| Gronk out, Amendola likely in|
Pats likely to get one offensive weapon back this week
By: John Canario | Dec 4 2015, 5:20 pm
|Rob Gronkowski will miss this week's New England Patriots game versus the Philadelphia Eagles, as expected. The All Pro tight end has been ruled out for Week 13 with a knee injury. As NFL Media's Albert Breer points out, it's not a good sign for the next week's availability when the Patriots rule out a player on Friday. With Julian Edelman (foot) also sidelined, Tom Brady would benefit from Danny Amendola's return to the lineup. Amendola is expected to suit up, barring a setback. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Last Friday, it looked as though Amendola would suit for the Pats' tilt with the Broncos but he was later ruled out. Amendola owners will want to monitor his status leading up to the 4:25 pm ET kickoff.
| Big Ben expected to play Sunday|
QB practiced all week
By: John Canario | Dec 4 2015, 5:00 pm
|The Steelers saw two of their players leave last Sunday’s game with concussions, but both quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and linebacker Ryan Shazier are expected to play against the Colts on Sunday night. Roethlisberger was a full participant in practice all week and Shazier moved to that level in Thursday’s session, leading the Steelers to list them both as probable for Week 13. Both players have missed games due to other injuries this season, but their quick progress through the concussion protocol will have them helping the playoff push in Pittsburgh. (NBC Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Roethlisberger is a must-start this weekend against the Colts. The banged up veteran rattled off 456 passing yards last week, and has passed for at least 330 yards in five of the seven games he's played in this year.
| Matt Bryant, Leonard Hankerson out Week 13|
Shanye Graham to handle kicking duties
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 4 2015, 1:40 pm
|Falcons kicker Matt Bryant (quadriceps) and wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (hamstring) were declared out of Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay by head coach Dan Quinn on Friday. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: Devin Hester is expected to be active at WR but Hankerson's absence has typically meant more work for tight end Jacob Tamme. Tamme will be a low-end TE1 against the Bucs. Shayne Graham will handle the kicking duties.
| Heath Miller gametime decision, not likely to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 4 2015, 1:25 pm
|Ben good to go for Colts, per team source. Heath Miller game-time decision but not likely. (Gerry Dulac on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Jesse James will fill-in for Miller on Sunday Night Football against the Colts. James will be a TE2 in a game that should feature DeAngelo Williams and the Steeler outside receivers.
|Jonathan Stewart to see fewer carries?|
HC Ron Rivera will look for opportunities to keep his RB fresh
By: Doug Orth | Dec 3 2015, 7:30 pm
|Panthers HC Ron Rivera says he's going to try to find chances to spell Jonathan Stewart as Panthers head into stretch run. (Joe Person on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Although fantasy owners don't like the idea of one of the few remaining 20-carry backs seeing his carries reduced down the stretch, it makes sense given the team's standing in the NFC, Stewart's injury history and the fact so many of his carries are physical inside runs. Still, it is unlikely Stewart will lose more than 3-5 touches per game to Mike Tolbert or Cameron Artis-Payne, so any drop-off in fantasy should be minimal.
|Ware and West to share carries in Week 13?|
Chiefs may use RBBC against Raiders
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 3 2015, 1:00 pm
|Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware will form a committee at running back when the Chiefs visit Oakland on Sunday.
“It goes without saying, it’s still a running back by committee,” Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said Thursday. “I think you have to use them both. Here’s two young running backs that are playing a lot and we’re getting to that time of the season where bodies are really getting sore and banged up.” (KC Star)|
FFToday's Take: Not exactly the news fantasy owners want to hear. West is due back from a hamstring injury and is set to share time with Ware who got the start last week. Andy Reid typically likes to dump a good portion of the workload on one running back but with both backs performing well in recent weeks, Ware may see more short-yardage and goal line opportunities. Both RBs have deflated value heading into Week 13.
| Tyler Eifert misses practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 3 2015, 12:38 pm
|For the second consecutive day on Thursday, tight end Tyler Eifert and cornerback Adam Jones missed practice. Traditionally under Marvin Lewis, any player missing the two most laborious practices of the week won't play Sunday. (Cincinnati.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Bengals tight end suffered a neck stinger in last week's game and looks very shaky to play in Week 13. Tyler Kroft would fill in at TE if Eifert doesn't play but won't be a recommended fantasy option. Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu would likely see an increase in target if Eifert sits.
| Nick Foles takes first team reps for Rams|
Case Keenum remains in concussion protocol
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 2 2015, 7:37 pm
|ST. LOUIS (AP) — Case Keenum remains in the concussion protocol for the St. Louis Rams, with Nick Foles getting the majority of snaps at quarterback. (USA Today)|
FFToday's Take: It's still early enough in the week for Case Keenum's status to be upgraded however, teams have been more cautious with rushing players back from concussions this year. Nick Foles would get another start if Keenum isn't cleared by Sunday. Regardless of who is under center, the divisional matchup against Arizona prevents either quarterback from being a worthy fantasy option for Week 13.
| Bradford thinks he'll play Sunday|
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 2 2015, 6:00 pm
|After missing the last two games because of a concussion and a separated shoulder in his nonthrowing arm, Sam Bradford sounded optimistic Wednesday that he will return to the starting lineup this weekend.
"I hope so," Bradford said. "I think, barring any setbacks, I expect to. But at the end of the day, that's going to be up to the coaching and training staff, if they feel that I'm ready to go out there and play at a high level." (Philly.com)|
FFToday's Take: Mark Sanchez played decent over the past three weeks, yet his decision-making skills have the team hoping to get their starter back this weekend. Sam Bradford hasn't thrown multiple touchdown passes or eclipsed more than 300 passing yards in a single game since Week 5. He should give the team a better chance against the Patriots, but he remains outside the top ten starting fantasy options for Week 13.
| Peyton Manning has cast removed|
Still in walking boot
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 2 2015, 5:00 pm
|Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday that the cast came off, but the quarterback is still in a boot as he recovers from a plantar fascia injury. The cast removal means Peyton Manning can now start rehabbing, but the quarterback said on Wednesday that he is week-to-week.
FFToday's Take: If you haven't already moved on from Peyton Manning (plantar fascia), you should consider using the roster spot on someone else. If and when he does return this season, he will be tough for Denver HC Gary Kubiak to push Brock Osweiler back to the sidelines after the success he has had since taking over as the team's starting quarterback. Osweiler doesn't bring a ton of fantasy upside but he could be a useful matchup option down the stretch in deeper leagues.
| Andrew Luck feeling 'better every day'|
Colts QB is throwing again
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 2 2015, 4:00 pm
|INDIANAPOLIS -- Andrew Luck has taken another step in his return to the field for the Colts.
The quarterback, who has been out since Nov. 10 with a lacerated kidney and partially torn abdominal muscle, started throwing the football last week and did so again on Wednesday.
"Feeling better every day," Luck said. "Getting some good work in, getting back into it and keep working day by day." (ESPN.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Colts refuse to put a timeline on Andrew Luck's recovery, but some suggest he will be back before the end of the regular season. HC Chuck Pagano insists that the team's franchise quarterback will not return until he is 100 percent healthy so anyone holding onto him in redraft leagues is simply taking a low risk flier that he might be able to make a splash during the fantasy playoffs.
| Devonta Freeman back at practice|
Falcons RB set to play Week 13
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2015, 12:35 pm
|Quinn: Devonta Freeman has been cleared and will practice fully today. He's absolutely "jacked" about returning. (Atlanta Falcons on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Freeman missed last week's game with a concussion but will be back to his lead running back role in Week 13 against the Bucs. Freeman posted a 21-88 rushing line along with 6 receptions for 43 yards against Tampa Bay in Week 8.
| Allen Hurns misses practice Wednesday|
Concussion suffered in Week 12
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2015, 12:10 pm
|Jaguars WR Allen Hurns remains in league's concussion protocol. Will not practice today. (Ryan O\'Halloran)|
FFToday's Take: Hurns was taken off the field last week on a stretcher and later diagnosed with a concussion. He's a longshot to play against the Titans in Week 13, leaving Allen Robinson and TE Julius Thomas as the main targets for Blake Bortles.
|Browns name Austin Davis the starter for Wk 13|
Manziel will be the backup
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2015, 11:30 am
|Johnny Manziel isn't out of the doghouse just yet.
Browns coach Mike Pettine on Wednesday morning named Austin Davis the starter over Manziel for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium.
(Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Josh McCown has been placed on IR with a broken collarbone. Manziel is being punished for reportedly lying to coaches about his off-field activities during the bye week. Davis went 7-for-10 for 77 yards, and a 42-yard TD in relief of McCown last week. He's a QB2 against the Bengals.
| Devonta Freeman expected back this week|
Falcons workhorse RB may lose some touches to Tevin Coleman
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 1 2015, 11:25 am
|Devonta Freeman is expected to clear the league concussion protocol program by the middle of the week, according to Falcons coach Dan Quinn. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: Rookie Tevin Coleman ran well in his stead during Week 12, but lost a fumble. He should get a few more touches than in previous weeks, but Freeman is the clear workhorse and if he's ready to go, should assume at least 15-20 touches.
| Karlos Williams (shoulder) spotted wearing sling|
LeSean McCoy should get full workload in Week 13
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 1 2015, 11:20 am
|ESPN reporter Mike Rodak said Bills RB Karlos Williams (shoulder) is wearing a sling in the locker room Tuesday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This means that LeSean McCoy should be upgraded to an RB1 against the Texans this week. He'll likely receive a full workload and is a must-play in all formats, even against the surging Texans.
| Josh McCown has possible broken collarbone|
Browns will chose between Austin Davis, Johnny Manziel
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 1 2015, 11:15 am
|Josh McCown is probably done for the season with a possible broken collarbone, a league source told cleveland.com. Options include veteran QB Austin Davis or the embattled Johnny Manziel. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Mike Pettine was not very forthcoming with an answer about who he'll start in Week 13, though after his demotion punichment for Week 12, it might make sense to give Manziel a shot to earn back the trust of the brass. "We'll watch the tape and discuss that (Tuesday),'' said Pettine. "I'm not prepared to answer that just yet."
| Chris Johnson out 6-8 weeks|
Cards will look to David Johnson, Kerwynn Williams
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 1 2015, 11:10 am
|Mike Jurecki on Twitter: "Hearing Chris Johnson (tibia) expected to miss six to eight weeks. RB Kerwynn Williams could be an option from the practice squad." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's likely that this development, coupled with the Andre Ellington injury, gives rookie RB David Johnson the opportunity he needs to excel and reach RB2 value, though Bruce Arians has consistently downplayed his possible use as a workhorse for whatever reason. Johnson is the 1A add this week, with Williams as 1B.
| Report: Rishard Matthews out indefinitely|
Suffered multiple fractured ribs in Week 12 loss to Jets
By: Doug Orth | Nov 30 2015, 6:15 pm
|Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews suffered multiple fractured ribs yesterday against the Jets. No clear timetable for his return. (Rand Getlin on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Matthews has evolved into a solid No. 2 receiver in Miami behind Jarvis Landry, but the timing of this injury is bad for the free-agent-to-be. The Dolphins just fired OC Bill Lazor on Monday and have little left to play for this season, which should open the door for the team to see what it has in first-round pick DeVante Parker. As a result, the rookie is worth an add in all fantasy leagues this week.
| Report: Chris Johnson has fractured tibia|
Timetable for return unknown
By: Doug Orth | Nov 30 2015, 6:05 pm
|Tough blow for Cardinals: Chris Johnson has fractured tibia, out extended period of time but team still gathering how long this shelves him. (Jay Glazer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Initial reports suggested Johnson was dealing with a knee bruise, so the combination of this report and Andre Ellington's turf toe means David Johnson could become a potential second-half fantasy stud. In the off-chance David Johnson was dropped after his scoring flurry earlier this season, now is the time to be picking him up. The rookie has eight all-purpose touchdowns on 76 touches as a runner, receiver or returner.
| Peyton not expected to be healthy "anytime soon"|
Denver QB debate may not be addressed for several weeks
By: Doug Orth | Nov 30 2015, 5:55 pm
|Per @mortreport, Peyton Manning not expected to be healthy “anytime soon.” Maybe a month from a real Manning-Osweiler decision. (Kevin Seifert on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Earlier reports on Monday suggested Manning will be allowed to remove his walking boot before the end of the week, so it would seem he could be back by Week 14 in an emergency situation. With that said, it is quickly looking as if Brock Osweiler is simply a better fit for HC Gary Kubiak's offense than Manning. Denver has rushed for at least 170 yards in each of Osweiler's first two starts after averaging 86 over its first nine games.
| Chris Johnson, Ellington in question for Week 13|
Rookie David Johnson in line for first career start
By: Doug Orth | Nov 30 2015, 5:35 pm
|The resurgent season of running back Chris Johnson might be derailed for a bit after a helmet to the side of his left knee Sunday left him with a contusion and possible missed time. The Cardinals might also be missing backup Andre Ellington, who suffered a turf toe on the same possession as Johnson’s injury.
There is no official timetable for either’s return, coach Bruce Arians said Monday, but rookie David Johnson looks like the starter for now and “I have all the confidence in the world in him starting,” Arians said. (azcardinals.com)|
FFToday's Take: David Johnson has been given the "rookie treatment" by old-school coach Arians due to ball security and pass-blocking issues. However, he has proven to be a big-play threat just about every time he touches the ball (eight all-purpose touchdowns on 76 touches as a runner, receiver or returner). If CJ2K and Ellington are both ruled out for next week, the rookie should be considered a high-upside RB2 against a Rams defense that is starting to fade.
| Gronkowski week-to-week with knee bruise|
Avoids major injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 30 2015, 1:39 pm
|Rob Gronkowski is week to week and the injury is being described as more of a bruise of the knee than a tear per sources. (Dianna Marie Russini on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Gronkowski is going to escape without a serious injury. He may miss Week 13 but a an extended absence appears unlikely. Scott Chandler would become fantasy relevant at TE if Gronk misses any time.
| Ahmad Bradshaw lands on IR, wrist injury|
Zurlon Tipton signed
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 30 2015, 10:38 am
|Colts placed RB Ahmad Bradshaw on IR - done for season. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bradshaw injured his wrist in yesterday's game against the Bucs and will be replaced on the roster by Zurlon Tipton. Dan Herron is also on the roster and will likely be the immediate backup to Frank Gore.
| Gronk may have avoided serious knee injury|
More testing on Monday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 29 2015, 10:00 pm
|More testing likely and further updates ahead, but one source just texted this on Gronk's leg injury: "Doesn't appear to be serious." (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Rob Gronkowski was carted off the field Sunday night after taking a hit on his right knee. His leg wasn't planted on the ground at the time, so he may have suffered only a bad contusion. More tests will be done on Monday to further evaluate the injury.
| Big Ben put through concussion protocol|
Should be OK for Week 13
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 29 2015, 9:15 pm
|Ben Roethlisberger left the game late Sunday and was put in the NFL’s concussion protocol as backup Landry Jones finished up the final series.
Roethlisberger reported that he had symptoms of a possible concussion, and that is when they pulled him from the game and put him in the protocol mandated by the NFL. It will mean he must pass several tests this week before he can play Sunday against Indianapolis at Heinz Field.
FFToday's Take: Roethlisberger missed the last couple minutes of the Seattle loss but did extensive damage during the game with 456 passing yards and 1 TD. The consensus thinking is that he will be able to pass the concussion tests this week and should be able to play in Week 13.
| Graham suffers patellar injury, out for the season|
Seahawks lose starting TE
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 29 2015, 9:00 pm
|After the game, head coach Pete Carroll said the injury to Jimmy Graham’s patellar tendon will require surgery. Carroll gave no return timetable for the star tight end. Luke Willson will now step into the starting role and called the new of Graham’s injury “tough.” (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: Patellar tendon injuries are serious and difficult for players to overcome and return to peak effectiveness. Victor Cruz suffered a similar injury last season. The loss of Graham may bump up the value of receiver Doug Baldwin more than any other player. Willson will be a TE2 in Graham's absence.
| Travis Kelce active, Charcandrick West out|
Ankle injury for Kelce in
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 29 2015, 11:30 am
|RB Charcandrick West is indeed inactive today for Chiefs. (Adam Teicher on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With West out, Spencer Ware will get the start and is a viable RB2. TE Travis Kelce (ankle) is active.
| Spencer Ware to start, West pushing to play|
West, long-shot to play
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 29 2015, 9:15 am
|On KCChiefs RBs: Spencer Ware will start, RB Knile Davis will be active. It's a long-shot for Charcandrick West to play, but he's pushing. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: West missed practice all week and it's likely he will be made inactive this morning but he's not officially been declared out as of yet. Ware is a volume-based play in a mediocre matchup against the Bills. This game figure to be low-scoring, so consider Ware an RB2 if/when West is made inactive.
| Jarvis Landry, Matthews expected to play|
Dolphins should have both starting receivers available
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 29 2015, 7:00 am
|Dolphins WRs Jarvis Landry (knee) and Rishard Matthews (illness), both questionable, both expected to play vs Jets, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Dolphins passing offense has sputtered in recent weeks but should be able exploit a Jets-D that will be missing their top cover corner Darrelle Revis. Landry is a viable WR2 in PPR leagues while Matthews is a FLEX consideration.
| Danny Amendola won't play Sunday night|
Pats thin at wide receiver
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 28 2015, 3:00 pm
|New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola will not play against the Denver Broncos on Sunday night because of a knee injury, according to multiple reports. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: While the Patriots haven't made anything official, multiple reports suggest Amendola did not travel with the team to Denver. His loss will be a big blow to an already depleted receiving corps. Brandon LaFell and Chris Harper are the healthiest receivers of the group. Keshawn Martin (hamstring) is listed as Questionable.
| Nick Foles likely to start for Rams|
Case Keenum still hasn't cleared concussion protocol
By: John Canario | Nov 27 2015, 5:05 pm
|It looks like Nick Foles will be back in the starting lineup against the Bengals on Sunday. Rams coach Jeff Fisher said, via Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com, that Case Keenum still has not cleared the concussion protocol after being injured in last Sunday’s loss to the Ravens. As a result, the team is planning to start Foles in Week 12 although Fisher said that they’ll see how Keenum feels on Saturday before making a final decision. (NBC Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Foles and Keenum are interchangeable for fantasy purposes, in that both offer little to no value. Steer clear
| Danny Amendola expected to play |
WR listed as questionable
By: John Canario | Nov 27 2015, 4:45 pm
|New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola practiced on Friday, according to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe. Amendola also got in a limited session on Thursday, indicating that the Patriots are preparing to suit him up for the Week 12 matchup with the Denver Broncos. The Patriots' slot receiver was featured heavily in the offense before exiting Week 11's victory over the Bills with a sprained knee. However, it appears that Amendola is not in danger of being kept out of action on Sunday. (SB Nation)|
FFToday's Take: Amendola is a must-start this weekend as Tom Brady's second-best receiving option after Rob Gronkowski. The diminutive receiver is in line for his third straight week with more than 10 targets.
| Jets' Revis ruled out|
CB recovering from consussion
By: John Canario | Nov 27 2015, 4:20 pm
|The Jets on Friday made the expected official, as they ruled out star cornerback Darrelle Revis for Sunday's home game against the Dolphins. Revis sustained a concussion in last week's loss at the Texans. "He comes in for the morning, for treatment, and then he gets sent home," Jets coach Todd Bowles said of Revis' status. "He's doing a little better each day, but not good enough for physical activity. There's always a concern when somebody gets a concussion, so we're trying to take our time and get it right with him." Bowles said he's not sure how far along Revis is in the NFL's post-concussion assessment protocol, which will determine when he can practice and play again. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Revis' absence should give Jarvis Landry and Rishard Matthews a little more space to get free in the Jets' secondary this Sunday.
| Tony Romo out for the season|
After re-fracturing collarbone
By: John Canario | Nov 27 2015, 4:00 pm
|Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Friday that quarterback Tony Romo’s season is done after he fractured his left collarbone for the second time this season. During a radio interview on KRLD-FM radio in Dallas, Jones said that Romo suffered a hairline fracture that will not require surgery. The injury, suffered late in the third quarter of Thursday’s 33-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers, will sideline the 35-year-old Romo for the remaining five games of the regular season. Romo, who played in just two complete games this season, threw five touchdowns and seven interceptions in four games. After returning from the original broken collarbone — which occurred at Philadelphia in Week 2 — Romo threw a combined five interceptions against the Miami Dolphins and Panthers. (USA Today)|
FFToday's Take: With Matt Cassel likely under center for the rest of the season, it's hard to get too excited about the fantasy outlook for players like Terrance Williams and Jason Witten. Darren McFadden and Dez Bryant are currently the only Cowboys' players worth owning for fantasy purposes.
| Falcons' Devonta Freeman ruled out|
Tevin Coleman set for heavy workload
By: John Canario | Nov 27 2015, 3:50 pm
|The flailing Atlanta Falcons lost their punch in last Sunday's loss to the Colts after Devonta Freeman left with a concussion. The league's sixth-leading rusher won't help this weekend, either, with coach Dan Quinn confirming that Freeman won't suit up at home against the Minnesota Vikings, per NFL Media's Tiffany Blackmon. Freeman hasn't practiced all week, leaving rookie Tevin Coleman in line for a big workload ahead of fellow rookie Terron Ward. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Despite a poor showing last week, Coleman has turned in some respectable performances this season in limited action. He should get 15 to 20 touches this weekend and is shaping up as a mid-level RB2.
| Kendall Wright should be "full-go" on Sunday|
Titans WR battling knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 27 2015, 12:45 pm
|Mularkey: Kendall Wright has done well in practice. "I think he's back. Full-go." (Titans on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Wright has missed the last three games with a knee injury but will be back in action against a Raiders defense that's in the middle of the pack against wide receivers. Wright and TE Delanie Walker should receive the most targets from Mariota.
| Michael Floyd, John Brown practice on Friday|
Both should play in Week 12
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 27 2015, 12:23 pm
|With WRs John Brown and Michael Floyd out there again today for practice, looks like both should be available this week too. #AZvsSF (Darren Urban on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Floyd sat out last week with his hamstring injury but has five TDs in the last four games he's played. With John Brown also active, both players are legitimate WR3's with big upside against a 49ers defense giving up the 5th-most fantasy points to wide receivers.
|Forte active, Langford likely to see more carries|
Bears' top back returning from three-game absence
By: Doug Orth | Nov 26 2015, 8:10 pm
|There is a report is out that Matt Forte won’t get the bulk of the carries in the backfield even though he’s returning to the lineup. Instead, Jeremy Langford will get the majority of the looks, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network:
This decision would make sense on a lot of levels for the Bears. After all, Forte is coming off of a knee injury that threatened to end his season, so he probably still doesn’t have a lot of zip yet on running plays. In addition, Langford has played extremely well lately, earning more playing time and at the very least an even split on carries as Forte is eased back in. (NBC Chicago)|
FFToday's Take: Rapoport tweeted "Forte to be starter in name only". The report sums up the reasons why nicely, as there is little reason to rush Forte back into 18-20 touches when Langford has played so well in his absence. The obvious concern for Forte's owners is that the Bears decide to play for next year beginning this week or next and simply choose to split carries between the rookie and the 29-year-old free-agent-to-be the rest of the season.
| Charcandrick West misses practice Thursday|
Reid optimistic both could play Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 26 2015, 8:00 pm
|Running back Charcandrick West and wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas remained on the sidelines during Chiefs practice on Thursday.
West injured his calf and Thomas suffered concussionlike symptoms in the Chiefs’ victory at San Diego last Sunday. On Wednesday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he was optimistic both could play this Sunday against Buffalo at Arrowhead Stadium.
(Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: It's encouraging that Reid feels optimistic but it would be nice to see the Chiefs running back get some practice time in Friday. If West is unable to play this week, Spencer Ware would likely draw the start against the Bills with Knile Davis filling a backup role.