| Cutler takes part in practice -- Thu Dec 5 2:50 pm --|
Gets in stretching, individual work
|Bears QB Jay Cutler took part in practice at the Walter Payton Center during the portion open to the media on Thursday. Cutler, who is recovering from a high-ankle sprain, participated in stretches with his teammates and also in individual drills immediately after. Earlier this week, coach Marc Trestman stressed that Cutler’s status remains week-to-week, but that the team should know more Thursday when the Bears return to practice after two days off. (Chicago Sun-Times)|
FF Today's Take: Although it is very possible the Bears will play Cutler if he gets in a full practice or two this week, it is more likely they'll play it conservatively and give him one more week with Josh McCown playing so well. McCown has guided the offense effectively in Cutler's absence and is hardly the reason the Bears are struggling.
|DHB out, Da'Rick Rogers in? -- Thu Dec 5 2:20 pm --|
Rookie saw 13 snaps in Week 13
|At wide receiver, signs point toward more of rookie Da'Rick Rogers and less of veteran Darrius Heyward-Bey. Rogers made his NFL debut last Sunday against Tennessee when he was on the field for 13 offensive plays. He failed to catch a pass, but drew a 26-yard interference penalty against Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner in the second quarter that led to one of Adam Vinatieri's five field goals. (Indianapolis Star)|
FF Today's Take: DHB has been given more than enough opportunity to emerge. At each turn, he has literally and figuratively dropped the ball. Despite being an undrafted rookie free agent, Rogers is a NFL-level talent and the Colts are desperate for someone to step up opposite T.Y. Hilton. It is possible Rogers could be worth an add in redraft leagues before the end of the season, but this news does more to help his dynasty-league stock.
| Rodgers likely to miss fifth game -- Thu Dec 5 2:10 pm --|
QB in pads for first time since shoulder injury
|With Aaron Rodgers likely to miss his fifth consecutive game with the fractured left collarbone he suffered Nov. 4 - Rodgers underwent x-rays and a CT scan earlier this week and the scan did not result in him being medically cleared for game action, although he did practice Wednesday on a limited basis - Matt Flynn is expected to get the chance to redeem himself after a horrendous Thanksgiving Day showing.
The Packers have not officially ruled Rodgers out, but that word could come as early as Friday. (ESPN Wisconsin)|
FF Today's Take: ESPN reporter Rob Demovsky tweeted Thursday that Rodgers was in pads for the first time since the injury, so Week 15 appears to be a realistic date for a return. Owners should have a clear picture of Rodgers' status for this week no later than Friday or Saturday.
| Vincent Jackson, hamstring injury -- Thu Dec 5 11:55 am --|
Bucs receiver misses practice Thursday
|WR Vincent Jackson again absent from Bucs practice today. Dealing with a hamstring injury with Bills in town Sunday. (Greg Auman via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Jackson has a plus matchup this week against the Bills secondary but this situation is something to monitor. The Bucs and Bills play at 1:00 pm Eastern on Sunday.
| Jason Campbell cleared to practice -- Thu Dec 5 11:30 am --|
Could start Week 14
|Browns quarterback Jason Campbell has been cleared to practice Thursday, but has not been cleared yet to play Sunday against the New England Patriots. Campbell suffered a concussion in the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers two weeks ago and did not play Sunday in the home loss to Jacksonville. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FF Today's Take: Campbell still needs to get clearance to play on Sunday. Alex Tanney and Caleb Hanie split first team reps on Wednesday. Josh Gordon owners are hoping that Campbell will be available to play against the Patriots.
| Bush missed second straight practice -- Thu Dec 5 11:10 am --|
|Reggie Bush isn’t practicing, due to a calf injury that showed up on the injury report for the first time this week, but the Detroit Lions’ leading rusher is still working on his ball security. Bush, who has missed two straight practices, has lost three fumbles in the last five games and is among the league leaders in dropped passes. (Detroit Free Press)|
FF Today's Take: Bush was limited on Thursday making his status for Sunday a question mark. Joique Bell would vault into RB2 territory if Bush doesn't play against the Eagles on Sunday.
| Jennings practices, McFadden sits -- Wed Dec 4 3:45 pm --|
Jennings still needs to pass concussion tests
|Rashad Jennings was at practice Wednesday, but he is fresh off a game in which he suffered a concussion. He won't be cleared to play Sunday against the New York Jets until he passes a series of league-mandated tests for players that suffer a concussion. Darren McFadden and Jeremy Stewart missed practice Wednesday. (Inside Bay Area)|
FF Today's Take: Jennings ability to practice Wednesday is a good sign for his availability in Week 14. McFadden has been bothered by a hamstring injury and Taiwan Jones actually got reps at RB with McFadden on the sidelines.
| Browns Wk 14 QB remains a mystery -- Wed Dec 4 1:10 pm --|
Campbell and Weeden not cleared for practice
|Browns coach Rob Chudzinski announced Wednesday morning he'll wait until later in the week to name his starting quarterback for the Patriots, because Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden have not yet been cleared to practice. (Plain Dealer)|
FF Today's Take: Alex Tanney and newly signed Caleb Hanie will get the reps at QB on Wednesday. This is a situation to monitor for owners of WR Josh Gordon and TE Jordan Cameron. If Campbell or Weeden don't receive clearance, the value of the Browns two main pass receivers will take a hit.
| Reed misses practice Wednesday -- Wed Dec 4 12:55 pm --|
Redskins TE still needs to be cleared by doctors
|Shanahan gives extensive injury report, says the Reeds DNP with concussions. @doughty37 was cleared, @Real_JordanReed was not. (Washington Redskins via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Jordan Reed (concussion) still needs to get clearance from doctors before participating in practice. He's shaping up to be questionable for Week 14 after suffering a headache prior to last Sunday's game.
| Cassel to start for Vikings -- Wed Dec 4 12:45 pm --|
Ponder still feeling symptoms of concussion
|Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel will start on Sunday against the Ravens. Head coach Leslie Frazier said Christian Ponder hasn't passed the concussion protocol. He's still dealing with some symptoms. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Cassel filled in for Ponder last week going 20-33 for 243 yds, 1 TD and 1 INT. He's got a tough matchup on the road against the Ravens defense and will be nothing more than a QB2 in Week 14.
| Rodgers not cleared to play -- Tue Dec 3 6:00 pm --|
Not yet ruled out for Week 14
|The Green Bay Packers plan to play quarterback Aaron Rodgers whenever he is cleared, but that has not happened yet. Coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday that team doctors have not given Rodgers the OK to return for game action, but they have not ruled him out yet for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Rodgers is desperate to get back from his collarbone injury but Matt Flynn will take the first team reps in practice on Wednesday. Rodgers' owners should continue to hang onto the star QB and hope he's available for Week 15 and beyond.
| Le'Veon Bell appears to be OK -- Tue Dec 3 12:15 pm --|
On track to play in Week 14
|Tomlin said running back Le’Veon Bell, who sustained a concussion against the Baltimore Ravens, appears to be OK and could play against the Dolphins. Bell will be monitored during the week per their normal concussion protocol, Tomlin said. (Post Gazette)|
FF Today's Take: Bell is going through the concussion protocol this week and so far, so good. We'll track his practice participation throughout the week. If he's unable to play, Jonathan Dwyer would likely get the start.
| Owen Daniels unlikely to play -- Tue Dec 3 7:00 am --|
Still not ready to practice
|Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Monday the team will have to soon make a decision about the status of tight end Owen Daniels.
Daniels could return to action Thursday at Jacksonville. He’s still recovering from a leg injury, though, and has yet to participate in team activities.
Daniels said last week it was unlikely he’d play against the Jaguars. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: It won't be a surprise if Daniels is placed on IR given his status and the team having no shot of making the playoffs. Garrett Graham will continue to serve as the Texans starting tight end with TE2 value.
| Ravens still unsure about Pitta -- Mon Dec 2 6:50 pm --|
Reportedly ran around well last week in practice
|Baltimore Ravens HC John Harbaugh was noncommittal on whether TE Dennis Pitta will be activated to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Pitta, who is on the Injured Reserve-Designated for Return list with the dislocated hip he suffered on July 27, has practiced since Nov. 20. Pitta ran around well last week, according to Harbaugh.
"[The decision will] probably come down to the end of the week," Harbaugh said. "I've got a pretty good idea that he's doing well. It's just a matter of how well." (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The Ravens' three-week window to decide whether to activate him to the 53-man roster or keep him on IR ends Dec. 11. If they want him to play against the Vikings, the team would have to activate him before 4 p.m. ET Saturday. He's been a longshot for fantasy relevancy all season, but he's probably a low-end TE1 in all leagues if he can make it back to the field.
|Andre Holmes solidifying his role? -- Mon Dec 2 6:40 pm --|
Raiders WR enjoys career day in Thanksgiving Day loss
|Matt McGloin showed tremendous faith in a player with just five career catches entering Thursday’s game. Against the Cowboys, Andre Holmes had seven. For a whopping 136 yards. An injury to Denarius Moore and attention paid to Rod Streater set up this breakout game, where Holmes flashed tremendous potential.
Holmes could be a fixture on next year’s roster, a vital presence on a team with little receiving production beyond Moore and Streater. (CSN Bay Area)|
FF Today's Take: It's hard to make too much out of any pro receiver putting up a solid game against the Cowboys' porous defense, but 6-4 and 210-pound receivers who can produce are in short supply. McGloin gives the Raiders a chance to have two fantasy-worthy receivers, so Holmes merits consideration for a bench spot in both redraft and dynasty leagues.
| Spiller "fine" after retweaking ankle -- Mon Dec 2 6:30 pm --|
Removed himself several times in Week 13
|C.J. Spiller’s 2013 season can be summed up by his Sunday afternoon in the Rogers Centre. The Buffalo Bills’ running back was at times ineffective, at times electrifying, and at times hurt during his team’s 34-31 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Spiller carried 15 times for a season-high 149 yards and a touchdown, but once again had to check himself out of the lineup periodically to get his left ankle looked at.
Spiller said his ankle was “fine” after the game, but he was noticeably limping at times. (Buffalo News)|
FF Today's Take: Perhaps if Spiller had rested himself for a few weeks after he initially suffered his high-ankle sprain, he would already be the back he was drafted to be. With this problem cropping up again after the bye week, howver, Spiller cannot be trusted as anything beyond a low-end flex for the rest of the season. As a result, Fred Jackson stands a great chance to be a fantasy playoff stud with games against Tampa Bay, Miami and Jacksonville on tap.
| Harvin calling himself "out" for MNF -- Mon Dec 2 2:40 pm --|
Required cortisone shots to ailing hip during bye week
|Percy Harvin's surgically repaired hip only got worse over the Seattle Seahawks' bye week. Following HC Pete Carroll's declaration that Harvin was "doubtful" to play on "Monday Night Football," NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Harvin had cortisone shots on his ailing hip Saturday, per a source informed of the wide receiver's health. Harvin views himself as "out" for Monday's game against the New Orleans Saints. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Harvin made a couple of plays in his return to action in Week 11, but it is obviously not a great sign he Harvin had limited snaps in his only action and isn't available to play two weeks later. This doesn't seem like an issue of whether or not he was rushed back, but it does make the idea of him contributing to the Seahawks and fantasy teams over the remainder of this regular season somewhat unlikely.
| Weeden played with concussion -- Sun Dec 1 7:10 pm --|
Symptoms revealed after the game
|Brandon Weeden was diagnosed with a concussion after the game. Team spokesman Zak Gilbert didn't know when the concussion occurred and said Weeden reported his symptoms after the loss. He'll now go through the NFL's stringent concussion protocol. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FF Today's Take: It's not known when Weeden suffered a concussion but he did finish the game. Jason Campbell is also dealing with a concussion making Alex Tanney the only healthy QB on the roster at the moment. It's likely Campbell will be ready to play in Week 14.
| Ponder exits with concussion -- Sun Dec 1 7:00 pm --|
Cassel fills in
|Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder left the team's game with the Chicago Bears with a concussion just before halftime, and his status for next week is up in the air. After Ponder left the game, Matt Cassel led a 10-point comeback in the fourth quarter and eventually directed the Vikings to a 23-20 overtime win. Cassel threw for 243 yards in relief of Ponder. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Ponder will have to pass concussion tests this week in order to face the Ravens in Week 14. Neither Ponder or Cassel will be a recommended fantasy play on the road in Baltimore.
| Jordan Reed cleared to play -- Sun Dec 1 10:30 am --|
Expected to play Sunday night
|Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has been cleared to play Sunday night against the New York Giants, a source told FOXSports.com. (Fox Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Reed was limited in practice this week due to a concussion but has been cleared to play. He'll be a TE1 Sunday night against the Giants.
|Donald Brown to start for Colts -- Sun Dec 1 8:30 am --|
Trent Richardson demoted
| The Indianapolis Colts have finally decided to ride the hot hand.
Running back Trent Richardson will be benched in favor of Donald Brown, NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported Sunday on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay First." Richardson will be the second-string back with a reduced workload, Silver said. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Kudos to the Colts for making the move as Brown has been outproducing Richardson for some time now. Richardson should be avoided in fantasy lineups today while Brown checks in as a low-end RB2 against the Titans.
| Harvin suffers setback, Doubtful -- Sat Nov 30 2:00 pm --|
Hip injury still a concern
|Two sources with knowledge of Percy Harvin's condition told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that Harvin's status is in doubt for the colossal "Monday Night Football" contest with the New Orleans Saints. For the second time since returning to practice a month ago, Harvin's surgically repaired hip has flared up. The team later said Harvin will be listed as doubtful heading into Monday's game. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Harvin missed practice Thursday and it appears he won't play in Week 13. It's somewhat concerning that Harvin is still having soreness coming off a bye week. Golden Tate becomes a legitimate WR3 for this week's game against the Saints.
| Moreno expected to start for Broncos -- Fri Nov 29 3:40 pm --|
Probable on the injury report
|Broncos interim head coach Jack Del Rio expressed optimism Friday that running back Knowshon Moreno would start Sunday at Kansas City. Moreno sustained a right ankle injury in last Sunday's game at New England. Del Rio reported that Moreno did all of his work in practice Friday. He is listed as probable for Sunday's game. Rookie Montee Ball has been backing up Moreno.
FF Today's Take: Moreno was able to practice on Friday and is listed as Probable on the injury report. How much he's limited this week against the Chiefs is anyone's guess but he can safely be considered a RB2 for Week 13.
| Stacy cleared to play -- Fri Nov 29 3:30 pm --|
Full participant in Friday's practice
|All three Rams starters who went through the NFL’s concussion protocol this week have been cleared to play. Running back Zac Stacy, left guard Chris Williams, and cornerback Trumaine Johnson were all full participation in Friday’s practice and are listed as probable for Sunday’s contest at San Francisco. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)|
FF Today's Take: Stacy is in line to get the start this week after being knocked out of last week's game with a concussion. The 49ers are middle of the road in FPts allowed to running backs but have been very good the last two weeks against Washington and New Orleans. Stacy will be a RB2 in Week 13.
| DeAngelo quad injury a concern -- Fri Nov 29 2:00 pm --|
Missed practice all week
|The Panthers (8-3) also may be without leading rusher DeAngelo Williams, who has missed practice all week with a quad contusion, for Sunday's home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"A lot of concerns with DeAngelo,'' coach Ron Rivera said after Friday's practice. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Williams will likely be on the inactive list this Sunday meaning Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert (knee) will handle the bulk of the rushing load for the Panthers. However, given the committee approach, Stewart and Tolbert are only a flex plays if Williams sits.
| Dobson misses third straight practice -- Fri Nov 29 10:45 am --|
Kenbrell Thompkins expected to start
|CB Alfonzo Dennard (knee) returns to practice. TE Michael Hoomanawanui, WR Aaron Dobson & OT Marcus Cannon absent for 3rd straight day. (Field Yates via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It sounds like Dobson (foot) is going to sit this one out. Expect Kenbrell Thompkins to replace him in the starting lineup. Thompkins will be a risky fantasy play as he will be competing for targets with Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola, Shane Vereen and Julian Edelman.
| Ellington injures knee Thursday -- Fri Nov 29 10:00 am --|
Status for Sunday uncertain
|Saw RB Andre Ellington this morn. had knee wrapped, says hopeful of playing Sunday. We'll see. (Kent Somers via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: There are very little details at the moment about Ellington's knee injury but we should know more later this afternoon. Stay tuned...
| Gates doesn't practice Thursday -- Thu Nov 28 5:05 pm --|
Mathews, Gates expected to play w/ hamstring injuries
|Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) joined teammates for stretch, but he is not practicing today. Hasn't yet this week. (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Gehlken later tweeted Gates "could sleep the rest of the week and be fine on Sunday", so he should be considered a go for Week 13. A slightly bigger surprise is Ryan Mathews, who returned to practice on Thursday after sitting Wednesday with a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 12. It appears both players are on track to play against Cincinnati this weekend.
| Moreno limited on Thursday -- Thu Nov 28 5:00 pm --|
Expected to practice Friday
|The Denver Broncos went through their Thanksgiving practice with every player in uniform and in drills.
That included running back Knowshon Moreno, who took part on a limited basis after being held out of Wednesday practice with a right foot injury. Moreno said "I feel good" before returning to the trainers' room following the workout. The Broncos expect him to practice Friday as well. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Moreno will likely be limited on Friday and it won't be a big surprise if he's labeled a gametime decision for Sunday. The Broncos face the Chiefs in a late afternoon game. Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman are ready if Moreno can't go.
| Stacy limited on Thursday -- Thu Nov 28 4:50 pm --|
Not cleared for contact yet
|RB Zac Stacy, LG Chris Williams, CB Trumaine Johnson all listed as limited in practice. None of the three did any contact work Thursday. (Jim Thomas on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: There is optimism Stacy will receive clearance in the next two days, which means he has better than a 50-50 chance to start against San Francisco in Week 13. The matchup isn't particularly appealing, but Stacy's workload since Sam Bradford was lost for the season has allowed him to assume low-end RB1 status. Benny Cunningham would draw the start if Stacy cannot go and should be expected to take on the same kind of workload.
| Matt Forte expected to play -- Thu Nov 28 1:10 pm --|
Practicing on Thursday
|Bears Matt Forte practiced on Thursday is expected to play Sunday against the Vikings. (Peggy Kusinski via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Forte is working through a hyper-extended knee but should be good to go against the Vikings in a plus matchup this week.
| Ryan Mathews practicing Thursday -- Thu Nov 28 1:00 pm --|
Rested hamstring on Wednesday
|Ryan Mathews practicing today. Good sign for Sunday availability. Chargers running back rested hamstring Wednesday. (Michael Gehlken via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Mathews left last week's game after re-aggravating his hamstring injury. It looks like he will be available for this week's matchup with the Bengals
| No practice for Zac Stacy -- Wed Nov 27 3:00 pm --|
Participated in walkthrough
|Zac Stacy, Trumaine Johnson, Chris Williams (head injuries) listed as non-participants Wednesday. All three did a little work in walk thru. (Nick Wagoner)|
FF Today's Take: Stacy is going through the leagues concussion protocol in hopes of being cleared for Sunday's game. We'll see how much he participates tomorrow and Friday. If Stacy isn't able to go, Benny Cunningham would likely get the start. Stay tuned...
| Nicks returns to practice Wednesday -- Wed Nov 27 12:45 pm --|
|Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks ran a few routes and did positional drills during the portion of Giants practice open to the media on Wednesday. After being listed as a limited participant on Thursday and Friday, Nicks did not play in Sunday's game, ending a puzzling week for the former first-round draft pick. (NJ.com)|
FF Today's Take: Nicks is dealing with an abdominal strain but it appears he will be on the field for Week 13. Despite being a "starter" Nicks is third among the Giants' wide receivers in fantasy points behind Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle and hasn't scored a touchdown all season.
| Manning, Moreno sit Wednesday -- Wed Nov 27 12:30 pm --|
Moreno's satus for Sunday uncertain
|Peyton Manning's Wednesday absences are becoming something of a routine for the Broncos. The quarterback, for the third consecutive Wednesday, did not participate in the Broncos' first practice of the week. Yet again, there should be little to no cause for alarm. Also missing from practice was running back Knowshon Moreno, who suffered a bone bruise on his lower leg Sunday. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: Manning is in no danger of missing this week's game with the Chiefs. Moreno's status is more unclear. Head coach Jack Del Rio classified him as "day-to-day". Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson would likely handle rushing duties if Moreno doesn't play.
| Matt Flynn to start for Packers -- Wed Nov 27 12:20 pm --|
Rodgers ruled out
|Packers coach Mike McCarthy declared Matt Flynn as his starting quarterback for tomorrow in the NFC North matchup at Detroit.
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FF Today's Take: Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) is still a week away from returning to action. Flynn has a decent matchup against the Lions defense that is in the bottom third against the pass.
| Jordan Reed limited Wednesday -- Wed Nov 27 12:15 pm --|
Expected to play this weekend
|Mike Shanahan: Jordan Reed was limited today. Barring a setback he should be good to go this weekend. (Grant Paulsen via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Reed missed last week's game with a concussion but should be back on the field Sunday night against the Giants and resume his TE1 status.
| McFadden practices Tuesday -- Tue Nov 26 2:00 pm --|
Likley to play in a backup role to Jennings
|Running back Darren McFadden was taking repetitions at running back and could get playing time along with Rashad Jennings against the Cowboys. (Inside Bay Area)|
FF Today's Take: The Raiders are planning on starting Rashad Jennings this Thursday against the Cowboys even if McFadden is healthy enough to play. This will downgrade Jennings' value but he should still be considered a low-end RB2 for Week 13.
| Crabtree ready to return -- Tue Nov 26 8:00 am --|
Expected to play in Week 13
|The San Francisco 49ers are expected to get a big boost for their passing game Sunday when they host the St. Louis Rams as wide receiver Michael Crabtree is set to make his 2013 season debut. Coach John Harbaugh said Monday after the 49ers defeated the Washington Redskins that Crabtree would be activated from the physically unable to perform list Tuesday and he expects the receiver to play Sunday. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: With the return of Mario Manningham and now Crabtree, the 49ers are finally getting their full complement of receivers on the field. He's worth a look in deep leagues but don't expect WR1 numbers out of the gate.
| Forte suffers hyperextended knee -- Mon Nov 25 7:45 pm --|
Trestman optimistic about Week 13 status
|Bears coach Marc Trestman says Matt Forte suffered slight hyperextension of knee; is optimistic about status. (Chicago Bears on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Forte said after the game he has been dealing with "a couple injuries", but only missed a few snaps against the Rams as a result of this most recent one. Owners need to keep an eye on Forte's status throughout the week, but the fact he returned to the game and Michael Bush did next to nothing in relief probably means Forte will be in line for a full complement of snaps against Dallas' porous run defense in Week 13.