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Bortles, Jags outlast Titans in TNF finale 12-18-2014
Blake Bortles QB JAX
Blake Bortles completed 13-of-26 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' 21-13, Week 16 win over the Titans.
Allen Hurns coming off nice stretch 12-18-2014
Allen Hurns WR JAX
Allen Hurns has 15 catches for 148 yards and a touchdown over his past three games. He's averaged nine targets in the process. Hurns has been an up-and-down option all season, but is a red-zone threat. That, coupled with his recent usage puts him on the WR3 fringes for Week 16.
Paul Richardson (hamstring) 'DNP' Thursday 12-18-2014
Paul Richardson WR SEA
Paul Richardson was added to the Seahawks' injury report Thursday, missing practice with a hamstring issue. It's a new injury for Richardson, who likely pulled up lame in practice. The Seahawks' No. 3 receiver should be considered questionable for Week 16.
Tony Moeaki (shoulder) sitting on Thursday 12-18-2014
Tony Moeaki TE SEA
Seahawks TE Tony Moeaki (shoulder) has yet to resume practicing. The oft-injured tight end is looking like he's going to miss Week 16. Unless the Seahawks are 100 percent confident it's a day-to-day injury, Moeaki will be a strong candidate for injured reserve.
Marshawn Lynch misses another practice 12-18-2014
Marshawn Lynch RB SEA
Marshawn Lynch remained sidelined at Seahawks practice Thursday. The Seahawks are just resting their bell-cow back. He'll be ready to go as an RB1 for the fantasy finals.
Larry Fitzgerald upgraded to 'full' Thursday 12-18-2014
Larry Fitzgerald WR ARZ
Larry Fitzgerald (knee) was upgraded to "full" on Thursday.

Darren Urban on Twitter
Fitz will be ready to go against the Seahawks, but won't be a realistic fantasy option with Ryan Lindley under center against the Legion of Boom.
Drew Stanton surprisingly back at practice 12-18-2014
Drew Stanton QB ARZ
Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (sprained ACL, MCL) returned to practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

Darren Urban on Twitter
It's an eye-brow raiser, but there's still little reason to believe Stanton will be ready to return just 10 days after spraining his knee. The Cardinals are likely just trying to confuse the situation for the Seahawks. It is a sign, however, that Week 17 could be a realistic possibility. Stanton's status will be updated on Friday, but will fully expect Ryan Lindley to be under center for Week 16.
Delanie Walker (knee) active for Week 16 12-18-2014
Delanie Walker TE TEN
Delanie Walker (knee) is active for Week 16 against the Jaguars. Walker's injury was never a serious concern. He gets a slight downgrade with Charlie Whitehurst calling the shots at quarterback, but remains a mid-range QB1 for the fantasy finals.
Kendall Wright, Delanie both active for TNF 12-18-2014
Kendall Wright WR TEN
Kendall Wright (hand) is active for Week 16 against the Jaguars.

Mark Long on Twitter
As is Delanie Walker (knee). It's a nice boost for fill-in quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, and limits Nate Washington's WR3 appeal. Wright isn't wearing any protective gear on his hand, and can be fired up as a WR4. Inactive for the Titans are QB Zach Mettenberger, LT Taylor Lewan, DB Jemea Thomas, LB Zaviar Gooden, LB Dontay Moch, OT Terren Jones and DT Mike Martin.
Roy Miller leads Jags' Week 16 inactives 12-18-2014
Roy Miller DT JAX
Jaguars declared DT Roy Miller, WR Tommy Streeter, CB Teddy Williams, CB Jeremy Harris, S Matt Daniels, OG Tyler Shatley and DE Andre Branch inactive for Week 16 against the Titans.

John Oehser on Twitter
Miller just signed a four-year, $16.25 million extension on Tuesday, but is battling a sprained knee. As previously reported, Blake Bortles (foot) is ready to go as the Jags' quarterback on Thursday Night Football.
Derek Carr upgraded to 'full' on Thursday 12-18-2014
Derek Carr QB OAK
Derek Carr (thumb, ankle) was upgraded to "full" on Thursday. Carr's health is not a concern, but his play remains one. Carr is a bottom-five option for the fantasy finals.
Michael Crabtree back at practice Thursday 12-18-2014
Michael Crabtree WR SF
Michael Crabtree (knee) returned to 49ers practice Thursday, getting in a limited session. The WR4 is now on track to start Saturday's game against the Chargers. Crabtree's status will be updated on Friday.
Arian Foster back at Texans practice Thursday 12-18-2014
Arian Foster RB HOU
Arian Foster (hip) returned to Texans practice Thursday, getting in a limited session. Foster's Week 16 availability isn't believed to be in doubt. Even against the Ravens' stingy run defense, he's a high-end RB1 for the fantasy finals.
BUF hasn't made Week 16 decision on Spiller 12-18-2014
C.J. Spiller RB BUF
The Bills have yet to decide if C.J. Spiller (collarbone) will be active for Week 16.

WGR 550 Buffalo
"I think he looks good," coach Doug Marrone said Thursday. "It's just a matter of waiting until the end of the week and make a move there." Marrone went on to say Spiller has looked "explosive," and is "moving well." Spiller will change the pace for Fred Jackson if he's active against the Raiders.
Ronnie Hillman (foot) limited on Thursday 12-18-2014
Ronnie Hillman RB DEN
Ronnie Hillman (foot) was limited in Thursday's practice. Hillman remains day to day. Juwan Thompson (hip, knee) sat out Thursday's practice, leaving C.J. Anderson's Week 16 backup up in the air.
Juwan Thompson (hip, knee) sidelined Thurs. 12-18-2014
Juwan Thompson RB DEN
Juwan Thompson (hip, knee) was sidelined Thursday. Thompson's status for Monday Night Football appears uncertain. If he can't go, Ronnie Hillman (foot) may finally be ready to return as C.J. Anderson's backup.
Cobb yet to begin contract talks with Packers 12-18-2014
Randall Cobb WR GB
Speaking Thursday, walk-year WR Randall Cobb said he's yet to begin long-term talks with the Packers.

ESPN.com
"I guess there's still more to do," Cobb said. "So, just continue to put my nose down every day and focus on getting the team into the playoffs, and doing everything I can to bring back the Super Bowl." Cobb is 12th in the NFL in receiving (1,076 yards), while his 10 scores are tied for eighth. ESPN's Rob Demovsky believes the Pack are more likely to re-sign Cobb than not.
Bernard Pierce (back) practicing in full 12-18-2014
Bernard Pierce RB BAL
Bernard Pierce (back) is practicing in full for Week 16.

Jamison Hensley on Twitter
Pierce will be ready to roll as Justin Forsett's caddie. Dependent on random touchdowns, Pierce is not a viable RB3.
Bortles ready for Thursday Night Football 12-18-2014
Blake Bortles QB JAX
Blake Bortles (foot) will be active for Week 16 against the Titans, and serve as the Jaguars' starting quarterback.

John Oehser on Twitter
The word comes straight from the team. Bortles' mid-foot "sprain" is apparently more of a tweak. It's good news for curious Thursday Night Football viewers, but Bortles has been playing absolutely-brutal football. Chad Henne would probably give the Jags a better chance to win, but it's obviously not about that right now. Jax needs Bortles to continue his on-the-field development. Bortles has thrown for multiple scores in just 2-of-12 appearances, and is taking an unholy amount of sacks.
Jamaal Charles upgraded to 'full' Thursday 12-18-2014
Jamaal Charles RB KC
Jamaal Charles (knee, ankle) was upgraded to "full" on Thursday.

BJ Kissel on Twitter
Charles is banged up, but he's proven effective at playing through minor injuries. He's locked in as a top-three RB1 against the Steelers' soft defense. Coach Andy Reid often loses the plot, but we expect him to feed Charles in a game the Chiefs have to win.
Shane Vereen (ankle) still limited Thursday 12-18-2014
Shane Vereen RB NE
Shane Vereen (ankle) remained limited on Thursday. Vereen will play against the Jets, but can't be counted on for more than 6-8 touches. He's an uninspiring RB3.
Brandon LaFell (shoulder) still limited Thur. 12-18-2014
Brandon LaFell WR NE
Brandon LaFell (shoulder) remained "limited" on Thursday. LaFell's Week 16 status is not in doubt. He'll be a solid WR2 against the Jets' bottom-three secondary.
LeGarrette Blount limited on Thursday 12-18-2014
LeGarrette Blount RB NE
LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) remained limited in Thursday's practice. Blount's Week 16 availability isn't in doubt, but his role is muddled with the re-emergence of Jonas Gray. Blount will be a touchdown-dependent FLEX play for the fantasy finals. Players who are still alive in season-long leagues need to do better.
Frank Gore expected to play versus Chargers 12-18-2014
Frank Gore RB SF
Frank Gore is "moving through the concussion protocol," and expected to start Saturday's game against the Chargers.

Matt Maiocco on Twitter
Demaryius Thomas (ankle) practicing in full 12-18-2014
Demaryius Thomas WR DEN
Demaryius Thomas (ankle) is practicing in full for Week 16.

Jeff Legwold on Twitter
Thomas avoided setbacks with his ankle in Week 15, and is locked and loaded as a WR1 for the fantasy finals.
Julius Thomas practicing in full for Week 16 12-18-2014
Julius Thomas TE DEN
Julius Thomas (ankle) is practicing in full for Week 16.

Jeff Legwold on Twitter
It's an upgrade on Week 15, where Orange Julius began the week as "limited." The Broncos have hoodwinked fantasy owners in back-to-back games with Thomas' health, but he finally, truly appears ready to be full go. Thomas is a mid-range TE1 for the fantasy finals.
DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) game-time decision 12-18-2014
DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU
The Texans consider DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) a game-time decision for Week 16.

Dale Robertson on Twitter
Hopkins missed Wednesday's practice. His Thursday status is unclear. The "game-time decision" label should be taken with a grain of salt, as Texans coach Bill O'Brien fancies himself a spymaster, and would apply the GTD tag to a player even if they were only battling a cold. For now, owners need to sit tight and wait for more information to emerge. A back-up plan is definitely in order.
Garrett Graham not close to a return 12-18-2014
Garrett Graham TE HOU
Garrett Graham (high-ankle sprain) is expected to remain sidelined for Week 16.

Drew Dougherty on Twitter
The disappointing tight end has likely played his final snap of 2014.
Reggie Bush absent from Week 16 injury report 12-18-2014
Reggie Bush RB DET
Reggie Bush is absent from the Week 16 injury report. It would appear Bush is the healthiest he's been all season, but it won't matter much from a fantasy perspective since he's so far behind Joique Bell on the depth chart. Bush is a rocky RB3 who needs to catch 5-6 passes to have any value.
Calvin Johnson upgraded to 'full' Thursday 12-18-2014
Calvin Johnson WR DET
Calvin Johnson (ankle) was upgraded to "full" on Thursday. Johnson is Rotoworld's No. 1 receiver for Week 16.
Matt Asiata (foot) still limited on Thursday 12-18-2014
Matt Asiata RB MIN
Matt Asiata (foot) remained limited on Thursday.

Matt Vensel on Twitter
Asiata is fully expected to lead the Vikings' backfield against Miami. He'll be a borderline RB2 for the fantasy finals, one who will hurt owners if he doesn't find the end zone.
Kyle Rudolph misses another practice Thursday 12-18-2014
Kyle Rudolph TE MIN
Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee) remained sidelined Thursday.

Matt Vensel on Twitter
Rudolph is beginning to look shaky for Sunday's trip to Miami. Rudolph is coming off his first effective game of 2014, but will be difficult to trust as a TE2 at far less than 100 percent health. Rudolph has admitted his groin remains an issue in addition to his knee and ankle ailments. Chase Ford will start at tight end if Rudolph sits in South Beach.
Daniel Thomas (knee) not practicing 12-18-2014
Daniel Thomas RB MIA
Daniel Thomas (knee) missed Wednesday and Thursday's practices. Thomas is looking shaky for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Damien Williams will back up Lamar Miller if Thomas can't go.
Charles Clay 'limited' on Thursday 12-18-2014
Charles Clay TE MIA
Charles Clay (knee, hamstring) remained limited on Thursday. The Dolphins appear to be trying to set a record for "limited" designations with Clay. He's a TE2 for the fantasy finals.
DeMarco Murray (hand) practices on Thursday 12-18-2014
DeMarco Murray RB DAL
DeMarco Murray (hand) practiced for the second-consecutive day on Thursday, getting in a limited session.

ESPN Dallas
Murray was officially listed as "DNP" on Wednesday even though he was observed by the assembled media as practicing. Either way, Murray continues to get reps, and has even been catching passes with his left hand wrapped up. It sure seems like the Cowboys expect him to suit up against the Colts, though it's possible he'll officially be a game-time decision. Murray comes with much more risk than usual for the fantasy finals, but owners in season-long leagues have to play him if he's active. Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar will form a committee if Murray can't go. More of a pass catcher than Randle, Dunbar's role figures to be bigger than usual even if Murray plays.
Jay Cutler realistic about Bears future 12-18-2014
Jay Cutler QB CHI
Speaking Thursday, Jay Cutler said he hopes to remain with the Bears beyond 2014, but admitted that it's "definitely" crossed his mind that he may have played his final game in Chicago.

Jeff Dickerson on Twitter
Admitting he was disappointed by the first benching of his football-playing career, Cutler was realistic about his future in the Windy City. Cutler's seven-year, $126.7 million deal will get labeled as impossible to trade, but that's not necessarily true in a league so starved for quarterback talent. It will only take one team to believe it has what it takes to jump-start Cutler's career. Releasing Cutler isn't a realistic option for the Bears, as they'd absorb $19 million in dead money. Cutler is due a fully guaranteed $15.5 million in 2015.
Carlos Hyde (ankle) doesn't practice Thursday 12-18-2014
Carlos Hyde RB SF
49ers RB Carlos Hyde (ankle, back) remained sidelined Thursday.

Can Inman on Twitter
Hyde has already said he'd need a "miracle" to suit up against the Chargers on Saturday. With Frank Gore (concussion) also looking shaky, the 49ers could be forced to roll with Bruce Miller and Alfonso Smith at running back.
A.J. Green's missed practice due to illness 12-18-2014
A.J. Green WR CIN
A.J. Green's missed practice on Thursday was due to an illness.

Paul Dehner on Twitter
He'll be back on Friday, and is in no danger of missing Monday's game against the Broncos.
Seahawks ink Wright to 4-year, $27M extension 12-18-2014
K.J. Wright LB SEA
Seahawks signed WLB K.J. Wright to a four-year, $27 million contract extension.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Trestman: Clausen is one-week experiment 12-18-2014
Jay Cutler QB CHI
Speaking Thursday, Bears coach Marc Trestman left the door open for benched QB Jay Cutler to start in Week 17.

Rich Campbell on Twitter
"This is for this week," Trestman said. "We're not going any farther than our preparation for Detroit." Trestman is clearly trying to keep Cutler's spirits up, but barring a total face-plant from Jimmy Clausen, we'd expect Cutler to remain on the pine for Week 17. Trestman went on to say he believed Cutler could be "revived" from the benching, hinting he's expected to remain the team's quarterback in 2015. That's probably an honest belief, but it's unlikely to be Trestman's decision to make. Clausen doesn't give the Bears a better chance to win than Cutler, but leading the league in turnovers and regressing on a weekly basis, Cutler has little room to complain about being benched.
Titans send McCluster to injured reserve 12-18-2014
Dexter McCluster RB TEN
Titans placed RB Dexter McCluster on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season.

Titans on Twitter
WR Rico Richardson was promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding roster move. One of the crown jewels of the Titans' free-agent class, McCluster closes the book on 2014 having turned 66 touches into just 328 yards. He averaged an anemic 3.3 yards on his 40 carries. Signed through 2016, McCluster will be back to attempt to change the pace next season.
Roy Helu (toe) practicing in full for Week 16 12-18-2014
Roy Helu RB WAS
Roy Helu (toe) is practicing in full for Week 16. Helu should be ready to return as the Redskins' pass-catching back after a one-game absence. That means Chris Thompson will head back to the bench.
D-Will gets in another 'limited' practice 12-18-2014
DeAngelo Williams RB CAR
DeAngelo Williams (hand) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Steve Reed on Twitter
Barring a setback, D-Will should return after a two-game absence, though the Panthers aren't sure how he'll fare in the passing game. In theory, he'll cut into Jonathan Stewart's workload, but we wouldn't be surprised if Williams is nothing more than a breather option for J-Stew, who has run well in Williams' absence. D-Will is not on the fantasy radar for Week 16.
Cam Newton 'on target' to start versus Browns 12-18-2014
Cam Newton QB CAR
Cam Newton (back) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, and is "on target" to start Sunday's game against the Browns.

Steve Reed on Twitter
Eddie Lacy (eye) remains limited on Thursday 12-18-2014
Eddie Lacy RB GB
Eddie Lacy (eye) remained limited on Thursday. Lacy's health is not a concern for the fantasy finals. He's locked in as a top-five RB1 for Week 16.
Cam Newton (back) mum on Week 16 status 12-18-2014
Cam Newton QB CAR
Speaking after Thursday's practice, Cam Newton (back) declined to say if he expected to start Sunday's game against the Browns.

Steve Reed on Twitter
"I'm fine either way it goes," Newton said. "I don't want to be a distraction." Newton also added that he's felt "no pain" on the practice field, and has "no fear" of further injury. Barring a setback, he sounds like a quarterback who's going to take the football field on Sunday. Newton's status will be updated no later than Friday afternoon.
Bolts' Green (concussion) resumes practicing 12-18-2014
Ladarius Green TE SD
Chargers TE Ladarius Green (ankle, concussion) has resumed practicing.

Michael Gehlken on Twitter
Green is now on track to return for Saturday's game against the 49ers. With Keenan Allen (sidelined), the Bolts could feature more two-tight end sets than usual, giving Green more run than he's typically been getting in 2014.
Philip Rivers back at Bolts practice Thursday 12-18-2014
Philip Rivers QB SD
Philip Rivers (back, chest) returned to Chargers practice Thursday.

Michael Gehlken on Twitter
Rivers took a rare rest day on Thursday, but will be ready to go for Saturday's game against the 49ers. Playing at well less than 100 percent without No. 1 receiver Keenan Allen, Rivers isn't a realistic QB1 for the fantasy finals.
Ryan Mathews sitting out again on Thursday 12-18-2014
Ryan Mathews RB SD
Ryan Mathews (ankle) remained sidelined Thursday.

Michael Gehlken on Twitter
Mathews "wasn't close" to playing in Week 15, and appears all but guaranteed to miss his second-straight game. The oft-injured 2010 first rounder could be heading into free agency having appeared in just 6-of-16 games this season. Branden Oliver and Donald Brown will form a low-upside committee against the 49ers.
Percy Harvin back at Jets practice Thursday 12-18-2014
Percy Harvin WR NYJ
Percy Harvin returned to Jets practice Thursday, getting in a limited session. Harvin will be fine for Week 16, but going up against one of the league's best secondaries with Geno Smith at quarterback, he's not a realistic WR3 for the fantasy finals.
Peyton Manning given day of rest Thursday 12-18-2014
Peyton Manning QB DEN
Peyton Manning (thigh) was given a day of rest on Thursday.

Jeff Legwold on Twitter
Twitter panic is already ensuing, but Manning's Week 16 status is in zero doubt. Today is the Broncos' first practice of the week since they're playing on Monday Night Football. Manning will be back for Friday's session, and can confidently be fired up as a QB1 for the fantasy finals.
Joe Haden (shoulder) not yet practicing 12-18-2014
Joe Haden CB CLE
Browns LCB Joe Haden (shoulder) has yet to resume practicing.

Nate Ulrich on Twitter
Haden was riding a stationary bike at Thursday's session. That's a sign he's yet to be ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. With the Browns fighting for a .500 record or better, they'd undoubtedly let Haden suit up even if he doesn't practice this week. His status will be updated in the next 48 hours.
Andrew Hawkins misses practice Thursday 12-18-2014
Andrew Hawkins WR CLE
Andrew Hawkins missed Thursday's practice.

Nate Ulrich on Twitter
It's likely just a day of rest, or perhaps Hawkins is under the weather. He's going to be fine for Sunday's game against the Panthers, but won't be on the WR3 radar.
A.J. Green misses Thursday's practice 12-18-2014
A.J. Green WR CIN
A.J. Green was held out of Thursday's practice.

Geoff Hobson on Twitter
Per Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson, the "thinking is" that Green is under the weather. Whatever it is, we're not in any way concerned about his Week 16 status. Green's status will be updated later Thursday afternoon.
Jermaine Gresham back at practice 12-18-2014
Jermaine Gresham TE CIN
Jermaine Gresham (toe) returned to practice Thursday.

Paul Dehner on Twitter
Gresham sat out Week 15 and then visited a specialist. Apparently, everything checked out fine. Gresham is averaging 3.8 catches for 29.0 yards with three touchdowns in 13 games this season.
Dwayne Bowe misses another practice 12-18-2014
Dwayne Bowe WR KC
Dwayne Bowe (flu) is not practicing Thursday.

Adam Teicher on Twitter
Torrey Smith not on injury report 12-18-2014
Torrey Smith WR BAL
Torrey Smith is not listed on the Week 16 injury report. It's a bit of a surprise. Smith's knee injury turned him into a mere decoy in Week 14 and then he posted 2-16-0 on three targets in Week 15. By not even mentioning him on the injury report, the Ravens are saying he's close to 100 percent for a dreamy matchup with the Texans Sunday.
Rashad Jennings not practicing again 12-18-2014
Rashad Jennings RB NYG
Rashad Jennings (ankle) is not practicing Thursday.

Jordan Raanan on Twitter
It would be a major surprise if the oft-injured Jennings suits up Sunday, one week after aggravating his lingering ankle sprain. Andre Williams, who rushed 18 times for 44 yards against the Redskins last week, would be a candidate for a similar workload plus any goal-line duties.
Andre Johnson passes the concussion protocol 12-18-2014
Andre Johnson WR HOU
Andre Johnson has passed the concussion protocol.

Brian Smith on Twitter
Johnson ends up missing one game due to his brain injury. He returns in a plus matchup against the Ravens' brutal corners, but will have to deal with Case Keenum at quarterback. Both Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins are risky WR3 types.
Cam Newton getting most of first-team reps 12-18-2014
Cam Newton QB CAR
Cam Newton (back) took the majority of first-team reps at practice Thursday.

Steve Reed on Twitter
Newton appears on track to return after missing just one game. He'd slide in as a back-end QB1 against the Browns, although he'd come with risk. When Newton is hesitant to use his legs, his fantasy projection is severely capped.
Kyle Rudolph not practicing again 12-18-2014
Kyle Rudolph TE MIN
Kyle Rudolph (knee, ankle, groin) is not practicing again Thursday.

Master Tesfatsion on Twitter
Rudolph's inability to completely put his sports hernia surgery behind him is a concern. If he is held out Sunday at Miami, Chase Ford will start.
Julian Edelman practicing again 12-18-2014
Julian Edelman WR NE
Julian Edelman (concussion) is practicing again Thursday.

Jeff Howe on Twitter
We have no word on if Edelman has merely been cleared for practice, or if he's been cleared for full contact. But given his presence each of the last two days, he's on track to suit up as a WR2 against the Jets Sunday.
T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) not practicing again 12-18-2014
T.Y. Hilton WR IND
T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) was not spotted at the beginning of Colts' practice Thursday.

Stephen Holder on Twitter
It's a concern after the Colts said they tentatively expected Hilton back on the practice field Thursday. Given that they've already clinched the AFC South yet can't earn a first-round bye, it's possible they'll exercise caution with their stud No. 1 wideout. If Hilton does sit against Dallas, Donte Moncrief and even Hakeem Nicks would be worth a look as streamers. Reggie Wayne (triceps) could be on a snap count.
LeSean McCoy concedes goal-line work to Polk 12-18-2014
LeSean McCoy RB PHI
LeSean McCoy admitted that Chris Polk is taking over as the Eagles' primary goal-line back.

CSN Philly
Polk played three snaps in Week 15, turning two of them into short touchdowns. A third goal-line carry went to Darren Sproles. "Polk's obviously a little bit more powerful back, so they've been giving him some of the runs in short-yardage in a couple games, especially last game. ... "There's just some plays on 3rd-and-1 type of situations where I probably wouldn't have gotten it, where I see him kind of hit a guy, drag a guy and get in there," McCoy candidly conceded. It's not out of the question that Shady gets some goal-line chances in the flow of the Eagles' hurry-up scheme, but Polk is a drain on touchdown projections. We already know McCoy was struggling to churn up yards and has lost significant pass-game work to Sproles.
Harry Douglas back at practice Thursday 12-18-2014
Harry Douglas WR ATL
Harry Douglas (foot) returned to practice Thursday. Douglas has routinely been sitting out Wednesdays this season. It has not affected him on Sundays, as evidenced by the 10-131-0 line he put on the Steelers in Week 15. Douglas will be a WR2 against the Saints this week if Julio Jones (hip) sits.
Roddy White back at practice Thursday 12-18-2014
Roddy White WR ATL
Roddy White (knee) returned to practice Thursday.

Vaughn McClure on Twitter
White was just taking a maintenance day Wednesday. The knee doesn't appear to be a real issue, but the 33-year-old's upside is capped by a lack of juice in his legs.
Julio Jones not spotted at practice Thursday 12-18-2014
Julio Jones WR ATL
Julio Jones (hip) was not spotted at the beginning of Falcons' practice Thursday.

Vaughn McClure on Twitter
Jones is not expected to practice at all this week as he careens toward another game-time call. All owners can do is roster Harry Douglas or another backup plan and wait for more information. Note that Roddy White (knee) did return to practice Thursday.
Travis Kelce's snap count on the rise 12-18-2014
Travis Kelce TE KC
Travis Kelce has played on 80.4 percent of the snaps the last two weeks.

profootballfocus.com
Kelce's usage has quietly spiked recently even though Anthony Fasano has been healthy. Kelce ran a season-high 46 routes in Week 14 and backed that up by running 30 in Week 15 -- his third-highest mark of the season. Over the last month, Kelce is fantasy's No. 4 tight end and faces a Steelers defense burnable in every facet this week. He's clearly in play as a TE1 for both season-long and daily players.
Patrick Scales signs on with Ravens 12-18-2014
Patrick Scales C BAL
Ravens signed LS Patrick Scales. Scales replaces Kevin McDermott, who lands on IR due to an elbow injury. McDermott also blew a snap that cost the Ravens a field goal against the Jags in Week 15.
Jimmy Graham in on 65.2% of snaps Week 15 12-18-2014
Jimmy Graham TE NO
Jimmy Graham played on 65.2 percent of the snaps against the Bears in Week 15.

profootballfocus.com
It's down from the 77.4 percent he played in Week 14. It was also extremely frustrating to see Graham not even on the field when No. 3 TE Josh Hill was the primary read on two goal-line plays and converted both for scores. Still, the shoulder clearly isn't an issue for Graham and he's run 78 pass routes the last two weeks. Fire him up as the no. 2 tight end play in Week 16 against the Falcons.
Dominique Jones re-signed to roster 12-18-2014
Dominique Jones TE DEN
Broncos signed TE Dominique Jones off their practice squad. We don't think this has anything to do with the status of Julius Thomas' ankle. It's likely a special teams move as the Broncos have been hit by injuries at linebacker this week.
Dustin Hopkins signed to Saints p-squad 12-18-2014
Dustin Hopkins K BUF
Saints signed K Dustin Hopkins to their practice squad.

New Orleans Times-Picayune
It's a strange move as NFL teams rarely waste practice squad spots on kickers. Although Shayne Graham missed a 51-yarder Monday night, he's still 19-of-22 on the year. We still like Graham as a solid fantasy kicking play at home against the Falcons Sunday as long as there's no funny business going on with Hopkins.
Report: Keenum tentatively expected to start 12-18-2014
Case Keenum QB HOU
CBS' Jason La Canfora says "every expectation" is that Case Keenum will start Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Jason La Canfora on Twitter
Trent Cole won't play Saturday 12-18-2014
Trent Cole DE PHI
Eagles OLB Trent Cole has undergone left hand surgery and is out for Saturday's game against the Redskins.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Cole's status for Week 17 is unknown. It's a hit to the Eagles' depth on the edge, but replacement Brandon Graham is actually an upgrade. Cole, owed $10M in 2015, is likely in his final days as an Eagle.
Reggie Wayne could play limited snaps 12-18-2014
Reggie Wayne WR IND
The Indy Star suggests Reggie Wayne (triceps) might have his snap count reduced over the final two weeks of the regular season.

Indianapolis Star
The Colts already backed off Wayne a bit in Weeks 14 and 15, playing him on just 75.6 percent of the snaps. Now they've clinched the AFC South and have almost no shot at a first-round bye. So resting Wayne in order to get him 100 percent for the Wild Card game makes plenty of sense. Donte Moncrief and Hakeem Nicks will have roles against the Cowboys Sunday, with Moncrief ticketed for far more snaps.
Justin Forsett is no longer on injury report 12-18-2014
Justin Forsett RB BAL
Justin Forsett (ankle, knee) is no longer listed on the injury report.

Baltimore Sun
Forsett has rotated out more often that usual the last two weeks, averaging 14.5 carries during that span vs. 22.0 the previous three weeks. Perhaps knee and ankle issues were to blame. Forsett was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, a strong sign he's nearing 100 percent again ahead of Sunday's game at Houston. "I feel good," he said. "This is actually one of the best Wednesdays that I've had in a while. So, my body is feeling good, maintaining, feeling ready to go."
Alfonso Smith could start Sunday 12-18-2014
Alfonso Smith RB SF
Alfonso Smith and Phillip Tanner are the 49ers' only healthy running backs right now.

San Francisco Chronicle
Reports: Jim Harbaugh considering Michigan 12-18-2014
Jim Harbaugh QB CAR
A source tells ESPN that Jim Harbaugh is at least "considering" the Michigan job.

ESPN.com
Joseph Randle got first-team reps Wednesday 12-18-2014
Joseph Randle RB DAL
RB Joseph Randle handled the first-team reps during the team portion of Wednesday's practice.

ESPN Dallas
DeMarco Murray (hand) participated in individual drills and even caught some passes two days after surgery, putting him on track to play against the Colts. But if he can't, Randle would handle the majority of base back duties, including goal-line work. That's key as eight of DeMarco's 11 touchdowns this season have come from three yards out or closer. Randle is the preferred handcuff while we await more news on Murray.
O'Brien won't announce starter yet 12-18-2014
Thaddeus Lewis QB HOU
Bill O'Brien is declining to announce his Week 16 starter at quarterback.

houstontexans.com
It will either be Case Keenum or Thad Lewis. "I'm going to keep that one close to the vest," O'Brien said Wednesday. "Both these guys, Case and Thad, are out there working hard. Right up until game time, that's going to be the way it is." It sounds like he's going to try to keep the Ravens in the dark until Sunday morning. All Texans are hands off in fantasy Super Bowls.
C.J. Spiller getting used to pads again 12-18-2014
C.J. Spiller RB BUF
C.J. Spiller (broken collarbone) took his pads off halfway through Wednesday's practice.

Buffalo News
"Yeah, I was just getting used to" wearing them "again," Spiller said. "It's been two months since I've had them on so I just wanted to see what it felt like to put them back." It's a reminder that he can't be counted on for a major role in Sunday's game at Oakland after not taking any contact since Week 7.
Report: Rivers battling back injury 12-18-2014
Philip Rivers QB SD
A league source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that Philip Rivers is "battling a back injury that is bigger than people realize."

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Rivers has been playing banged up for a while now. A few weeks ago, Antonio Gates revealed that his quarterback has a "very severe rib injury" and now Schefter is exposing a back issue. Rivers (chest) did not practice on Tuesday or Wednesday. He'll almost certainly be fine for Saturday's game at San Francisco. We wouldn't adjust any projections.