carson Palmer needs to bounce back. Cam Newton could have a big day in Atlanta. NFL Nation takes a look at every matchup and key players to watch.

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Rex Ryan thinks he knows who will start at QB for Patriots (0:43)
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Playoff predictor likes Wentz-led Eagles (0:58)
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Le'Veon Bell runs, runs, runs on his first day back (0:45)
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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.

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O'Brien: Going on IR is in the best interest of Watt (0:46)
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Garoppolo, Brissett not delving into injuries (0:29)
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8hJohn 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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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.

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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Tavon Austin was limited in practice today with what the team called a shoulder injury. E.J. Gaines, Pharoh Cooper and Nelson Spruce fully participated. Dominique Easley (illness), Will Hayes (ankle) and Lamarcus Joyner (toe) were held out.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

A few unexpected names on the Cardinals injury report...

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Four injured players didn't practice Wednesday for Ravens ...

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Former top-10 pick Justin Gilbert says chances of him playing defense vs Chiefs 'very high.'

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets' practice report.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Russell Wilson (sprained MCL) was a full practice participant Wednesday, another sign that the team expects him to start Sunday. The following players were limited: WR Tyler Lockett (knee), OL Germain Ifedi (ankle), TE Jimmy Graham (knee), TE Nick Vannett (ankle) and LB Mike Morgan (hip).

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

C.J. Spiller's most obvious fit with the Seahawks is as their third-down back. They initially drafted C.J. Prosise to have him fill that role, but Prosise has been dealing with a hand injury that will take three more weeks to fully heal, according to Pete Carroll. Alex Collins was the team's third-down back Sunday, but that role does not really fit his skill set.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Marshawn Lynch, Fred Jackson, now CJ Spiller. Another former Bills RB winds up in Seattle. Spiller visited there last night, signed today.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

How much Dre Kirkpatrick and Vontaze Burfict play could be key in Thursday's game against the Dolphins. Kirkpatrick is officially doubtful.

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Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers QB Philip Rivers said the biggest thing he learned from former teammate Drew Brees was how to be a pro. Rivers and Brees will meet for the first time at Qualcomm Stadium when the New Orleans Saints take on the Chargers in San Diego.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

CJ is Spiller is signing with Seahawks, per source.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers injury report: DNP - SS Jahleel Addae (clavicle), T King Dunlap (migraines), CB Brandon Flowers (concussion), TE Antonio Gates (hamstring). LIMITED - T Joe Barksdale (foot), DE Joey Bosa (hamstring), LB Jatavis Brown (hamstring). FULL - LB Denzel Perryman (shoulder).

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The Miami Dolphins waived WR Justin Hunter, the team announced.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Le'Veon Bell runs, runs, runs on his first day back.

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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rams waived DB Isaiah Johnson in order to make room on the roster for DB Marqui Christian, whom they claimed off waivers from the Cardinals today. Christian is from Midwestern State, was drafted in the fifth round this year.