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|12/17/2013||Garrett Hartley, K||The New Orleans Saints have released kicker Garrett Hartley, two days after he had one field goal blocked and hooked another wide in a 27-16 loss at St. Louis.
Analysis: Hartley has been with the Saints since the middle of the 2008 season and made several crucial kicks during the Saints' 2009-10 run to a Super Bowl championship. The Saints have not announced the move or released a statement, but the move was posted on the NFL's transaction wire Tuesday afternoon.
|12/17/2013||LaMarr Woodley, LB||The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed linebacker LaMarr Woodley on injured reserve with his second significant calf injury of the season.
Analysis: Woodley left Sunday's 30-20 win over Cincinnati in the first quarter after straining his right calf. Woodley missed three games earlier this year with a strained left calf.
|12/17/2013||Jeremy Mincey, DE||The Denver Broncos bolstered their defensive line by agreeing to terms with defensive end Jeremy Mincey, who was released by Jacksonville after a falling-out with management last week.
Analysis: Mincey reunites with Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, who was his head coach with the Jaguars earlier in his career, and with Broncos run-stuffer Terrance Knighton, whom he played alongside for several seasons in Jacksonville.
|12/17/2013||Matthew Stafford, QB||Stafford threw three interceptions Monday, although in fairness, he was also victimized by some dropped passes in the loss to the Ravens.
Analysis: If the Lions do miss the playoffs, there will be plenty of questions about their franchise quarterback, who has turned the ball over 12 times in the last five games.
|12/17/2013||Reggie Bush, RB||Bush ran 17 times for 86 yards and a TD on Monday against the Ravens.
Analysis: This was his return after the previous week's loss to the Eagles.
|12/17/2013||Justin Tucker, K||Tucker made an improbable kick from the Lions' logo at midfield to lift the Ravens to an 18-16 victory over Detroit on Monday night. His 61-yard field goal with 38 seconds remaining was his sixth of the night.
Analysis: The Baltimore kicker was already having a terrific day - and a great season - before his kick in the final minute gave the Ravens the victory. Tucker has made 33 field goals in a row, the NFL's longest streak since Matt Stover made 36 in a row for the Ravens from 2005-06, according to STATS.
|12/17/2013||Kevin Huber, P||Huber says he'll have surgery on Friday to repair his broken jaw, which was injured during a 30-20 loss in Pittsburgh on Sunday night.
Analysis: Pittsburgh's Terence Garvin hit him in the jaw with his helmet during a block on a punt return. The Bengals (9-5) need to find a punter for their home game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings (4-9-1).
|12/16/2013||Jamaal Charles, RB||Charles scored five touchdowns, four of the receiving variety, in Sunday's win over Oakland.
Analysis: Charles caught eight passes for 195 yards and four touchdowns in the most productive receiving day by a running back since Marshall Faulk had 204 yards in 1999 against Chicago. Charles also had 20 yards rushing and joined Shaun Alexander, Jerry Rice and Clinton Portis as the only players since the merger to score five touchdowns and gain at least 200 yards from scrimmage in a single game.
|12/16/2013||Colin Kaepernick, QB||Kaepernick went 19 for 29 for 203 yards with a pair of touchdown passes in Sunday's win at Tampa Bay.
Analysis: While he continues to put up unimpressive yardage numbers, he's not making many mistakes. He's thrown one intercpetion in his last four games.
|12/16/2013||Eli Manning, QB||Manning went 18 for 31 for 156 yards with five interceptions in Sunday's loss to Seattle.
Analysis: He's now matched a career high with 25 interceptions this year in what is likely to go down as his worst NFL season to date.
|12/16/2013||Jay Cutler, QB||Cutler completed 22 of 31 passes for 265 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions Sunday in a win over Cleveland.
Analysis: It was his second three-TD games this year, and the overall numbers were passable in his first game back from an ankle injury.
|12/16/2013||Matt Forte, RB||Forte ran for 127 yards on 24 carries in Sunday's win at Cleveland.
Analysis: He has three straight 100-yard performances after having one in his first 11 games.
|12/16/2013||Cecil Shorts III, WR||The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed receiver Cecil Shorts III and guard Will Rackley on injured reserve.
Analysis: Shorts has dealt with a groin injury much of the year and will have surgery soon.
|12/16/2013||Andy Dalton, QB||Dalton completed 25 of 44 passes for 230 yards and two second-half touchdowns Sunday against the Steelers.
Analysis: He's thrown 5 TDs and no picks in the last two games.
|12/16/2013||A.J. Green, WR||Green finished with nine receptions for 93 yards Sunday, but the Bengals didn't make much happen downfield.
Analysis: Green was kept out of the end zone after scoring in each of the last two weeks.
|12/16/2013||Ben Roethlisberger, QB||Big Ben was 20 of 25 for 191 yards with a TD and an INT on Sunday against the Bengals.
Analysis: He's thrown 12 TDs over the last five game and Sunday marked his first pick during that span.
|12/16/2013||Antonio Brown, WR||Brown caught a touchdown pass and returned a punt for a score in a 64-second span in the first quarter and the Steelers overpowered the Bengals 30-20 on Sunday night.
Analysis: Brown caught five passes for 66 yards and a score and now has 95 receptions on the season, tied for second-most in team history.
|12/16/2013||Joe Haden, CB||Haden said a painful hip pointer could keep him out of this week's game against the New York Jets.
Analysis: He was injured in the second half Sunday when he was hit by Chicago left tackle Jermon Bushrod on a running play. Haden had to leave the game, and without Cleveland's top defensive back on the field, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler rallied Chicago to a 38-31 win. Haden, who is having a Pro Bowl-caliber season, hopes to play in Cleveland's final two games.
|12/16/2013||Kevin Huber, P||Huber left Sunday night's game after taking a hard hit from Pittsburgh's Terence Garvin on a 67-yard kick return for a touchdown by Antonio Brown.
Analysis: Huber was down on the field for several minutes. His mouth was bloody as he walked to the Bengals' locker room with what the team called a "dental injury."
|12/16/2013||Victor Cruz, WR||In a lost season for the New York Giants, a concussion kept Victor Cruz from reaching a personal milestone. The team's top receiver was injured in the fourth quarter of a 23-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
Analysis: Cruz left 2 yards short of his third straight 1,000-yard season. He caught two passes for 25 yards before getting hurt.
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