Wednesday December 7th, 2016

By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

Week 14 of the NFL season gets underway on Thursday with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Oakland Raiders in a crucial game with major AFC playoff implications. If the Chiefs win, they will overtake first place in the AFC West and will control their own destiny.

Check out the latest NFL news and rumors below.

• New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had surgery to repair a sports hernia and could be out for the remainder of the season, reports ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

• Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith could miss the rest of the regular season with a high left ankle sprain, reports Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.

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• Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said quarterback Tony Romo might play before the end of the regular season to have him "ready to go" if Dak Prescott were to suffer an injury in the playoffs, reports Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.

• Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said running back Ryan Mathews will play this weekend against the Washington Redskins after missing the last two games with a knee injury. 

• Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones missed practice on Wednesday with turf toe, but is still expected to play this weekend against the Los Angeles Rams, reports Lakisha Jackson of NFL.com.

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• The NFL announced that Indianapolis Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson has been suspended four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing substance policy.

• Stanford junior running back Christian McCaffrey announced he has declared for the NFL Draft. McCaffrey is projected to be a late first-round or second-round pick.

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