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See the latest news and rumors around the NFL from Week 15 action.

December 18, 2015

By Justin Lee, Chat Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ playoff hopes are all but dashed after a 31–23 road loss to the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night. Now 6–8 and 2 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks for the two NFC wild-card spots, the Bucs tied a season low with three points in the first half against the Rams.

Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston passed for just 49 yards in the game’s first thirty minutes, his worst first-half performance in 2015. He did, however, finish the game with a career-high 363 yards passing.

St. Louis improved to 6–8 with the win, behind a strong effort from quarterback Case Keenum. The journeyman signal caller finished 14 of 17 passing for 234 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Both St. Louis and Tampa Bay need a loss by either the Seahawks or Vikings in Week 15 to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Check out the last NFL news and rumors below.

• Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is not in danger of being fired, reports NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

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• Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is “not ready to give up” on continuing his NFL career, he said on the Dan Patrick Show.

• Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined for three plays, a hit on Ben Roethlisberger and two unnecessary roughness calls, during his team’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 14, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

• The family of former NFL player Dave Duerson believes his portrayal in Concussion paints him in an inaccurate and unfair light, reports The New York Times’ Ken Belson.

• NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued a “warning letter” to Missouri governor Jay Nixon and the St. Louis stadium task force, indicating that a reported $100 million increase to the leagues’ $200 million contribution limit on new stadium financing has not been authorized, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Sam Farmer.

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• The injured foot of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been bothering him since before training camp, his father, Archie Manning, told WDSU-TV in New Orleans.

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