The Texans "won't take any chances" in their game against the Titans this afternoon, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweets. Houston will have "several starters on the sidelines even if they aren’t inactive," per Rapoport. That might change if the Chiefs lose to the Chargers in the 1 pm ET time slot, giving the Texans a shot to climb into the #3 seed. But if Kansas City wins, don't expect to see much of QB Deshaun Watson or WR DeAndre Hopkins. WR Kenny Stills and RBs Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson could also be limited.
The Bills have ruled DE Shaq Lawson (hamstring) out for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Texans HC Bill O'Brien said Monday that he has no plans to rest his starters in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Titans. Houston can still climb into the #3 seed -- but only if the Chiefs lose to the Chargers. That game will be over by the time the Texans kick off at 4:25 pm ET, so the game might be completely meaningless. That means there's at least some chance O'Brien changes his mind and sits guys like QB Deshaun Watson and WR DeAndre Hopkins. Those guys come with elevated risk in Week 17 fantasy lineups.
The MRI on Ravens RB Mark Ingram's injured calf confirmed a strain, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. "The hope is Ingram is back on the field for the playoffs based on the severity of the injury," Rapoport adds. Ingram will sit out Sunday's meaningless regular-season finale and then get another week to rest up before Baltimore's Divisional Round game.
Ravens HC John Harbaugh told Pro Football Talk after Sunday's win over the Browns that RB Mark Ingram will undergo an MRI on his injured calf. Harbaugh added that the "initial feeling is that he avoided any structural damage and that the hope is that it was cramping or perhaps a strain," per PFT. We should learn more about Ingram tomorrow, but don't expect him to play in the regular-season finale after Baltimore clinched the AFC's #1 seed. That'll leave the backfield to Gus Edwards and Justice Hill.
Ravens RB Mark Ingram suffered a calf injury in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Browns. He's officially questionable to return, but don't expect to see him back out there with Baltimore nursing a comfortable lead. Ingram's absence leaves the Ravens with RBs Gus Edwards and Justice Hill.
Texans OLB Brennan Scarlett (Achilles') is active for today's game against the Buccaneers. He's just a lower-level IDP option, but there's upside to his matchup if you play in a sack-heavy format or with an "Edge" position.
Texans OLB Brennan Scarlett (Achilles') is active for today's game against the Titans. He's a lower-level IDP option but carries sack upside for deeper leagues.
Texans CBs Gareon Conley (hip) and Bradley Roby (hamstring) are active for today's game against the Broncos. So is OLB Brennan Scarlett (shoulder), who missed last Sunday's win over the Patriots. It's an upside matchup for Scarlett, who produced well in the 3 games before he sat out.
Texans OLB Brennan Scarlett (shoulder) is inactive for tonight's game against the Patriots.
Rams WR Brandin Cooks has cleared the concussion protocol, according to ESPN's Lindsey Thiry. Barring a setback, Cooks will play against the Ravens on Monday night. Consider him a WR3 in that tough matchup.
Texans S Tashaun Gipson (back) is active for tonight's game against the Colts. CB Bradley Roby (hamstring) is out. Neither is much of an IDP factor.
The Texans have ruled S Justin Reid (concussion) out for Thursday night's game against the Colts. S Tashaun Gipson (back) and CB Bradley Roby (hamstring) are questionable. Gipson returned for last week's loss to Baltimore after missing the previous 2 contests. Roby has missed the past 4 games.
Texans S Justin Reid suffered a concussion in Sunday's loss to the Ravens. The Thursday night matchup with Indianapolis makes it almost certain that Reid will miss at least a game. We'll see about Reid's status heading into Week 13. Jahleel Addae saw elevated playing time against Baltimore and would likely start in Reid's place against the Colts.
Rams WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) is expected to return for Monday night's game against the Ravens, HC Sean McVay said. Cooks has been out since sustaining the 4th documented concussion of his career and his 2nd this year back in Week 8. He averaged 6.3 targets, 3.9 catches and 57 yards across the first 7 games of the season. We'll track his status throughout the week.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero hears that the Broncos are planning to "ride Phillip Lindsay harder" in today's game against the Vikings. Lindsay has been in a near-even timeshare with RB Royce Freeman, out-touching Freeman 143 to 120 through 9 weeks. More volume would obviously be good news for his fantasy stock -- although this remains a tough matchup today.
Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury said that RB David Johnson rebounded well in practice this week from a bad Week 10. "I'm proud of his effort and his focus," Kingsbury said, according to the team website. "I like where his head is at." GM Steve Keim also said Friday during a radio interview about Johnson, "He's the only one who can get himself out of this hole." We'll be interested to see whether Johnson draws a larger share of the workload against San Francisco than he did in Week 10. Johnson hit halftime of that game with 3 carries to Kenyan Drake's 4, though also none of the team's 4 RB targets. Johnson carried just 2 more times and fumbled his only reception at the end of the 3rd quarter. He then didn't touch the ball in the 4th quarter. We're betting on Drake to keep leading the work in Week 11, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Drake "should receive the bulk of the carries and touches." Just keep in mind that this situation could still be fluid.
The Buccaneers on Tuesday waived starting CB Vernon Hargreaves. Tampa Bay drafted Hargreaves 11th overall in 2016, but he has never lived up to that status. Hargreaves leaves the Bucs with 2 career INTs through 3.5 seasons, though he did lose nearly all of 2018 to injury. Bucs coaches yanked the veteran from Sunday's win over the Cardinals for lack of effort. Jamel Dean stepped in for Hargreaves in that game, but Carlton Davis should rejoin the lineup across from rookie Sean Murphy-Bunting when he returns from a hip injury.
Rams WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) is out for Sunday night's game against the Bears. He returned to a limited practice last Friday, but this early rule-out suggests he's not close to gaining full clearance. With Cooks sidelined last week, WR Josh Reynolds played 95% of the Rams' offensive snaps and saw 5 targets.
Rams WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) returned to a limited practice on Friday. “Part of the advice is just keep a normal rhythm and routine for him, staying active, avoiding some of those collision-type things," HC Sean McVay said. "This has been part of the advice that wanted to follow, and it’s part of the plan to hopefully getting him back on the field.” Cooks is out for Sunday's game against the Steelers but seemingly has a shot to be cleared for Week 11.
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