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News around the AFC: Colts expect RB Jonathan Taylor back this season and more

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Indianapolis Colts (via Stampede Blue)

Colts expect RB Jonathan Taylor back this season; ‘Can’t say same’ for TE Jelani Woods

Colts fans received a mixed bag of injury updates from head coach Shane Steichen on Tuesday regarding two key offensive players.

“According to head coach Shane Steichen on Tuesday, the Indianapolis Colts still expect star running back Jonathan Taylor to return at some point this late season. However, he ‘can’t say the same’ for 2nd-year tight end Jelani Woods whose return remains in jeopardy (via The IndyStar’s Nate Atkins)”

Houston Texans (via Battle Red Blog)

RECAP: Stroud injured as Texans lose to Jets 30-6

Nothing good happened here today.

“C.J. Stroud, who many had as a shoo-in for Offensive Rookie of the Year and possibly even MVP talk, left the game late in the fourth quarter under the concussion protocol and would not return to the game.”

Tennessee Titans (via Music City Miracles)

Titans place Kristian Fulton and Kyle Peko on IR, add Keondre Coburn, Quinton Bohanna to roster

The Tennessee Titans added a pair of defensive linemen on Wednesday

“The Tennessee Titans placed cornerback Kristian Fulton and defensive tackle Kyle Peko on IR, the team confirmed via social media. Peko suffered a season-ending injury in Monday’s win over the Miami Dolphins, according to Paul Kuharsky. Fulton has been nursing a hamstring injury that will likely end his 2023 season. With two spots available on the 53-man roster, the team added defensive tackles Keondre Coburn and Quniton Bohanna.”


Miami Dolphins (via The Phinsider)

Blame Game: Primetime Collapse Shines a Spotlight on the Dolphins Weaknesses

Who should shoulder the blame for the loss to the Tennessee Titans?

“There’s blame shared across the board. Tua Tagovailoa didn’t have a great game and couldn’t shoulder the load. The Dolphins came in injured and left even more injured. Costly penalties and miscommunications killed drives, and questionable play calling on both sides was the cherry on top. All in all, all those factors equal a loss more times than not, no matter who you’re playing.”

New England Patriots (via Pats Pulpit)

Patriots open offensive tackle Tyrone Wheatley Jr.’s 21-day window to return from injured reserve

The August trade acquisition was placed on injured reserve in October.

“Wheatley, 26, was placed on IR amid a series of roster moves on Oct. 14. He marked a late addition to the Week 6 injury report and subsequently went from limited to out due to knee issue.”

Buffalo Bills (via Buffalo Rumblings)

Buffalo Bills get massive help in AFC Playoff Picture during Week 14

A lot of underdogs won in Week 14.

“In addition to the Bills’ win, the Miami Dolphins fell on Monday night, meaning the Bills are just two games out of the lead in the division. Thanks, Tennessee! The New England Patriots and New York Jets both won, which normally wouldn’t be fun for us, but they both beat teams that were sitting in playoff spots ahead of Buffalo. Thanks Jets & Patriots! The Cincinnati Bengals even pulled out a win over the Indianapolis Colts, who were in a playoff spot, too. There are now six teams tied for the sixth and seventh spots in the AFC, and that group includes the Bills.”

New York Jets (via Gang Green Nation)

2024 NFL Draft Order: Jets finish Week 14 with 7th pick

The Jets remain in the top ten after a win.

“If the season ended today, the Jets would pick 7th overall. They are one of six teams currently with a 5-8 record. The Bears (pick from Carolina), Patriots, Cardinals, and Commanders own the top four spots. Then comes the logjam of 5-8 teams. The first tiebreaker is strength of schedule. The worse your schedule, the better you do in the tiebreaker. The Jets have had a tougher schedule than their Bears (their own pick) and the Raiders so they fall behind those teams in the Draft order. The Jets’ schedule, however, has been easier than the Giants, Titans, and Chargers.”


Kansas City Chiefs (via Arrowhead Pride)

Chiefs vs. Patriots Wednesday injury report: Isiah Pacheco remains out of practice

On Sunday afternoon, New England will host Kansas City.

“The Chiefs are still missing left tackle Donovan Smith (neck) and running back Isiah Pacheco (shoulder), who missed practice Wednesday after not participating in Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills. Linebacker Leo Chenal (illness) and safety Mike Edwards (illness) also missed practice, although their issues are not considered serious.”

Denver Broncos (via Mile High Report)

TE Greg Dulcich has been designated to return from the injured reserve

Broncos tight end Greg Dulcich returned to practice today and this opens his 21-day window to be removed from the injured reserve.

“As we know, Dulcich has struggled with multiple hamstring injuries this season which has landed him on the injured reserve twice. Now, it appears, for the second time this season, the explosive tight end is nearing a return to the field. Head coach Sean Payton told reporters that Dulcich has “flown everywhere” to rehab his hamstring and has seen multiple specialists to figure out why he continues to hurt his hamstring. Hopefully, these specialists and rehabbing will stop these nagging hamstrings from happening and he can be productive on the football field for the Broncos.”

Los Angeles Chargers (via Bolts from the Blue)

Justin Herbert officially ruled out for remainder of 2023 season

Herbert will finish Year 4 of his career with 3,143 passing yards and 20 touchdowns.

“Like we all expected, Chargers starting quarterback Justin Herbert has officially been ruled out for the rest of the 2023 season following surgery to repair the fractured right index finger he sustained during Sunday’s loss to the Broncos. Easton Stick will now lead the offense for the remaining four games of the regular season. The news was first reported by NFL insiders Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo.”

Las Vegas Raiders (via Silver and Black Pride)

Injury News: Maxx Crosby, Josh Jacobs, Kolton Miller and Andre James listed as DNPs on Tuesday

Raiders held a walkthrough but those four were estimated as no-gos had they held a full practice.

“With the short turnaround as the Las Vegas Raiders play the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday Night Football in Week 15, the Raiders have only conducted walkthroughs instead of full practices so far this week. However, starters Maxx Crosby (knee), Josh Jacobs (quad), Andre James (ankle) and Kolton Miller (shoulder) were estimated as non-participants had the team held a full practice.”


Cincinnati Bengals (via Cincy Jungle)

Ja’Marr Chase provides winter clothing to local elementary school

The Bengals star wideout wanted to make sure students had the proper clothing to stay warm

“Most recently, star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase spent Monday afternoon helping students at a local elementary school.

Chase spent the afternoon at Woodford Academy putting together a shopping experience for the students with Integrity Express Logistics.

Each student was given a Nike coat, winter hat, a mini-football, and a toy of their choice, according to FOX19.”

Baltimore Ravens (via Baltimore Beatdown)

Ravens announce 3-year renovation plan; will cost at least $430 million in state funds

Ravens announce massive plans to change M&T Bank Stadium with renovations using $430 million in state funding

“The makeover will in total take three years, where additions and changes will include the North and South Plaza, gatehouse, upper concourse, North, South and West End Zone club, West End Zone Suites and new suite boxes called “The Blackwing.”

In all, the renovations will cost the state at least $430 million.”

Pittsburgh Steelers (via Behind the Steel Curtain)

Steelers playoff hopes dwindling ahead of Week 15

“Their next two games against the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals will likely decide their playoff fate. But if they can win both, they will probably have to snag a win in just one of their last two games against Seattle or Baltimore to get into the playoffs.”

Cleveland Browns (via Dawgs by Nature)

Browns injury: Cleveland loses another offensive lineman for the season

Jedrick Wills Jr. had arthroscopic knee surgery this morning and is out for the year.

“In addition to Dawand Jones, the Cleveland Browns have added Jedrick Wills’ name to their long list of season-ending injuries, and let’s hope he’s the last one.”