Eagles HC Chip Kelly said Monday that RB Ryan Mathews has yet to be cleared to return from the concussion he suffered Nov. 15, according to NJ.com. Mathews reportedly hasn't even observed practices since suffering the injury, and Kelly said that'll be the case still come Tuesday, as Philly begins its on-field prep for Sunday's visit to New England. That doesn't seem to bode well for Mathews' chances of participating in Week 13. So it looks like we'll continue to get an ineffective DeMarco Murray leading the backfield, teamed with Kenjon Barner and not enough Darren Sproles.
Browns QB Josh McCown injured his right (throwing) shoulder in Monday night's game against the Ravens. He tried to play through it but left after attempting just 2 more passes. McCown headed back to the locker room with trainers and was replaced by QB Austin Davis. Johnny Manziel is active as the #3 QB.
Tests on Bengals TE Tyler Eifert's neck revealed no structural damage, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Eifert's Week 13 status is still "in question," per Schefter, but it at least sounds like he avoided a serious injury. We'll track his status throughout the week leading up to Sunday's game vs. Cleveland.
ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) will miss "a week or 2 most likely." Schefter adds that Gronk's return will be based on pain tolerance. It's a slightly more pessimistic report than earlier timelines that had him missing 1 week at most. Of course, the Pats haven't given us any information. We'll just need to keep an eye on Gronkowski's practice participation. Owners should certainly be making backup plans for Week 13. Scott Chandler will be in the TE1 mix if Gronk doesn't play against the Eagles this weekend.
Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower suffered a sprained MCL in Sunday night's loss to the Broncos, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer. It's not yet clear how much time Hightower might miss, but this injury typically costs players at least 2-3 games. New England has already gone without LB Jamie Collins for weeks because of an illness, but he might be approaching a return after entering last weekend "doubtful" (before being ruled out).
NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports that Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews suffered multiple fractured ribs in Sunday's loss to the Jets, adding that there's "no clear time table for his return." That sounds like a multi-week injury at least, with a player's return often depending on pain tolerance. Miami's teetering on the edge of being eliminated from playoff contention and might want the extra reps for rookie 1st-rounder DeVante Parker. We'll await further word from the team about how long Matthews might be out, but he might prove droppable across nearly all fantasy football leagues this week. Consider Parker a decent stash after he played more snaps than Kenny Stills against the Jets.
Cardinals RB Chris Johnson suffered a fractured tibia in Sunday's game against the Niners, according to FOX's Jay Glazer. He tweeted that Johnson will be "out extended period of time but team still gathering how long this shelves him." We'd bet on Johnson missing at least the rest of the fantasy season. This only boosts the already intriguing stock of rookie RB David Johnson in any fantasy football league that finds him currently available. Add Andre Ellington's turf toe, and we might see the younger Johnson operating as Arizona's feature back over the next 4 weeks. Blow whatever free-agent budget you have left on him.
According to multiple reports, Colts HC Chuck Pagano on Monday called S Mike Adams day-to-day with his ankle injury. That means we'll need to watch the practice reports this week to see if Adams can return for a Sunday night trip to Pittsburgh. If he doesn't, then rookie Clayton Geathers would start again and be a solid bet for tackles against a busy Pittsburgh offense.
The Raiders not only took CB D.J. Hayden out of the starting lineup for Sunday's win at Tennessee. They demoted him to outside the team's top 3 corners. David Amerson stepped back into the starting lineup, across from T.J. Carrie, where he had played while Carrie filled in for Nate Allen at safety. Neiko Thorpe worked as the nickel CB vs. the Titans, relegating Hayden to just 5 snaps. Go ahead and dump him in your IDP league. Amerson, meanwhile, defensed 6 passes in his return to the lineup after impressing both as a starter and in the nickel role (after Allen returned). He carries significant IDP upside the rest of the way -- especially in CB-required formats.
Broncos S T.J. Ward suffered a high left ankle sprain in Sunday night's win over the Patriots, according to The Associated Press. He went for an MRI Monday, but HC Gary Kubiak made it pretty clear the team expects him to miss some time. "It's going to take some work to get them back," he said, referring to Ward and DT Sylvester Williams, who suffered the same injury to his right ankle. Barring some surprising result from his MRI and physical bounce back this week, you can drop Ward in most IDP leagues for a replacement. His absence certainly won't help the Denver team D, but it's not enough to significantly alter the unit's fantasy outlook. David Bruton backs up Ward and will be an option in deeper IDP formats -- especially for a friendly Week 13 matchup with the Chargers.