John Sleezer/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire
8hBill Barnwell

The most important NFL games left

Raiders at Chiefs kicks it off, but that's just the beginning. Consider this a viewer's guide to the essential remaining games for the 2016 regular season.

How the 2014 NFL draft revitalized the Raiders franchise (1:28)
ESPN Illustration
4hMel Kiper and Mike Sando

NFL's top 25 players under 25

We have some fresh faces atop our annual list of the best young players in the NFL, starting with a wide receiver who one evaluator said has done "Jerry Rice-type stuff" in his young career.

NFL disgusted by racist incident at home of Giants FB (0:38)
Stephen A. thinks Marvin Lewis' job security compromises future black coaches (1:54)
Stephen A. says 'there's nothing elite about RG III' (0:54)

Biggest NFL injury questions for Week 14

NFL Nation reporters assess the biggest injuries across the league, including updates on Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett.

Stephen A. reveals the origin of his disdain for the Cowboys (2:25)


Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers injury report: DNP -- CB Brandon Flowers (concussion). LIMITED -- LB Jatavis Brown (knee). FULL-- DE Joey Bosa (knee), WR Dontrelle Inman (ankle), S Dwight Lowery (hand), WR Tyrell Williams (shoulder).

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Only three players did not practice in any fashion on Thursday. Here's the Packers' full injury report:

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets OC Chan Gailey, who turns 65 next month, said he'd like to return next year. He said the disappointing season hasn't affected his desire to coach. "I'm looking forward to everything that we can do to make this thing the way it needs to be," he said. Whether Todd Bowles brings him back is another story. The offense hasn't been good. "It all falls on me," Gailey said. "That's my job."

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Raiders' color rush uniforms are indeed all white...white pants with black stripe down side, and white jerseys with silver numbers outlined in black.

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

As expected, Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (groin) and DT Dontari Poe (back) will start. That means all Kansas City starters are playing tonight.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Again, left guard Kelechi Osemele is a late scratch due to illness after being limited all week with a knee issue. Osemele, who had played in all 12 games thus far, has been a tone setter on the offensive line all season and his loss is big for a unit that has given up a league-low 13 sacks this season. Expect either Jon Feliciano or rookie Vadal Alexander to get the start.

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Raiders just announced starting left guard Kelechi Osemele is a late scratch due to illness.

Bill Barnwell @billbarnwell

With Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, and Dee Ford all available, Chiefs can attack Osemele's replacement at left guard all night.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons, who's having a solid year, says he felt like he was back in high school playing wide receiver during his long INT return Sunday.


Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald said Thursday he doesn't plan on playing long enough to pass either No. 2 Tony Gonzalez or No. 1 Jerry Rice on the NFL's all-time receptions list. "I won't catch any of those guys," Fitzgerald said. "I don't plan on playing that long to catch those guys." Fitzgerald moved into third on the list during Sunday's win over Washington. He currently needs 220 to pass Gonzalez and 444 to pass Rice. But Fitzgerald insisted Thursday's comment wasn't a retirement announcement.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the Chiefs inactives.,,

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Raiders left guard Kelechi Osemele is a late scratch due to illness. Osemele was limited all week in practice with a knee injury.

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

The Chiefs are as healthy as they've been in weeks. Jeremy Maclin is back tonight. Their only "questionable" is NT Dontari Poe, but he told me he will play. The Raiders have some injury issues on defense. Starters S Karl Joseph and DT Stacy McGee are out, and CB D.J. Hayden was placed on IR last week.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard said he "absolutely" expects safety Earl Thomas to come back and play next year. "He loves to play this game, and there's no doubt. We're all disappointed. I know he is that he's not getting the chance to do what he loves to do, but I certainly hope so because the game is better with him out there playing."

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Chiefs do-everything-weapon Tyreek Hill talked this week about "national respect". He said he feels the Chiefs have been overlooked and "this game will put us where we need to be." He might have a point, Kansas City is 17-3 since week 7 of last season, the NFL's best record.

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Latavius Murray is averaging 6.1 yards per rush in his career against Kansas City and has some extra motivation tonight. The reason surprised me. Murray was in attendance the other night in Oakland when the Warriors' Klay Thompson scored 60 in three quarters. Murray told me an athlete's mentality is to set and break records and said, "it was inspiring to be around greatness."