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.
Rodgers (collarbone) has not been cleared to play, but he will practice Wednesday and has not been ruled out for Sunday's game against Atlanta, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Regardless of Rodgers' desire to play, the medical staff still has not signed off on his return to action, though it's not out the question that he could be cleared by Sunday. Coach Mike McCarthy said Matt Flynn will take the first-team reps in practice Wednesday, but added that the team will "see what [Rodgers] can do." He also refuted reports that the team has discussed shutting Rodgers down for the season.
Jones-Drew was held out of Tuesday's practice but the reason is not injury related.
Since there's no injury in play, it seems likely Jones-Drew was just getting a rest in anticipation of Thursday's game against Houston. As usual, Jones-Drew has been the Jags' workhorse this season, with 20-plus touches in four of his last five games.
Wagner totaled 11 tackles (four solo) and a pass defensed in Seattle's dominating victory over the Saints on Monday night.
Wagner, who has missed two games this season with injury, now has 80 tackles in 10 games. He was stout all night against the Saints, who were held to 188 yards, the lowest total in the Drew Brees/Sean Payton era, and just 6-of-15 on third down.
Wright totaled six tackles and a pass defensed but played larger than his stats might indicate in Seattle's blowout victory against the Saints on Monday night.
Wright made plays all over the field and delivered some big hits. He also helped hold Saints tight end Jimmy Graham to three catches on nine targets. Seattle double-teamed Graham with a cornerback and a linebacker or a safety. Much of the time, it was Wright on Graham, particularly on third down where the Saints went 6-for-15.
12/03/13 - 1:22PM ETJosh Cribbs
: (Shoulder) Placed on IR
Cribbs (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of FOXSports.com reports.
While the results of Cribbs' Monday MRI have not been disclosed, it's clear that his injury is much worse than a day-to-day situation. Darius Reynaud will assume kick-return duties for the Jets.
Maxwell, who started Monday because of suspensions to cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond, had two tackles and two passes defensed in the Seahawks' dominating victory against the Saints.
The third-string corner did not miss a beat in the Seahawks secondary. Seattle plays a lot of man coverage, and Maxwell more than held his own against one of the league's best offenses. The Seahawks also helped him in zone coverage with double-teams on Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, who only caught three of nine targets. What's more, the Seahawks held the New Orleans offense to 188 total yards, the fewest in the Drew Brees/Sean Payton era, and held Brees to a mere 3.86 yards per attempt, his lowest mark since 2003. The Seahawks also snapped Brees' streak of 43 consecutive games with at least 200 passing yards. Maxwell will continue to start at cornerback, but the road does not get any easier with the San Francisco 49ers up next.
Shiancoe will sign with the Titans, Mike Garafolo of FOXSports.com reports.
With Delanie Walker (head) and Craig Stevens (concussion) both banged up, the Titans will bring Shiancoe aboard for some security depth at tight end. Shiancoe has not actually played in the NFL since 2011.
12/03/13 - 10:19AM ETLe'Veon Bell
: (Concussion) 'Looks Good' for Sunday
Bell still needs to go through the concussion protocol, but "looks good" for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Bell took a scary shot to the head late in Thursday's loss to the Ravens as he dove for the goal line. His status for Sunday is far from certain, but it sounds like the extended break between games may afford Bell enough time to heal up.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that Harvin (hip) "had a little procedure last week," Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
It was previously reported that Harvin had received injections in the hip last week, and it's not entirely clear if Carroll was simply referring to that treatment or if Harvin actually had another minor surgery. Either way, it's a somewhat concerning development, but Carroll said Harvin was feeling good Tuesday morning and should be able to get some work in Thursday. His status for Sunday's game against the 49ers is up in the air, but the Seahawks have nothing to gain by rushing him back.
12/03/13 - 8:23AM ETJimmy Smith
: Suffers Concussion vs. Steelers
Smith suffered a concussion in Thursday's game against the Steelers, but is expected to practice Wednesday, ESPN reports. "Everything looks really, really good for Jimmy. He should be fine," coach John Harbaugh said. "You never know with that, but it looks like he'll be able to practice Wednesday. So we feel good about that."
Smith was replaced by Chykie Brown following the concussion and would likely get the start if he is unable to go in Week 14. Smith has 44 tackles (38 solo), one interception, and one forced fumble through 12 games this season.
Holmes tweaked his hamstring in practice last Wednesday, Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports.
The aggravation explains why Holmes only played two snaps in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins. He has been dealing with a bad hamstring for a majority of the season and Sunday was no exception. Coach Rex Ryan said the plan was to keep him healthy for the rest of the season, and that meant sacrificing snaps Sunday. Holmes has only 13 receptions for 326 yards and one touchdown in the seven games he has played this season.
12/03/13 - 7:20AM ETSean Lee
: (Hamstring) Expected to Return This Week
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that Lee (hamstring) will return this week against the Bears, Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas reports.
In order to make it back Sunday, Lee will likely need to get through a practice or two this week. He was previously optimistic about the possibility of playing on Thanksgiving against Oakland, but Lee did not practice during the short week leading into that game.
Rodgers (collarbone) will have further tests Tuesday to determine how much healing has taken place, ESPN's Ed Werder reports.
Depending on the results, Rodgers' status for the Week 14 game against the Falcons should become more clear. In his absence, the Packers have fallen to a position where they almost certainly need to win their four remaining regular-season games to have a chance at making the playoffs.
Stills caught one pass for three yards on two targets in Monday's loss to the Seahawks.
Over the last three weeks, Stills has caught only four passes for a grand total of 36 yards, as the Saints' offense slogged through its worst three-game stretch of the season. As an explosive weapon in the normally high-powered passing game, Stills offers plenty of upside. However, he has only topped 100 yards in one game this season and has only caught more than three passes in a game (four catches in Week 4 vs. Miami) once this season. With inconsistency remaining an issue, it may be best to avoid starting Stills in most leagues as the fantasy playoffs heat up, particularly with a tough Week 14 matchup against Carolina on deck.
12/03/13 - 3:17AM ETCase Keenum
: Aiming for Better Efficiency
Head coach Gary Kubiak would like to see Keenum more efficient and more willing to take the check-down options when the longer pass is not available, the Houston Chronicle reports. "He's a very aggressive kid. He likes to get the ball down the field. That's great. You can't coach that sometimes, so you don't want to lose that, but he's got to learn to check balls down and take those three- and four-yard gains sometimes when he has to, instead of sitting there, sitting there, because he's got so much confidence in what he's doing," said the coach.
Keenum ranks 34th in the NFL in completion percentage (54.1 percent) and is 26-of-58 (44.8 percent) in the fourth quarters of games he's finished. In his last three starts, he hasn't topped a 73.3 quarterback rating. Keenum has experienced a dropoff in his level of play as opponents obtain more film on him, and Kubiak is trying to help him develop while maintaining the aggressiveness. At 2-10, there's no turning back for Houston. Keenum should be the quarterback the rest of the season as the Texans figure out if he's the quarterback of the future.
12/03/13 - 3:03AM ETOwen Daniels
: (Leg) Unlikely to Play Thursday
Daniels (leg) is unlikely to play Thursday against Jacksonville, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Head coach Gary Kubiak is not yet ready to pronounce him out, but given that Daniels has not yet participated in team activities nor has he been on the practice field, you should consider him out. Garrett Graham is expected to get another start at tight end.
Monday, December 2
12/02/13 - 4:41PM ETBen Tate
: (Ribs/Ankle) No Practice Moinday
Tate (ribs/ankle) didn't take part in Monday's walk-through practice, the Texans' official site reports.
Tate bounced back from an unproductive outing in Week 11, racking up over 100 yards on the ground -- 102, to be exact -- for the first time this season. He tallied three touchdowns to boot, but don't be surprised if he's held out of drills this week in order to avoid any setback with his sore ribs. Expect his status for Thursday's game in Jacksonville to receive clarification by Wednesday's injury report.
Harvin (hip) is inactive for Monday's game against the Saints, the Everett Herald reports.
Following a series of injections in his hip Friday, Harvin will take a seat due to continued soreness in the region. In his absence, the Seahawks will again turn to wideouts Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, and Jermaine Kearse (concussion) in the passing attack. As the week progresses, we'll keep a watchful eye on Harvin's activity level in drills, as his availability will remain up in the air for next Sunday's contest in San Francisco.
Sproles (ankle) is active for Monday's game at Seattle.
Sproles sat out the Saints' last tilt due to knee/ankle concerns but is back in action in Week 13. Expect a return to an even split of snaps with Pierre Thomas, as Sproles likely handles more of the pass catching in the running back tandem.
12/02/13 - 3:48PM ETPaul Richardson
: Colorado WR Going Pro
Richardson, a wide receiver from Colorado, will enter the 2014 NFL Draft.
Richardson was highly productive at Colorado, despite dealing with awful quarterback play for the entirety of his time with the Buffaloes, highlighted by a 2013 season in which he caught 83 passes for 1,343 yards and 10 touchdowns in 12 games. He might be a bit like Chris Givens in that his skillset primarily translates to that of a deep-route specialist in the NFL - he's far too skinny at around 6-foot, 170 pounds to project as an over-the-middle wideout, and he doesn't look especially explosive running through traffic, but Richardson has a lot of downfield speed and appears to have a pretty big wingspan, which grants him a sizable catch radius. His body control is less consistent than you'd like to see from a deep-route and sideline specialist, though, and he can't block. He was initially a UCLA commit but was kicked off the team after he was arrested on suspicion of felony theft in June of 2010, so teams will give his character background a second glance. He also missed four games in 2011 with a knee injury and missed all of the 2012 season due to a spring practice ACL tear, so there are injury concerns. In what could be a deep wideout class, Richardson isn't a lock to be one of the first 15 selected, so we suspect he's looking at the fourth round, or maybe the late third.
12/02/13 - 12:20PM ETJay Cutler
: Not Cleared for Activity
Cutler hasn't been cleared for activity from his high ankle sprain but wants to suit up next Monday against the Cowboys, Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago reports.
It's unclear when exactly Cutler will receive clearance to participate in practice, but the extra day afforded him could aid in an early return to the Bears' offense. However, until he takes the practice field, Josh McCown is considered the starting quarterback, with little doubt entering the conversation. Keep a close eye on Cutler's potential activity level, though, as the week carries on.
12/02/13 - 12:07PM ETGeno Smith
: Remains Starting QB
Smith will continue to start at quarterback for the Jets next Sunday versus the Raiders, the New York Daily News reports.
The Jets' quarterbacks coach, David Lee, relayed the news to Smith, who was benched at halftime of Sunday's loss to the Dolphins following a 4-for-10 performance for 29 yards and an interception. Smith hasn't tossed a touchdown pass since Week 7, with a 0:8 TD:INT ratio characterizing his play in the interim. However, he could bounce back against a Raiders defense that's yielded 12 touchdowns through the air in the last five contests.
Harvin, who had injections in his balky hip Friday, views himself as out for Monday night's game against the Saints, the NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
With Harvin likely out Monday, the Seahawks' Week 13 wideout corps will be led by Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, and Jermaine Kearse (concussion). Beyond Monday, Harvin's prospects for this coming Sunday's game against the 49ers are cloudy as well.
Patterson started at wide receiver over Jerome Simpson for a third consecutive game but was targeted just four times, catching one for four yards, in Sunday's win over Chicago. He also added two carries for 27 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown.
Patterson played 48 snaps on offense, more than Simpson, so his role on the offense is growing, even if the targets didn't show up this week. The rushing touchdown shows the Vikings are trying to find other creative ways to get him involved in the offense.
Greenway revealed after Sunday's win over Chicago that he suffered multiple fractures in his wrist more than a month ago, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "It's been difficult with my grip especially," he said.
Greenway hasn't missed any games nor has he looked slowed down because of the injury. He had 10 total tackles and a sack in Sunday's win.
Baldwin is not expected to suit up for another game this season, barring an injury to one of the Niners' other receivers, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.
Since being acquired from the Chiefs in a swap of disappointing first-round picks earlier this season, Baldwin has done very little, even when the Niners had him on the active roster. With Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham (knee) back in the fold, Baldwin is currently the odd man out.
Graham caught three passes (on 11 targets) for 36 yards in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.
Graham, who made his 10th start of the season, has been targeted 32 times in the past three weeks. Owen Daniels (leg) was hoping to get back on the field in Week 14 against Jacksonville, but that's looking unlikely, so Graham should get at least one more game as the primary tight end target.