12/06/13 - 1:22PM ETReggie Bush
: (Calf) Questionable for Sunday
Bush (calf) is questionable for Sunday's game against Philadelphia.
Bush's only practice activity this week was a limited showing Friday, but DetroitLions.com's Tim Twentyman thinks there's a "pretty good" chance that Bush plays. Bush has played with limited practice work all year, but that was generally due to knee maintenance, so this is somewhat new territory and therefore more concerning. Joique Bell might see more work than usual regardless of whether Bush starts.
Jackson (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against Buffalo, SportsTalkFlorida's Jenna Laine reports.
Jackson was a limited practice participant Friday. Coach Greg Schiano said he's "cautiously optimistic" Jackson will play Sunday. He missed Wednesday's practice, but the fact that Jackson practiced in a limited capacity Thursday and Friday means Schiano's cautious optimism isn't unwarranted.
Palmer (elbow) is a game-time decision for Sunday's game against St. Louis, though coach Bruce Arians said he's "sure" Palmer will be "ready to go."
Palmer didn't do much in practice Friday, and Arians' seemingly reassuring words are contradicted by the game-time decision declaration. Elbow issues are particularly concerning in Palmer's case, as he missed 12 games in 2008 with a lingering elbow injury, and his effectiveness noticeably dropped off for the rest of his career from that point. Drew Stanton will play if Palmer can't.
Peterson (groin) is questionable for Sunday's game against Baltimore.
Although Peterson is questionable and made just one limited practice appearance this week (Friday), there's no indication that he'll miss Sunday's game. Peterson just might be the league's most competitive player, and he lit up the Packers and Bears both over the last two weeks after logging just one practice day in each case.
Rodgers (collarbone) is out for Sunday's game against Atlanta.
Matt Flynn will start Sunday's game, which is grim news for owners of Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jarrett Boykin. The Packers would have very little chance of making the playoffs if they lose Sunday, so a loss significantly heightens the chances of Green Bay shutting down Rodgers for the season. His owners should cross their fingers with the hope that Flynn improbably plays at a competent level.
Rodgers (collarbone) watched Matt Flynn work with the first-team offense when Green Bay began practice Friday, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Bob McGinn reports.
Nothing official has been stated at this point and Green Bay's practice isn't over, but this news still makes it appear as if Matt Flynn will start for Green Bay on Sunday. Even against a weak Atlanta defense, that's bad news for owners of Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jarrett Boykin.
Stewart (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against New Orleans.
Stewart will suit up and get a fair amount of work against the Saints, but he'll play off the bench behind DeAngelo Williams, who was named starter for the game. Both players are hit-or-miss fantasy considerations as part-time runners against a vulnerable run defense.
Williams (quadriceps) will start against New Orleans on Sunday.
Although the presences of Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert badly limits Williams' upside, it's somewhat reassuring to see Carolina still considers him the team's top runner. The fact that he appears to be near full health is also welcome news. New Orleans' run defense is allowing 4.6 yards per carry on the year.
Coach Rob Chudzinski said that Campbell (concussion) has been cleared to start Sunday's game against the Patriots, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
While Campbell practiced for the second straight day Friday, teammate Brandon Weeden has not been cleared to practice and will be inactive for Sunday's game, which sets the stage for Caleb Hanie and/or Alex Tanney to serve as the team's Week 14 backup quarterbacks. The Patriots -- who have given up 31 points in each of their last two wins -- have allowed an average of 224 passing yards per game, along with 18 TDs in 12 games overall.
Texans chairman and CEO Bob McNair confirmed Friday that the Texans plan to stick with Keenum as their starting quarterback. "Case is going to be the quarterback, and we're going to give him a chance," McNair noted in advance of Week 15's contest against the Colts. "He's shown flashes of brilliance and also rookie mistakes."
Keenum was benched in favor of Matt Schaub during the third quarter of Thursday's loss to the Jaguars, but he'll get the start when the Texans play next Sunday against the Colts. At 2-11, it makes sense for the Texans to continue to see what they have in Keenum, but the young QB's recent struggles makes rolling with him in the fantasy playoffs a gamble.
Bush (calf) took part in Friday's practice, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' website reports.
It's not clear how much work Bush got in Friday, but fantasy owners should be encouraged by his participation after he was held out the previous two days. Expect an update on Bush's status when the Lions release Friday's injury report.
Campbell (concussion) practiced Friday for the second straight day, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Campbell has not officially been cleared for game action, but his chances of playing Sunday have improved thanks to his participation in practice the last two days. Expect the Browns to provide an update on Campbell's status when they release their final injury report of the week Friday afternoon.
Jackson (hamstring) took part in Friday's practice, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports.
It's not clear how much work Jackson was able to get in Friday, but his participation for the second day in a row bodes well for his chances of playing in Sunday's game against the Bills. Expect the Buccaneers to update Jackson's status when they release Friday's injury report.
Jones-Drew left Thursday's game in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury and is questionable to return.
Jones-Drew pulled up gimpy at the end of a 15-yard reception, leaving Jordan Todman to handle lead-back duties. Prior to exiting, MJD piled up 103 rushing yards on 14 carries, adding another 20 yards on two receptions. Assuming he doesn't return and rush for negative yardage, Jones-Drew will finish with his first 100-yard rushing game since September of 2012.
12/05/13 - 8:13PM ETCase Keenum
: Benched For Schaub In Third Quarter
Keenum was benched in favor of Matt Schaub during the third quarter of Thursday's game against the Jaguars.
Prior to being replaced, Keenum completed 16-of-29 passes for 159 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. His run of success in the Houston offense feels like a distant memory, as the rookie has been dreadful in three of the Texans' last four games. While the benching doesn't necessarily preclude Keenum from starting in Week 15, it won't be particularly surprising if Schaub gets the nod. The Texans will almost certainly be looking for a franchise quarterback in the offseason.
12/05/13 - 5:06PM ETGolden Tate
: Full Practice Thursday
Tate (hip) practiced in full Thursday.
Tate's absence from drills Wednesday was clearly a precautionary measure in order to avoid unnecessary setbacks. The wideout is averaging 5.5 targets in the last six games, but he may find rough sledding Sunday against a 49ers defense that's yielded two WR scores during that same stretch.
Lynch (non injury) returned to full practice Thursday.
Lynch's YPC has reduced in three consecutive games from a season high 6.0 (Week 10 in Atlanta) to Monday's 2.8. The last two outings have been particularly miserable -- 33 total carries for 99 yards -- but three touchdowns versus the Vikings in Week 11 were a saving grace. However, he's absolutely torched his opponent Sunday, the 49ers, in their last three matchups, racking up 312 yards and three scores on the ground, as well as six receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns.
12/05/13 - 4:46PM ETFrank Gore
: Practices Fully Thursday
Gore (ankle) practiced fully Thursday.
After a limited showing Wednesday, Gore bumped up to full reps Thursday, providing the confidence owners require heading into high stakes matchups, including some playoff tilts, in Week 14. However, he's faltered of late, with no more than 56 total yards in any of the last three games. Considering the staunch Seahawks defense confronting him Sunday, he may find difficulty providing desirable output.
Johnson (knee) was limited in Thursday's practice.
Johnson's right knee issue will likely follow him through the rest of the campaign, but he's only missed one tilt (Week 5). Only a setback will hold him on the sideline Sunday in Philadelphia, but his progress will continue to be monitored as game day draws near.
Ellington (knee) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
One week ago Thursday, Ellington suffered the knee injury that ensured a stay on the sideline in Week 13. Certainly, a return to the practice field provides some confidence that he'll play Sunday versus the Rams, but owners should keep a watchful eye on his progress as game day approaches.
Floyd (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Floyd's ankle concern allowed him to take the practice field, after sitting out Wednesday, which supports coach Bruce Arians' contention that the injury isn't severe. Friday's injury report should aid in determining whether Floyd will play through his various ailments Sunday versus the Rams.
Marshall didn't practice Thursday due to an injured quadriceps, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The ailment forced Marshall into the injury picture last Thursday, and even though he took the field in Week 13, he did little with his nine targets, catching four balls for 45 yards. He seems to be hit or miss of late but has still notched at least 100 yards receiving and one touchdown in three of the last five games. Expect clarification regarding his status as Monday's contest against the Cowboys approaches.
Gonzalez (toe) was limited in practice Thursday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Although Gonzalez was considered a limited practice participant for a second day in a row, he was able to increase his workload, which bodes well for active status Sunday in Green Bay. The final injury report of the week should forecast nicely his availability for the aforementioned contest.
12/05/13 - 1:36PM ETA.J. Green
: Full Practice Thursday
Green (groin) practiced fully Thursday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Green was limited Wednesday, but his full participation Thursday ensures that he is in line to play Sunday against the Colts, with a probable designation likely on tap for the wideout Friday.
Peterson (groin) didn't practice Thursday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Peterson is replicating exactly his practice participation from a week ago, when he played the entirety of Sunday's overtime victory against the Bears. He may have a difficult time approaching the 211 rushing yards racked up in that tilt during Sunday's road outing against a Ravens defense that hasn't allowed 100 yards on the ground to running backs in any of the last five contests.
McCown will start Monday's game against the Cowboys.
Despite a return to practice, albeit limited, by Jay Cutler (ankle) on Thursday, coach Marc Trestman has ruled out the Bears' typical starting QB for the fifth time in the last six games. With the start, McCown will aim to achieve 350 passing yards and two scores for the third consecutive week.
12/05/13 - 1:10PM ETJay Cutler
: Ruled Out for Monday
Cutler (ankle) won't play Monday against the Cowboys, leaving the starting quarterback gig to Josh McCown.
Coach Marc Trestman announced the decision Thursday following a practice in which Cutler participated in a limited fashion. Thus, false hope that Cutler would return to the Bears for the first time in four games has now vanished, ensuring yet another start for McCown.
Stewart (ankle) missed Thursday's practice, but coach Ron Rivera remains unconcerned and expects the running back to return to drills Friday, Jeff Darlington of NFL.com reports.
Stewart's absence from practice for two consecutive days certainly ensures wavering confidence for his owners, but if he takes part in drills to conclude the week, as Rivera expects, then Stewart may factor into the running back picture Sunday in New Orleans. The final injury report of the week could clarify Stewart's status, as well as those of fellow backs DeAngelo Williams (quad) and Mike Tolbert (knee).
12/05/13 - 12:21PM ETJay Cutler
: Limited Practice Thursday
Cutler (ankle) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
No matter his level of participation, the fact that Cutler was able to practice in the Bears' first drills of the week provides confidence that all stops may be pulled in order to return Monday against the Cowboys. On the other hand, Josh McCown continued to take reps with the first team, which implies that he remains the starting quarterback for the time being. However, Cutler's progress should be monitored as game day approaches, as the No. 1 gig seems to be in some flux.
Rodgers, who wore pads for the first time Thursday since sustaining a broken collarbone, fit in a bit more work in individual drills, Paul Imig of FOX Sports Wisconsin reports. However, Mike McCarthy stated, "Aaron Rodgers has not been cleared by the medical staff."
On a positive note, Rodgers was able to practice in pads, but yielding snaps to Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien in Thursday's practice isn't a development that owners want to hear at this time. No matter, Rodgers' fate is expected to be known by Friday, or Saturday at the latest, which should make any lineup decision that must be made an easier one.
Jackson (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Following what coach Greg Schiano considered a day off Wednesday, Jackson has upped his activity level somewhat, despite being absent from the open portion of Thursday's drills. Owners should feel some comfort that he was able to fit in reps before the week concludes, but Friday's injury report should shed more light on his potential status Sunday versus the Bills.
Jacobs (knee) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, the Newark Star Ledger reports.
Jacobs has been dealing with continual swelling in his knee for some time, which kept him sidelined in Week 13 in Washington for the fifth time this season and will require an offseason procedure. He'll likely make it six missed games Sunday at San Diego, as he isn't likely to travel with the Giants on the cross-country flight. As a result, Andre Brown will again handle the bulk of the workload out of the backfield this week.
Johnson (knee) returned to practice Thursday, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Johnson continues to deal with soreness in his right knee, which has reportedly led to the wideout getting fluid drained from his knee occasionally throughout the season. That's not something that coach Jim Schwartz will confirm, but in any case, Johnson's knee issue is something that he has played through all but once this year, and Megatron is expected to suit up against the Eagles on Sunday, barring a setback.
Rogers could get more playing time at the expense of Darrius Heyward-Bey this week as head coach Chuck Pagano was non-committal on Indy's playing time at wide receiver after T.Y. Hilton, the Indianapolis Star reports.
While Rogers didn't have a catch last week, he was on the field for 13 snaps on offense and drew a 26-yard pass interference call. The Indy passing game has struggled the past few weeks, so they may try to give Rogers a chance.
Coach Rob Chudzinski said Thursday that Campbell (concussion) has been cleared to practice, but added that the QB still needs to be cleared by doctors to play in a game, Akron Beacon Journal writer Nate Ulrich reports.
Meanwhile, Brandon Weeden has yet to be cleared to practice, so at this stage, Campbell is the healthier of the team's top two quarterbacks, but he still has another step to go before he is named the team's Week 14 starter. Until then, Alex Tanney and Caleb Hanie will remain in the mix to potentially draw Sunday's assignment against the Patriots.
Pierre-Paul (shoulder) said he hasn't entertained the thought of shutting it down for the rest of the season and he's doing everything he can to get back on the field, including rehabbing twice a day at the team facility and again at home, the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Pierre-Paul could make it back at some point, but it's unlikely he'll be 100 percent until next year.
Wednesday, December 4
12/04/13 - 5:15PM ETGolden Tate
: No Practice Wednesday
Tate (hip) didn't practice Wednesday, John Boyle of the Everett Herald reports.
Tate is joining fellow wideout Percy Harvin with a hip concern, which is of unknown severity. During the past six games, Tate has averaged one 20-plus yard reception per game, while totaling 23 receptions (on 33 targets) for 376 yards and three touchdowns. Due to his reliability, owners should monitor his activity level closely as Sunday's game at San Francisco approaches.
Lynch missed Wednesday's practice for non-injury reasons, John Boyle of the Everett Herald reports.
During the Seahawks' rout of the Saints on Monday, Lynch didn't really impress, posting his third-lowest rushing total of the season (45 yards) as Russell Wilson exploded for 310 yards and three touchdown passes. With no injury to explain his measly 2.8 YPC, perhaps mere rest is required to get Lynch back on track, especially considering he's toted the rock 224 times this season, good for third most in the league.
12/04/13 - 4:30PM ETFrank Gore
: Limited Wednesday
Gore (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.
Gore has fallen into a consistent workload of 14-to-18 touches during the 49ers' last four games, posting 203 rushing yards, 39 receiving yards, and one touchdown. His 3.6 YPC during that stretch isn't far off his season mark of 4.0, but a return to normalcy may not come to pass against a Seahawks defense that held him to 16 yards on nine carries during their first meeting of the year.
Bell (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday, ESPN.com reports.
At this stage it looks like Bell, who sustained a concussion last Thursday, is on track to play Sunday against the Dolphins, but his Week 14 status is nonetheless worth monitoring in order to ensure that Bell makes it through the week without any setbacks.
McFadden missed Wednesday's practice with an ankle issue, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
McFadden, who had missed three games with a hamstring issue, returned to action in Week 13. His good health was short-lived though, as coach Dennis Allen said Wednesday that the ankle injury McFadden sustained in last Thursday's game "was more than (the Raiders) originally thought." On the plus side, Rashad Jennings was able to practice Wednesday after suffering a concussion in Week 13.
Palmer was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a right elbow injury, the Cardinals' official site reports.
Coach Bruce Arians didn't touch on Palmer's new ailment, but the quarterback was a full participant in practice the last two weeks with a right hand injury, which raises some concern about his status for Sunday's game against the Rams. Expect Palmer's availability to receive clarification by week's end.
Gonzalez (toe) was limited in practice Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Gonzalez was also curbed in drills all of last week but proceeded to record four catches (on seven targets) for 42 yards and an 11-yard touchdown Sunday at Buffalo. However, owners should monitor his practice participation as the week continues.
Despite an earlier report that Jackson (hamstring) was limited in Wednesday's practice, he is officially listed as a non-participant on the Buccaneers' injury report. Coach Greg Schiano told the Tampa Bay Times that "Vince had a little bit of a leg issue, I don't think it's real serious. He was scheduled to be off today anyways."
The injury isn't a cause for concern, at least according to Schiano, but owners should circle back Thursday in order to garner if Jackson returned to the practice field.
Harvin (hip) won't participate in Wednesday's practice, but will fit in running on the side, Sports Radio KJR reports.
Coach Pete Carroll said that Harvin is slated to follow a similar plan to the one leading up to his sole appearance of the season in Week 11 against the Vikings, when he practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday. He followed that up with full practices both Thursday and Friday, but it remains to be seen if his hip, which recently received injections, will be able to fulfill that activity level.
Williams (quad) was limited in practice Wednesday.
Williams didn't practice last week due to his quadriceps concern, so a return to drills is an encouraging sign for his availability Sunday at New Orleans. If he does suit up, he could be the primary RB option with Jonathan Stewart (ankle - out) and Mike Tolbert (knee - limited) hobbled Wednesday. Expect some clarification on the situation as the weeks rolls along.
Jackson was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a leg concern, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Jackson was originally reported as a non-participant in drills, but he did in fact fit in some reps, which supports coach Greg Schiano's contention that the injury isn't serious. By the end of the week, Jackson's Week 14 status should be clarified, likely in a positive sense.
Rodgers stated Wednesday that a decision on his status for Sunday's game versus the Falcons will be made by Friday or Saturday at the latest, FOX Sports Wisconsin reports.
Rodgers was able to participate in all individual drills Wednesday in what was deemed a limited showing. He has yet to be ruled out for Week 14's tilt, but his evaluation Tuesday didn't reveal a positive result. Consequently, Matt Flynn is expected to take on QB duties Sunday unless Rodgers' healing left collarbone experiences a sudden recovery.
Ellington (knee) won't participate in Wednesday's practice, the Arizona Republic reports.
After suffering his knee injury in practice last Thursday, Ellington was unable to take the field against Philadelphia. If he remains sidelined in Week 14 against the Rams, Rashard Mendenhall will act as the primary back, with Stepfan Taylor providing support.
Floyd (ankle) won't take part in practice Wednesday, the Arizona Republic reports.
Floyd has dealt with an AC sprain in his right shoulder the last three games, but coach Bruce Arians stated that the receiver's new ailment isn't a serious one. Still, owners should keep a watchful eye on Floyd's practice participation as the weekend approaches.
Jennings (concussion) was at practice Wednesday, Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times reports.
Jennings is recovering from a concussion that he suffered in the Raiders' loss to the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, but his presence on the field is encouraging, especially given the absence from practice Wednesday of both Darren McFadden and Jeremy Stewart.
Cassel told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he's definitely starting Sunday at Baltimore.
Cassel learned the news Wednesday, which isn't a surprise considering Christian Ponder's current bout with a concussion. In his five appearances this season, Cassel has been fair, posting 857 passing yards with a 5:4 TD:INT ratio.
12/04/13 - 10:46AM ETJordan Reed
: No Practice Wednesday
Reed (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday, 106.7 The Fan in DC reports.
After a pregame setback (a headache) a short time before Sunday's kickoff, Reed is enduring the league's concussion protocol for a second week in a row. Due to the murky nature of head injuries, clearance from the protocol may take some time to emerge from. In his absence, fellow tight ends Logan Paulsen and Fred Davis both received four targets in Week 13, with Paulsen reaching the end zone.
Stewart (undisclosed) wasn't in pads during Wednesday's practice, the Charlotte Observer reports.
An ankle injury kept Stewart's practice participation in check last week, but the ailment didn't stop him from leading the Panthers with 14 carries during Sunday's win versus the Buccaneers due to an absent DeAngelo Williams (quad). However, Williams returned to practice Wednesday, leaving the running back situation in Carolina in some flux. Keep an eye on Stewart's status as the week rolls along, with clarification of his upcoming workload possible by Sunday night's game in New Orleans.
Williams (quad) was in pads during practice Wednesday, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Williams' ultimate activity level is unknown, but after a quadriceps injury sidelined him in Week 13, any participation is a positive sign for his owners. In his absence, the trio of Cam Newton, Mike Tolbert, and Jonathan Stewart received between five and 14 carries, with Newton leading the way with 68 yards and and a one-yard touchdown run. As the week progresses, the RB picture could be clarified, but it's difficult to trust any Panthers back at the moment.
Jackson (undisclosed) was absent from the open portion of Wednesday's practice, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Both rib and knee concerns have landed Jackson on the injury report this season, but it's unclear what exactly he's dealing with at the moment. His progress will be monitored throughout the week, but owners should note that his usage has waned over the last five games, as Mike Glennon has targeted him an average of 6.2 times per outing during that stretch.
12/04/13 - 9:09AM ETBrandon Weeden
: (Concussion) Not Cleared to Practice
Neither Weeden (concussion) or Jason Campbell have been cleared to practice at this stage, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
While the duo have been cleared for activity, practice clearance has yet to occur for either player. Meanwhile, coach Rob Chudzinski indicated Wednesday morning that he will wait until later in the week to name his starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Patriots. As a result, both Alex Tanney and newcomer Caleb Hanie remain in the Week 14 starting conversation. Chudzinski further noted that he can wait until Friday to name his starter, or that the team could even go up to game-time to make the call, if necessary. "It's a very fluid situation," Chudzinski acknowledged. "It's unique. It's something I haven't done before." Given that, this is a situation to avoid in all but the deepest of formats.
12/04/13 - 9:03AM ETReggie Bush
: No Practice Wednesday
Bush (undisclosed) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, the Detroit News reports.
Bush has dealt with a knee concern for much of the season, even sitting out in Week 3 as a result of the ailment. Although he's expected to return to the practice field Thursday, owners should keep a close eye on the running back's progress as the week carries on.
Neither Campbell (concussion) nor Brandon Weeden have been cleared to practice at this stage, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
While they have both been cleared for activity, practice will have to wait, with coach Rob Chudzinski indicating Wednesday morning that he will wait until later in the week to name his starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Patriots. As a result, both Alex Tanney and newcomer Caleb Hanie remain in the Week 14 starting conversation. Chudzinski further noted that he can wait until Friday to name his starter, or the team could even go up to game-time to make the call, if necessary. With that in mind, this is a situation to avoid in all but the deepest of formats.
With Ponder (concussion) not yet cleared, Matt Cassel will most likely start at QB for the Vikings against the Ravens on Sunday, ESPN's Josina Anderson reports.
While the decision is not yet official, with the Vikings 3-8-1, there's little incentive to rush Ponder back, especially given Cassel's solid showing in Week 13's 23-20 overtime win over the Bears
12/04/13 - 7:51AM ETHakeem Nicks
: Not Listed On Injury Report
Nicks is not listed on the Giants' Wednesday pre-practice injury report, Newsday's Tom Rock reports.
Nicks has dealt with an abdominal issue for the last couple weeks, but he has made steady progress over that time, and it appears he is now at or at least very close to 100 percent. Barring any setbacks, expect Nicks to be good to go for Sunday's game against the Chargers.