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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

One thing Rams QB Jared Goff would like to improve on from Sunday is "throwing the ball down the field." "I was disappointed we didn't hit any of those deep balls," he said. Asked specifically about connecting with Sammy Watkins (10 targets and 2 catches the last 3 weeks), Goff said: "We've done it before; I don't think we need to change anything. Just continue to get reps, try to dial it in, and be more consistent. But we've done it before."

Cameron Wolfe ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Mariota was a full participant in Wednesday's practice for the first time since injuring his hamstring. Good news for the Titans heading north for a game at Cleveland on Sunday.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers CB Joe Haden, who attended Cavs-Celtics on Tuesday night, said the Gordon Hayward injury reminded freak accidents can happen to athletes at any time.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Williams said it was tough to watch from the sidelines while being injured


Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

"I think the one thing you realize is how talented this team is," Pats QB Tom Brady on the Falcons. "I think they have a lot of speed and a great rush. We've got a big challenge ahead."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills linebacker Preston Brown said Wednesday on 1270 The Fan in Buffalo that the team believes QB Jameis Winston will start Sunday and the Bills are putting "90 percent" of their preparation efforts into Winston and not Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Le'Veon Bell on celebration penalty in Kansas City: ‘Guess you can't use the goal post."


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees talks about how much he appreciates the history whenever he gets the chance to play in Lambeau Field — and never knows how many more chances he'll get.


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets coach Todd Bowles insisted that Mo Wilkerson (pictured) and Leonard Williams are "playing well" even though they have no sacks. Bowles got testy when pressed: "Nobody is playing great. When you're 3-3, you're playing average football. It has nothing to do with Mo or Leonard. It has to do with our entire team. I'm not going to sit here and make excuses about two guys when we have 11 guys in each side of the ball. If you want to nitpick, go for it. I've made my comment. Take it or leave it."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Even without Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees said a trip to Lambeau Field is a good test for the Saints on their current three-game win streak. "Winning feels good. Winning cures a lot of ails. But we still don't know how good we can be," Brees said.


Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Detroit Lions have signed former Bucs defensive end Jacquies Smith. Ironically, they also released former Bucs defensive end George Johnson and two others to make room for Smith and two other players.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints got a visit from Carli Lloyd and other members of the U.S. Women's national soccer team during Wednesday's practice as they prepare for a friendly match against the Korea Republic in New Orleans (photo courtesy of the Saints on Twitter). "They've inspired a nation on many occasions, with the way that they play," Saints QB Drew Brees said. "You can feel the team camaraderie, and man they're exciting to watch, they're fun to watch."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets injury report: Bilal Powell made it to the practice field -- he didn't last week -- but still didn't take part in team drills. He remains a question mark. Mo Wilkerson appears to be on a no-practice, play-on-Sunday routine. Robby Anderson hurt his ankle Sunday and finished the game, usually an encouraging sign.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

"Every loss hurts just as much, whether you lose by one or by 40," said Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter. "Anyone who is in a competitive business and competes for a living, when you get your ass kicked, it's not a good feeling. It takes a while. It takes a while to get it out."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots injury report: Did not participate — CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle), LB Harvey Langi (back), LB Elandon Roberts (ankle), CB Eric Rowe (groin); Limited participation — RB Rex Burkhead (ribs), WR Chris Hogan (ribs), RG Shaq Mason (shoulder).

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Ravens' top three receivers on the injury report, the only healthy receivers on the roster are: Michael Campanaro, Chris Moore and Chris Matthews. They've combined to make 15 catches for 129 yards and no touchdowns this season.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons QB Matt Ryan responds to a question about whether getting on the field vs. the Patriots on Sunday night will help move forward from talk about the Super Bowl.


Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs contemplated signing a fourth quarterback since they currently only have one healthy one on the active roster. Ryan Griffin just became eligible to practice but not to play. Head coach Dirk Koetter would not say whether that's an indication that Jameis Winston would be healthy enough to enter this week's game. "Draw your own conclusions," Koetter said. Keep in mind, however, that his goal is to go into games with two available quarterbacks.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

The Seahawks are placing DE Cliff Avril on injured reserve, coach Pete Carroll told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday. Avril has been out since suffering a neck/spine injury in Week 4. He would have to miss at least eight weeks while on IR.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the weekly Defenses Ganging Up to Stop Leonard Fournette update: Fournette leads the NFL in carries (46) and yards (270) against eight or more defenders in the box. The closest running back is Carolina's Jonathan Stewart, who has 29 carries (for only 43 yards). The Jaguars have a league-high 66 carries for a league-high 366 yards against eight or more defenders in the box. Buffalo and Carolina have the second-most carries (37).

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

First injury report for Titans shows S Jabrill Peppers did not practice, and that DL Jamie Meder and Danny Shelton, WR Kenny Britt and CB Jamar Taylor were limited.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

A bunch of roster moves for the Detroit Lions on Wednesday: They signed OT Bryce Harris and DE Jacquies Smith while claiming QB Brad Kaaya from Carolina. Kaaya was the team's sixth round draft pick this year. Smith comes from Tampa Bay and Harris from New Orleans. The Lions also cut a trio of defensive linemen George Johnson, Datone Jones and Caraun Reid. All were signed this season. Jones never played a down for Detroit. Reid played Sunday against New Orleans. Johnson got some work for a few weeks.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rob Gronkowski shows empathy for Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, sharing words of encouragement.


Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons' injury report: Mohamed Sanu (hamstring), Vic Beasley (hamstring), Deion Jones (quad), Takk McKinley (shoulder), Duke Riley (knee) all limited. McKinley was drafted coming off right shoulder surgery. Unclear if it is the same shoulder for the rookie defensive end.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers have 14 players on their injury report. The Saints have 2.