| Jags could shut down Shorts -- Mon Dec 16 2:30 pm --|
Groin injury will require surgery
|The Jaguars are seriously considering shutting WR Cecil Shorts down for the final two games because of a groin injury, coach Gus Bradley said today at EverBank Field. Bradley said he, Shorts and general manager Dave Caldwell would be meeting to discuss the team’s plan. In the locker room before Bradley’s press conference, Shorts said: “That’s something we’re going to talk about with Mike, Dave and Gus – we’ll talk about it and deal with it and I’ll let them announce it.” (Florida Times Union)|
FF Today's Take: Shorts missed Sunday’s loss to Buffalo and said on Friday he will need surgery to correct the problem, which surfaced around midseason. It might be easy to start calling him injury-prone after he was unable to finish last season (concussion), but Shorts showed an incredible amount of toughness this season after playing through this injury and a shoulder injury he aggravated in Week 3.
| Cruz suffers concussion, sprained knee -- Mon Dec 16 8:00 am --|
Status for Week 16 uncertain
|Victor Cruz, who has 73 catches for 998 yards (both team highs) and four touchdowns, was diagnosed with a concussion and knee sprain. His status for next week’s game at Detroit is uncertain. Considering the league’s strict protocol with regards to concussions, it seems unlikely Cruz will play against the Lions. (NJ.com)|
FF Today's Take: Jerrel Jernigan saw his first significant action with Cruz out, and caught seven passes for 67 yards. If Cruz is out, Rueben Randle would likely slide into the starting lineup.
| Fitzgerald suffers concussion -- Mon Dec 16 7:00 am --|
Missed overtime in Week 15
|Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald missed overtime in the Cardinals' 37-34 win while going through the league's concussion protocol after a hit toward the end of regulation. A league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Fitzgerald did indeed suffer a concussion. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Fitzgerald was concussed during on on-side kick by the Titans. He'll have to go through the leagues concussion protocol in order to play Week 16 against the Seahawks.
| Peterson, Gerhart are Inactive -- Sun Dec 15 11:30 am --|
Matt Asiata expected to start
|Vikings officially ruled out Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Matt Asiata expected to start at running back for the Vikings. He'll be a desperation play for fantasy owners who should go with a pass-first approach against the Eagles.
| Rams expected to be without Austin -- Sun Dec 15 9:00 am --|
Tavon Austin may miss Week 15 with ankle injury
|Rams are expected to be without electric playmaker Tavon Austin today vs. Saints, per source. He missed practice with an ankle injury. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: With Austin out the Rams will turn to Chris Givens and Austin Pettis at wide receiver. TE Jared Cook could see increased targets as well but none of the Rams receivers are fantasy trustworthy.
| Shorts not expected to play -- Sun Dec 15 8:30 am --|
|Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts won't play Sunday against the visiting Buffalo Bills because of a groin injury that had him listed as questionable entering the weekend, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Shorts was limited in practice on Friday but it appears he won't be able to go. He is expected to have off-season surgery on his groin. Ace Sanders Sanders, Mike Brown and TE Marcedes Lewis will become the top targets for Chad Henne.
| Peterson, Gerhart remain questionable -- Sat Dec 14 3:00 pm --|
Starting running back for Vikings unknown
|Adrian Peterson, who missed nearly three quarters of last week’s game in Baltimore because of what appeared to be a serious sprain to his right foot, impressed coach Leslie Frazier enough during Friday’s practice to be listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Eagles at Mall of America Field. Toby Gerhart also practiced Friday for the first time all week. But he held back some to protect the hamstring until game day. (Minneaoplis Star Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Both running backs practiced on a limited basis Friday and both will be gametime decisions. Both players will be at less than 100% if they suit up on Sunday. Check back tomorrow morning for an update on the Vikings running situation.
| Jordan Reed ruled out -- Sat Dec 14 12:00 am --|
Concussion will cost Redskins TE a fourth game
|Tight end Jordan Reed will miss the Washington Redskins’ game Sunday at Atlanta, the team announced Saturday.
It will be the fourth straight game missed by Reed since he suffered a concussion during a Nov. 17 game at Philadelphia. (Washington Post)|
FF Today's Take: Logan Paulsen will get the start and be a TE2 for Week 15 against the Falcons. For now, the Redskins are leaving the door open for Reed to return this season but you have to wonder if they won't shut him for the final two weeks of the year.
| Jones-Drew listed as Doubtful -- Fri Dec 13 2:00 pm --|
Jordan Todman expected to start
|Running back Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) and safety Johnathan Cyprien (thigh) missed a third straight day of practice and are listed as doubtful.
“It doesn’t look real good for either one of them right now, but we still have some time so we’re going to use that time,” Bradley said.
Jones-Drew, who said this is his first hamstring injury, labeled himself as “50-50” for Sunday. (Florida Times-Union)|
FF Today's Take: With MJD doubtful, Jordan Todman will be getting the start and on the flex radar for Week 15 against the Bills.
| Aaron Rodgers ruled out -- Fri Dec 13 1:15 pm --|
Matt Flynn will start Week 15
|Aaron Rodgers has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Dallas. (John Clayton via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: This is what we expected. Matt Flynn will start against a Cowboys defense that's given up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season including six games of 300+ passing yards. There is still a glimmer of hope that Rodgers could play Week 16.
| Lacy practices Friday -- Fri Dec 13 12:45 pm --|
|Running back Eddie Lacy (ankle), outside linebacker Mike Neal (abdomen), inside linebacker Brad Jones (ankle) and inside linebacker Jamari Lattimore (knee) all returned to practice.
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FF Today's Take: Lacy (ankle) missed the last two days of practice but head coach Mike McCarthy seemed optimistic that his running back will be able to go on Sunday. Lacy has a plus matchup against the Cowboys run defense.
| Reggie Bush practices Friday -- Fri Dec 13 12:30 pm --|
|Reggie Bush returned to practice as promised for the first time since missing last week’s 34-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles with a strained calf. (Detroit Free Press)|
FF Today's Take: It's good news but Bush owners have to be a little skiddish after his pregame scratch last week. Complicating matters, is that the Lions play on Monday night football. It's a calculated gamble, but as of now, Bush can be penciled into fantasy lineups.
| Gerhart, Peterson miss practice Thu. -- Thu Dec 12 8:00 pm --|
Vikings starting RB remains uncertain
|Adrian Peterson (foot) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) missed a second day of practice Thursday.
Coach Leslie Frazier said he hopes both will be able to do some work Friday. Peterson, who suffered a foot sprain, only has done pool rehab this week. (Star Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Peterson and Gerhart weren't expected to practice until Friday and speculation is that Peterson will likely miss this week's game. Matt Asiata may get the call if both sit in Week 15.
| Rodgers holding out hope for Week 15 -- Thu Dec 12 6:30 pm --|
Had "a better day" on Thursday
|Aaron Rodgers felt better in practice on Thursday than he did on Wednesday and he’s holding out hope he will be able to play on Sunday. Rodgers took some snaps with the No. 1 offense in practice for the second straight day and called it “a better day.” He doesn’t know, however, whether that will help him and his broken collarbone get medical clearance in time to play in Dallas.
“If I’m going to play Sunday, I’m going to need to take the majority of the reps tomorrow,” Rodgers said. (Packers.com)|
FF Today's Take: Rodgers has missed five games with an injury that was supposed to sideline him anywhere from 4-8 weeks, so he could possibly be back this week. Or, he could easily sit out the remainder of the season. Reports have suggested that Rodgers will try to take the majority of snaps tomorrow, but he has yet to be cleared. As a result, Matt Flynn remains the favorite to start in Dallas in Week 15.
| Jordan Reed likely out for year -- Thu Dec 12 6:20 pm --|
Sources suggest team won't risk prized rookie TE
|One day after Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was benched for the remainder of the season, another cog to the team's offense will be shut down. Rookie TE Jordan Reed will be held out of play for the remaining three weeks of the year, multiple sources close to Reed told FOXSports.com.
HC Mike Shanahan said Thursday that there hasn't been any discussions to end Reed's season, but sources indicate the team doesn't want to risk their prized tight end as it winds down a dismal season. (Fox Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Reed sustained a concussion in Week 11 and hasn't played since. Reed leads all rookie tight ends in receptions (45) and yards (499) even after missing four games. Even if this is it for Reed in 2013, he'll enter next season as a surefire TE1 in redraft and dynasty leagues.
| Owen Daniels out against Colts -- Thu Dec 12 2:10 pm --|
Won't return in Week 15
|Owen Daniels’ return has been delayed at least another week.
Daniels won’t play Sunday at Indianapolis, Texans interim coach Wade Phillips said Thursday.
The Texans are also dealing with minor injuries to tight ends Garrett Graham and Jake Byrne. Rookie Ryan Griffin is the Texans’ only fully healthy tight end. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: There had been some speculation that Daniels would be able to return this week but that won't happen. His value in redraft leagues is flimsy at best.
|Cutler to start for Bears -- Thu Dec 12 2:00 pm --|
Cutler practiced on Thursday
|Jay Cutler successfully completed a full-speed workout on Wednesday, prompting Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman to name him the starting quarterback over backup Josh McCown for the team's Sunday matchup with the Cleveland Browns. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: McCown has played in relief of Cutler over the last few weeks but coach Marc Trestman has said all along that Cutler would regain his starting job once healthy... and here we are. Cutler has great weapons at his disposal but will be shaky QB1 on the road and coming off a four-week absence.
| Wes Welker ruled out -- Wed Dec 11 3:00 pm --|
|In a move that surprised no one, the Broncos have ruled out both wide receiver Wes Welker and defensive lineman Derek Wolfe for Thursday's game against the San Diego Chargers. Welker suffered a concussion during Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans.
FF Today's Take: With Welker out, Jacob Tamme is expected to see increased snaps out of the slot with Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker being the focal point of the offense on the outside. Tamme will be a TE2 with upside for Week 13.
|RGIII to the bench, Cousins to start -- Wed Dec 11 11:00 am --|
Shanahan makes change at QB
|Kirk Cousins will replace Robert Griffin III at quarterback Sunday when the Washington Redskins face the Atlanta Falcons. Griffin told reporters Wednesday that Mike Shanahan has informed him that he will be shut down for the remainder of the season as the coach "wanted to make sure I got to the offseason free from injury." (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The reasoning is flimsy at best but starting Cousins may give the struggling offense at boost for a week. The Redskins face the Falcons in a neutral QB matchup for Week 15. Rex Grossman will serve as the No. 2 QB.
| Lacy misses practice Wednesday -- Wed Dec 11 10:45 am --|
|The Packers were without rookie RB Eddie Lacy Wednesday at practice, but he was inside the Don Hutson Center working out with the strength and conditioning staff. There was no word yet on the probability of Lacy (ankle) playing this week. If he can't play, James Starks would get the bulk of the carries.
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FF Today's Take: It's likely Lacy will see very limited practice time this week and if he sits on Sunday, James Starks would get the start against the Cowboys and be a worthy RB2.
| Peterson, Gerhart miss practice Wed. -- Wed Dec 11 8:15 am --|
Neither will practice until Friday at earliest
|Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said injured running backs Adrian Peterson (foot sprain) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) will not practice today and probably won't practice until Friday, if at all. He also said he's more hopeful that Gerhart will be able to practice on Friday than Peterson. (Star Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: We all know that Peterson is a freak of nature when it comes to his body and healing time but it sounds unlikely that he will be available this week. For his part, Peterson says he'll be ready to play.
|Cassel to start for Vikings -- Wed Dec 11 8:00 am --|
Ponder cleared from concussion
|Frazier officially announced Matt Cassel as the starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Eagles at Mall of America Field. It will be Cassel's fourth start of the season and second straight start. Christian Ponder, who has been cleared from the concussion that sidelined him last week, will serve as the backup. Josh Freeman will be the No. 3 QB. (Star Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Ponder (concussion) has been cleared for action but Cassel will get the start. This is a marginal improvement for the passing offense and Cassel is only a QB2 for Week 15 and beyond.
| Rodgers to be evaluated Wednesday -- Tue Dec 10 1:00 pm --|
Packers QB to work out Tuesday
|McCarthy said Monday that Aaron Rodgers has not been cleared for the Cowboys game and that backup Matt Flynn would be prepped to be the starter. Rodgers will step up his rehabilitation program Tuesday and undergo an evaluation Wednesday morning to see whether his left collarbone is healed enough for him to play. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FF Today's Take: It didn't appear that Rodgers was close to playing last week. Rodgers owners should have plan B in place as Matt Flynn will likely get the start against the Cowboys.
| Adrian Peterson in walking boot -- Tue Dec 10 12:30 pm --|
Won't need surgery on foot
|Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will not require surgery on his sprained right foot although he will remain in a walking boot this week, leaving in doubt his status for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Metrodome, a team official confirmed Tuesday. (Pioneer Press)|
FF Today's Take: An MRI showed no fractures found in Peterson foot and Peterson says he want's to play. That remains to be seen. Backup Toby Gerhart suffered a hamstring strain last week and he'll likely be limited in practice this week. Matt Asiata is the "break glass in case of emergency" running back.
| RB Stewart suffers MCL injury -- Mon Dec 9 3:35 pm --|
HC Rivera expects RB to "miss a few weeks"
|The Carolina Panthers went seven games with Jonathan Stewart to start this season and they'll be without him for a few more after the running back injured his MCL in Sunday night's 31-13 loss to New Orleans. Stewart suffered an MCL injury and will not play this week. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Stewart would get evaluated in 10 days and added it's possible Stewart could return in the regular season finale at Atlanta.
Rivera said he was unsure how serious the MCL injury was, but he was certain Stewart's ACL was not affected. (Charlotte Observer)|
FF Today's Take: Stewart sat out the first seven games of the season while on the PUP list following offseason ankle surgery. He suffered a high ankle sprain last year in Week 12 against Philadelphia and did not play again. He has also been dogged by toe injuries throughout his career. DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert will return to splitting carries yet again.
| MRI confirms bad news on Gronk -- Mon Dec 9 3:25 pm --|
TE suffers torn ACL and damage to his MCL
|A league source confirmed that Rob Gronkowski tore his ACL and also suffered damage to his MCL and will have a lengthy rehabilitation process this offseason that could put his availability for the start of the 2014 season in question.
The team is bringing back journeyman tight end D.J. Williams, a league source told the Globe. The Patriots desperately need tight end help with Gronkowski injured in Sunday’s win over the Browns and Michael Hoomanawanui working his way back from a sprained knee. (Boston Globe)|
FF Today's Take: Gronkowski, who will finish his season on injured reserve for the second straight season, took a hit from Cleveland’s T.J. Ward squarely in his knee in the third quarter. Gronk also suffered a mild concussion on the play.
|WAS looking to part with Shanahan? -- Mon Dec 9 3:10 pm --|
Redskins may seek to fire coach with cause over report
|The Washington Redskins were sorting through their options Monday regarding HC Mike Shanahan and one of the possibilities is firing Shanahan for cause, according to multiple people familiar with the situation. One person familiar with the matter said it was not clear what the team would do and added it was not certain the Redskins would take that approach even if they decide to dismiss Shanahan. Several people with knowledge of the situation agreed it is likely that Shanahan and the Redskins will part ways by the end of the season. (Washington Post)|
FF Today's Take: According to the Post, the major remaining uncertainty is how and when the divorce between Shanahan and the team will be crafted because he is still owed $7 M for next season. This story started to gain traction last week when ESPN reported that Shanahan was ready to leave at the end of last season due to owner Dan Snyder's "empowerment" of Robert Griffin III before the quarterback's knee injury convinced him to return. Stay tuned.
| Mathieu suffers torn ACL, LCL -- Mon Dec 9 2:55 pm --|
Injury could threaten part of 2014 season
|Cardinals rookie S Tyrann Mathieu’s Monday morning MRI revealed he suffered two torn ligaments in his left knee.
The safety tore both the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and LCL (lateral collateral ligament, outer side) in his knee after being injured while returning a kick in the third quarter against the St. Louis Rams. (Arizona Republic)|
FF Today's Take: Along with Buffalo's Kiko Alonso and the New York Jets' Sheldon Richardson, Mathieu was clearly in the running for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. Mathieu played free safety and slot corner for the Cardinals, contributing in nearly every defensive category while playing virtually every snap in 13 games. Rashad Johnson will replace him in the lineup, but is a huge step down in terms of coverage and playmaking ability.
| Peterson leaves with strained foot -- Sun Dec 8 10:00 pm --|
Experiencing pain in mid-foot area
|Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson suffered a sprained foot during Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Peterson, who said he is experiencing pain in his mid-foot area, is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday after X-rays were negative. The NFL's reigning MVP said he does not believe the injury is season-ending.
FF Today's Take: Foot sprains can be tricky and until a true diagnosis is revealed we won't have a good idea on Peterson's status for the remainder of the season. For now, Peterson owners should be ready with Plan B and pickup Toby Gerhart immediately.
| Welker suffers concussion -- Sun Dec 8 8:30 pm --|
Unlikely to play in Week 15
|Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker left Sunday's win over the Tennessee Titans just before halftime with a concussion and did not return to the game. Welker is now subject to the NFL's concussion protocol, which will include baseline testing Monday. However, even if Welker were to be cleared for activity this week with that exam, the protocol would preclude him from playing in Thursday night's game against the San Diego Chargers. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: This is the second time in the last four games that Welker has suffered a concussion. Welker owners should have plan B in place as the Broncos play on Thursday night next week. Julius Thomas could see increased targets if Welker sits.
| Bush sits out Week 14 -- Sun Dec 8 8:10 pm --|
Inactive due to calf injury
|Reggie Bush aggravated the calf injury that kept him out of practice most of the week during pregame warm-ups and did not play in the Detroit Lions’ 34-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. (Detroit Free Press)|
FF Today's Take: Bush didn't play a down against the Eagles. Joique Bell carried the load with 23 carries for 69 yards but had two costly fumbles. Bush should be considered questionable for Week 15.
| Pats fear Gronk has torn ACL -- Sun Dec 8 8:00 pm --|
MRI coming Monday
|The New England Patriots fear that star tight end Rob Gronkowski has a torn ACL in his right knee, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Gronkowski, who suffered the injury in Sunday's wild 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns, will undergo an MRI on Monday, according to the source.
FoxSports earlier reported that the Patriots believe it is a torn ACL.
FF Today's Take: This is a devastating blow for the Patriots and for fantasy owners right in the middle of playoff time. Gronkowski finished Week 14 with 2 catches and 32 yards.
| Jennings expected to be Inactive -- Sun Dec 8 11:30 am --|
Marcel Reese to start at RB for Raiders
|Raiders RB Jennings not expected to go, they'll shift FB Marcel Reece over. Julius Thomas expected to go. Steelers L Bell gets the go too (Jay Glazier via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Rashad Jennings won't be cleared for Week 14. Reece won't be a recommended fantasy play against a tough Jets run defense but owners in desperation mode can certainly take a flier on him.
|Pitta activated from IR -- Sat Dec 7 10:00 pm --|
Expected to play Week 14
|Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta was activated from the injured reserve-designated to return list, which will make him available to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Pitta will return this week from a hip injury and expected to play in a limited role. He's worth adding for teams still alive in fantasy playoffs but will only be a TE2.
| Rashad Jennings yet to be cleared -- Fri Dec 6 8:00 pm --|
Will travel with team to New York
|Leading rusher Rashad Jennings has yet to pass all the concussion tests mandated by the NFL but will travel with the team Friday in hopes of being ready to face the New York Jets. "He's still not cleared yet so we've really got the rest of today and tomorrow and we'll see how he's feeling tomorrow,'' Allen said. (Inside Bay Area)|
FF Today's Take: Jennings practiced with the team this week but needs to be cleared by doctors in order to play. If he doesn't play, Marcel Reece would likely handle the bulk of rushing duties for the Raiders in a tough matchup against the Jets strong run defense.
| Palmer a gametime decision -- Fri Dec 6 2:45 pm --|
Expected to play
|Carson Palmer’s status for Sunday’s game against the Rams is going to come down to a decision on game day, coach Bruce Arians said, and the quarterback — who was limited again Friday — will officially be questionable with his ailing right elbow. Arians expressed confidence Palmer will be able to play. “He’ll be a game-time,” Arians said. “I’m sure he’ll be ready to go.” (AZcardinals.com)|
FF Today's Take: Despite the "gametime decision" tag it sounds like Palmer will be able to start although he practiced very little this week. He won't be a recommended fantasy play due to his questionable health. Drew Stanton would start if Palmer is ruled out.
| Bush practices Friday -- Fri Dec 6 2:30 pm --|
|The Lions practiced outdoors today ahead of Sunday’s game in chilly Philadelphia, and did so with running back Reggie Bush back in the fold. Bush missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a calf injury, but was back on the field and didn’t seem limited in the portion of practice open to the media.
Receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) and safety Louis Delmas (knee) practiced for the second day in a row. (DetroitLions.com)|
FF Today's Take: Good news for Bush owners as it appears he's on track to play Sunday against the Eagles. Through 13 weeks, Bush is the No.7 fantasy running back in PPR and Non-PPR leagues.
| Aaron Rodgers ruled out -- Fri Dec 6 1:40 pm --|
Matt Flynn will start
|Aaron Rodgers declared OUT for the Packers. (Tyler Dunne)|
FF Today's Take: Matt Flynn will get the start against the Falcons and even against a suspect secondary, Flynn will be nothing more than a QB2. Rodgers return this season is still in question given the Packers have a very slim chance to make the playoffs.
|Texans fire head coach Gary Kubiak -- Fri Dec 6 12:10 pm --|
Texans own the league's worst record at 2-11
|The Houston Texans, who own the league's worst record at 2-11, fired coach Gary Kubiak on Friday.
Expected by some to contend for a Super Bowl berth this season, the Texans rallied to win their first two games but have lost a franchise-record 11 straight since. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will serve as interim coach and owner Bob McNair stated that Case Keenum will be the starting QB for the remainder of the season. Keenum has a 54.3% completion rate and thrown for 1592 yards, 9 TDs and 4 INTs in seven games. Matt Schaub has likely played his last game in Houston.
| MJD to have MRI on hamstring -- Fri Dec 6 8:00 am --|
Injured in 4th quarter of Jags victory
|Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Friday on his right hamstring, which was injured during Thursday night's 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans.
The injury didn't appear to be serious, though, and Jones-Drew said after the game that he expects to play against the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 15. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: MJD was hurt in the fourth quarter and replaced by Jordan Todman. Despite Jones-Drew's optimism, he should be considered questionable for next week's game against the Bills.