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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said middle linebacker Luke Kuechly is in the concussion protocol "and advancing in it." Couldn't address ESPN report that the team did not think Kuechly was concussed.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says said center Ryan Kalil (neck) practiced today and "looked good." He like what Kalil will bring to the offensive line from a communication standpoint.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Roethlisberger sad to see Aaron Rodgers hurt, doesn't believe hit that broke his collarbone was dirty - I've seen dirtier." (Via 93.7 the Fan)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers didn't want to talk about why he left Carolina for Chicago after the 2009 season. But he had a lot to say about what the defense could be like if middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (concussion protocol) can't play Sunday against the Bears.

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Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

Some Eagles players, linked by group text, are awaiting an update from Malcolm Jenkins on the results of this afternoon's team/player meetings in New York. "I don't think it's necessarily [a meeting to broker] a deal, but if it was a deal, then who cares if it's about doing the right thing. Our owners have the power to impact a lot of lives," said WR Torrey Smith, "whether it's financially or just in terms of their guidance. I feel like it's our duty. Obviously we're playing ball but the fans that are cheering us on, the fans that are working in these neighborhoods are affected by some of the things that we're fighting for. If anyone thinks this is not an issue for us to be involved in as athletes, or the owners in the NFL, then you're looking at it dead wrong."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers center Ryan Kalil is optimistic he can play on Sunday at Chicago. He hasn't played since the opener because of a neck injury. Admits it's been frustrating and he s "very anxious" to get back in a game.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Tomlin says "there were consequences" to Le'Veon Bell missing camp, but Bell is playing very well of late.

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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Tomlin calls Martavis Bryant storyline ‘a non-issue for us,' says Bryant appears to be happy.

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Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bengals will wear white jerseys and black pants at Pittsburgh this weekend. They're 25-28 in that combination since 2004.

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and DE Chris Long were both excused absences from Tuesday's practice so they could attend the team/player meeting in New York regarding social activism/demonstrations.

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Meeting between NFL players and owners here on Park Ave is well into its third hour. Owners present likely will be late for scheduled 1 pm owners meeting downtown. This is a great thing for players, who want to feel their voices are being heard on these important off-field issues. The time the league and owners are taking to listen has to be encouraging to those looking at the bigger picture beyond the kneeling.

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood, who has been sidelined the last two games with what he described as swelling in his knee, was able to practice in full during Tuesday's light session and believes he's on track to play against the Redskins Monday night.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil (neck) has participated in every drill during the media portion of practice so far. Could be on track to play for first time since the opener.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (concussion protocol) participated in stretching today. Working on the side with Thomas Davis now. Part of the five-step process of returning from the protocol.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens make a change at reserve inside linebacker, signing Steven Johnson and releasing Jonathan Freeny. Johnson is a six-year veteran who's played for the Broncos, Titans and Steelers. He played one game for Pittsburgh this season and was released on Sept. 23.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

The Giants reinstated Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and waived CB Michael Hunter, who has surprisingly been buried behind Ross Cockrell after strong summer.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rams' special teams contributed 17 Expected Points Added in Sunday's win over the Jaguars, the highest EPA total for any special teams unit in the last 10 years. The Rams got a kickoff return (by Pharoh Cooper) and a blocked punt (by Cory Littleton) for a touchdown. Greg Zuerlein made a 56-yard field goal, and Johnny Hekker pinned four punts inside the opponents' 20.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

As he mentioned on Sunday, 49ers S Eric Reid is in New York today for the meeting between players and owners discussing social justice reform and community initiatives. Niners CEO Jed York is among the owners participating as well.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Roethlisberger said on 93.7 the Fan that Martavis Bryant doesn't want to go anywhere based on his talks with him, and "there haven't been any inklings of unhappiness' from the playmaker.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers center Ryan Kalil (neck) is in full pads and looks ready to practice. He hasn't played since the opener.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

LB Shea McClellin is eligible to begin practicing this week after opening the year on injured reserve, and asked if that will happen, Bill Belichick said it is a "possibility." The decision would come after consultation with the medical staff.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (concussion) is not dressed for practice but he is here.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers players have spoken to Martavis Bryant with an encouraging tone this week, saying he's crucial to the game plan and it's too early to be frustrated. Ben Roethlisberger was among those who spoke to him.

Cameron Wolfe ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans WR Rishard Matthews was invited to Tuesday's NFL meetings, but could not attend because he played in MNF. Matthews, who has been vocal in his right to protest and stance against racial injustice, sent in a letter instead, per his agent.

Cameron Wolfe ESPN Staff Writer 

Credit Titans DC Dick LeBeau for making second half adjustments. They sent more blitzes, 9, at Jacoby Brissett in 2nd half. They got 6 pressures. Brissett went 2-9 for 17 yards. Brissett completed just 45-percent of his passes for 93 yards in the second half.