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Turron Davenport ESPN 

Ben Jones is the Titans nominee for the Walter Payton Man if the Year Award. Jones and his wife, Alex, established The Jones Mission in 2017, to provide at-risk youth with opportunities they might otherwise not have through grants, additional resources and educational opportunities. Each year they host the Ben Jones Celebrity Clay Shoot, a skeet shooting tournament, to raise money for local non-profit organizations that serve the youth.

Brooke Pryor ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey is the team's nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. The last Steelers winner was Jerome Bettis in 2001. Joe Greene won in 1979.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton hasn't been on the field since Week 2 but his off the field work through his foundation has made him the Panthers' Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee. Outside linebacker Thomas Davis won the overall award in 2014. Tight end Greg Olsen was a two-time finalist for the award.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Wide receiver Mike Evans has been named the Bucs' nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. "Being nominated for Walter Payton Man of the Year is overwhelming – it's a big deal," Evans said in a statement. "I never thought I could be a nominee. To be in the same conversation as other players who do tremendous things in their community, I'm truly honored."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Projecting the Jets' inactives for Thursday night: S Jamal Adams, CB Brian Poole, CB Arthur Maulet, DT Quinnen Williams, RB Bilal Powell, TE Ryan Griffin, OT Chuma Edoga. Analysis: These are all injury related. The Jets are so banged up that the current roster has only 45 "healthy" players. WR Demaryius Thomas (knee) also is a candidate for the inactive list. It would be wise to add someone from the practice squad.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Already dealing with a core injury, Jadeveon Clowney has come down with the illness that had been going through the Seahawks' locker room. Pete Carroll said Clowney is the only new player he knows of to have caught it. Clowney didn't practice Wednesday. Luke Willson, Nick Bellore, Mychal Kendricks and Ziggy Ansah were among the limited participants. None played Sunday night against the Rams.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Pete Carroll said Rashaad Penny may have more damage to his knee beyond his season-ending ACL tear. That will become more clear when Penny has surgery. "They're going to let it quiet down before they do that," Carroll said. "It's a long haul before we get him back. We're going to take all the right precautions to make sure we start the process at the right time. They've got to get in there and find out what's going on, but it's an ACL damage mainly that they're concerned with.”

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Pete Carroll likes what Josh Gordon has given the Seahawks even though his numbers have been modest through four games: six catches on 10 targets for 81 yards while averaging about 28 offensive snaps. “Josh has had huge games in the past,” Carroll said. “He just hasn't gotten the ball enough yet to show that for us, but he's done really well.” Carroll noted Gordon didn't get the ball a few times Sunday despite being open. “We're counting on him,” Carroll said. “He could have a big game anytime.”

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars have placed LB Quincy Williams (hand) on injured reserve and claimed LB Preston Brown off waivers from Oakland (Sunday's opponent) on Wednesday afternoon. Fourth linebacker the Jaguars have placed on IR in last three weeks: Williams, Myles Jack (knee), Jake Ryan (hamstring), Najee Goode (knee). Disappointing year for Williams, one of the team's third-round pick. He missed all of preseason with a knee injury and struggled on the field: 47 tackles (2 for loss) and got benched twice.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said on a conference call earlier Wednesday, the success of young quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes and Drew Lock was "good for the league.'' Fangio was asked about that before Wednesday's practice, "to hell with the league, it's good for the Broncos.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

More Fangio on schedule/realignment: "Keep it at 16 games, you'll avoid the problem that's probably going to happen this year where an 8-8 team is hosting a 12-4 team, you're going to get the six best teams in each conference ... But I'm not for 17 games.'' Said 17 games too many and "the injuries start to pile up.'' Asked if rivalries would be lessened if teams only played each other once a year: "Doesn't hurt the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry, Alabama-Auburn, they play once a year.''

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Lee officially did not practice because of pectoral and thigh issues but in talking to the veteran linebacker after practice, it sure sounded like he would play Sunday. He was upbeat. If Lee has a setback, the Cowboys would be thin at linebacker with Leighton Vander Esch set to miss his fourth straight game with a neck injury.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Will Fuller was limited in practice again with a hamstring injury. He did not play on Sunday against the Broncos and Bill O'Brien said he does not know whether Fuller will play against the Titans.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos coach Vic Fangio's take on what an NFL schedule and re-alignment would like in his perfect world (he was asked Wednesday about the possibility of a 17-game regular-season schedule): "My idea or suggestion, which has never been put forth in front of anybody important, I don't think there should be divisions. You got 16 (teams) in each conference and everybody should play each other once. That's 15 games. OK, then if you want a 16th game, you play a natural rival from another conference.''

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Long Lions injury report for a walkthrough:

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin King, who didn't play last week after being a full participant on Friday, was listed as limited today.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Josh Jacobs returned to practice after being cleared by the Raiders' medical staff. Still, coach Jon Gruden would not commit to the rookie playing against the Jaguars. At least, not yet. "Today, he's made some improvement, but he still has to go to there and move explosively tomorrow and Friday and do the things a running back has to do to play in this league and protect himself in this league," Gruden said. "So, we'll see what happens in the next 48 hours."