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49ers' C.J. Beathard: Gets support from GM for starting duties
The 49ers haven't decided on a starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, but general manager John Lynch seemingly vouched his support for Beathard (thumb) on Tuesday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. "You watch the way C.J. Beathard played the other day, he looked like he could be the guy. That's a good issue," Lynch added. Lynch also spoke well of Beathard's challenger for the starting role, Jimmy Garoppolo, stating that the newly acquired quarterback is "going to be our guy" rather than an asset the team would look to trade away in the offseason. With that in mind, it still seems likely that Garoppolo will unseat Beathard before the season is out, but Lynch said that he would leave the Week 12 starting decision up to head coach Kyle Shanahan, who is expected to reveal his choice Wednesday. Beathard's numbers while logging extended snaps over the last five games are unremarkable -- he's completed 54.3 percent of his passes for 1,229 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions while adding 115 yards and three scores on the ground -- but he saved his best performance for a Week 9 win over the Giants (19-for-25 for 288 yards and two touchdowns with one rushing touchdown). That may be enough for Beathard to garner one more start over Garoppolo coming out of the 49ers' bye week.
Broncos' Brock Osweiler: Reports of benching confirmed
Confirming an earlier report, Osweiler will be benched for Sunday's game against the Raiders with the Broncos set to officially name Paxton Lynch as their new starting quarterback Wednesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports. After replacing the struggling Trevor Siemian as the team's starter in Week 9, Osweiler was always believed to be keeping the seat warm for Lynch, who had been inactive for the first 10 games of the season while recovering from a right shoulder sprain. Lynch was elevated to backup duties for Sunday's loss to the Bengals while Osweiler failed to spark the offense for the third consecutive outing, completing 23 of 42 passes for 254 yards, a touchdown and an interception. With the Broncos eager to see what they have in Lynch, a 2016 first-round pick, in the midst of a losing season, neither Osweiler nor Siemian is likely to earn another look in a starting role the rest of the way, barring an injury to Lynch. It's unclear which of the two remaining signal callers will act as Lynch's understudy in the Week 12 matchup.
Cardinals' Carson Palmer: Has cast removed
Head coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Palmer has had the cast removed from his left arm, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Palmer was knocked from a Week 7 loss to the Rams in London and diagnosed with a broken left arm, which precipitated surgery and his placement on injured reserve within days. With his cast gone, he can begin rehabilitating the region, but there's no telling whether he has enough time to make another impact by season's end. Due to the timing of the injury, he could be activated as early as Week 16 against the Giants, but the Cards are currently on the outside looking in in the playoff picture. For the time being, Blaine Gabbert will start at quarterback while Drew Stanton recovers from a sprained knee.
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Redskins' Chris Thompson: Placed on injured reserve
Washington placed Thompson (lower leg) on injured reserve Tuesday, Stephen Czarda of the Redskins' official site reports. Thompson, who leads the Redskins in both rushing (294) and receiving (510) yards this season, will be shut down for the team's final six games after fracturing his right fibula in Sunday's loss to the Saints. The Redskins signed LeShun Daniels from their practice squad to fill his spot in the backfield, but it's expected that Byron Marshall will settle in as the team's top pass-catching back while Samaje Perine leads the ground attack the rest of the way.
Texans' Andre Ellington: Claimed by Houston
The Texans claimed Ellington off waivers Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Let go by the Cardinals after he was a healthy inactive for Arizona's loss Sunday to the Texans, Ellington will stick around in Houston to fortify a backfield that lost rookie running back D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) to a season-ending injury in the contest. Though he doesn't fit the power-back profile Foreman filled, Ellington is an adept pass catcher out of the backfield, a skill that should make him a fair complement to lead runner Lamar Miller. Ellington will have to get up to speed with the Texans' backfield before establishing himself as the top backup, but he has a decent chance of seeing meaningful snaps right off the bat with Alfred Blue (hamstring) uncertain to suit up Sunday against the Ravens after the injury prevented him from suiting up in Week 11.
Seahawks' J.D. McKissic: Totals 53 yards
McKissic rushed for 30 yards on seven carries and added five catches for 23 yards during Monday's 34-31 loss to Atlanta. McKissic was on the field for 50 offensive plays on Monday, 34 more than any Seattle back. You wouldn't know it by the stats as Seattle went pass-heavy against the Falcons and quarterback Russell Wilson led the team with 86 rushing yards. McKissic scored twice in his debut in Week 4, but has been scoreless since. Monday was his first outing with more than 50 total yards since his debut. Being the lead back in Seattle used to be synonymous with high-end production. That hasn't been the case this season as Seattle has taken a "ride or die" approach with Wilson.
Seahawks' Tyler Lockett: Hauls in four passes
Lockett caught four of five targets for 37 yards in Monday's 34-31 loss to Atlanta. He did most of his damage in the return game, accounting for 197 kick-return yards. Monday was Lockett's third game in his last five contests with at least four catches, but that doesn't tell the whole story. The third-year receiver has just one game of over 70 yards this season and remains scoreless. If you were to say during the preseason that the Seahawks would trade away Jermaine Kearse and move to a more pass-happy attack, the assumption would have been big production from Lockett. That hasn't been the case as Paul Richardson has, instead, emerged as a big-play threat behind Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham. Part of the problem is a lack of explosive plays. Lockett is averaging a catch of 20 or more yards once ever 8.3 receptions this season as compared to once every 5.7 catches in 2015 and once every 4.6 catches in 2016.
Redskins' Jordan Reed: Absent from practice Tuesday
Reed (hamstring) didn't take part in Tuesday's practice. Reed will probably need to put in at least a limited practice Wednesday to have a shot at suiting up Thanksgiving Day against the Cowboys. Given that Reed has been sidelined for the last three games and still hasn't resumed taking part in full drills with the team, it seems more likely than not he'll be in store for another absence Thursday, paving the way for Vernon Davis to earn another start at tight end.
Raiders' Jared Cook: Ties season low in receptions
Cook caught two passes on five targets for 36 yards during Sunday's 33-8 loss to the Patriots. Coming off his best performance of the year in which he racked up 126 yards on eight receptions against the Dolphins prior to the Raiders' bye week, Cook fell back to earth in Week 11 despite Derek Carr being forced to attempt 49 passes. Cook did play a role in the Raiders' longest play of the day, connecting with Carr on a 26-yard completion during the second quarter. Cook will look to find the end zone for just the second time all season in Week 12 against Denver.
Giants' Aldrick Rosas: Nets game-winning field goal
Rosas made both his field-goal attempts but missed his lone extra-point try in Sunday's 12-9 win over the Chiefs. Rosas' 23-yarder in overtime sealed New York's second victory, but was only needed because he missed his first extra point of the season during regulation. The rookie has missed at least one kick in five straight outings, which has conspired with the Giants' offensive struggles to limit him to 50 points through 10 appearances.