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Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 12?

With the bye weeks wrapping up after this week, that means there will be more teams, players and, yes, injuries to consider every Sunday from here on out. With only two teams on bye today, we've got plenty of injured stars to keep track of this morning, including Arian Foster, Reggie Bush, Greg Jennings, Justin Hunter and Buccaneers running backs Charles Sims and Doug Martin. Starting at about 11:30 a.m. Eastern, keep refreshing this post consistently as we give you all of the notable active and inactives in the early games.


Saints RB Pierre Thomas returns to practice

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas returned to practice Thursday after missing more than four weeks with a shoulder injury he sustained in Week 7. It is unclear if Thomas will be able to play in Week 12, but this is definitely a good sign for the Saints' top backfield receiving threat.


Saints WR Brandin Cooks placed on IR

The Saints officially placed rookie WR Brandin Cooks on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday because of his broken thumb. The Saints initially gave Cooks a 4-6-week time frame to return following the injury sustained in the Week 11 loss to the Bengals, but now have opted to end the rookie's season after he underwent surgery. The No. 20 overall pick of May's draft, Cooks' season ends with a 53-550-3 line as a receiver, adding seven rushes for 73 yards and an additional score.


UPDATE: Saints WR Brandin Cooks breaks thumb; expected to miss four to six weeks

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks is expected to miss four to six weeks after emerging from the team's 27-10 loss to Cincinnati Week 11. Cooks did not miss time in the game, finishing with five catches for 50 yards on seven targets. Original reports were that it would only be two to four weeks.


Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 11?

Well, the good news is there aren't a lot of true game-time decisions to watch this morning. The bad news -- and part of the reason for that previous sentence -- is that many players have already been ruled out for today's action. You can read more about those guys at the bottom of this page. This field will be spent updating you on the injured stars who may or may not suit up for the 1 p.m. Eastern kickoffs. That list includes Marshawn Lynch, Mark Ingram, Anthony Fasano and Kyle Rudolph to name a few. Refresh this page consistently as we bring you the latest, starting at about 11:30 a.m.


UPDATE: Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner ruled out due to hamstring injury

Update: Alterraun Verner has been officially ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Redskins. He will be replaced in the Bucs' lineup by journeyman cornerback Crezdon Butler.