Shark Bites

Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the 49ers. The rookie has averaged 6.8 carries over the past 4 weeks, so his absence is a slight boost to RB Chris Carson’s volume projection.

Seahawks DT Jarran Reed and DE Frank Clark each sat out Thursday's practice after putting in limited workouts Wednesday. Clark's dealing with an elbow injury, while Reed has an oblique issue. Each appeared to arise in Monday night's win over the Vikings. We'll see if the Thursday absences are bad news or catch-up maintenance after Seattle played the late game in Week 14. Reed and Clark both look like starting options for IDP owners if they're healthy heading into the weekend.

6:12pm EST 12/10/18

Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Vikings. He figures to work in for a handful of touches behind lead back Chris Carson.

Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah left Sunday's win over the Cardinals early after re-injuring his right shoulder. It's the same joint that cost him 6 games earlier this season. Dr. David Chao projected from video review that Ansah's "likely" headed for season-ending surgery on the labrum in that shoulder. We'll keep an eye out for an official diagnosis. Romeo Okwara would figure to see his playing time rebound after Ansah's return cut into his snaps.

Update: Ansah is done for the season.

Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (ankle) is questionable for Monday night's game against the Vikings. He wasn't on the injury report on Thursday or Friday -- then he was added on Saturday but listed as a full participant in practice. We'll look for an update on the rookie's status, but he shouldn't be in your Week 14 fantasy plans.

Seahawks RB Chris Carson (finger) put in a full practice on Friday. He’ll play against the Vikings on Monday night after dislocating a finger last week. Carson is a low-end RB2 in the tough matchup.

Washington on Tuesday placed CB Quinton Dunbar on IR with the shin injury that has dogged him since Week 6. The nerve issue messed with Dunbar's participation during the week and gameday availability since. He reappeared for playing time in Week 9 and Week 12 but never took the field for consecutive games after the initial injury. When healthy, Dunbar did play well in his 1st shot at starting. If he can get the shin issue healed up ahead of next season, Dunbar could enter 2019 as an IDP sleeper.

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll confirmed on Monday that RB Chris Carson (finger) "should be able to play" against the Vikings on Sunday night. "He came out fine in the game other than his finger, and it should be OK," Carroll said. Old Pete is notoriously optimistic when it comes to injuries, but Carson should be able to play through the dislocated finger. He'll be a lower-end RB2 vs. a Minnesota defense allowing just 3.4 yards per carry over the past 4 games.

Seahawks RB Chris Carson injured his finger in the 4th quarter of Sunday’s game against the 49ers. He headed back to the locker room for x-rays. We’ll pass along an update on Carson when we get one. His absence would leave Seattle’s backfield to Rashaad Penny and Mike Davis.

Update: HC Pete Carroll said after the game that Carson dislocated his index finger. He got it stitched up and is expected to be fine.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen told reporters after Sunday's loss that he ruptured the plantar fascia in his right foot and expects to miss the rest of the season. This is the same foot that Olsen has broken twice over the past 2 seasons, and he believes the latest injury was a result of trying to compensate for those previous breaks. Olsen's absence will leave Ian Thomas as Carolina's lead pass-catching TE the rest of the way. In the 3 games Olsen missed earlier this year, Thomas totaled 8 catches on 14 targets. He'll be a low-end spot-start option moving forward.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen is out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Bucs with a right foot injury. That's the same foot he's broken twice over the past 2 seasons. Olsen's 2018 campaign might be very well be over. That'd leave rookie Ian Thomas as Carolina's lead TE.

Washington CB Quinton Dunbar is questionable once again for Monday night's visit to Philadelphia. He continues to deal with the nerve issue in his right shin, which allowed him to play on Thanksgiving. But Dunbar missed practice all this week. The team website reports that the team is "hopeful that with enough rest he might be able to go." HC Jay Gruden was similarly non-committal: "Yeah, I don’t know. This is a unique deal. When you're talking about the nerve and you're talking about that area for a guy who utilizes his speed, it's tough. It's only something that Quinton can help us along with. It's all about what he feels comfortable with. Last week, he felt comfortable enough to play, but you could see he was struggling with it as the game went on.” The Monday night kick makes Dunbar not worth waiting for unless you're looking well down the list for a starting DB. We've knocked him down our Week 13 DB rankings.

Washington CB Quinton Dunbar is questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans. He's still dealing with the nerve issue in his right shin that has already cost him 3 games and limited his playing time when he tried to return for Week 9. Dunbar posted big numbers in that contest but stayed on the field for just 40% of the snaps. He's not likely to repeat that performance. You're best off leaving Dunbar out until he's all the way back. He didn't practice at all this week.

The Seahawks have deemed LB K.J. Wright doubtful for Thursday night's game against the Packers. Wright had to leave Sunday's loss to the Rams early because of his bothersome knee and hasn't practiced this week. Jacob Martin got the extra snaps against the Rams and looks like the next guy in. There should be no Seattle LB other than Bobby Wagner in your IDP plans, though.

Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer said Tuesday that RB Chris Carson will start Thursday night's game against the Packers. That means absolutely nothing other than Carson being on the field for Seattle's first offensive snap. But Carson was operating as the clear lead ball-carrier before missing most of Week 9 and all of Week 10 with a hip injury. Consider him the best bet for carries on Thursday night, but RBs Mike Davis and Rashaad Penny also figure to remain plenty involved.

Seahawks RB Chris Carson (hip) is on track to return for Thursday night's game against the Packers, HC Pete Carroll said. Carson has been operating as Seattle's lead back but will now need to contend with rookie Rashaad Penny's breakout Week 10 -- in addition to Mike Davis. The crowd leaves all 3 of these guys as risk/reward RB3s for Week 11.

Seahawks S Bradley McDougald (knee) and LB K.J. Wright (knee) are active for today's game against the Rams. McDougald played through the issue last week but left the game early. He remains a risky IDP option. Wright has been playing through questionable tags since returning from his August knee surgery and is fine for IDP usage.

Seahawks RB Chris Carson (hip) is inactive for today’s game against the Rams. Mike Davis should serve as Seattle’s lead back and is an upside RB2 in fantasy lineups. RBs Rashaad Penny and C.J. Prosise are also active for the ‘Hawks.

Washington CB Quinton Dunbar (shin) is out for today’s game against the Buccaneers. He missed practice all week after leaving last Sunday’s contest early.

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Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Bears. He’s OK for use in deep IDP leagues but saw only limited playing time in his Week 9 return and doesn’t face a great matchup vs. Chicago.

 
 
 

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