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The Broncos have hired Rich Scangarello as OC. He's bounced around to multiple college programs over the past 2 decades and also spent time with the Raiders, Falcons and 49ers. Scangarello worked under Kyle Shanahan in those last 2 stops, which is promising. He's never called plays at the NFL level, though, making this a tough hire to decipher for fantasy purposes.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) isn't listed on the final injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. He was never missing this weekend's game against the Patriots but won't be anywhere close to 100%. Gordon has sprained both knees and twisted an ankle over the past month and a half. He's a risky DFS play this week. We prefer the cheaper Austin Ekeler.

The Broncos are set to hire Vic Fangio as their HC, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Fangio has 14 seasons of experience as an NFL defensive coordinator but has never been a HC at any level. We'll see who he tabs to run his offense.

Update: Denver has named Gary Kubiak its new OC. Kubiak has 22 seasons of experience as an NFL HC or OC, including 13 with the Broncos. He's landed an impressive 19 units inside the top 16 in total yards and 11 in the top 5.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport describes the injury Chargers RB Melvin Gordon suffered in Sunday's win over the Ravens as "a little knee sprain." Rapoport adds that it's similar to the right knee injury he suffered in Week 12. That cost him 3 games -- but Gordon returned to Sunday's contest in Baltimore and is expected to play against the Patriots this weekend. "Just may not exactly look like his old self," Rapoport cautions. Gordon averaged just 2.4 yards per carry vs. the Ravens and was out-snapped 39 to 32 by Austin Ekeler. Don't be surprised if Ekeler plays an expanded role again this weekend.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon injured his left knee in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Ravens and limped back to the locker room. This is the opposite knee from the one he injured back in Week 12. We'll update Gordon's status as we learn more. His absences leaves the Chargers with RBs Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson.

Update: Gordon has returned to the game.

The Broncos have fired HC Vance Joseph, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Joseph lasted just 2 seasons in Denver, going 5-11 in his debut and 6-10 this year. We'll see who GM John Elway tabs as his replacement.

Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay is undergoing surgery on his wrist on Friday and is expected to be sidelined 3-4 months, NFL Network's James Palmer reports. That timeline would have Lindsay back on the field sometime between the end of March and the end of April. He'll miss some of the offseason program but should be a full-go by the time training camp rolls around. Although he won't play in the game, Lindsay became the 1st ever undrafted offensive rookie to be selected to the Pro Bowl. He finished the season with 1,037 rushing yards and 9 TDs on 5.4 yards per carry and also showed pass-catching chops with a 35-241-1 receiving line.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay will miss Week 17 because of the wrist injury that knocked him out of Monday night's loss to the Raiders. Lindsay will have further testing on the wrist. The worry is a potential scaphoid fracture and ligament damage. We'll see about the extent, but the issue is at least serious enough that he'll also miss the Pro Bowl. It shouldn't impact his 2019, but we'll keep an eye on the situation. For Week 17, Royce Freeman and Devontae Booker should see more work against the Chargers.

Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay left Monday night's game against the Raiders early with a hand injury and has been ruled out. We'll see whether the issue costs him further time.

Texans CB Kareem Jackson left Sunday's loss to the Eagles early with a knee injury and did not return despite lobbying coaches to let him back into the game, according to the Houston Chronicle. HC Bill O'Brien said Monday, though, that he thinks Jackson will be able to return for next Sunday's clash with Jacksonville. We'll keep an eye on his status heading into the weekend.

The Titans have placed DE Jurrell Casey on IR after he strained his left MCL in Saturday's win over Washington. That takes 1 of Tennessee's best defensive players out for Sunday night's finale against the Colts.

Titans DE Jurrell Casey injured his left knee late in Saturday's win over Washington. Although the team has yet to announce a specific diagnosis, beat writer Paul Kuharsky reports that the veteran might be done for the season. We'll see about official word, but IDP owners should expect to go without Casey in Week 17.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) isn't listed on the final injury report after putting in 3 full practices this week. He'll return for Saturday night's game against the Ravens. Both Gordon and HC Anthony Lynn have admitted that the RB isn't quite at 100%. That, plus the tough matchup, makes Gordon more of a low-end RB1 for Week 16. RB Austin Ekeler (neck) is doubtful, so Justin Jackson will serve as the #2 RB.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is on track to return for Saturday's game against the Ravens, but he admitted Monday that he's not all the way back yet. “I feel good, not 100% obviously,” Gordon said. “I don’t think that’s a secret. But I’m good enough to get out there.” Between the knee issue and a difficult matchup, Gordon will be more of a low-end RB1 for Week 16.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said Monday that RB Melvin Gordon (knee) likely would have played against the Chiefs last week if the game was on Sunday. That obviously bodes well for his chances of returning for this Saturday's game against the Chargers. Gordon put in a limited practice on Monday. We'll continue to keep a close eye on his progress.

The Chargers believe that there's a "legitimate chance" RB Melvin Gordon (knee), RB Austin Ekeler (concussion, neck) and WR Keenan Allen (hip) are all ready for Saturday's game against the Ravens, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. We'll get the team's 1st official practice report tomorrow. The Chargers still have plenty to play for, with the AFC's #1 seed still in sight.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is inactive for tonight’s game against the Chiefs. He returned to limited practices this week and has a good shot to play Week 16. With Austin Ekeler (neck, concussion) also out, L.A. is down to RBs Justin Jackson, Detrez Newsome and Troymaine Pope. Jackson will serve as the lead back and projects for 15-20 touches, making him a RB2 with upside.

Broncos WR Courtland Sutton (quad) isn't listed on the final Week 15 injury report. He missed some time with the quad injury last Sunday and was limited in practice early this week. But he put in a full workout on Thursday and should be ready for an every-down role against the Browns on Saturday. Despite last week's dud, Sutton remains in the WR3 mix.

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.

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.

 
 
 

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