Citing a "source with knowledge of the situation," Vikings insider Ben Goessling reports that RB Adrian Peterson (foot) is "unlikely" to play against the Eagles this weekend. Goessling adds that AP won't need surgery and that the team will know more when he gets out of the walking boot he's currently in. It at least sounds like Peterson avoided a significant injury, which is good news for his long-term outlook. But the 3-9-1 Vikings have no reason to rush him back onto the field this season. We continue to believe that there's a good chance that Peterson has played his last down of 2013.
Raiders RB Rashad Jennings has passed all his concussion tests, according to insider Vic Tafur. Barring a setback this week, he'll be back for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. There's no reason to believe the Raiders won't go back to Jennings as their lead back, despite RB Marcel Reece's impressive Week 14 performance. Reece won't be a Week 15 fantasy option. Jennings will be a RB2 against Kansas City's middling run defense.
Packers HC Mike McCarthy confirmed that RB Eddie Lacy suffered a sprained ankle in Sunday's game against the Falcons. "Too early to tell" whether he'll be ready for Week 15, McCarthy added. The injury occurred on the final play of the 1st half. Lacy carried 9 times for 33 yards in the 2nd frame. He actually averaged more yards per carry after the injury (3.7) than he did before (2.9). Considering Lacy played through the injury on Sunday, we're tentatively expecting him to be available for this week's game against the Cowboys. But Lacy owners would be wise to add RB James Starks as insurance.
Speaking at his Monday press conference, Packers HC Mike McCarthy said that QB Aaron Rodgers will be evaluated again on Wednesday. As of now, he still hasn't been medically cleared. "We'll plan to play the game with Matt [Flynn]," McCarthy said. "Aaron has hurdles to go over and he's not cleared." If Rodgers can get cleared, though, Green Bay's plan will quickly change. A-Rodg would be an elite fantasy play against the Cowboys. We should get another update on Wednesday.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said an MRI on his injured foot "came back great." He added that he's still undergoing a CT scan "to make sure the bone is OK." AP said a Lisfranc injury has been ruled out, which is excellent news for his long-term outlook. We're still skeptical that he'll play again this season. Stay tuned for additional updates.
Redskins HC Mike Shanahan said Monday that he's considering shutting QB Robert Griffin down for the rest of the season. “I want to make sure he’s healthy," Shanny said. Griffin has taken 38 sacks this season -- 5th-most in the league. He's absorbed countless more big hits. Shanahan said he'll make a decision on his Week 15 starting QB by Wednesday. We imagine the Redskins front-office will also be involved in that decision. QB Kirk Cousins will start if Griffin is benched. RG3 owners need to be lining up a backup plan for the rest of the season.
Titans HC Mike Munchak revealed Monday that WR Kendall Wright is dealing with shoulder and ankle injuries. It explains why he played just 78% of the offensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Broncos. Wright had been above 90% in each of his last 3 outings. He finished Sunday's game with just 2 catches on 3 targets. We'll keep an eye on his practice participation this week.
The Vikings have placed TE Kyle Rudolph on IR, ending his 2013 season. He suffered a broken foot back in Week 9. Minnesota was hoping to get Rudolph back for the final few games, but he hadn't even gotten back on the practice field yet. It's unclear if Rudolph suffered some sort of setback in his rehab. Either way, he should be ready for the team's offseason program. Rudolph finishes 2013 with 30 catches, 313 yards and 3 scores in 8 games. He was on pace for career highs in catches and yards. There's plenty of talent here, but Rudolph will need improved QB play in 2014 if he wants to re-emerge as an every-week fantasy starter.
Vikings QB Christian Ponder has been medically cleared from his concussion. HC Leslie Frazier did not name a Week 15 starting QB at his press conference on Monday. QB Matt Cassel turned in another respectable showing on Sunday and has been the team's best QB this season. Of course, that's not saying much. You can safely ignore this situation in fantasy.
Vikings HC Leslie Frazier revealed that RB Toby Gerhart "tweaked" his hamstring late in Sunday's loss to the Ravens. We noticed that he wasn't on the field for Minnesota's final possession. The news puts Gerhart's Week 15 status in doubt. Frazier didn't have an update on RB Adrian Peterson at his presser, only saying he's "still being examined." If AP and Gerhart are out next Sunday, RB Matt Asiata would likely start against the Eagles. He couldn't be trusted in fantasy lineups.