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Footballguys #234 - 12/11 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #234 -- Tuesday Night, December 11th, 2018

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

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1. LAC - RB Austin Ekeler misses practice

Source: Chargers.com

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (neck, concussion) was held out of practice Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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It was reported earlier that Ekeler is not expected to play this week. The Chargers might be rolling out Justin Jackson as their starter in Week 15 on Thursday night against the Chiefs.

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2. LAC - RB Melvin Gordon is a game-time decision

Source: Los Angeles Times - Mike DiGiovanna

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) will be a game-time decision Thursday, Dec. 11, against the Kansas City Chiefs as he continues to nurse a sprained right knee.

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Fantasy GMs have to be ready to make a move here. The Chargers have a good matchup against a soft Chiefs defense in Week 15, but it's going to be difficult to trust Gordon his first week back...especially since his return may or may not be close. Expect the team to be cautious with Gordon. Justin Jackson may get a large role if Gordon (knee) can't play and Austin Ekeler is still in concussion protocol.

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3. LAC - RB Melvin Gordon limited

Source: Chargers.com

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) was limited in practice Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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Gordon is considered to be a game-time decision in Week 15. The Chargers play Thursday night against the Chiefs. They might have to go with Justin Jackson as their starting back.

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4. KC - WR Tyreek Hill limited

Source: Chiefs.com

Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (heel, wrist) was limited in practice Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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Hill had his foot injury taped up on Sunday and played with the injury. He should do the same thing on Thursday night against the Chargers. Watch this one closely to see which way he's moving on Wednesday.

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5. MIN - John DeFilippo fired

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo was fired Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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The Vikings offense has not been good this year. DeFilippo was supposed to work his way to a head coaching position and he had free agent QB Kirk Cousins to help him there. Instead, the Vikings offense has struggled to score points or even move the ball. DeFilippo will get another chance, perhaps not as an offensive coordinator, soon enough when the coaching bloodbath takes place after the regular season.

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6. NYJ - RB Elijah McGuire absent Tuesday

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets RB Elijah McGuire (ankle) missed practice Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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Isaiah Crowell is banged up right now with a foot injury. If he doesn't play against the Texans on Saturday, the team would turn to McGuire as the starter...if he's healthy. Trenton Cannon is the backup behind McGuire. Check back to see if he can practice later in the week.

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7. KC - WR Kelvin Benjamin should play

Source: NFL Network - Omar Ruiz

Kansas City Chiefs WR Kelvin Benjamin expects to play Thursday, Dec. 13, against the Los Angeles Chargers.

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The Chiefs are banged up right now with a few key skill position players missing (or limited) in practice this week. Benjamin said he's been learning the offense since last week and offensive Eric Bienemy said the offense will be 'all hands on deck.' In his first game with his new team, we'd only count on Benjamin as a crazy deep 'what the heck' flex in Week 15.

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8. NYJ - RB Isaiah Crowell misses Tuesday practice

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (foot) was not spotted at practice Tuesday, Dec. 11, as he deals with a foot injury.

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The Jets may have to turn to Eli McGuire on Saturday against the Texans although McGuire's missed time as well. Over the last three weeks, the Texans rush defense is second in the league allowing an average of just 62.0 rushing yards per game.

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9. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger will have to manage pain

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ed Bouchette

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (ribs) is dealing with several rib bruises, but should be available for Week 15, head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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Rib injuries just come down to pain tolerance and Roethlisberger is proven to be one of the toughest players in the NFL. Tomlin added that Roethlisberger will need pain management throughout the week.

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10. PIT - RB James Conner not ruled out

Source: NFL Network - Aditi Kinkhabwala

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) was not ruled out of returning in Week 15 by head coach Mike Tomlin on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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Don't get too excited but there is a small possibility we see Conner's return to the field. We'll know more on Friday. We expect Conner may need more time to heal and the Steelers would go with Jaylen Samuels as their lead back if that's the case.

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11. LAC - RB Justin Jackson has an opening

Source: NFL.com - Steve Wyche

Los Angeles Chargers RB Justin Jackson is likely to see more playing time with RBs Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (concussion) unlikely to play Thursday, Dec. 13, in Week 15.

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Gordon is considered a game-time decision for Thursday night's game against the Chiefs. If Gordon doesn't play and Ekeler is not cleared, Jackson would step into the starting role. That alone gives him flex appeal in Week 15.

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12. NYJ - Full practice for QB Sam Darnold

Source: HoustonTexans.com

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot) participated fully in practice Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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A good sign for Darnold's availability on Saturday against the Texans. Fantasy GMs are not starting him but the rookie will continue to get valuable experience as the Jets starter.

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13. NYJ - WR Quincy Enunwa absent from practice

Source: HoustonTexans.com

New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) was not at practice Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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The Jets play on Saturday against the Texans. They could be getting Enunwa some rest here. We'll know more about his status on Wednesday.

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14. HOU - WR DeAndre Hopkins limited

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (foot) practiced on a limited basis Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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Hopkins has been limited all year long in practice. The team travels to play the Jets on Saturday and all Fantasy GMs are going to start Hopkins if they've got him.

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15. CLE - TE David Njoku has full practice

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee) participated fully in practice Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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The Broncos struggle to stop tight ends historically (see George Kittle's 200-yard performance just last week). Njoku is the latest tight end to get to go against the Broncos. The Browns travel to play in Denver on Saturday and Njoku is a TE1 for Fantasy GMs.

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16. OAK - Oakland cuts RB C.J. Anderson

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Oakland Raiders RB C.J. Anderson was released Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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Anderson was just picked up last week and now finds himself without a job again. Two teams (Panthers, Raiders) have moved on from Anderson so far this season but he might get a shot with another team before the end of a regular season.

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17. PHI - RB Corey Clement lands on IR

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles RB Corey Clement (knee) and DE Josh Sweat (ankle) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Dec. 11. In addition, free-agent DE Daeshon Hall (Texans) was signed.

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The Eagles now move on with Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood as the change-of-pace options behind power back Josh Adams. Clement is not a lock to make the 53-man roster in 2019.

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18. IND - TE Erik Swoope waived

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts TE Erik Swoope was waived Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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Swoope, a former basketball player from the University of Miami, has been waived by the Colts before this year. He's physically gifted but has yet to develop in a few years with the Colts. Mo Alie-Cox works uncontested as the backup behind Eric Ebron going forward.

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19. TB - Tanner Hudson called up

Source: Buccaneers.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Tanner Hudson was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad Tuesday, Dec. 11. In a corresponding move, free-agent LB Emmanuel Smith (Falcons) was signed to the practice squad.

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Undrafted out of Southern Arkansas in 2018, Hudson measures in at 6'5" 239 pounds. He was the model of consistency in college, finishing each of the last three seasons with at least 40 catches, 600 yards and six touchdowns. For his time at Southern Arkansas, Hudson totaled 143 receptions for 2,152 yards and 25 touchdowns. In super crazy deep dynasty leagues we'll be monitoring him.

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20. DEN - WR Courtland Sutton not at practice

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton (thigh) was not able to practice Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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Sutton was supposed to take over as the no.1 wide receiver for the Broncos after Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles') was lost for the season last week. Instead of thriving against the 49ers, Sutton struggled and only caught two passes for 14 yards. He got banged up on Sunday but did try to play through the injury. We'll see if he was just getting some extra rest today. Sutton and the Broncos are going against the Browns on Saturday in Week 15.

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21. TEN - Jack Conklin, TE Jonnu Smith go to IR

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Tennessee Titans OT Jack Conklin (knee) and TE Jonnu Smith (knee) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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Smith had 20 catches for 258 yards and three receiving touchdowns so far this year. His MCL injury should take a month or so to heal. The Titans move forward with Anthony Firkser as their lead tight end.

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22. KC - WR Sammy Watkins remains sidelined

Source: ESPN.com - Adam Teicher

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) will not practice Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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Earlier reports speculated that Watkins would be done for the rest of the regular season. The Chiefs play in a huge divisional matchup against the Chargers on Thursday night in Week 15. It looks like they'll continue on without Watkins at this moment. Perhaps newly acquired WR Kelvin Benjamin will get some playing time this week behind guys like Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley.

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23. KC - RB Spencer Ware to sit out practice

Source: ESPN.com - Adam Teicher

Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (shoulder) will not practice Tuesday, Dec. 11, as he recovers from a shoulder injury.

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Ware's status is considered to be precautionary at this moment. The Wednesday practice report should give us a clear indication of Ware's availability for Thursday night's game against the Chargers. The Chiefs would turn to Damien Williams as their lead back if Ware can't go.

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24. LAC - Detrez Newsome to see some time

Source: NFL.com - Steve Wyche

Los Angeles Chargers RB Detrez Newsome is likely to see more playing time with RBs Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (concussion) unlikely to play Thursday, Dec. 13, in Week 15.

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Newsome was picked up as an undrafted free agent in 2018. Coming out of Western Carolina, Newsome measures in at 5'10" 210 pounds and has a slashing running style. He can contribute as a receiver out of the backfield as evidenced by the 108 receptions Newsome had during his college career. Newsome might be the backup to Justin Jackson on Thursday night (if Gordon and Ekeler don't play).

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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