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Biggest injury questions for Week 4 in NFL

NFL Nation reporters assess the biggest injuries across the league for Week 4, including updates on the murky statuses of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and wide receiver Dez Bryant.

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10hJohn 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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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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10hBill 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.

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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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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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Marcus Peters-Ben Roethlisberger matchup should be special (0:46)

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ICYMI: Rex Ryan had a little fun impersonating a reporter … at Julian Edelman's expense. es.pn/2cCudQc

Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

Jonrón de Rougned Odor y los Rangers remontan en la primera entrada la desventaja ante los Brewers 3-2 hasta el momento

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams DT Aaron Donald, on JJ Watt potentially missing the year after re-injuring his back: "It's tough for him. You never want to hear about a guy being injured, missing a season. Definitely not a guy who plays at such a high level as that guy. Health is the most important thing. It's better to be out there a hundred percent than to be putting bad film out there. ... He's a playmaker. Any time a guy is flying around, making plays like that, he's going to be a fun player to watch. Definitely somebody you respect and you tune in to watch."

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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