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Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) returned to practice on Wednesday. That puts him on track to play in the Divisional Round, which has been the expectation all along. Burkhead averaged 7.6 carries and 4 targets across his last 7 games before suffering that knee injury. RB Mike Gillislee (knee) remained sidelined on Wednesday.

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Patriots S Devin McCourty (shoulder) is active. He entered the day questionable but is OK to use as you normally would in IDP lineups.

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Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy is active for today's game against the Jets after missing the past 3 contests with a calf injury. He's tough to trust in that 1st game back, however, with his outlook further muddied by the 12-degree weather in Foxborough. IDP owners should try to go in a different direction.

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Patriots RB James White (ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Jets. Dion Lewis will operate as New England’s feature back and is a good bet for 20+ touches.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Patriots RB James White (ankle) is not expected to play against the Jets today. With RBs Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee also out with their knee injuries, New England is down to RBs Dion Lewis and Brandon Bolden. Look for Lewis to get as much as he can handle. He's a locked-in RB1 for Week 17.

Patriots S Devin McCourty (shoulder) and LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) are questionable for Sunday's finale against the Jets. Van Noy has missed the past 3 games with this injury and probably isn't a good play even if active. McCourty hasn't missed a snap in the past 3 games and put in limited practices all week. We'll confirm each player's status on Sunday.

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Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) is inactive for today's game against the Bills. Elandon Roberts was the only New England LB to play at least 50% of the snaps with Van Noy out last week. Roberts is your best bet if you need/want a Patriots LB. This is not a situation to bet heavily on in your IDP lineup this week, though.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Patriots RB James White (ankle) is not expected to play against the Bills today. He entered the weekend questionable. With White and Rex Burkhead out, New England is expected to have only Dion Lewis, Mike Gillislee and Brandon Bolden active in the backfield. There's potential for Lewis to increase his goal-line chances and pass targets. Gillislee carries TD upside, though it's tough to know how big his role after he spent the past 6 weeks as a healthy scratch. He's only a DFS option. Bolden is almost solely a special-teams contributor.

The Patriots are "optimistic" that RB Rex Burkhead (knee) will be back for the playoffs, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Burkhead has been diagnosed with a sprained knee and is expected to miss the final 2 weeks of the regular season. It's a big loss considering he'd averaged 7.6 carries, 4 targets and 1 TD per game over the last 7. RB Dion Lewis figures to pick up most of Burkhead's ball-carrying role. The targets could be split between Lewis and RB James White. We'll see if RB Mike Gillislee is active for Sunday's game against the Bills.

ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Patriots RB Rex Burkhead's knee injury is not believed to be major. Schefter specifically mentions that Burkhead's ACL is intact. "He could miss a little time," though, Schefter adds. We'll look for a more detailed diagnosis tomorrow, but we wouldn't count on Burkhead playing against the Bills in Week 16. That'd leave Dion Lewis as New England's lead back, James White in an expanded pass-catching role and possibly Mike Gillislee back on the active roster.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead suffered a left knee injury in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game in Pittsburgh and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the contest. That, of course, suggests a serious injury. We'll look for an update after the game.

The Patriots have ruled LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) out for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Patriots DE Trey Flowers is questionable once again for Sunday's game against the Steelers. He missed the past 2 games with a rib injury, but ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss reports that Flowers "made solid progress" this week and is nearing a return. Flowers said he hopes to play, according to the Providence Journal. LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) is questionable after missing last week. We'll confirm the status for each guy around 3 p.m. ET Sunday when the inactives come out -- and pass along any other updates that might arrive in the meantime.

Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy is inactive for tonight's game against the Dolphins. If that leaves you without a LB, Patriots Eric Lee can be an emergency fill-in.

The forecast for today's Packers-Browns game calls for temperatures in the low 30s with winds of 15-25 mph. That's enough wind to impact the passing games, although meteorologist Kevin Roth notes that it'll be a "with-the-field" wind, rather than a cross-wind. We'd still avoid both Ks in this game and give a slight bump down to the passing attacks.

Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) is active for today's game against the Bills. Use him as you normally would in your IDP lineups for a high-upside matchup.

Patriots DE Trey Flowers (rib) and LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) are questionable for Sunday's game in Buffalo. Both players put in limited practices all week, though. We'd bet on them playing but will confirm their status Sunday morning.

Browns HC Hue Jackson said Monday that he has "big plans" for WR Josh Gordon, who's eligible to play this weekend. "Play him as much as he can handle," Jackson added. It makes plenty of sense for Cleveland to see what it has in Gordon for the rest of this lost season. From a fantasy perspective, we'd make him produce his way into your lineup. Gordon hasn't played in a meaningful NFL game since December 2014.

Patriots S Patrick Chung (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. He missed practice Wednesday but returned for Thursday and Friday workouts. We'll update his status Sunday morning.

Patriots QB Tom Brady (Achilles) was limited in practice this week but isn’t listed on the final injury report. There’s never been any concern about the Achilles issue. Brady is safe to fire up as an elite QB1 against the Dolphins on Sunday.

 
 
 

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