Shark Bites

The Saints had a walkthrough practice Wednesday, according to NOLA.com's Amie Just. They listed S Vonn Bell as a limited participant. That marks progress after Bell missed all practices and both games with a knee injury over the past 2 weeks. We'll see if he's ready for Sunday's visit to Carolina.

The Giants did not put in an actual practice Wednesday, but they had to estimate an injury report. ESPN's Jordan Raanan reports that the team listed WR Darius Slayton as limited with a knee injury that chopped his playing time in last week's win at Washington. Slayton did return to that game, and we'd bet on him facing the Eagles this week. But we've got him ranked 3rd among Giants WRs and will watch his progress through the week.

Here's what Bills HC Sean McDermott said Tuesday about how he'll handle his team's meaningless Sunday finale against the Jets, according to SNY.tv: "We're going to play a majority of the guys. To go into detail will take some time, but the majority of guys will play, not all of them. Josh (Allen) will play. They're not all going to play the same amount in the game. We're going to be smart with that, but it's important that we get work in fundamentally and in terms of execution and we stay as sharp as can be." Translation: Expect most starters to play. Don't expect any key guys to make it past halftime. We'd plan on not using QB Josh Allen, RB Devin Singletary or the WRs, if you can help it.

Redskins WR Terry McLaurin is in the concussion protocol, the team announced on Tuesday. That makes the rookie iffy for this weekend's finale against the Cowboys. We'll keep an eye on his status over the next few days.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin admitted Tuesday that RB James Conner's (quad) availability for this weekend's game against the Ravens is "very much in question." Conner has seemingly been battling injuries all season. We're not expecting him to suit up on Sunday, leaving Pittsburgh's backfield to Benny Snell, Jaylen Samuels and Kerrith Whyte.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) will practice on Tuesday, HC Kliff Kingsbury said. The rookie's hamstring injury is obviously minor, and it looks like he has a good chance to play in Sunday's finale against the Rams.

The Seahawks have signed RBs Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. Both guys have experience in Seattle: Lynch from 2010 to 2015 and Turbin from 2012 to 2014. Neither guy has registered a touch this season, though, so it's unclear how big a role they're ready to play. Lynch has at least spent the past 2 weeks training hard in preparation for a return. It'll be Lynch, Turbin and rookie Travis Homer in Seattle's backfield against the 49ers on Sunday night. Homer is still the best fantasy bet of the trio, but it's a situation to try to avoid.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams was knocked out of Monday night's game in Minnesota with a shoulder injury. We'll see if he's able to play in this weekend's finale against the Lions. If not, RB Aaron Jones will be locked into a workhorse role.

Vikings MLB Eric Kendricks left in the 1st half on the Monday night game against the Packers with a quad injury. He's officially questionable to return, but Kendricks could be seen in a sweatshirt on the sideline in the 3rd quarter. He's probably not wearing that back into the game.

Vikings RB Alexander Mattison (ankle) is inactive for tonight's game against the Packers. With RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) also out, Mike Boone will serve as Minnesota's lead back. He's a RB2 with upside.

Titans RB Derrick Henry (hamstring) is expected back for Sunday's win-and-in game against the Texans, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Tennessee held Henry out of a Week 16 game that ended up meaning nothing for the team's playoff chances. Now "he'll be as healthy as he's been in a long time," Rapoport says. Henry should be in for big volume this weekend.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Eagles RB Jordan Howard will return to action for Week 17. With that, the team is releasing RB Jay Ajayi. Miles Sanders has delivered big production as the feature back with Howard out. He'll likely lose some playing time and touches to Howard, but we'd also bet on the rookie continuing to lead Philly's backfield committee. Boston Scott also becomes a shakier bet for touches in Week 17.

NFL Network's Jane Slater reports that Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch will have "minimally invasive surgery" within the next few weeks to fix the nerve issue in his neck that ended his season early. Dallas expects Vander Esch to be back "long before camp." Veteran LB Sean Lee remains an IDP starting option for Week 17, coming off 17 tackles in Sunday's loss to the Eagles.

The MRI on Cardinals QB Kyler Murray's hamstring revealed "nothing alarming ... Just a regular, minor hamstring pull," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. "It’ll be wait-and-see on his availability this week." We'll track Murray's practice participation, but it wouldn't make much sense for Arizona to run him out there at less than 100%. QB Brett Hundley will start vs. the Rams if Murray is out.

Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins (ankle) is out for Sunday's finale against the Cowboys, HC Bill Callahan said. Washington will turn back to QB Case Keenum, who has tossed multiple scores in 4 of 5 full games this season. That includes a 221-2-0 passing line vs. Dallas. Keenum will be on the QB2 and DFS radar for Week 17.

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson won't play in Sunday's season finale against the Steelers, HC John Harbaugh said. Baltimore locked up the AFC's #1 seed with yesterday's win over the Browns, so the MVP will get the week off. QB Robert Griffin will draw the start for the Ravens, but Harbaugh said that rookie QB Trace McSorley could also hit the field. It's a situation to avoid in Week 17 fantasy lineups. G Marshal Yanda, RB Mark Ingram, S Earl Thomas and DT Brandon Williams will also be held out of Sunday's game.

Texans HC Bill O'Brien said Monday that he has no plans to rest his starters in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Titans. Houston can still climb into the #3 seed -- but only if the Chiefs lose to the Chargers. That game will be over by the time the Texans kick off at 4:25 pm ET, so the game might be completely meaningless. That means there's at least some chance O'Brien changes his mind and sits guys like QB Deshaun Watson and WR DeAndre Hopkins. Those guys come with elevated risk in Week 17 fantasy lineups.

Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins is believed to have suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the Giants, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie is undergoing additional testing. If that confirms this initial diagnosis, he won't play in Sunday's finale against the Cowboys. That'd put Case Keenum back under center for the 'Skins.

The MRI on Ravens RB Mark Ingram's injured calf confirmed a strain, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. "The hope is Ingram is back on the field for the playoffs based on the severity of the injury," Rapoport adds. Ingram will sit out Sunday's meaningless regular-season finale and then get another week to rest up before Baltimore's Divisional Round game.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz suffered a fractured rib in yesterday's win over the Cowboys, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Ertz played through the injury but was in obvious discomfort and finished with just 4 catches on 6 targets for 28 yards. We're assuming he'll suit up for Sunday's must-win game against the Giants but will monitor his status this week.

 
 
 

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