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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson participated in a full practice on Thursday, basically assuring he’ll play Sunday in Dallas.

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He was limited Wednesday, a day after passing the concussion protocol.

Safety Tony Jefferson was upgraded to limited after not practicing Wednesday because of a concussion suffered in Sunday’s win over Philadelphia but not diagnosed until Monday morning. During the open portion of practice, Jefferson worked on the kickoff coverage unit. He cleared the concussion protocol later Thursday.

Linebacker Kenny Demens (knee) was also upgraded from limited to full.

Running back Andre Ellington (foot) was limited, as was tight end Troy Niklas (ankle).

Defensive end Calais Campbell (knee), wide receiver Michael Floyd (knee) and safety Rashad Johnson (knee) were all full.
RENTON, Wash. -- Cornerback Richard Sherman (back), defensive end Michael Bennett (toe), backup center Stephen Schilling (knee) and cornerback Tharold Simon (knee) were new additions Thursday to the list of players who did not practice for the Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll does not talk to reporters on Thursdays, so we won’t know the status of these players until after practice Friday.

It would be a big surprise if either Sherman or Bennett had injuries that would keep them from playing Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

Simon is a concern for a couple of reasons. He returned from knee surgery two games ago and is starting for Byron Maxwell, who has been out for two games with a calf strain. Maxwell did not practice again Thursday.

Schilling has started the last three games for center Max Unger, who has returned to practice this week on a limited basis after suffering a foot injury Oct. 6 against the Washington Redskins.

Also not practicing Thursday were linebacker Malcolm Smith (groin), defensive tackle Jordan Hill (ankle) and backup safety Jeron Johnson (concussion).

Guard James Carpenter was a full participant in practice after being limited Wednesday with back spasms. Running back Marshawn Lynch also returned to practice after his usual off day Wednesday.
Looking for a scouting report on how Marcus Lattimore's first practice of the 2014 season went for the San Francisco 49ers running back?

“It was good, very good ... great to see him out there,” Niners offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Thursday. “He worked with [running backs] Coach [Tom] Rathman after practice extra and got with some of the defensive players and got some contact work, which was really good. And I know they looked at that this morning in a pretty early meeting.

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“He’s got his window and there’s a good plan in place to kind of progress him through that window and see where he’s at. Was pretty darned pleased.”

Lattimore -- the 49ers' fourth-round draft choice in 2013 out of South Carolina -- tore every ligament in his right knee and dislocated the kneecap in Oct. 2012, and began this season on the physically unable to perform list. And with Wednesday’s practice, a 21-day window has opened for him, at the end of which the Niners have to decide whether to activate him or place him on season-ending Injured Reserve.

What does the 49ers coaching staff need to see out of Lattimore in these three weeks to assure him of a spot on the 53-man roster?

“Really, just constant improvement throughout these next three weeks, and just how he moves,” Roman said. “Really, everything about his game, there’s just a way it should look, just seeing that come into focus.”

Keep in mind, Lattimore has not had any full football contact since suffering the injury, so simulating full-speed collisions might not be in the best interest of the team, even if Lattimore is in desperate need if a good hit.

“It will take some time,” Lattimore said with a grin.

Roman said Rathman will work with Lattimore on such high-risk hits as chop-blocks.

“All the different phases of contact that they might encounter as a running back, whether it’d be pass protection, contact on the boundary as a ball carrier, contact up the middle from the right, from the left, being able to move in space with a defender as you block him, adjust to different pass rush moves, a spin move, a push-pull, a swim, all those different types of things,” Roman said.

“And ball-security work as well. It’s pretty well-rounded.”
CINCINNATI -- A.J. Green participated in the Cincinnati Bengals' practice Wednesday afternoon, fulfilling comments he made to ESPN's Bob Holtzman after Sunday's game.

It was the first time the Pro Bowler practiced in nearly a month.

"I feel good," Green said after practice. "We're going to do a little bit [Thursday] and see how it goes."

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It appears more promising he will play Sunday. If he does, don't expect Green to cut short any snap opportunities this week against Jacksonville in favor of getting more healthy for next Thursday's quick turnaround against Cleveland.

"I'm not going to take any kind of approach," Green said. "I'm just going to play as hard as I can and see what happens."

During the open portion of Wednesday's workouts, Green went through position-specific drills with other receivers and went through a series of routes. He didn't seem to favor the right big toe injury that has bugged him since the season opener.

His last Wednesday workout didn't go well. Minutes after the Bengals stopped stretching in their first practice the week Carolina visited in Week 6, he threw down his helmet and slammed his right shoe to the turf before getting on a cart and riding back into the stadium. He had aggravated the toe injury.

A day later, Green saw a foot specialist in Cincinnati who prescribed him to avoid playing for two weeks. Seven days after that evaluation, he traveled to North Carolina to another foot specialist who told him the same thing.

As a result, Green has missed the last three games. In his place, third-year wideout Mohamed Sanu has emerged. The player who was slated to be Cincinnati's third receiver entering the season has caught 21 passes for 383 yards and a touchdown in the three-plus games Green has missed. In addition to the three recent contests he didn't play, Green also was sidelined for all but six plays of the Bengals' Week 2 win over Atlanta.

Green has been told to expect playing with a measure of pain the rest of the season. At this point, it's about managing that pain and figuring out ways to protect his foot to give him adequate relief while playing through the ailment.

With respect to stabilizing the toe when he plays, Green said he wasn't changing anything. He said trainers may tape his foot up a little different, but otherwise he wasn't going to wear different shoes or place inserts in his shoes for additional cushioning. A report last week indicated he might be getting new specially made cleats from Nike.

It's been a difficult few weeks waiting for the effects of the injury to subside. Green has been wanting to get back on the field from the moment he left practice four Wednesdays ago.

"In the back of my mind it's like that, but I've got to take care of my body," he said. "I've got a long career ahead of me and I don't want anything lingering on and be something serious when I could have just rested and made it feel better."

In addition to Green, injured right offensive guard Kevin Zeitler (calf) and linebacker Rey Maualuga didn't practice but were part of rehab and conditioning drills on the side of the Bengals' practice fields. It's the first time Maualuga has been able to work out during practice since suffering a nasty left hamstring injury in the fourth quarter of the tie with the Panthers three weeks ago.

Tight end Tyler Eifert also didn't practice, although he is eligible after ending his stint on the short-term injured reserve last week. He dislocated his right elbow diving for extra yards in the season opener. Running back Giovani Bernard wasn't even at practice after suffering a right hip injury Sunday.
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns have been decimated by injuries on the defensive front but should get a lineman back for the second consecutive week.

Billy Winn, who's missed the last three weeks with a quad injury, has been cleared for a healthier workload in this week's practices and is expected to play Sunday against Tampa Bay barring any unforseen setbacks, according to a source. Winn, a sixth-round pick in 2012, has 57 career tackles, three sacks and an interception. He was limited in practices late last week and wasn't healthy enough to play against Oakland.

Last week, starting tackle Ahtyba Rubin returned from an ankle injury.

On Monday, John Hughes was the latest to leave the lineup. Hughes suffered a knee injury against the Raiders and was placed on reserve injured/designated to return list, marking the fifth defensive lineman on the 53-man roster to suffer an injury this month.

Phil Taylor underwent arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this month but should return at some point in November. Winn's return is timely -- Desmond Bryant is the only healthy defensive end in the rotation.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers returned from their bye week on Monday and held a light practice at their facility that ended with a team photo of all the players who earned degrees wearing their respective college colors.

And yes, coach Jim Harbaugh had on his Michigan colors underneath his 49ers fleece.

A quick update, then, on some of the injured Niners:

DT Glenn Dorsey: Began practicing after tearing his left biceps in camp, so his 21-day window to either be activated to the 53-man roster or placed on season-ending injured reserve is now open. “Participated in individuals,” Harbaugh said. “Conditioning was really good. We’ll ramp it up more as the week goes on.”

RB Marcus Lattimore: Will practice for the first time in his NFL career Wednesday, thus opening his 21-day window. He was drafted in the fourth round in 2013 after suffering a severe knee injury in 2012.

C Marcus Martin: More than two months after suffering a knee injury in the third preseason game, the rookie will take over starting center duties in the wake of Daniel Kilgore's season-ending broken left ankle.

LB NaVorro Bowman: Harbaugh does not have any idea when the Niners could open Bowman’s three-week window as he continues to rehab from the left knee injury suffered in the NFC title game. “He’s running,” Harbaugh said. “He’s doing some lateral cutting. He’s progressing. Nothing to report today about a timetable.”

LG Mike Iupati: Has been fully cleared from the concussion he suffered on Oct. 13 that kept him out of the Denver game Oct. 19 and practiced Monday.

LB Patrick Willis: Did individual drills and was limited in practice on the toe he injured at St. Louis on Oct. 13 that kept him out of the Broncos game.

CB Chris Cook: Was placed on season-ending IR on Saturday. “It was a hamstring, but pulled some bone off,” Harbaugh said. “Had surgery last Friday.”

CB Chris Culliver: Went full-speed in practice after missing the Broncos game with a hamstring strain.

DB Jimmie Ward: Practiced “a little more limited” with the quadriceps injury that kept him out of the Broncos game.

Also, Harbaugh addressed a few other topics…

On if he expects the Niners to be active with the NFL’s trade deadline on Tuesday: “I don’t expect anything to happen.”

On if he’s heard anything regarding LB Aldon Smith's nine-game suspension being reduced: “No.”
ARLINGTON, Texas -- As he got dressed without the use of his right arm, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Justin Durant couldn’t find the words to put into perspective how painful it was to know that his season was over.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” said Durant, who suffered a torn right biceps during the Washington Redskins' last touchdown drive in the Cowboys’ 20-17 overtime loss to their NFC East rivals.

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The reality that this is a potentially devastating blow to the Dallas defense had certainly sunk in for Durant’s bosses and teammates.

"He's in the top three or four performers we've had this year on defense," owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. "He plays a key position, that weakside linebacker principally. That's a significant loss for us."

Durant had stepped up as a leader for a defense that has significantly exceeded expectations after ranking dead last in the league last season. With middle linebacker Sean Lee out for the season, Durant took over signal-calling responsibilities and was voted a defensive captain by his teammates.

Durant, who is in the final year of his contract, also made as many plays as any Dallas defender. According to the coaches’ statistics from film study, Durant entered Monday night’s game as the team’s leading tackler with 51 stops, one more than middle linebacker Rolando McClain. Durant also led the Cowboys with two forced fumbles and had four passes defensed, an interception and a fumble recovery during Dallas’ 6-1 start.

His season ended prematurely, but Durant finished strong with a team-high 10 tackles against the Redskins, including two behind the line of scrimmage. Whether the Cowboys move Bruce Carter back to the weak side or have rookie Anthony Hitchens play that position, Durant leaves large shoes to fill.

“It’s a big loss for us,” cornerback Brandon Carr said. “That was our guy that held down the middle for us, called all the plays, made a lot of plays for us in a short amount of time this season. We’re definitely going to miss him, but he’s going to be around. Now it comes to the next-man-up mentality.”
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Cowboys linebacker Justin Durant will not return to Monday's game against the Washington Redskins with an arm injury.

Durant, who missed two games earlier in the season with a groin injury, was hurt in the third quarter.

Kyle Wilber replaced Durant in the starting lineup.

Durant is just one of several injuries to the Cowboys.

Quarterback Tony Romo left the game with an apparent back injury, though team officials wouldn't disclose what exactly is wrong.

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick was nicked up on Colt McCoy's touchdown run up the middle but stayed in the game.

IRVING, Texas -- The trade deadline is Oct. 28, but the Dallas Cowboys already feel like they have a big acquisition on the way in rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.

Lawrence will begin his second week of practice on Thursday as he works his way back from a broken right foot suffered in training camp and can make his season debut Nov. 2 against the Arizona Cardinals.

On 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Lawrence had “everybody frothing at the mouth,” at practice last week. The Cowboys placed Lawrence on short-term injured reserve, which knocked him out of the first eight games, but allowed him to get 100 percent healthy after surgery.

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The Cowboys have an obvious need for a pass rusher with only seven sacks in seven games. Coach Jason Garrett acknowledged the pass rush was not good in the win against the New York Giants and must improve as the season goes on.

“You have to win one-on-one rushes,” Garrett said. “You have to get more pressure with your down guys. Maybe it’s one-on-one rushes, maybe it’s rush games, maybe it’s bringing people. i don’t think we did a good enough job affecting the quarterback in [Sunday’s] game. You talk all you want about not having any sacks but you also have to affect the guy. I thought they did a pretty good job in their passing game getting the ball out quickly. We didn’t get a chance to get to the quarterback and disrupt the passing game as much as we liked. There were some good individual efforts, and at times we did a good job in that area, but we continue to have to improve there. It’s a really important part of playing good defense.”

That’s where Lawrence comes in. The Cowboys gave up their second- and third-round picks to the Washington Redskins in order to move up to the 34th pick in the second round to take Lawrence. He was their third-rated right defensive end in the draft behind Jadeveon Clowney and Anthony Barr, who went first and ninth overall, respectively.

Lawrence had 20 sacks in two years at Boise State and was having a productive camp until getting hurt in a pass rush drill against Tyron Smith.

“Just working on my movement, getting back into it so at times I felt a little rusty, but then again I felt like I never left, if you know what I mean,” Lawrence said of his practice work last week. “It’s really just getting back into football shape.”

Lawrence said his foot has not given him any issues in his rehab, and the time in the weight room has made him stronger.

“I feel like I put on at least 10 pounds basically just working out every day. That’s all I could do,” Lawrence said. “I feel like I’ve gotten a lot stronger and in some way I feel like I ain’t lost my step either. It’s a good feeling I have about coming back.”
BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns might be without defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin for some time.

Coach Mike Pettine said Rubin went for a second opinion on an injured ankle. He has missed the last two games.

Pettine was asked if surgery could be a possibility.

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“I would think all options are on the table at this point,” he said. “I haven’t heard that brought up yet, but I’m assuming that could be the case.”

The Browns will have an update on Rubin’s status Wednesday.

Rubin’s injury highlights one of the more disappointing position groups on the team. The defensive line was supposed to be a team strength. But the defense ranks last in the league in run defense, giving 155.5 yards per game. Not all of that falls on the line, but it is the first ‘line’ of defense.

In a separate personnel move, the team waived fullback Ray Agnew and promoted Kiero Small from the practice squad.

“He’s been doing an outstanding job for us on the scout teams,” Pettine said. “We just felt it was time to promote him and see what he can do.”

There was also word that Seattle was about to sign Small to the Seahawks' active roster, which teams can do with practice squad players.
METAIRIE, La. – New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said coach Sean Payton will decide after a pregame evaluation on Sunday morning whether the tight end will be to play through his shoulder injury against the Detroit Lions.

“Sean said he’s gonna test it and then see where I’m at,” Graham said. “So if I can, I can. If I can’t, I can’t.”

Payton declined comment. Graham was officially listed as questionable on the Saints' injury report after participating in Friday's full-team drills on a limited basis.

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Graham didn’t offer many specific details on the injury, which he suffered two weeks ago against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- other than to acknowledge that “it’s painful.” But he said he has been making progress after returning to team drills for the first time on a limited basis Thursday.

“I’m all right. It’s been better. I’ve had better days,” Graham said. “Right now, it’s been an OK week. …

“They’ve done a great job here (the training and medical staff), but you know we’ll see on Sunday. I actually don’t know. … Hopefully maybe in two days I’ll feel better.”

Graham tried to keep playing after he first suffered the injury, staying in the game for two more series after several chats with trainers and doctors on the sideline. Eventually, though, he was taken into the locker room for X-rays and did not return for the second half.

Graham laughed when asked if the Saints had a hard time convincing him to leave the field.

“You know, I played until I couldn’t really move it anymore,” Graham said. “So I just had to do what’s smart, and the doctors were smart. And Sean said if it was too much, then I needed to come out. So I had to do that. But Josh [Hill] and Ben [Watson] had a great game and they’re fantastic players, so with or without me they’re gonna do plenty to help this team win.”

It’s possible the Saints could opt to use Graham in a limited role, mostly in the red zone, which is what they did last year while he was recovering from a plantar fasciitis injury. Graham played just 18 snaps in that game against the Buffalo Bills and caught two touchdown passes.

But in this case it’s hard to predict anything based on Graham’s practice participation since he doesn’t face any contact in practice.

When asked if he would have any objections to being used in such a limited role, Graham said, “Well, who doesn’t just want the ball in the red zone? If I could do that for the next 20 years, I would. But that’s not how it works at tight end. So, you know, I just want to get back on the field as soon as I can and I’ll wait and see whenever I’m allowed to.”
San Francisco 49ers All-Pro inside linebacker Patrick Willis missed his second consecutive day of practice on Thursday with a toe injury, further putting his availability for Sunday night’s game at the Denver Broncos in doubt.

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Also, left guard Mike Iupati has yet to pass the NFL-mandated concussion protocol as he missed his second practice this week, and rookie defensive back Jimmie Ward sat out again with a quadriceps injury.

Ward is one of five Niners DBs on the injury report.

“Well, Ward’s (injury) is the most serious of all those guys,” 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Thursday.

And the others?

“They’re dinged,” Fangio said, “but everybody’s dinged to some point at this stage.”

Following is the 49ers’ injury report for Thursday:

Did not participate: LG Mike Iupati (concussion), S Jimmie Ward (quadricep), ILB Patrick Willis (toe)

Limited participation: CB Tramaine Brock (toe), CB Chris Cook (quadricep), CB Perrish Cox (quadricep), CB Chris Culliver (shoulder), RT Anthony Davis (knee, ankle), DE Tony Jerod-Eddie (shoulder), WR Stevie Johnson (hip), DT Ian Williams (ankle, shoulder)

Full participation: TE Vernon Davis (back), DE Justin Smith (not injury-related)
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- After Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson said earlier Wednesday that he is trying to get everything right with his ankle, it was not surprising he ended up being one of a litany of players not at practice Wednesday.

Some of the players he was joined by, though, were a bit surprising.

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Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (toe) did not practice. Neither did running back Theo Riddick (hamstring), tight end Joseph Fauria (ankle), linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) or receiver/returner Jeremy Ross (undisclosed). Ansah, Riddick and Ross were surprises.

In better news for Detroit, Reggie Bush returned to practice after missing Sunday's game with an ankle injury so he looks on pace to play against his former team, New Orleans.

Linebacker Kyle Van Noy also returned to practice for the first time since core muscle surgery in August. He is eligible to return to the Lions after their bye week. Receiver TJ Jones, who is on the PUP list, was not practicing Wednesday. This is the first day Jones is eligible to return from his shoulder surgery and nerve issue in his arm.

 
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Barring an unexpected setback, cornerback D.J. Hayden should make his practice debut Wednesday.

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Hayden has been on the physically unable to perform list all season after breaking his foot in June. Hayden can be activated to the 53-man roster any time in the next three weeks. If he is not, the team will have to shelve him for the season.

The No. 12 pick of the 2013 draft should be activated fairly soon. He has been doing extensive side work in recent days and has looked good. Still, he must shake off the rust and get back in playing shape.

The biggest issue for Hayden has been staying on the field long enough to contribute in the NFL. He played eight games last season after finishing the year on the injured reserve with a groin injury.

He will likely be the team’s nickel cornerback. If he can stay healthy, Hayden can start working on shedding the bust whispers that are hovering over him due to injury issues.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- They’ve been waiting their turns, but guard Jonathan Cooper and linebacker Lorenzo Alexander haven’t seen much, if any, of the field this season for the Arizona Cardinals.

That might change Sunday.

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Cooper is on deck if right guard Paul Fanaika can’t play against Washington because of ankle and calf injuries. Should Fanaika not play, Cooper will be inserted at right guard and Ted Larsen will remain at left guard, offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said.

“I’m confident in him,” Goodwin said. “If that happens, that happens. If not, Paul is up and here we go.”

Cooper has played just three snaps this season while Alexander has yet to see the field on defense.

“It’s up to the coaches,” said Alexander, one of two special teams captains. “As far as how they want to work me in, right now my role is to play on special teams and I’ll just continue to do that.”

Because of a knee injury to Matt Shaughnessy that’s sidelined him until December, Alexander might finally get his call this week as a backup to Sam Acho and Alex Okafor.

“Lorenzo (will) get some reps,” defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said. “[Linebacker Marcus] Benard is back as well as [linebacker Thomas] Keiser.

“Depending on what we see and package wise, we’ll try to get [Alexander] in when we could.”

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