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For The Last 15 Days
Vontae Davis, DB, IND10/30/2014 2:15:00 PM
Description: Colts cornerback Vontae Davis was back at practice Thursday and is expected to be in the lineup Monday against the Giants.
Insight: Coach Chuck Pagano and the defense dodged a big one there as he's been one of the best players on the defense.
Vontaze Burfict, LB, CIN10/29/2014 3:27:00 PM
Description: Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict had his left knee scoped on Wednesday and is expected to miss at least two games according to ESPN.
Insight: It seems highly unlikely, however, that Burfict will recover in two weeks time. It takes most players about four weeks to come back from a scope. 2014 has been an injury-plagued season for Burfict as he has missed time with concussions, a neck injury, and now his knee.
Justin Durant, LB, DET10/27/2014 11:31:00 PM
Description: Cowboys linebacker Justin Durant left Monday night's game against the Redskins.
Insight: Durant suffered an arm injury in the fourth quarter. He will not return.
Nick Fairley, DT, DET10/27/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Detroit defensive tackle Nick Fairley will be sidelined for 4-to-5 weeks after spraining his MCL and PCL, according to ESPN Chicago's Michael C. Wright.
Insight: This should actually be considered good news, as many thought he'd be out for the season. Fairley should be back for the Lions' stretch run.
Vontae Davis, DB, IND10/27/2014 1:15:00 PM
Description: Colts cornerback Vontae Davis appears to have escaped a serious knee injury Sunday.
Insight: Coach Chuck Pagano said he didn't think it was serious after the MRI came back negative. That still doesn't mean he'll be ready to go Monday night against the Giants.
Jon Beason, LB, NYG10/27/2014 1:10:00 PM
Description: New York linebacker Jon Beason is out for the season and will need surgery on his right foot, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
Insight: He missed most of the preseason due to a torn ligament and fractured bone in his toe and had only played in a few regular season games.
Nick Fairley, DT, DET10/27/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Detroit defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who injured a right knee in Sunday's game, will have an MRI Monday.
Insight: All early comments have called this one bad, so we aren't too hopeful at this point.
Jadeveon Clowney, LB, HOU10/26/2014 12:12:00 PM
Description: Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney will play against the Titans on Sunday.
Insight: Poor rookie third-string quarterback Zach Mettenberger, he'll face J.J. Watt and Clowney when he goes back to pass.
Nick Fairley, DT, DET10/26/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Detroit defensive tackle Nick Fairley injured a right knee and is not expected to return.
Insight: With all the offensive firepower sitting out the game for the Lions, their defense has to carry them and this injury won't help.
Dion Jordan, DE, MIA10/25/2014 4:46:00 PM
Description: The Dolphins activated defensive end Dion Jordan from suspension.
Insight: Jordan will make his season debut on Sunday against the Jaguars. The Dolphins will likely ease him slowly back into the starting lineup.
Gerald McCoy, DT, TAM10/25/2014 4:33:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy signed a seven-year, $98 million extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The new deal will average $14 million per year with $51.5 million guaranteed.
Insight: The guaranteed money is the most ever awarded to a defensive tackle in NFL history. McCoy had 9.5 sacks and 35 tackles last year on his way to the Pro Bowl. He is 26-years old.
Chandler Jones, DE, NEP10/25/2014 2:30:00 PM
Description: Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones' hip injury he suffered in Week 7 will cost him at least six weeks according to the Boston Herald.
Insight: The Boston Globe originally reported Jones would return in four weeks, but it now appears it will be at least six. It could be the rest of the season. Jones is a huge loss for the Patriots defense. Of New England's 18 sacks, Jones has 4 1/2 of them.
Jadeveon Clowney, LB, HOU10/25/2014 1:05:00 PM
Description: Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is likely to play against the Titans on Sunday according to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Clowney has not played since Week 1 due to a knee injury. If he plays, Bill O'Brien will keep Clowney on what he called a "pitch count". The Texans defense is a great start against the Titans, who will be starting rookie third-string quarterback Zach Mettenberger.
Jadeveon Clowney, LB, HOU10/23/2014 1:13:00 PM
Description: Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee) has his knee is still sore, but he can push through it, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Clowney was close to returning in Week 7 and listed as questionable for Week 8, but it sounds like he's ready to give it a try. The addition of Clowney to the Texans defense would make them a top Week 8 choice against a suspect Tennessee offense.
LaMarr Woodley, LB, PIT10/22/2014 8:53:00 PM
Description: Raiders linebacker LaMarr Woodley is expected to miss the rest of the season due to a torn biceps muscle according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Insight: Woodley only had five tackles and zero sacks in six games, anyway, so the Raiders really won't miss him. Woodley's sacks totals have been in steady decline since 2009. He has one more season on the deal Woodley signed with Oakland this past offseason, but the Raiders will likely release him this spring.
Chandler Jones, DE, NEP10/21/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (hip) will be be out for about a month, according to The Boston Globe.
Insight: This came out of nowhere, and is a huge blow to New England. Jones has 4.5 sacks on the season, and has consistently created pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Expect the Patriots to update his status on Wednesday.
Da'Quan Bowers, DE, TAM10/21/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers has been suspended for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, according to a WTSP 10 news report.
Insight: Bowers has been a bust from Day 1 and he's just adding to the wrong side of the ledger.
Mychal Kendricks, LB, PHI10/21/2014 12:40:00 PM
Description: Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks is practicing and is on pace to play for the first time since Week 2.
Insight: Kendricks' return would be a huge improvement on the defensive side of the ball.
Jadeveon Clowney, LB, HOU10/20/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is out for Monday night's game against Pittsburgh.
Insight: He was questionable coming in, but Houston did not see enough in practice to give Clowney the go-ahead. Consider him questionable for Week 8.
Brian Orakpo, LB, WAS10/20/2014 1:14:00 PM
Description: Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo suffered a torn right pectoral in the game against Tennessee and is out for the season, according to ProFootballTalk.
Insight: It'ss the third time this injury has happened to him, though the first two were on the left side. It's a huge blow to the Washington defense.
Brian Orakpo, LB, WAS10/19/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo suffered a pectoral injury in the game against Tennessee.
Insight: He'll likely have an MRI Monday.
Vontaze Burfict, LB, CIN10/19/2014 2:20:00 PM
Description: Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has left the Week 7 game against Indy with a neck injury.
Insight: Burfict has been dealing with concussion and neck issues all season, though this looked like a stinger on a hit of Andrew Luck.
Jadeveon Clowney, LB, HOU10/17/2014 7:18:00 PM
Description: Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee) returned to practice on Friday.
Insight: This was the first time he practiced since going under the knife after Week 1. He will be a game-time decision for Monday night's game against the Steelers.
Patrick Willis, LB, SFX10/17/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis (toe) has been declared out for Week 7 against Denver.
Insight: With the 49ers already missing Navarro Bowman and Aldon Smith at linebacker, this is a huge loss for the team. Rookie Chris Borland will make his first career start.
Jimmie Ward, DB, SFX10/17/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: 49ers safety Jimme Ward is expected to miss the Week 7 game against Denver.
Insight: Anytime you are short-handed in the secondary while facing Peyton Manning its not a good thing. The 49ers are hoping Trumaine Brock will be ready to go.
Eric Berry, DB, KAN10/17/2014 2:40:00 PM
Description: Chiefs SS Eric Berry (ankle) will miss Week 7 against San Diego.
Insight: With Philip Rivers playing at an MVP level, it's not a good time for Berry to be out of the lineup.
Chad Greenway, LB, MIN10/17/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Vikings LB Chad Greenway hasn't played since Week 3 against New Orleans, but after practicing all week should be ready to go in Week 7.
Insight: Greenway's return will certainly be a boost to the Minnesota defense which is 22nd against the run and 11th against the pass.
Jadeveon Clowney, LB, HOU10/15/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Texans coach Bill O'Brien said there is a 50/50 chance outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney returns to the field for the Monday night game against the Steelers.
Insight: Clowney has not played since suffering a torn meniscus in Week 1. J.J. Watt has been carrying the Texans defense, and he should be even more effective should Houston get back its second-best pash rusher.

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