|Rodgers holding out hope for Week 15|
Had "a better day" on Thursday
By: Doug Orth | Dec 12 2013, 6:30 pm
|Aaron Rodgers felt better in practice on Thursday than he did on Wednesday and he’s holding out hope he will be able to play on Sunday. Rodgers took some snaps with the No. 1 offense in practice for the second straight day and called it “a better day.” He doesn’t know, however, whether that will help him and his broken collarbone get medical clearance in time to play in Dallas.
“If I’m going to play Sunday, I’m going to need to take the majority of the reps tomorrow,” Rodgers said. (Packers.com)|
FFToday's Take: Rodgers has missed five games with an injury that was supposed to sideline him anywhere from 4-8 weeks, so he could possibly be back this week. Or, he could easily sit out the remainder of the season. Reports have suggested that Rodgers will try to take the majority of snaps tomorrow, but he has yet to be cleared. As a result, Matt Flynn remains the favorite to start in Dallas in Week 15.
|Jordan Reed likely out for year|
Sources suggest team won't risk prized rookie TE
By: Doug Orth | Dec 12 2013, 6:20 pm
|One day after Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was benched for the remainder of the season, another cog to the team's offense will be shut down. Rookie TE Jordan Reed will be held out of play for the remaining three weeks of the year, multiple sources close to Reed told FOXSports.com.
HC Mike Shanahan said Thursday that there hasn't been any discussions to end Reed's season, but sources indicate the team doesn't want to risk their prized tight end as it winds down a dismal season. (Fox Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Reed sustained a concussion in Week 11 and hasn't played since. Reed leads all rookie tight ends in receptions (45) and yards (499) even after missing four games. Even if this is it for Reed in 2013, he'll enter next season as a surefire TE1 in redraft and dynasty leagues.
|Owen Daniels out against Colts|
Won't return in Week 15
By: Doug Orth | Dec 12 2013, 2:10 pm
|Owen Daniels’ return has been delayed at least another week.
Daniels won’t play Sunday at Indianapolis, Texans interim coach Wade Phillips said Thursday.
The Texans are also dealing with minor injuries to tight ends Garrett Graham and Jake Byrne. Rookie Ryan Griffin is the Texans’ only fully healthy tight end. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: There had been some speculation that Daniels would be able to return this week but that won't happen. His value in redraft leagues is flimsy at best.
|Cutler to start for Bears|
Cutler practiced on Thursday
By: Doug Orth | Dec 12 2013, 2:00 pm
|Jay Cutler successfully completed a full-speed workout on Wednesday, prompting Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman to name him the starting quarterback over backup Josh McCown for the team's Sunday matchup with the Cleveland Browns. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: McCown has played in relief of Cutler over the last few weeks but coach Marc Trestman has said all along that Cutler would regain his starting job once healthy... and here we are. Cutler has great weapons at his disposal but will be shaky QB1 on the road and coming off a four-week absence.
|Wes Welker ruled out|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 11 2013, 3:00 pm
|In a move that surprised no one, the Broncos have ruled out both wide receiver Wes Welker and defensive lineman Derek Wolfe for Thursday's game against the San Diego Chargers. Welker suffered a concussion during Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans.
FFToday's Take: With Welker out, Jacob Tamme is expected to see increased snaps out of the slot with Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker being the focal point of the offense on the outside. Tamme will be a TE2 with upside for Week 13.
|RGIII to the bench, Cousins to start|
Shanahan makes change at QB
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 11 2013, 11:00 am
|Kirk Cousins will replace Robert Griffin III at quarterback Sunday when the Washington Redskins face the Atlanta Falcons. Griffin told reporters Wednesday that Mike Shanahan has informed him that he will be shut down for the remainder of the season as the coach "wanted to make sure I got to the offseason free from injury." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The reasoning is flimsy at best but starting Cousins may give the struggling offense at boost for a week. The Redskins face the Falcons in a neutral QB matchup for Week 15. Rex Grossman will serve as the No. 2 QB.
|Lacy misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 11 2013, 10:45 am
|The Packers were without rookie RB Eddie Lacy Wednesday at practice, but he was inside the Don Hutson Center working out with the strength and conditioning staff. There was no word yet on the probability of Lacy (ankle) playing this week. If he can't play, James Starks would get the bulk of the carries.
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: It's likely Lacy will see very limited practice time this week and if he sits on Sunday, James Starks would get the start against the Cowboys and be a worthy RB2.
|Peterson, Gerhart miss practice Wed.|
Neither will practice until Friday at earliest
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 11 2013, 8:15 am
|Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said injured running backs Adrian Peterson (foot sprain) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) will not practice today and probably won't practice until Friday, if at all. He also said he's more hopeful that Gerhart will be able to practice on Friday than Peterson. (Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: We all know that Peterson is a freak of nature when it comes to his body and healing time but it sounds unlikely that he will be available this week. For his part, Peterson says he'll be ready to play.
|Cassel to start for Vikings|
Ponder cleared from concussion
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 11 2013, 8:00 am
|Frazier officially announced Matt Cassel as the starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Eagles at Mall of America Field. It will be Cassel's fourth start of the season and second straight start. Christian Ponder, who has been cleared from the concussion that sidelined him last week, will serve as the backup. Josh Freeman will be the No. 3 QB. (Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Ponder (concussion) has been cleared for action but Cassel will get the start. This is a marginal improvement for the passing offense and Cassel is only a QB2 for Week 15 and beyond.
|Rodgers to be evaluated Wednesday|
Packers QB to work out Tuesday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 10 2013, 1:00 pm
|McCarthy said Monday that Aaron Rodgers has not been cleared for the Cowboys game and that backup Matt Flynn would be prepped to be the starter. Rodgers will step up his rehabilitation program Tuesday and undergo an evaluation Wednesday morning to see whether his left collarbone is healed enough for him to play. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: It didn't appear that Rodgers was close to playing last week. Rodgers owners should have plan B in place as Matt Flynn will likely get the start against the Cowboys.
|Adrian Peterson in walking boot|
Won't need surgery on foot
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 10 2013, 12:30 pm
|Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will not require surgery on his sprained right foot although he will remain in a walking boot this week, leaving in doubt his status for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Metrodome, a team official confirmed Tuesday. (Pioneer Press)|
FFToday's Take: An MRI showed no fractures found in Peterson foot and Peterson says he want's to play. That remains to be seen. Backup Toby Gerhart suffered a hamstring strain last week and he'll likely be limited in practice this week. Matt Asiata is the "break glass in case of emergency" running back.
|RB Stewart suffers MCL injury|
HC Rivera expects RB to "miss a few weeks"
By: Doug Orth | Dec 9 2013, 3:35 pm
|The Carolina Panthers went seven games with Jonathan Stewart to start this season and they'll be without him for a few more after the running back injured his MCL in Sunday night's 31-13 loss to New Orleans. Stewart suffered an MCL injury and will not play this week. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Stewart would get evaluated in 10 days and added it's possible Stewart could return in the regular season finale at Atlanta.
Rivera said he was unsure how serious the MCL injury was, but he was certain Stewart's ACL was not affected. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: Stewart sat out the first seven games of the season while on the PUP list following offseason ankle surgery. He suffered a high ankle sprain last year in Week 12 against Philadelphia and did not play again. He has also been dogged by toe injuries throughout his career. DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert will return to splitting carries yet again.
|MRI confirms bad news on Gronk|
TE suffers torn ACL and damage to his MCL
By: Doug Orth | Dec 9 2013, 3:25 pm
|A league source confirmed that Rob Gronkowski tore his ACL and also suffered damage to his MCL and will have a lengthy rehabilitation process this offseason that could put his availability for the start of the 2014 season in question.
The team is bringing back journeyman tight end D.J. Williams, a league source told the Globe. The Patriots desperately need tight end help with Gronkowski injured in Sunday’s win over the Browns and Michael Hoomanawanui working his way back from a sprained knee. (Boston Globe)|
FFToday's Take: Gronkowski, who will finish his season on injured reserve for the second straight season, took a hit from Cleveland’s T.J. Ward squarely in his knee in the third quarter. Gronk also suffered a mild concussion on the play.
|WAS looking to part with Shanahan?|
Redskins may seek to fire coach with cause over report
By: Doug Orth | Dec 9 2013, 3:10 pm
|The Washington Redskins were sorting through their options Monday regarding HC Mike Shanahan and one of the possibilities is firing Shanahan for cause, according to multiple people familiar with the situation. One person familiar with the matter said it was not clear what the team would do and added it was not certain the Redskins would take that approach even if they decide to dismiss Shanahan. Several people with knowledge of the situation agreed it is likely that Shanahan and the Redskins will part ways by the end of the season. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: According to the Post, the major remaining uncertainty is how and when the divorce between Shanahan and the team will be crafted because he is still owed $7 M for next season. This story started to gain traction last week when ESPN reported that Shanahan was ready to leave at the end of last season due to owner Dan Snyder's "empowerment" of Robert Griffin III before the quarterback's knee injury convinced him to return. Stay tuned.
|Mathieu suffers torn ACL, LCL|
Injury could threaten part of 2014 season
By: Doug Orth | Dec 9 2013, 2:55 pm
|Cardinals rookie S Tyrann Mathieu’s Monday morning MRI revealed he suffered two torn ligaments in his left knee.
The safety tore both the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and LCL (lateral collateral ligament, outer side) in his knee after being injured while returning a kick in the third quarter against the St. Louis Rams. (Arizona Republic)|
FFToday's Take: Along with Buffalo's Kiko Alonso and the New York Jets' Sheldon Richardson, Mathieu was clearly in the running for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. Mathieu played free safety and slot corner for the Cardinals, contributing in nearly every defensive category while playing virtually every snap in 13 games. Rashad Johnson will replace him in the lineup, but is a huge step down in terms of coverage and playmaking ability.
|Peterson leaves with strained foot|
Experiencing pain in mid-foot area
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 8 2013, 10:00 pm
|Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson suffered a sprained foot during Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Peterson, who said he is experiencing pain in his mid-foot area, is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday after X-rays were negative. The NFL's reigning MVP said he does not believe the injury is season-ending.
FFToday's Take: Foot sprains can be tricky and until a true diagnosis is revealed we won't have a good idea on Peterson's status for the remainder of the season. For now, Peterson owners should be ready with Plan B and pickup Toby Gerhart immediately.
|Welker suffers concussion|
Unlikely to play in Week 15
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 8 2013, 8:30 pm
|Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker left Sunday's win over the Tennessee Titans just before halftime with a concussion and did not return to the game. Welker is now subject to the NFL's concussion protocol, which will include baseline testing Monday. However, even if Welker were to be cleared for activity this week with that exam, the protocol would preclude him from playing in Thursday night's game against the San Diego Chargers. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This is the second time in the last four games that Welker has suffered a concussion. Welker owners should have plan B in place as the Broncos play on Thursday night next week. Julius Thomas could see increased targets if Welker sits.
|Bush sits out Week 14|
Inactive due to calf injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 8 2013, 8:10 pm
|Reggie Bush aggravated the calf injury that kept him out of practice most of the week during pregame warm-ups and did not play in the Detroit Lions’ 34-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Bush didn't play a down against the Eagles. Joique Bell carried the load with 23 carries for 69 yards but had two costly fumbles. Bush should be considered questionable for Week 15.
|Pats fear Gronk has torn ACL|
MRI coming Monday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 8 2013, 8:00 pm
|The New England Patriots fear that star tight end Rob Gronkowski has a torn ACL in his right knee, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Gronkowski, who suffered the injury in Sunday's wild 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns, will undergo an MRI on Monday, according to the source.
FoxSports earlier reported that the Patriots believe it is a torn ACL.
FFToday's Take: This is a devastating blow for the Patriots and for fantasy owners right in the middle of playoff time. Gronkowski finished Week 14 with 2 catches and 32 yards.
|Jennings expected to be Inactive|
Marcel Reese to start at RB for Raiders
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 8 2013, 11:30 am
|Raiders RB Jennings not expected to go, they'll shift FB Marcel Reece over. Julius Thomas expected to go. Steelers L Bell gets the go too (Jay Glazier via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Rashad Jennings won't be cleared for Week 14. Reece won't be a recommended fantasy play against a tough Jets run defense but owners in desperation mode can certainly take a flier on him.
|Pitta activated from IR|
Expected to play Week 14
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 7 2013, 10:00 pm
|Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta was activated from the injured reserve-designated to return list, which will make him available to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Pitta will return this week from a hip injury and expected to play in a limited role. He's worth adding for teams still alive in fantasy playoffs but will only be a TE2.
|Rashad Jennings yet to be cleared|
Will travel with team to New York
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2013, 8:00 pm
|Leading rusher Rashad Jennings has yet to pass all the concussion tests mandated by the NFL but will travel with the team Friday in hopes of being ready to face the New York Jets. "He's still not cleared yet so we've really got the rest of today and tomorrow and we'll see how he's feeling tomorrow,'' Allen said. (Inside Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: Jennings practiced with the team this week but needs to be cleared by doctors in order to play. If he doesn't play, Marcel Reece would likely handle the bulk of rushing duties for the Raiders in a tough matchup against the Jets strong run defense.
|Palmer a gametime decision|
Expected to play
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2013, 2:45 pm
|Carson Palmer’s status for Sunday’s game against the Rams is going to come down to a decision on game day, coach Bruce Arians said, and the quarterback — who was limited again Friday — will officially be questionable with his ailing right elbow. Arians expressed confidence Palmer will be able to play. “He’ll be a game-time,” Arians said. “I’m sure he’ll be ready to go.” (AZcardinals.com)|
FFToday's Take: Despite the "gametime decision" tag it sounds like Palmer will be able to start although he practiced very little this week. He won't be a recommended fantasy play due to his questionable health. Drew Stanton would start if Palmer is ruled out.
|Bush practices Friday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2013, 2:30 pm
|The Lions practiced outdoors today ahead of Sunday’s game in chilly Philadelphia, and did so with running back Reggie Bush back in the fold. Bush missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a calf injury, but was back on the field and didn’t seem limited in the portion of practice open to the media.
Receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) and safety Louis Delmas (knee) practiced for the second day in a row. (DetroitLions.com)|
FFToday's Take: Good news for Bush owners as it appears he's on track to play Sunday against the Eagles. Through 13 weeks, Bush is the No.7 fantasy running back in PPR and Non-PPR leagues.
|Aaron Rodgers ruled out|
Matt Flynn will start
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2013, 1:40 pm
|Aaron Rodgers declared OUT for the Packers. (Tyler Dunne)|
FFToday's Take: Matt Flynn will get the start against the Falcons and even against a suspect secondary, Flynn will be nothing more than a QB2. Rodgers return this season is still in question given the Packers have a very slim chance to make the playoffs.
|Texans fire head coach Gary Kubiak|
Texans own the league's worst record at 2-11
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2013, 12:10 pm
|The Houston Texans, who own the league's worst record at 2-11, fired coach Gary Kubiak on Friday.
Expected by some to contend for a Super Bowl berth this season, the Texans rallied to win their first two games but have lost a franchise-record 11 straight since. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will serve as interim coach and owner Bob McNair stated that Case Keenum will be the starting QB for the remainder of the season. Keenum has a 54.3% completion rate and thrown for 1592 yards, 9 TDs and 4 INTs in seven games. Matt Schaub has likely played his last game in Houston.
|MJD to have MRI on hamstring|
Injured in 4th quarter of Jags victory
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2013, 8:00 am
|Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Friday on his right hamstring, which was injured during Thursday night's 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans.
The injury didn't appear to be serious, though, and Jones-Drew said after the game that he expects to play against the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 15. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: MJD was hurt in the fourth quarter and replaced by Jordan Todman. Despite Jones-Drew's optimism, he should be considered questionable for next week's game against the Bills.
|Jay Cutler ruled out|
Did individual work at practice Thursday
By: Doug Orth | Dec 5 2013, 5:10 pm
|Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had his helmet back on and took part in practice at the Walter Payton Center on Thursday.
But coach Marc Trestman ruled him out for Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys. Backup Josh McCown will make his fifth start. (Chicago Sun Times)|
FFToday's Take: Cutler is recovering from a sprained ankle and will be eying Week 15 for his return. He's currently classified as week-to-week by head coach Marc Trestman. Josh McCown will be worthy QB1 heading into the Monday night matchup with Cowboys.
|Julius Thomas back at practice|
On track to play in Week 14
By: Doug Orth | Dec 5 2013, 5:00 pm
|Julius Thomas (knee), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (shoulder) full participation in practice today. (Mike Klis via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas was inactive last week but appears to be on track to play in Week 14 against the Titans. Thomas is a TE1.
|Cutler takes part in practice|
Gets in stretching, individual work
By: Doug Orth | Dec 5 2013, 2:50 pm
|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)|
FFToday'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?|
Rookie saw 13 snaps in Week 13
By: Doug Orth | Dec 5 2013, 2:20 pm
|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)|
FFToday'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|
QB in pads for first time since shoulder injury
By: Doug Orth | Dec 5 2013, 2:10 pm
|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)|
FFToday'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|
Bucs receiver misses practice Thursday
By: Doug Orth | Dec 5 2013, 11:55 am
|WR Vincent Jackson again absent from Bucs practice today. Dealing with a hamstring injury with Bills in town Sunday. (Greg Auman via Twitter)|
FFToday'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|
Could start Week 14
By: Doug Orth | Dec 5 2013, 11:30 am
|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)|
FFToday'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|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 5 2013, 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)|
FFToday'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|
Jennings still needs to pass concussion tests
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 4 2013, 3:45 pm
|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)|
FFToday'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|
Campbell and Weeden not cleared for practice
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 4 2013, 1:10 pm
|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)|
FFToday'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|
Redskins TE still needs to be cleared by doctors
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 4 2013, 12:55 pm
|Shanahan gives extensive injury report, says the Reeds DNP with concussions. @doughty37 was cleared, @Real_JordanReed was not. (Washington Redskins via Twitter)|
FFToday'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|
Ponder still feeling symptoms of concussion
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 4 2013, 12:45 pm
|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)|
FFToday'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|
Not yet ruled out for Week 14
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 3 2013, 6:00 pm
|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)|
FFToday'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.