|Harvin expected to play 15-20 snaps -- Sun Nov 17 8:00 am --|
Seattle wideout to be limited
|What to expect from #Seahawks WR Percy Harvin? I’m told 10-15 plays, depending on flow of the game. Would be surprised if he plays specials. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: If this report comes true, Harvin would be hard to trust as a fantasy option this week. On the plus side, he does have a matchup against his former team (MIN).
| Michael Floyd expected to play -- Fri Nov 15 5:30 pm --|
Cards should have No.2 receiver
|Arians says Michael Floyd will play vs Jags. (Kent Somers via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Floyd is nursing a shoulder injury but expected to play on Sunday after practicing on Thursday and Friday. He's nothing more than a WR4.
| QB Matt McGloin expected to start -- Fri Nov 15 5:00 pm --|
Pryor nursing knee injury
|Terrelle Pryor was officially listed as questionable, but the Raiders were preparing Friday for undrafted rookie Matt McGloin to be the starting quarterback against the Houston Texans. "Obviously he wasn't as good today as he was the day before,'' Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "I'll see how he's feeling tomorrow and we'll make a decision.'' (San Jose Mercury News)|
FF Today's Take: McGloin took the first team reps in practice on Friday and is expected to start for Raiders on Sunday. Pryor has been battling a knee injury for the last two weeks. The Raiders passing game is hands off for fantasy purposes.
| Megatron returns to practice Friday -- Fri Nov 15 1:30 pm --|
Expected to play on Sunday
|Wide receiver Calvin Johnson returned to Detroit Lions practice today. Johnson practiced today for the first time this week, after sitting out to rest his sore right knee Wednesday and Thursday. (Detroit Free Press)|
FF Today's Take: Check the inactive reports Sunday morning but it sounds like Megatron will be suiting up against the Steelers this weekend.
| Gonzalez limited Friday, Questionable -- Fri Nov 15 1:20 pm --|
|Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, who has missed only two games over his entire career, was limited in practice on Friday.
The Falcons will list Gonzalez, who suffered a left toe injury agianst Seattle, as questionable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay on the official injury report. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FF Today's Take: Gonzalez is looking like a gametime decision for Sunday. TE Levine Toilolo would see increased targets if Gonzalez sits.
| Stevie Johnson out, groin injury -- Fri Nov 15 1:00 pm --|
Bills will be without top receiver
|Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson will not play Sunday against the New York Jets. Johnson, whose right groin was injured during a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday, has been hampered by several injuries this season. This is the second game he will miss. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: With Johnson and Robert Woods (ankle) both out, the Bills will lineup Marquise Goodwin and T.J. Graham at receiver. The Bills passing game is a situation to avoid in Week 11.
| Lattimore hoping to practice next week -- Thu Nov 14 6:05 pm --|
Does not anticipate playing a game in 2013
|Marcus Lattimore said he hopes to go through his first practice with the 49ers next week. Lattimore said he hasn't officially been given word that he'll be cleared for practice, but Tuesday is the last possible day to trigger a three-week window during which players on the NFI list can rejoin practice. Lattimore has yet to don pads and put on a 49ers uniform. But he also has said that the carrot in relation to the monotonous rehabilitation work he's been doing is to join practice with his teammates.
"It would be important to have my mind ready for the next year - real excited about it," he said. (Sacramento Bee)|
FF Today's Take: The thought all along was that Lattimore would be stashed away on NFI or IR in 2013 in hopes the Niners could have him healthy next season. Lattimore said he's been running at full speed, cutting like an NFL running back, so dynasty-league owners can begin to prepare offers for a first-round talent at running back in an excellent situation for fantasy success. The obvious caveat is whether or not Lattimore can stay healthy.
| Gonzalez misses another practice -- Thu Nov 14 4:00 pm --|
Douglas misses practice; Jackson gets in full practice
|Harry Douglas was added to the Falcons’ injury report Thursday as he did not participate in the session due to a knee injury.
Tight end Tony Gonzalez missed his second straight day of practice with a toe injury.
Roddy White was limited with a shoulder injury for the second day in a row and Steven Jackson was at full participation Thursday after being limited Wednesday. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)|
FF Today's Take: HC Mike Smith told reporters he "would never count out Gonzalez" in regards to his Week 11 status, but another missed or limited practice on Friday would probably make him a poor fantasy option again this week. Harry Douglas also missed practice with a knee injury. With White likely to draw Darrelle Revis - who is beginning to round back into "Revis Island" form lately - in coverage, it looks like it could be another long week for the Falcons' offense.
| Harry Douglas has knee injury -- Thu Nov 14 3:45 pm --|
Falcons receiver misses practice Thursday
|Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas, who had a career-high 149 yards receiving Oct. 20 in the last matchup with Tampa Bay, missed practice with a knee injury Thursday. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FF Today's Take: The Falcons continue to get hit by the injury bug. Roddy White is dealing with a number of issues including a shoulder injury to go along with his ankle and hamstring problems. TE Tony Gonzalez is battling a toe issue and now Douglas. There's very little information about Douglas' knee injury but his practice participation tomorrow should give us a good indication regarding his availability for Sunday.
|Jets sign S Ed Reed -- Thu Nov 14 3:30 pm --|
Nine-time Pro Bowler reunites with Rex Ryan
|The Jets reached an agreement with veteran safety Ed Reed Thursday. Reed was cut by the Texans earlier in the week, and speculation mounted that a reunion with his former coordinator in Baltimore, Rex Ryan, could be in order.
The safety signed with the Texans in the offseason, but didn’t have the same impact that he had had for many years in Baltimore. Dawan Landry and second-year player Antonio Allen have started at safety this season for the Jets. (New York Daily News)|
FF Today's Take: Reed obviously isn't the same player he was in his prime, but the Jets shouldn't need him to play at that level. Allen has struggled for most of the season, so the hope is that Reed will play center field at a respectable level and allow Landry to play in the box more often.
| Calvin Johnson sits again -- Thu Nov 14 12:05 pm --|
No indication he will miss Week 11
|Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson missed his second straight day of practice Thursday, a somewhat unusual circumstance for one of the league's leading receivers. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Megatron typically gets Wednesday's off but this miss will raise some eyebrows. It's not time to panic... unless he misses practice again on Friday.
| Harvin's status for Sunday undecided -- Wed Nov 13 5:00 pm --|
Harvin says he feels 100%
|Percy Harvin is indeed practicing today (though off-limits to the media until he completes one). Carroll said Harvin said he feels 100 percent. But Carroll repeated what he said on Monday, that they will want to see how he responds to a week of practice before making a decision. He said they won’t put Harvin out there until they feel he is 100 percent. (Seattle Tiimes)|
FF Today's Take: It's likely we won't have any official word from the Seahawks on Harvin's status until Saturday but barring any setbacks he's likely to be on the field on Sunday. His role might limited however, and it's worth noting that the Seahawks have a bye in Week 12.
| Pryor, McFadden miss practice Wed -- Wed Nov 13 2:30 pm --|
Status of both is uncertain
|Raiders' quarterback Terrelle Pryor was wearing a baseball-style cap and watching practice Wednesday during the media window as backup Matt McGloin took snaps with the first team. It remains to be seen whether Pryor will get in any work or be able to practice later in the week. Running back Darren McFadden (hamstring) and cornerback D.J. Hayden (groin) were on a separate field and not in uniform working with the athletic training staff before going inside when practice began. (Inside Bay Area )|
FF Today's Take: Pryor's knee injury bothered him more than expected last Sunday so it won't be a shock if he's given more time off practice this week and/or declared inactive. Pryor owners should have a backup plan in place for Sunday.
|Dwayne Bowe will start -- Wed Nov 13 1:00 pm --|
Despite being arrested earlier this week
|Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will start for the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday night's game against the Broncos in Denver, coach Andy Reid said. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Bowe was arrested earlier this week for speeding and possession of a controlled substance. The team and league will let the legal process take it's course. It's likely any league discipline won't occur until next season.
| Peyton Manning sits Wednesday -- Wed Nov 13 12:55 pm --|
High ankle sprain
|Peyton Manning missed practice with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday heading into Sunday’s showdown with undefeated Kansas City. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: Manning is dealing with a sprained ankle so it's no surprise that he was given Wednesday off. He's expected to play this week.
| Woods out, Stevie Johnson sits Wed. -- Wed Nov 13 12:45 pm --|
Johnson dealing with nagging injuries
|Doug Marrone confirmed today that Robert Woods will not play on Sunday. He had said on Monday he was leaning that way but he will now definitely hold him out before the bye with a high ankle sprain. He is still unsure if Steve Johnson will go after he did not practice today. (Bills Daily)|
FF Today's Take: Johnson injured his groin in last week's game and has also been bothered by a groin injury in his other leg. The Bills have a bye in Week 12 so they choose to sit him this week.
| Tony Gonzalez not practicing -- Wed Nov 13 12:30 pm --|
|Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, who suffered a left toe injury against Seattle, was not at the open portion of practice. Gonzalez returned and played in the Seattle game. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FF Today's Take: Gonzalez suffered a toe injury last week. This situation is worth monitoring as Gonzalez isn't assured of playing on Sunday.
|Dwyane Bowe arrested -- Tue Nov 12 11:00 am --|
Speeding and possession of marijuana
|Riverside Police confirmed to FOX 4 Tuesday morning that an officer arrested Chiefs’ wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on Sunday for speeding and possession of marijuana. (Fox 4 Kansas City)|
FF Today's Take: Bowe was suspended four games back in 2009 for violating the league's steroids policy. Bowe claimed at the time he mistakenly took a diet pill. It's unlikely this incident will affect Bowe's status for this week's game against the Broncos.
|Packers sign QB Matt Flynn -- Mon Nov 11 8:00 pm --|
Will backup Tolzien in Week 11
|The Packers have chosen their backup quarterback and it's going to be Matt Flynn.
An NFL source said that Flynn was about to sign a new contract and begin work familiarizing himself with the Packers offense.
Flynn's workout, coach Mike McCarthy said earilier in the day, went well.
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FF Today's Take: This makes sense as Flynn and the Packers are familiar with each other. Seneca Wallace injured his groin in the first quarter against the Eagles. Flynn will serve as Scott Tolzien's backup in Week 11.
| Seahawks activate Harvin from PUP -- Mon Nov 11 6:40 pm --|
HC: Harvin had best week of workouts
|The Seahawks have called up Percy Harvin to the 53-man active roster today. Seattle had to do that by Tuesday, per NFL rules, or he would not be able to be on the active roster this season.
Coach Pete Carroll said on Friday that Harvin had had his best week of workouts and was getting close to returning to the field. (Seattle Tmes)|
FF Today's Take: While activation doesn't necessarily guarantee a full complement of snaps right away, Harvin is closer than ever to a return. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Harvin will handle a "limited" dose of snaps in Week 11 against the Minnesota Vikings, his former team. Owners should take a wait-and-see approach, but expect a top-end WR2 level of production during the fantasy playoffs if all goes well.
| Dallas LB Lee likely out 3-4 weeks -- Mon Nov 11 1:50 pm --|
|Sean Lee had been the “bell cow” of the Cowboys defense this season. But the Cowboys had to make do without Lee for most of the night against the Saints as he watched the second half on the sideline in street clothes. Lee pulled his left hamstring with 13:46 remaining in the second quarter and will undergo an MRI on Monday.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he is "concerned." (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)|
FF Today's Take: Fox Sports is reporting Lee will miss 3-4 weeks, dealing a significant blow to a player who was emerging as one of the best - if not the best - middle linebacker in football. The Cowboys' defense completely fell apart in Week 10 without Lee, who has yet to make it through a full season. Justin Durant replaced Lee before leaving with a hamstring injury of his own. Ernie Sims, Kyle Bosworth and Cameron Lawrence were left to play alongside Bruce Carter.
| Manning to undergo MRI -- Mon Nov 11 11:40 am --|
Lower body injury
|Peyton Manning’s meticulous manipulation of opposing defenses doesn’t end at the sideline. Manning is always thinking multiple steps ahead, and the thinking in the wake of Sunday’s post-game disclosure of a looming MRI is that Manning is fine. Basically, if Manning wasn’t fine he wouldn’t have said he’ll be getting an MRI.
Moving forward, it’s unclear whether the MRI will examine Manning’s right ankle or right knee, but it will be a major surprise if the MRI finds any real damage. If Manning thought it would, he never would have uttered those three letters. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: Of course, this is mere speculation at this time, although Manning did finish out the game without incident. Manning owners could add Brock Osweiler just in case, but expect Manning to suit up against Kansas City in Week 11. We'll likely know much more no later than Wednesday.
| Cutler hampered by sprained ankle -- Mon Nov 11 8:00 am --|
Injuries piling up for Bears QB
|Bears quarterback Jay Cutler left Sunday's 21-19 loss to the Detroit Lions late in the fourth quarter with what the team is calling a sprained left ankle. Initial tests, done at Soldier Field, came back negative, according to Bears coach Marc Trestman. But the team won't know the full extent of the injury until Monday. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Cutler came into Sunday's game nursing a groin injury and was noticeable limping for much of the 2nd half. Cutler said he sprained the ankle just before halftime.
| Scott Tolzien will start Week 11 -- Mon Nov 11 7:30 am --|
Green Bay down to third quarterback
|Armageddon has arrived for the Green Bay Packers: They are on their third different starting quarterback in as many weeks. Coach Mike McCarthy elevated Scott Tolzien to that role moments after Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Seneca Wallace injured his groin during the first possession on Sunday. Filling in, Tolzien went 24-38 for 280 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs. He'll be a QB2 heading into a matchup with the Giants in Week 11.
| Locker likely out for the year -- Mon Nov 11 7:00 am --|
Lisfranc injury could require surgery
|The Tennessee Titans are 99 percent certain starting quarterback Jake Locker will miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury suffered in Sunday's loss to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars, a source told ESPN.com. The Tennessean reported that the Titans believe Locker suffered a Lisfranc injury that could require surgery. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The dreaded lisfranc injury strikes again. If Locker is out for the season, Ryan Fitzpatrick will take over as the starting quarterback. The Titans have IND, OAK, IND and DEN coming up on the upcoming schedule.
| Roddy White active for Week 10 -- Sun Nov 10 11:30 am --|
Rsky WR3 against Seattle secondary
|Falcons WR Roddy White is active. (Adam Schefer via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: As expected, White will give it a go after missing significant time with ankle and hamstring injuries. He's a risky WR3 against the Seattle secondary.
| Arian Foster to have back surgery -- Sun Nov 10 8:00 am --|
Out for the season
|Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has decided to have season-ending surgery for a bulging disk in his back, sources told ESPN. He had hoped to avoid surgery. But Foster has visited with three doctors -- one in the Houston area, and two nationally -- and each has recommended he undergo back surgery at some point. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: With Foster being out for the season, Ben Tate will take over the starting running back position with Dennis Johnson filling the backup role. Tate is playing with a rib injury but is expected to start today against the Cardinals.
| Jerome Simpson arrested for DWI -- Sat Nov 9 1:00 pm --|
Simpson was suspended for three games during 2012
|Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of drunken driving and was booked into a Hennepin County jail. Simpson was suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season after pleading guilty to a drug-related charge in March 2012. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Simpson will likely face discipline from the league for this matter. He's barely hanging onto WR5 value in standard 12-team leagues.
| Marques Colston limited Friday -- Fri Nov 8 5:30 pm --|
Questionable to play
|Defensive end Cam Jordan, who missed Wednesday and Thursday's practice, was limited on Friday and is also questionable, as is receiver Marques Colston (knee), who was limited all week. (Times Picayune)|
FF Today's Take: Colston sat out last week with a knee injury but has a chance of seeing the field this week. It will be difficult for fantasy owners to trust the Saints receiver who's last decent fantasy outing was Week 4 (7 catches, 96 yds) against the Dolphins.
| Trent Richardson practices Friday -- Fri Nov 8 5:00 pm --|
Ready to go on sore ankle
|Trent Richardson practiced for the first time this week and dismissed any notion he might not be available for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The second-year running back sprained an ankle in last Sunday’s win at Houston, and was held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday. (Indianapolis Star)|
FF Today's Take: Richardson is expected to play but remains a fantasy disappointment at 3.0 yards per carry. He's got yet another good matchup this week (STL) but remains nothing more than a RB3 or Flex option until he proves otherwise
| Foster out, may need surgery -- Fri Nov 8 2:00 pm --|
May need surgery for back issue
|Injured running back Arian Foster has seen “two or three” back specialists, according to coach Wade Phillips.
Foster left the 27-24 loss to Indianapolis in the first quarter with a back injury. There’s been nothing specific about the injury. Ben Tate, who’s playing with three cracked ribs, will start against Arizona. Undrafted rookie Dennis Johnson will back up Tate. Veteran Deji Karim will probably be the third back ahead of rookie Ray Graham. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: Very little details about Foster's injury give us little to go on but this doesn't sound promising. Consider Foster week to week for the time being. Ben Tate (ribs) and Dennis Johnson are on the running backs to own moving forward.
| Jacobs sits, Cruz practices -- Fri Nov 8 11:45 am --|
Cruz expected to play despite neck injury
|Wide receiver Victor Cruz, minus his red non-contact jersey, returned to practice today but veteran running back Brandon Jacobs sat out once again and appears unlikely to play against the Raiders. (NJ.com)|
FF Today's Take: It's looking like Peyton Hillis and Andre Brown will handle the rushing load for the Giants this week. Expect Brown to get eased back into action after missing most of the season with a leg injury. Cruz is expected to play and should be a WR1 against the Raiders pass defense.
| TE Gresham sits with groin injury -- Fri Nov 8 11:15 am --|
Bengals TE missed practice Thursday and Friday
|Tight end Jermaine Gresham (groin) didn't practice for the second straight day Friday, putting his status in serious doubt for Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) in Baltimore. If Gresham doesn't go, that is going to make the Bengals look a lot different, considering that he's been the field for 94 percent of the snaps, according to profootballfocus.com. (Bengals.com)|
FF Today's Take: The Bengals would lose a lot if Gresham sits as he is a key blocker in the running game. Tyler Eifert would likely see a few more increased targets but would still be in TE2 territory.
| Foster misses practice Thursday -- Thu Nov 7 6:10 pm --|
May not play Week 10; Tate limited
|Running back Arian Foster (back) missed his second consecutive practice Thursday, while Ben Tate (ribs) was limited.
Texans interim coach Wade Phillips said he didn’t have any more information about Foster’s status. The star back continues to consult with doctors and may not play Sunday at Arizona.
Dennis Johnson is expected to be the Texans’ third back and could take a more active role if Foster and/or Tate are held back. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: Foster had a nice little run for a short while this season, but it is beginning to appear as if the hamstring and back injuries that limited him in the preseason are rearing their ugly head again. Considering Tate is battling four cracked ribs, Johnson should already be on most rosters in deep leagues and is certainly worth consideration in smaller ones.
| Decision coming soon on Doug Martin -- Thu Nov 7 6:00 pm --|
Bucs reportedly leaning toward placing RB on IR
|The Bucs will make a decision on whether Doug Martin will play again this season prior to Monday night’s game against the Miami Dolphins. Indications are the Bucs are leaning toward placing Martin on season-ending injured reserve and scheduling surgery to have the torn labrum his left shoulder repaired within the next few weeks rather than risk further injury to their Pro Bowl tailback with the team off to an 0-8 start.
While no final decision was announced Thursday, Martin did not practice and has not played since injuring his left shoulder trying to make a catch in a 31-23 loss at Atlanta Oct. 20. (Tampa Bay Times)|
FF Today's Take: With little left to play for this season, the prudent move would be for Martin to get a head-start on a surgery that usually carries a six-month recovery timetable. Rookie Mike James is coming off his best day as a pro in Week 9 and will continue to serve as the feature back in Tampa.
| Wilson officially placed on IR -- Thu Nov 7 4:35 pm --|
Andre Brown takes his place on roster
|The Giants had two players they needed to make decisions on before today's 4 p.m. deadline, and they decided to add both to the 53-man roster. RB Andre Brown and DT Markus Kuhn were brought back from the short-term injured reserve and physically unable to perform (PUP) lists, respectively. The corresponding moves: Shaun Rogers (knee) and David Wilson (neck) will be headed to IR.
The Wilson move wasn't surprising. As we noted earlier today, Wilson did not get clearance following a recent MRI despite some signs of healing in the herniated disc. (Newark Star-Ledger)|
FF Today's Take: The long-term prognosis on Wilson appears to be good and it sounds if he should be cleared well in advance of training camp next summer. As for Brown, Peyton Hillis is expected to see the most touches this week, but all bets are off after that. Brown should give the Giants more juice than they've had in their backfield since Wilson's injury and could emerge as a strong second-half flex option.
| Cutler expected to start Week 10 -- Thu Nov 7 2:30 pm --|
Suffered torn groin in Week 7
|Jay Cutler will start Sunday’s game against the Lions, HC Marc Trestman said, after he took every repetition in practice Thursday. Cutler, who suffered a torn left groin Oct. 20 against the Redskins, was cleared to play by team doctors Thursday morning. He said Cutler’s ability to recover was unique, and that he spent every available moment rehabbing.
“If he’s cleared to go, we’re doing everything,” offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said. “We’re running the offense. (Chicago Sun-Times)|
FF Today's Take: It is a slightly stunning turn of events as Cutler will end up missing only one game with an injury that was supposed to sideline him at least four weeks. Based on the report, it is clear Cutler isn't convinced he is fully healed yet, so owners would be wise to give him a week to prove his health. If he comes out of Week 10 without a setback, he should be in good shape to finish out the season strong in fantasy.
| Roddy White expected to play -- Thu Nov 7 12:30 pm --|
"I'm pretty sure I'm going to be out there Sunday''
|Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who missed the last three games with hamstring and ankle injuries, announced his intent to play against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. "I'm pretty sure I'm going to be out there Sunday,'' White said Thursday. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: White was limited on Wednesday but barring a setback should suit up Sunday against the Seahawks. He won't be a recommended fantasy play due to the matchup and questionable health.
| Sproles practices in full -- Wed Nov 6 3:55 pm --|
Saints running back is back after concussion in Wk 9
|Darren Sproles practiced fully despite leaving Sunday's game against the New York Jets with a concussion. (Times-Picayune)|
FF Today's Take: Sounds like the Saints running back will be ready for Week 10 after suffering a concussion in Week 9. He's got a good fantasy matchup against the Cowboys.
| Julius Thomas returns to practice -- Wed Nov 6 3:25 pm --|
|At Wednesday's practice, the Broncos were healthier than they'd been in weeks. Notable returns were safety Duke Ihenacho, offensive tackle Orlando Franklin and tight ends Julius Thomas and Joel Dreessen. Ihenacho and Thomas both hurt their ankles against Washington.
FF Today's Take: Good news for Thomas owners. He injured his ankle in Week 8. We'll follow his practice status throughout the week.