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Date Player
9/20/2014 Josh Johnson, QB
The San Francisco 49ers have released third-string quarterback Josh Johnson before Sunday's NFC West game at Arizona. Without Johnson, the 49ers are left with Blaine Gabbert to back up Colin Kaepernick.

Analysis: The 49ers made the move to clear roster room for tight end Asante Cleveland to be moved to the active roster from the practice squad. Starting tight end Vernon Davis and backup Vance McDonald both have injuries and it was unclear whether either would play against the Cardinals. Johnson, who played for coach Jim Harbaugh in college at San Diego, signed with the 49ers on May 14.
9/20/2014 Matt Schaub, QB
The Oakland Raiders listed backup quarterback Matt Schaub as out Sunday at New England. The team issued a release Saturday saying Schaub won't play but it's not injury related.

Analysis: Rookie Derek Carr won the starting job for the Raiders (0-2) out of training camp after Schaub struggled in his first preseason since being traded to the Raiders from Houston in March.
9/20/2014 Kerry Taylor, WR
The Jacksonville Jaguars have promoted second-year receiver Kerry Taylor from the practice squad.

Analysis: Taylor spent the first two weeks on Jacksonville's practice squad. He played in 10 games last season, three with Arizona and seven with the Jaguars. He has 22 career receptions for 229 yards and a touchdown.
9/20/2014 Charles Johnson, WR
The Minnesota Vikings have signed receiver Charles Johnson off the Cleveland Browns' practice squad to replace Jerome Simpson. The Vikings announced the move Saturday, two days after they cut Simpson after learning of another arrest this summer. The roster decision left the Vikings thin at receiver, and coach Mike Zimmer hinted Friday that they were in the market to address depth at the position.

Analysis: Johnson is in his second season out of Grand Valley State. He has experience with the Vikings' offense after playing for offensive coordinator Norv Turner and quarterbacks coach Scott Turner when the father-son tandem was in Cleveland last season. Johnson has yet to appear in an NFL game.
9/19/2014 Alshon Jeffery, WR
Jeffery is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the New York Jets.

Analysis: A hamstring injury didn't keep Jeffery out of last week's win against the 49ers, though he wasn't much of a fantasy factor with three catches for 47 yards.
9/19/2014 Muhammad Wilkerson, DE
Wilkerson has been fined $20,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness - throwing punches - in a fight that resulted in him being ejected against the Green Bay Packers.

Analysis: Wilkerson was tossed when he got into it with Packers players in the third quarter of Green Bay's 31-24 victory last Sunday. Wilkerson was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct, as was teammate Sheldon Richardson.
9/19/2014 Koa Misi, LB
Misi has been ruled out of the Miami Dolphins' game Sunday against Kansas City because of an ankle injury.

Analysis: Misi will miss his second consecutive game. Guard Shelley Smith was also ruled out Friday because of a knee injury.
9/19/2014 Sio Moore, LB
Moore has been ruled out for Sunday because of an ankle injury suffered in last week's loss to Houston.

Analysis: It's unclear when he will be able to get back on the field.
9/19/2014 Rolando McClain, LB
The Dallas Cowboys will likely be without middle linebacker and leading tackler Rolando McClain for Sunday's game at St. Louis. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on a weekly radio appearance Friday that McClain, who has 22 tackles, wants to play and thinks he might play. But Jones also called the linebacker "doubtful."

Analysis: McClain hasn't practiced since coming out of last week's game at Tennessee with a groin injury. He was listed as doubtful for the Rams when Dallas (1-1) released its practice report Friday. If McClain doesn't play, his most likely replacement would be Anthony Hitchens, the fourth-round draft pick who would slide over from weakside linebacker. Hitchens started against the Titans last week, but was in for only eight defensive plays.
9/19/2014 Carson Palmer, QB
Arizona coach Bruce Arians says that if Carson Palmer is in good enough condition, he will be the backup quarterback when the Cardinals play the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Drew Stanton is slated to start for the second straight game.

Analysis: Arians says Palmer, out with a nerve problem in his shoulder, still is unable to throw a pass. After this week, Palmer will have some time to heal because the Cardinals have a bye next week.
9/19/2014 Drew Stanton, QB
Stanton will start at quarterback when the Cardinals play the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Arizona coach Bruce Arians says that if Carson Palmer is in good enough condition, he will be the backup quarterback. But Arians says Palmer, out with a nerve problem in his shoulder, still is unable to throw a pass.

Analysis: Stanton was the quarterback in Arizona's 25-14 road win over the New York Giants last Sunday. It was the first time he had played in a regular-season game in four years. After this week, Palmer will have some time to heal because the Cardinals have a bye next week. Rookie Logan Thomas will be the backup if Palmer can't fill that role.
9/19/2014 Adrian Peterson, RB
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that authorities in Minnesota have filed a petition seeking a protective order for the son of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. The petition asks a judge to block Peterson from using any corporal punishment or physical discipline on the 4-year-old boy. It also would block any unauthorized or unsupervised contact.

Analysis: Peterson faces a child abuse charge in Texas for using a wooden switch to spank the boy in May. He's said he meant only to discipline the boy and not hurt him. The order says Peterson told investigators in Texas that he also used a belt to spank his son. Hennepin County authorities have also asked that the order be suspended until the Texas case is resolved.
9/19/2014 Jason McCourty, CB
McCourty is questionable for the Titans' game Sunday at Cincinnati after being able to take part in individual drills during the open part of practice Friday.

Analysis: McCourty still was limited as he recovers from a groin injury that kept him out of the second half of last week's 26-10 loss to Dallas. The cornerback says he done more each day than he did the day before. He likely will be a game-time decision against the Bengals.
9/19/2014 Josh Gordon, WR
Gordon has been reinstated into the NFL and had his one-year suspension reduced to 10 games after the league announced changes to its drug policy.

Analysis: The league and Players' Association reached an agreement on Friday on revisions to the substance-abuse program. Earlier this week, they announced changes on performance-enhancing drugs. Gordon, who has at least four drug violations, has already served two games of the suspension. He will be eligible to play Nov. 23 when the Browns visit Atlanta.
9/19/2014 Marvin Austin, DT
Austin said he'll play Sunday at Seattle in honor of his father, who died Friday.

Analysis: Marvin Austin Sr. had been hospitalized in Raleigh, North Carolina, since being ejected in a rollover auto accident Sunday evening in Selma. Austin got the news while having dinner at a steakhouse in Denver following the Broncos' victory over Kansas City and flew to North Carolina. He spent several days there until returning to practice Thursday.
9/19/2014 Robert Woods, WR
Woods expects to play Sunday against the San Diego Chargers after suffering a right ankle injury earlier in the week.

Analysis: Woods is listed as probable. He suffered the injury late in practice on Wednesday while making a cut on the field. Woods missed practice Thursday, but returned on a limited basis Friday. After practice Friday, Woods was optimistic about his chances. "I feel pretty good," Woods said. "I had the ankle injury before, this is a slight one and I just want to go out there and play. I feel good and I'm happy it didn't take long."
9/19/2014 Bryan Bulaga, T
Bulaga is listed as questionable for its NFC North road matchup against the Detroit Lions.

Analysis: Bulaga suffered a knee injury in the Packers' season-opening loss at Seattle and didn't play in their big comeback win over the New York Jets last Sunday. As he did last week, Bulaga practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday this week. He looked to be moving around better with a protective brace on his injured left knee.
9/19/2014 John Abraham, LB
Arizona has placed 15-year veteran John Abraham on injured reserve, ending his season with the Cardinals. The 36-year-old outside linebacker sustained a concussion in the season opener against San Diego. He left the team briefly after that, reportedly contemplating retirement, before making an attempt to return this week. He had not been able to practice, however.

Analysis: Abraham is the NFL's active career sacks leader with 133 1/2, ranking him ninth on the league's all-time list. He had 11 1/2 sacks with the Cardinals last season and is in the second year of a two-year contract with Arizona.
9/19/2014 Ray McDonald, DT
Police say they responded to an argument at 49ers lineman Ray McDonald's home in San Jose three months before his arrest there on suspicion of domestic violence.

Analysis: According to a police report released Thursday, an engaged couple got into an argument at the home on May 25 during which the woman grabbed the man's gun and held it at her side. Police do not identify the couple by name. McDonald is known to live at the address with his fiancee. The report says the woman did not make any threats or point the firearm at the man.
9/19/2014 Mike Tolbert, RB
Panthers coach Ron Rivera says running back DeAngelo Williams and fullback Mike Tolbert practiced and are expected to start Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Analysis: Williams is listed as questionable on the injury report while Tolbert is probable.
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