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Rams WR Cooper Kupp (COVID) is expected to return to practice on Wednesday, according to The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue. That puts Kupp on track to play in this weekend's Wild Card game against the Seahawks. His fantasy outlook in that one will depend heavily on whether QB Jared Goff is able to return from his thumb injury.

Rams QB Jared Goff (thumb) hasn't been ruled out for Saturday's Wild Card game vs. the Seahawks, but "it's expected to be challenging for him to play," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Goff was able to throw yesterday, but "12 days after thumb surgery, in the cold, it'll be difficult," Rapoport adds. So it looks like QB John Wolford will make his 2nd career start this weekend. He wasn't a complete disaster in the win over Arizona, completing 22 of 38 passes (58%) for 231 yards (6.1 YPA), 0 TDs and 1 INT. Wolford also ran for 56 yards on 6 carries.

Rams OLB Leonard Floyd (abdomen) is active for today's game against the Cardinals. He suffered the injury late in the week and could be a risk for re-injury, but Floyd is available if you planned to use him.

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Rams RBs Cam Akers (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Cardinals. He got in just 1 limited practice this week after suffering a high-ankle sprain 14 days ago. Akers figures to be operating at far less than 100% today and is a risky fantasy play. His presence, though, also makes RB Malcolm Brown a shaky option.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (rib, thumb) is active for today’s game vs. the Vikings. All sorts of banged up, Stafford is at risk of exiting this game early. But whatever he can give his team is good news for RB D’Andre Swift, WR, Marvin Jones and TE T.J. Hockenson.

Rams RB Cam Akers (ankle) remains a game-time decision for today's tilt with the Rams, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Akers probably isn't anywhere close to 100% after suffering a high-ankle sprain just 2 weeks ago, but he might push through it for this win-and-in game. The issue is that we won't find out whether he's active until 3 pm ET today. Akers will be a shaky fantasy play if active, but his presence would obviously put a major dent in RB Malcolm Brown's projection.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Akers is "likely to try to play."

Lions QB Matt Stafford (rib, thumb, ankle) is expected to start tomorrow's game vs. the Vikings, "barring any overnight setbacks," according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Stafford is at risk of not making it through this game, so he's a shaky fantasy play. But whatever he can give Detroit is good news for RB D'Andre Swift, WR Marvin Jones and TE T.J. Hockenson. It also boosts the chances that this game shoots out.

Rams RBs Cam Akers (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Cardinals. He only got in a limited practice on Friday, but it sounds like he’ll be a game-time decision for this win-and-in game for the Rams. RB Darrell Henderson (ankle) is out, so it’ll be RB Malcolm Brown in a workhorse role if Akers can’t go.

The Rams have ruled LB Micah Kiser (knee) out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. They activated him off IR earlier this week, but Kiser clearly isn't yet ready to play. He missed the entire week of practice. That keeps Troy Reeder as your top IDP option among Rams LBs. OLB Leonard Floyd is questionable for the game after sustaining an abdominal injury during the week. He missed Friday's practice after not being listed the previous 2 days. We'll check his status Sunday afternoon.

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) is out for Sunday night’s game vs. Washington. He popped for a long TD in last week’s win over the Cowboys but is hurt again. Jalen Reagor, Greg Ward, Alshon Jeffery and Travis Fulgham will be Philly’s top 4 WRs in the finale.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (rib, thumb) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Vikings. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. It sounds like Stafford has a real shot to start this one, despite Detroit having nothing to play for. We’ll find out whether he’s active around 11:30 am ET on Sunday.

The Rams have activated LB Micah Kiser off IR. Kiser missed the past 5 games with a knee injury. Activating him now, though — especially given injury and COVID impacts at other positions — makes us believe they’ll throw him back into the lineup. Expect Kiser to take his job back from Troy Reeder unless we hear otherwise

Rams WR Cooper Kupp is out for Week 17 after testing positive for COVID, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. We're expecting WR Robert Woods to play more snaps in the slot and get a boost in target share vs. the Cardinals. WRs Josh Reynolds and Van Jefferson should also get more playing time. Of course, the upside is capped on this passing game with QB John Wolford under center.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. "Sounds like he’s 50-50 whether he plays on his sprained ankle," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweets. We'll see if Stafford gets on the practice field the next 2 days in preparation for Sunday's game vs. the Vikings.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson (ankle) has been placed on IR. So he's out for Week 17 and would also miss the Rams' first 2 playoff games. RB Cam Akers seems unlikely to play vs. the Cardinals this weekend due to his high-ankle sprain, so it'll be RB Malcolm Brown in a workhorse role.

Rams WR Cooper Kupp has been placed on the COVID list. We'll see whether he tested positive for the virus or if he was merely deemed a close contact. We'll also see if any of Los Angeles' other WRs land on the list. Stay tuned.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson is believed to have suffered a high-ankle sprain in yesterday's loss to the Seahawks and is considered unlikely to play vs. the Cardinals on Sunday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. RB Cam Akers suffered the same injury in Week 15 and isn't a good bet to be available this weekend. Look for RB Malcolm Brown to play something close to an every-down role vs. Arizona.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Lions QB Matthew Stafford's ankle injury "doesn't appear too serious." The issue was enough to keep Stafford out for the rest of Saturday's loss to the Buccaneers, but it seems like he'll be available for the finale against the Vikings. Even in a meaningless contest, we'd bet on Stafford playing if he's able. We'll see how the practice week goes for him.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson injured his left ankle in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Seahawks. We'll update his status when we know more. With RB Cam Akers inactive with his own ankle injury, the Rams are down to RB Malcolm Brown.

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) has been activated from IR, putting him on track to return for Sunday's game against the Cowboys. He couldn't be trusted in fantasy lineups in his 1st action since Week 7, but Jackson's presence can't hurt QB Jalen Hurts' outlook.

 
 
 

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