News: Tate (knee) returned to practice Tuesday, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Tate has missed the Browns' past two games due to a sprained knee suffered in Week 1. However, coming off Cleveland's bye week, Tate returned to the practice field Tuesday, which bodes well for his chances of playing against the Titans this Sunday. If that proves to happen, Tate is expected to reclaim his starting running back position, which would result in rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell being relegated to more complementary roles. While Tate's fantasy owners should feel encouraged about his progress, his status should still be monitored leading up to Sunday's game in Tennessee to ensure he's indeed available to play.
News: Clowney's rehabilitation from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee is going well and he hopes to return for the Houston Texans in a few weeks. Clowney spoke to reporters on Tuesday after an appearance at a local middle school. He says: "Hopefully I'll be back sooner than everyone expects."
Impact: The outside linebacker was injured in the season-opener on Sept. 7 and coach Bill O'Brien said at the time that he would miss 4-6 weeks. This is the third injury for the former South Carolina standout since he was drafted in May. He had sports hernia surgery in the offseason and suffered a concussion during training camp.
News: James agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins to join their practice squad. The deal Tuesday came after James was released Sept. 8 by the San Francisco 49ers, who took him in the second round of the 2012 draft.
Impact: James was frustrated by his lack of playing time with the 49ers and has 41 career carries while averaging 4.5 yards per attempt. He was used mostly on returns, averaging 10.9 yards on punt returns and 28.4 on kickoffs.
News: Chiefs coach Andy Reid said earlier Tuesday that he would wait to see Stephenson practice on Wednesday before he begins to decide whether he'll go back in the starting lineup.
Impact: Stephenson was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. That suspension ended with Monday night's 41-14 victory over the New England Patriots.
News: Conner has been re-signed by the Jets on Tuesday after fullback Tommy Bohanon was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list with a broken collarbone.
Impact: Conner rejoins the team that drafted him in the fifth round out of Kentucky in 2010. He was released by New York in 2012 after dealing with injuries, but finished that season with Cincinnati. Conner played last season for the Giants, but was among the team's final cuts out of training camp.
News: The NFL said Tuesday that Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception.
Impact: The league's rule book prohibits players from celebrating while on the ground, but spokesman Michael Signora wrote in an email Tuesday that "the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play." He said that he knew before he even reached the end zone he would drop to his knees in thankful prayer after intercepting Tom Brady.
News: The team announced Tuesday it had given the 2013 NFL sacks leader a one-year contract extension. Financial terms were not immediately available.
Impact: Mathis is the Colts career leader in sacks and set a single-season franchise record with 19 1/2 sacks last season. But this season has been a washout. He was suspended for the first four games after violating the NFL's the league's performance-enhancing substance policy, then sustained a season-ending torn Achilles' tendon during a private workout while he was away from the team.
News: The two-time league MVP threw a pair of interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and also lost a costly fumble in a 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night.
Impact: Brady finished 14 of 23 for 159 yards and a touchdown, and is now averaging just 197 yards per game. He is completing 59 percent of his passes, his worst rate in 14 years as a starter. It was the fourth straight clunker for Brady, who was pulled in the fourth quarter with the game well out of reach.