12/08/13 - 10:00AM ETReggie Bush
: In Uniform With Helmet
Bush is in uniform wearing his helmet prior to Sunday's kickoff at Philadelphia, after apparently aggravating his injured calf in warmups, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports.
According to Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site, Bush was able to run with his teammates out of the tunnel, which seems to imply that he'll at least to attempt to play. However, owners have a tough call to make, and Joique Bell remains the main beneficiary, if Bush is limited in his snap count.
Bell could be the Lions' primary back Sunday at Philadelphia due to Reggie Bush aggravating his calf injury in warmups, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports.
Bush slipped in the slick conditions in Philadelphia, leaving his status up in the air. Because it's unclear if he'll be able to handle much, if any, work, Bell is the primary beneficiary of the ailment, with Theo Riddick the only other back present to take away RB looks.
12/08/13 - 9:37AM ETReggie Bush
: Aggravates Calf Injury
Bush aggravated his injured calf during pregame warmups, after slipping on the field, and his status for Sunday's game in Philadelphia is unknown, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports.
Bush was able to fit in a limited practice Friday, but the slick conditions in Philadelphia did not do him well prior to kickoff. It's unclear if he'll be able to take the field, but Joique Bell is the primary beneficiary, with Theo Riddick a potential deep league option.
Pitta is expected to have limited snaps Sunday versus the Vikings, the Baltimore Sun reports.
With Pitta back in the fold after recovering from a fractured and dislocated hip sustained early in training camp, the Ravens opted to sit down Dallas Clark, who took few snaps during practice this week due to Pitta's presence. Pitta's ultimate snap count is unknown, but owners may want to take a wait-and-see approach before taking a chance on the tight end, who reached the end zone seven times last season.
Ridley is not among the Patriots' inactives Sunday against the Browns.
Fumbling issues led to Ridley being a healthy scratch in Week 13, so don't be surprised if the Patriots ease him back into the mix Sunday, within the framework of a committee situation along with Shane Vereen and LeGarrette Blount. Vereen's pass-catching prowess makes him the more reliable play among the trio, but with Ridley's potential Week 14 workload unclear, he's a speculative play in his return to action.
Jackson (hamstring) is listed as active Sunday versus the Bills, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Despite considerable question as to whether he would take the field in Week 14, Jackson will endure his hamstring injury against a Buffalo defense that was shredded by passing attacks in the first half of the season but has shored it up the last four games, surrendering just one touchdown to opposing wide receivers.
12/08/13 - 8:39AM ETJordan Reed
: (Concussion) Out Again
Reed (concussion) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Just like last week, Reed was expected to play, and just like last week, he finds himself on the inactive list. Lingering concussion symptoms are a very serious concern, especially in today's NFL environment, and the Redskins are clearly exercising caution with their talented young tight end. Logan Paulsen and Fred Davis will again share the work at tight end in Reed's absence.
Bush (calf) is listed as active Sunday at Philadelphia, the Detroit News reports.
A never-before seen calf injury capped Bush at one limited practice appearance (Friday) heading into game day and threw a wrench into some fantasy playoffs. However, he'll be available Sunday against an Eagles defense that has permitted running back scores in two of the last three games.
Peterson (groin) is listed as active Sunday in Baltimore.
Not to worry, as a week in which Peterson practiced just once results in active status on game day. After tallying his most productive outings of the season in terms of rushing yards during the last two contests, he's a tremendous bet to aid owners yet again versus a Ravens defense that's allowed a running back score in three of the past four outings. Moreover, the Vikings may stick to the ground in what is slated to be a day filled with snow and sleet.
Jennings (concussion) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Jennings was listed as questionable and even traveled to New York despite not passing all the league-mandated concussion tests ahead of the weekend. With Darren McFadden (ankle) also out, Marcel Reece will move over from fullback to take over as the starting running back for the Raiders.
Jennings (concussion) is not expected to play Sunday against the Jets, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports.
We'll await confirmation from the team (via their inactives), but it sounds like Jennings did not receive clearance Saturday and will be forced sit against New York. The Raiders are expected to shift fullback Marcel Reece over to tailback with Darren McFadden (ankle) also out, though both Jamize Olawale and Taiwan Jones could also see touches against the Jets' top-ranked run defense.
Ware says his leg strength has finally returned after his quad injury, Rowan Kavner of DallasCowboys.com reports. "I'm glad I had this time off," Ware said. "I was doing a lot of the moves I usually don't do. I was doing them in practice, feel really confident in it and got all my strength back, so I'm really happy about that."
Monday night's game in the cold against a Bears offensive line that's fairly stout in pass protection will be a good test of how much Ware has left in the tank.
Ridley, who was a healthy inactive last Sunday against the Texans, appears to be on track to suit up Sunday against the Browns, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
After taking a seat in Week 13 in the wake of losing a fumble in each of his last three games, it looks like Ridley is in line to contribute again, but it wouldn't surprise us if the Patriots ease him back into the mix, while utilizing some form of committee along with the likes of Shane Vereen, LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden. Of that group, Vereen would appear to be the most reliable play in fantasy terms, thanks to his usage in the passing game.
Pitta, who was activated from injured reserve Saturday, will likely have a limited role in Sunday's game against the Vikings, Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Pitta's returning from a serious hip injury to make his season debut in Week 14, so a limited role is to be expected. A wait-and-see approach is probably best for this week, though some owners in deeper leagues could do worse. Pitta will likely be used on third downs and in the red zone, at the very least. His return likely spells the end of Dallas Clark's limited fantasy usefulness, while Ed Dickson could also lose some snaps.
12/07/13 - 12:57PM ETDennis Pitta
: (Hip) Activated For Sunday
Pitta (hip) will be activated from IR/designated to return for Sunday's game against the Vikings, NFL.com's Albert Breer reports.
Prior to suffering a dislocated hip, Pitta was expected to be a huge part of the Baltimore passing attack. He still figures to take on a major role but may need to ease his way back into things. Ideally, fantasy owners will want to see Pitta play before starting him, though he's not a bad Week 14 flier for those truly in need. Now that Anquan Boldin is in San Francisco, Pitta could emerge as Joe Flacco's favorite target on short and intermediate routes. With the Ravens battling for a playoff spot and Pitta slated to hit free agency after the season, there's no question that the veteran tight end has a ton to play for.
Marshall (quad) is probable for Monday's game against Dallas, the Cowboys' official website reports.
Marshall missed Thursday's practice but returned to full participation both Friday and Saturday. His quad is a minor concern, if that, heading into a juicy matchup against the Cowboys.
12/07/13 - 5:15AM ETJordan Reed
: (Concussion) Expects to Play Sunday
Reed (concussion) expects to play Sunday, the Washington Post reports. Reed has been symptom free this week.
This was the case last week almost until game time, when he experienced headaches Saturday and Sunday. He's listed as questionable heading into Week 14.
Friday, December 6
12/06/13 - 3:06PM ETFrank Gore
: (Ankle) Probable Against Seattle
Gore (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Gore had a rough game against Seattle earlier this year, totaling just 16 yards on nine carries and catching a 14-yard pass. He'll probably be significantly better Sunday since he's at home this time, but hopefully you're not leaning on him as more than an RB2.
12/06/13 - 2:55PM ETEddie Royal
: Game-Time Decision Sunday
Royal (toe/chest) will be a game-day decision for Sunday's game against the Giants, coach Mike McCoy noted Friday, the San Diego Union-Tribune's Michael Gehlken reports.
Royal is officially listed as questionable after not practicing this week, but he still has a shot to play in Sunday's 4:25 ET contest after being scratched in Week 13.
12/06/13 - 2:32PM ETJordan Reed
: (Concussion) Listed as Questionable
Reed (concussion) is questionable for Sunday's game against Kansas City, but the Washington Post reports Reed expects to play.
Reed was limited in practice Thursday and Friday. It's good to see he's optimistic, but he expressed the same optimism a week ago only to suffer headache symptoms shortly before Washington's loss to the Giants. The league's concussion protocol basically dictates that Reed will be a game-time decision, but it's a manageable situation for Reed's owners given that Washington has an early game.
12/06/13 - 2:16PM ETAaron Dobson
: (Foot) Ruled Out This Week
Dobson (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns, ESPN.com reports.
With Dobson out and fellow rookie wideout Kenbrell Thompkins questionable, Austin Collie could re-enter the Patriots' receiving mix Sunday, with Julian Edelman a candidate to remain busy in Week 14.
Thomas (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Titans after practicing fully Thursday and Friday.
Thomas has missed the Broncos' last two games, but his full participation/probable designation Friday suggests that he'll be good to go Sunday, when the Broncos take on the Titans in chilly December conditions in Denver.
12/06/13 - 1:52PM ETMichael Floyd
: (Ankle) Probable Against Rams
Floyd (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against St. Louis.
Floyd is red-hot right now and appears to be one of the top 25 fantasy receivers in most formats. His prospects for this week are slightly obscured, though, because Carson Palmer (elbow) is a game-time decision. The Rams are allowing 8.4 yards per pass this year, on the other hand, so Floyd is a good bet to produce even if he deals with mediocre quarterback play.
Ellington (knee) is probable for Sunday's game against St. Louis.
Ellington returns after a one game absence and will give the Cardinals a noticeable improvement in backfield explosiveness. He remains a hit-or-miss flex consideration due to his role as an off-the-bench runner, but he's likely a more desirable fantasy option than starting Arizona runner Rashard Mendenhall.
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.
McFadden (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Despite seeing just five carries Thursday in his return from a hamstring issue, McFadden emerged with yet another injury, this time to his ankle. He was unable to practice at all during the week and at this point appears iffy, at best, for Week 15. Unfortunately for Oakland, Rashad Jennings (concussion, questionable) is also banged up, and if he can't go Sunday, Marcel Reece could be forced into a lead-back role.
12/06/13 - 12:58PM ETRashad Jennings
: (Concussion) Week 14 Status Not Confirmed
Jennings has yet to pass all the concussion tests mandated by the league but will travel with the team to New York in hopes of playing Sunday against the Jets, the Mercury News reports.
Officially listed as questionable, Jennings will need to show he's symptom-free by Saturday in order to get the green light to play in Week 14. Last season, Jennings suffered his first ever concussion and missed the final four games as a result. The Raiders will be in dire straits at running back if Jennings can't go, as Darren McFadden (ankle) has already been ruled out, meaning they would have to rely on the likes of Marcel Reece, Jamize Olawale and Taiwan Jones to carry the load.
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.
Harvin (hip) will not play against San Francisco on Sunday, Tacoma News writer Todd Dybas reports.
Harvin recently needed a minor procedure to alleviate the aggravation of his hip ailment, and it's not clear whether he might need to miss time beyond Sunday. Doug Baldwin looks like a decent WR3 sleeper in leagues of 12 or more teams with Harvin out and Golden Tate (hip) a bit nicked up.
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.