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Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

After sitting out of Wednesday's practice, Ezekiel Elliott was a full participant Thursday, as expected. He was coming off 40 touches in the win against Philadelphia and the Cowboys want to be mindful of his work in practice to keep him fresh for game day. “He wants those touches. We gave him 40 and he will come to me and said I could have checked it down to him on this play or that play,” Dak Prescott said. “He wants 50 touches. He wants the ball … He wants the touches out of the backfield and wants to help the team win in any way he can. It's Ezekiel Elliott. He is doing what he does best and it's exciting to see. We love having him on the team.”

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said the decision to release WR Brandon Marshall was because they needed a roster spot when they wanted to claim TE Erik Swoope — and because "we feel like (WR Ted Ginn Jr.) is close to coming back." Payton said the Saints "still might be in a position" to bring Marshall back at some point, but for now they needed the roster spot.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers will stick with Chris Boswell for Sunday's matchup with the Patriots, per source. Team kept veteran kicker Kai Forbath overnight after a Wednesday tryout but has notified it's standing pat. Boswell had a good practice Thursday.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars RT Jermey Parnell (knee) did not practice Thursday. Rest of the injury report:

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaylon Smith is 5-0 at Lucas Oil Stadium. He won four high school state championships there while at Bishop Luers High school and one game at while at Notre Dame. Smith and his brother, Rod, grew up in Fort Wayne, about two hours from Indianapolis, and will have more than 100 family and friends in attendance Sunday. “It's homefield advantage for me,” Smith said. “I'm excited to be back.”

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Janoris Jenkins might see a whole lot of Corey Davis on Sunday. He was asked about Corey Davis today: "What number is he?" When told he was 84 ... "He's all right. He's a receiver. I'm just going to go out and play football." #Giants #Titans

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers injury report: DT Kawann Short is on it this week. LT Chris Clark told ne he thought he would be ready for Monday's game.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Browns injury report for Saturday: CB Denzel Ward and OL Austin Corbett are both out. Also, the Browns signed LB Xavier Woodson-Luster to the active roster and placed TE Orson Charles (ankle) on injured reserve.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

After Thursday's practice Broncos coach Vance Joseph said in addition to cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (lower leg), linebacker Shaquil Barrett (hip) and cornerback Isaac Yiadom (shoulder) have been ruled out for Saturday night's game against the Cleveland Browns. So, Bradley Roby and Tramaine Brock will be the starting cornerbacks in the base defense and Jamar Taylor will likely play as the No. 3 cornerback. However, safety Justin Simmons will be also asked to play in a nickel cornerback role at times.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) returned to practice Thursday and said afterward, "Felt good. Out there with my teammates. Getting loose. Trying to get comfortable again." Coach Sean McDermott said, "He picked it up a little bit today. We'll see as we get into [Friday] morning and the rest of the week."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton said it was ‘'disrespectful'' that the Saints sent a broom after sweeping the Panthers in three games last season.


Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston: "I'm always fighting for my head coach. Every week I think we all are. I've got a lot of respect for that man. He holds us to high standards and we've gotta hold ourselves to that standard too."