| Cam Newton on track to start|
Panthers QB takes first team reps Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2014, 2:30 pm
|Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that quarterback Cam Newton is on target to start Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. "We did more with him today than we did with him yesterday," Rivera said of Thursday's practice. "We'll increase that tomorrow, then double-check him on Saturday morning." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Unless there is a setback it appears Newton will start Sunday's game against the Browns. His back injury will make him a risky start for fantasy owners. Newton has also been bothered by ankle and foot issues this season.
| Dwyane Bowe misses 2nd practice with flu|
Chiefs receiver missed Wednesday also
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2014, 1:20 pm
|Dwayne Bowe still out with flu today. Tamba also won't practice (Adam Tiecher on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bowe missed Wednesday's practice as well. Those owners wanting to take a flier on the Chiefs wide receiver will need to keep an eye on his status throughout the weekend. Bowe has a nice game flow matchup against the Steelers but hasn't found the endzone this season.
| Ryan Mathews not practicing Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2014, 12:39 pm
|Ryan Mathews (ankle) again not practicing. Remains to be seen if he's back this regular season. Wasn't close to playing last Sunday. (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Mathews will miss Week 16 leaving Branden Oliver and Donald Brown to carry the workload. Neither will be fantasy options against a good San Francisco run defense.
| QB Philip Rivers doesn't practice Wednesday|
Mathews remains out with ankle injury
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 17 2014, 7:16 pm
|SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers didn't practice Wednesday, although he participated in a morning walkthrough and said he expects to play against the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night when the Chargers try to keep alive their playoff hopes.
"At this point in the week I have no doubt" about playing against the 49ers, Rivers said. The quarterback is listed as having chest and back injuries, although the team hasn't said what the specific injuries are. Also Wednesday, running back Ryan Mathews missed another day of practice.
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners should not be too worried about Rivers' playing status this weekend. The Chargers are facing a team that may not come to play too hard in San Francisco, however they will be without WR Keenan Allen (neck, ankle) and Ryan Mathews (ankle) doesn't look promising either.
|Bears bench Cutler|
Jimmy Clausen to start
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 17 2014, 7:15 pm
|NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Cutler has been benched for Jimmy Clausen, according to two sources informed of the situation. The move to Clausen calls into question whether Cutler will be the team's starting quarterback next season. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Chicago's offense carries a lot of risk for fantasy owners as the fantasy season winds down. Jimmy Clausen has only attempted nine passes this year and hasn't started since 2010 making Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett far from a sure thing for owners in the playoffs. Nonetheless, Matt Forte should still enough touches to remain a worthwhile fantasy starter for Week 16. Furthermore, rumors are mounting that the Bears will make significant changes to the team for next season which will have a direct impact on players such as Jay Cutler in keeper and dynasty formats.
| Panthers' Newton practices 8 days after crash|
Status for Sunday remains unclear
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 17 2014, 4:32 pm
|CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton returned to practice Wednesday eight days after a horrific-looking automobile accident left him with two fractures in his lower back.
Whether or not he starts Sunday against the Cleveland Browns remains unclear.
FFToday's Take: With the NFC South division title and a spot in the playoffs up for grabs, the Panthers will want Newton in the lineup if he is able to play. Ron Rivera indicated that the team will now wait to see how Newton feels after a day of practice. Expect Carolina to make a decision on who will start the game under center by Friday.
| Rashad Jennings sits Wednesday|
Unlikely to play this week
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 17 2014, 1:15 pm
|Giants running back Rashad Jennings' sprained ankle had been making progress. So much so that he wasn't on the team's injury report at any point last week. He didn't practice on Wednesday and appears unlikely to play this week. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Look for Andre Williams to get the start this week. Williams is averaging 3.3 yards per carry and has a tough matchup against the Rams defense that has given the up the 7th-fewest fantasy points to running backs. He would be a volume-based, low-end RB2 in Week 16.
| T.Y. Hilton not practicing Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 17 2014, 1:10 pm
|Also no sign of colts T.Y. Hilton (hamstring). (Mike Chappell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hilton tweaked his hamstring in last week's game. His MRI on Monday showed nothing significant. Thursday will be a key day for the Colts leading receiver.
| DeMarco Murray practices Wednesday|
Considered day to day
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 17 2014, 1:05 pm
|DeMarco Murray will be considered day to day after undergoing hand surgery on Monday. But on Wednesday, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett outlined some of the benchmarks they hope to see their star running back hit before determining his status for Sunday. "I think we need to see something," Garrett told reporters Wednesday. "There's a comfort level that we all have and certainly a comfort level that he has. Carrying the football is an important responsibility, so you have to be able to do it. I think we all want to see it and I know he wants to see it. So we'll take it day by day and see how he progresses." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Murray is on track to play this week but we won't know for sure until Sunday. If Murray should happen to sit, the Cowboys are likely to go with a committee approach using Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar. Randle would be a candidate for early-down work.
| Keenan Allen out Week 16, broken collarbone|
Also suffered ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 16 2014, 1:15 pm
|Wide Receiver Keenan Allen suffered a broken collarbone along with an ankle injury in Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos and is not expected to play Saturday when the Chargers head north to face the San Francisco 49ers. (Chargers.com)|
FFToday's Take: A disappointing season for Allen is coming to an end. Eddie Royal and Malcom Floyd will move into starting roles this week against the 49ers defense that's allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers.
|Latavius Murray to see more touches in Week 16?|
Raiders RB backs head coach, looks forward to Bills
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 16 2014, 12:20 pm
|For a running back who ripped off a 25-yard carry in the first quarter and barely touched the ball the rest of the game, Latavius Murray had nothing but good things to say about Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano.
“I think Tony has done a great job, and I think everyone in the locker room loves his approach,” Murray said Monday. “I feel he’s definitely a players’ coach, and we all love playing for him.”
Asked if Sparano has unanimous support in the locker room to come back next season, Murray said he has the support of “everyone I’m close with.”
Sparano’s job prospects, however, weren’t helped by the Raiders’ 31-13 loss at Kansas City on Sunday. At 2-12, they would at least tie for the worst record in the NFL if they lose Sunday at home against Buffalo and the following week at Denver.
The Bills just defused Green Bay’s powerful offense 21-13. “They haven’t given up more than 24 points, I believe, in a game the entire season,” Sparano said. That’s accurate except for a 37-22 loss to the Patriots.
Sparano insisted he’s not concerned with his job prospects, only with game-planning for the Bills, with “things that I can control right now.” (San Francisco Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: One of the things Sparano can control is getting Murray more touches against a Bills defense that's having a tougher time stopping the run than the pass. We anticipate a heavier workload for Murray in Week 16, making him a solid flex option with monster upside.
|Justin Forsett poised for bounceback game|
Ravens RB says disappointing Week 15 due to Jags stacking box
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 16 2014, 10:18 am
|Ravens running back Justin Forsett encountered some tough sledding Sunday against his old team.
During a 20-12 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium, Forsett had trouble finding room to run. He didn't gain much traction, rushing for only 48 yards on 16 carries. It marked Forsett's lowest rushing total since a Nov. 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, when he was held to a season-low 38 yards on nine carries.
The Jaguars regularly deployed eight and nine defenders to crowd the line of scrimmage and prevent Forsett from breaking free downfield.
Ranked third in the NFL with 1,128 rushing yards for the season, Forsett averaged just three yards per carry Sunday with a long run of six yards.
“Their mindset coming in was to stop the run,” said Forsett, who was cut by the Jaguars last spring after one injury-plagued season in Jacksonville in which he rushed for 31 yards on six carries. “They were a physical bunch. They’ve got a great front seven and they did a good job. The box and safeties were down, but it was a good challenge for us. (Baltimore Sun)|
FFToday's Take: With WR Torrey Smith banged up and Steve Smith, Sr. pretty quiet the past few weeks, this was a strategy that made sense for Jacksonville. He'll likely resume his normal workload and have better results facing the reeling Texans in Week 16.
| Cowboys: DeMarco Murray can play with hand injury|
Surgery deemed a success and injury "easily tolerated"
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 16 2014, 10:15 am
|Werder tweeted the following on Tuesday morning about DeMarco Murray:
#Cowboys believe @DeMarcoMurray can play Sunday. Injury easily tolerated. Surgery successful, full healing in 6 weeks but no additional risk. (Ed Werder on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This confirms fellow Cowboys beat writer Brian Broaddus' comments earlier today that Murray should be able to give it a go against the Colts. While there's some concern about his ability to handle pass blocking duties and catch passes, Murray's legs still look fresh and he's been a huge reason the Cowboys are 10-4 and atop the NFC East. Still -- Joseph Randle will likely see increased touches and makes for a smart waiver wire pickup.
| Andre Johnson (concussion) expected to play Sunday|
Texans WR feeling better this week
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 16 2014, 8:42 am
|Andre Johnson will likely return to the starting lineup for the Texans against Baltimore.
“I think he feels better today,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Monday. “Looks like we would have Andre Johnson back for Sunday.”
On December 7, Johnson suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit in Jacksonville. After failing to clear the league’s concussion protocol, Johnson was inactive in Sunday’s 17-10 loss to the Colts.
The twelve-year veteran All-Pro receiver is currently four catches from becoming the tenth player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions. If he does so against the Ravens in Week 16, he’ll become the second fastest player to reach the milestone, accomplishing it in his 168th game. (HoustonTexans.com)|
FFToday's Take: You'll have to monitor his status leading up to game time, but if he's no longer experiencing symptoms that's a good thing. The problem is that Texans will start either Case Keenum or Thaddeus Lewis at QB, which doesn't bode well for the passing game.
| HC: Don't know if Isaiah Crowell is 100 percent|
Dealing with hip injury
By: Doug Orth | Dec 15 2014, 4:45 pm
|Browns HC Mike Pettine: I don't know if RB Isaiah Crowell (hip) is 100 percent. Probably a better question for him. (Nate Ulrich on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Browns weren't doing much of anything in Johnny Manziel's first career start. Crowell hasn't topped four yards per carry in three straight games, so the hip may indeed be a bigger issue than he is letting on. If Crowell misses time, it would mean more work for Terrance West, although the latter would only go from a week flex play to a slightly stronger flex play.
| Peyton Manning dealing with thigh injury|
Broncos unconcerned about availability for Week 16
By: Doug Orth | Dec 15 2014, 4:35 pm
|After Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning made an early exit to the locker room before halftime, the team ultimately announced that he was probable to return to Sunday’s win over the Chargers with a thigh injury. Per a league source, the Broncos have no lingering concern about said thigh injury.
The team believes the thigh problem was related to Peyton’s illness, and that it won’t affect his preparation for next Monday’s game against the Bengals. His decision to head to the locker room early was aimed at getting the thigh worked on by the strength coach and trainer at halftime. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: It appears Manning was dealing with an illness this weekend as well and the thigh injury was in some way associated with it, causing him to leave the field late in the first half in order to get worked on by the trainer. Manning returned for the second half of Week 15 without incident. A much bigger concern for his owners is the devotion the Broncos have shown to their C.J. Anderson-led ground game. For now, consider Manning a low-end QB1 for Denver's Week 16 matchup with the Bengals.
|RG3 expected to start Week 16|
Colt McCoy (neck) likely to be inactive
By: Doug Orth | Dec 15 2014, 4:20 pm
|Washington HC Jay Gruden said the plan is to start Robert Griffin III Saturday against the Eagles. (Washington Redskins on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Not that it will matter to most owners playing in their league's championship games, but Griffin looked as good as he has all season in Week 15 versus the Giants. The third-year quarterback completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 236 yards and a touchdown while running for 46 more yards. Were it not for a highly questionable fumble call in the end zone, RG3 could have also added a rushing score. However, with Washington's offensive line protecting poorly, he could be in for a long day on Saturday against the Eagles.
| C.J. Spiller activated off IR/designated to return|
Readiness for Week 16 will be determined in practice
By: Doug Orth | Dec 15 2014, 4:15 pm
|Bills HC Doug Marrone: C.J. Spiller (clavicle) is cleared to return and will be added to the active roster. His readiness for return will be gauged this week. (Buffalo Bills on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Even though the Bills are fighting for a playoff spot, it seems unlikely that Spiller will see much - if any - action in Week 16 after missing the previous seven games. Expect another heavy workload for Fred Jackson for at least one more week, with Bryce Brown, Anthony Dixon and maybe Spiller pitching in against Oakland.
| DeMarco Murray to have surgery on broken hand|
Hasn't been ruled out for Week 16 yet
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 15 2014, 1:25 pm
|Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray broke a bone in his hand and will have surgery on Monday, according to COO Stephen Jones.
He has not been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Indianapolis. “Obviously, DeMarco Murray has a broken bone in his hand. At the same time, he hasn’t been ruled out,” said Jones with the G-Bag Nation on 105.3 The Fan. “It’s not something that if it responds well after surgery today, that he can’t come back and play this weekend. It’s probably a tough expectation to think that he can, but we’ll see.”
FFToday's Take: Bad news obviously for Murray owners as the Dallas RB is having a career year and a cornerstone for teams still in the playoffs. His availability for Week 16 will be determined later this week. Joseph Randle would likely be the starter if Murray sits with Lance Dunbar being used on passing downs.
| Rashad Jennings re-injures ankle|
Status for final two games uncertain
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 14 2014, 8:00 pm
|Giants running back Rashad Jennings injury-plagued season took another unfortunate turn, as he was forced to exit the game after just one carry after re-aggravating his ankle injury. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Jennings got the start but didn't last long. Andre Williams finished the game with 18 carries but only 44 yards. We'll see if the Giants decide to end the season for Jennings this week or try and get him active for the last two games.
| Julius Thomas limited in Week 15|
Broncos tight end used sparingly
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 14 2014, 7:15 pm
|Although Julius Thomas is back, Virgil Green expected to start at TE. (Mike Klis on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas was limited on the day catching his lone target for 30 yards. It was a disappointing for fantasy owners who were expecting a full-go effort from the Broncos TE. He'll need to be a full participant in practice this week in order to be a recommended fantasy play in Week 16.
| Fitzpatrick's season over, fractured leg |
Texans lose starting QB
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 14 2014, 7:00 pm
|For the second time this season, the Houston Texans have lost their starting quarterback due to an injury.
Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered a fracture in his leg in Sunday's loss to the Colts and will need season-ending surgery, a source confirmed to ESPN.com. Fitzpatrick suffered the injury after a 2-yard rush on a 2nd-and-6 play early in the second quarter. He was carted off the field with an air cast on his leg.
FFToday's Take: Rookie Tom Savage finished the game for the Texans going 10 of 19 for 127 yards and an interception. To make matters worse, Savage injured his knee late in the game and will have an MRI on Monday. Thad Lewis is the only healthy QB on the roster right now.
| DeSean Jackson, Torrey Smith both active|
Questionable wide receivers will play
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 14 2014, 11:40 am
|Ravens WR Torrey Smith officially active. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Both Smith (knee) and DeSean Jackson (leg) were considered very questionable leading up to Sunday. Smith looked shaky during practice this week and will be a risky play in Week 15. Jackson should be a little closer to 100%.
| Julio Jones out for Week 15|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 14 2014, 11:35 am
|Falcons WR Julio Jones and S William Moore are officially out. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ed Werder of ESPN also reported that Julio is bothered by a labrum issue in his hip. Roddy White and Harry Douglas will get the start. Both are intriguing options against a weak Steelers secondary.
| Andre Johnson expected to be Inactive|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 14 2014, 7:00 am
|The Texans are not expected to have the services of WR Andre Johnson (concussion) today against the #Colts, source says. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: As of Saturday night Johnson had not gained medical clearance to return to the field. Expect him to be on the Inactive list. The No.3 receiver, Damaris Johnson, could see an increase in targets.
| Jamaal Charles expected to play|
Chiefs RB did practice Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 12 2014, 1:45 pm
|Andy Reid said Jamaal Charles would play Sunday. (Adam Teicher on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Charles is expected to be listed as Probable when the injury report comes out later today. Charles got his knee, ankle bent the wrong direction last week and missed practice on Wednesday. Unless there is a setback expect Charles to be his usual self in a nice matchup against the Raiders.
| Eddie Lacy appears ready to roll, Probable|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 12 2014, 1:30 pm
|Running back Eddie Lacy appears ready to start and play extensively Sunday when the Green Bay Packers play the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Listed as probable with a hip injury, Lacy performed a full workout with the strength staff Friday and will make every attempt to practice Saturday.
"He's getting better," coach Mike McCarthy said. "I'm not going to talk about how much we're going to play anybody. We'll see how the game goes.
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: Lacy may not be in for a typical workload given his gimpy hip but he is likely to play. The Bills have been stingy against running backs giving up only 7 TDs on the season and the sixth-fewest fantasy points to the position.
| Torrey Smith running at half-speed Friday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 12 2014, 1:10 pm
|avens wide receiver Torrey Smith returned to practice Friday, but didn't look like he was anywhere close to his usual form..
Smith was characterized as a game-time decision by coach John Harbaugh.
Smith was favoring his sprained right knee, wearing a brace and looking gimpy and uncomfortable running pass patterns at half-speed.
FFToday's Take: This doesn't sound promising. Smith was active last week but only played 15 snaps and wasn't targeted. Unless something drastic occurs, expect Smith to be Inactive and Steve Smith to get plenty of looks on Sunday.
| Julio Jones sits Friday, gametime decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 12 2014, 12:45 pm
|Julio Jones will be a game-time decision this week when the Atlanta Falcons face the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The wide receiver (hip) missed his third practice of the week Friday and is officially listed as questionable.
FFToday's Take: Jones has a juicy matchup against the Steelers leaky secondary but owners will need to check the inactive list on Sunday morning to see if he's good to go. The good news is that the Falcons and Steelers play at 1 pm ET.
|DeAngelo Williams "probably" out Week 15|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 11 2014, 6:30 pm
|"Probably" another week away for DeAngelo Williams (hand). (Jonathan Jones on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Williams has been little more than a huge annoyance for Jonathan Stewart owners in recent years. With Williams "probably" out, Stewart is a decent start based on a good matchup (Tampa Bay) and the fact that Cam Newton will not be around to steal goal-line work. On the downside, Newton's absence greatly increases the chances the Bucs will load up against the run and dare Derek Anderson to beat them. As such, his Week 15 upside is probably as a low-end RB2.
|No restrictions on Eli Manning|
Back concern appears to be a non-issue
By: Doug Orth | Dec 11 2014, 6:10 pm
|Tom Coughlin: "Eli Manning practiced well. He did everything. There weren't any real restrictions on him". He will be listed as "limited." (Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Manning said earlier this week he was surprised to learn he was on the injury report, so this would appear to be much ado about nothing. What is a big deal is the fact that he faces a Washington defense that he picked apart for 300 yards and five total touchdowns in Week 4 and is giving up more points to opposing quarterbacks than any other team. Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. and Larry Donnell all have the potential to be elite plays at their positions this week given the Redskins' ability to stuff the run and complete inability to defend the pass.
| Ryan Mathews misses another practice Thursday|
Right ankle injury
By: Doug Orth | Dec 11 2014, 3:15 pm
|Chargers RB Ryan Mathews not practicing today. Yet to this week after right ankle injury Sunday. (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The link provides footage of how the injury happened; suffice it to say Mathews faces long odds of playing this week with any kind of effectiveness if he is somehow cleared in time. Making matters worse, Mathews' long injury history and the opponent this week (the Denver Broncos) are also working against him. Donald Brown has overtaken Branden Oliver in recent weeks, but the two would likely share touches if Mathews is forced to sit out.
| Trio of Broncos return to practice|
D. Thomas, Anderson and Welker all battling ankle injuries
By: Doug Orth | Dec 11 2014, 3:00 pm
|For Broncos, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and C.J. Anderson back in practice, working with offense. (Jeff Legwold on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas' lack of involvement last week was curious and Anderson made the comment after the Broncos' win over the Bills that his ankle was bothering him, perhaps suggesting that Thomas' ankle was in worse shape than Anderson's. Ronnie Hillman also returned to practice on Thursday, although his Week 15 availability will probably limited at best. Anderson's owners should be able to breathe easy for this week at least, although it entirely possible that he has done enough in the coaches' minds to remain the featured back.
| Lacy (hip) still limited in practice|
Packers not overly concerned about Week 15 availability
By: Doug Orth | Dec 11 2014, 2:45 pm
|Maybe Eddie Lacy's hip injury will be more of an issue than originally thought. The Green Bay Packers running back did little to nothing in the portion of practice that was open for viewing Thursday. Lacy, who was officially listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, was uniform Thursday but spent a good portion of the individual drills watching his teammates go through the workout.
Lacy did not finish Monday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons, but on Tuesday coach Mike McCarthy said he did not have a high level of concern about Lacy's availability for this Sunday's game at the Buffalo Bills. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: McCarthy stated following his team's practice on Thursday that Lacy is "making progress", but Friday's availability figures to be key. The second-year back has a difficult matchup against Buffalo, so if he is limited in any way going into the weekend, his owners need to have a backup option in mind. If Lacy were to miss Week 15, James Starks would fill in and could be considered a low-end RB2.
| Andre Johnson remains day-to-day|
In concussion protocol
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 10 2014, 5:50 pm
|Wide receiver Andre Johnson and tight end Garrett Graham continue to be day-to-day, Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Wednesday.
O’Brien was unable to reveal where Johnson stands in the NFL’s concussion protocol.
FFToday's Take: Andre Johnson owners probably won't know if the wide receiver will be cleared until Sunday so have backup plans in place. Regardless of whether Johnson is available, DeAndre Hopkins should be used more in the passing game.
| Several notable Denver players miss practice|
Julius Thomas limited
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 10 2014, 5:20 pm
|ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Head Coach John Fox had to take a deep breath after his 47-second recitation of an injury report that included 16 names, eight of whom did not practice Wednesday, with six others working on a limited basis. Headlining the eight players who did not practice were running back C.J. Anderson and wide receivers Wes Welker -- who missed last Wednesday's work -- and Demaryius Thomas, who played Sunday after suffering an ankle bruise when he was stepped on during practice Dec. 3.
Joining Anderson, Welker and Thomas in missing practice were running back Montee Ball (groin), and tight end Jacob Tamme (ribs). Limited participants: running backs Ronnie Hillman (foot) and Juwan Thompson (knee), and tight end Julius Thomas (ankle). Thomas said this has been "a much better week for me" than recent weeks, in which he also worked on a limited basis but did not play in the game.
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners of Denver's players will need to pay attention to the practice reports over the next couple of days. Some players, like Demaryius Thomas, would have suited up if needed but needed an extra day of rest. As the week progress, the injury picture in Denver should start to take form. Additionally, the running game could become muddled very quickly depending on who is healthy enough to play this weekend.
| Blount in Pittsburgh dealing with legal matters|
Ankle injury keeps Shane Vereen limited
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 10 2014, 3:48 pm
|FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots were without two high-profile players at practice on Wednesday, but for very different reasons.
Defensive lineman Dominique Easley (knee) missed practice, as did running back LeGarrette Blount (not injury related). Blount, according to reports, was in Pittsburgh in court to appeal an August charge for possession of marijuana.
As usual, the Patriots had a laundry list of limited participants in practice. Long-snapper Danny Aiken (concussion), left guard Dan Connolly (ankle), wide receiver Julian Edelman (thigh), offensive tackle Cameron Fleming (ankle), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), defensive end Chandler Jones (hip), wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder), running back Shane Vereen (ankle), and linebacker Chris White (ankle) were all limited in practice
FFToday's Take: Blount was given 50 hours of community service stemming from his marijuana possession charge early this year. Nonetheless, he remains the most fantasy worthy running back heading into Sunday's tilt with the Dolphins. Shane Vereen, who was limited in practice Wednesday, has only had eight touches over the past two weeks and will be a risky fantasy start if cleared to play.
| Reggie Bush still not practicing|
Tweaked ankle in week 13
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 10 2014, 3:07 pm
|ALLEN PARK -- Reggie Bush played a complete game for the first time in more than two months.
Three days later, it looks like he's on the mend again.
The tailback missed practice Wednesday as the Detroit Lions (9-4) began preparations for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings (6-7).
Bush had eight carries for 26 yards Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, plus four catches for eight yards. He said he was happy to finally finish a game, but also said he tweaked his ankle, which probably is what kept him from practicing.
FFToday's Take: Joique Bell has touched the rock over twenty times in each of Detroit's past three games. He should continue to lead the way for the Lions' rushing game as Reggie Bush nurses a sore ankle. Bush's fragile ways make him very risky to trust during the final weeks of the fantasy season.
| Julio won't need to practice in order to play|
Falcons WR sits Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 10 2014, 2:10 pm
|The Falcons may not get wide receiver Julio Jones and safety William Moore on the practice field this week but coach Mike Smith said that wouldn’t necessarily preclude them from playing on Sunday against the Steelers. “Both of those guys are guys that don’t need to go out and practice,” Smith said Wednesday. “If they are ready to go at 1 o’clock on Sunday, both of those guys will be out there.” (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: Julio (hip) sat Wednesday although the Falcons didn't have a full practice. It's likely he won't practice much if at all this week and will be a gametime decision. on Sunday.
| Cam Newton released from hospital, won't start|
Two fractures in lower back
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 10 2014, 12:30 pm
|Cam Newton was held at Carolinas Medical Center overnight for testing and observation.
He was discharged from the hospital Wednesday morning. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said Newton was traveling at the posted speed of 35 mph when the other driver pulled out in front of him. No citations were issued. It remains unclear when Newton will return to action. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Tony Romo suffered a similar injury to Newton's earlier this year and missed one game. The Panthers have named Derek Anderson as the starter against Tampa Bay. Anderson threw for 230 yards and 2 TDs against the Bucs in Week 1.