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Volume 20, #219 -- Monday Night, November 26th, 2018

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1. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette suspended one game

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette has been suspended one game for violations of the unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness rules.

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Fournette went after Shaq Lawson in the tunnel after getting ejected on Sunday. The Jaguars are at home against the Colts and they've benched QB Blake Bortles. That means Cody Kessler is their starting quarterback and without Fournette we'd see a combination of T.J. Yeldon and Carlos Hyde in the backfield.

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2. JAX - QB Blake Bortles benched

Source: The Athletic - Daniel Popper

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has been benched in favor of Cody Kessler, according to head coach Doug Marrone.

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So long as Kessler is healthy, he should be the starter for the rest of the regular season. After making it to the AFC Championship last year, the Jaguars have fallen apart and the play of their quarterback is largely to blame. They don't ask him to do much and Bortles has still been ineffective and mostly careless with the football. Back in February of this year, Bortles signed a three-year extension with $26.5 million guaranteed. There's still $16.5 million in dead money next year according to Spotrac.com.

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3. LAC - RB Melvin Gordon has Grade 2 sprain

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) had an MRI reveal a Grade 2 sprain of his medial collateral ligament.

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Bad news for the Chargers here. Gordon will miss the next few weeks, but he could return before the end of the regular season. The Chargers turn to Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson in their backfield while Gordon is out.

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4. CIN - QB Andy Dalton placed on IR

Source: Bengals.com

Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton (thumb) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Nov. 26. QB Tom Savage was claimed off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers in a corresponding move.

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Dalton's future with the team is up in the air, even though he's not set to hit the open market until 2021. If they release Dalton in the offseason, they can save $16.2 million in cap space and there is no dead money according to Spotrac.com. The Bengals move forward with Jeff Driskel as their starter.

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5. DET - WR Marvin Jones going to IR

Source: DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones (knee) is being placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Nov. 26.

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Jones missed two games and there were some reports that speculated he could return in Week 13. That's not the case now as Jones sees his 2018 season come to a close. His season ends with a stat line of 35 catches for 508 yard and five touchdowns. The Lions move forward with Kenny Golladay as their no.1 receiver and not much else behind him at the position.

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6. PHI - Philly planning to ride Josh Adams

Source: NJ.com - Zack Rosenblatt

Philadelphia Eagles RB Josh Adams will reportedly see his workload expand moving forward each week, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

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Good news for Fantasy GMs who were able to get him last week. Adams is a swift and powerful runner who can grind down a defense. In Week 13 against Washington on Monday night, Adams is a RB2 for Fantasy GMs.

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7. NYG - TE Evan Engram out indefinitely

Source: The Athletic - Dan Duggan

New York Giants TE Evan Engram (hamstring) is without a timetable to return after pulling his hamstring during pregame warmups in Week 12 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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The Giants play at home against the Bears in Week 13. Engram insists that he'll play but we need to see what his practice status is like during the week.

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8. JAX - Nathaniel Hackett fired

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was fired Monday, Nov. 26.

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Hackett had been with the Jaguars since 2015 and he'd been the offensive coordinator since 2016. He takes the fall for an offense that has to feature QB Blake Bortles. The Jaguars are 3-8 and certainly won't be making a playoff run this year after nearly taking down the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game last year. Until they find a real franchise quarterback, the Jaguars offense should continue to struggle.

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9. LAC - RB Austin Ekeler has an opening

Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports

Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler is expected to receive more work with RB Melvin Gordon (knee) out a few weeks with a Grade 2 sprain of his medial collateral ligament.

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Ekeler should be the lead back for the Chargers with Gordon out. They may get him touches in a different way, using him as a receiver in addition to getting Ekeler carries. Justin Jackson could figure into the mix here, perhaps as a short-yardage runner for the Chargers. Ekeler is an RB2 for Fantasy GMs with Gordon out.

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10. BAL - Baltimore to use multiple quarterbacks?

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens QBs Joe Flacco (hip) and Lamar Jackson could be used 'a significant amount' at the same time once Flacco returns, according to head coach John Harbaugh. 'We'll just do what gives us the best chance [to win] and try to use all of our players the best way we can,' Harbaugh said.

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Flacco is set to return to practice this week. We should get an update on his status on Wednesday. The Ravens travel to play the Falcons in Week 13. Rotating quarterbacks from series to series has never worked in the NFL and has rarely been tried. Harbaugh is going to have to make a decision soon.

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11. IND - TE Jack Doyle likely out for the season

Source: The Athletic - Stephen Holder

Indianapolis Colts TE Jack Doyle (undisclosed) suffered an unspecified injury in Week 12 against the Miami Dolphins and is expected to land on the Reserve/Injured list, according to Stephen Holder of The Athletic.

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Bad news for the Colts offense here as Doyle was an important part of what they do as a receiver and a blocker. Eric Ebron is the clear no.1 tight end for the Colts now. Mo Alie-Cox is now set to be the primary backup to Ebron.

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12. DEN - TE Jeff Heuerman out for the season

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman (ribs, lung) sustained broken ribs and a bruised lung in Week 12 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers and will miss the remainder of the season.

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Heuerman was just coming on for the Broncos this year. A third-round pick out of Ohio State in 2015, Heuerman had just 18 receptions entering the 2018 season. This year, Heuerman finishes with 31 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns. An unrestricted free agent in 2019, we'll see if the Broncos thought enough of him to bring him back. They'll move forward with Matt LaCosse and Brian Parker at the tight end position.

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13. WAS - RB Chris Thompson may be ready for Week 13

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (rib) said he is encouraged by his recovery and hopes to be able to play in the Week 13 game.

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Thompson has only appeared in five games this year. He's the team's receiving back behind Adrian Peterson when healthy. Washington travels to Philadelphia for a Monday night game in Week 13.

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14. BAL - QB Joe Flacco to meet with doctor

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) is scheduled to meet with a doctor Monday, Nov. 26, to see if he will be able to participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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The team is concerned about the strength of Flacco's hip and the potential of him dislocating the hip if he returns too soon. There is a chance the Ravens rotate Flacco and Lamar Jackson upon his return.

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15. NYJ - San Darnold's practice status uncertain

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot) is making progress in his recovery, but it is not known if he will be able to participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 28, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

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Darnold has missed a couple of games due to this foot injury and Josh McCown has started in his place. We'll see if the Jets franchise quarterback can get back to practice this week.

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16. MIA - WR Danny Amendola to miss practice time

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins WR Danny Amendola (knee) likely will not practice much this week because of a knee injury he suffered in the Week 12 game.

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We'll see if Amendola can get some practice time in later this week. Even if he's able to play, we can't recommend Amendola as anything more than a deep flex play for Fantasy GMs.

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17. NE - RB Rex Burkhead activated

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (neck) was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Nov. 26.

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Neck injuries are tricky to come back from but the Patriots must feel good about his progress. Burkhead's return could take some snaps/touches away from Sony Michel and James White. He can play in Week 13 at home against the Vikings.

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18. NO - Tre'Quan Smith puts in limited practice

Source: DallasCowboys.com

New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith (toe) practiced on a limited basis Monday, Nov. 26.

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This is a good sign for Smith as the Saints play on Thursday against the Cowboys. Smith missed their game against the Falcons on Thanksgiving but he should return in Week 13.

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19. IND - RB Marlon Mack in protocol

Source: The Athletic - Stephen Holder

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (concussion) is in the concussion protocol, according to head coach Frank Reich.

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Mack was knocked from the game against the Dolphins on Sunday. The Colts travel to play the Jagaurs in Week 13. We'll know more about Mack's status later in the week.

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20. NYG - TE Evan Engram optimistic about Week 13

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

Updating a previous report, New York Giants TE Evan Engram (hamstring) is 'optimistic' his injured hamstring 'shouldn't affect him much' this week.

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Engram is optimistic about this injury but we're not sharing the same sentiment as the second-year tight end. Even if Engram is able to go in Week 13 against the Bears we'd only recommend him as a TE2 for Fantasy GMs.

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21. TB - WR DeSean Jackson seeing hand specialists

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (hand) saw a local hand specialist in Tampa and is reportedly headed to New York to get a second opinion, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.

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Jackson injured his thumb back in Week 11 and has been largely ineffective since then. We'll know more about his status later in the week.

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22. LAR - CB Aqib Talib designated to return

Source: TheRams.com - Myles Simmons

Los Angeles Rams CB Aqib Talib (ankle) is expected to practice this week after being designated as one of the team's two players to return from the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Nov. 26.

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No surprise here. Talib is still a top corner in the league when healthy. His return is great news for the Rams secondary.

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23. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott dealing with hip issue

Source: DallasCowboys.com - Rob Phillips

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (hip) missed practice Sunday, Nov. 26, due to hip soreness.

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Hip soreness is the reason why Elliott missed practice on Sunday but it shouldn't keep him out of the game against the Saints on Thursday.

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24. DEN - OLB Shaquil Barrett could miss a month

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos LB Shaquil Barrett (hip) could be sidelined three to four weeks with a hip flexor injury, according to sources.

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Barrett is an important rotational pass rusher for the Broncos behind Bradley Chubb and Von Miller. An unrestricted free agent in 2019, we'll see if this injury hurts Barrett's long-term value.

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25. OAK - TE Darren Waller headed to Oakland

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens TE Darren Waller was signed off the practice squad by the Oakland Raiders on Monday, Nov. 26.

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A sixth-round pick of the Ravens out of Georgia Tech back in 2015, Waller has not done much as a pro. A converted wide receiver at 6'6" 255 pounds, Waller definitely has the athleticism to create mismatches at the tight end position. We'll see if he can impress with his new team, and we'll continue to monitor him but only in crazy deep dynasty leagues.

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26. WAS - RB Chris Thompson returns

Source: NBC Sports Washington - JP Finlay

Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (ribs) was back at practice Monday, Nov. 26.

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Thompson is the team's change-of-pace back when healthy but we haven't seen him in action since Week 8. Washington plays on Monday night in Week 13 against the Eagles and we'd only recommend Thompson as a 'what the heck' flex if he's able to return this week.

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27. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake to be limited in Week 13

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (shoulder) will not be allowed to take on contact during practice leading up to Week 13 after falling on the same shoulder that was bothering him last week.

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Drake scored a couple of touchdowns against the Colts on Sunday but he did miss time with this shoulder injury that has been bothering him for a couple of weeks. We anticipate he'll be limited in practice with a chance of playing in Week 13. Stay tuned to his status during the week and have Drake ready as a RB3 or flex play in Week 13.

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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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