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Footballguys #236 - 12/13 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #236 -- Thursday Night, December 13th, 2018

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1. PHI - QB Carson Wentz has back fracture

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (back) has a fracture in his back, tests revealed Thursday, Dec. 13. No surgery will be necessary, but the team likely will decide to hold Wentz out of Week 15 -- and possibly the remainder of the season.

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Wentz is almost certainly out for the season. The air goes out of the whole Eagles offense sails without him. Zach Ertz is the only startable Eagle now.

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2. PIT - RB James Conner sits again

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 13.

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Conner is not on track to play. Mike Tomlin hinted that Conner might be available in Week 15 but we'll have to see him practice on Friday before feeling confident about that. Jaylen Samuels should be the lead back for the Steelers in Week 15.

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3. ATL - WR Julio Jones out with illness

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Kelsey Conway

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (illness, foot, calf) was sent home from practice Thursday, Dec. 13, with an illness, head coach Dan Quinn said. Jones is expected to return Friday.

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There's no reason to worry about Jones yet, but if it was bad enough to be sent home, this is something to monitor.

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4. WAS - RB Derrius Guice dealt with infection

Source: The Washington Post - Kareem Copeland

Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice (knee) required three additional procedures following August surgery to repair his ACL due to an infection, all of which has slowed his rehab. Guice is no longer dealing with the infection, however, and still hopes to be ready for OTAs next summer.

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It doesn't sound like this is going to affect Guice's status for next year, but two Washington players dealing with this issue in one season is something to monitor.

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5. SF - WR Dante Pettis added to injury report

Source: 49ers.com

San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis (foot) was added to the injury report Thursday, Dec. 13, getting in a limited practice.

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A late addition to the injury report is not a good sign but reporters around the team don't seem to think the foot problem is serious. The rookie speedster is a WR3 with upside for Fantasy GMs in Week 15.

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6. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson a limited participant

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 13.

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On the road against Jacksonville in Week 15, Peterson is more of a RB3 or flex option for Fantasy GMs.

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7. DET - RB Kerryon Johnson misses practice again

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) sat out practice for the second day in a row Thursday, Dec. 13.

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Johnson is unlikely to play in Week 15. This would be the fourth game he misses after sustaining a knee injury back in Week 11. The Lions should continue with a duo of RBs in LeGarrette Blount and Zach Zenner.

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8. DET - Another limited practice for QB Matthew Stafford

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 13.

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Stafford has not been a fantasy darling this year. In week two of the fantasy playoffs, Fantasy GMs have much better options.

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9. DAL - Full practice for RB Ezekiel Elliott

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 13.

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A good sign for Elliott's availability here. He's not 100 percent healthy but Elliott will still be a RB1 for Fantasy GMs and the centerpiece of the Cowboys offense.

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10. NYJ - Week 15 injury report for Jets

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (toe), LB Jerry Attaochu (concussion) and WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 13, and have been ruled out for Week 15. RB Trenton Cannon (toe), LB Jordan Jenkins (ankle, shoulder), CB Trumaine Johnson (foot) and LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (shoulder) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. OT Kelvin Beachum (knee), CB Morris Claiborne (neck, shoulder), TE Jordan Leggett (knee), C Spencer Long (finger, knee), WR Andre Roberts (foot) and CB Buster Skrine (shoulder) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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11. NYJ - RB Elijah McGuire should play in Week 15

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets RB Elijah McGuire (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 13, and is not on the injury report for Week 15.

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McGuire should be the lead back for the Jets on Saturday with Isaiah Crowell banged up. It's a tough matchup against the Texans run defense, but McGuire has enough ability as a receiving back to have RB2/flex appeal for Fantasy GMs in Week 15.

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12. CHI - WR Allen Robinson a limited participant

Source: ChicagoBears.com

Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (hip) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 13.

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Robinson has been getting some extra maintenance this week as he deals with this hip injury. If he plays against the Packers on Sunday, Robinson should be projected as a low-end WR2 or flex play in Week 15.

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13. ARI - RB David Johnson officially limited

Source: AZCardinals.com

Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (quadriceps) was officially limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 13.

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Johnson is an RB2 with RB1 upside for Fantasy GMs even though he's not 100 percent healthy. He's on track to play but check back on Friday for an update on his practice status.

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14. NO - TE Erik Swoope released

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New Orleans Saints TE Erik Swoope was released Thursday, Dec. 13, according to a source. Swoope was claimed by the Saints Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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That didn't last long. Swoope has a basketball skill set he brings to the football field but has been released a few times this year by two teams (Colts, Saints).

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15. ATL - TE Austin Hooper remains absent

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee, ankle) was not able to practice Thursday, Dec. 13.

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Plenty of beat writers around the Falcons don't think Hooper is going to play this week. Fantasy GMs need to have other options at the TE position.

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16. TEN - Tennessee's Thursday practice report

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans RB David Fluellen (knee), LB Brian Orakpo (elbow), WR Tajae Sharpe (ankle), TE Cole Wick (shoulder) and S Joshua Kalu (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 13. OT Dennis Kelly (non-injury), S Dane Cruikshank (knee) and OT Taylor Lewan (shoulder) fully participated in practice.

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If Sharpe can't go it might help Corey Davis, Anthony Firkser or Taywan Taylor get an extra target or two against the Giants.

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17. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy listed as limited

Source: BuffaloBills.com

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 13.

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McCoy being back is a bit of surprise. He's still only a desperation play against a Snacks Harrison led Lions run defense.

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18. DEN - WR Courtland Sutton not on injury report

Source: DenverBroncos.com

Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton (quadriceps) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 13, and is not on the injury report for Week 15.

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Sutton is a boom/bust WR3/Flex, but DaeSean Hamilton and Tim Patrick proved to be formidable receivers last week, so Sutton won't get the majority of the targets here.

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19. CLE - TE David Njoku ready to play

Source: The Chronicle-Telegram - Scott Petrak

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 13, and is not on the injury report for Week 15.

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Njoku has a great matchup this week against the Broncos defense that George Kittle just owned last week.

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20. NO - Martez Carter to practice squad

Source: The New Orleans Advocate - Nick Underhill

Free-agent RB Martez Carter was signed to the New Orleans Saints practice squad Thursday, Dec. 13.

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Carter is a similar low center of gravity, versatile back as the one they lost to the Eagles earlier in the week.

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21. NYJ - WR Quincy Enunwa to miss Saturday's game

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) on Thursday, Dec. 13, was ruled out of the team's Week 15 game with an ankle injury.

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Robby Anderson becomes a better WR3/Flex upside play with Enunwa out and Houston's secondary one to target in the passing game when setting lineups.

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22. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton absent Thursday

Source: 1070 The Fan - Kevin Bowen

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle) missed a second straight day of practice Thursday, Dec. 13.

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Hilton is on the injury report with yet another malady, but the Colts have been resting him in practices and playing him on Sunday with great fantasy results. As long as he's active, he should be in your lineup.

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23. NYG - WR Odell Beckham out of practice

Source: The Athletic - Dan Duggan

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (quadriceps) is out of practice Thursday, Dec. 13. Head coach Pat Shurmur said Beckham would be evaluated outside of the building today.

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This doesn't sound like a player that is sure to go in Week 15. His practice status tomorrow is crucial.

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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