News and Notes 12-07-11


*-Michael Vick practiced in full today and barring any setbacks he will be good to return this week for the Eagles.

*-Turns out that A.J. Feeley's thumb injury is a fracture and he is now considered doubtful for Monday night. The Rams are hoping Sam Bradford can play thru his aggravated high ankle sprain, but he was unable to practice today. The Rams claimed Kellen Clemens off waivers today, so it seems likely Bradford won't be able to go. Tom Brandstater is likely to start with Clemens as the backup.

*-Josh Freeman's status is still uncertain for this week because of his shoulder injury. HIs backup, Josh Johnson, would start again this week if Freeman can't go for the Bucs despite Johnson having suffered a minor shoulder separation week 13.

*-Christian Ponder missed practice today with a hip pointer injury. He's currently expected to be fine for week 14, but keep track of this as if he doesn't practice by Friday, I would bet Joe Webb would start in his place.

Running Backs

*-Peyton Hillis is expected to start tomorrow night despite being listed as Questionable for the game with his hip injury. Montario Hardesty is Probable with his calf injury and it could be an even split between them, making neither worth considering against the Steelers.

*-Adrian Peterson says his ankle is only at about 70% and while he didn't practice today, the plan is for him to try running and cutting in Friday's practice. Depending on how that goes, the Vikings will then wait to see how it responds Saturday. It's likely Peterson is heading for a game time decision and even if he plays, expect a split between him and Toby Gerhart.  

*-Willis McGahee was held out of practice today because of a knee issue. It's not believed to be serious though and the Broncos are probably just being careful with their workhorse RB.

*-Mark Ingram missed practice with a minor case of turf toe. His status for week 14 is now considered uncertain and unless he practices by Friday I'd expect him to miss this week's game. In that case, Chris Ivory would be active and get some carries but I would really expect Pierre Thomas to get a lot more than just the 4 touches he got last week.

*-Kevin Smith missed practice and he seems questionable at best for week 14 with his aggravated ankle injury. Expect an increase in work for Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams.

*-The exact same story applies to Green Bay's James Starks only Ryan Grant and Brandon Saine will likely get increased playing time.

*-New England's Stevan Ridley missed practice for personal reasons. Shane Vereen was limited because of a hamstring injury. The Patriots RB situation is just one to try to avoid as you simply don't know week to week who they are going to trot out there and give the carries to. Best guess every week is BenJarvus Green-Ellis. But he's risky too.

*-Amongst RB's who were either held out of practice today or limited but are expected to be fine for week 14, the list includes Atlanta's Michael Turner (groin), Cincinnati's Cedric Benson (foot), Arizona's Beanie Wells (knee, hamstring, thumb), the Giants Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) and Brandon Jacobs (hamstring).

Wide Receivers

*-While Andre Johnson's latest hamstring injury is considered mild, it's unlikely he plays this week. Expect Jacoby Jones to start in his place for week 14 and hope Johnson can come back week 15.

*-Jeremy Maclin practiced in limited fashion today and as long he suffers no setbacks in his hamstring injury, he should be okay for week 14. Consider him on the high side of Questionable.

*-Miles Austin was able to practice some today and he appears on track to be able to start week 14. Teammate Laurent Robinson was held out of practice though with his shoulder injury. He is expected to play but the return of Austin makes him less attractive a fantasy option.

*-Mario Manningham put in a limited practice today. That's a bit of a surprise as he is still having issues recovering from a knee injury. But this is a good sign that he may be able to play week 14 if he suffers no setbacks during the week. I expect Manningham is likely headed for a game time decision designation but the emergence of Victor Cruz makes him a shaky bet for fantasy production even if he plays.

*-Nate Washington missed practice today and is likely to miss it again tomorrow. The plan reportedly is for Washington to test his ankle injury in Friday's practice. Washington is looking like a game time decision.

*-As expected, Eddie Royal missed practice with his concussion. It's doubtful he'll play this week.

*-No practice for 3 Oakland WR's. Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford were hoped to be able to practice today but neither did because of their respective ankle and foot injuries. If they don't practice tomorrow, I'd say they're not going to play this week. The third is Chaz Schilens, who missed practice because of his own foot injury suffered this past week. If none of these guys are able to play it would likely be the Darrius Heyward-Bey show against the Packers dead last ranked fantasy pass defense, with both Louis Murphy and T.J. Houshmandzadeh being worthy of desperation plays because of the matchup.

*-Amongst WR's who were either limited in practices or held out completely today but are expected to be just fine to start week 14, that list includes New England's Wes Welker (knee), Atlanta's Roddy White (shoulder) and Julio Jones (hamstring).

Tight Ends

*-Dallas Clark returned to practice today for the first time since suffering a leg injury several weeks back. If he can make it thru another practice tomorrow, it likely means he'll be able to play week 14. But he wasn't tearing it up before the injury and with a poor matchup against Baltimore, I wouldn't be starting him in fantasy lineups. But his return would stomp out the little bit of fantasy value Jacob Tamme's had.

*-Greg Olsen was held out of practice today with a knee injury. It's not believed to be serious and he should be okay for week 14.

*-Scott Chandler didn't practice for Buffalo and he is not likely to play this week for Buffalo.

*-After losing Fred Davis for the last 4 games of this season to a league imposed suspension, Washington signed Dominique Byrd to provide depth at TE behind Logan Paulsen. Byrd came out of college with an intriguing skill set several years ago but has routinely washed out everywhere he's been.