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DE J.J. Watt is signing with the Cardinals, he reports. Multiple other reports say it's a 2-year deal worth $31 million, with $23 million of that guaranteed. (So it sounds like a pact he's likely to complete.) Watt will join an Arizona defense that jumped from 20th in Football Outsiders DVOA in 2019 to 10th last season. The Cardinals also tied for 10th among fantasy defenses, by ESPN scoring. Watt looked past his prime last season but should still upgrade an unspectacular D-line and enhance a Chandler Jones-led pass rush.

The Texans are releasing DE J.J. Watt, according to multiple reports. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Watt asked the team to release him, marking yet another star player looking to get out of Houston. Watt has clearly slipped from the dominant form of his early seasons, but he remains a productive player and should find plenty of potential suitors. We'll see where the veteran lands -- and the size of his next contract -- before projecting his IDP outlook for 2021 and beyond.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray injured his right ankle early in Sunday's game against the Rams. It's unclear if this is the same injury that had him on this week's injury report. Murray headed back to the locker room and is officially questionable to return.

Update: Murray re-entered in the 4th quarter, with Arizona down 18-7.

Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds (hip) is active for today’s game against the Rams. It’s unclear how big a role he’ll be able to play, making him a shaky fantasy option.

Cardinals S Budda Baker (neck) is active for today's game against the Rams. Use him as planned in IDP lineups.

There's "optimism" Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds (hip) will be able to play vs. the Rams today, although he remains a game-time decision, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Edmonds has been playing through injuries for a few weeks now. He can't be trusted in Week 17 fantasy lineups, but his presence would continue to cap RB Kenyan Drake's upside.

The Cardinals on Saturday placed WR Christian Kirk on the COVID list. That knocks him out for Sunday's game against the Rams and should leave Larry Fitzgerald and KeeSean Johnson as Arizona's 2nd and 3rd wideouts for the regular-season finale. Andy Isabella might also finally make it off the inactive list. We'll see about Kirk's availability for the playoff opener, if Arizona makes it.

Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the Rams. HC Kliff Kingsbury said he’ll be a game-time decision. Edmonds’ absence would be a boost to RB Kenyan Drake’s projected volume.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (leg) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. There’s still a chance his rushing is limited this weekend, and the passing matchup is a tough one vs. the Rams. It leaves Murray as a lower-end QB1 for Week 17.

Cardinals S Budda Baker (neck) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams. Baker sustained the injury in Thursday's practice and then was not seen during the open portion of Friday's workout. HC Kliff Kingsbury told reporters that Baker is "a little sore" but that the team is "hopeful that he will be able to go." We'll see about his status Sunday afternoon. With a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, though, we might not know before the early games begin.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (leg) said Wednesday that he's "good" and expects to play vs. the Rams this weekend. We still don't have any details on his leg injury, but there's a chance it'll limit his rushing ability. And the passing matchup is brutal, leaving Murray as just a borderline QB1 for Week 17.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray's status for Sunday's finale against the Rams is "uncertain" because of the lower-leg injury he sustained late in Saturday's loss to the 49ers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. If Murray can't go, Chris Streveler would start for Arizona in a game with playoff ramifications for both teams. We'll be watching Murray's status throughout the week.

Update: Arizona HC Kliff Kingsbury said he's "hopeful" Murray will play, according to Kyle Odegard of the team website.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray suffered a leg injury late in Saturday night's loss to the 49ers. But NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that it "doesn't seem serious." We'll keep an eye on Murray's status leading up to next weekend's game vs. the Rams. Arizona needs to win that one to have a shot at the playoffs, so Murray will be out there if able.

Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds suffered a hip injury in the 1st half of Saturday's game vs. the 49ers and is officially questionable to return. He entered this one with ankle and knee injuries. We'll pass along an update on Edmonds when we get one.

Update: Edmonds has been ruled out.

Steelers RB James Conner (quad) doesn't appear on the final injury report. That returns him to the lineup for a tough matchup with the Colts. Conner hasn't topped 13 carries since Week 8 and could still cede work to Benny Snell this week. We'd prefer to avoid the Pittsburgh backfield, if possible.

Cardinals LB Haason Reddick (shoulder) and CB Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring, calf) are questionable for Saturday's game against the 49ers. Reddick missed Tuesday's practice but returned for limited workouts the next 2 days. Kirkpatrick missed all 3 days of practice and doesn't appear worth trusting even if he's active.

Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds (ankle, knee) got in just 1 limited practice this week and is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the 49ers. He was in the same boat last week -- and then went out and led Arizona RBs with a 53% snap rate, 11 carries and 5 targets. We'll get Edmonds' game status around 3 pm ET on Saturday.

Lions K Matt Prater (back) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Bucs. He only got in 1 limited practice this week. We'd look for a healthier option for Week 16 fantasy lineups.

Steelers RB James Conner (quad) put in a full practice on Wednesday. He's on track to return for this weekend's game vs. the Colts. Conner figures to re-assume lead duties but has been completely ineffective for over a month now. He's a shaky Week 16 fantasy play.

Steelers RB James Conner (quad) has been downgraded to out for tonight's game against the Bengals. That leaves the backfield to Benny Snell and Jaylen Samuels. Snell totaled 24 carries and 7 targets when Conner missed Weeks 12 and 13 and should lead the way in carries tonight. Samuels has captured a bigger passing-game role lately, though, with 6 catches on 8 targets over the past 2 games. Look for him to play in passing situations vs. Cincinnati.

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