News: Forte (knee) will return from a three-game absence Thursday at Green Bay, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Forte was limited in two of three practices last week, yet he still logged his third DNP in a row as a result of a sprained MCL in his right knee. He was then listed as limited following Monday's walkthrough, which he replicated in a full session Tuesday, but the Bears didn't need another practice to make the call on Forte. On Thursday, he'll contend with Jeremy Langford for touches, though the veteran may be contained to certain packages in order to avoid a setback in his first game action since Week 8.
News: Manziel has been demoted to third on the depth chart, NFL Network's James Palmer reports.
Impact: Manziel had a promising performance in Week 10 against the Steelers, but Cleveland brass clearly isn't pleased that he was photographed at a bar in Austin, TX during the bye week. The team's statement does mention that Manziel has otherwise met expectations this season, noting that his improvement since last year has been "tremendous". It won't be too surprising if Manziel gets another shot this season, but Josh McCown will be the starter for Monday's game against the Ravens. Further updates should be available by the end of the week, potentially shedding light on whether the Browns might allow Manziel to play again this season.
News: Coach Mike Pettine said Josh McCown will start Monday night's game against Baltimore in place of Johnny Manziel, who was recently handed the starting job but couldn't keep it while the team had a week off.
Impact: McCown gets the nod even though the 22-year-old Manziel has shown progress on the field during his second NFL season. However, despite saying he had learned from his past, Manziel, who spent 70 days during the offseason in a rehab facility specializing in alcohol and drug treatment, he has not shown the maturity the Browns are looking for from their quarterback.
News: The New York Jets have signed Martin to their active roster from the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad. He replaces Quinton Coples, the Jets' 2012 first-round draft pick who was waived on Monday.
Impact: Martin was signed by the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2013 out of Columbia University, where he was an All-Ivy League first-team selection. He spent two seasons in Kansas City before being signed by Tampa Bay in September. He was waived/injured by the Buccaneers last month and signed to the Colts' practice squad on Oct. 31.
News: Coples has been claimed by the Miami Dolphins one day after he was waived by the New York Jets. The Dolphins, who play the Jets on Sunday, have been hit hard by injuries at linebacker and reinforced the position Tuesday.
Impact: The Jets' decision to part with Coples was a surprise despite his diminished role this season. They made him the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft. Coples had 16 1/2 sacks in three seasons under coach Rex Ryan, including 6 1/2 in 2014, but had none this season while starting only two games in Todd Bowles' 3-4 system. The Dolphins play a 4-3 scheme.
News: The Ravens have claimed Clausen off waivers to serve as backup to Matt Schaub. Clausen was waived by the Bears on Monday. He played in two games with Chicago this season, starting once.
Impact: The six-year veteran was chosen by Carolina in the second round of the 2010 draft after playing college ball at Notre Dame. Clausen has played in 19 games, starting 12. He has five touchdown passes and 11 interceptions over his career.
News: Seattle re-signed Brown on Tuesday for additional depth in the backfield.
Impact: Brown is in his second stint with the Seahawks, but could be active for the first time this season with Marshawn Lynch not expected to play on Sunday against Pittsburgh. Seattle played last week against San Francisco with just two running backs active, Thomas Rawls and Fred Jackson.
News: Keenum did not practice Tuesday while going through the NFL's concussion protocol, but coach Jeff Fisher is hopeful he'll be cleared Wednesday. Fisher said Keenum, injured late in Sunday's loss at Baltimore, was at Rams Park studying film and participating in meetings on Tuesday.
Impact: Nick Foles would regain his starting spot this week at Cincinnati if Keenum can't come back. Foles was benched after several poor outings and Keenum wasn't much of an improvement, going 12 for 26 for just 136 yards and one touchdown.
News: Manziel partied his way out of the lineup during Cleveland's bye week. Browns coach Mike Pettine benched the polarizing quarterback on Monday for his off-field behavior, a move that could signal Manziel's days with the team are numbered.
Impact: Pettine said Josh McCown will start Monday night's game against Baltimore in place of Manziel, who was recently handed the starting job but couldn't keep it while the team had a week off. Manziel's benching comes in the wake of a video surfacing of him partying last weekend in Texas. He had promised not to bring any embarrassment to the team during its week off, but Pettine said he was both disappointed and frustrated by Manziel's actions.
News: The Chicago Bears opened a three-week practice window for White to determine if they will activate him this season. White, the No. 7 pick in this year's draft, has spent the season on the physically unable to perform list because of a stress fracture in his left shin. The Bears have until the end of this 21-day period, which began Tuesday, to place the West Virginia standout on the active roster or season-ending injured reserve.
Impact: The Bears saw him as a potential starter with Alshon Jeffery. But White started experiencing pain in his shin in June during organized team activities. He had surgery in August after therapy failed to cure his discomfort.