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Footballguys #230 - 12/7 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #230 -- Friday Night, December 7th, 2018

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. ATL - WR Julio Jones cleared to play Week 14

2. DET - RB Kerryon Johnson likely to miss another game

3. CIN - RB Joe Mixon looking good to go

4. BAL - QB Joe Flacco likely to be active in Week 14

5. CAR - QB Cam Newton not on injury report

6. TB - WR DeSean Jackson unlikely to play Week 14

7. KC - WR Sammy Watkins aggravates foot injury Thursday

8. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton back at practice

9. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin sits again

10. MIN - WR Stefon Diggs listed as limited

11. DET - WR Kenny Golladay ready to play

12. HOU - D'Onta Foreman not on injury report

13. HOU - WR Keke Coutee's status uncertain

14. WAS - WR Josh Doctson questionable for Week 14

15. NO - Week 14 injury report for Week 14

16. WAS - WR Jamison Crowder ready for Week 14

17. TB - Tampa's Week 14 injury report

18. ARI - WR Larry Fitzgerald ready to play

19. SF - Week 14 injury report for San Francisco

20. NYJ - Week 14 injury report for NYJ

21. MIA - Questionable tag for WR Danny Amendola

22. CIN - Cincinnati's injury report for Week 14

23. BAL - Week 14 injury report for Baltimore

24. NYJ - ILB Darron Lee suspended four games

25. ATL - WR Calvin Ridley on track to play

26. DET - Week 14 injury report for Detroit

27. NE - Week 14 injury report for New England

28. IND - Indianapolis' injury report for Week 14

29. IND - Indianapolis makes three moves

30. CHI - Chicago's Week 14 injury report

31. NYG - TE Evan Engram set to return

32. MIA - CB Xavien Howard ruled out for Week 14

33. ATL - Atlanta optimistic about RB Devonta Freeman

34. TEN - Jack Conklin out indefinitely

35. CLE - CB Denzel Ward to sit out Week 14

36. IND - WR Dontrelle Inman to miss Week 14


1. ATL - WR Julio Jones cleared to play Week 14

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Will McFadden

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) will play in Week 14 versus the Green Bay Packers despite missing practice time this week with a foot injury.

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Jones seems to go through this practice and injury report dance every year but often puts up big games when it appears that he is ailing. He's still a strong WR1 play this week.

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2. DET - RB Kerryon Johnson likely to miss another game

Source: MLive.com - Kyle Meinke

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) remained out of practice Friday, Dec. 7, as he recovers from a knee injury and is expected to be ruled out of Week 14 when the team issues its game designations later Friday.

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Johnson doesn't seem close to a return but it doesn't sound like shut down at some point despite the Lions clearly being out of the running for the playoffs. LeGarrette Blount is a flex option this week against the weak Cardinals run defense.

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3. CIN - RB Joe Mixon looking good to go

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Fletcher Page

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (foot) looked good in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and is expected to play in Week 14.

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Mixon is a low ceiling RB2 this week against the Chargers with the Jeff Driskel Bengals offering much less in terms of sustained drives and points than the Andy Dalton Bengals.

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4. BAL - QB Joe Flacco likely to be active in Week 14

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) was a full participant in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and there's a solid chance he'll be cleared to play in Week 14. Asked if he could back up Lamar Jackson on Sunday, head coach John Harbaugh told reporters: ' Yeah, there's a scenario for that, sure.'

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Flacco could start to threaten Jackson's playing time next week if the rookie struggles at Kansas City this week, but this is probably nothing to worry about if you are considering Jackson this week unless he absolutely craters in the first half of the game.

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5. CAR - QB Cam Newton not on injury report

Source: The Athletic - Joe Person

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) participated fully in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and does not appear on the team's Week 14 injury report.

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While Newton won't be on the injury report it appeared that the injury affected his downfield accuracy last week. He's still a boom/bust QB1 with a big boom because of the matchup and his running ability. This is about as reassuring of news as we could have hoped for after more cautionary items earlier this week.

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6. TB - WR DeSean Jackson unlikely to play Week 14

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) has yet to practice this week and isn't expected to play in Week 14 versus the New Orleans Saints.

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Adam Humphries and Chris Godwin once again become solid WR3/Flex options with WR2 or even low WR1 upside in PPR leagues.

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7. KC - WR Sammy Watkins aggravates foot injury Thursday

Source: 610 Sports - Carrington Harrison

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) reinjured his foot in practice Thursday, Dec. 6. According to a source, Watkins had an MRI and the injury is expected to be 'significant.'

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Watkins is out until the playoffs and we might not even see him them. Another surgery could be on the horizon considering his long history of foot problems.

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8. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton back at practice

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Zak Keefer

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (shoulder) returned to practice Friday, Dec. 7, after missing the previous two days with a shoulder injury. He is expected to play in Week 14 versus the Houston Texans.

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Hilton is officially questionable and a game-time decision. He's impossible to bench if active with his illustrious history in Houston, but this development makes him much riskier in DFS lineups.

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9. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin sits again

Source: Seahawks.com - John Boyle

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (hip) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 7.

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Baldwin has been missing practices with a variety of ailments this year, but he has been playing near or at healthy form despite the absences. He's still only a low floor/low ceiling WR3/Flex but he should get one of the better matchups in the Vikings secondary on Monday.

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10. MIN - WR Stefon Diggs listed as limited

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 7.

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Diggs is doing better than last week when he missed two practices before returning on Friday, so we shouldn't have to sweat a game time decision for him on Monday night.

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11. DET - WR Kenny Golladay ready to play

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay (quadriceps) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and is not on the injury report for Week 14.

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Golladay's limited status earlier this week raised some eyebrows, but it sounds like he will be ready to go on Sunday. He will see Patrick Peterson often when he's lined up outside, but he should also get a fair amount of snaps from the slot.

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12. HOU - D'Onta Foreman not on injury report

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans RB D'Onta Foreman (Achilles') fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and is not on the injury report for Week 14.

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Foreman isn't going to take a lot of work away from Lamar Miller at this point, but it's a good sign for his recovery that he's back on the field, and hopefully we'll get to see him take a few touches before the end of the season to evaluate how close to his pre-injury self he is, as there's no good case of a running back getting all the way back from an achilles injury.

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13. HOU - WR Keke Coutee's status uncertain

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 7, and is listed as questionable for Week 14.

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Coutee will be a game-time decision again. While he did set the record for receptions in a rookie debut in the first matchup with the Colts, he's a very risky play if active in this week's matchup.

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14. WAS - WR Josh Doctson questionable for Week 14

Source: Redskins.com

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (hip) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 7 and he is listed as questionable for Week 14 against the New York Giants.

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Doctson's value took a huge hit when Colt McCoy went out. Add in a new injury issue and he shouldn't be a consideration in Week 14.

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15. NO - Week 14 injury report for Week 14

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

New Orleans Saints OT Terron Armstead (pectoral) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and has been ruled out for Week 14. FB Zach Line (concussion), DT David Onyemata (hip) and OT Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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The Bucs pass rush doesn't really present any edge threats that can take advantage of Armstead's absence with Jason Pierre-Paul banged up.

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16. WAS - WR Jamison Crowder ready for Week 14

Source: Redskins.com

Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder (ankle) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 7 and he is off the injury report ahead of the Week 14 game against the New York Giants.

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Crowder could have some value in deep PPR leagues. He showed some chemistry with Mark Sanchez on one drive in last week's loss to the Eagles and could be a frequent target against the Giants.

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17. TB - Tampa's Week 14 injury report

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Justin Evans (toe) and S Isaiah Johnson (concussion) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and have been ruled out for Week 14. CB Carlton Davis (knee) was limited during practice and is listed as doubtful. DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) was limited during practice and is listed as questionable. OT Demar Dotson (hamstring), CB Brent Grimes (knee) and CB M.J. Stewart (foot) fully participated in practice but are listed as questionable. DT Gerald McCoy (ankle, shoulder) fully participated in practice and is not on the injury report.

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The Bucs thin secondary will be down a few players again this week with Drew Brees coming to town. Brees isn't always in top form outdoors and it could be rainy, but the matchup is very good.

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18. ARI - WR Larry Fitzgerald ready to play

Source: AZCardinals.com

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and is not on the injury report for Week 14.

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Fitzgerald could get an uptick in targets with Christian Kirk on injured reserve. He's worth a WR3/Flex look in PPR leagues.

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19. SF - Week 14 injury report for San Francisco

Source: The Athletic - Nicki Jhabvala

San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (ankle), S Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder) and WR Pierre Garcon (knee) did not practice Friday, Dec. 7, and have been ruled out for Week 14 versus the Denver Broncos. CB K'Waun Williams (knee) was limited in practice for a second straight day Friday and is listed as questionable. OT Joe Staley (non-injury), S Antone Exum (knee), C Weston Richburg (knee), LB Malcolm Smith (Achilles'), OG Laken Tomlinson (hip), OG Josh Garnett (thumb), LB Mark Nzeocha (thigh) and S D.J. Reed (heel, chest) were full participants in practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report.

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The team declined to say whether Dante Pettis would start with Marquise Goodwin back but Pierre Garcon still out, but he should get enough snaps to merit a WR3/Flex start in deeper leagues coming off of a big game.

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20. NYJ - Week 14 injury report for NYJ

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets WR Robby Anderson (ankle), RB Isaiah Crowell (toe), TE Jordan Leggett (knee) and CB Buster Skrine (shoulder) were listed as limited participants for practice Friday, Dec. 7 and each is considered questionable for Week 14 against the Buffalo Bills. OT Kelvin Beachum (knee), RB Trenton Cannon (hamstring), CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder, neck), QB Sam Darnold (foot), WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle), LB Jordan Jenkins (shoulder), LB Darron Lee (not injury related), C Spencer Long (knee, finger, illness), QB Josh McCown (back), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (thumb), WR Andre Roberts (foot) and TE Eric Tomlinson (elbow) practiced in full and each are off the injury report ahead of Sunday's game.

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Anderson and Crowell should play but both have unfavorable matchups at Buffalo this week. The Jets offense will get Sam Darnold back this week, but the Bills defense destroyed them in Week 10 and they are the best D/ST play in this AFC Least matchup.

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21. MIA - Questionable tag for WR Danny Amendola

Source: MiamiDolphins.com

Miami Dolphins WR Danny Amendola (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 7, and is listed as questionable for Week 14.

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If Amendola can return it will help Ryan Tannehill. He's only a very deep PPR desperation play and Tannehill is only a very low-end QB2/Superflex this week.

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22. CIN - Cincinnati's injury report for Week 14

Source: Chargers.com

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion), OT Cordy Glenn (back), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (ankle) and CB Tony McRae (concussion) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 14 versus the Los Angeles Chargers. WR Joshua Malone (hamstring) was upgraded to a full practice Friday, Dec. 7, and is listed as questionable. DE Carlos Dunlap (hip), DE Michael Johnson (pectoral) and RB Joe Mixon (foot) fully participated in practice Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

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The offensive line will have a big hole with Glenn out and they are facing the Chargers ultra-talented pair of defensive ends this week. The rushing matchup against the Bengals remains very good with Burfict on the sidelines.

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23. BAL - Week 14 injury report for Baltimore

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Baltimore Ravens S Tony Jefferson (ankle), OL Alex Lewis (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (not injury related) and LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related) did not practice Friday, Dec. 7. Jefferson is listed as doubtful for the Week 14 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, while Lewis is questionable. The others are off the report. CB Marlon Humphrey (groin) was a limited participant, while QB Joe Flacco (hip), OL James Hurst (back), LB Anthony Levine (ankle), CB Tavon Young (groin) and LB Tim Williams (ankle) practiced in full and are each listed as questionable. WR John Brown (not injury related), WR Michael Crabtree (not injury related), S Eric Weddle (not injury related) and OL Marshal Yanda (not injury related) practiced in full and are off the report.

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Jefferson will be missed at the back end of the pass defense with the Chiefs up next. Tampa is on the schedule in Week 15 and the Chargers in Week 16, so the hope is that Jefferson can return soon to help slow down these strong passing attacks.

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24. NYJ - ILB Darron Lee suspended four games

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New York Jets LB Darron Lee has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

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Lee had been making more plays in coverage this year and starting to show some signs of why he was a first round pick. The Jets have to make a decision on his fifth-year option for 2020 this offseason and this suspension could affect that decision. Kevin Pierre-Louis or Neville Hewitt will take his spot. Avery Williamson gets an upgrade IDP leagues with less competition for tackles.

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25. ATL - WR Calvin Ridley on track to play

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Will McFadden

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (elbow, hand) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 7, but is not on the injury report for Week 14.

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This is great news as Ridley is facing a Packers secondary that has given up some big games to non #1 receivers this year. Consider Ridley an upside WR3/Flex play.

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26. DET - Week 14 injury report for Detroit

Source: Cardinals.com - Mike Jurecki

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 14 against the Arizona Cardinals. LB Trevor Bates (ankle) was limited in practice for a second straight day Friday, Dec. 7, but has also been ruled out. FB Nick Bellore (ankle), WR Bruce Ellington (back), DE Kerry Hyder Jr. (illness), LB Devon Kennard (hip), WR Brandon Powell (calf), TE Michael Roberts (shoulder), CB Darius Slay (ankle) and QB Matthew Stafford (back) were limited in practice Friday and are listed as questionable. DE Ziggy Ansah (neck) and WR Kenny Golladay (quad) returned to a full practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report.

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It sounds like Ellington and Stafford will play, but this is an afternoon start, so if you are counting on them in deep leagues, make sure to have a late/night game hedge on the roster. We should get news on Stafford Sunday morning before the early games kick off.

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27. NE - Week 14 injury report for New England

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore (ankle) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and is listed as questionable for Week 14 against the Miami Dolphins. TE Dwayne Allen (knee) was upgraded to a full practice Friday but is listed as questionable. QB Tom Brady (knee) and TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) were not given official practice designations Friday but do not appear on the injury report. S Patrick Chung (shoulder) returned to a full practice Friday and was also removed from the injury report.

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Gilmore's injury is new. He might be in danger of missing the game, which would make DeVante Parker a more interesting desperation play for Week 14.

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28. IND - Indianapolis' injury report for Week 14

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts TE Mo Alie-Cox (calf), WR Dontrelle Inman (shoulder), C Ryan Kelly (knee) and S Mike Mitchell (calf) were unable to practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 14 versus the Houston Texans. DL Denico Autry (back) did not practice on Friday, Dec. 7, and is listed as questionable. WR T.Y. Hilton (shoulder), DT Margus Hunt (knee) and CB Christopher Milton (hamstring) were limited in practice Friday and are listed as questionable. CB Nate Hairston (ankle) returned to a full practice Friday and is also listed as questionable. OT Anthony Castonzo (knee), S Clayton Geathers (knee), S Malik Hooker (hip) and LB Anthony Walker (knee) did not practice Friday but are not listed on the injury report. TE Erik Swoope (knee) was limited in practice Friday but was also not included on the injury report. TE Eric Ebron (back, illness) and WR Chester Rogers (groin) were full participants in practice Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

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Autry had a massive impact last week with three sacks and two forced fumbles. He would be greatly missed against Deshaun Watson if he can't go with Margus Hunt also ailing. Kelly will be missed on the offensive line against the Texans strong pass rush. The Colts are far from full strength for this pivotal game.

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29. IND - Indianapolis makes three moves

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts WR Daurice Fountain was elevated from the practice squad to the active roster Friday, Dec. 7. TE Clive Walford was waived in a corresponding move. The Colts also signed QB Phillip Walker back to the practice squad.

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This move is probably more about Dontrelle Inman being out than TY Hilton being a game-time decision. Fountain was actually drafted ahead of camp star Deon Cain and was getting praise for his work on the practice squad. He's worth monitoring in deep dynasty leagues.

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30. CHI - Chicago's Week 14 injury report

Source: ChicagoBears.com

Chicago Bears FS Deon Bush (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and is listed as doubtful for Week 14. S Eddie Jackson (shin) did not practice and is listed as questionable. DT Bilal Nichols (knee) was limited during practice and is listed as questionable. RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) and CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Jackson has been a big-time playmaker for the Bears defense and would be missed facing one of the best pass offenses in NFC.

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31. NYG - TE Evan Engram set to return

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants TE Evan Engram (hamstring) practiced fully Friday, Dec. 7, for the second straight day and does not appear on the team's Week 14 injury report. 'Yeah, I'm ready to ride,' Engram said. 'Had a good week.'

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Engram is a low ceiling TE1 this week against Washington, but there is always risk of reinjury in the first week back from a hamstring issue. Rhett Ellison goes back to the waiver wire.

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32. MIA - CB Xavien Howard ruled out for Week 14

Source: The Palm Beach Post - Joe Schad

Miami Dolphins CB Xavien Howard (knee) on Friday, Dec. 7, was ruled out of Week 14 with a knee injury. He will be evaluated going forward on a week-to-week basis.

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This was expected. Tom Brady and Josh Gordon become better plays on this news, and Stefon Diggs could benefit from Howard's absence if he can't go next week.

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33. ATL - Atlanta optimistic about RB Devonta Freeman

Source: The Athletic - Jason Butt

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (groin) has yet to be ruled out this season and still has 'a shot' to play at some point, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

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Don't rush to get Freeman in redraft leagues. Week 16 is probably the earliest he would return and the team is unlikely to give him a huge workload in his first game back with playoff contention not a consideration.

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34. TEN - Jack Conklin out indefinitely

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Tennessee Titans OT Jack Conklin (knee) is expected to be sidelined 'a few weeks' with the knee injury he suffered in Week 14 against the Jacksonville Jaguars but will not need surgery to correct the issue.

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The Titans will face the Giants next week, but their backup tackles have gotten a lot of action this year, so Conklin's absence shouldn't appreciably change the offense's outlook.

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35. CLE - CB Denzel Ward to sit out Week 14

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com - Andrew Gribble

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns CB Denzel Ward (concussion) on Friday, Dec. 7, was ruled out of Week 14.

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Ward's absence should help the cause of DJ Moore, Curtis Samuel, and Cam Newton as Ward has been the Browns best cornerback this year.

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36. IND - WR Dontrelle Inman to miss Week 14

Source: The Herald Bulletin - George Bremer

Indianapolis Colts WR Dontrelle Inman (shoulder) on Friday, Dec. 7, was ruled out for Week 14 with a shoulder injury.

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Reece Fountain was called up from the practice squad to take Inman's spot. The second tier receivers had strong games against the Texans in the first matchup, and we might need to turn to someone like Ryan Grant or Chester Rogers in deeper leagues this week, especially if TY Hilton is a scratch.

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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,

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