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Week 14 NFL Capsules

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Week 14 NFL capsules

Jacksonville Jaguars (8-4) at Cleveland Browns (7-5): Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said the team is preparing for both Trevor Lawrence (ankle) and C.J. Beathard to play for the Jaguars. Lawrence limped through practice Thursday but has a high-ankle sprain and his mobility would be minimal if he tries to play six days after being injured in the Jaguars' loss to the Bengals. The Browns have allowed the fewest yards per game in the NFL at 260.5, and pass rusher Myles Garrett and cornerback Denzel Ward are both playing with shoulder ailments. It'll likely be Joe Flacco shouldering the load for the Browns at quarterback. He is 1-9 in his past 10 starts but had the Browns driving to take the lead when he threw an interception in Cleveland's loss at the Rams last week.

Detroit Lions (9-3) at Chicago Bears (4-8): Urgency is being encouraged up and down the Lions' locker room in the rematch with the Bears, who nearly upset Detroit in the first meeting. The Lions scored two touchdowns in the final three minutes to defeat the Bears 31-26 last month. The Lions subsequently lost to Green Bay and defeated the New Orleans Saints to hold a three-game lead over the Minnesota Vikings and the Packers in the division with five games remaining. They're nipping at the heels of the Eagles and 49ers in the NFC playoff race, but that push would be deflated by another defeat. Balance is becoming the calling card for the Lions, who are fourth in the NFL in rushing and passing. The Bears haven't won back-to-back games since 2021.

Carolina Panthers (1-11) at New Orleans Saints (5-7): Two concussions and a rib injury are among the injuries for Saints QB Derek Carr in the past month, and New Orleans weighed turning the offense over to Jameis Winston this week. The Panthers are eliminated from playoff consideration and lost the first meeting to the Saints, 20-17 in Week 2. But New Orleans' playoff hopes are in peril thanks to three consecutive losses. The Saints were in sole possession of first place in the NFC South before losing to the Atlanta Falcons two weeks ago. To remain in the mix, the Saints are in a must-win spot this week. Carolina swept the Saints in 2022.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-7) at Atlanta Falcons (6-6): Atlanta can accelerate its march toward its first playoff game since 2017 by sweeping Tampa Bay. The Bucs can pull even in the standings with a victory. The Falcons already own a win over the Bucs -- 16-13 on Oct. 22 -- who understand the gravity of this NFC South game and the stakes the rest of the season. The Falcons are 3-0 in division games but last won the NFC South in their Super Bowl runner-up season (2016). Quarterback Desmond Ridder is 2-0 against Tampa Bay, beating them in the regular-season finale as a rookie and on Younghoe Koo's 51-yard field goal earlier this season. He said the Falcons left "meat on the bone" in the three-point win at Tampa this season, a game in which Atlanta didn't have a healthy Bijan Robinson (illness).

Houston Texans (7-5) at New York Jets (4-8): Any faint prayer for the playoffs rests in the hands of Jets QB Zach Wilson, who bounds back up the depth chart from the No. 3 role in the latest spin of the carousel by head coach Robert Saleh. Houston won for the fourth time in five weeks last Sunday, defeating the Denver Broncos 22-17. After facing the Jets, the Texans play three division games in the final four weeks -- including two against the last-place Tennessee Titans. Houston and Indianapolis are tied one game behind Jacksonville in the AFC South entering the home stretch. The Texans are firmly in the wild-card mix and jumped into the No. 7 playoff spot in the AFC thanks to Pittsburgh's loss to New England on Thursday night.

Indianapolis Colts (7-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (6-6): Pittsburgh's loss Thursday pushed the Colts into the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoff picture. Cincinnati has pep in its step on the heels of the historic effort from quarterback Jake Browning at Jacksonville. Making just his second career start after Joe Burrow's season-ending right wrist surgery. Browning completed 32 of 37 passes for 354 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 22 yards and another score, calmly rallying the Bengals from TD deficits of 7-0, 14-7 and 28-21. The Colts won their fourth consecutive game last week, downing the Titans in overtime, and have the Steelers, Falcons and Raiders left on the schedule before hosting Houston in the Week 18 finale.

Los Angeles Rams (6-6) at Baltimore Ravens (9-3): The Rams answered a three-game losing streak with three wins in a row, scoring 37 points at Arizona and 36 last week to beat Cleveland in their highest outputs of the season. Baltimore has only one loss in the past seven games, thriving behind the No. 1 rushing attack (158.6 yards per game) and No. 2 defense (273.2 yards per game). The Ravens lead the NFL with 22 rushing TDs. Baltimore is coming out of the bye week and 12-3 in that situation under coach John Harbaugh. Rookie RB Kyren Williams keys the Rams' offense, looking like the missing link the past two games in accounting for 317 total yards and three touchdowns. Rams QB Matthew Stafford has also picked up the pace, throwing seven touchdown passes with just one interception in the past two games.

Minnesota Vikings (6-6) at Las Vegas Raiders (5-7): The Vikings welcome back their best offensive player when they visit the Raiders. All-Pro WR Justin Jefferson missed the past seven games because of a hamstring injury that he sustained Oct. 8. The 24-year-old was off to a terrific start to the season before it was interrupted by injury. He hauled in 36 catches for 571 yards and three touchdowns and had at least 149 receiving yards in three of those five games. Interim Raiders coach Antonio Pierce is 2-2 since taking over for Josh McDaniels, who was fired on Oct. 31. QB Aidan O'Connell is set to make the sixth start of his rookie campaign. The Purdue product has posted a 76.4 passer rating while completing 63.5 percent of his passes for 1,194 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions.

Seattle Seahawks (6-6) at San Francisco 49ers (9-3): After a 41-35 loss last Thursday at Dallas, the Seahawks face the 49ers for the second time in 17 days. San Francisco won 31-13 at Lumen Field on Thanksgiving night as Christian McCaffrey rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns. The Seahawks' offense got untracked against Dallas, after entering the game with 20 consecutive possessions without a touchdown. Geno Smith threw for 334 yards and three TDs -- all to DK Metcalf -- and also rushed for a score. But Seattle's defense allowed 25 or more points for the fourth time in the past five games. The 49ers have won four consecutive games, one shy of their season high. After starting 5-0, they lost three in a row before rebounding following a bye week. Their biggest victory came last Sunday in Philadelphia, when they avenged a defeat in last season's NFC Championship Game by trouncing the Eagles 42-19, scoring touchdowns on six consecutive possessions. 49ers QB Brock Purdy is 3-0 in his career against the Seahawks, averaging 31 points against the division rival.

Buffalo Bills (6-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (8-4): The Bills are making their fifth visit to Kansas City in 34-plus months and sandwiched between playoff disappointments at Arrowhead, Buffalo has won consecutive regular-season games at the raucous road venue. That's a welcome trend for a team embracing the must-win feel of this game having lost four of its past six games before a bye last week. If the playoffs began today, the Bills aren't in the postseason picture. For the first time in recent memory there is some doubt about the Chiefs keeping pace with the Bills, who are fifth in the NFL in scoring at 27.3 points per game. The Chiefs suffered losses in three of their past five games and have multiple key injuries to navigate, including the NFL's fifth-leading rusher Isiah Pacheco (shoulder) and left tackle Donovan Smith (neck stinger). Last Sunday's 27-19 loss to the host Green Bay Packers marked the fourth time Kansas City scored 21 or fewer points during the five-game stretch. Patrick Mahomes, who threw for 424 yards in an October victory over the Los Angeles Chargers, has been held to 210 or fewer yards in three of the past four games.

Denver Broncos (6-6) at Los Angeles Chargers (5-7): Los Angeles has no less than five teams to jump over in the season's final five weeks if it wants to earn an AFC playoff spot. Only the Kansas City Chiefs have a winning record among the Chargers' final opponents. They have two meetings with Denver, a Thursday night game next week in Las Vegas against the Raiders and a Dec. 23 encounter with the visiting Buffalo Bills. Los Angeles' defense is going strong behind NFL sack leader Khalil Mack, who has 15 sacks this season, all in the last nine games. Denver saw its five-game winning streak end last week with a 22-17 loss in Houston. The Broncos nearly erased a 16-3 deficit in the third quarter but Russell Wilson tossed his third interception with nine seconds left to deal their playoff chances a major blow.

Philadelphia Eagles (10-2) at Dallas Cowboys (9-3): With an 0-2 record this season against teams that currently have winning records, the Cowboys still have a lot to prove -- and gain -- against the Eagles in Arlington, Texas. It will be the 130th meeting in the 63-year rivalry and the stakes could not be higher. Dallas is flying high on a four-game winning streak, while Philadelphia comes to Texas trying to shake off an ugly 23-point home loss to San Francisco. The Eagles are clinging to a one-game lead over the Cowboys in the NFC East and in the race for the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC playoffs. The 49ers and the Lions are also 9-3. Philadelphia won the first meeting against Dallas 28-23 at home in Week 9. The Eagles also won the signature of free agent linebacker Shaquille Leonard, who agreed to terms with Philadelphia this week after meeting with both teams. Sunday is also a primetime opportunity for quarterbacks Dak Prescott of the Cowboys and Jalen Hurts of the Eagles to perhaps take the lead in the race for NFL Most Valuable Player honors.

Tennessee Titans (4-8) at Miami Dolphins (9-3): Tennessee has two wins since Oct. 1, and the Dolphins have two losses in the same span. The Titans have seven losses in which they scored 16 points or fewer. Miami has a 70-point outing and has put up less than 17 points once in 12 games. The Titans have 20 offensive touchdowns in 2023. The Dolphins have 22 rushing touchdowns and 25 passing touchdowns. The Titans have a healthy Derrick Henry, which gives them a chance to execute a ball-possession plan to limit Miami's offensive opportunities. Henry was over 100 yards with two touchdowns last week when he was sent to the locker room and didn't return. Henry insists he's ready to roll for Monday's visit to Miami. The Dolphins have won three in a row with 99 total points and have a firm grip on the AFC East.

Green Bay Packers (6-6) at New York Giants (4-8): Tommy DeVito kept the starting QB job even with Tyrod Taylor returning from a rib injury after leading back-to-back wins to give the Giants a reasonable chance to finish with a winning record. New York's offense isn't a big-play machine, relying instead on RB Saquon Barkley -- 865 yards from scrimmage -- and a collection of wide receivers without a lead option since losing TE Darren Waller to a hamstring injury last month. The Packers are a different story with Jordan Love coming up clutch to win three consecutive games, steering Green Bay back into the playoff picture. Green Bay's third-down offense (44 percent conversions) and the emergence of rookie WR Jayden Reed, one of three Packers' receivers with five or more TDs, has helped cover in the absence of injured RB Aaron Jones. The Packers last allowed more than 24 points Sept. 28 at Detroit (34-20 loss). The Giants have scored more than 17 points once -- 31 at Washington on Nov. 19 -- since Sept. 17.

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A.J. Brown Dec 8 11:10am ET
A.J. Brown

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown will face off against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night in Week 14. The 26-year-old got back on track and gained 114 yards after two down weeks, and will look to find the end zone against Dallas again like he did in Week 9. With tight end Dallas Goedert (forearm) out the past three weeks, defenses have been able to key in on Brown and put plenty of defenders on him. However, Goedert has been practicing in full this week and will look to make his return. Dallas allows the ninth-fewest points per game to wide receivers but was torched by DK Metcalf last week for 134 yards and three touchdowns. Brown already found a way to finish with 66 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys earlier this year and should be considered a rock-solid WR1 in the rematch this weekend.

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Drake London Dec 8 10:40am ET
Drake London

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drake London was barely seen during last week's win over the New York Jets. The second-year wideout hauled in one of his five targets for eight yards in the victory. The assumption is that London will bounce back against the shaky Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary in Week 14. A defensive unit that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to wideouts this season. Fantasy managers should expect a better performance from London. He should be able to carve out W3 value this weekend.

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Kyle Pitts Dec 8 10:40am ET
Kyle Pitts

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts was able to surpass 50 receiving yards last week for the second time in his last four games. The organization claims that Pitts is an important part of the offense, but his usage has been shaky all season long. Luckily, he does head into a favorable matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14. A defensive unit that is league-average when it comes to defending tight ends. The Falcons could have a tough time running the ball, so possibly they go with more short passes which could be favorable to Pitts. Fantasy managers should consider Pitts a TE2 for this Week 14 matchup.

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D'Andre Swift Dec 8 10:30am ET
D'Andre Swift

Philadelphia Eagles running back D'Andre Swift will take on the Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday night. The 24-year-old suffered an injury last week at the end of the loss to San Francisco, resulting in a trip to the locker room, but has practiced this week with no injury designation. Swift recorded season-lows in carries and rushing yards as a starter last week as the Eagles got away from the run game almost entirely after their first few drives. It has been a hot topic around the team this week, so there is a good chance the former Detroit Lions will get the squeaky wheel treatment this week against Dallas. With that said, the Cowboys allow the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs and held Swift to just 43 yards on 18 carries in their last meeting. While the Eagles' top back should be in the RB2 mix, his fantasy scoring ceiling could be capped this week unless he finds the end zone.

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Jalen Hurts Dec 8 10:20am ET
Jalen Hurts

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts will go on the road to take on the division rival Dallas Cowboys in Week 14. The 25-year-old matched his season-high in pass attempts last week in a losing effort against the San Francisco 49ers, and that was with some time missed in the game due to being evaluated for a concussion. Even in a blowout loss, Hurts scored over 20 fantasy points in all formats and will be a top-three option again this week against Dallas. The Cowboys allow the 13th-fewest fantasy points per game to quarterbacks but were chewed up by Geno Smith and the Seahawks last week for 334 yards and three touchdowns. The Eagles signal caller posted 243 total yards and three combined touchdowns in their previous meeting and should have a similar outing Sunday night. Consider Hurts a must-start again in Week 14.

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Bijan Robinson Dec 8 10:10am ET
Bijan Robinson

Atlanta Falcons running back Bijan Robinson has see 16 carries or more over each of the last three games. Finally, the Falcons are using Robinson as the workhorse back that fantasy managers were hopeful to get on draft day. The expectation is that the Falcons are going to continue pounding the ball with Robinson. However, Robinson runs into a tough matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense. A defensive unit that has done well against the rushing attack this season. Despite that, Robinson should still be able to produce low-end RB1 value for this Week 14 matchup.

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Tyler Allgeier Dec 8 10:10am ET
Tyler Allgeier

Atlanta Falcons running back Tyler Allgeier has taken a backseat in the rushing attack over the last few weeks. In fact, Allgeier has topped 50 rushing yards once over the last five games. In those contests, Allgeier has seen double digit touches just twice. The Falcons appear committed to Bijan Robinson as the lead back in this offense. That means, Allgeier is unlikely to have a big role while Robinson is healthy. It's hard to imagine Allgeier having much success in a limited role versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend. He'll be a touchdown-dependent option for Week 14.

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Desmond Ridder Dec 8 10:00am ET
Desmond Ridder

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder has been held under 170 passing yards in each of his last two starts since returning as the team's starter. Ridder did very little during last week's win over the New York Jets. Despite that, the Falcons plan to stick with Ridder for at least the rest of this season. However, it's uncertain if he'll be back as the team's starter next season if he continues to play like he has lately. In the meantime, he'll be a desperation deep league option against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14.

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Trevor Lawrence Dec 8 9:50am ET
Trevor Lawrence

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (ankle) doesn't sound too close to being ready to suit up for the Week 14 matchup against the Cleveland Browns. The stud signal-caller reportedly has a lot to prove before being cleared to play this weekend. The organization wants to see Lawrence at something close to full capacity before letting him get back on the field. Otherwise, C.J. Beathard (shoulder) would be tasked with starting against the Browns this weekend. A banged up Lawrence wouldn't be a reliable starter in 12-team formats, so hopefully he'll get close to 100 percent before Sunday.

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Jake Bobo Dec 8 9:50am ET
Jake Bobo

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jake Bobo (knee) was a full participant during Thursday's practice. It appears Bobo is feeling better after only getting through a limited practice on Wednesday. This season, Bobo has 15 receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns as well as a rushing touchdown. It's hard to imagine Bobo having much of an impact with a majority of the Seahawks wideouts being healthy. Fantasy managers should look elsewhere for a streaming option for Week 14.

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Jamal Adams Dec 8 9:30am ET
Jamal Adams

Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams (knee) was a limited participant during Thursday's practice session. It's a step in the right direction after Adams was forced to sit out of Wednesday's practice. It looks like Adams should be able to suit up for the Week 14 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. Adams has 44 tackles and two passes defended in eight games this season. His presence is certainly an upgrade to the sometimes shaky Seahawks defense.

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Chris Jones Dec 8 6:20am ET
Chris Jones

Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones hasn't made a sack in the past two weeks, and that trend isn't likely to change in Week 14 against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have allowed the fewest sacks this season. In his past three games, Josh Allen has only been taken down twice. Jones is coming off a zero-tackle game against the Green Bay Packers, his second of the season. After a career year in 2022, Jones is making fewer tackles and fewer QB hits, and he is not a consistent producer in IDP fantasy football.

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Allen Robinson Dec 8 2:43am ET
Allen Robinson

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Allen Robinson caught one of three targeted passes for 21 yards in a Week 14 loss to the New England Patriots.

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Mitchell Trubisky Dec 8 1:33am ET
Mitchell Trubisky

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mitchell Trubisky completed 22 of his 35 passes for 190 yards, one touchdown, and one interception against the New England Patriots on Thursday, Dec. 7. Trubisky also ran eight times for a team-high 30 yards and a touchdown.

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Jabrill Peppers Dec 8 1:13am ET
Jabrill Peppers

New England Patriots S Jabrill Peppers had three tackles, a pass defensed, and an interception in the team's Week 14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Marquise Goodwin Dec 8 1:10am ET
Marquise Goodwin

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (concussion) was a limited practice participant on Thursday. Goodwin remains limited just as he was on Wednesday, with the 5-foot-9, 185-pound wideout having been on the mend for four weeks of action due to a concussion. With Amari Cooper (concussion/ribs) not practicing with a concussion of his own, the Browns will hope the 33-year-old Goodwin can find the fountain of youth for some big-play ability if he returns for Week 14's home date with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Eight of Goodwin's 11 targets have come on deep passes this year, and the low-percentage looks have left him at a lowly 10 yards on three receptions in eight games overall. Despite the prospect of the big-armed Joe Flacco under center for Cleveland, Goodwin is unlikely to muster up enough appeal to make him fantasy viable if he is cleared to play on Sunday.

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Marvin Mims Dec 8 1:00am ET
Marvin Mims

Denver Broncos wide receiver Marvin Mims Jr. (ribs) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. An injury to Mims' ribs limited his practice reps during Wednesday's session, but a return to full activity on Thursday firmly puts him on course to be active for Week 14's home contest versus the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers. A three-game stretch with 233 receiving yards and a touchdown from Weeks 2 through 4 seem like a distant memory at this point for the 21-year-old second-round rookie, who has managed just 45 scoreless yards over the subsequent eight outings dating back to Week 5. Assuming he is available for Sunday's action, Mims would line up to take on his normal complementary role as a situational deep threat for quarterback Russell Wilson behind top targets Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy.

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Rico Dowdle Dec 8 12:50am ET
Rico Dowdle

Dallas Cowboys running back Rico Dowdle (ankle) practiced in a limited fashion on Thursday. After getting in a limited practice on Wednesday as well, Dowdle would appear to have a decent chance of suiting up as Tony Pollard's breather back for Week 14's key matchup between two of the NFC's finest squads with the division-rival Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football. Dallas played on Thursday Night Football in Week 13, so Dowdle will have had 10 days to recuperate by the time Sunday arrives. The shifty 25-year-old is arguably one Pollard injury away from potential league-winning fantasy status and makes for a shrewd bench stash for teams already settled into favorable playoff positioning. Dowdle has taken 63 carries for 261 yards with 11 receptions for 76 yards and three total touchdowns as Pollard's clear-cut backup over Deuce Vaughn in Arlington this year.

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Jerick McKinnon Dec 8 12:40am ET
Jerick McKinnon

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon (groin) was a full practice participant on Thursday. Head coach Andy Reid originally anticipated McKinnon returning to the backfield mix after a one-game absence for last Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers, but the 31-year-old satellite back ended up being ruled out once again with the groin injury. McKinnon was only able to log two limited sessions during Week 13 preparation, but Thursday's full activity gets him back on track to re-enter the Chiefs' lineup for his usual change-of-pace role behind lead-back Isiah Pacheco in Week 14's battle with the Buffalo Bills. McKinnon ranks as fantasy's overall RB55 in full-PPR points per game (5.6), but fantasy managers still holding out hope may recall that the veteran was tearing it up as a late-season league winner at this time last year. McKinnon scored eight touchdowns in the final six games of the 2022 campaign.

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Daniel Carlson Dec 8 12:20am ET
Daniel Carlson

Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson (illness) did not participate in practice on Thursday. The Raiders have added Carlson to the injury report as a DNP for Thursday's session due to an illness, suddenly threatening his ability to suit up for Sunday's interconference tilt against the Minnesota Vikings. We'll see if Carlson is feeling better on Friday. The 28-year-old former All-Pro has yielded shaky results this season, hitting 83.3% of his 24 field-goal attempts after burying at least 90% of his tries in each of the prior three years. Las Vegas would likely need to find an emergency option off the scrap heap if Carlson's illness ends up costing him Week 14, as they don't currently employ a second kicker on their practice squad.

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