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Bucs QB Jameis Winston underwent surgery this offseason to repair a torn meniscus, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Winston never appeared on the injury report with a knee last year, so it's unclear when the injury occurred. We'll monitor his rehab, but this shouldn't impact his 2020. Winston, of course, is set to hit free agency if the Bucs don't use the franchise tag on him by March 12.

Saints QB Drew Brees announced Tuesday that he'll return for the 2020 season. The 41-year-old remained as accurate as ever last year, completing a league-high 74.3% of his passes with 27 TDs vs. just 4 INTs. Brees missed 5 games and most of a 6th with a thumb injury but ranked 2nd among QBs in fantasy points per game in his 10 full outings. He remained much more productive at home than on the road -- but he'll be worth considering in lower-end QB1 range in 2020 fantasy drafts.

Saints QB Drew Brees hasn't yet decided whether he'll return for another season in 2020. He's set to be a free agent in March but said that he won't play for a team other than New Orleans. "At this stage of my career, it's not a given that I'm coming back every year, but when that time comes, I'll always be a Saint," Brees said. The 41-year-old remained as efficient as ever this past season, completing 74.3% of his passes and averaging 7.9 yards per attempt. He ranked 3rd in Pro Football Focus' passing grades among 30 QBs with 300+ drop backs. If Brees does decide to hang up his cleats this offseason, the Saints would likely turn to QB Teddy Bridgewater.

The Saints have ruled S Vonn Bell (knee), S Marcus Williams (groin) and CB Eli Apple (ankle) out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. Rookie Chauncey Gardner-Johnson will get another start in Bell's place. Janoris Jenkins figures to start in Apple's place.

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Bucs QB Jameis Winston (thumb) is active for today’s game against the Lions. He only threw a football on Friday this week. But remember that he played through this thumb injury (and without WR Mike Evans) in the 2nd half of last week’s game, racking up 179 yards and 2 TDs. Winston comes with more risk than usual today but still boasts high-end QB1 upside.

Saints TE Jared Cook (concussion) isn't listed on the final injury report after putting in full practices on Friday and Saturday. He's averaged 71 yards and .8 TDs over his last 5 games and is a TE1 with upside for Monday night's game against the Colts.

Saints TE Jared Cook (concussion) graduated to a full practice on Friday. That seemingly puts him on track to be cleared for Monday night's game against the Colts. We'll get another update on Cook's status tomorrow.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston (thumb) is listed as questionable but is fully expected to play against the Lions this weekend. Winston didn’t throw on Wednesday, threw with a tennis ball on Thursday but graduated to a football on Friday. “He threw fine,” HC Bruce Arians said after Friday’s workout. “He'll be ready to go.” Winston carries elevated risk in Week 15 fantasy lineups but still boasts big upside.

Jets RB Ty Montgomery (foot) is active for tonight's game against the Ravens. He should be the #2 RB with Bilal Powell inactive, but that's not likely to mean much playing time.

Saints TE Jared Cook (concussion) got in a limited practice on Thursday. He has an extra day to get cleared for Monday night's game against the Colts, but consider Cook no better than 50/50 for that one. Josh Hill will serve as New Orleans' lead pass-catching TE if Cook is out.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston (thumb) was limited in Wednesday's practice. QB Rya Griffin took all the 1st-team reps, according to insider Rick Stroud. Winston played through this injury last week and is still expected to play against the Lions on Sunday. But his status is worth monitoring over the next few days.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston (thumb) has been cleared to play against the Lions this weekend. He suffered a hairline fracture to his throwing thumb in the 1st half of Sunday's win over the Colts. But after missing the 1st series of the 2nd half, Winston returned to throw for 179 yards and 2 TDs the rest of the way. He'll remain a QB1 for Week 15's plus matchup vs. Detroit.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians said after Sunday's win over the Colts that QB Jameis Winston has a "small fracture" in his right (throwing) thumb. He suffered the injury at some point in the 1st half, missed the 1st series of the 2nd half but returned for the rest of the game and didn't seem hindered. We'll keep an eye on Winston this coming week but would expect him to play against the Lions on Sunday.

Saints TE Jared Cook exited in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the 49ers to get checked for a concussion. He took a shot to the head on a 26-yard TD -- his 2nd score of the game. We'll update Cook's status when we know more.

Update: Cook has been diagnosed with a concussion and been ruled out.

The forecast for today's Bucs-Jags game calls for a slight chance of rain with winds of 17-20 mph. Gusts could come in at 25-30 mph. That's enough wind to impact the passing and kicking games. QBs Jameis Winston and Nick Foles come with increased risk in Week 13 fantasy lineups. Try to avoid Ks Matt Gay and Josh Lambo.

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore (calf) is active for tonight's game against the Falcons. He missed the past 2 games.

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore (calf) is questionable for Thursday night's game against the Falcons. Lattimore missed the past 2 games and remained limited in practice this week. We'll check his availability tonight, when the inactives are announced.

49ers WRs Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) and Deebo Samuel (shoulder) are active for tonight's game against the Packers. Sanders is the riskier of the 2 after he was unable to make it through last week's game. WR Marquise Goodwin is a healthy scratch.

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore (calf) is inactive for today's game against the Panthers. That means P.J. Williams will likely slide out to start in Lattimore's place again, and rookie Chauncey Gardner-Johnson should see starter-level playing time in the slot. Both are down-the-list IDP options. Lattimore's absence improves the matchup for Panthers lead WR D.J. Moore.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that 49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders (ribs), WR Deebo Samuel (shoulder) and TE George Kittle (knee) are expected to play against the Packers tonight. "Though the may work out pre-game" before a final decision is made, Rapoport adds. We won't get San Francisco's inactives until 7 pm ET tonight, so it'd be wise to have a backup plan in place for these guys. But all 3 can be penciled into fantasy lineups for now.

 
 
 

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