Broncos HC Gary Kubiak announced Tuesday that QB Peyton Manning (foot) will be out at least 2 more weeks. "Peyton and I had a good visit today, and we've got a plan in place for his recovery," Kubiak said. "His foot will be in a cast for at least a week, but he'll be able to be part of meetings and do some workouts with the rest of the team. We expect him to be unavailable for at least a couple of games. We'll proceed from there and will continue to support him as he does everything he can to get healthy." QB Brock Osweiler will start on Sunday night against the Patriots and in Week 13 vs. the Chargers. At that point, Denver will have a decision to make based on Osweiler's play and Manning's healthy. They get the Raiders, Steelers and Bengals in Weeks 14-16.
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) needs "a couple of weeks ... to see if he can recover," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Lynch visited a specialist on Tuesday and a decision was made not to have surgery. It sounds like he'll at least miss the next 2 games against the Steelers and Vikings, though. In a best-case scenario, he'd be back for the start of most fantasy leagues' playoffs in Week 14. Lynch is worth hanging on to if you have room on your bench.
Bears RB Matt Forte said Tuesday that he's "good enough" to play against the Packers on Thursday night. "I probably could have played last Sunday, but I might not have been able to play coming up this week if something would have happened," he added. "Time heals and stuff. Just a couple of extra days will help." Forte remained limited in Tuesday's practice, but QB Jay Cutler said he "looked good." There's some risk here, but Forte is worth getting into season-long lineups against a Packers defense he's historically dominated.
Bills HC Rex Ryan expects to have QB Tyrod Taylor (shoulder) for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. "We all know it’s a right shoulder thing," Ryan said in a Tuesday radio interview. "I don’t know the particulars of what they call things or whatever. If we had the technical terms on it, you guys wouldn’t know it either. We’ll see how the week progresses how everything goes, but I think he’ll be ready to roll." Taylor has averaged just 191 passing yards and .67 TDs in 3 games since returning from his knee injury. Now he has a bum throwing shoulder and goes to Kansas City to face a red-hot Chiefs defense. Taylor is a low-end QB2 for Week 12.
Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (ankle) is not expected to play against the Broncos on Sunday night, according to insider Tom Curran. Dobson's status beyond that is uncertain. X-rays on the ankle came back negative, but the severity of the sprain will determine how long he's out. Brandon LaFell, Chris Harper and Matt Slater are the only healthy WRs on the Patriots roster right now.
Patriots insider Tom Curran hears that WR Danny Amendola has a knee sprain but is "not expected to miss an extended period of time." His status for Sunday night's game against the Broncos will depend on how he responds to treatment and whether he's able to get on the practice field. For now, consider Amendola 50/50 for Week 12.
Bears S Antrel Rolle is expected to miss Thursday night's game against the Packers will the knee injury that kept him out of Week 11, according to ESPN's Jeff Dickerson. That'll leave Chris Prosinski starting in his place again. Rolle suffered the injury in practice last week. Both Chicago safeties registered sacks against the Broncos last Sunday, but similar blitzing against Aaron Rodgers would make the D quite vulnerable in deep coverage -- to a QB not making his 1st NFL start (Brock Osweiler).
The Browns announced Tuesday that QB Josh McCown will start Monday night against the Ravens. Johnny Manziel will sit 3rd on the depth chart behind Austin Davis. The move comes after video revealed Manziel partying in a Texas club over the bye week, which might be less of an issue if Manziel hadn't spent part of last offseason in a treatment facility. HC Mike Pettine told reporters this week that the recurrence of issues with Manziel makes it more frustrating than any particular incident on its own. McCown certainly doesn't hurt the Browns offense and probably helps, especially on the passing side. He already threw for 457 yards and 2 TDs in the 1st meeting with Baltimore this season.
Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) was listed as a limited participant in Tuesday's practice. He's been limited for the past couple of weeks, so there's no sign of progress here. But ESPN's Jeff Dickerson reported yesterday that Forte is "on track" to play against the Packers on Thursday night. We'll have another update tomorrow.
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (groin, shoulder) put in a limited practice on Tuesday. It's good news after he was sidelined last Thursday and Friday, but his status for Chicago's Thanksgiving night game against the Packers remains uncertain. We'll have another update tomorrow.