Shark Bites

Cardinals RB David Johnson (quad) returned to practice on Thursday. He'll be ready for this weekend's game in Atlanta.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle) remained sidelined on Thursday. He followed this routine last week before torching the Texans -- although it's worth noting that this is a different injury. We're still expecting Hilton to play against the Cowboys this weekend, but check back tomorrow for another update.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz has been diagnosed with a fractured vertebra, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The injury is expected to "fully heal without further expected issues," Schefter adds. The Eagles still haven't ruled Wentz out for the season or even this week, but we'd be surprised if we see him again this year -- especially if the Eagles take another L on Sunday night against the Rams.

Giants HC Pat Shurmur said WR Odell Beckham (quad) won't practice on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. OBJ is getting “further evaluated” outside of the building, Shurmur said. This has been a strange situation since Beckham was a surprised scratch last Saturday. With the Giants having nothing to play for, it wouldn't be a surprise if he sat out Sunday's game against the Titans. We'll get another update on Beckham's status tomorrow.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that it'll be "challenging" for Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) to play against the Chiefs tonight. Schefter adds that "the Chargers won’t make a final determination on Gordon until pregame warmups." But fantasy owners shouldn't be planning on having him this week. Gordon's absence -- along with Austin Ekeler's -- would leave rookie Justin Jackson as Los Angeles' lead back.

Redskins RB Derrius Guice needed 3 additional surgeries on his knee to address an infection that developed after the surgery to repair his torn ACL, the Washington Post reports. Guice referred to the procedures as "flushes" to drain fluid from the knee. He has no timetable for a return to the field -- although he's still hoping to be ready by early summer. Guice's rehab will be 1 of the biggest fantasy storylines this offseason.

Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (hip) did not practice on Wednesday. HC Pete Carroll did say that Baldwin participated in the walkthrough and is "day-to-day." Still, he seems no better than 50/50 to play against the 49ers this weekend. We'll get another update tomorrow.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) didn't practice on Wednesday. He only got in a limited practice on Friday last week -- then went out and posted an 8-106-2 line on the Packers. Jones should be fine for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. There's been some talk that Conner could return for this weekend's game against the Patriots, but fantasy owners shouldn't be banking on it at this point. We'll update Conner's status again tomorrow.

Cardinals RB David Johnson (quad) did not practice on Wednesday. HC Steve Wilks said afterward that he expects Johnson to play against the Falcons this weekend, so this sounds like more of a maintenance day. Check back tomorrow for another update on D.J.'s status.

Giants WR Odell Beckham (quad) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. We still don't know much about his injury, but it looks like he has a shot to return for this weekend's game against the Titans. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. The Colts have been limiting his early-week reps for a while now. Hilton should be ready for this weekend's game against the Cowboys.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Chiefs. He put in limited practices on Tuesday and Wednesday and did travel with the team to Kansas City. It looks like Gordon will be a game-time decision. We'll find out his official status around 7 pm ET tomorrow. RB Austin Ekeler (neck, concussion) is out. So if Gordon can't play, rookie Justin Jackson will serve as the Chargers' lead back.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is out for Thursday night's game against the Chargers. He's expected to miss at least the rest of the regular season. Watkins' absence makes Chris Conley a boom-or-bust WR4 play.

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (heel, wrist) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Chargers. He played through this injury last week and got in limited practices on Tuesday and Wednesday. Hill is fully expected to play tomorrow night, but we'll find out for sure around 7 pm ET.

The Chiefs list RB Spencer Ware (shoulder, hamstring) as doubtful for Thursday night's game against the Chargers after he missed practice all week. Ware was able to play through the injuries last week, but it doesn't look like he'll be able to tomorrow. His absence would leave Damien Williams as Kansas City's lead back. Charcandrick West and Darrell Williams also figure to mix in, but Damien projects for 12-15 touches. That makes him a RB2 option.

49ers RB Matt Breida (ankle) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. That gives him a shot to play against the Seahawks this weekend. An active Breida would figure to resume lead-back duties, ahead of Jeff Wilson.

Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) remained sidelined on Wednesday. He told The Athletic's Greg Auman that he's still unable to grip a football -- which is kinda important for a WR. Don't expect Jackson to play against the Ravens this weekend.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. RB Chris Ivory (shoulder) was out there, putting him on track to play this weekend. Assuming McCoy is out, Ivory will be a good bet for 15 or so touches. But he'd be no better than a RB3 vs. a Lions run defense that's played well since adding DT Damon Harrison.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh announced Wednesday that QB Lamar Jackson will start this weekend's game against the Bucs. QB Joe Flacco (hip) has been cleared and will be the backup. Flacco's presence still adds risk to Jackson's Week 15 fantasy profile, though. Baltimore might install a package of plays for Flacco (like they did for Jackson earlier this season). And it makes it easier for the Ravens to pull Jackson if he struggles. Consider the rookie more of a high-upside QB2 than a QB1 for Week 15.

 
 
 

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