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Date Player
11/26/2014 Keith Smith, LB
Dallas activated Smith from its practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Smith has played in four games while bouncing around from the roster to the practice squad and the waiver wire.
11/26/2014 Terrance Williams, WR
Williams was listed as probable for Thursday's game versus Philadelphia despite breaking an index finger against the Giants.

Analysis: He's expected to play with a splint.
11/26/2014 Tyler Patmon, CB
Patmon will miss his second straight game Thursday against the Eagles.

Analysis: Patmon remains out with a knee injury.
11/26/2014 Dekoda Watson, LB
Watson has been ruled out for Thursday's game against Philadelphia.

Analysis: Watson is dealing with a hamstring injury.
11/26/2014 Jeff Heath, S
Heath is listed as doubtful for Thursday's game against Philadelphia.

Analysis: Heath broke his thumb in last weekend's win against the Giants.
11/26/2014 Jack Crawford, DE
The Dallas Cowboys placed Crawford on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday.

Analysis: Crawford is out with a broken thumb.
11/26/2014 Marcus Thigpen, WR
The Buffalo Bills have claimed Thigpen after the receiver was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Analysis: Thigpen, who doubles as a return specialist, has appeared in 36 NFL career games. The 28-year-old appeared in four games this year with Tampa Bay, and spent the previous two seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Overall, he has nine catches for 112 yards and a touchdown. He also scored a touchdown returning a punt for the Dolphins in 2012.
11/26/2014 Shaun Phillips, LB
The Colts have claimed Phillips off waivers from Tennessee.

Analysis: The 6-foot-3, 255-pound pass rusher has 554 tackles, 81 1/2 sacks and seven interceptions during his 11-year career. He played nine seasons with San Diego, then signed with Denver last season and joined the Titans this year. With Tennessee, Phillips had 19 tackles and two sacks in 11 games.
11/26/2014 Muhammad Wilkerson, DE
Wilkerson could miss New York's game against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night with a toe injury.

Analysis: Wilkerson has a toe injury that coach Rex Ryan says is similar to turf toe and had him in a walking boot Wednesday. Ryan says it "doesn't look good" for Wilkerson's chances to play. Linebacker Quinton Coples could see increased snaps on the defensive line if Wilkerson can't go.
11/26/2014 Tracy Porter, CB
The Washington Redskins have placed Porter on season-ending injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Analysis: Porter separated his right AC joint in Sunday's 17-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Porter was signed this year as a free agent from the Oakland Raiders, but he played in only three games. He spent much of the season dealing with a pulled right hamstring.
11/26/2014 Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB
The Houston Texans placed quarterback Ryan Mallett on injured reserve on Wednesday, meaning Fitzpatrick will start on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

Analysis: Fitzpatrick started the first nine games before being benched during the bye week in favor of Mallett. Mallett went 1-1 as the starter. Fitzpatrick is a 10-year NFL veteran, who has thrown for 1,960 yards with 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season.
11/26/2014 Kaelin Burnett, LB
The Tennessee Titans have signed Burnett off the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad a day after releasing veteran linebacker Shaun Phillips.

Analysis: The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Burnett has played in 22 NFL games after signing with Oakland as an undrafted free agent. The younger brother of former University of Tennessee player Kevin Burnett, the linebacker played 38 games in college at Nevada.
11/26/2014 J'Marcus Webb, T
The Minnesota Vikings have signed Webb again for depth because of another season-ending injury.

Analysis: Starting right tackle Phil Loadholt was placed on injured reserve Wednesday after he tore a left pectoral muscle Sunday in the loss to Green Bay. Webb played for the Vikings in 2013, appearing in eight games and starting one. He was in training camp with Kansas City but let go before the season. Webb played the first three years of his career with Chicago.
11/26/2014 Colt McCoy, QB
The Washington Redskins plan to start McCoy over Robert Griffin III on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

Analysis: McCoy went 25 of 30 for 299 yards with an INT in his only start this season, a 20-17 overtime win at Dallas.
11/26/2014 Robert Griffin III, QB
The Washington Redskins plan to start Colt McCoy over Griffin on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

Analysis: The Redskins are 0-3 since Griffin returned from an ankle injury and have scored only one touchdown in each of the last two games. The No. 2 overall draft pick was the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012, but he is 4-14 as a starter since the start of the 2013 season and has struggled in an attempt to transform into a traditional pocket-passer.
11/26/2014 Geno Smith, QB
Smith will get the start at quarterback over Michael Vick for the game against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night.

Analysis: Smith, in his second season, last started on Oct. 26 in a 43-23 loss to the Bills in which he threw interceptions on three consecutive possessions and was benched. Smith has thrown for 1,459 yards with seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Vick threw for 404 yards and three TDs and an interception in his three starts.
11/25/2014 Drew Brees, QB
Brees threw for 420 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Monday's loss to Baltimore.

Analysis: Brees had failed to surpass 300 yards in his previous three games.
11/25/2014 Troy Polamalu, S
Barring a setback this week, cornerback Ike Taylor and safety Troy Polamalu will both play on Sunday when the Steelers host New Orleans.

Analysis: Taylor hasn't played since Week 3 due to a broken right forearm, while Polamalu is recovering from a sprained left knee.
11/25/2014 Ike Taylor, CB
Barring a setback this week, cornerback Ike Taylor and safety Troy Polamalu will both play on Sunday when the Steelers host New Orleans.

Analysis: Taylor hasn't played since Week 3 due to a broken right forearm, while Polamalu is recovering from a sprained left knee.
11/25/2014 Andre Smith, T
The Bengals put right tackle Andre Smith on injured reserve with a torn left triceps on Tuesday, ending his season.

Analysis: Smith got hurt during a 22-13 win in Houston on Sunday. He'd missed the two previous games with a sprained ankle.
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