Fantasy Football Daily Rundown: Thursday, Dec. 19

by KFFL Staff on December 19, 2013 @ 06:01:02 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) had no trouble throwing the ball with his usual velocity Wednesday, Dec. 18. He made several sharp throws during the individual drills that were open to the media. "He's got that fresh arm," QB Matt Flynn said. "He's the same old Aaron. He's the best in the league in my opinion."

Rodgers has still not been medically cleared, and the team's position in the playoff race is said not to be a factor. The team is expected to decide later this week whether or not Rodgers will start against the Pittsburgh Steelers, so hang tight.

QB | Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (knee) did have an MRI on his ailing left knee, and the test revealed a mild medial collateral sprain. He is expected to wear a brace, but the injury will not prevent him from playing in the Week 16 game against the New England Patriots.

QB | Carson Palmer | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (ankle) did not take part in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18, as expected.

Palmer is likely to practice in some capacity Thursday into Friday. However, even if he can play, he faces a very difficult matchup against the top-ranked pass defense of the Seattle Seahawks in Week 16. They allow just 174.2 yards per game through the air, dropping Palmer out of the Top 12 at his position as far as fantasy rankings are concerned.

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Brady's matchup against the Baltimore Ravens could be tough. The Pats' offense just isn't as threatening without Rob Gronkowski. The good news: He should be getting Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson back in Week 16. Brady is more of a low-end QB1.

QB | Case Keenum | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans FB Greg Jones (knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (groin), QB Case Keenum (thumb), WR DeVier Posey (ankle), LB Darryl Sharpton (ankle), DE Antonio D. Smith (knee) and OG Wade Smith (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. LBs Joe Mays (knee) and Justin Tuggle (elbow) were limited. OT Derek Newton (knee), RB Brad Smelley (back), S D.J. Swearinger (foot), CB Josh Victorian (back), DE J.J. Watt (hand) and LB Trevardo Williams (back) practiced in full.

QB | Peyton Manning | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (ankle) practiced in full Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Coming off a down week and followed by over a week of rest, you better believe Manning is a strong play against the Houston Texans in Week 16.

QB | EJ Manuel | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

QB | Matt Schaub | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans QB Case Keenum (thumb) will miss Week 16 because of a torn ligament in his thumb. QB Matt Schaub will be the team's starting quarterback.

Owners in two-quarterback leagues can consider using Schaub this week against the Denver Broncos.

QB | Thaddeus Lewis | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said QB EJ Manuel (knee) will not play Week 16 because of a knee injury. QB Thaddeus Lewis will be the team's starting quarterback. Marrone said Manuel may be able to play Week 17.

All of the Bills skill players likely will take a fantasy hit with Manuel missing the game. Lewis should not be a starting option even in two-quarterback leagues.

QB | Nick Foles | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles (hand) had a large abrasion on the back of his right hand Wednesday, Dec. 18, but told reporters he was fine.

Foles has become a top-tier starting QB for fantasy purposes. Continue to roll with him.


Running Back

RB | Daniel Thomas | Miami Dolphins | Injury
Miami Dolphins CB Brent Grimes (groin) and RB Daniel Thomas (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. CB Nolan Carroll (knee), SS Chris D. Clemons (hamstring, knee), DT Paul Soliai (ankle) and CB Jamar Taylor (hamstring) were listed as limited participants in practice, while SS Reshad Jones (groin) and DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) were able to take part in full practice sessions.

RB | Marshawn Lynch | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (rest) was held out of practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Lynch has taken off mid-week practices for most of the season due to nagging ailments or just to keep him preserved for game action. He has yet to miss any game time, so fantasy owners should feel confident keeping him active.

RB | Andre Ellington | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (thigh) was listed as a limited participant in practice for Wednesday, Dec. 18.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18, and he may not return to practice until Friday, Dec. 20.

MJD missed last week and will probably be questionable this weekend against the Tennessee Titans. With nothing left to play for, the Jaguars won't be pressured to rush Jones-Drew back. Jordan Todman is a better play in a flex spot in deeper leagues against a Titans team that has been easy to run on this year.

RB | Jordan Todman | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18, and he may not return to practice until Friday, Dec. 20.

MJD missed last week and will probably be questionable this weekend against the Tennessee Titans. With nothing left to play for, the Jaguars won't be pressured to rush Jones-Drew back. Jordan Todman is a better play in a flex spot in deeper leagues against a Titans team that has been easy to run on this year.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18, but is expected to return Thursday, Dec. 19, and play in Week 16.

Johnson hasn't been great this year, but he should be a decent RB2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (knee, ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

There's a chance that DMC returns against the San Diego Chargers, but don't hold your breath. More importantly, don't put all your chips on McFadden in your championship game. Rashad Jennings has earned more carries even if McFadden returns to the lineup.

RB | Ben Tate | Houston Texans | Fantasy
The Cleveland Browns are one team likely to be interested in Houston Texans RB Ben Tate, who is scheduled to be a free agent, this offseason.

RB | Ray Rice | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice (thigh) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Rice's injury doesn't seem to be very serious, so expect him to play in Week 16 against the New England Patriots. The Pats have had trouble stopping the run thanks to injuries this year, giving Rice a nice matchup. Consider him a solid RB2 with more appeal in PPR leagues.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

AD should be in your lineup if he's playing, but we probably won't know for sure if that'll happen until later this week. Have Toby Gerhart (hamstring) on hand just in case.

RB | Toby Gerhart | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (ankle) and CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. CB Chris Cook (knee), OG Brandon Fusco (knee), RB Toby Gerhart (hamstring) and S Harrison Smith (toe) were limited. TE John Carlson (concussion), LB Larry Dean (knee), LB Chad Greenway (wrist), LS Cullen Loeffler (hand) and CB Marcus Sherels (shoulder) practiced in full.

RB | Eddie Lacy | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

The Packers are likely just resting Lacy early in the week as the season winds down. The Pittsburgh Steelers will present a challenge to the running game, but Lacy, when healthy, has performed as an RB1 all season. Stick with him.

RB | Willis McGahee | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Willis McGahee (concussion, knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Barring a setback, McGahee should play against the New York Jets this weekend. It's a weak matchup. Leave McGahee to your bench with all the marbles on the line in Week 16.

RB | Peyton Hillis | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants RB Peyton Hillis (concussion), WR Jerrel Jernigan (knee), OG James Brewer (ankle), OG David Diehl (knee), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), DT Cullen Jenkins (quadriceps, shin), CB Trumaine McBride (groin), CB Terrell Thomas (knee) and SS Cooper Taylor (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

RB | Fred Jackson | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (ribs) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

RB | Jonathan Stewart | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) will not play Week 16. Rivera would not say if Stewart will be able to play Week 17.

DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert likely will continue to get most of the work at running back. Williams should be seen as a No. 2 running back or flex option this week. Tolbert could be a flex option but could also be bench if an owner has better options.

RB | Dennis Johnson | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) was put on the Injured Reserve Wednesday, Dec. 18, after suffering his fifth cracked rib. However, Tate tweeted that he doesn't have a cracked rib but instead re-injured his other ribs that hadn't healed. RB Dennis Johnson will start in Tate's place with RB Deji Karim serving as his backup.

RB | Donald Brown | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said RB Donald Brown (stinger) will be able to participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.


Fullback

FB | Bruce Miller | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers have placed FB Bruce Miller (scapula) on Injured Reserve. The team also re-signed free-agent FB Will Tukuafu to a two-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Wide Receiver

WR | Andre Caldwell | Denver Broncos | Injury, , Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Andre Caldwell hauled in six catches for 59 yards and two scores in Week 15 against the San Diego Chargers, and he is expected to be the team's third receiver in Week 16 against the Houston Texans if WR Wes Welker (concussion) is inactive again.

WR | Percy Harvin | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin (hip) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Harvin has not yet been ruled out for Week 16, but he could very well be rested to keep him fresh for a possible playoff return. That has been the rumored plan of action, and fantasy owners know the drill by now.

WR | Eddie Royal | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal (toe) was unable to take part in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

At one point earlier this season, Royal was fantasy gold. But he has quickly lost his luster, and is only worth keeping around in the deepest of fantasy leagues.

WR | Keenan Allen | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen (shoulder) was listed as a full participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Allen has been superb lately, finding the end zone four times over his past two games. He also has five 100-yard games over his past 10 outings. Consider him a solid WR2/3 or flex play against an Oakland Raiders pass defense which has been bludgeoned for 254.4 passing yards per game with 28 touchdown passes allowed.

WR | Michael Floyd | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (ankle) was listed as a limited participant in practice for Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Floyd has really emerged as a solid WR3/4 or flex fantasy option down the stretch. While he is likely to be ready, he faces a difficult matchup against a Seattle Seahawks pass defense, which ranks first in the NFL, allowing just 174.2 yards through the air.

WR | Brandon Marshall | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18, due to soreness in his right hamstring and quadriceps. Head coach Marc Trestman said the move to hold Marshall out was purely precautionary.

Marshall is a top-tier wideout with Jay Cutler back under center. Against the Philadelphia Eagles in a primetime game, Marshall could be big.

WR | Danny Amendola | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (groin) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Amendola becomes a much safer play with Rob Gronkowski out. Consider Amendola a solid WR2 against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16.

WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (wrist) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

It's unclear how significant Johnson's wrist injury is. Continue to monitor his progress throughout the week. He has a nice matchup against a weak Denver Broncos secondary, so he should be in all fantasy lineups if he's playing.

WR | Demaryius Thomas | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (shoulder) practiced in full Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Thomas is coming off a disappointing week, but he should remain a must-start in the most important week of the fantasy football season.

WR | Emmanuel Sanders | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot) practiced in full Wednesday, Dec. 18.

With inclement weather expected in Green Bay this weekend, Pittsburgh could rely more than usual on Sanders. He's a nice WR2 or 3 in championship weekend.

WR | Jerricho Cotchery | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder) and S Troy Polamalu (non-injury) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and DE Brett Keisel (foot) were limited. OT Kelvin Beachum (knee) and DT Steve McLendon (ankle) practiced in full.

WR | Vincent Jackson | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

V-Jax should play and is a low-end WR1 against the St. Louis Rams in Week 16. Start him with confidence.

WR | Tavon Austin | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin (ankle) and RB Daryl Richardson (thigh) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Austin missed Week 15, so he'll be a very risky option for your championship roster. To be safe, you'll need to look elsewhere.

WR | LaVon Brazill | Indianapolis Colts | Injury
Indianapolis Colts FB Stanley Havili (knee), OG Joe Reitz (concussion), OG Hugh Thornton (neck), OT Jeff Linkenbach (quadriceps), DT Montori Hughes (knee), DT Ricky Jean-Francois (foot), LB Daniel Adongo (hamstring), LB Robert Mathis (rest) and FS Sergio Brown (groin) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. C Samson Satele (elbow) was limited during practice. WR LaVon Brazill (foot) and CB Greg Toler (groin) fully participated in practice.

WR | Santonio Holmes | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets WR Santonio Holmes (foot, hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

The Jets' offense is too inconsistent to trust during championship week. Sit Holmes firmly on your bench.

WR | Victor Cruz | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
The New York Giants may consider placing WR Victor Cruz (knee, concussion) on Injured Reserve because of his knee injury and concussion. If he is placed on IR, WR Rueben Randle likely would become the No. 2 wide receiver with WR Jerrel Jernigan being the No. 3 wide receiver.

WR | Larry Fitzgerald | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (concussion) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18, but head coach Bruce Arians said he expects Fitzgerald to play Week 16.

Owners should see if he will be able to practice the next two days. Owners should have a backup plan in case Fitzgerald is not able to play.

WR | Stevie Johnson | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said WR Stevie Johnson (personal) is not expected to play Week 16 because of the death of his mother.

T.J. Graham and Marquise Goodwin likely will receive more playing time if Johnson misses the game. Graham and Goodwin likely will not be fantasy options except for very desperate owners.

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee, concussion) is not practicing Wednesday, Dec. 18, and head coach Tom Coughlin said Cruz's knee "will probably prevent (Cruz) from doing anything." The Giants are more concerned with his knee than his concussion.

It's looking like a long shot that Cruz will play this weekend against the Detroit Lions. Upgrade Reuben Randle and Hakeem Nicks in your weekly rankings. Randle has more upside for championship week.

WR | Randall Cobb | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (leg) is participating in individual drills during practice Wednesday, Dec. 18, for the first time since breaking his leg.


Tight End

TE | Brandon Pettigrew | Detroit Lions | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) was on crutches in the locker room Wednesday, Dec. 18. TEs Dorin Dickerson and Joseph Fauria were the only two healthy tight ends at practice as a result. Head coach Jim Schwartz said Pettigrew's injury was "the most concerning" of anyone who missed practice.

TE | Zach Miller | Seattle Seahawks | Injury
Seattle Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor (quadriceps), DE Chris Clemons (rest) and TE Zach Miller (ribs) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. LB K.J. Wright (foot) has also been ruled out for the Week 16 game.

TE | Rob Housler | Arizona Cardinals | Injury
Arizona Cardinals TE Rob Housler (groin) and SS Rashad Johnson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18, and CB Justin Bethel (wrist) was listed as a limited participant.

TE | Marcedes Lewis | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars DE Jason Babin (non-injury), S Jonathan Cyprien (thigh), LB Geno Hayes (knee), DT Sen'Derrick Marks (non-injury), C Brad Meester (non-injury) and DT Roy Miller (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. CB Alan Ball (shoulder), WR Jeremy Ebert (ankle), S Josh Evans (shoulder), TE Marcedes Lewis (thigh), OG Austin Pasztor (groin), LB Paul Posluszny (groin) and LB Nathan Stupar (neck) were limited.

TE | Dallas Clark | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens TE Dallas Clark (illness), CB Asa Jackson (thigh) and LB Albert McClellan (neck) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

TE | John Carlson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (ankle) and CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. CB Chris Cook (knee), OG Brandon Fusco (knee), RB Toby Gerhart (hamstring) and S Harrison Smith (toe) were limited. TE John Carlson (concussion), LB Larry Dean (knee), LB Chad Greenway (wrist), LS Cullen Loeffler (hand) and CB Marcus Sherels (shoulder) practiced in full.

TE | Garrett Graham | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans TE Garrett Graham (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Graham missed last week's game and will probably be questionable for Week 16 against the Denver Broncos. Be prepared to use another tight end option if you're still alive in your league.

TE | Julius Thomas | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (knee) practiced in full Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Thomas remains a solid TE1 option.

TE | Fred Davis | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins TE Fred Davis is seeing more playing time with TE Jordan Reed (concussion) sidelined, and Davis caught his first touchdown pass of the year in Week 15. Davis has three catches in the last three games but didn't have a catch prior to that since Sept. 15.

Davis should continue to see more snaps this weekend with Jordan Reed (concussion) still ailing. However, Logan Paulsen will be involved in the game plan, too, limiting Davis' appeal.

TE | Jordan Reed | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Reed is struggling mightily to recover from his concussion symptoms. Don't expect him to return this weekend or in Week 17.

TE | Heath Miller | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (non-injury) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Miller is just being rested leading up to Week 16. The Green Bay Packers have been beat by tight ends frequently, giving Miller some intrigue this week. However, he's still likely a low-end TE1, at best.

TE | Jermaine Gresham | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (abdomen) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

TE | Greg Olsen | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

TE | Tony Gonzalez | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez (toe) is not practicing Wednesday, Dec. 18.

TE | Jordan Cameron | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (head) has reported concussion symptoms and will not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. He's involved in the concussion protocol now.

He reported the symptoms Monday, but he still has time to be cleared to play in Week 16. Monitor his progress.


Place Kicker

PK | Shayne Graham | New Orleans Saints | Transaction, Free Agents
The New Orleans Saints signed free-agent PK Shayne Graham (Steelers) and FS Eric Frampton (Cowboys).


Offensive Tackle

OT | D.J. Fluker | San Diego Chargers | Injury
San Diego Chargers C Nick Hardwick (rest) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18, while OT D.J. Fluker (ankle), LB Jarret Johnson (hand), FS Eric Weddle (hamstring) and CB Shareece Wright (foot) were each listed as full participants.

OT | Branden Albert | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs OT Branden Albert (knee) and LB Justin Houston (elbow) were limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. TE Anthony Fasano (concussion, knee), OT Eric Fisher (shoulder), LB James-Michael Johnson (shoulder), LB Nico Johnson (ankle), TE Sean McGrath (knee) and CB Ron Parker (shoulder) practiced in full.

OT | Trent Williams | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins OT Trent Williams (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. RB Darrel Young (hamstring) was limited and CB E.J. Biggers (knee) practiced in full.

OT | Joe Thomas | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns OG John Greco (knee), CB Joe Haden (hip), LB Eric Martin (illness) and TE Andre Smith (calf) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. LB D'Qwell Jackson (non-injury), DE Ahtyba Rubin (calf) and OT Joe Thomas (back) were limited. LB Tank Carder (shoulder), P Spencer Lanning (knee), OT Mitchell Schwartz (toe) and S T.J. Ward (shoulder) practiced in full.

OT | Jordan Gross | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers OG Travelle Wharton (non-injury) and OT Jordan Gross (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.


Guard

OG | Davin Joseph | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (foot) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. DE Da'Quan Bowers (knee), SS Mark Barron (hamstring) and OG Davin Joseph (knee) were limited. LB Lavonte David (hamstring) and DT Akeem Spence (wrist) practiced in full.


Defensive Line

DL | Olivier Vernon | Miami Dolphins | Injury
Miami Dolphins CB Brent Grimes (groin) and RB Daniel Thomas (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. CB Nolan Carroll (knee), SS Chris D. Clemons (hamstring, knee), DT Paul Soliai (ankle) and CB Jamar Taylor (hamstring) were listed as limited participants in practice, while SS Reshad Jones (groin) and DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) were able to take part in full practice sessions.

DL | Jurrell Casey | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans OT David Stewart (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. DT Jurrell Casey (shoulder) and C Brian Schwenke (ankle) were limited. CB Alterraun Verner (groin) practiced in full.

DL | J.J. Watt | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans FB Greg Jones (knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (groin), QB Case Keenum (thumb), WR DeVier Posey (ankle), LB Darryl Sharpton (ankle), DE Antonio D. Smith (knee) and OG Wade Smith (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. LBs Joe Mays (knee) and Justin Tuggle (elbow) were limited. OT Derek Newton (knee), RB Brad Smelley (back), S D.J. Swearinger (foot), CB Josh Victorian (back), DE J.J. Watt (hand) and LB Trevardo Williams (back) practiced in full.

DL | DeMarcus Ware | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (hamstring), WR Dwayne Harris (hamstring), LB Sean Lee (neck), DE George Selvie (back), LB Ernie Sims (groin), DE DeMarcus Ware (back) and WR Terrance Williams (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. LB Bruce Carter (hamstring), DT Jason Hatcher (neck) and DE Jarius Wynn (chest) were limited.

DL | Carlos Dunlap | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap (concussion), LB James Harrison (concussion) and CB Terence Newman (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. OG Kevin Zeitler (foot) was limited during practice.

DL | Muhammad Wilkerson | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets TE Kellen Winslow (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. CB Antonio Cromartie (hip), CB Ellis Lankster (jaw) and DT Sheldon Richardson (wrist, finger) were limited. LB Quinton Coples (shoulder), DT Kenrick Ellis (back), OT Austin Howard (knee), WR Jeremy Kerley (elbow), LB Garrett McIntyre (knee, elbow), WR David Nelson (ribs) and DE Muhammad Wilkerson (wrist) practiced in full.

DL | Jason Pierre-Paul | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants RB Peyton Hillis (concussion), WR Jerrel Jernigan (knee), OG James Brewer (ankle), OG David Diehl (knee), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), DT Cullen Jenkins (quadriceps, shin), CB Trumaine McBride (groin), CB Terrell Thomas (knee) and SS Cooper Taylor (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

DL | Kyle D. Williams | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills DT Kyle D. Williams (Achilles') and FS Aaron Williams (ribs) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. DT Marcell Dareus (ankle) and CB Brandon E. Smith (ankle) were limited during practice.

DL | Marcell Dareus | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills DT Kyle D. Williams (Achilles') and FS Aaron Williams (ribs) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. DT Marcell Dareus (ankle) and CB Brandon E. Smith (ankle) were limited during practice.


Linebacker

LB | Paul Posluszny | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars DE Jason Babin (non-injury), S Jonathan Cyprien (thigh), LB Geno Hayes (knee), DT Sen'Derrick Marks (non-injury), C Brad Meester (non-injury) and DT Roy Miller (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. CB Alan Ball (shoulder), WR Jeremy Ebert (ankle), S Josh Evans (shoulder), TE Marcedes Lewis (thigh), OG Austin Pasztor (groin), LB Paul Posluszny (groin) and LB Nathan Stupar (neck) were limited.

LB | Lance Briggs | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears LB Lance Briggs (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

LB | Chad Greenway | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (ankle) and CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. CB Chris Cook (knee), OG Brandon Fusco (knee), RB Toby Gerhart (hamstring) and S Harrison Smith (toe) were limited. TE John Carlson (concussion), LB Larry Dean (knee), LB Chad Greenway (wrist), LS Cullen Loeffler (hand) and CB Marcus Sherels (shoulder) practiced in full.

LB | Justin Houston | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs OT Branden Albert (knee) and LB Justin Houston (elbow) were limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. TE Anthony Fasano (concussion, knee), OT Eric Fisher (shoulder), LB James-Michael Johnson (shoulder), LB Nico Johnson (ankle), TE Sean McGrath (knee) and CB Ron Parker (shoulder) practiced in full.

LB | Sean Lee | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (hamstring), WR Dwayne Harris (hamstring), LB Sean Lee (neck), DE George Selvie (back), LB Ernie Sims (groin), DE DeMarcus Ware (back) and WR Terrance Williams (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. LB Bruce Carter (hamstring), DT Jason Hatcher (neck) and DE Jarius Wynn (chest) were limited.

LB | Brad Jones | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers TE Brandon Bostick (foot), DT Johnny Jolly (shoulder, neck), LB Brad Jones (ankle), DE Mike Neal (abdomen) and LB Nick Perry (foot) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. DT Ryan Pickett (knee) and DE C.J. Wilson (ankle) were limited.

LB | Lavonte David | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (foot) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. DE Da'Quan Bowers (knee), SS Mark Barron (hamstring) and OG Davin Joseph (knee) were limited. LB Lavonte David (hamstring) and DT Akeem Spence (wrist) practiced in full.

LB | Robert Mathis | Indianapolis Colts | Injury
Indianapolis Colts FB Stanley Havili (knee), OG Joe Reitz (concussion), OG Hugh Thornton (neck), OT Jeff Linkenbach (quadriceps), DT Montori Hughes (knee), DT Ricky Jean-Francois (foot), LB Daniel Adongo (hamstring), LB Robert Mathis (rest) and FS Sergio Brown (groin) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. C Samson Satele (elbow) was limited during practice. WR LaVon Brazill (foot) and CB Greg Toler (groin) fully participated in practice.

LB | DeAndre Levy | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (foot), CB Darius Slay (knee), FS Louis Delmas (knee), FS John Wendling (ankle) and P Sam Martin (groin) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. CB Chris Houston (toe) was limited during practice. The team did not practice, but the NFL makes teams release a Wednesday injury report, so this is an estimation.

LB | D'Qwell Jackson | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns OG John Greco (knee), CB Joe Haden (hip), LB Eric Martin (illness) and TE Andre Smith (calf) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. LB D'Qwell Jackson (non-injury), DE Ahtyba Rubin (calf) and OT Joe Thomas (back) were limited. LB Tank Carder (shoulder), P Spencer Lanning (knee), OT Mitchell Schwartz (toe) and S T.J. Ward (shoulder) practiced in full.

LB | Mychal Kendricks | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles CB Brandon Boykin (concussion), FS Colt Anderson (knee) and SS Kurt Coleman (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. WR Brad Smith (hamstring), LB Najee Goode (hamstring), LB Mychal Kendricks (knee) and SS Earl Wolff (knee) fully participated in practice.

LB | Sean Weatherspoon | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon (knee) is not practicing Wednesday, Dec. 18.


Cornerback

CB | Champ Bailey | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos CB Champ Bailey (foot) is expected to be in the lineup in Week 16 against the Houston Texans.

CB | Alterraun Verner | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans OT David Stewart (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. DT Jurrell Casey (shoulder) and C Brian Schwenke (ankle) were limited. CB Alterraun Verner (groin) practiced in full.

CB | Aqib Talib | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Josh Boyce (ankle) and OT Nate Solder (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. CB Kyle Arrington (groin), OT Marcus Cannon (ankle), CB Alfonzo Dennard (knee, shoulder), WR Aaron Dobson (foot), LB Dane Fletcher (groin), S Steve Gregory (finger), TE Michael Hoomanawanui (knee), LB Brandon Spikes (knee), OT Will Svitek (ankle), CB Aqib Talib (hip) and WR Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) were limited.

CB | Joe Haden | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns OG John Greco (knee), CB Joe Haden (hip), LB Eric Martin (illness) and TE Andre Smith (calf) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. LB D'Qwell Jackson (non-injury), DE Ahtyba Rubin (calf) and OT Joe Thomas (back) were limited. LB Tank Carder (shoulder), P Spencer Lanning (knee), OT Mitchell Schwartz (toe) and S T.J. Ward (shoulder) practiced in full.


Strong Safety

SS | Reshad Jones | Miami Dolphins | Injury
Miami Dolphins CB Brent Grimes (groin) and RB Daniel Thomas (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. CB Nolan Carroll (knee), SS Chris D. Clemons (hamstring, knee), DT Paul Soliai (ankle) and CB Jamar Taylor (hamstring) were listed as limited participants in practice, while SS Reshad Jones (groin) and DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) were able to take part in full practice sessions.

SS | Kam Chancellor | Seattle Seahawks | Injury
Seattle Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor (quadriceps), DE Chris Clemons (rest) and TE Zach Miller (ribs) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. LB K.J. Wright (foot) has also been ruled out for the Week 16 game.

SS | Troy Polamalu | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder) and S Troy Polamalu (non-injury) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and DE Brett Keisel (foot) were limited. OT Kelvin Beachum (knee) and DT Steve McLendon (ankle) practiced in full.

SS | Mark Barron | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (foot) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. DE Da'Quan Bowers (knee), SS Mark Barron (hamstring) and OG Davin Joseph (knee) were limited. LB Lavonte David (hamstring) and DT Akeem Spence (wrist) practiced in full.


Free Safety

FS | Eric Weddle | San Diego Chargers | Injury
San Diego Chargers C Nick Hardwick (rest) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18, while OT D.J. Fluker (ankle), LB Jarret Johnson (hand), FS Eric Weddle (hamstring) and CB Shareece Wright (foot) were each listed as full participants.

FS | Charles Woodson | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders LB Miles Burris (ankle), RB Jeremy Stewart (ankle, knee), DT Vance Walker (concussion) and CB Charles Woodson (ribs) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. TE Jeron Mastrud (wrist) practiced in full.

FS | Harrison Smith | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (ankle) and CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. CB Chris Cook (knee), OG Brandon Fusco (knee), RB Toby Gerhart (hamstring) and S Harrison Smith (toe) were limited. TE John Carlson (concussion), LB Larry Dean (knee), LB Chad Greenway (wrist), LS Cullen Loeffler (hand) and CB Marcus Sherels (shoulder) practiced in full.

FS | T.J. Ward | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns OG John Greco (knee), CB Joe Haden (hip), LB Eric Martin (illness) and TE Andre Smith (calf) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18. LB D'Qwell Jackson (non-injury), DE Ahtyba Rubin (calf) and OT Joe Thomas (back) were limited. LB Tank Carder (shoulder), P Spencer Lanning (knee), OT Mitchell Schwartz (toe) and S T.J. Ward (shoulder) practiced in full.

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