| 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.
| Cutler eyeing Week 14 return -- Mon Nov 25 7:35 pm --|
HC Trestman doesn't believe Cutler will return vs. Vikings
|Marc Trestman was straightforward Monday afternoon in asserting that he didn’t expect quarterback Jay Cutler to play Sunday against the Vikings. On Monday evening, Cutler seemed somewhat surprised that his coach’s declaration was so firm so early in the week. But the quarterback also vowed he will be back in action soon.
Cutler promised – as Trestman did earlier in the day – that he’d be back playing some time before the regular season ends. The target date for a return: Dec. 9. That’s the night the Bears host the Cowboys on “Monday Night Football.” (Chicago Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Cutler has missed the past two games after suffering a high ankle sprain in a 21-19 loss to Detroit on Nov. 10. Although the Bears have dropped three of five following a 4-2 start, their biggest problem has been an injury-ravaged defense that won't be getting healthy anytime soon. With that said, a healthy return from Cutler would mean good things for receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery down the stretch against a pretty forgiving run of pass defenses.
| Daniel Thomas likely out for season -- Mon Nov 25 2:45 pm --|
Torn ligament in left ankle
|Miami Dolphins tailback Daniel Thomas tore a ligament in his left ankle during Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers, and is likely done for the season. Thomas left Sunday's game on crutches and was in a walking boot. According to a source, Thomas will not have to undergo surgery to repair the injury. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)|
FF Today's Take: It's the second time in as many seasons that Thomas' season has been cut short due to injury. It should also allow Lamar Miller to assume the feature-back role he earned in the preseason, although rookie Mike Gillislee and explosive special-teams standout Marcus Thigpen could vie for a few touches.
|Dennis Johnson excels in Week 12 -- Mon Nov 25 12:00 am --|
Outperformed Ben Tate in loss against Jags
|The Houston Chronicle dug up the statistic that Ben Tate became the first running back in the league this year to have only 1 yard rushing on seven or more carries. "We had planned on playing [RB Dennis Johnson] some, but when he went in he just looked so good running the ball so we played him a little bit more," Texans HC Gary Kubiak said. Johnson finished the game with 74 of the Texans' 77 rushing yards. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Tate did save his PPR owners some face by adding five catches for 26 yards, but that was about the only silver lining on his box-score contribution. Tate appears likely to be the starter against next week and has a soft run schedule on paper, but it is very possible the plethora of injuries he is playing through have caught up to him. Johnson needs to be added as a potential flex option down the stretch in most leagues.
| Moreno on crutches after game -- Sun Nov 24 10:00 pm --|
Broncos RB dealing with ankle injury
|Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno, who limped off the field in overtime Sunday night, appeared in the Denver locker room on crutches and wearing a boot on his right ankle after the game.
FF Today's Take: Moreno racked up 224 yards on 37 carries Sunday night against the Patriots. We'll know more about the injury later in the week but Montee Ball, who fumbled Sunday night, will be a hot waiver wire add for Week 13.
|Ridley benched after another fumble -- Sun Nov 24 8:00 pm --|
Patriots RB loses a fumble in third consecutive game
|Running back Stevan Ridley lost a fumble for the third consecutive game tonight, and this one ended his shift.
Ridley, who has lost four fumbles this season, was beside himself after the game, but he made sure to also praise his teammates for overcoming the mistakes that led to a 24-0 deficit. (Boston Herald)|
FF Today's Take: After losing a fumble in the first quarter, Ridley was replaced by Brandon Bolden (13 carries, 58 yards, 1 TD). The Patriots aren't likely to declare a starting running back ahead of their Week 13 game against Houston but it's likely Ridley won't be in the mix.
| Campbell leaves with head injury -- Sun Nov 24 5:00 pm --|
Replaced by Brandon Weeden
|Browns quarterback Jason Campbell left Sunday's 27-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with a head injury. Campbell suffered the injury with 7:46 remaining in the third quarter after he took a shot to the head from blitzing cornerback William Gay. Brandon Weeden replaced Campbell, leaving the Browns with one active quarterback. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: If Campbell can't pass his concussion tests this week, then Brandon Weeden would get the start in Week 13 against the Jaguars. Weeden went 13-30 for 209 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT in relief of Campbell.
| Not looking good for Julius Thomas -- Sun Nov 24 8:10 am --|
Decision on his status expected this morning
|Broncos expect a decision on TE Julius Thomas (knee) this morning. Still up in the air. Heard last night “it’s not looking good.” (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Thomas injured his knee last week against Kansas City and is listed as Questionable on the Injury Report. Joel Dreessen would see increased playing time if Thomas sits.
| Redskins to be without TE Reed -- Sat Nov 23 2:00 pm --|
Will miss Week 12 with concussion
|Due to a concussion, Redskins TE Jordan Reed will not play Monday night against San Francisco. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: With Reed out, the Redskins will lean on Logan Paulsen and Fred Davis at the tight end position. Neither are recommended fantasy plays due to the expected committee approach.
| Reed misses practice Friday -- Fri Nov 22 2:05 pm --|
Has yet to pass concussion tests
|Rookie tight end Jordan Reed missed a third straight day of practice because of a concussion that he suffered in last Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. “He’ll go through the protocol again tomorrow and we’ll see how he does,” Shanahan said. (Washington Post)|
FF Today's Take: While the Redskins have yet to rule out their tight end, it's looking more and more like he won't play in Week 12. He does have an extra day however, as the Redskins don't play until Monday night. Fantasy owners of Reed should have plan B in place.
| McFadden, Moore unlikely for Raiders -- Fri Nov 22 2:00 pm --|
Both miss practice on Friday
|Running back Darren McFadden was still working with the training staff Friday as the Raiders began practice, an indication he won't play against the Tennessee Titans. Also not practicing for the Raiders on Friday were wide receiver Denarius Moore (shoulder) and Tyvon Branch (ankle). (Inside Bay Area)|
FF Today's Take: It will be another week of Rashad Jennings at the running back spot and the loss of Moore, means Rod Streater will be the best option in the Raiders passing attack. Streater is a desperate play however against a Titans defense has given up the fewest fantasy points in the league to wide receivers.
| TE Julius Thomas questionable -- Fri Nov 22 1:50 pm --|
Limited on Friday
|Another one of Peyton Manning’s favorite targets this year, tight end Julius Thomas, was listed by the team as limited during Friday’s practice and is questionable for the game this weekend. (Cover32)|
FF Today's Take: This will be a tough one for fantasy owners as it's unclear if Thomas will play on Sunday night and if he does play, he may be limited. Thomas was limited in practice both Thursday and Friday.
| Welker passes concussion tests -- Fri Nov 22 1:45 pm --|
Probable for Sunday night
|Jack Del Rio announced today Wes Welker has passed his concussion tests and is probable for Sunday. (Jeff Howe via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: As expected, Welker will be ready to face his former team on Sunday night. He participated in practice on Thursday and Friday and should be in fantasy lineups as normal.
| Jordan Reed sits out Thursday practice -- Thu Nov 21 5:00 pm --|
Suffered concussion in Week 11
|Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was held out of practice on Thursday. Reed sustained a concussion in Week 11 versus the Philadelphia Eagles and was subsequently held out for the rest of the game. He will need to pass the NFL's concussion protocol before suiting up again. Because of the Monday night game time versus the San Francisco 49ers, Thursday marked the Redskins' first practice of the week, which allows plenty of time for Reed to get clearance. However, there is no guarantee of that happening. (WSOC-TV)|
FF Today's Take: With Washington playing on Monday night, owners would be wise to have another option in place for Reed. So unless there is a definitive report before Sunday that suggests he will suit up, it is probably best to assume he will not. Two solid fantasy options for this week that are likely readily available in leagues are Tennessee's Delanie Walker and Houston's Garrett Graham.
| Crabtree to be added to roster soon -- Thu Nov 21 4:40 pm --|
Return to field remains unknown
|Michael Crabtree will be added to the 49ers’ 53-man roster within the next six days. It’s even possible Crabtree could be on the roster prior to the 49ers’ game Monday night at Washington, but that does not mean he will suit up for the game. After one week of practices leading up to the 49ers’ game against the Carolina Panthers, the organization decided to back off on Crabtree’s participation a week ago. The 49ers expect Crabtree to play this season and, perhaps, return to his No. 1-wideout form for the playoffs. (CSN Bay Area)|
FF Today's Take: Fantasy owners are at the same place with Crabtree now as they were at the beginning of the season - wait-and-see mode. It is highly doubtful he can flash the form that made him a 2012 fantasy stud at any point this season. As such, owners will be hard-pressed to get anything more than low-end WR3 production from him if/when he returns before the NFL Playoffs.
| RB Bell practices Thursday for Lions -- Thu Nov 21 11:45 am --|
|Receiver Calvin Johnson (knee), safety Louis Delmas (knee) and running back Joique Bell (Achilles) also returned to practice today, after sitting out Wednesday. Bell suffered his injury in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Detroit Free Press)|
FF Today's Take: The exact diagnosis of Bell's foot issue isn't known but it appears he should be fine to backup Reggie Bush this Sunday against the Bucs.
| McGloin gets another start for Raiders -- Wed Nov 20 5:00 pm --|
Pryor could be be the backup on Sunday
|The promising start of rookie quarterback Matt McGloin will continue when he starts against the Tennessee Titans. McGloin was named the starter by Allen, who said the health of Terrelle Pryor would be monitored to see if would be available to be the backup Sunday when the Raiders host the Titans at O.co Coliseum. (Inside Bay Area)|
FF Today's Take: Pryor has been bothered by a knee injury the last couple weeks, giving McGloin the chance to show his credentials. He finished as a top ten QB in Week 11 but will have a more difficult test against the Titans in Week 12.
| Hankerson out, Morgan to start -- Wed Nov 20 2:00 pm --|
Hankerson placed on IR with torn LCL
|Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson will miss the remainder of the season with a torn lateral collateral ligament in his left knee, coach Mike Shanahan said. Shanahan said Josh Morgan will start in Hankerson’s place. (Washington Post)|
FF Today's Take: Morgan will be third in line for targets in the passing game behind Pierre Garcon and TE Jordan Reed so his fantasy value will hover in the WR4/5 range.
| Sproles iffy for Thursday night -- Wed Nov 20 1:30 pm --|
Sproles listed as Questionable
|Running back Darren Sproles (knee/ankle) and guard Jahri Evans (ankle) may be the two players most likely not to play Thursday as both players missed practice all week, including Wednesday. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)|
FF Today's Take: Sproles injured his knee/ankle in last week's game and even he returned to action, he was obviously bothered by the injury. He will be a gametime decision for Thursday Night Football against the Falcons.
|Ponder to start for Vikes -- Wed Nov 20 1:00 pm --|
Ponder was pulled for Matt Cassel in Week 11
|Three days after Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier pulled Christian Ponder from a game against the Seattle Seahawks, he announced Wednesday the quarterback will start the team's next game, against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Frazier touted Ponder's success(?) against the Packers as reason for him getting the start. Ponder has racked up a 50.7% completion percentage with 907 yards, 6 TDs, 5 INTs in five games against the Pack. He's a QB2 in Week 12.
| Burleson likley to play in Week 12 -- Wed Nov 20 7:00 am --|
"He's on a good track"
|Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson wouldn't go as far as to say he's playing Sunday against Tampa Bay, but he sounded fairly optimistic Tuesday about his chances. For Burleson not to play Sunday, there would have to be a "major setback," he said. Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Monday there is a possibility of Burleson returning and that "he's on a good track."
FF Today's Take: Burleson still needs to be cleared by doctors but should be back on the field this week, starting opposite Calvin Johnson. "If I'm going to play on Sunday, I want to be in the game plan," he said. "I don't want to be limited. I've got to do my part this week, and show that I can uphold, withstand the physical play of the game and go out there and make some plays on Sunday."
| Miles Austin ready to return -- Tue Nov 19 1:00 pm --|
Team has been cautious with wide receiver
|The Cowboys owner and general manager went on to say that he expects defensive end DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Morris Claiborne and wide receiver Miles Austin to be on the field Sunday when Dallas plays the division rival New York Giants. (Dallas Morning News)|
FF Today's Take: Austing has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury. It's been his calling card over the last couple years. His return will put a drag on Terrance Williams' value, so both will be risky WR3 plays until their roles are determined.
| Keenan Allen expected to play Wk 12 -- Tue Nov 19 8:00 am --|
Knee injury in Week 11
|Mike McCoy said rookie receiver Keenan Allen, who appeared to suffer a knee injury in the second half, should be available this week. “He’s fine,” McCoy said. “He’ll be playing, which is great.” (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Allen missed a handful of plays in the fourth quarter of San Diego's loss to Miami in Week 11 due to what appeared to be a hyper-extended knee. He'll be facing the Chiefs in Week 12.
| Jordan Reed questionable for Week 12 -- Mon Nov 18 6:15 pm --|
Concussion; Leonard Hankerson likely out for season
|Rookie TE Jordan Reed sustained a concussion Sunday. HC Mike Shanahan said Reed was undergoing the normal concussion protocol, and it won’t be known until later in the week if he’ll play Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers.
Shanahan also said Leonard Hankerson injured the LCL in his left knee during Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia, and MRI exam results were positive. The coach said it wouldn’t be known for a couple days whether the injury would require surgery, which would end Hankerson’s season. (Washington Post)|
FF Today's Take: Reed was in on just 33 snaps in Week 11, his lowest total in eight weeks and the results for Washington were predictable, especially since Pierre Garcon complained his ankle was "hurting him badly" following the team's loss to Philadelphia. Reed has emerged as an every-week starter in fantasy, making his potential absence next week a damaging one. Hankerson's loss likely clears the way for more playing time for Santana Moss, Josh Morgan and/or Aldrick Robinson.
| Julius Thomas day-to-day -- Mon Nov 18 6:05 pm --|
|Broncos interim HC Jack Del Rio says Julius Thomas is "day to day" with knee strain. (Lindsay Jones on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The day-to-day tag is encouraging given how close Thomas' right leg was to being planted on the hit that took him out of the game. Thomas became the first tight end to score against Kansas City this season earlier in the game and could see an increased role in Week 12 if Wes Welker isn't cleared in time from his concussion. Denver travels to New England next.
| Vereen activated off short-term IR -- Mon Nov 18 5:55 pm --|
Patriots plan to ease in third-year back on MNF
|The New England Patriots activated RB Shane Vereen from short-term injured reserve prior to Monday night's game against the Carolina Panthers. The Patriots plan to ease Vereen, who has been sidelined since Week 1, back into their offensive game plan Monday, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter
Vereen was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return after suffering a broken wrist in New England's season-opening victory against the Buffalo Bills. (ESPN Boston)|
FF Today's Take: The Giants also planned to "ease in" Andre Brown in Week 10 before giving him 30 carries in his season debut, so game flow will have a lot to do with how much Vereen sees the field in his return. Either way, Vereen can be a difference-maker down the stretch in fantasy - especially in PPR formats - if he can stay healthy. Brandon Bolden may split passing-down snaps with Vereen tonight, but his run at fantasy relevancy is likely over.
| Joique Bell injured foot in Week 11 -- Mon Nov 18 3:20 pm --|
Reggie Bush "benched" early due to muddy field
|Joique Bell was having a good day until he injured his foot late in the third quarter. With starter Reggie Bush struggling, Bell had amassed 49 yards rushing and 48 receiving and had scored on a 2-yard run. Even though Schwartz said Bell was cleared to return to the game, he didn’t and he was limping noticeably afterward.
“I could’ve come back but they kind of pulled me,” Bell said. (Detroit News)|
FF Today's Take: Bush was "limited" according to Schwartz more because of the muddy track at Heinz Field and less because he had an early fumble. Bell said he was sore after the game, but did not think he suffered a Lisfranc injury. With back-to-back home games, expect Bush to resume feature-back duties against Tampa Bay in Week 12.
| Peterson bothered by groin injury -- Mon Nov 18 3:05 pm --|
Does not anticipate missing Week 12
|Adrian Peterson is not at full strength and it is clearly evident. Bothered by a nagging groin injury, Peterson carried 21 times for 65 yards Sunday against the Seahawks. There were times when it appeared he needed a burst of speed or a quick move to break a long run. But he just didn't appear to have it in him.
"Actually, it was bothering me a lot," Peterson said of the injury. "There were a couple plays in the first half, oh man, I knew if I was able to explode the way I normally do I could have gotten some big chunks, even taken it to the house." (St. Paul Pioneer Press)|
FF Today's Take: Peterson missed a pair of practices last week, so it isn't surprising that he was limited by the injury on Sunday. With the Vikings' season going nowhere, it might be in AD's best interests to take a game off to get closer to 100 percent, but that likely will not happen. For what it is worth, backup Toby Gerhart did see a season-high 28 snaps in the Vikings' blowout loss to Seattle in Week 11.
| Jennings to continue lead-back duties -- Mon Nov 18 2:50 pm --|
McFadden wil have to "wait his turn" when healthy
|With a career-high 150 yards on 22 carries, including the 80-yard touchdown run that stood up as the Raiders' final points, Rashad Jennings has 340 yards on 57 carries, averaging 6.0 yards per carry in his last three games. He is second to Terrelle Pryor in rushing with 480 yards.
Darren McFadden, who had a hamstring injury early in the Philadelphia game which made Jennings the lead back, has 352 yards in seven games. When McFadden does return, it's become clear he'll have to wait his turn. (Contra Costa Times)|
FF Today's Take: It's a ridiculous notion that McFadden is now the second-best running back on his own team after entering the season as his offense's centerpiece. Coaches nowadays tend to ride the "hot hand" and, at the moment, that is Jennings. However, it doesn't mean much right now anyway since McFadden appears unlikely to return anytime soon. Jennings will have a shot to tighten his grip on the starting job over the next two weeks against the weak run defenses of the Titans and Cowboys.
| Wes Welker concussed -- Sun Nov 17 8:00 pm --|
Left game in fourth quarter
|According to the Broncos, Wes Welker indeed suffered a concussion during Sunday night’s loss to the Chiefs. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: Welker totaled 8 catches for 72 yards before leaving the game in the fourth quarter. He will have to pass the NFL concussion tests this week in order to be cleared for his Week 12 matchup against the Patriots.
| Keenan Allen injured in loss -- Sun Nov 17 5:30 pm --|
|Keenan Allen, the Chargers wide receiver, had a tough first play to the fourth quarter. He suffered a right knee injury, forcing him to be a spectator for a two-minute drill that fell short in a 20-16 loss to the Dolphins. (San Diego Union Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Allen will have more tests done on Monday but it appears he hyperextended his knee. Seyi Ajirotutu saw increased snaps in the fourth quarter with Allen out.
|Texans starting QB undecided -- Sun Nov 17 5:00 pm --|
Schaub replaces Keenum in loss to Raiders
|Matt Schaub, a former starting quarterback turned backup, replaced Case Keenum, a former third-stringer turned starter, with two minutes, 26 seconds left in the third quarter of the Texans’ 28-23 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday at Reliant. Schaub wants to start. Keenum proudly took over and isn’t ready to return to a backup role. Kubiak offered no clarity postgame, saying only that he must examine everything the team did Sunday.
“We had a lot of things going on. … We’ll see,” Kubiak said.
FF Today's Take: Fans booed the move and most observers were shocked by the mid-game change at QB. Keenum, should he be named the starter in Week 12, will be a fringe QB1 but carry increased risk moving forward.
|Harvin expected to play 15-20 snaps -- Sun Nov 17 8:00 am --|
Seattle wideout to be limited
|What to expect from #Seahawks WR Percy Harvin? I’m told 10-15 plays, depending on flow of the game. Would be surprised if he plays specials. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: If this report comes true, Harvin would be hard to trust as a fantasy option this week. On the plus side, he does have a matchup against his former team (MIN).
| Michael Floyd expected to play -- Fri Nov 15 5:30 pm --|
Cards should have No.2 receiver
|Arians says Michael Floyd will play vs Jags. (Kent Somers via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Floyd is nursing a shoulder injury but expected to play on Sunday after practicing on Thursday and Friday. He's nothing more than a WR4.
| QB Matt McGloin expected to start -- Fri Nov 15 5:00 pm --|
Pryor nursing knee injury
|Terrelle Pryor was officially listed as questionable, but the Raiders were preparing Friday for undrafted rookie Matt McGloin to be the starting quarterback against the Houston Texans. "Obviously he wasn't as good today as he was the day before,'' Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "I'll see how he's feeling tomorrow and we'll make a decision.'' (San Jose Mercury News)|
FF Today's Take: McGloin took the first team reps in practice on Friday and is expected to start for Raiders on Sunday. Pryor has been battling a knee injury for the last two weeks. The Raiders passing game is hands off for fantasy purposes.
| Megatron returns to practice Friday -- Fri Nov 15 1:30 pm --|
Expected to play on Sunday
|Wide receiver Calvin Johnson returned to Detroit Lions practice today. Johnson practiced today for the first time this week, after sitting out to rest his sore right knee Wednesday and Thursday. (Detroit Free Press)|
FF Today's Take: Check the inactive reports Sunday morning but it sounds like Megatron will be suiting up against the Steelers this weekend.
| Gonzalez limited Friday, Questionable -- Fri Nov 15 1:20 pm --|
|Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, who has missed only two games over his entire career, was limited in practice on Friday.
The Falcons will list Gonzalez, who suffered a left toe injury agianst Seattle, as questionable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay on the official injury report. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FF Today's Take: Gonzalez is looking like a gametime decision for Sunday. TE Levine Toilolo would see increased targets if Gonzalez sits.
| Stevie Johnson out, groin injury -- Fri Nov 15 1:00 pm --|
Bills will be without top receiver
|Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson will not play Sunday against the New York Jets. Johnson, whose right groin was injured during a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday, has been hampered by several injuries this season. This is the second game he will miss. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: With Johnson and Robert Woods (ankle) both out, the Bills will lineup Marquise Goodwin and T.J. Graham at receiver. The Bills passing game is a situation to avoid in Week 11.
| Lattimore hoping to practice next week -- Thu Nov 14 6:05 pm --|
Does not anticipate playing a game in 2013
|Marcus Lattimore said he hopes to go through his first practice with the 49ers next week. Lattimore said he hasn't officially been given word that he'll be cleared for practice, but Tuesday is the last possible day to trigger a three-week window during which players on the NFI list can rejoin practice. Lattimore has yet to don pads and put on a 49ers uniform. But he also has said that the carrot in relation to the monotonous rehabilitation work he's been doing is to join practice with his teammates.
"It would be important to have my mind ready for the next year - real excited about it," he said. (Sacramento Bee)|
FF Today's Take: The thought all along was that Lattimore would be stashed away on NFI or IR in 2013 in hopes the Niners could have him healthy next season. Lattimore said he's been running at full speed, cutting like an NFL running back, so dynasty-league owners can begin to prepare offers for a first-round talent at running back in an excellent situation for fantasy success. The obvious caveat is whether or not Lattimore can stay healthy.