KRYK: Twenty-six Thirties on Thursday — Week 12 edition

30 words — quick, fun, funny, informative — to update you on each of the 26 major league teams not playing on Thanksgiving

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This week’s installment of our weekly Around the Horn column, It’s thirty thirty on ThursdayThe name was changed due to USA’s usual three games on Thanksgiving Day.

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So this week It’s twenty six thirty on Thursday.

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That’s 30 words — quick, fun, interesting, informative — to describe each of the league’s 26 teams not playing Thursday.

Then week 12:


BENGALS: Star WR Ja’Marr Chase is day-to-day after returning to practice Wednesday for the first time since a hip injury on Oct. 23. RB Joe Mixon remains in concussion protocol.

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BILLS: at the Lions in Thursday’s first game.

BRONCOS: QB Russell Wilson focuses on third-quarter improvement. Fans will focus on improvements in the first, second, third and fourth quarters … In case you missed it last week, Clint Kubiak is now calling offensive plays.

BROWN: Deshaun Watson will be back next week. Cleveland has lost 6 of 7, but over the last four games, overheated QB Jacoby Brissett is 71% with a 5-of-0 TDs-to-INTs ratio.

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CHARGERS: Dustin Hopkins (quad) went on IR. Cameron Dicker – Signed to main roster. He’s 17-for-17 in XPs/FGs… Good sign: WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) practiced fully.

BOSSES: R.B. Placed Clyde Edwards-Helaire (hamstring strain) on IR. That leaves the door wide open for rookie RB Isiah Pacheco … WR Kadarius Toney (groin) did not practice Wednesday.

COLTS: Rookie LT Bernhard Reimann, who dropped two sacks and had two penalties against the Phillies, is always taking the right approach, including drills, according to interim head coach Jeff Saturday.

Dolphins: Only the Saints (7) and Raiders (6) have fewer leads than Miami (8). That’s just one indicator that the Dolphins’ defense isn’t all that good. Will it be enough for them?

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JAGUARS: RB Darrell Henderson refuses to give up … Doug Pederson has players who believe his season isn’t over despite going 3-7. QB Trevor Lawrence: “We treat it like a new season.”

JETS: QB Zach Wilson will not only be benched, but not even dressed, for his poor play and lack of accountability for it. Wilson called it a “flawed experience.”

PATRIOTS: at the Vikings in Thursday’s third game.

RAIDERS: Two of their three wins came against Denver and the other against Houston. Time to beat a strong Seattle team, that is, if the Raiders want the laughing to stop.

CROWS: QB Lamar Jackson did not practice Wednesday (groin injury) … John Harbaugh said LT Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and rookie Kyle Hamilton (knee) could be game-time decisions in Jacksonville.

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STEELS: Dionte Johnson was frustrated that he wasn’t targeted more (just five Sunday vs. Cincinnati). QB Kenny Pickett understands. “We take it in some places to be successful.” Like the slot?

TEXANS: Head coach Love Smith said it, and then it happened. QB Davis Mills sat out Wednesday’s first-team practice. Kyle Allen did. Expect Allen to start in Miami.

TITANS: Good news! Pass rusher Bud Dupree (hip) had a full two days of practice. Ditto S Amani Hooker (shoulder). Randy Bullock (calf) did not practice during PK; Made by Caleb Shudak.


bears: Justin Fields said his left (non-throwing) shoulder was separated by torn ligaments — “basically an AC joint injury.” He practiced Wednesday but was limited. Game availability? TBD.

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BUCKANS: Tom Brady … “We have seven games (and) 21 practices. And we have 5-5. It’s clearly not a great record. (It doesn’t matter. We have a whole season ahead of us.)

CARDINALS: Kyler Murray (hamstring) is slated to start against the Chargers. “I feel good,” he said … OL coach Sean Kugler was fired. He groped a woman in Mexico City.

COMMANDS: Carson Wentz has resumed practice on IR (broken finger). He said he understands why the team committed to QB Taylor Heinicke and is “happy” for him.

COWBOYS: Thursday’s second game against the Giants.

Slaughterers: They have the No. 2 defense and the rest of the opponents’ offensive rating is: 15th (Packers), 29th (Titans), 19th (Giants, twice), 22nd (Bears), 14th (Cowboys) and 10th (Saints).

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Falcons: Losing athletic TE Kyle Pitts (knee) is a big blow. “He’s a big part of our offense,” head coach Arthur Smith said. “Our job is to find (alternative) solutions.”

49ers: After the return flight landed at 6 a.m. local time on Tuesday, coach Kyle Shanahan shortened this week’s practice schedule following Monday night’s win over Arizona in Mexico City.

GIANTS: at the Cowboys in Thursday’s second game.

LION: against the Bills in Thursday’s opener.

PACKERS: Aaron Rodgers has been playing since Week 5 with a broken thumb on his throwing hand. FWIW, his TDs-to-INTs ratio is better since Week 5 (3.25-to-1) than before (2-to-1).

PANTHERS: Sam Darnold will start, replacing last year, with PJ Walker replacing Baker Mayfield, who replaced Darnold this season in July. I realized?

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RAM: Matthew Stafford (leg concussion protocol) will not practice. John Woolford (neck) remains limited. Bryce Perkins will likely start in KC, with Case Cuckus as his backup.

Saints: Their two QB approach outscored the Rams 27-20. Andy Dalton started and took 40 snaps. Tysom Hill, 17 pictures — much more than his usual episodes.

SEAHAWKS: What did Geno Smith do during his bye week? “A lot of studying, a lot of self-discovery … to win … just one week of not playing.”

VIKINGS: Thursday’s third game against the Patriots.

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