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Texans HC Bill O'Brien said Monday that RB Arian Foster (groin) "could return" for this weekend's game against the Titans.  Of course he could return.  But Foster appeared to be on track to play this past week before missing practice on Thursday and Friday.  Consider him questionable for Week 13 for now.  We'll track his progress this week.  Houston has a juicy matchup against Tennessee's 29th-ranked defense on Sunday.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Broncos are considering a kicker change.  Brandon McManus missed a 33-yarder yesterday and is now 9 for 13 (69.2%) on the season.  Denver is reportedly planning on working out kickers this week.  We'll see if they sign one, but McManus isn't a reliable fantasy option regardless.

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Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Monday that the team is still "waiting to see" if WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) will be ready for this weekend's game against the Falcons.  Fitz didn't seem particularly close to playing yesterday, and Arians admitted that he wouldn't be able to go if there was a practice on Monday.  Fitzgerald's Grade 2 MCL sprain is a 2-4 week injury, so consider him worse than 50-50 to play against Atlanta.

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Cleveland.com reports that Browns S Tashaun Gipson suffered a Grade 3 MCL sprain in Sunday's win over the Falcons, but no ACL damage. Returning for the playoffs reportedly remains a "possibility," but that indicates the team doesn't expect to have Gipson back at all for the regular season. IDP owners lose the league INT leader. Jim Leonhard stepped in vs. Atlanta and figures to start in Gipson's place, but he's not an immediate IDP option.

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An MRI confirmed that Texans QB Ryan Mallett suffered a torn pectoral on Sunday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  Mallett is done for the season.  He flashed his big arm in 2 starts, with 3 completions of 20+ yards.  But Mallett's accuracy was erratic, resulting in a 54.7% completion rate and 2 INTs.  He's a free agent this offseason.  We'll see if Houston goes back to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick or give 4th-round rookie Tom Savage a shot.  Neither guy will be a fantasy option.  Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins owners should be hoping for Fitzpatrick.

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Patriots RB Jonas Gray didn't play a single snap in Sunday's win over the Lions.  HC Bill Belichick didn't give much of an explanation afterward, saying only, "We do what we think is best. That's what we did today."  But ESPN's Josina Anderson hears that Gray was told Friday that he wouldn't start against Detroit.  And Belichick reportedly told the team after the win that he doesn't tolerate tardiness.  Gray showing up late to practice on Friday certainly played a big part in his empty Week 12.  But it was also easier to keep him on the bench with LeGarrette Blount playing so well (12-78-2).  What New England's backfield will look like this coming weekend against the Packers is anyone's guess.

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The Broncos lost a pair of key defensive players to injuries Sunday. OLB Brandon Marshall left with a concussion. He'll obviously need to pass through the league protocol before returning, and we'll keep an eye on the top-shelf IDP performer's status. CB Aqib Talib, meanwhile, suffered a hamstring injury. He initially returned from the injury before halftime but then didn't play a snap in the 2nd half. Talib's a boom/bust IDP prospect who's not worth rostering in most fantasy football leagues, but his cover skills undeniably help the Broncos' D overall. We'll see about his status going forward. Denver heads to Kansas City on Sunday night in Week 13.

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Texans QB Ryan Mallett played against the Bengals on Sunday with a pectoral injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  The injury reportedly occurred in pregame warmups.  He'll undergo an MRI on Monday.  If the pec is torn, Mallett would likely be done for the season.  It's a brutal break for a guy who waited 4 years to get his shot at a starting job.  If Mallett misses time, Houston would either go back to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick or give 4th-round rookie QB Tom Savage a shot.  Neither guy would be an appealing fantasy option.

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Chargers RB Ryan Mathews injured his shoulder on a 3rd-quarter TD run against the Rams.  He went back to the locker room but is now back on the sidelines with his helmet.  He's considered questionable to return.

Update: Mathews returned in the 4th quarter.

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Browns S Tashaun Gipson left Sunday's game at Atlanta with a knee injury and did not return. Gipson entered the day as the league INT leader, so his absence would be felt by both the Browns D and IDP owners. We'll see about his status in the coming week.

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Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (shoulder, knee) is active for today’s game against the Broncos. The shoulder isn’t a concern, but it’s unclear how big a factor the knee will be. Throw in a matchup with a Denver defense allowing just 3.0 yards per carry to RBs, and Miller is just a low-end fantasy starter.

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Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee, hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Broncos. TE Dion Sims could see a slightly bigger pass-catching role, but he’s not a fantasy option.

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Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) is active for today’s game against the Dolphins. He remains a must-start in fantasy football.

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Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Dolphins. His injury isn’t believed to be serious, so owners can tentatively expect him back for Week 13. Jacob Tamme will serve as Denver’s pass-catching TE today and is a fine Week 12 spot start.

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