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New York Giants-St. Louis Rams inactives

ST. LOUIS -- Armed with a healthy 53-man roster, the St. Louis Rams have seven pregame inactives who are in good shape and could play if needed. At this stage in the season, it's rare but for a team out of the playoff race, it also means making some tough decisions. And, in the process, it requires the Rams to leave some young players who could use some experience on the side. On Sunday against the New York Giants, the Rams probably didn't make some observers happy by choosing to leave young offensive linemen Barrett Jones and Brandon Washington on the sidelines, but they did get rookie cornerback Lamarcus Joyner back in the mix.

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:00:21 EDT

Welcome to AT&T Stadium

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Welcome to AT&T Stadium where the Dallas Cowboys can win the NFC East and clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2009 with a win against the Indianapolis Colts. The Cowboys need a win not only to make the playoffs but also to avoid a second losing record at home since moving to Arlington in 2009. They finished 2-6 at home in 2010 on their way to a 6-10 finish. The Cowboys are expected to have the NFL’s leading rusher in DeMarco Murray despite a broken left hand, but how effective will he be?

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:30:29 EDT

Sharing Patriots halftime thoughts

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Some thoughts at halftime as the New England Patriots trail the New York Jets 10-7: Uninspiring opening half as protection issues mount. The Patriots played down to the level of competition. Protection struggles, both from a physical and mental perspective, have hurt them in the opening 30 minutes. The offense has little rhythm, its one touchdown drive coming when the coaching staff seemed to make an in-game adjustment to get the ball out of Tom Brady's hands quicker because of the protection issues.

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:27:30 EDT

Nick Mangold injures ankle in second quarter

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Jets center Nick Mangold, who has played in 141 of 143 games in his career, was carted off in the second quarter Sunday with an ankle injury. His return is questionable, according to the Jets. The Jets tied the game 7-7 midway through the second quarter against the New England Patriots. Mangold is one of the most durable players in the league, so it was surreal, watching him go off. As a sign of respect, the entire team came off the sideline to wish him well as he was placed on the cart.

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:10:31 EDT

Previewing Buffalo Bills-Oakland Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Welcome to O.co Coliseum where the Buffalo Bills (8-6) meet the Oakland Raiders (2-12) at 4:25 p.m. ET (1:25 p.m. local time) Sunday. Weather conditions: It's a damp morning here in the Bay Area, with temperatures hovering in the low 60s after some light rain last night. There is some fog and mist in the area but no significant precipitation is expected during the game. Winds are light. Iffy field conditions: After rain the past two days, the natural grass field here doesn't appear to be in great shape.

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:45:49 EDT

NFL pushes Adrian Peterson to begin counseling

When Adrian Peterson decided with the NFL Players Association to sue the NFL over how his suspension and appeal were handled, the Minnesota Vikings running back knew he could risk bumping back his reinstatement date by doing so. The league had suspended Peterson until at least April 15 for using a switch to discipline his 4-year-old son last spring, and in an interview with ESPN on Dec. 12, Peterson said he was wary enough about the league's reinstatement process that he would risk ruffling feathers by filing a lawsuit.

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:00:42 EDT

Analysis of Sunday's inactives for the Vikings

Good morning from the Twin Cities, where, as the eagle-eyed followers among you will note, the Minnesota Vikings are not playing Sunday. They're down in Miami, taking on the Dolphins at 1 p.m. ET, but I'm just getting back into the swing of things Sunday after some time off following the birth of my daughter, Greta, last Tuesday morning. Mom and baby are doing well, but I'll be covering the game remotely Sunday before returning to the grind on Monday.

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:30:38 EDT

Dontrelle Inman, Ronnie Brown unlikely contributors in Chargers' comeback win

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- One player was a CFL standout who grinded to make the back end of the roster in August. The other rejoined the team two months ago as experienced depth at a position of need. Receiver Dontrelle Inman and running back Ronnie Brown were unlikely contributors who made critical plays in Saturday's 38-35 comeback, overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers that gave the San Diego Chargers a chance to continue chasing postseason dreams with just a week left in the regular season.

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:30:19 EDT

Robert Griffin III: 'It really isn't about me'

LANDOVER, Md. -- The last time he started and finished a game the Washington Redskins won felt like a long time ago. Then again, that’s because it was. Robert Griffin III hadn’t played an entire game in a Redskins victory since a Week 9 win in 2013 over San Diego. He started a Week 2 win over Jacksonville this season but only lasted two series before dislocating his left ankle. So until Saturday's 27-24 win over Philadelphia, it had been nine games in which Griffin started and played the whole game since his team had won.

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:15:20 EDT

Ravens DE Chris Canty active for Ravens

HOUSTON -- Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty is active for Sunday's game at the Houston Texans after not practicing this week. Canty was listed as questionable after sitting out all three practices with an ankle injury. The Ravens did make reserve defensive end DeAngelo Tyson active for the first time in six games for extra depth at that position. Lawrence Guy is Canty's primary backup. The Ravens will need Canty when going against running back Arian Foster and a Texans offense that runs the ball more than any team in the NFL.

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:05:17 EDT