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Footballguys #229 - 12/6 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #229 -- Thursday Night, December 6th, 2018

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. CHI - QB Mitchell Trubisky has coach's confidence

2. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski fully practices

3. CIN - RB Joe Mixon practices Thursday

4. ATL - Idle WR Julio Jones expected for Week 14

5. WAS - QB Alex Smith battling post-op infection

6. LAC - Coach mum on RB Melvin Gordon

7. GB - TE Jimmy Graham a limited participant

8. MIN - WR Stefon Diggs limited in Thursday 's practice

9. ATL - WR Calvin Ridley limited again Thursday

10. CHI - QB Mitchell Trubisky practices in full

11. HOU - D'Onta Foreman practices Thursday

12. KC - WR Sammy Watkins remains limited

13. BAL - Thursday practice report for Ravens

14. NYG - TE Evan Engram takes part in practice

15. TB - Tampa's Thursday practice report

16. TB - WR DeSean Jackson sits again

17. DAL - Thursday injury report for Dallas

18. MIA - WR DeVante Parker limited

19. DET - WR Kenny Golladay, WR Bruce Ellington limited

20. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake a limited participant

21. PHI - Thursday injury report for Eagles

22. PHI - RB Josh Adams logs full practice

23. CLE - TE David Njoku listed as limited

24. IND - Thursday injury report for Colts

25. NO - WR Michael Thomas back on the field

26. CLE - DT Larry Ogunjobi may play despite injury

27. NYJ - WR Quincy Enunwa a full participant

28. NYJ - WR Robby Anderson limited Thursday

29. MIA - CB Xavien Howard out a while?

30. IND - TE Eric Ebron out sick

31. NYJ - RB Isaiah Crowell's toe injury concerning

32. DET - RB Kerryon Johnson not practicing

33. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton sits again Thursday

34. BAL - QB Joe Flacco moving better

35. DEN - WR Emmanuel Sanders faces lengthy recovery

36. KC - WR Kelvin Benjamin visits Chiefs

37. DEN - WR DaeSean Hamilton taking over in slot

38. CAR - No practice throws for QB Cam Newton

39. MIA - WR Danny Amendola on track to return


1. CHI - QB Mitchell Trubisky has coach's confidence

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) has impressed head coach Matt Nagy this week in practice. 'I said (Wednesday, Dec. 5) that I felt strongly (Trubisky would play in Week 14),' Nagy said Thursday, Dec. 6. 'The way he threw at practice yesterday did nothing to change my mind.'

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It appears Trubisky is ready to return this week. He'll be a boom/bust QB1 in a potentially high-scoring game against a tricky Rams defense.

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2. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski fully practices

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 6, and has been removed from the injury report for Week 14.

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This does give some reassurance about Gronkowski's status for Week 14, but he is still only a low ceiling TE1 in a fully-stocked Patriots offense.

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3. CIN - RB Joe Mixon practices Thursday

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (foot) participated in practice for a second straight day Thursday, Dec. 6. He was limited the previous day with a foot injury.

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Mixon is still a safe RB2 this week, but his ceiling is a lot lower in the Jeff Driskel offense than the Andy Dalton offense.

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4. ATL - Idle WR Julio Jones expected for Week 14

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) sat out a second straight practice Thursday, Dec. 6, with a foot injury, but head coach Dan Quinn said he expects Jones to play in Week 14 vs. the Green Bay Packers.

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Jones is an automatic play as long as he's active, but if he doesn't practice tomorrow, then we'll have to check back Sunday morning before trusting him in Week 14 lineups.

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5. WAS - QB Alex Smith battling post-op infection

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith (leg) is battling an infection related to the surgery he had on his broken fibula and tibia, according to sources. The situation is being treated seriously.

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Smith's playing career is in question. We're wishing him a full recovery as football isn't the most important thing for him right now.

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6. LAC - Coach mum on RB Melvin Gordon

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's (knee) availability is one thing head coach Anthony Lynn was mum on Thursday, Dec. 6. 'You never know... You just want everybody preparing for everybody,' Lynn said.

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Gordon isn't going to play this week and his lack of practice makes a Thursday game next week against the Chiefs a bit of a stretch. We won't see him until Week 16 at the earliest.

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7. GB - TE Jimmy Graham a limited participant

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (knee, thumb) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Graham's involvement in the offense hasn't really changed since he broke his thumb, but he is at least still involved. He's a low ceiling TE1 this week.

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8. MIN - WR Stefon Diggs limited in Thursday 's practice

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (knee) was limited at practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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This is an improvement from last week's practice plan, so it looks like we aren't going to have to sweat a game-time decision from Diggs on Monday night.

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9. ATL - WR Calvin Ridley limited again Thursday

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (elbow, hand) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 6.

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The Packers have given up some big plays to #2 receivers this year, but Ridley might not be 100%. He's in the WR3/Flex mix this week but it would be great to see him get a full practice in tomorrow.

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10. CHI - QB Mitchell Trubisky practices in full

Source: ChicagoBears.com

Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Everything looks on track for Trubisky this week.

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11. HOU - D'Onta Foreman practices Thursday

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans RB D'Onta Foreman (Achilles') fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Foreman won't be ready to play this week and Lamar Miller has been playing too well to take off of the field, but seeing him play even a few snaps would be great for Foreman's dynasty stock.

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12. KC - WR Sammy Watkins remains limited

Source: Chiefs.com

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Watkins probably won't return this week and we want to see him get in a full practice before trusting him in our lineups. It's possible the team is ramping him up to be ready for a showdown with the Chargers on Thursday.

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13. BAL - Thursday practice report for Ravens

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Baltimore Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey (groin), FS Tony Jefferson (ankle) and OG Alex Lewis (shoulder) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 6. OT James Hurst (back), S Anthony Levine (ankle) and CB Tavon Young (groin) were limited during practice. FS Eric Weddle (non-injury), LB Tim Williams (ankle) and OG Marshal Yanda (non-injury) fully participated in practice.

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The Ravens secondary is not at full strength heading into a matchup with Patrick Mahomes, so they'll need to generate some pressure to slow him down.

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14. NYG - TE Evan Engram takes part in practice

Source: Giants.com

New York Giants TE Evan Engram (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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It looks like Engram will be back this week to face Washington. He's a low ceiling TE1 with some risk after this injury happened in warmups two weeks ago.

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15. TB - Tampa's Thursday practice report

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Justin Evans (toe), S Isaiah Johnson (concussion) and DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 6. CB Carlton Davis (knee), OT Demar Dotson (hamstring) and DT Gerald McCoy (ankle, shoulder) were limited during practice. CB Brent Grimes (knee) and CB M.J. Stewart (foot) fully participated in practice.

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Pierre-Paul is benchable in this compromised state against one of the toughest quarterbacks to sack this week when New Orleans comes to town.

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16. TB - WR DeSean Jackson sits again

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries are stronger plays with Jackson out. As long as the weather isn't too bad, they'll both be solid WR3/Flex options against the Saints.

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17. DAL - Thursday injury report for Dallas

Source: The Athletic - Calvin Watkins

Dallas Cowboys WR Tavon Austin (groin), DT David Irving (ankle), LB Sean Lee (hamstring) and TE Geoff Swaim (wrist) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 6. OT Tyron Smith (neck) and OG Xavier Su'a-Filo (ankle, thumb) were limited. CB Chido Awuzie (illness), WR Cole Beasley (foot) and OG Zack Martin (knee) practiced in full.

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It doesn't sound like Lee is going to play in Week 14. Leighton Vander Esch will remain an every down linebacker for at least one more week.

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18. MIA - WR DeVante Parker limited

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Parker should see a lot of Stephon Gilmore on Sunday and the Dolphins might get Danny Amendola back too. He's just a desperation play.

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19. DET - WR Kenny Golladay, WR Bruce Ellington limited

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions WRs Kenny Golladay (quadriceps) and Bruce Ellington (back) remained limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Both look on track to play, but if they don't get a full practice in tomorrow and draw a questionable tag, that could be a problem for lineup setting with an afternoon start at Arizona. We'll be watching this closely.

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20. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake a limited participant

Source: MiamiDolphins.com

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Drake has been playing well through this shoulder injury, so consider playing him as a flex play against a Patriots defense that he had a great game against in Miami last year.

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21. PHI - Thursday injury report for Eagles

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles DE Michael Bennett (foot), LB Jordan Hicks (calf), DT Timmy Jernigan (back), CB Avonte Maddox (ankle, knee), CB Jalen Mills and OT Jason Peters (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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The Eagles defense is still very banged up. They caught a break when Colt McCoy went down Monday night, but Dak Prescott should be able to take advantage of their thinned ranks.

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22. PHI - RB Josh Adams logs full practice

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles RB Josh Adams (shoulder) participated fully in practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Adams is a good bet for 15-20 carries against Dallas, which is deserving of a flex start, or even an RB2 nod if you are in a bind.

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23. CLE - TE David Njoku listed as limited

Source: The Chronicle-Telegram - Scott Petrak

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Njoku is not 100% but he is still a viable streamer with the matchup against the struggling Panthers defense and improved quality of the Browns offense under Freddie Kitchens.

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24. IND - Thursday injury report for Colts

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts TE Mo Alie-Cox (calf), DE Margus Hunt (knee), WR Dontrelle Inman (shoulder), C Ryan Kelly (knee), FS Mike Mitchell (calf), CB Nate Hairston (ankle), CB Christopher Milton (hamstring) and TE Erik Swoope (knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 6. FS Malik Hooker (hip) and WR Chester Rogers (groin) were limited. S Clayton Geathers (knee) was a full participant.

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Inman is a deep sleeper this week with the numbers the Colts second-tier receivers put up against the Texans in the first matchup, but if he can't get in a full practice tomorrow, he'll be impossible to trust even in deep leagues.

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25. NO - WR Michael Thomas back on the field

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Triplett

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) was participating during the media access portion of practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Thomas is safe for Week 14, although he and the Saints might have to deal with some rain and wind on Sunday. Check the weather on Sunday morning for a better read on the passing game outlook.

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26. CLE - DT Larry Ogunjobi may play despite injury

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns DT Larry Ogunjobi (biceps) said he is still waiting for the second opinion on his biceps injury but believes he can still play even if his biceps is fully torn.

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Ogunjobi has been a beast this year and made the team not miss Danny Shelton. Their defense will suffer without him and he might not be his normal self even if he does play.

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27. NYJ - WR Quincy Enunwa a full participant

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Enunwa could get targets against the Bills by default, but he's nothing but a desperation play with the Jets offense struggling to get out of neutral gear these days.

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28. NYJ - WR Robby Anderson limited Thursday

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR Robby Anderson (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Anderson is likely to see a lot of Tre'Davious White anyway, so he wasn't on our what the heck flex radar this week.

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29. MIA - CB Xavien Howard out a while?

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins CB Xavien Howard (knee) is expected to be out this week and possibly longer, according to ESPN.com's Cameron Wolfe. Head coach Adam Gase would not disclose if Howard has had surgery on his injured knee.

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This is a boost for Josh Gordon specifically, but also Tom Brady and the Patriots as Howard has been playing at a high level again this year, and he was Brady's nemesis in the loss at Miami last year.

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30. IND - TE Eric Ebron out sick

Source: The Herald Bulletin - George Bremer

Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron (illness) missed his second straight day of practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Ebron has been fine after missing practices earlier this year, so don't fret unless he can't go tomorrow. His upside is significant so as long as he's active, he's in our lineups.

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31. NYJ - RB Isaiah Crowell's toe injury concerning

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (toe) remained out of practice Thursday, Dec. 6, with a toe injury. Head coach Todd Bowles said the injury is a 'concern,' and Crowell's Week 14 status likely will come down to a game-time decision Sunday.

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Elijah McGuire would be the top Jets back if Crowell can't go and rookie Trenton Cannon would also mix in, but this offense is no place to look for fantasy points, especially against the Bills this week.

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32. DET - RB Kerryon Johnson not practicing

Source: The Detroit News - Justin Rogers

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) remained idle from practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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LeGarrette Blount is likely to get the start again this week. He has some flex appeal in deeper leagues with guaranteed touches against a weak run defense in what should be a close game.

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33. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton sits again Thursday

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Zak Keefer

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (shoulder) missed a second straight practice Thursday, Dec. 6, with a foot injury. Hilton, though, gave the impression when speaking to the media that he expects to play in Week 14.

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Hilton has a great history against the Texans with Andrew Luck, so if he can't go in Week 14 this week be a huge missed opportunity. Chances are this is just rest heading into a key matchup, but we'll have to monitor practice tomorrow and perhaps his status Sunday morning to be sure.

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34. BAL - QB Joe Flacco moving better

Source: WNST.net - Luke Jones

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) was practicing again Thursday, Dec. 6, and appeared to be moving around noticeably better than the previous week.

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The Ravens will stick with Lamar Jackson as long as they keep winning, but this is a sign that Flacco is close to ready to return if they need him.

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35. DEN - WR Emmanuel Sanders faces lengthy recovery

Source: The Denver Post - Kyle Fredrickson

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles') has a long road ahead of him in his recovery from a torn Achilles' tendon. Former NFL team doctor David Chao said the earlier expected recover time is six months for this injury, but players aren't always at full health that soon. A more realistic recover time is between nine months to a year, according to Chao.

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Sanders dynasty stock took a big hit with this injury. The Broncos were very prudent when they drafted two wide receivers this year.

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36. KC - WR Kelvin Benjamin visits Chiefs

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent WR Kelvin Benjamin (Bills) visited the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday, Dec. 6, according to a source.

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Benjamin needs to have a different approach to the game to tap into his considerable physical potential. Maybe Andy Reid could figure out how to flip that switch, but we'll believe it when we see it.

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37. DEN - WR DaeSean Hamilton taking over in slot

Source: The Denver Post - Kyle Fredrickson

Denver Broncos WR DaeSean Hamilton will be featured in the slot going forward with the loss of WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles'). WR River Cracraft is also expected to see time in the slot position.

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Hamilton has some desperation play possibilities, but the reality is that the Broncos are likely to throw the ball 25 or fewer times at San Francisco. It will be great to get some evaluation tape for dynasty leaguers mulling over Hamilton's potential for the future.

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38. CAR - No practice throws for QB Cam Newton

Source: The Athletic - Joe Person

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) did not throw in practice Thursday, Dec. 6, for the second straight day but took part in team drills during the early potion of practice.

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Newton's going to play this weekend, but he didn't look like himself last week, and his injury could affect his throws and ability to take contact as a runner. He's not a strong QB1 this week at Cleveland.

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39. MIA - WR Danny Amendola on track to return

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins WR Danny Amendola (knee) was practicing again Thursday, Dec. 6, and is on track to play in Week 14 against the New England Patriots.

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Amendola is still only a desperation play against his old team, and only in PPR leagues. He was much better with Brock Osweiler than he was with Ryan Tannehill earlier this year.

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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