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Julian Edelman WR - NE Edelman (concussion/thigh) is expected t...
Edelman (concussion/thigh) is expected to sit out Sunday's game against the Jets, the Boston Herald reports. According to the Herald, Edelman did not travel with the team to New York.
Impacts: The Herald cites two sources who say Edelman likely won't play, and the paper's report that Edelman didn't travel makes it a near certainty, if true. If Edelman ends up sitting as the Herald expects, it would solidify the already significant fantasy value of Rob Gronkowski and Brandon LaFell. LaFell is technically questionable with a shoulder issue, but the Herald expects him to play.By Rotowire.com
Emmanuel Sanders WR - DEN Sanders (illness) is questionable for Mo...
Sanders (illness) is questionable for Monday's game against Cincinnati.
Impacts: Sanders is generally expected to play in Monday's game despite getting sent home from practice Saturday due to flu-like symptoms. So long as his symptoms prove manageable by Monday, Sanders ought to be able to play through it. He'll need to join the Broncos' flight for Cincinnati on Sunday to do that, so we'll keep a lookout for confirmation on Sanders' travel plans.By Rotowire.com
Frank Gore RB - SF Gore (concussion) is expected to play ag...
Gore (concussion) is expected to play against San Diego on Saturday despite heading into the game with a questionable designation, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: Confirmation on Gore's status should be available around 7:00 eastern time, so check back around then if his status is meaningful to your fantasy football situation. With Carlos Hyde (ankle) out, Gore could see one of his most stable workloads since he saw 42 carries over Weeks 10 and 11. Of course, Gore doesn't appear to have much upside in a sinking 49ers offense.By Rotowire.com
Roy Helu RB - WAS Helu (toe) is inactive for Saturday's ga...
Helu (toe) is inactive for Saturday's game against Philadelphia.
Impacts: Helu saw Silas Redd have a strong game as Washington's lead pass-catching back against the Giants last week, and perhaps Washington wants to give Redd a longer audition in the role. Still, assuming Helu suffered no setbacks, this is a fairly surprising development, as he was declared probable for this game. Alfred Morris remains the starter.By Rotowire.com
Peyton Manning QB - DEN Manning (thigh) is listed as questionabl...
Manning (thigh) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against Cincinnati after logging a limited practice Saturday, ESPN's Jeff Legwold reports. Despite the questionable tag, Manning is expected to start.
Impacts: Although he was limited, the fact that Manning was present for each practice this week means he's fully expected to start. As his playoff-eligible fantasy owners know all too well, Manning is in a three-game slump at the moment, and it's understandable to fear a fourth disappointing game as he takes on a tough Cincinnati pass defense. Still, Manning's three-game stat line of just 585 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions seems like a major aberration, so he's bound to get back to his usual per-game production soon enough. For what it's worth, Emmanuel Sanders (flu-like symptoms) left Saturday's practice but is expected to play Monday.By Rotowire.com
Emmanuel Sanders WR - DEN Sanders (illness) was sent home from Sat...
Sanders (illness) was sent home from Saturday's practice with flu-like symptoms but is expected to play against Cincinnati on Monday, ESPN's Jeff Legwold reports.
Impacts: Sanders is expected to play, but we'll make sure to note whether he's on the Broncos' plane to Cincinnati on Sunday. If he surprisingly sits out, some combination of Wes Welker and Andre Caldwell should see more snaps.By Rotowire.com
DeMarco Murray RB - DAL Although Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones sa...
Although Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones said on Friday that he's "pretty positive" Murray will play in Week 16's game against the Colts, Murray's left hand is still swollen post-surgery, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impacts: The Cowboys aren't above Belichicking their injury report, as they had Tony Romo listed as questionable prior to being inactive in Week 9, so while there are positive signs for Murray, his fantasy owners should make sure they have a replacement available, just in case.By Rotowire.com
Robert Griffin QB - WAS Griffin will start against Philadelphia...
Griffin will start against Philadelphia on Saturday, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Griffin is an intriguing fantasy consideration in light of his encouraging performance against the Giants last week, but there's a low floor here, too. The Philadelphia defense is weak in the secondary but possesses a strong pass rush, and the latter point could be a big problem given Griffin's poor pocket awareness. On the other hand, if Griffin manages to stay upright he could be able to create some big plays. It's a textbook boom-or-bust situation.By Rotowire.com
Larry Foote LB - ARZ Foote (knee) is probable for Sunday's ga...
Larry Fitzgerald WR - ARZ Fitzgerald (knee) is probable for Sunday...
Fitzgerald (knee) is probable for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Impacts: Fitzgerald's knee isn't a problem at this point, but his Week 16 outlook is still very bleak. Ryan Lindley will start for the Cardinals at quarterback, which is horrible news regardless of the opponent. But the Cardinals are playing the Seahawks, of course, making it especially hard to buy Fitzgerald as a fantasy option this week.By Rotowire.com
Koa Misi LB - MIA Misi (hamstring, knee) is listed as prob...
Misi (hamstring, knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Vikings, the Dolphins' official site reports.
Impacts: Misi, who has recorded 56 tackles and a sack in nine games to date, should be a go Sunday and thus merits attention in deeper IDP formats this weekend.By Rotowire.com
Charles Clay TE - MIA Clay (hamstring) is listed as probable f...
Clay (hamstring) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Vikings, the Dolphins' official site reports.
Impacts: Clay, who recorded six catches on seven targets for 59 yards last Sunday against the Patriots, hasn't been putting up big yardage numbers this season, but he has been of some utility in PPR formats of late when he has played, with at least five catches in four of his last five outings.By Rotowire.com
Tamba Hali LB - KC Hali (knee) is officially questionable f...
Hali (knee) is officially questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers.
Impacts: Hali got in a limited practice session Wednesday before sitting out practice completely both Thursday in Friday. While it would seem he is trending in the wrong direction, a report indicates that Coach Andy Reid expects him to play against the Steelers.By Rotowire.com
Anthony Fasano TE - KC Fasano (knee) is officially probable Sun...
Fasano (knee) is officially probable Sunday's game against the Steelers.
Impacts: Fasano did not practice Wednesday before returning on a limited basis Thursday and Friday. He will presumably play Sunday, but if not, Travis Kelce and Richard Gordon would be the Chiefs' two tight end options.By Rotowire.com
Calvin Johnson WR - DET Johnson (ankle) is probable for Sunday's...
Johnson (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against Chicago.
Impacts: Johnson practiced all week, so he's ready to at full speed Sunday. Playing against a Chicago defense that has somehow already allowed 33 passing touchdowns, it's easy to argue that Johnson is the top fantasy wideout for Week 16.By Rotowire.com
DeMarco Murray RB - DAL Murray (hand) is listed as questionable...
Murray (hand) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Indianapolis, ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer reports.
Impacts: Despite the questionable tag, Murray is expected to start Sunday's game. With that said, it's reasonable to suspect that Murray won't have much of a presence in the Dallas passing game due to the broken bone in his hand. If Murray loses passing down snaps, Lance Dunbar would be the candidate to pick up the slack. While Dunbar is the receiving specialist behind Murray, Joseph Randle is likely the Dallas runner who would receive most of the carries if Murray surprisingly sits out.By Rotowire.com
Eddie Lacy RB - GB Lacy (eye) is probable for Sunday's game...
Lacy (eye) is probable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, Green Bay Press-Gazette writer Wes Hodkiewicz reports.
Impacts: Lacy's had some trouble with his contact lenses lately, but it's not a substantial concern. He's ready to go for Sunday's profitable matchup with the Buccaneers.By Rotowire.com
Cam Newton QB - CAR Newton (back) is listed as probable for...
Newton (back) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Browns, the Charlotte Observer's Joe Person reports.
Impacts: This news makes it all but certain that Newton will be under center Sunday afternoon. Head coach Ron Rivera said Newton is "on track" to start and that "everything is positive" regarding the quarterback's injury. You'll want to confirm his status Sunday before using him (he still needs to be officially cleared by the doctors), but Newton looks like he will be safe to deploy, though he may not need to go to the air very frequently against the Browns if the running game is gashing Cleveland's D like the Bengals did last week.By Rotowire.com
Julio Jones WR - ATL After not practicing Friday, Jones (hip)...
After not practicing Friday, Jones (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints.
Impacts: Jones still has not practiced since suffering the injury Dec. 8, but the Falcons remain somewhat optimistic that he will be able to play. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jones will attempt to run and cut on Saturday, and his recovery from that workout will help the Falcons determine his availability for Sunday. In other words, he's a true game-time decision, and anyone planning to use Jones this week will need to check back Sunday to confirm his availability (or lack thereof).By Rotowire.com
Toby Gerhart RB - JAC Gerhart was ruled out for the final few...
Gerhart was ruled out for the final few minutes of Thursday's game due to a rib contusion.
Impacts: Gerhart first left the game in the third quarter, but he was then able to return and take a few more carries. He was ruled out for good around the two-minute warning, leaving Jordan Todman to get the final few touches. Gerhart finished with 12 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown, adding one reception for seven yards on two targets. Todman, meanwhile, had five carries for 71 yards and a touchdown of his own, with another five yards on two receptions. Gerhart has 10 days to recover before Jacksonville's season finale in Houston. If he's able to play, the touches will likely be divided in a similar manner, with Todman and Storm Johnson working behind Gerhart.By Rotowire.com
Marshawn Lynch RB - SEA Lynch (back) was a non-participant in pr...
Lynch (back) was a non-participant in practice Thursday, Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Impacts: Perhaps the Seahawks are affording Lynch additional rest with an imperative matchup at Arizona on tap, but the running back normally returns in some capacity immediately after sitting out the first practice of the week. Thus, his activity level Friday should be watched with a keen eye to ensure he's on track play in Week 16.By Rotowire.com
Larry Fitzgerald WR - ARZ Fitzgerald (knee) practiced in full Thur...
Fitzgerald (knee) practiced in full Thursday, the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impacts: Fitzgerald fit in enough practice reps to be considered a full participant, clearing the way for usage during the current fantasy playoffs. With the report that Drew Stanton (knee) took part in a limited capacity Thursday, a wrench has been thrown into the QB mix in Arizona. The underwhelming Ryan Lindley is still expected to garner the start Sunday versus the Seahawks, but the potential of Stanton under center would boost Fitzgerald's prospects. Stay tuned as the weekend draws near.By Rotowire.com
Drew Stanton QB - ARZ Stanton (knee) was limited in Thursday's...
Stanton (knee) was limited in Thursday's practice, the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impacts: The news is shocking to say the least, especially after Stanton was seen working on the side during the open portion of practice Thursday. While the Cardinals said earlier in the week that Stanton should be healthy enough to play in a game in "about four weeks," his earlier than expected return to drills doesn't imply that game action is imminent. However, the situation has suddenly become murkier than expected, meaning his status should be monitored closely in the coming days. In any case, Ryan Lindley remains in line to start Sunday against the Seahawks, and Thursday's development seems hard-pressed to change that sentiment.By Rotowire.com
Tony Romo QB - DAL Romo (back) practiced fully Thursday, Jo...
Romo (back) practiced fully Thursday, Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impacts: Romo has upheld his normal practice schedule -- an absence followed by a full showing -- but his Week 16 opponent, the Colts, won't be a pushover, as they've held three of the last four opposing quarterbacks below 200 yards passing.By Rotowire.com
Michael Crabtree WR - SF Crabtree (knee) was a limited practice p...
Crabtree (knee) was a limited practice participant Thursday, the 49ers' official site reports.
Impacts: Crabtree bumped up from no activity Wednesday, placing him on a path to active status Saturday versus the Chargers. While he has averaged only 9.9 YPC over the last five contests, San Diego's defense can be exploited, after giving up five touchdown catches to wide receivers in the past four games.By Rotowire.com
Bobby Rainey RB - TB Rainey (wrist) practiced in full Thursda...
Rainey (wrist) practiced in full Thursday.
Impacts: The reemergence of Doug Martin and pass-catching chops of Charles Sims have pushed Rainey down the depth chart, resulting in zero offensive snaps this past Sunday at Carolina. Because the duo have retained their health entering Week 16 against the Packers, Rainey is unlikely to break out of his current dry spell.By Rotowire.com
Frank Gore RB - SF Gore (concussion) was limited in practic...
Gore (concussion) was limited in practice Thursday, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impacts: According to coach Jim Harbaugh, Gore is in line to return to action Saturday versus the Chargers. However, he must emerge from the league's concussion protocol in order to do so, which is no guarantee considering their murky nature. As a result, keep a close eye on his status in advance of Saturday's 8:25 PM ET kickoff.By Rotowire.com
Frank Gore RB - SF Gore continues to go through the league'...
Gore continues to go through the league's concussion protocol but is on track to play Saturday against the Chargers, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impacts: Gore was expected to take a test Thursday, but if the schedule was upheld, he has yet to gain clearance for contact. The short week isn't helping his cause, either, meaning owners should monitor his status with a watchful eye to ensure he suits up in Week 16.By Rotowire.com
Calvin Johnson WR - DET Johnson (ankle) was a full practice part...
Johnson (ankle) was a full practice participant Thursday, Detroit Free Press reports.
Impacts: Johnson has followed the same practice schedule (limited, full, and full) in each of the past three weeks, which will likely come to fruition in this one as well. With a floundering Bears squad on tap Sunday -- 14.9 YPC and six touchdown receptions allowed to wide receivers in the past four games -- he's a great bet to replicate his Thanksgiving Day production (11 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns) against the same defense.By Rotowire.com
DeMarco Murray RB - DAL Murray (hand) was limited in practice Th...
Murray (hand) was limited in practice Thursday, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impacts: Murray was contained to a handful of individual drills Wednesday but was still deemed a non-participant. In lockstep with the upgrade in activity, he seemingly participated in all individual work and perhaps some team drills. However, his status remains clouded by the prospect of the broken bone in his left hand, which must be protected in some fashion in order to play Sunday against the Colts. If Friday's injury report doesn't provide the necessary clarity, a game-time decision could very well come to pass.By Rotowire.com
Eddie Lacy RB - GB Lacy was limited in practice Thursday, P...
Lacy was limited in practice Thursday, Paul Imig of FOX Sports Wisconsin reports. Afterward, Lacy told Mike Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his eye concern is related to irritation from a contact lens.
Impacts: Now that his eye issue is common knowledge, Lacy further stated that he doesn't intend to wear goggles Sunday at Tampa Bay but will instead power through it using a contact. While he clearly intends to play in Week 16, the final injury report of the week should clear up his availability.By Rotowire.com
Alshon Jeffery WR - CHI Jeffery (non-injury) didn't take part in...
Jeffery (non-injury) didn't take part in practice Thursday.
Impacts: The reason for Jeffery's absence isn't clear, but an ailment has been ruled out as the impetus. As the week continues and Friday's practice participation report is released, the wideout's status for Sunday's contest against the Lions may experience clarification.By Rotowire.com
DeAngelo Williams RB - CAR Coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that Will...
Coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that Williams (hand) is in line to suit up Sunday versus the Browns, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: For a second consecutive day, Williams logged a limited showing in drills. While Rivera set the table for Williams' return, the running back isn't a definite candidate to play in Week 16, as he'll soon be fitted for a playing cast. If his abilities to pass protect and catch balls are at all hindered, Williams may sit out for a third game in row. Consequently, expect Friday's injury report to provide clarity, one way or the other, regarding his availability.By Rotowire.com
Cam Newton QB - CAR Newton (back) practiced fully Thursday,...
Newton (back) practiced fully Thursday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. Barring a setback, coach Ron Rivera said that he "probably" expects Newton to start Sunday versus the Browns, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.
Impacts: During Newton's media session, he relayed that he's experienced no discomfort in practice the past two days. While admitting he must be "100 percent" for the Panthers to clear him, Rivera's eventual decision will be predicated on Newton's ability to avoid an aggravation of his back in advance of Sunday's game. Expect Rivera to make the call between Newton and Derek Anderson on Friday.By Rotowire.com
Tony Romo QB - DAL Romo (back) returned to practice Thursda...
Romo (back) returned to practice Thursday, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impacts: One day removed from his normal maintenance day to kick off the week, Romo was back in action, likely as a full participant. The preceding will be confirmed following the release of Thursday's injury report, but he can now focus his attention on a Colts defense that has been rather stingy toward quarterbacks of late, yielding 207.8 passing yards per game and three touchdown tosses over the last four outings.By Rotowire.com
Harry Douglas WR - ATL Douglas (foot) was limited in practice T...
Douglas (foot) was limited in practice Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Douglas has typically built up his activity level in drills throughout each week this season. Thus, he's on course to achieve active status Sunday in New Orleans, where he may uphold his relevance from past weeks due to Julio Jones' hip injury.By Rotowire.com
Roddy White WR - ATL White (knee) was a limited participant i...
White (knee) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: After a no-show Wednesday, White appears to be easing into the week of prep. However, he hasn't been listed with a knee injury since early in the current campaign, allowing clouds to enter the scene. If his status is confirmed entering the weekend, he'll likely act as the top wide receiver for Matt Ryan due to Julio Jones' lingering hip issue.By Rotowire.com
Rashad Jennings RB - NYG Jennings (ankle) was a non-participant i...
Jennings (ankle) was a non-participant in Thursday's practice, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Jennings' continued absence substantiates the belief that he won't suit up Sunday in St. Louis. A decision could come down as early as the release of Friday's injury report, but in any case, expect Andre Williams to head the Giants' backfield in Week 16.By Rotowire.com
Cam Newton QB - CAR Newton (back) handled all first-team rep...
Newton (back) handled all first-team reps in the individual portion of drills Thursday, Joe Person of Charlotte Observer reports.
Impacts: The development comes one day removed from Newton splitting reps with his backup, Derek Anderson, and could mean that the former is on track to start in Week 16 against the Browns. Such a decision is expected to be made by coach Ron Rivera on Friday, which won't leave owners in limbo heading into the weekend.By Rotowire.com
Harry Douglas WR - ATL Douglas (foot) returned to practice Thur...
Douglas (foot) returned to practice Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Douglas' activity level is unclear, but his return forecasts active status Sunday at New Orleans. In the meantime, Julio Jones (hip) has yet to appear in any drills this week and will be a game-time decision this weekend, meaning Douglas could again act as a valued target of Matt Ryan.By Rotowire.com