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Tony Romo QB - DAL Romo (collarbone) won't be placed on inj...
Romo (collarbone) won't be placed on injured reserve due to the Cowboys' slight odds of a playoff appearance, David Helman of the team's official site reports.
Impacts: Although the Cowboys fell to 3-8 with Thursday's loss to the Panthers, they remain just two games behind division-leading Washington and the Giants, who hold matching 5-6 records. In essence, the Cowboys control their own destiny with two matchups remaining with Washington, but a loss Monday night in Washington would likely be the final nail in the coffin for the 2015 season. In any case, Romo will continue his recovery from the hairline fracture in his left clavicle suffered against Carolina with the hopes that he'll be able to suit up over the next two months.By Rotowire.com
Rob Gronkowski TE - NE Gronkowski (knee) and the Patriots relea...
Gronkowski (knee) and the Patriots released a joint statement saying that the tight end will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis, without any specific timetable for a return, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports.
Impacts: The statement doesn't offer much of value, simply saying that Gronkowski's readiness to return will be evaluated in the days or hours leading up to each game. The Patriots likely don't want opponents to have a good idea as to when the tight end might actually return, though it's also quite possible that there just isn't a clear timetable. In any case, Gronkowski doesn't seem likely to play in Sunday's game against the Eagles, leaving Scott Chandler as the top option at tight end. Owners will still want to check back later in the week, as any sort of practice participation would be an excellent sign for the superstar tight end.By Rotowire.com
Chris Johnson RB - ARZ Johnson (fractured tibia) has been place...
Johnson (fractured tibia) has been placed on injured reserve/designated to return, ruling him out for the season unless the Cardinals reach the Super Bowl, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports.
Impacts: With Johnson officially done for the regular season, Andre Ellington (turf toe) and David Johnson both get major boosts in value. Ellington, however, is dealing with a turf toe injury that could keep him out of Sunday's game against the Rams. He is only considered day-to-day, but turf toe is a notoriously unpredictable injury in terms of recovery time. The Cardinals may thus need contributions from Stepfan Taylor and/or Kerwynn Williams, the latter of whom is currently signed to the practice squad. Chris Johnson, who turned 30 in September, is only signed through the end of the season. He may need to fight for a job in 2016, despite his impressive work for the Cardinals this year.By Rotowire.com
Golden Tate WR - DET Tate (ankle) was a full participant at T...
Tate (ankle) was a full participant at Tuesday's practice.
Impacts: A limited participant Monday, Tate should be ready for Thursday's game against the Packers after logging a full session Tuesday morning. He'll draw a tough matchup with Packers cornerback Casey Hayward in the slot.By Rotowire.com
Johnny Manziel QB - CLE Browns head coach Mike Pettine said Tues...
Browns head coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday that he isn't ready to decide between Manziel and Austin Davis for Sunday's game against the Bengals, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impacts: Manziel was recently dropped from first to third on the depth chart after a video showed him at a club in Austin, TX during Cleveland's bye week. Austin Davis filled in capably after Josh McCown suffered a season-ending broken collarbone in Monday's loss to the Ravens, yet there's still some chance the Browns will want one more opportunity to evaluate Manziel. Either way, it's hard to imagine the Cleveland offense having much success against a tough Cincinnati defense this Sunday.By Rotowire.com
Josh McCown QB - CLE McCown (broken collarbone) will not play...
McCown (broken collarbone) will not play again this season, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impacts: The news was confirmed by Browns head coach Mike Pettine, who chose not to disclose whether Austin Davis or Johnny Manziel will be the replacement. Davis filled in capably during the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Ravens, but he doesn't offer much in the way of long-term upside. On the other hand, Manziel has made major strides since last season, but his recent off-field controversy led Pettine to drop him from first to third on the depth chart.By Rotowire.com
Andre Ellington RB - ARZ Ellington (toe) is merely considered day...
Ellington (toe) is merely considered day-to-day, but his availability for Sunday's game against the Rams remains in serious question, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: With Chris Johnson (leg) potentially out for the rest of the regular season, Ellington could find his way to an increased role in the coming weeks, if he's able to get healthy. However, his injury history is far from encouraging, and the recovery time from turf toe can vary from a few days to multiple months. For Week 13, it appears David Johnson will lead the Arizona backfield, though Ellington hasn't yet been ruled out.By Rotowire.com
Sam Bradford QB - PHI Bradford (shoulder) did not appear limit...
Bradford (shoulder) did not appear limited at Tuesday's practice, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impacts: The report comes secondhand from some of the Eagles players, including offensive tackle Lane Johnson, who said he expects Bradford to start Sunday's game against the Patriots. Assuming he officially logs a full practice by the end of the week, Bradford should be ready to make his return.By Rotowire.com
Ben Roethlisberger QB - PIT Roethlisberger (head) is confirmed to ha...
Roethlisberger (head) is confirmed to have suffered a concussion during Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impacts: Roethlisberger erroneously said he didn't suffer a concussion, having reached that conclusion without seeing the results of his test. As it turns out, the test actually confirmed that he suffered a concussion, which means he'll now have to pass through the NFL's protocol. This is obviously rough news for both his owners and the Pittsburgh offense, but there's still a reasonable chance Roethlisberger will be ready for Sunday's game against the Colts, as his symptoms have already subsided. If Big Ben ultimately doesn't suit up, Landry Jones will get the start.By Rotowire.com
Peyton Manning QB - DEN The timeline for Manning's return may hi...
The timeline for Manning's return may hinge on when the cast is removed from his foot this week, the Denver Post reports.
Impacts: Head coach Gary Kubiak said the cast will be removed this week, also suggesting that the timing of the removal could be crucial for determining Manning's Week 14 availability. The future Hall of Famer has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers, and there's no guarantee he'll return to a starting role when/if he is ready to play. There should be plenty more updates in the coming weeks.By Rotowire.com
Matt Prater K - DET Prater (illness) did not practice Tuesda...
Prater (illness) did not practice Tuesday for the second straight day, Kyle Meinke of MLive Media Group reports.
Impacts: Prater remains sidelined by his illness, but the Lions have not provided any clues that he is in danger of missing Thursday's game against the Packers. Expect Prater to be good to go Thursday unless the Lions add a kicker to the roster at some point over the next couple days.By Rotowire.com
Heath Miller TE - PIT Miller (ribs) will have a chance to play...
Miller (ribs) will have a chance to play in Sunday's game against the Colts, Dale Lolley of the Observer-Reporter reports.
Impacts: Miller will be limited early this week after suffering a rib injury in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, but he may be able to avoid missing any further action. The Steelers will make a final call on Miller's status later this week, and if he is unable to go, either Matt Spaeth or Jesse James would get the start in his place.By Rotowire.com
Calvin Johnson WR - DET Johnson (ankle) did not take part in Tue...
Johnson (ankle) did not take part in Tuesday's practice, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impacts: Johnson took a step back Tuesday after getting in a limited session Monday, but he was probably just being given the day off to rest, as the report notes he will likely be able to play Thursday despite the injury. The Lions will release an official update on Johnson's status following Wednesday's practice.By Rotowire.com
Ben Roethlisberger QB - PIT Roethlisberger underwent a concussion te...
Roethlisberger underwent a concussion test Tuesday morning and said afterward he is healthy, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impacts: Roethlisberger's comments alone don't officially remove him from the league's concussion protocol, but they do provide optimism that he will be able to start like he usually does Sunday against Colts. It's not yet certain if Roethlisberger will practice Wednesday, but he expects to, and as long as he gets on the practice field at some point this week, he figures to suit up in Week 13.By Rotowire.com
Chris Johnson RB - ARZ Johnson (fractured tibia) is expected to...
Johnson (fractured tibia) is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
Impacts: The diagnosis of a fractured tibia hasn't been confirmed by the Cardinals, but assuming the reports are accurate, Johnson will miss the rest of the regular season. With Andre Ellington (turf toe) also likely to miss time, rookie David Johnson is set to lead the Arizona backfield. The Cardinals likely still hope to have Chris Johnson back at some point during the playoffs.By Rotowire.com
Josh McCown QB - CLE McCown (collarbone) may miss the rest of...
McCown (collarbone) may miss the rest of the season, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Impacts: The Browns haven't provided any confirmation, but a broken collarbone is the most likely injury. If McCown can't play again this season, the team would then have to decide between Austin Davis and Johnny Manziel at quarterback, just one week after benching the latter for off-field reasons. Davis replaced McCown in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Ravens, engineering a game-tying touchdown drive but also making a couple of key mistakes. There should be another update available at some point Tuesday.By Rotowire.com
Josh McCown QB - CLE Head coach Mike Pettine said following M...
Head coach Mike Pettine said following Monday's game that McCown is dealing with "an issue with his collarbone," Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reports.
Impacts: Pettine did not elaborate any further on McCown's status, but the quarterback went to the locker room during the fourth quarter of Monday's game after suffering the injury and did not return. McCown will be evaluated further Tuesday, and if he misses any further action, Austin Davis would be in line to take over as the Browns' quarterback with Johnny Manziel being demoted to third string. That decision would not be set in stone, however, until Pettine makes an announcement.By Rotowire.com
Josh McCown QB - CLE McCown exited Monday's game with an appa...
McCown exited Monday's game with an apparent right shoulder injury.
Impacts: McCown attempted to continue playing after taking a big hit during a fourth-quarter possession, but he was in obvious pain after throwing a pass on the following possession and was forced from the game. Austin Davis, and not Johnny Manziel, took over at quarterback in McCown's place.By Rotowire.com
David Johnson RB - ARZ Johnson is set for an expanded workload...
Johnson is set for an expanded workload following Chris Johnson's diagnosis of a fractured tibia.
Impacts: In the aftermath of Sunday's game at San Francisco, the Cardinals determined that the veteran Johnson suffered a knee contusion, but further evaluation revealed the extent of the issue. With an extended absence likely, he'll be joined on the injury front this week due to Andre Ellington's bout with turf toe. If Ellington requires time to recover as well, the next man up in the backfield is David Johnson, who currently leads all rookies with eight touchdowns on the season. Although the Northern Iowa product doesn't have much of a sample size, he's averaged nearly 4.0 YPC on 35 rushes and hauled in 19 of 29 targets for 241 yards, which is good for 12.7 yards per catch.By Rotowire.com
Johnny Manziel QB - CLE Manziel (elbow) is slated to serve as th...
Manziel (elbow) is slated to serve as the Browns' third quarterback behind Josh McCown and Austin Davis on Monday against the Ravens, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impacts: Manziel lost his starting job to McCown this past Tuesday, but he'll suit up and serve as the team's No. 3 QB, with his depth chart status beyond Week 12 yet to be determined.By Rotowire.com
Tyler Eifert TE - CIN Eifert doesn't have any structural damag...
Eifert doesn't have any structural damage in his neck, but his status for this Sunday's game at Cleveland remains up in the air, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impacts: Prior to departing with a stinger in the second half Sunday, Eifert corralled his 12th touchdown of the season during a three-catch, 40-yard effort. Due to his standing in the tight-end ranks, which have been hit hard by knee injuries to stalwarts like Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham, Eifert's progress through the neck issue will be of keen interest this week.By Rotowire.com
Donte Whitner S - CLE Whitner (concussion) is listed as active...
Whitner (concussion) is listed as active for Monday night's game against the Ravens.
Impacts: Whitner, who has missed two straight games, is thus set to resume his strong safety duties in tandem with free safety Tashaun Gipson, a bit of good news for the Browns' secondary, with cornerback Joe Haden (concussion) ruled out Monday. To date, Whitner has racked up 55 tackles and a forced fumbles in eight games.By Rotowire.com
Chris Johnson RB - ARZ Johnson has been diagnosed with a fractu...
Johnson has been diagnosed with a fractured tibia in his left leg, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports.
Impacts: Johnson was knocked out of Sunday's game in San Francisco, after his left knee was hit by an opposing player's helmet. The initial diagnosis of a bone bruise indicated a short absence was in store, but Glazer's bombshell says otherwise. The Cardinals will explore if there's a chance that he can return at some point, but the running back corps could be down to David Johnson and Stepfan Taylor in the short term due to Andre Ellington's bout with turf toe.By Rotowire.com
Jimmy Graham TE - SEA Graham (knee) was placed on injured rese...
Graham (knee) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Impacts: After head coach Pete Carroll revealed that Graham sustained a torn patellar tendon in his right knee this weekend, it was inevitable that the tight end would land on injured reserve, which officially ends his first campaign with the Seahawks. A consistent threat for Russell Wilson in the passing attack, Graham was unable to match his stature as a Saint, accruing 48 catches (on 74 targets) for 605 yards and two touchdowns across 11 games. For the rest of the season and Seattle's potential appearance in the playoffs, Luke Willson will serve as the top tight end, while Cooper Helfet remains in reserve.By Rotowire.com
Rob Gronkowski TE - NE Gronkowski (knee), who is not expected t...
Gronkowski (knee), who is not expected to play Sunday against the Eagles, is considered week-to-week by ESPN.com.
Impacts: Whether Gronkowski is dealing with a bruised knee, a knee strain, or both, the report suggests that how quickly the tight end returns to the field "will be a pain tolerance issue." While ESPN's Adam Schefter hints at a potential multiple-week absence here, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport indicates that at most, Gronkowski will miss a week. In any case, while the Patriots may not confirm the tight end's Week 13 status until Friday's injury report is released, it's probably wise for owners to operate under the assumption that Gronkowski will not be a lineup option this weekend, at a minimum.By Rotowire.com
Aaron Rodgers QB - GB Rodgers is not listed on the Packers' i...
Rodgers is not listed on the Packers' injury report in advance of Thursday's game against the Lions.
Impacts: Rodgers, who took a hard hit to his left elbow early in the third quarter of this past Thursday's loss to the Bears, noted afterward that two of his fingers still didn't have feeling at the time. Given that the QB is not listed on the Packers' Week 13 injury report, however, his status for this Thursday's contest is clearly not in doubt.By Rotowire.com
Zach Ertz TE - PHI As of Monday, Ertz has yet to be cleared...
As of Monday, Ertz has yet to be cleared under the NFL's concussion protocol, CSN Philly reports.
Impacts: On the plus side, it looks like Ertz could be cleared soon, with the tight end thought to be just one step away from gaining such clearance under the protocol.By Rotowire.com
Ryan Mathews RB - PHI As of Monday, Mathews has yet to be clea...
As of Monday, Mathews has yet to be cleared under the NFL's concussion protocol, CSN Philly reports.
Impacts: Mathews is thus no lock to return to action Sunday against the Patriots, with DeMarco Murray, Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner currently the Eagles' top healthy backfield options.By Rotowire.com
Karlos Williams RB - BUF Coach Rex Ryan is unsure of Williams' s...
Coach Rex Ryan is unsure of Williams' status for Sunday's game against the Texans. "Karlos' shoulder we'll see how it progresses through the week," Ryan said Monday. "Hopefully he can play, we're not 100 percent sure."
Impacts: With the Bills having waived Boom Herron last week, the team's healthy backfield options are currently down to LeSean McCoy, Boobie Dixon and fullback Jerome Felton. Meanwhile, Mike Gillislee could possibly be another option, though he's on the team's practice squad.By Rotowire.com
Martellus Bennett TE - CHI Bennett (ribs) was present for the open...
Bennett (ribs) was present for the open portion of Monday's practice, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impacts: Bennett was inactive for this past Thursday's game against the Packers, but his presence at practice Monday would appear to bode well for the tight end's chances of returning to action this Sunday against the 49ers.By Rotowire.com
Rob Gronkowski TE - NE NFL Network's Ian Rapoport maintains tha...
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport maintains that "at most," Gronkowski will miss a week with "a minor knee strain."
Impacts: Previous reports suggested that Gronkowski was dealing with a bruised knee, but ESPN's Adam Schefter is also describing the tight end's injury as a minor knee strain, while putting forth an estimated timetable in which he might miss "a week or two." For now, Gronkowski is not officially ruled out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, but his fantasy owners are nonetheless advised to seek out alternate options (such as teammate Scott Chandler) at TE for Week 13 lineups.By Rotowire.com
Rob Gronkowski TE - NE ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini indicates th...
ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini indicates that Gronkowski's MRI "only shows bruising."
Impacts: With that in mind, Russini describes Gronkowski as "week-to-week." While the tight end has yet to be ruled out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, we suspect that he'll be hard-pressed to play in the contest. Still, after initial fears that Gronkowski may have suffered a serious injury on Sunday night, that he evidently avoided any sort of major knee damage is good news for the Patriots. If Gronkowski does miss time, Scott Chandler is next up for the team's passing targets at the tight end position.By Rotowire.com
T.J. Ward S - DEN Ward (ankle) has an MRI on tap, the Den...
Ward (ankle) has an MRI on tap, the Denver Post reports.
Impacts: Per the report, it looks like the safety is dealing with a high ankle sprain, leaving Ward iffy, at best, for Sunday's game against the Chargers.By Rotowire.com
Sam Bradford QB - PHI Bradford (shoulder) will practice Tuesda...
Bradford (shoulder) will practice Tuesday, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impacts: Bradford has missed the Eagles' past two games due to a shoulder injury, and although coach Chip Kelly is unsure if he'll be able to return for Sunday's contest versus the Patriots, Bradford will at least be back in practice Tuesday. From there, his progress is expected to be updated throughout the week, with Mark Sanchez remaining the backup plan if Bradford can't play.By Rotowire.com
Justin Houston LB - KC Houston (knee) is believed to have suffe...
Houston (knee) is believed to have suffered a minor injury, as initial tests revealed a PCL sprain, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: Houston was forced out of Sunday's win over Buffalo with a knee injury, but seems to have avoided serious damage. While tests are reportedly ongoing, Houston thus far has only been diagnosed with a sprained PCL, which is considered minor. The All Pro linebacker's status will be updated as more information is made available, but early indications appear relatively positive.By Rotowire.com
Rob Gronkowski TE - NE NFL Network's Ian Rapoport relays that i...
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport relays that it "sounds like" Gronkowski (knee) is "unlikely to miss more than one game."
Impacts: At first glance, it looked like Gronkowski might have suffered a serious injury, based on his reaction to the hit that led to him being carted off the field late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Broncos. However, with the tone of the reports that have surfaced since then, it appears as though Gronkowski has avoided a serious injury, with Rapoport going so far as to suggest that the Patriots' star tight end "may not even miss" any games at all.By Rotowire.com
Ahmad Bradshaw RB - IND Bradshaw (wrist) was placed on the Colts...
Bradshaw (wrist) was placed on the Colts' injured reserve list Monday, ending his 2015 season.
Impacts: Bradshaw suffered a wrist injury during Sunday's win over the Buccaneers and will now land on season-ending IR for the third straight season. In just six games played this term, the 29-year-old managed only 85 yards on 31 carries, but caught three touchdown passes on 10 receptions. With Bradshaw out, expect the Colts to rely on the combination of Frank Gore and Dan Herron going forward.By Rotowire.com
Dont'a Hightower LB - NE Hightower is confirmed to have suffered...
Hightower is confirmed to have suffered a sprained MCL during Sunday night's loss to the Broncos, The Boston Globe reports.
Impacts: Hightower's injury adds to the Patriots' growing list of absentees, but fortunately his sprained knee isn't expected to keep him sidelined for long. While a more definitive timetable for Hightower's return should surface soon, New England seems likely to be without their defensive signal-caller Sunday against the Eagles.By Rotowire.com
C.J. Anderson RB - DEN Anderson had 15 carries for 113 yards an...
Anderson had 15 carries for 113 yards and two touchdowns, adding four touches for 40 yards on four targets, in Sunday's 30-24 overtime win over the Patriots.
Impacts: Anderson had his best game of the season, highlighted by a walk-off, 48-yard touchdown run on a toss play to the left side. After splitting time with Ronnie Hillman in the first half, Anderson took over late in the game. It was the best Anderson has looked since last season, with his acceleration and cutting ability finally appearing to be back in top form. Hillman also ran well and scored a touchdown, but his third-quarter fumble may have contributed to his quiet second half, even though the Broncos recovered the ball. Although it won't be surprising if Anderson gets the start next Sunday in San Diego, Hillman still figures to get quite a few touches.By Rotowire.com
Rob Gronkowski TE - NE The Patriots do not think Gronkowski (kn...
The Patriots do not think Gronkowski (knee) suffered a serious injury, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: Although he was clearly in a lot of pain after taking a direct shot to the knee, Gronkowski may have escaped with just a bad bruise, a hyperextension or a sprain, as his knee wasn't planted when Denver's Darian Stewart hit it. He left the field in a cart and initially didn't put much weight on his right foot, but he didn't have much of a limp by the time he left the stadium, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. If Gronkowski still ends up missing time, Scott Chandler would likely see a large uptick in targets, with Asante Cleveland and/or Michael Williams also taking on increased roles.By Rotowire.com