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NFL notebook: Giants WR Beckham travels to Philadelphia


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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was with the team in Philadelphia, perhaps an indication he is planning to play in the NFC East division game on “Monday Night Football.”

Beckham hurt his hamstring last Sunday in a victory over the San Francisco 49ers and did not practice this week.

Coach Tom Coughlin said the Giants would decide around game time whether Beckham could play.

New York anticipates being without several players because of injury, including wide receiver Victor Cruz.

The numbers are even more sparse in the secondary. Injuries inspired the promotion of cornerback Brandon McGee from the practice squad. He replaced tight end Jerome Cunningham, who was waived, on the 53-man roster.

The Giants will play without right cornerback Prince Amukamara, who is expected to miss two-to-four games with a partially torn pectoral muscle, and nickel corner Trumaine McBride is listed as questionable because of a groin injury and an illness that forced him to miss one day of practice and left him limited in two others.

—The Carolina Panthers were awakened early Sunday morning when a fire alarm was pulled at their hotel in Seattle ahead of the game against the Seahawks.

The team said in a statement that alarms were pulled at approximately 5:40 a.m. PT, but only on the two floors of the hotel that Panthers players were staying on. The team said the players were able to return to their rooms at approximately 6 a.m. PT.

“Obviously, this is an issue that directly affects our club. We will let the hotel and the league investigate,” Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said.

The manager at the hotel told ESPN that an “investigation is still ongoing” to determine the cause of the incident.

—Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner was inactive with a pectoral muscle injury for Sunday’s game against the Panthers.

Wagner suffered the injury last Sunday against the Cincinncati Bengals.

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who was listed as questionable with hamstring injury, was officially active. Lynch did not play in the past two games. He was cleared to return to practice Thursday.

—Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins injured his left ankle during Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Watkins was hurt while catching a 22-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter and emerged from the locker room on crutches after halftime. Watkins had missed the past two games with a right calf injury.

Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with an apparent left knee injury.

Williams was injured when teammate Manny Lawson dove into the side of his leg while both players were trying to make a tackle. Williams was able to limp to the sideline before getting assistance back to the locker room.

—Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey was carted off the field with a right ankle injury during the third quarter.

Rey was injured while trying to tackle Bills running back LeSean McCoy. Rey was replaced in the lineup by rookie P.J. Dawson.

—The Pittsburgh Steelers were down to their third-string quarterback after Mike Vick left the game against the Arizona Cardinals with a right hamstring injury.

The Steelers were already without starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who missed his third consecutive game with a knee injury.

Landry Jones, who is in his fourth season out of Arizona, came on for Vick in the third quarter. Jones delivered four second-half scoring drives to lead the Steelers to a 25-13 victory at Heinz Field.

—Tennessee Titans center Brian Schwenke was injured late in the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins and did not return with a leg injury.

Blocking downfield on a 9-yard run by running back Bishop Sankey, Schwenke was hit from behind by a Miami defender and fell forward. Carts quickly came on the field as trainers attended to the third-year pro from California.

—Buffalo Bills starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor was inactive with a knee injury for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Backup quarterback E.J. Manuel got the start in place of Taylor. Manuel, who took the majority of the first-team snaps in practice, had not played this season after losing the job to Taylor.

Taylor was limited in practice after suffering a sprained MCL in Buffalo’s victory over the Tennessee Titans last Sunday. The sixth-round draft pick in 2011 by Baltimore has a 70.1 percent completion rate while throwing for 1,097 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions in five games this season.

—Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, after missing the last two games with a shoulder injury, was expected to return for Sunday night’s game against the New England Patriots.

A source told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport that Luck will return for the Week 6 game.

Luck saw more practice time during the week, and was more fluid in his throws.

The Patriots said earlier in the week that they were preparing for Luck and backup Matt Hasselbeck. The 40-year-old Hasselbeck has gone 2-0 for the Colts after Luck started the season 1-2.

—The Washington Redskins were without four key players on offense as wide receiver DeSean Jackson, running back Matt Jones, left tackle Trent Williams and tight end Jordan Reed were inactive against the New York Jets.

Also inactive were cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and Chris Culliver and center Kory Lichtensteiger.

Jackson had hoped to return this week after sitting out since suffering an ankle injury in the season opener.

—Houston Texans Pro Bowl defensive end J.J. Watt, who was added to the injury report Saturday with an illness, was active for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Watt was the fourth player for the Texans to become sick leading up to the game. Receiver Jaelen Strong, cornerback A.J. Bouye and practice squad quarterback Zac Dysert all missed practices.

Watt made two tackles against the Jaguars and had one quarterback hit.

—Jaguars starting running back T.J. Yeldon was declared inactive against the Texans.

Yeldon suffered a groin injury in last week’s game against Tampa Bay and had not practiced this week. The Jaguars were hopeful he might be ready to go by Sunday but after an early morning workout, the rookie from Alabama was put on the inactive list.

—Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who leads the team with three sacks, was inactive with an illness for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson also missed his second consecutive game with a rib injury. Rookie Stefon Diggs will start at split end.

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