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Vontaze Burfict is a villain I'd love to play with

NFL defenses thrive off physicality and intimidation. So when Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict returns to the field on Thursday night, he'll have a palpable effect on his teammates, writes Matt Bowen.

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Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

The Broncos receivers like what they've seen from quarterback Trevor Siemian this week as he is coming off a 312-yard, four-touchdown day last Sunday in the win over the Bengals. Here's what Emmanuel Sanders had to say after today's practice: "Tell you what, today was one of the best practices I've seen him have, you know, in terms of the ball when it was coming how it was spinning, how accurate he was and the height of the ball. He's getting better and better … Maybe he's sitting at home watching SportsCenter, seeing his name and his jersey sales going up. And that's all right.''

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Just talked to Dolphins WR DeVante Parker who said he will play tonight. He's listed as questionable with a hamstring injury.

Matthew Berry @MatthewBerryTMR

With Josh Gordon news, already skyrocketing value of Pryor continues to climb. Chance to be the #1 even when Coleman comes back.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Statement from Josh Gordon "After careful thought and deep consideration I've decided that I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility. This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person. I appreciate the support of the NFL, NFLPA, the Browns, my teammates, my agent and the community through this extremely challenging process." Statement from Executive VP of Football Operations Sashi Brown on Josh Gordon "We support Josh in taking this step to seek additional help and treatment. His singular focus must be on his own health. We want nothing more than for Josh to be successful personally and professionally and will not comment on his status with the organization at this time."

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Josh Gordon announced he is not returning to Browns next week and instead will enter an in-patient rehab facility.

Field Yates @FieldYates

Browns WR Josh Gordon announces he is entering rehab. He is eligible to return to the NFL in Week 5, but football is on hold for now.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Looks like Cardinals WR Michael Floyd was officially cleared from the concussion protocol and S Tyrann Mathieu was upgraded to full.