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Footballguys #208 - 11/15 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #208 -- Thursday Night, November 15th, 2018

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1. CIN - RB Joe Mixon limited Thursday

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 15, because of a knee injury.

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Chances are you don't have two backs better than Mixon on your roster, but if you were debating whether to play him in a close call this week, the knee issue could be the tiebreaker assuming he doesn't get in a full practice and remains on the injury report on game day.

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2. BAL - QB Lamar Jackson misses Thursday practice

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (undisclosed) was not seen during the portion of practice open to the media Thursday, Nov. 15. Jackson was seen earlier at the team's facility and did not appear to be injured.

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We still have no idea who will start for the Ravens at quarterback and if it's Jackson, whether he'll give way to Robert Griffin III at times. This is a mess, but it should benefit at least Alex Collins and maybe even John Brown if Flacco sits.

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3. MIN - WR Adam Thielen listed as limited

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen (back, calf) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 15.

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We're still starting Thielen but keep an eye on his Friday practice status.

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4. HOU - D'Onta Foreman's return date uncertain

Source: ESPN.com - Sarah Barshop

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien suggested that RB D'Onta Foreman's (Achilles') return to game action is still up in the air. O'Brien pointed out that Foreman had not 'done anything on a football field' or faced contact since tearing his Achilles' nearly a year ago. He also mentioned that he'd have to 'really look at what he's been able to do relative to what he did last year.'

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The Texans have a couple of weeks to make a decision on Foreman's status. If he's active, Foreman would push Lamar Miller for playing time in the Texans backfield.

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5. OAK - Another missed practice for WR Jordy Nelson

Source: Raiders.com

Oakland Raiders WR Jordy Nelson (knee) was absent from practice for the second day in a row Thursday, Nov. 15.

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It sounds like Nelson is going to miss this week. Fantasy GMs were not counting on him anyway. With Nelson banged up, the Raiders turn to Brandon LaFell and Seth Roberts as the WR position.

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6. DEN - RB Royce Freeman logs full practice Thursday

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman (ankle) was upgraded at practice Thursday, Nov. 15, getting in a full session.

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Freeman is on track to return from his high ankle sprain this week. He'll work in a rotation with rookie sensation Phillip Lindsay. Freeman might get eased back into action and we see him as a 'what the heck' flex against the Chargers in Week 11.

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7. KC - WR Sammy Watkins limited Thursday

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 15.

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Watkins is on track to play on Monday night against the Rams. Make sure he gets in at least a limited practice on Saturday before putting him in as a WR3 with upside.

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8. LAC - WR Mike Williams limited Thursday

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (groin) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 15.

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Williams should be good to go against the Broncos on Sunday. His size should present problems for the Denver secondary. Consider the second-year pro a 'what the heck' flex in Week 11.

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9. LAC - WR Keenan Allen added to injury report

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (finger, hip) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 15.

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Late additions are always a curious move, so keep an eye on Allen's status Friday. He should be able to play against the Broncos on Sunday.

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10. MIN - WR Stefon Diggs fully practices

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (rib) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 15.

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Diggs promised he would be on the field Sunday night against the Bears. He's backed that up with two full practices on Wednesday and Thursday.

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11. WAS - Full practice for RB Kapri Bibbs

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Washington Redskins RB Kapri Bibbs (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 15.

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Bibbs is the team's pass-catching back with Chris Thompson banged up. In Week 11, Bibbs is a 'what the heck' flex in PPR leagues.

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12. HOU - WR Keke Coutee a limited participant

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 15.

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Coutee should be back for the Texans this week. His role is negatively impacted with the addition of Demaryius Thomas. Coutee is a WR5 or deep flex play if he's out there in Week 11.

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13. TB - RB Peyton Barber limited

Source: Buccaneers.com - Carmen Vitali

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 15.

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Barber is the lead back for the Buccaneers but not an exciting fantasy option. We see him as a RB3 or flex play in PPR leagues this week against the Giants.

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14. BAL - Baltimore's Thursday injury report

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Baltimore Ravens OT James Hurst (back) and LB Anthony Levine (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 15. FS Tony Jefferson (thigh), OT Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and LB Tim Williams (ankle) were limited. CB Tavon Young (ankle) participated fully.

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The Ravens have gotten a little healthier after the bye, but their offensive line is still a little banged up. Stanley should at least return and help an offense that missed him against the Steelers in Week 9.

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15. PHI - WR Mike Wallace out of boot

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles WR Mike Wallace (leg) is no longer wearing a walking boot but is not ready to run at this time.

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A step in the right direction for Wallace. He is not sure when he will be able to play again.

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16. CIN - Thursday injury report for Bengals

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals LB Preston Brown (knee), OT Jake Fisher (non-injury related), TE Tyler Kroft (foot), WR Josh Malone (hamstring), LB Nick Vigil (knee) and DT Adolphus Washington (knee) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 14. LB Vontaze Burfict (hip), CB Darqueze Dennard (sternoclavicular), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (concussion), OG Alex Redmond (hamstring) and LB Vincent Rey (groin) were limited.

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The Bengals could be without all three starting linebackers this week. Look for Alex Collins to have a strong game.

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17. CIN - WR John Ross still limited

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (groin) remained limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 15.

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Ross is just a deep sleeper this week with the Bengals offensive issues sans AJ Green and the tough matchup at Baltimore this week.

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18. TB - WR Chris Godwin misses practice

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin (ankle) was absent from practice for a second straight day Thursday, Nov. 15.

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Right now Godwin is questionable at best. He's not a veteran who can be relied on with minimal practice time, so we must assume that his injury is not trivial. If he can't go, Adam Humphries and OJ Howard become better plays.

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19. NYG - RB Jonathan Stewart designated for return

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New York Giants RB Jonathan Stewart (foot) could return from the Reserve/Injured list in the near future as he was designated to return to practice Thursday, Nov. 15.

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This is an odd use of an IR-return spot as Stewart doesn't have much to offer the team and he probably isn't a player they want to evaluate for the future.

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20. DAL - Tyron Smith, Zack Martin return

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys OT Tyron Smith (back) and OG Zack Martin (knee) returned to practice Thursday, Nov. 15, after sitting out the previous day with injuries.

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The Cowboys offensive line is banged up and down to two backups in the interior, but they had a strong game against the Eagles and the Falcons defense hasn't been scaring anyone this year. It should be a good week for the Cowboys offense despite these issues.

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21. DET - WR Marvin Jones remains out of practice

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones (knee) missed a second straight day of practice Thursday, Nov. 15, with a knee injury.

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Jones might play, but he would likely see James Bradberry and might also be less than 100% effectiveness. It's better leave him on your bench if you can.

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22. CIN - WR A.J. Green not practicing

Source: Bengals.com - Geoff Hobson

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (foot) remained absent from practice Thursday, Nov. 15.

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Pay no attention to what Marvin Lewis says, Green is highly unlikely to play this weekend. When making decisions for any Bengals this week, project the offense as if Green won't play.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

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J