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Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Just spoke to interim GM Kevin Abrams. Some key points: 1. He's definitely interested in being full-time GM and will interview 2. Says team is "healthy" cap wise and will have no restrictions 3. Believes Eli still can play 4. Ideal world would like to see all young players (including Davis Webb) but it's Steve Spagnuolo's decision 5. Handled himself real well and can see him being a quality public face for the franchise

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

T.J. Lang returned to practice Thursday. Rick Wagner and Travis Swanson still out for the Lions.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Injured Jets QB Josh McCown, in the green pullover, is watching practice. He has a black cast on his surgically repaired left hand. McCown intends to stay involved over the final three games.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills G John Miller is the only player not practicing Thursday. QB/WR Joe Webb has switched from the QBs' red jersey to the offense's blue, indicating the Bills feel comfortable with the health of Tyrod Taylor (knee) and Nathan Peterman (concussion). Both are practicing Thursday.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Perry, who missed Sunday's game because of foot and shoulder injuries, was in the trial return category and will be on a rep count today, coach Mike McCarthy said. Still not certain he will be back for Sunday at Carolina, but with the way Clay Matthews has played lately, the Packers could have a strong pass rushing duo again. "We're different with Nick and Clay on the field," McCarthy said

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike McCarthy on Aaron Rodgers' work with the No. 1 offense yesterday: "Aaron looked good. He's been practicing, so he looks like himself. I thought he had a good day." Packers will go in pads today.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick explains the Steelers' pass defense and ‘match zone,' which he considers a form of man.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

No sign of linebacker Shaq Thompson (foot) or guard Trai Turner (concussion) at Panthers practice. No sign of defensive end Mario Addison either.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers nickel back Captain Munnerlyn at practice today after leaving Wednesday for personal reasons.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Does Jim Caldwell have a favorite Christmas song? "No." Traditional post-game meal? Doesn't have a traditional one. This comes a day after he wouldn't say what his favorite movie is.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have signed Rolan Milligan to the practice squad and waived Adairius Barnes.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton was also asked for the first time about the Saints' decision to place TE Coby Fleener on injured reserve with a concussion last week. Payton said Fleener had also had a concussion during the preseason, and “this one seemed to linger a bit longer.” So the decision was made based on “our evaluation of the symptoms and hearing from the outside experts” and considering how much time is left in the season.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton said Thursday morning that “we all anticipate (RB Alvin Kamara) playing. That's the expectation.” It's unclear if Kamara has officially passed the final step of the NFL's concussion protocol after going through a full practice Wednesday, but he appears to be on track either way. Payton said he will practice again Thursday.