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Footballguys #233 - 12/10 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #233 -- Monday Night, December 10th, 2018

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1. KC - WR Tyreek Hill expected to play

Source: ESPN.com - Adam Teicher

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (foot) is expected to play against the Los Angeles Chargers this week, according to head coach Andy Reid.

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We'll feel better about his status if he can get a limited practice in on Wednesday. Hill played with the injury on Sunday against the Ravens and he praised the staff for taping his foot up effectively. They should limit him this week with the plan of having him ready on Thursday night. Stay tuned.

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2. NYG - WR Odell Beckham Jr. feeling better

Source: New York Post - Paul Schwartz

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (quad) told reporters he 'felt a lot better' Monday, Dec. 10, as he continues his recovery from a bruised quad that kept him out Week 14 against the Washington Redskins.

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Giants coach Pat Shurmur had some positive comments about Beckham's status but he did not say whether or not the superstar receiver would play in Week 15. The Giants play the Titans this week and the early signs are good for Beckham's availability. We'll know more about his status on Wednesday.

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3. OAK - Reggie McKenzie done in Oakland

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie reportedly had a meeting with the scouts Monday, Dec. 10, to inform them of his firing, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

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Things change quickly in the NFL. In 2016, McKenzie was named Executive of the Year in the NFL as the Raiders went 12-4. McKenzie had some bad drafts with the Raiders but he was able to secure impact players like Khalil Mack, Derek Carr and Amari Cooper. Highly thought of in the scouting community, McKenzie is likely to get another job in the near future and any team that gets him is getting a quality evaluator.

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4. SF - RB Matt Breida to be reevaluated

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (ankle) will be reevaluated Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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We'll know more about his status after that reevaluation is done. He's been playing hurt most of the year but has had to miss some time with this ankle problem. If healthy-ish and playing, Breida has RB2 upside for Fantasy GMs in PPR leagues.

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5. SF - WR Pierre Garcon to undergo surgery

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers WR Pierre Garcon (knee) is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

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Garcon is signed through the 2021 season with the 49ers but we think he might have played his last down in San Francisco. He's played in only 16 games over the last two years with the 49ers. Garcon is set to be on the books for $5.6 million in 2019. The 49ers move forward this year with Marquise Goodwin and rookie Dante Pettis as their top wideouts.

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6. JAX - C.J. Board to practice squad

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Phillip Heilman

Free-agent WR C.J. Board (Browns) was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad Monday, Dec. 10.

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Board, undrafted out of Chattanooga in 2017, was released by the Browns back in September with an injury settlement. He's a 4.3 speed receiver who can also work on special teams as a return man. We'll see if he can impress on the Jaguars practice squad.

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7. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold has good chance to play

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot) does not appear to be in any danger of missing the Week 15 game even though he suffered a foot injury during the last game, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

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Darnold was banged up again on Sunday but was able to finish the game. Bowles said Darnold's latest foot injury is not related to the foot injury he suffered earlier in the season.

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8. PHI - Philly bringing on RB Boston Scott

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

The Philadelphia Eagles are signing RB Boston Scott off the New Orleans Saints' practice squad Monday, Dec. 10, according to sources.

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Scott was a sixth-round pick for the Saints, coming out of Louisiana Tech in the 2018 NFL draft. He has the build (5'7" 195 pounds) of a third-down back and certainly has the quickness to make plays in space. Fantasy GMs in super deep dynasty leagues should be monitoring him.

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9. BUF - RB Chris Ivory day-to-day

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills RB Chris Ivory (shoulder) is considered day-to-day because of a shoulder injury.

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Ivory would be the team's lead back if LeSean McCoy can't go this week due to a hamstring injury. With Ivory also banged up, the Bills are incredibly thin at the running back position. Marcus Murphy could get more work this week and gadget player/WR/RB Isaiah McKenzie could get some carries too. They do have Keith Ford on their practice squad if they need more bodies at the position.

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10. NFL - Antoine Wesley declares for draft

Source: Twitter

Texas Tech WR Antoine Wesley announced Monday, Dec. 10, that he will enter the 2018 NFL Draft. "After much thought and prayer, and after receiving positive feedback from the NFL, I have decided to enter the 2019 NFL Draft," Wesley wrote in a Twitter post. "I look forward to continue working hard and making the sacrifices to achieve my lifelong dream of playing this game I love at the highest level."

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Wesley had a breakout season for the Red Raiders this year, racking up 1,410 receiving yards on 88 catches. Measuring in at 6'5" 200 pounds, Wesley has the concentration and consistency to be a favorite target of his quarterback. He can win at the catch point and can jump out of the building. We expect him to rise up draft boards during the testing portion of the pre-draft process.

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11. DET - Ziggy Ansah done in Detroit?

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) may not play again this season and is slated to enter free agency in the offseason.

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Ansah suffered a shoulder injury in Week 14 and head coach Matt Patricia declined to give an update on the defensive end. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press posits that Ansah has played his final game as a Lion.

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12. LAC - RB Austin Ekeler avoided concussion

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (neck) is day-to-day with a neck stinger he suffered in Week 14.

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Good news for the Chargers here...especially because they play on Thursday night against the Chiefs in Week 15. Reports indicate this could be the week that Melvin Gordon returns to the field after missing some time due to a knee injury. Ekeler is there to be the lead back in case Gordon does not yet return. Ekeler was also evaluated for concussion but was cleared and is not in the league's protocol.

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13. WAS - WR Josh Doctson dealing with concussion

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (concussion) was placed in the league's concussion protocol Monday, Dec. 10.

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Doctson will have to obviously clear the protocol before he's back out there on the field. Washington's season has quickly gone in the tank, but Doctson has been a bit of a bright spot in recent weeks...and he's coming off a four-catch, 84-yard performance against the Giants.

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14. NO - WR Ted Ginn could return from IR

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Triplett

New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) may still return from the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Dec. 10.

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Getting Ginn back would give the passing game a speedy deep threat that hasn't necessarily been there every week for QB Drew Brees. Head coach Sean Payton has been encouraged by Ginn's rehabilitation. Ginn cannot be designated to return if teammate OG Josh LeRibeus (ankle) is designated, however.

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15. WAS - TE Jordan Reed could miss rest of 2018

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (foot) is reportedly not dealing with a serious foot injury, but he may not play again this season due to a foot sprain.

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Reports vary about the severity of the foot injury. What's known is this; Reed has a long injury history and doesn't need to get rushed back to the field in a 2018 season that has quickly gone down the drain. Reed is signed through the 2021 season.

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16. BAL - RB Kenneth Dixon to see more work

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon should expected his role 'to grow going forward,' according to head coach John Harbaugh.

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Fantasy GMs should have picked up Dixon a couple of weeks ago when he was designated to return off of Injured Reserve. If you didn't have the bench space then (and he's still out there), you may have to make room for him now. It's clear they want to get Dixon more involved and he's got flex appeal as the fantasy playoffs continue.

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17. BAL - QB Lamar Jackson no worse for wear

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (ankle) 'should be OK' according to head coach John Harbaugh despite missing the final two plays of the game in Week 14 versus the Kansas City Chiefs with a left ankle injury.

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Jackson should be okay but we'll know more about his status on Wednesday. With Joe Flacco (hip) getting better, the Ravens may choose to use both quarterbacks...or hand the job back to the veteran. Stay tuned.

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18. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy day-to-day

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is considered day-to-day with a hamstring strain after undergoing an MRI on Monday, Dec. 10.

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Hamstring injuries can linger so McCoy's practice status is worth monitoring all week. It's not like he's been lighting up the stat sheet anyway, so Fantasy GMs (and DFS players) have better options out there. The Bills would use Chris Ivory as their lead back if McCoy can't play in Week 15.

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19. NYJ - RB Isaiah Crowell could struggle to play Week 15

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (foot) is 'pretty sore' and 'nicked up,' according to head coach Todd Bowles.

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Crowell went down early against the Bills on Sunday and the Jets turned to Eli McGuire as the lead back. McGuire had 83 total yards (rushing, receiving) and one rushing touchdown in Week 14. Watch Crowell's status during the week of practice but it looks like McGuire could be getting a larger role in Week 15.

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20. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill nursing sore ankle

Source: Miami Herald - Adam Beasley

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (ankle) is reportedly 'sore' but 'walking around,' according to head coach Adam Gase.

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Tannehill was banged up in the game against the Patriots and his availability for Week 15 is up in the air. We should see him limited during the week of practice as he deals with this sore ankle.

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21. CLE - Mike McCarthy a candidate for Browns

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is a realistic candidate for the Cleveland Browns' head coaching vacancy due to his strong ties to general manager John Dorsey, assistant general manager Eliot Wolf and vice president of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith Sr.

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The Browns are going to be looking for the best possible coach they can find. McCarthy is a big name and had success in Green Bay, but he did seem to fall short in getting the most out of Aaron Rodgers. His offensive philosophy may not mesh well with Browns QB Baker Mayfield. The Browns need to find a great fit (cough, Lincoln Riley, cough) for their young franchise quarterback.

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22. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy to have MRI

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) will have an MRI Monday, Dec. 10.

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McCoy was injured on the opening drive and did not play in the second half against the Jets on Sunday. If he has to miss time, the Bills would turn to Chris Ivory, Marcus Murphy and Isaiah McKenzie in the backfield....and oh yeah, QB Josh Allen is running a lot too.

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23. PHI - RB Corey Clement to have MRI

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Eagles RB Corey Clement (knee) will have an MRI Monday, Dec. 10, for what is believed to be a knee sprain.

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No word yet on the severity of the sprain. The Eagles have Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood to get more snaps in the case of Clement missing time. We'll know more about his status later in the week. In Week 15 the Eagles are on the road versus the Rams.

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24. DAL - Zack Martin has sprained MCL

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, Dallas Cowboys OG Zack Martin (knee) has a sprained medial collateral ligament, but owner Jerry Jones said he doesn't believe it's serious.

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Losing Martin would be a blow for the Cowboys offensive line. We'll have to see what his practice status is like during the week. Rookie Connor Williams filled in at right guard after Martin went out against the Eagles on Sunday.

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25. WAS - QB Josh Johnson to start in Week 15

Source: NBC Sports Washington - JP Finlay

Washington Redskins QB Josh Johnson will start in Week 15 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Johnson passed for 195 yards in relief of QB Mark Sanchez on Sunday, Dec. 9.

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Sanchez was awful in his lone start for Washington. Johnson looked much better and the team responded to his play offensively. On the road against Jacksonville in Week 15, Johnson has a tough matchup. Fantasy GMs have much better options at the quarterback position.

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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