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Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Something to watch tonight when Miami throws deep: Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick told me Ryan Tannehill throws "line drive" deep balls. Kirkpatrick explained that some quarterbacks throw deep at a high angle and sort of drop the ball in. He said Tannehill's passes and flatter and if a DB gets his head turned around they'll have a play on the ball.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin said it felt like he skipped a game on Sunday. Coach Ron Rivera reminded his 1-2 team hasn't played a "bunch of slappies." In other words, it's too early to be concerned.


Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons WR Julio Jones today on his health coming off calf injury and short week: "I feel really good. I feel good about the way I played in the game. I didn't have any setbacks. I'm not injured or anything like that."

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

I'm told LB Vontaze Burfict and LB Vinny Rey will each have radio transmitters in their helmets tonight, which means they can't be on the field together. Burfict will play primarily on early downs. Burfict hasn't played in a game since January and told me he asked the coaches if he could wait a week before wearing the radio because he's worried about catching his breath while trying to make a play call. The coaches apparently said no.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

LB Ryan Shazier (knee) missed his second straight practice. He's unlikely to play against Chiefs.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans-Texans Thursday injury report.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dolphins promoted OL Jamil Douglas from the practice squad, the team announced. Douglas is a 2015 draft pick with some starting experience at guard and center. Miami's offensive line is banged up heading into tonight's game against the Bengals.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills are remaining "hopeful" about Sammy Watkins' availability, but will he play Sunday in New England?


Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Kareem Jackson (neck) is a new addition to the injury report. He was limited in practice. Otherwise no changes from yesterday.

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Both the Bengals (Kevin Coyle and Bill Lazor) and the Dolphins (Vance Joseph and Matt Burke) have two coaches who were with the other team last season. Bengals CB Adam Jones told me they've changed their hand signals tonight because of it. Cincinnati will also try to show one defensive look, then adjust to a different look after the play clock reaches 15, which is when the radio cuts off in Ryan Tannehill's helmet.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Injury report shows CB Joe Haden again was limited in practice, while Redskins CB Josh Norman missed due to illness.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu said he hopes to stop wearing the brace on his right knee by Week 8 "if everything goes well." "A knee brace is a knee brace," Mathieu said. "It's going to restrict you. I really just have to get comfortable with it in the meantime."

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins second-year receiver Jamison Crowder, who is tied for the team lead with 16 receptions, says his improved play stems from feeling more comfortable. It's boosted his confidence.


Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Russell Wilson (sprained MCL) says he has "no doubt" about playing Sunday. He said he did everything at practice yesterday and was listed as a full participant. Wilson will wear a brace on his left knee. He said he had to do that at N.C. State and it won't hinder him at all.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

There are no changes with the Patriots' injury report, as QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett remain limited in practice.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Witten had an interesting way to breakdown the fallout of the Dez Bryant situation from inside the Cowboys locker room, channeling his inner Jerry Jones: "Look, we all go through different things," Witten said. "That's handled within teams. Guys address it and move forward. It happens every week in the NFL from that standpoint. So, yeah, you always work together and talking and that's what teammates are, they're brothers. There's a great saying inside this building by somebody I tremendously respect – let's not circumcise a mosquito here, you know? I think that has great value in this. As things go on, move forward and we all understand that. This game means so much to Dez Bryant and that's a relationship that I've really enjoyed over the years in seeing that and the brotherhood that you have with that. Dez will be back out there in no time."

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Here's a potential hidden advantage for the Dolphins tonight: four days ago they faced the Browns. Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson is Cincinnati's former offensive coordinator. The Browns and Bengals run very similar schemes. Adam Gase told me "it's helpful". Seems especially helpful on a short week.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Terrelle Pryor on Steelers RB D'Angelo Williams needling Pryor's statement that the Browns can win the rest of their games:


John Clayton @ClaytonESPN

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