Shark Bites

After being limited on Wednesday, Vikings TE Irv Smith (groin) did not practice on Thursday. We'll see if he suffered a setback or just got the day off. We should have a better idea of his status tomorrow. Kyle Rudolph would turn into a viable spot starter vs. Carolina if Smith is out.

Dolphins QB Tua Tagavailoa has been limited in practice this week with an injury to his left (throwing) thumb. "He’s getting treatment, rehabbing, we’ll see how this goes," HC Brian Flores said. "It’s sore. but he’s a tough kid. He’s played through some stuff before ... We’re going to take this one day at a time. .... We all have to be ready to be adjust and be flexible and have contingency plans." QB Ryan Fitzpatrick would draw back in for Miami against the Jets on Sunday if Tagovailoa can't go.

Bengals RB Gio Bernard (concussion) got in a limited practice on Thursday. So he's made some progress through the protocol. We'll see what he's able to do tomorrow and how he's listed on the final injury report ahead of Sunday's game vs. the Giants.

Washington WR Terry McLaurin (ankle) is active for today's game against the Cowboys. The injury adds a bit of risk, but McLaurin put in a full Wednesday practice and belongs in fantasy lineups.

Washington K Dustin Hopkins (groin) is active for today's game against the Cowboys. There's risk to playing a kicker with a groin injury, but he's available if you planned to use him.

Cowboys K Greg Zuerlein (back) is active for today's game against Washington. Use him as planned.

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Lions RB D'Andre Swift (concussion) is officially inactive for today's game against the Texans. RB Adrian Peterson is the favorite to lead Detroit in carries, but RB Kerryon Johnson will also be involved on the ground and should handle most of the passing-down work.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (concussion) is "unlikely" to play against the Texans today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie wasn't quite able to pass through the protocol but is trending toward a Week 13 return. Swift's absence again leaves Detroit's backfield to Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson. Last week, Peterson tallied 7 carries and 1 target to Johnson's 6 carries and 5 targets. We're expecting a similar workload split today. Check out the updated projections for the Lions backfield.

The Colts on Wednesday placed DT DeForest Buckner on the COVID list. That puts him out for at least 10 days, according to NFL rules. So Buckner will miss this week's game against the Titans. We'll see about his status for Week 13. Indy DL Denico Autry also remains on the COVID list after missing last week's game. HC Frank Reich gave no update on Autry's status Wednesday. We'll see whether he can make it back to the active roster for the Tennessee game.

Rams TE Tyler Higbee is dealing with an elbow injury, HC Sean McVay said Wednesday. This doesn't sound like a serious issue, but Higbee's status will be worth monitoring over the next few days. His absence would make TE Gerald Everett a viable Week 12 streamer vs. the 49ers.

49ers RB Tevin Coleman (knee) got in a limited practice on Wednesday. He has a shot to return for this weekend's game against the Rams, along with RBs Raheem Mostert (ankle) and Jeff Wilson (ankle). San Francisco's backfield is murky as of now. Hopefully it clears up by Sunday.

49ers WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring) was limited in Wednesday's practice. It's a bit disappointing that he's still not back to 100% coming off the bye, but Samuel at least has a shot to play against the Rams this weekend. We'll see what he's able to do the next 2 days.

Bears QB Nick Foles (hip) did not practice on Wednesday, while QB Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) was a full-go. Chicago has 2 more practices before Sunday night's game against the Packers, but Trubisky looks like the early favorite to be under center for that one.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring, calf) put in a full practice on Wednesday. Barring a setback, he should return for this weekend's game against the Bucs. Watkins has been out since Week 5 but averaged 6.8 targets, 4.8 catches and 50 yards in 4 full games. He's in the WR4 mix for Week 12

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) got in a limited practice on Wednesday. It looks like he's trying to suit up for this weekend's game against the Raiders. We'll keep an eye on Jones' status throughout the rest of the week.

Bengals RB Gio Bernard missed Wednesday's practice with a concussion. It's the first we've heard of it and has his availability for Sunday's game against the Giants in question. Bernard's absence would leave Cincinnati's backfield to Samaje Perine and Trayveon Williams.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (concussion) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Texans. He put in limited practices on Tuesday and Wednesday but has more work to do to clear the concussion protocol. We'll see if he can get there before tomorrow's game. We'll get Swift's status by 11 am ET. If he remains out, it'll again be Kerryon Johnson and Adrian Peterson in Detroit's backfield.

Lions WRs Kenny Golladay (hip) and Danny Amendola (hip) are out for Thursday's game against the Texans. That leaves Marvin Jones and Marvin Hall as Detroit's top 2 WRs, with Jamal Agnew, Mohamed Sanu and Quintez Cephus rounding out the depth chart.

Cowboys K Greg Zuerlein (back) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against Washington after a limited week of practice. We'll get his official status around 3 pm ET tomorrow, but you might want to look elsewhere for your fantasy lineup.

Washington WR Terry McLaurin (ankle) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Cowboys. He put in a full practice on Wednesday, though, and we've heard no concern about his status. Keep McLaurin penciled into fantasy lineups for now. Just check back Thursday afternoon to make sure he's active.

 
 
 

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