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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bruce Arians on Blaine Gabbert's opportunity with the Cardinals: “I've always kind of seen him as a starter in waiting.”

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

How will Larry Fitzgerald signing a one-year extension through 2018 impact Bruce Arians' decision to return next season? "That's totally different. They're separate entities."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots have ruled out center David Andrews (illness) for Sunday's game. WR Chris Hogan, WR/ST Matthew Slater and OT Marcus Cannon also out.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Tahir Whitehead was not fined for roughing the passer against Cleveland. Duke Johnson Jr. was fined $12,154 for unsportsmanlike conduct against the Lions on the final play of the first half against Detroit.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Neat behind-the-scenes moment: Bill Belichick watched all 4,000 cadets march into lunch, then addressed them. Lt Gen Silveria then presented him an Air Force hoodie. Belichick, in turn, presented a Patriots hoodie. Mitchell Hall erupted.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons' injury report for Friday: WR Julio Jones (ankle) and OG Andy Levitre (knee) back practicing and limited; RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) and P Matt Bosher (left ankle) held out.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers injury report: OUT – T Joe Barksdale (foot). DOUBTFUL – LB Hayes Pullard (neck), LB James Onwualu (quad). QUESTIONABLE – DE Chris McCain (quad), QB Philip Rivers (concussion).

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby was fined $18,231 for his third-quarter hit on Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson that forced Wilson out of the game briefly.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

The NFL's decision not to fine Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict for contact with an official suggests the league office did not agree with the decision to eject him from last Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans. The minimum fine for contact with an official is $30,387. But replays showed that Burfict lightly swatted away the arm of down judge Jeff Bergman. It was hardly an egregious act. Burfict has deserved most of the discipline in his career, but this was one instance where his reputation got the better of him.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Jameis Winston sitting out Sunday's game was already determined and announced earlier this week, so that's not because of the allegations but because of the shoulder injury. Unless the team reverses course, he's still expected to travel to Miami.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets CB Buster Skrine was fined $48,620 by the league for unnecessary roughness in last week's loss to the Bucs.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

As expected, Ty Montgomery officially ruled OUT for Sunday against the Ravens. Jamaal Williams should start at running back.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Russell Wilson said he felt fortunate to avoid a jaw fracture on the hit -- which was from Arizona's Karlos Dansby -- and that doctors told him they may have had to wire his mouth shut had he been hit any harder. Wilson said he had to wear a special mouth guard for a few days after last Thursday's game and that he couldn't eat solid foods. Wilson said he's fine now.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

VIDEO: Chargers' coach Anthony Lynn on how Philip Rivers practiced this week: "He's looked fine. He's looked like he's normal."


Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Vontaze Burfict was not fined for making contact with an official last week, although he was ejected from the game.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady smiles as he talks about a week away, which meant he wasn't at home to be told everything he did wrong. After realizing what he said, he then laughed. "Didn't mean that!"