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NFL News & Rumors: Friday 12/27

49ers

Bears

  • Bears signed K Robbie Gould to a four-year contract. (NFLTR)
  • WR Earl Bennett could out for Week 17’s game against the Packers. (Rich Campbell)
  • Bears worked out DB Terry Hawthorne this week. (Aaron Wilson)

Bengals

  • TE Tyler Eifert is listed as doubtful for Week 17.
  • TE Jermaine Gresham is listed as questionable for Week 17. (Joe Reedy)

Bills

  • QB Thad Lewis will start Week 17’s game against the Patriots. (NFLTR)
  • QB E.J. Manuel has been ruled out for Week 17. (NFLTR)
  • Contract details regarding DT Alan Branch‘s extension with the Bills. (NFLTR)
  • WR Stevie Johnson did not practice on Friday.
  • RB Fred Jackson is listed as questionable for Week 17.
  • Bills placed S Aaron Williams on season-ending injured reserve.
  • Bills signed WR Cordell Roberson to their active roster.

Broncos

  • WR Wes Welker has been ruled out for Week 17 and still hasn’t been cleared from concussion. (Mike Klis)

Browns

Buccaneers

Cardinals

  • HC Bruce Arians confirmed that OLB John Abraham will play in Week 17. (Darren Urban)

Chargers

  • RB Ryan Mathews returned to practice on Friday. (Tom Krasovic)

Chiefs

  • WR Dwayne Bowe has been ruled out for Week 17.
  • OLB Tamba Hali has been ruled out for Week 17.

Cowboys

  • Cowboys placed QB Tony Romo on season-ending injured reserve Friday. (NFLTR)
  • QB Tony Romo underwent back surgery Friday morning. (NFLTR)
  • WR Dez Bryant returned to practice on Friday.

Dolphins

  • RB Daniel Thomas is listed as questionable for Week 17.

Falcons

  • TE Tony Gonzalez is listed as probable for Week 17.
  • RB Jacquizz Rodgers has been ruled out for Week 17.

Giants

  • DE Justin Tuck “sounded Thursday like someone about to play his final game” with his current the team. (NFLTR)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul has been ruled out for Week 17.  (Paul Schwartz)
  • G Brandon Mosley is undergoing surgery on his broken hand. (Ralph Vacchiano)
  • WR Rueben Randle returned to practice on Friday. (Jordan Raanan)
  • RB Andre Brown is listed as probable for Week 17.
  • RB Peyton Hillis is listed as probable for Week 17.

Jaguars

  • Jaguars signed DT Sen’Derrick Marks to a four-year, $22 million extension. (NFLTR)
  • RB Maurice Jones-Drew is expected to start in Week 17. (Florida Times Union)

Lions

  • RB Mikel Leshoure mentioned that he would like to be “somewhere they’re going to feed me the rock and I can go eat, man.” (Detroit Free Press)
  • WR Calvin Johnson did not practice on Friday.
  • WR Calvin Johnson is listed as probable for Week 17. (Tim Twentyman)
  • RB Joique Bell is listed as probable for Week 17.
  • Lions signed DB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah to their active roster.
  • Lions placed DL Israel Idonije on season-ending injured reserve

Packers

  • OLB Clay Matthews underwent surgery on his thumb and is currently without a timetable. (Jason Wilde)
  • WR Randall Cobb looked like “a guy who might be playing sooner, rather than later” during Friday’s practice. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
  • QB Aaron Rodgers and RB Eddie Lacy are both listed as probable for Week 17.
  • RB Eddie Lacy returned to practice on Friday. (Rob Demovsky)
  • Packers signed CB Jumal Rolle to their active roster.

Panthers

Patriots

  • Patriots waived WR Austin Collie.
  • RB Shane Vereen put in a limited practice on Friday.
  • WR Josh Boyce has been ruled out for Week 17.
  • WR Kenbrell Thompkins put in a limited practice on Friday.

Raiders

Rams

  • WR Tavon Austin will be a game-time decision in Week 17. (Jim Thomas)
  • RB Daryl Richardson is listed as doubtful for Week 17.

Ravens

  • RB Ray Rice is listed as questionable for Week 17.
  • WR Torrey Smith is listed as questionable for Week 17.

Redskins

Seahawks

  • Seahawks are expected to activate CB Walter Thurmond III from the reserve/suspended list this weekend. (Liz Mathews)
  • WR Percy Harvin is listed as out for Week 17.
  • Seahawks waived CB Perrish Cox.

Steelers

Texans

  • Texans placed FB Brad Smelley and TE Garrett Graham on injured reserve
  • RB Dennis Johnson is listed as questionable for Week 17.
  • Texans signed RB Chad Spann and TE Phillip Supernaw to their active roster.

Titans

Vikings

  • RB Adrian Peterson is listed as doubtful for Week 17.
  • RB Toby Gerhart has been ruled out for Week 17.
  • RBs Matt Asiata and Joe Banyard are expected to handle the workload in Week 17.
  • WR Cordarrelle Patterson is listed as probable for Week 17.