NFL Player News
Coach Rex Ryan says Williams (knee) has a 50-50 chance to return this season.
Williams is a Pro Bowl player and he's always been worth every bit of those honors, so it'd be a big loss for the defense if he's unable to return this season. Fortunately, the Buffalo Bills have three other very capable and healthy linemen in Marcell Dareus, Mario Williams, and Jerry Hughes, though it looks like the hope of the foursome being the league's best this season may be fading thanks to Kyle Williams ' injury.
Clay Matthews (ankle/knee) is listed as active Sunday at Carolina, the Green Bay Packers ' official site reports.
After taking a hit to his lower leg last Sunday, Matthews will gut out ailments to his ankle and knee, as he attempts to corral the elusive Cam Newton.
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict (knee) has been activated for the key Week 8 clash against Pittsburgh.
He had been practicing this week, so it's no surprise that the Bengals will have him active. That said, he is expected to be eased into action, getting in for about 15-20 plays.
Cleveland Browns premier cornerback Joe Haden says he is fully healed from a concussion and should be ready to play Sunday, per Nate Ulrich of Ohio.com.
The team has not ruled Haden available yet, but he was able to practice both Wednesday and Thursday so there is a good chance he will be active against the Cardinals.
New Orleans Saints linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hip) didn't practice Thursday.
After tallying just one tackle in his season debut in Week 4, Ellerbe has been a machine over the last three games, accruing 27 tackles (26 solo), one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. Expect the Saints to touch on his Week 8 availability in advance of the weekend.
The Houston Texans have announced that linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (illness) was back on the practice field Thursday.
Clowney missed practice Wednesday with what he described as a "normal cold". He's expected to play this week against the Tennessee Titans .
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (back) intends to play Sunday, reports Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
Watt apparently injured his back Sunday against Miami, but the "minor back injury" likely won't affect the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the long term.
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict (knee) will return to practice Thursday, reports Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The team will now have three weeks to active Burfict and make the necessary corresponding roster moves. The 25 year old is coming back from offseason microfracture surgery on his left knee and has received medical clearance to practice, but that doesn't guarantee his availability for Sunday game against Pittsburgh.
More than likely the Bengals will want to see their former Pro Bowler make it through a series of practices before inserting him into game-time action. Burfict might make his season debut against Cleveland in Week 9.
San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.
Te'o has missed the last two games with the ankle injury, and his status remains questionable for Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens .
New England Patriots linebacker Jabaal Sheard has been ruled out for Thursday.
Sheard hasn't been able to play since Week 6 as he's been dealing with a nagging ankle injury. He's been efficient for New England after joining the team via free agency.