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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

There will be no access to the Panthers today other than the injury report that comes out this afternoon. The team does not have to designate a status for Christian McCaffrey (ankle) because he's on injured reserve with a designation to return. The team can wait as late as 4 p.m. on Thursday to decide whether or not to activate the running back. Right now I'd say it's 50-50 he plays against Atlanta.

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

The Eagles have activated a 21-day practice window for TE Dallas Goedert. With Jalen Reagor also having his practice window activated recently, the Eagles could have a couple playmakers back soon.

Turron Davenport ESPN 

Whiteboard Wednesday Week 8 Titans vs. Bengals. Cincinnati is using a lot of empty sets to take advantage of Joe Burrow's accuracy and quick decision making.

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Marcel Louis-Jacques ESPN 

Bills DE Jerry Hughes has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording 2 sacks, an interception and forcing a fumble against the Jets in Week 7

Brady Henderson ESPN 

The Seahawks waived defensive tackle Anthony Rush on Tuesday, according to the NFL's transaction wire. Rush played 64 defensive snaps in four games and was inactive Sunday night at Arizona. The move leaves the Seahawks with an opening on their 53-man roster. There's no word on the corresponding move, but a logical one would be to elevate Damon Harrison from the practice squad. Harrison has been working himself into football shape since signing with Seattle on Oct. 7.

Lindsey Thiry ESPN 

Rams rookie safety Terrell Burgess broke his ankle in Monday night's game against the Bears and will undergo season-ending surgery, Sean McVay said. A third-round pick from Utah, Burgess had a pass deflection and eight tackles in seven games.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots signed OT Jordan Steckler (Northern Illinois) to their practice squad, and waived G Jordan Roos (Purdue). Steckler, 24, was signed by the New Orleans Saints as a rookie free agent out of Northern Illinois on April 27, and released prior to the start of the regular season. The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder played in 47 games with 43 starts over his four-year collegiate career, appearing at every position along the offensive line except center.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers are once again putting real dollars out to help make a difference: $50,000 each to 5 different non-profits in Kenosha (Building Our Future and The Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund), Madison (100 Black Men of Madison Inc. and Urban League) and Milwaukee (Leaders Igniting Transformation). Earlier this year, the Packers made $150,000 grants to Milwaukee organizations Sherman Phoenix and Boys and Girls Clubs, plus team president Mark Murphy and his wife donated $250,000 on their own.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys have traded defensive end Everson Griffen to the Detroit Lions for as much as a fifth round pick in 2021 depending on certain conditions, according to multiple sources. Griffen has been available for a couple of weeks. He has 2.5 sacks on the season. Cowboys free up cap space and playing time for Randy Gregory.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

The Giants signed WR Corey Coleman to the practice squad. They also elevated OLB Trent Harris to the active roster.

Marcel Louis-Jacques ESPN 

The Bills have activated OL Jon Feliciano from injured reserve. He had previously missed the team's first seven games after tearing his pectoral muscle in July

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cornerback Eli Apple left practice again today because of a hamstring injury and the Panthers released him a few hours later. He played only 28 snaps and had four tackles after signing a one-year deal.

Turron Davenport ESPN 

The Titans red zone offense is a heavy advantage this week against Cincinnati. The Bengals defense has given up 18 TDs (72%) on 25 opposing offensive trips to the red zone. The Titans have scored 20 TDs on 25 trips inside the 20 yd line.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Jordan Simmons has been playing well in fill-in duty for the Seahawks at both guard spots. He made his second straight start for Mike Iupati Sunday night and now has the seventh-best Pass Block Win Rate of any NFL offensive lineman at 96.3%, which is third-best among guards. The next-best Seahawk is center Ethan Pocic at 94.3%, which is 31st overall. As a team, the Seahawks are fifth in PBWR at 66.7%.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel may lose a few reps at running back if Christian McCaffrey (ankle) returns for Thursday's game against Atlanta, and he'll happily do that. “Just another playmaker out there. All-Pro guy. We know what he brings.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Rhule says Christian McCaffrey, who arrived at practice in a red jersey, was told he was being designated for return just before practice started so he switched to a black jersey. “We let him know we're pulling the trigger on this thing,'' Rhule said. “He was excited and exhilarated to be there today. I know he wants to play. He's also a process guy and knows you can't shortcut the process.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers practice report: DNP – CB Eli Apple (hamstring), DT Zach Kerr (toe), LT Russell Okung (calf). Limited – RG John Miller. No designation has to be given for Christian McCaffrey (ankle), who remains on injured reserve even though he's been designated to return.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Mike Rhule on Christian McCaffrey's chances of playing on Thursday against Atlanta after he practiced today: “I'm hopeful. I'll have to see how he responds to today. It was great having him out there.'' Rhule wouldn't get into how much work McCaffrey did. “I will say he looks good. He looks like he's moving around great. Just we'll let the medical people and him determine how much he can do, or when he can play in a game.''

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

RB Devonta Freeman (ankle) worked on the side with a trainer during Tuesday's Giants practice. Could be a heavy dose of Wayne Gallman on Monday night vs. Tampa Bay. S Adrian Colbert (shoulder) and CB Darnay Holmes (neck) practiced wearing yellow jerseys.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian McCaffrey (22) is now wearing a helmet and black jersey and the Panthers have designated him to return from injured reserve. They have a 21-day window to do this so still a chance for Thursday.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian McCaffrey (ankle) arrived at practice wearing a red jersey again today which means he will be a non-participant. Increases the likelihood he will not be available for the Panthers on Thursday night against Atlanta.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Giants coach Joe Judge said he addressed the incident of Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones being photographed inside a bar with his team. It will be dealt with internally. But Judge thought they were being "good teammates" by having dinner together during a pseudo-bye week.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Brandon Williams has been designated to return from IR. Williams was being used as a gunner before the injury. Giants also signed S Monte Hartage and TE Rysen John to the practice squad. C Javon Patterson was released.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Rumors are rampant with the Nov. 3 trading deadline fast approaching. DT Quinnen Williams has come up in speculation, but he's not being shopped by the Jets, per league source. Will they get calls on Williams? Yes. They did last year. Would they trade him for the right package? Yes, I think they would consider anything. That's how Jamal Adams got traded. But it's wrong to say they're actively looking to deal Williams.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Jones backed Mike McCarthy. “One of the reasons Mike McCarthy is the coach is because he's been through it,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. “He's had tough times and he's had disappointing times … Certainly we couldn't have wanted to be at this stage with our team this year, but if I'm going to hire a coach that will be at this stage and work through this for the betterment for the rest of the year and for what's in the future, I've got my man.”