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Hi Folks,

Good Wednesday to you. The regular season is just about wound down and with the games this Sunday, we'll be ending these Daily Email Updates. Don't worry, we'll be back every once in a while to let you know what we're up to. But we also want to respect your mail box. We've got a few more days of these left so let's get to it.

J


CHI - QB Jay Cutler, RB Matt Forte to IR - Chicago Sun-Times - Sean Jensen

The Chicago Bears placed QB Jay Cutler (thumb) and RB Matt Forte (knee) on the Injured Reserve Tuesday, Dec. 27. Cutler is scheduled to have the pins removed from his thumb and has already resumed throwing a ball.

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Footballguys' view: The Bears will continue to use Josh McCown as their starting QB, and Khalil Bell as their starting RB. The originally thought Cutler would be back for the playoffs, but now Chicago's eliminated from postseason play.


WAS - RB Ryan Torain released - The Washington Post - Mike Jones

The Washington Redskins released RB Ryan Torain Tuesday, Dec. 27, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The team promoted WR Aldrick Robinson from the practice squad in a corresponding move.

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Footballguys' view: Torain failed to live up to Mike Shanahan's expectations. He was originally drafted by Shanahan when he was with the Denver Broncos and followed him to the Redskins after sitting out the 2009 season. He was passed on the depth chart by both rookie RBs Roy Helu and Evan Royster.


NFL - Jon Gruden ready to coach again - The San Diego Union-Tribune - Kevin Acee

Sources are saying that former head coach Jon Gruden is ready to leave the Monday Night Football booth to coach again in 2012, and ESPN is already preparing for his departure. The St. Louis Rams are being mentioned as a destination for Gruden.

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Footballguys' view: Several teams will be interested in Gruden. We could see him ending up in San Diego where he could work with QB Philip Rivers.


PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger uncertain for Week 17 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ed Bouchette

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said QB Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) could start in Week 17 depending on how his ankle has healed over the past week. Tomlin will wait to see how his quarterback feels when he returns to practice this week.

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Footballguys' view: Charlie Batch is a seasoned veteran and there's no need for the Steelers to rush Roethlisberger back to the lineup.


DAL - Hope QB Tony Romo can practice this week - NFL.com

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said he is hopeful QB Tony Romo (hand) will practice Wednesday, Dec. 28.

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Footballguys' view: Romo's hand injury must have reduced swelling if the Cowboys want him to play this week.


SF - WR Braylon Edwards released - BraylonEdwards.com

The San Francisco 49ers have released WR Braylon Edwards. Edwards revealed the news via his Web site.

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Footballguys' view: No surprise here. Edwards failed to make any sort of impression this year, even when he was completely healthy. He finishes his time in San Francisco with only 15 catches for 181 yards and zero touchdowns. We'll see if any team claims him via the waiver process.


DEN - Offense expected to remain the same - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones

The Denver Broncos are expected to continue much of their same philosophies on offense since QB Tim Tebow became the starter. The team is averaging 38.1 rush attempts per game in Tebow's 10 starts this year. 'That's been our model of success so far,' right guard Zane Beadles said. 'You know, every game is its own entity, so whatever is working for us. In that game, that was the most we've run all season.'

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Footballguys' view: With a win against the Chiefs on Sunday the Broncos will win the AFC West. We expect them to use a heavy dose of running the football with RB Willis McGahee and QB Tim Tebow.


CIN - WR Andre Caldwell to IR - The Sports Network

The Cincinnati Bengals placed WR Andre Caldwell (groin, abdomen) on the Injured Reserve Tuesday, Dec. 27, and promoted WR Armon Binns from the practice squad in a corresponding move. Also, the team signed free-agent WR Vidal Hazelton (Chargers) to their practice squad.

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Footballguys' view: Deep dynasty owners should keep an eye on Binns. He's not a quick twitch athlete, but he's got a large frame and knows how to box out defenders and high point passes.


MIN - Christian Ponder hopeful for Week 17 - Pioneer Press - Jeremy Fowler

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) might recover from his concussion in time to play in Week 17. Ponder is improving but must pass the NFL's protocol before returning to play.

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Footballguys' view: Joe Webb looked good in relief of Ponder last week and could get the start for the team if Ponder can't play.


NO - Atlanta players critical of QB Drew Brees - NFL.com

Some Atlanta Falcons players were irked following Week 16 that New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees set the single-season passing record with the team already leading by 22 points with less than three minutes to play. 'No need for that,' one Falcons player said. 'It came on our watch, but it didn't have to come that way. We won't forget it.' Saints head coach Sean Payton defended the decision to go for the record. 'Someone is going to ask this question, so I am going to answer it before it's asked,' Payton said during his postgame media session. 'Typically, would I be throwing it there? The answer would be probably not. In fact, the answer would be 'I wouldn't be.' But I thought it was appropriate that we get the record. And we did it. We have a ton of respect for (Falcons coach) Mike (Smith), his staff and his players. It seemed like the right thing to do. I felt real good about the decision.'

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Footballguys' view: Instead of crying here the Falcons should have concentrated on stopping Brees and the Saints' passing game. With the record in reach it was obvious to everyone that the Saints were going for it.


OAK - Want QB Carson Palmer to play smarter - ANG Newspapers - Steve Corkran

Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson said he is still working on getting across to QB Carson Palmer the importance of throwing away the ball or even taking a sack when a play breaks down and there isn't an attractive alternative. 'It goes back to a point, sometimes you don't even have to throw it away,' Jackson said. 'I told him, and he understands, and he will, sometimes you just take the sack. And I'm OK with it. Our opportunity to win a championship is tied to our ability to take care of the ball and to get turnovers. That's what we have to do.'

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Footballguys' view: Palmer has been a turnover machine for the Raiders, and will need to play better if the Raiders make a run in the postseason.


SD - Norv Turner expected to be fired - The San Diego Union-Tribune - Kevin Acee

The San Diego Chargers are expected to fire head coach Norv Turner following the season regardless of who is the general manager of the team.

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Footballguys' view: Not a surprise here. Turner has failed as a head coach several times now, but could resurrect his career as an offensive coordinator with another team.


STL - Interested in A.J. Smith - The San Diego Union-Tribune - Kevin Acee

People familiar with St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke's plans said Monday, Dec. 26, that Kroenke is waiting for the San Diego Chargers to make a move on general manager A.J. Smith. If Smith is available, league and agent sources strongly indicated that Smith will be hired as Rams' general manager and bring along Jon Gruden as head coach.

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Footballguys' view: We'll see who wins the bidding war for Gruden's services. Miami, San Diego, and St. Louis all seem to be very interested. Several other teams could make moves at the head coaching position and show interest in Gruden as well.


MIN - Will remain a run-heavy offense - The Associated Press

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said the team will remain committed to the run game despite the absence of RB Adrian Peterson (knee). Even if Peterson misses time at the start of the 2012 season, the Vikings will not alter their offense with RB Toby Gerhart in the mix. 'One of things about Adrian's absence earlier in the season, we had a chance to get Toby some extended snaps and we really haven't altered the offense by any means,' Frazier said. 'Toby has done a very good job in Adrian's absence. Did a great job of stepping in and performing and rushing for over 100 yards. So we really haven't had to alter things. We really don't plan to. We look forward to eventually getting Adrian back on the field, but we don't think we have to really alter the offense.'

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Footballguys' view: The Vikings are going to lean on Gerhart more than ever. He'll likely be used more than people expect when Peterson is back in the lineup.


NYJ - Not interested in QB Peyton Manning - New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said the team will not pursue Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning in the offseason if he is available. Ryan expressed his confidence in QB Mark Sanchez. 'There's no way that we're looking to replace Mark Sanchez,' Ryan said. 'If they were both out there and you were starting a draft, I would take ... Would you take Peyton Manning? Yeah, I'd take Peyton Manning over anybody. I'm not saying that ... I'm not telling that lie. Of course, I would take him. But right now, when you're looking at our football team and our franchise, obviously we feel great about our quarterback situation. Is he going to get better, he absolutely is. Is he perfect? Not by any stretch of the imagination right now ... But we think he has the ability to be special.'

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Footballguys' view: The Jets are standing by Sanchez for now, and the Colts say that if Manning plays in 2012 it will be with Indy. However, when we get to the offseason anything can happen.


WAS - HC praises Evan Royster - The Washington Post - Mike Jones

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan praised RB Evan Royster, and he lauded the team's depth at the running back position.

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Footballguys' view: Shanahan has proven time and time again that he can build a successful ground game even with injuries at the RB position. Next season we could see the Redskins use Roy Helu and Royster in a RBBC.


CHI - RB Kahlil Bell excited to face Minnesota - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs

Chicago Bears RB Kahlil Bell is looking forward to the Week 17 game against the Minnesota Vikings, his former team. 'Personally, I don't really like Minnesota,' Bell said. 'It's not going to take much for me to be motivated.'

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Footballguys' view: Bell will be ranked as a top 20 RB in the week 17 for sure after his Christmas night performance.


That'll do it for today, Folks.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great Wednesday.

Peace,

J