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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens rookie RB Kenneth Dixon practiced off to the side during Wednesday's practice. Dixon, Baltimore's most impressive back this summer, hasn't played in the regular season after spraining his knee in the third preseason game.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have signed wide receiver Jonathan Krause to the practice squad. He was with the team during the preseason.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens chartered a plane so players and coaches could attend Tuesday's wake and Wednesday's funeral for former defensive line coach Clarence Brooks in Massachusetts. WR Steve Smith, G Marshal Yanda and C Jeremy Zuttah were excused from Wednesday's practice to attend the funeral.

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Which is more challenging: Replacing JJ Watt or becoming 1st team Super Bowl Era to reach postseason with 4 different winning starting QBs?

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texans have announced they placed DE J.J. Watt on injured reserve and signed free agent DE Antonio Smith to the active roster. Watt will have to miss at least eight games before he is eligible to return to the field.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is a stickler for keeping the grounds at Bank Of America Stadium filled with fresh flowers. The grounds crew plants between 15,000 and 20,000 a year. Maybe more. It's not a stat that will help protect quarterback Cam Newton, but if you are into landscaping ....

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots punter Ryan Allen was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Allen punted seven times for 333 yards (47.6 average) and placed six of his punts inside the opponent 20-yard line in a 27-0 win over Houston.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills LT Cyrus Kouandjio rolled his ankle late in Sunday's win over Arizona, GM Doug Whaley told WGR 550 on Tuesday. That could be why Bills added OT Michael Ola today.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills now have 10 offensive linemen on their 53-man roster, two on their practice squad and will have Seantrel Henderson returning from a suspension next week. Team could get a one-week roster exemption for Henderson that would allow them to have him practice without counting against roster.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills have signed offensive lineman Michael Ola from the Giants' practice squad to fill their vacant 53-man roster spot.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins placekicker Dustin Hopkins was named the NFC's Special Teams player of the week after making all five of his field goals in a 29-27 win over the New York Giants on Sunday. Hopkins has made all 11 of his field goal attempts this season. It's his first such award.