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Browns LB Karlos Dansby has seemed to be near a return from his sprained knee for 2 weeks now, but he admitted to ESPN Cleveland on Thursday that he might not play again this season. The veteran said "it's all up in the air" as to whether the team will shut him down for the year. "It's a tough injury, especially at my position, all the lateral movements and that kind of stuff," Dansby said. "It's detrimental. I can't go out there and put some bad film out there and let the guys down in this room." Barring some huge turn in his recovery by Sunday, it looks like you can plan to use Craig Robertson in your IDP lineup once again. Dansby's fill-in has delivered top-10 production among LBs since the starter went down.

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Patriots WR Julian Edelman (concussion) remained limited in Thursday's practice.  He still needs to receive clearance from an independent doctor in order to play this weekend.  We should find out his status by Saturday at the latest.  Edelman will be a WR2 if he plays against a leaky Jets secondary.

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Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has missed the first 2 days of practice this week with an ankle injury.  HC Bill O'Brien considers him "day-to-day" and a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with the Ravens.  We're expecting Hopkins to play, but the ankle injury and QB concerns make him a risky WR3 for Week 16.

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49ers RB Frank Gore (concussion) was officially limited in Thursday's practice.  HC Jim Harbaugh said afterward that Gore is "on pace to play" against the Chargers on Saturday night.  With RB Carlos Hyde (back, ankle) not expected to play, Gore is a good bet for 15+ touches.  But he's still no more than a RB3 in fantasy football.  He's averaged 3.4 yards per carry in his last 4 games.

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Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee, ankle) put in a full practice on Thursday.  He was limited last Thursday, so it looks like he's healthier for this weekend's game against the Steelers.  Charles remains a must-start RB1 in a plus matchup.

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Jags QB Blake Bortles (foot) is active for tonight’s game against Tennessee. Despite a favorable matchup, the rookie should remain far away from fantasy lineups. He’s tallied just 2 multi-TD outings all season.

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Titans TE Delanie Walker (knee) is active for tonight’s matchup vs. Jacksonville. He’s safe to deploy as a mid-range TE1.

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Titans WR Kendall Wright (hand) is active for tonight’s game in Jacksonville. He ended up missing only 2 games with a cracked bone in his hand. Still, a lousy supporting cast gives the 25-year-old a shaky WR3 outlook.

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Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) was listed as a limited participant in Thursday's practice.  Although beat writers saw him going through individual drills on Wednesday, he was listed as DNP.  That means, at least theoretically, that he did more today.  "I've had two good days and we'll see how it goes," Murray said after Thursday's workout.  He added that he'll make the final decision on whether to play against the Colts.  Doctors have told Murray that his hand is no more at risk if he plays on Sunday than if he sits out a week.  At this point, signs are pointing to Murray playing vs. Indy.  We'll have another update on his status tomorrow.

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49ers RB Frank Gore (concussion) returned to practice on Thursday but sported a no-contact jersey.  Although he's making progress through the league's protocol, he still has a ways to go in order to play against the Chargers on Saturday night.  We'll continue to update his status leading up to that one.  If you need to make a decision on Gore tonight, we'd assume he won't play Saturday.

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Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) missed his 3rd straight practice on Thursday.  He looks like a long shot to play against the 49ers on Saturday night.  We just removed him from our Week 16 RB Rankings and bumped Branden Oliver and Donald Brown up.

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Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back, chest) returned to practice on Thursday.  It's confirmation that he'll start Saturday night's game against the 49ers.  But at less than 100% in a tough matchup, he sits well outside QB1 territory in our Week 16 Rankings.

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Eagles RB LeSean McCoy expects to continue losing goal-line work.  He watched Chris Polk and Darren Sproles vulture 3 short TDs in last Sunday night's loss to the Cowboys.  “Some of the short-yardage stuff, Polk’s obviously a little bit more powerful back, so they’ve been giving him some of the runs in short-yardage in a couple games, especially last game,” McCoy said.  “He’s not getting all of them, but if it helps the team, that’s what I’m going to do."  Polk has now converted 2 of 7 carries inside the 5-yard line into TDs (28.6%).  McCoy has received 10 carries inside the 5 and scored 3 times (30%).  He has just 4 total TDs this season.  The lack of TD upside -- plus a tough matchup with the Redskins -- leaves McCoy as more of a RB2 for fantasy championship week.

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Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with knee and ankle injuries.  They're new injuries for a guy who missed time after undergoing sports hernia surgery earlier this year.  Rudolph's status for Sunday's game against the Dolphins is in doubt.  He'll be tough to trust in fantasy lineups if he plays.

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Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion) has been cleared for this weekend's game against the Ravens.  He'll likely be catching passes from QB Case Keenum, which adds risk to his fantasy profile.  But note that Johnson racked up 55 catches, 800 yards and 5 TDs in Keenum's 8 starts last year.  He's in the WR3 mix for Week 16.

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Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) took the 1st-team reps at practice on Thursday.  "I'd be shocked if he doesn't start" against the Browns this weekend, insider Joseph Person tweeted.  It's tough to believe Newton will be at 100%, though.  Remember that QB Tony Romo looked limited in his 1st game back from the same injury.  And unlike Romo, Newton's fantasy value is strongly tied to his running ability.  He's not a recommended QB1 for Week 16.

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller put in a limited practice on Wednesday -- his 1st since breaking his collarbone on October 19.  “He looked good,” HC Doug Marrone said. “But he’s still working his way back into the football part of it.”  Spiller has a shot to play against the Raiders this weekend, but he'd likely see only a handful of touches.  He's only an option as a cheap flier in daily games.  Fred Jackson remains a solid RB2 for Week 16.

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The Bears announced that QB Jay Cutler has been benched for Week 16 in favor of QB Jimmy Clausen.  It's rock bottom for Cutler and a desperation move by Chicago.  Cutler certainly hasn't played up to his massive contract, but it's the Bears' fault for giving it to him.  Cutler has been a league-average QB this season, ranking 17th in QB Rating.  Clausen is in no way an upgrade.  He's not a fantasy option against the Lions this Sunday, and we're moving Alshon Jeffery, Marquess Wilson and Martellus Bennett down our rankings.

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