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Footballguys #226 - 12/3 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #226 -- Monday Night, December 3rd, 2018

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Good Tuesday to you. We've got the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J


1. CIN - WR A.J. Green expected to have surgery

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) is expected to undergo surgery to repair the torn ligaments in his toe, according to a source. He is expected to be sidelined for three to four months but should be ready for offseason workouts.

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Tough way to end the season for Green. Hoping for a full and speedy recovery.

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2. PIT - RB James Conner believed to be OK

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (leg) wasn't believed to have suffered a major injury, and it wasn't to his ankle. The swelling will be somewhat of an indicator.

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Fantasy GMs can breathe a sigh of relief here. Conner might be limited during the week of practice due to this leg contusion but we're expecting him to play in Week 14 against the Raiders.

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3. CAR - TE Greg Olsen suffers torn plantar fascia

Source: NFL.com - Austin Knoblauch

Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) will miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with a ruptured plantar fascia Monday, Dec. 3.

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Olsen has been bothered by foot problems almost all season long. He's done for the year now and the Panthers turn to rookie Ian Thomas to take over at tight end. Thomas is a TE2 with upside for Fantasy GMs in need of help at the position.

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4. KC - RB Charcandrick West returning to KC

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent RB Charcandrick West (Jets) is expected to sign an undisclosed contract with the Kansas City Chiefs in the near future, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

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The Chiefs worked out West and free agent C.J. Anderson on Monday but decided to go with the guy who had four years worth of experience with the team. Anderson had a good workout according to reports and is ready if needed. West will compete for snaps as a change-of-pace back behind starter Spencer Ware.

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5. NYG - QB Eli Manning to remain the starter for now

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants QB Eli Manning will start again in Week 14 versus the Washington Redskins, according to head coach Pat Shurmur, who added there is a 'good chance' Kyle Lauletta will be his backup again this week.

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The Giants won against the Bears on Sunday but Manning did not play well. The team will one day want to see what Lauletta has but may not make a quarterback change until they are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.

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6. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette returns

Source: The Athletic - Daniel Popper

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette was reinstated from his one-game suspension Monday, Dec. 3.

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Fournette missed the game on Sunday due to this suspension for fighting. He comes back to the Jaguars as the lead back, relegating Carlos Hyde and T.J. Yeldon to backup duty. Fournette is a RB1 for Fantasy GMs in Week 14, playing Thursday night against the Titans.

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7. NYG - WR Sterling Shepard undergoes CT scan

Source: The Bergen Record - Art Stapleton

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ribs) said he underwent a CT scan on his injured ribs but it did not show any problems. He said he will have to deal with the pain but expects to be fine.

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Rib injuries are all about pain tolerance. We should see Shepard limited in practice this week. Shepard is only a deep flex play for Fantasy GMs if he plays in Week 14.

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8. MIA - WR Danny Amendola's status uncertain

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins WR Danny Amendola's (knee) status for the Week 14 game is uncertain at this point, according to head coach Adam Gase.

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Amendola wasn't able to practice last week before the Week 13 game against the Bills. We'll see if he can get back to the practice field as the team prepares for a Week 14 game against the Patriots.

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9. - Justice Hill declares for draft

Source: Twitter

Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill announced Monday, Dec. 3, that he will enter the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Measuring in at 5'10" 190 pounds, Hill runs with more authority than other backs his size. He has a wicked stiff arm and does a good job of driving his feet when contacted by defenders. Hill missed the final two games for Oklahoma State due to injury, but he ran for 930 yards this season.

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10. TEN - RB Jeremy McNichols signs with Titans

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

The Tennessee Titans signed RB Jeremy McNichols to their active roster from the Denver Broncos' practice squad Monday, Dec. 3.

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McNichols now is the fourth running back on the active roster behind Dion Lewis, Derrick Henry and David Fluellen. He's bounced around the league since coming into the NFL as a fifth-round pick of the Buccaneers. McNichols is a good all-purpose back but only worth monitoring in crazy deep dynasty formats.

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11. DEN - Denver adds RB Khalfani Muhammad to PS

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Free-agent RB Khalfani Muhammad (Patriots) was signed to the practice squad Monday, Dec. 3.

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Muhammad was a seventh-round pick (Titans) out of Cal in 2017 but spent some time with the Patriots earlier this season. He's a smaller back (5'9" 174 pounds) who is fast with the ball in his hands.

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12. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold should start

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot) is expected to take over starting duties in Week 14, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

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It looks like Darnold will be back this week after missing a few games. Bowles said Darnold could have played in Week 13 but wanted to make sure he was completely ready after practicing just three times last week.

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13. - Greedy Williams declares for NFL Draft

Source: ESPN.com

Louisiana State University CB Greedy Williams announced that he will enter the 2019 NFL Draft on Monday, Dec. 3.

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Williams has the makings of a top-10 pick in the 2019 NFL draft. He's got length, speed and playmaking ability from the corner position. Williams should be one of the hottest names in a defensive-talent heavy draft next year.

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14. BAL - QB Lamar Jackson making history

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson's 265 rushing yards are the most by a quarterback in his first three NFL starts in the Super Bowl era, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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Jackson is the starter for the Ravens for now, but there has been speculation that Joe Flacco would at least split snaps with Jackson against the Chiefs in Week 14. We'll see if the Ravens actually do that, but it's going to be difficult to go away from Jackson. His rushing ability makes him a QB1 option for Fantasy GMs, provided Baltimore doesn't mess this up with a rotation.

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15. NYG - RB Saquon Barkley feeling OK

Source: The Athletic - Dan Duggan

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley (shoulder) told reporters his shoulder feels 'fine' Monday, Dec. 3.

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Barkley has the size and toughness to take a lot of punishment. With 195 carries and 74 receptions so far, Barkley is certainly getting a huge workload. We might see him limited just a bit in practice this week due to this minor shoulder ailment. Barkley is a must-start RB1 for Fantasy GMs in the fantasy playoffs which start this week in most leagues.

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16. HOU - D'Onta Foreman remains in limbo

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans RB D'Onta Foreman (Achilles') has yet to be activated to the 53-man roster, as head coach Bill O'Brien remains unsure if he will make such a move.

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Foreman is an intriguing prospect the team could ease into action behind starter Lamar Miller. He would give them some more power at the position and could work as a 'closer' late in games when they have the lead. The Texans have until Wednesday to make a decision on the young runner.

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17. DEN - CB Chris Harris avoiding IR

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, Denver Broncos CB Chris Harris Jr. (leg) suffered a hairline fracture in his fibula, but he'll avoid the Reserve/Injured list and could return for the playoffs.

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Good news for the Broncos here but they will be incredibly thin at cornerback until Harris returns (if they make the Wild Card round). With Harris down, the team turns to Bradley Roby as their top corner and rookie Isaac Yiadom as the no.2 corner. Expect teams to test them through the air early and often with the 49ers up next for the Broncos in Week 14.

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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.

Peace,

J