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Rams QB Jared Goff had surgery Monday on his broken and dislocated right thumb, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That almost definitely means he'll miss Sunday's regular-season finale against Arizona, but Goff hopes to be back for the playoffs -- if his team gets in. John Wolford will start in his place Sunday. He's basically an unknown with no NFL snaps behind him. Downgrade Rams pass-catchers for Week 17.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Rams QB Jared Goff could wait until after the season to have surgery on the right thumb he dislocated and fractured in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. He reports that Goff is "adamant about attempting to play through" the injury. The QB will have more tests on the area Monday and will need to see how the thumb handles the practice week. If Goff can't go, John Wolford would step in. Given that a healthy Goff hasn't been particularly good lately, we're certainly not planning to trust him in fantasy if we don't have to.

Rams QB Jared Goff hurt his right thumb in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Rams have some concern he might not be able to play in the regular-season finale. Goff suffered a dislocation, and the team fears it might be broken -- even though Goff returned against Seattle after getting the thumb popped back in. His backup is John Wolford, who has yet to take a snap in the NFL. An undrafted rookie signed by the Jets in 2018, Wolford had a nice half-season in the AAF in 2019 before the league disbanded. We'll watch for updates after Goff undergoes further evaluation back in L.A.

Update: NFL Network's Michael Silver reports that the thumb is broken. That figures to mean no Goff for Week 17.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams (quad) is inactive for tonight's game vs. the Titans. Look for Aaron Jones to dominate backfield work.

Lions LB Jamie Collins (neck) and S Jayron Kearse (hip) are inactive for today’s game against the Buccaneers. Kearse’s absence could mean a return to starter duty for Tracy Walker. Playing time for Lions LBs behind Collins lacks claruty

Packers RB Jamaal Williams (quad) missed practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Sunday night's game vs. the Titans. His absence will leave rookie A.J. Dillon as the #2 RB -- but Aaron Jones should dominate backfield work. He set season highs with a 90% snap rate and 20 carries after Williams exited early in last week's game.

Lions LB Jamie Collins is questionable for Saturday's game against the Buccaneers after missing the entire practice week with a neck injury. That doesn't make him a particularly attractive IDP option, especially in what was already a lackluster scoring matchup. S Jayron Kearse (hip) is also questionable. He just joined the injury report Thursday as a limited participant, so it looks like he picked the injury in that day's workout. We'll check the status on both players Saturday afternoon.

Lions LB Jamie Collins missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday with a neck injury. We'll see if he can make it back onto the field for Thursday, ahead of Saturday's clash with the Buccaneers. Considering the lackluster scoring matchup for LBs that Tampa has represented, you'd probably be best off going ahead and making alternate plans. We'll keep an eye on Collins' status.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams (quad) did not practice on Wednesday. RB Aaron Jones set season highs with a 90% snap rate and 20 carries after Williams exited early in last week's game and would be in for a volume boost if Williams is out vs. Tennessee on Sunday night.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams suffered a quad injury in the 1st half of Saturday night's game vs. the Panthers and didn't return. That propelled RB Aaron Jones to a season-high 90% snap rate and 158 total yards on 23 touches. Jones will get a significant boost if Williams misses next Sunday night's game vs. the Titans.

Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar and TE Greg Olsen have "a chance" of playing Sunday against Washington, HC Pete Carroll said during his Friday radio show on 97.3 FM in Seattle. Carroll said Dunbar and have "positioned themselves where we've gotta figure it out here all the way up [to Sunday]." We'll see about their statuses Sunday morning. Olsen's potential return adds risk to Jacob Hollister and Will Dissly as options.

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Lions RB D'Andre Swift (illness) is active for today’s game against the Packers. He practiced all week, including a full workout on Friday. It’s still uncertain how big a role he’ll be returning to, though, leaving Swift as a risk/reward RB2.

The Bengals have benched K Randy Bullock and will go with K Austin Seibert against the Cowboys today. Hopefully you're not messing with this situation in fantasy lineups.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Lions RB D'Andre Swift (illness) is expected to play against the Packers today. That was the expectation after the rookie practiced all week, including a full workout on Friday. The question is how big a role Swift will play in his 1st action since Week 10. Consider him a risk/reward RB2 in a plus matchup vs. Green Bay's 27th-ranked RB defense.

Lions DE Everson Griffen has tested positive for COVID-19. Detroit placed him on the COVID list Saturday, meaning he'll miss at least Sunday's game against the Packers. There's no Lions D-lineman worth using in Griffen's place if you planned to have him in your IDP lineup. The Green Bay matchup set up poorly for him, anyway.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (illness) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Packers. He practiced all week, including a full workout on Friday, so we're expecting the rookie to play. But it's strange that he's been dealing with this "illness" for over a week now -- after clearing the concussion protocol. Swift had a breakout game last time we saw him, but it's unclear how big a role he'll be returning to. We'll see if we hear anything about that on Sunday morning.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift remained limited in Wednesday's practice with his illness. The rookie has reportedly cleared the concussion protocol but has now been dealing with this illness for close to a week. His status for Sunday's game against the Packers is uncertain.

Lions RB D’Andre Swift (illness) is inactive for today’s game against the Bears. He cleared the concussion protocol this week but missed the final 2 practices with an illness. We’ll see if he can make it back for Week 14. RBs Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson will share backfield duties again today.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift has been downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bears. He cleared the concussion protocol during the week but has been dealing with an illness. So it looks like it'll be Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson leading Detroit's backfield again. With Swift out the past 2 weeks, Peterson has handled 22 carries and 1 target to Johnson's 17 carries and 9 targets. Neither guy is an exciting fantasy play vs. Chicago's 4th-ranked RB defense.

Lions interim HC Darrell Bevell said Friday that RB D'Andre Swift will "have a smaller, game-plan specific role" if he plays against the Bears this weekend. Swift was still in the concussion protocol and limited in practice on Wednesday -- then missed Thursday and Friday's practices with an illness. He also didn't practice much the previous 2 weeks. We don't know exactly how limited Swift will be if he ends up active, but this obviously makes him tough to trust in fantasy lineups. RBs Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson are seemingly in for bigger role on Sunday, although neither is a great fantasy play vs. Chicago's 4th-ranked RB defense.

 
 
 

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