NFL News and Notes Week 11

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Eagles bench Kearse

Juqua Thomas will start at left defensive end.

It appears as if Jevon Kearse's reduced playing time is about to be reduced even more.

All indications yesterday were that the Eagles' highest-paid defensive lineman will not play Sunday when the Eagles face the winless Miami Dolphins at Lincoln Financial Field.

Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson did not hesitate when asked who would start at left defensive end against the Dolphins.

"Juqua Thomas," he said.

Johnson gave a far less definitive answer when asked about Kearse's role for Sunday's game.

"I haven't decided that yet," he said.

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Westbrook questionable for Dolphins game
November 16, 2007

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Halfback Brian Westbrook missed practice for the second straight day with a knee injury and is questionable for the Eagles' game against Miami on Sunday.

"I think he'll be ready to go," coach Andy Reid said Friday. "It's not bad. There's a little swelling."

Westbrook missed one game earlier this season with an abdominal injury and often plays despite missing practice. He's eighth in the NFL with 701 yards rushing, and second among running backs and ninth overall with 54 catches for 518 yards. He has nine touchdowns combined, including three in a 33-25 win at Washington last Sunday.

Reid said Westbrook noticed some swelling in his knee after lifting weights following Wednesday's practice. He was held out of practice the next two days because the team practiced indoors on an artificial surface.

If Westbrook doesn't play, Correll Buckhalter would start.

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Running back Shaun Alexander will not play for the Seattle Seahawks until he's healthy enough to practice full time.

"We had a talk, and I told him until he can practice the whole week, until he can have a normal week of practice I'm not going to put him on the field," Coach Mike Holmgren said after Friday's practice, which Alexander watched.

"I tried to explain that running backs . . . you need to be able to do what you do, and if you're worried about an injury or something is sore and you can't make your cuts, you're really open to more injury. I'm not going to put him on the field until he can do what he does. He appreciated that."

Holmgren wouldn't officially say Alexander is "out" for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears, but he did say that backup Maurice Morris would start for the second week in a row.

Atlanta Falcons Coach Bobby Petrino declined to say whether Byron Leftwich or Joey Harrington would start at quarterback against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers .

"I thought they both looked good," Petrino said. "Byron was moving around and had no ill effects from practice the last two days, so that was good to see."

Petrino did say he won't wait until Sunday to tell his players who will start.

With Leftwich able to practice three days in a row, he's likely to start. Petrino reiterated earlier this week that Leftwich is still No. 1 on the depth chart even though he sat out the last two games because of an ankle injury.

Miami Dolphins middle linebacker Zach Thomas won't play Sunday at Philadelphia, the fifth game he will have sat out since a concussion in September. The seven-time Pro Bowl player said earlier this week he hopes to return this season.

Thomas sat out two games in September. In October, he was involved in a car crash after a loss to the New England Patriots. He suffered whiplash and recurring migraines and has not played in Miami's last two games.

Houston Texans running back Ahman Green won't play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints because of a swollen left knee. Coach Gary Kubiak was optimistic early in the week that rest during the team's week off would allow Green to play. Kubiak said he wasn't sure how long Green would be out. Ron Dayne will start in his place.

Quarterback Vinny Testaverde will start Sunday for the Carolina Panthers against the Green Bay Packers. Coach John Fox chose the 44-year-old Testaverde over a healthy David Carr, but declined to name him the permanent starter for the Panthers. Both Carr and Testaverde are 1-2 this season as the starter.

New York Giants middle linebacker Antonio Pierce returned to practice after sitting out two days because of a mild concussion. He was listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, as was wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who has been bothered by a sprained right ankle all season.

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49ers' third-string QB Hill breaks finger
November 16th, 2007

Santa Clara, CA (Sports Network) - The San Francisco 49ers took another hit to their already ailing quarterbacks Friday, as it was learned that third- string QB Shaun Hill broke a finger on his throwing hand, and will likely miss at least two weeks.

Hill suffered the injury during Thursday's practice, when he banged his hand on a teammate's helmet. A Maryland product, Hill has played very sparingly over his six seasons -- four with the Vikings, the last two with the Niners -- and has yet to attempt a pass.

The 49ers announced Thursday that quarterback Trent Dilfer will start Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams in place of starter Alex Smith.

Smith, who missed time earlier this season after suffering a separated shoulder in the first game of the season, said Wednesday he is not 100 percent recovered from the injury. Smith will suit up Sunday as the backup. It is unclear who will serve as the emergency QB against the Rams, although both running back Michael Robinson and wideout Arnaz Battle have collegiate experience under center.

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Texans' Green out against Saints; Dayne in
November 16th, 2007

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Houston Texans running back Ahman Green will not play in Sunday's game against New Orleans because of a nagging knee injury, head coach Gary Kubiak said Friday.

Green has played off-and-on since injuring his left knee early in the season, and has seen action in six games. He's rushed for 260 yards and two touchdowns.

The team had a bye week last weekend, which gave Green the opportunity for more rest. But Kubiak said Green's knee was swollen Friday morning, and made the decision to take him out of the lineup.

"He has not responded here over the course of the last couple of weeks in the rest we have given him," Kubiak said. "The knee swelled this morning, so he will be down and we'll work from there."

Kubiak also said Ron Dayne will start. Dayne has rushed for 348 yards and two touchdowns.

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Colts' Harrison questionable, but Clark will return
November 16th, 2007

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, while tight end Dallas Clark has been cleared to play.

Harrison has missed the last three games due to a bruised left knee and did not participate in practice the entire week. He's suited up just once for the Colts since the end of September, missing a total of four games and playing sparingly in another because of the injury.

For the season Harrison has 20 catches for 247 yards and one touchdown.

Clark practiced the entire week after missing last Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers due to a concussion. He has 34 catches for 403 yards and six touchdowns this season.

Linebacker Freddie Keiaho, who is not on the injury report, should also return after missing three games with a concussion.

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Broncos' Henry questionable
November 16th, 2007

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Denver Broncos running back Travis Henry is questionable for Monday's game against his former team, the Tennessee Titans.

Henry missed the Broncos' 19-13 setback to the Packers on October 29 due to a rib injury. He returned the following week against Detroit, then missed last Sunday's 27-11 victory at Kansas City because of a left knee injury.

Henry, who has a slightly torn posterior cruciate ligament, practiced on a limited basis Thursday while wearing a brace on the knee. He did not participate on Friday.

He has run for 580 yards and one touchdown this season.

Running back Paul Smith had limited participation in practice Friday and is also listed as questionable on the team's injury report.

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