Brandon JacobsNYG -RBJacobs placed on IR
The Giants have placed RB Brandon Jacobs (knee) on IR, ending his 2013 season. That bum knee never recovered from his 22-carry Week 6 outing. Jacobs recently admitted that he'll likely need surgery this offseason. The 31-year-old's football career is probably over. Peyton Hillis will serve as Andre Brown's caddy for the season's final 3 games.
Dimitri PattersonMIA -DBPatterson hits IR
The Dolphins on Tuesday placed CB Dimitri Patterson on IR with a groin injury that has nagged him throughout the season. Patterson snagged 4 picks while seeing action in just 6 games, including a mere 4 starts.
Sean LeeDAL -LBNo neck damage for Lee
Cowboys LB Sean Lee has soreness and stiffness in his neck but no structural damage from his Monday night injury, according to ESPN's Ed Werder. The team said that Lee is getting treatment but expected to play against the Packers on Sunday. Monday marked his 1st game back after 2 off because of a hamstring injury.
Aaron RodgersGB -QBRodgers was still in pain last week
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers admitted that he was still experiencing pain when he practiced last Wednesday. "Doing quick movements or giving a handoff with my left hand, those are things that gave me some discomfort," Rodgers said. "I'm going to practice tomorrow and try to do things I couldn't do last week without pain." It sounds like this Wednesday's practice will go a long way toward determining whether Rodgers is able to play against the Cowboys this weekend. We'll continue to keep tabs on his status.
Lamar MillerMIA -RBMiller's concussion not "too serious"
Dolphins insider Armando Salguero hears that RB Lamar Miller's concussion is not "too serious." That should at least rule out a lengthy absence. Salguero expects Miller to play against the Patriots on Sunday, but we'd still consider him 50-50. We've seen players unable to pass through the league's protocol despite reportedly minor concussions. We probably won't have a good idea of Miller's status until Friday. RB Daniel Thomas will serve as Miami's feature back if Miller can't go.
Adrian PetersonMIN -RBPeterson still being diagnosed
X-rays on Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's foot came back negative. MRI results showed no structural damage. The team has ruled out a Lisfranc injury. For now, they're calling it a "mid-foot sprain." Insider Ben Goessling reports that the Vikings are sending the results of the CT scan to a foot specialist. All we know right now is that AP is in a walking boot and considered "unlikely" to play against the Eagles this Sunday. We'll continue to update his status as we learn more.
Jay CutlerCHI -QBCutler remains Chicago's starter
Bears QB Josh McCown was brilliant again on Monday night, racking up 348 yards and 4 TDs, plus another score on the ground. He's averaging 352 yards and 3 total scores over his last 3 games. But HC Marc Trestman reiterated after Monday night's win that a healthy Jay Cutler remains his starting QB. "There's no change in the plan," Trestman said. "We'll see where Jay is this week. He'll have to be released by the doctors. When Jay is ready to play, he'll be playing." Trestman added that Cutler will need to put in a full week of practice before returning to the starting lineup. Both Bears QBs are worth owning in fantasy right now. Trestman has this passing game humming. Chicago gets a mediocre Browns pass defense in Week 15, followed by a dream matchup against the Eagles in Week 16.
Adrian PetersonMIN -RBPeterson "unlikely" to play Week 15
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.
Rashad JenningsOAK -RBJennings medically cleared
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.
Eddie LacyGB -RBLacy has sprained ankle
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.
Aaron RodgersGB -QBRodgers will be evaluated Wednesday
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.
Adrian PetersonMIN -RBPeterson says MRI "came back great"
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.
Robert GriffinWAS -QBShanahan considering shutting down RG3
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.
Kendall WrightTEN -WRWright limited by shoulder and ankle injuries
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.
Kyle RudolphMIN -TERudolph placed on IR
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.
Christian PonderMIN -QBPonder medically cleared from concussion
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.
Toby GerhartMIN -RBGerhart "tweaked" his hamstring
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.
Jonathan StewartCAR -RBStewart has a torn MCL
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart has a torn MCL. It’s generally a 4-6 week injury, so he's almost certainly out for the regular season. DeAngelo Williams’ backfield grip becomes a bit tighter with the news, though Mike Tolbert will continue to spell him. Carolina faces the Jets this week before a rematch with New Orleans. Williams gained 52 yards on 13 carries Sunday night against the Saints. He’s a viable fantasy play in that matchup, but we’d avoid him as a RB2 against the Jets elite run D.
Reggie BushDET -RBBush labeled "day-to-day"
Lions HC Jim Schwartz labeled RB Reggie Bush (calf) "day-to-day" in his press conference on Monday. That doesn't tell us much. All we know right now is that Bush was held out of practice last Wednesday and Thursday, put in a limited workout on Friday, was active for Sunday's game but aggravated the injury in pregame warmups. We'll keep a close eye on his practice participation this week. Detroit gets the Ravens next Monday night. That gives Bush an extra day to heal up but could also put fantasy owners in a tough spot if he ends up a game-time decision. RB Joique Bell will be a strong fantasy play if Bush sits out again.
Tyrann MathieuARI -DBMathieu injury confirmed
Multiple outlets report that MRI confirmed a torn ACL and LCL for Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu. According to ESPN.com, doctors will wait about 9 days for the LCL to begin healing before going in to repair both ligaments. The recovery could take about 9 months. That timeline would bump up against the start of next season. We'll see how Mathieu progresses through the summer.
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