Here's a look at some of the top rumors for Wednesday, Nov. 25:
Is Johnny Manziel's time with the Cleveland Browns coming to an end? Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer thinks so. "I don't think they'll cut him before the end of the season," Cabot writes, "but they'll probably part ways sometime in the offseason." She adds that she believes the team "is ready to move on and if they ever get anything out of him, it will be a bonus." While the Browns would surely like to get something in return for Manziel via trade, he likely won't hold much value to other teams, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him released outright. One way or another, his departure is starting to feel inevitable, especially because the team's decision to bench Manziel will keep them from evaluating him for the remainder of the season as their possible starter of the future.
We mentioned on Monday that Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch could need surgery for his abdominal injury, and now it appears that will be the case. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports Lynch will undergo surgery on a sports hernia that will keep him out at least a month. That would suggest that at best, Lynch will miss four of the team's final six regular-season games, and perhaps more. Seattle will host the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 27 and visit the Arizona Cardinals on Jan. 3 in Weeks 16 and 17, respectively, with both games likely to be crucial for the Seahawks' wild-card chances. It sounds like Lynch would be available for the playoffs if the Seahawks are able to get in, but that's far from a guarantee. While missing Beast Mode is never ideal, the Seahawks can take solace in the performance of rookie Thomas Rawls, who should be an able fill-in.
Despite having a poor outing and suffering a concussion Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum will start this week against the Cincinnati Bengals if he clears concussion protocol, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Keenum completed just 12 of 26 passes for 136 yards against the Ravens, and the Rams posted the fewest totals for points (13) and yards (213) allowed by Baltimore all season. It says an awful lot about how disappointed the team has been in Nick Foles' play that Keenum is still expected to be the starter if healthy. Regardless of who plays quarterback, however, the team will need its running game to regain its form if it hopes to succeed on offense.
Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron has seen his production drop significantly in the past three weeks, culminating in a catch-less game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday (though the tight end did drop a touchdown pass). According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Ebron attributes his downturn to the adjustment period needed for the system of new offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. "As soon as I got comfortable where I was at, we had a change," Ebron told Birkett. "So now I just got to adjust to it, and just pick up where I left off." Since Cooter took over against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 8, Ebron has just seven catches for 52 yards and no touchdowns. However, the 2014 first-round pick is confident that his struggles in the new system won't continue. "Just going through a minor phase," Ebron told Birkett. "Ain’t going to last long. (Shoot), it’s going to end this week."