Lots of NFL tidbits to be had on this Saturday leading up to Week 14 of the NFL season, as compiled by The Sporting News:
* Dallas Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett will not be available Sunday against the San Diego Chargers because of some concussion-related symptoms. Although he didn’t experience any problems during last weekend’s loss to the New York Giants, he hasn’t practiced all week due to complaints of headaches and fogginess.
* Green Bay’s top four defensive linemen are on the injury report, although Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is hoping that the team will have most, if not all, of the players available for Sunday’s tilt against the Chicago Bears. Defensive end Cullen Jenkins (hamstring) and rookie nose tackle/defensive end B.J. Raji (ankle) are probable while DE Johnny Jolly (knee) is questionable. The Packers’ biggest concern is with NT Ryan Pickett (hamstring), who didn’t practice this week and is listed as doubtful.
* The Washington Redskins will be without the services of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth with a sprained left ankle while cornerback DeAngelo Hall will also miss Sunday’s game agaisnt the Oakland Raiders with a sprained right knee.
* Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle Jeremy Trueblood was fined $25,000 by the league for unnecessary roughness; he leveled Carolina Panthers CB Chris Gamble, long after a play was over during the Bucs’ 16-6 loss last Sunday. This was Trueblood’s fourth infraction this season.
* Chicago Bears offensive coordinator is all of a sudden a fan of Green Bay Packers CB Charles Woodson, saying that he should get consideration for league MVP, adding:
“He’s unbelievable. I don’t remember the last time, if ever, that I’ve seen someone have the year that he’s having. He’s all over the field. He’s playing corner, he’s playing nickel, he’s playing strong safety. He’s going head to head on tight ends. He’s making tackles, he’s causing fumbles, he’s intercepting balls. He is all over the place, and it’s unbelievable to watch.”
* Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is likely a game-time decision, according to head coach Mike Smith; running back Michael Turner is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.