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Thursday September 29th, 2011

An abbreviated look at what’s going on around the NFL on Thursday, Sept. 29:

• The Broncos look like overwhelming underdogs heading into Green Bay Sunday, but they could get a major boost with the return of Elvis Dumervil, who has missed two straight games due to injury.

• The Colts' defense all of a sudden has any many issues as the Colts' offense. Indianapolis placed safety Melvin Bullitt and linebacker Gary Brackett on injured reserve Wednesday -- both players suffered shoulder injuries.

• Seattle WR Mike Williams finally enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2010, with a career-high 65 catches. He has been a near non-factor so far this season, though, but refuses to "be a distraction" by complaining about it.

• Draft bust Aaron Maybin is back with the Jets, less than a month after being cut by New York's AFC team. Maybin, a complete flop with the Bills, may be active Sunday when the Jets take on Baltimore.

Raiders fans are again flocking out to Oakland Coliseum in droves, giving the storied franchise its intimidating home-field advantage back again.

• The Panthers may be without starting right tackle Jeff Otah for a bit after he suffered what Carolina head coach Ron Rivera called a "surprise" back injury. Otah missed the 2010 season after hurting his knee.

• Tampa Bay committed to youth this offseason along the defensive line. After a slow start to 2011, the line appears ready to make the decision pay off. • The Packers moved one step closer to adding approximately 7,000 seats to legendary Lambeau Field, an expansion that is expected to be complete in time for the 2013 season.

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