Shark Bites

NFL Network's James Palmer hears that Texans WR Will Fuller (groin) is expected to play against the Chiefs on Sunday "unless anything crazy happens between now and game time." Fuller was limited in practice all week, and the Houston Chronicle notes that he's "not expected to be 100% until he has time to rest and recover this offseason." He's a risk/reward fantasy play that we'd only use in DFS tournaments.

Seahawks WRs Jaron Brown (knee) and Malik Turner (concussion) are not listed on the final injury report and will be available for Sunday's game against the Packers. Neither is a fantasy option, but their returns make WR David Moore a shakier play.

The 49ers on Friday activated LB Kwon Alexander (pectoral) from IR. He is expected to play today against the Vikings. NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Alexander's fill-in, rookie Dre Greenlaw, will continue to play a key role. It's not yet clear which guy will start and how much each will play. Fred Warner looks like the only San Francisco ILB who should be in your IDP lineups if you're setting those today. With Alexander back and DE Dee Ford potentially back (he's questionable after missing basically the past 6 games), the Niners' defense on whole could be at its strongest in weeks.

Texans TEs Darren Fells (hip) and Jordan Akins (hamstring) are both listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Akins was limited in practice all week with the hamstring injury that kept him out of last Saturday's win over the Bills. Fells was added to the injury report and limited in practice on Friday. We'll look for updates on both guys and will get their official statuses around 1:30 pm ET on Sunday.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans after a limited week of practice. HC Andy Reid said Friday that Kelce's injury is "more of a bruise than anything." Unless we hear otherwise, we're expecting him to be available for his usual role on Sunday.

Texans HC Bill O'Brien labeled WR Will Fuller (groin) a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with the Chiefs. "I think it's kind of like a daily process with him to see where he's at," O'Brien added. "He passes test after test and he communicates with us how he's feeling. I think so far, so good but I think it's going to be a game-time decision." We'll get Fuller's official status around 1:30 pm ET on Sunday.

Ravens RB Mark Ingram (calf) is expected to play against the Titans on Saturday night, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ingram got in just 1 limited practice this week but "did not appear to favor his injured calf" in the portion of Thursday's workout open to the media, per ESPN's Jamison Hensley. Still at risk of being limited and/or aggravating that injury, Ingram is a risky fantasy play this weekend.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (ankle) "should play" against the 49ers on Saturday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "What we don't know is how his cut, how these stitches he had in his foot are gonna end up holding up during the game," Rapoport adds.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the 49ers. He suffered a cut on his ankle that required stitches on Wednesday and then didn't practice on Thursday. There's been optimism about his availability for this playoff game, but Thielen will obviously come with elevated risk in fantasy lineups if active. We'll get his official status around 3 pm ET on Saturday.

Ravens TE Mark Andrews (ankle) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Titans after a limited week of practice. It's slightly concerning that he's banged up coming off the bye week, but we've heard nothing to suggest that Andrews is in danger of missing this game. He's an upside fantasy play vs. Tennessee's 27th-ranked TE defense.

Ravens RB Mark Ingram (calf) is listed as questionable for Saturday night's game against the Titans. He put in a limited practice on Thursday after sitting out the previous 2 days with what was described as tightness. The media is split on whether Ingram will play vs. Tennessee, while HC John Harbaugh said, "We’ll just have to see how it goes" when asked on Thursday. We'll get Ingram's official status around 6:45 pm ET on Saturday. If he's out, Gus Edwards figures to operate as Baltimore's lead back, with rookie Justice Hill as the #2.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen needed stitches for a "bad cut" on his ankle suffered during Wednesday's practice, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. "The initial prognosis was encouraging for his chances of playing Saturday against the 49ers, but they’re still gathering information and will proceed with caution," Pelissero adds. We'll keep a close eye on this.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice. He's dealing with a "sore knee," according to ESPN's Adam Teicher. "Shouldn't keep him out of Sunday's game but something to watch," Teicher adds. We'll see what Kelce does in Thursday's practice.

Texans WR Will Fuller (groin) remained limited on Wednesday. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported a few days ago that Fuller is expected back for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, but HC Bill O'Brien was non-committal on Wednesday. We'll get another update on his status after Thursday's practice.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams (shoulder) put in a full practice on Wednesday. It's confirmation that he's on track to play against the Seahawks on Sunday. Williams will work as Green Bay's #2 RB, but his return definitely puts a dent in RB Aaron Jones' touch projection.

Ravens RB Mark Ingram (calf) missed his 2nd straight practice on Wednesday. He appears to be in real danger of missing Saturday night's game against the Titans. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

The Redskins hired Scott Turner as OC. He's re-uniting with Ron Rivera after working with him in Carolina the past 2 years. Turner replaced his father, Norv, as Panthers OC for the final 4 games of last season. That's his only experience calling plays at the NFL level.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Ravens RB Mark Ingram is dealing with "tightness" in his injured calf. He practiced last week but was sidelined on Tuesday. "Pulled back to avoid re-injury," Rapoport adds. "He still has a chance to play the Titans on Saturday." We'll obviously keep a close eye on this over the next few days. Gus Edwards will serve as lead back, with rookie Justice Hill as the #2, if Ingram misses the Divisional Round game.

The Giants will hire Joe Judge as their next HC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's an out-of-nowhere move. Judge spent the past 8 seasons in New England -- the first 7 as a special teams coach and 2019 as the WRs coach. Prior to that, he worked under Nick Saban at Alabama. At just 38 years old, he's now the league's 2nd-youngest HC. Frankly, that's about all we know about Judge at this point. We'll see who he tabs as his OC.

The Panthers are hiring Matt Rhule as their new HC, Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reports. Rhule has been a hot name in coaching circles after he led a 1-11 Baylor team in his first season to a combined 18-9 record over the past 2 years. He spent 4 seasons as Temple's HC prior to that and also has 1 year of experience as the Giants' assistant offensive line coach under Tom Coughlin. Rhule's Baylor squads ranked 25th, 19th and 43rd in the nation in passing yards per game.

 
 
 

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