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Footballguys #242 - 12/19 - Cam Newton OUT - Plus News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #242 -- Wednesday Night, December 19th, 2018

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

J

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. LAC - Full practice for RB Melvin Gordon

2. PIT - RB James Conner unable to participate

3. CAR - QB Cam Newton being shut down

4. LAR - No practice for RB Todd Gurley Wednesday

5. NYG - No practice for WR Odell Beckham

6. CAR - QB Cam Newton not going on IR

7. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers will play

8. SEA - RB Chris Carson limited Wednesday

9. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin sits out

10. NYJ - RB Elijah McGuire takes part in practice

11. LAC - WR Keenan Allen a limited participant

12. LAC - RB Austin Ekeler remains sidelined

13. ATL - TE Austin Hooper limited in his work

14. SF - RB Matt Breida has limited practice

15. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake able to go full

16. MIA - RB Kalen Ballage goes full Wednesday

17. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy has limited practice

18. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette practices in full

19. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton unable to practice

20. IND - TE Eric Ebron nursing quadriceps injury

21. DET - WR Kenny Golladay limited in practice

22. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota upgraded

23. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson still limited

24. CIN - RB Joe Mixon limited by wrist issue

25. CIN - No practice for WR Tyler Boyd

26. TB - WR DeSean Jackson limited

27. CLE - TE David Njoku limited in practice

28. PHI - TE Zach Ertz limited

29. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery doesn't practice

30. CAR - Kyle Allen to be promoted

31. OAK - QB Nathan Peterman on practice squad

32. GB - No practice for TE Jimmy Graham

33. GB - WR Randall Cobb doesn't practice

34. WAS - TE Jordan Reed still sidelined

35. MIA - RB Frank Gore to IR

36. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman done

37. DET - RB Kerryon Johnson done for season


1. LAC - Full practice for RB Melvin Gordon

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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Gordon should be back for the Chargers this week and he's got a couple of games to knock off the rust before the playoffs. Against the Ravens we feel Gordon could put up RB1 numbers.

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2. PIT - RB James Conner unable to participate

Source: Steelers.com

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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Many thought Conner would be back this week but not practicing on Wednesday is not a good sign for his availability. We may see Jaylen Samuels again as the lead back for the Steelers as they travel to New Orleans to play the Saints in Week 16.

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3. CAR - QB Cam Newton being shut down

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is not practicing Wednesday, Dec. 19, and will not play again this season with the Panthers being out of playoff contention.

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A good move for the Panthers here. Newton just wasn't himself and it was painful just watching him try to throw the football with a messed up shoulder. We'll have to wait and see if this latest shoulder injury will require surgery. Taylor Heinicke will start the Panthers' final two games at quarterback with Newton done for the year.

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4. LAR - No practice for RB Todd Gurley Wednesday

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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Gurley should play this week but the team might choose to limit his reps. We'll know more about his status later in the week.

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5. NYG - No practice for WR Odell Beckham

Source: Giants.com

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (quadriceps) was held out of practice Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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Beckham hasn't been on the field over the last two games and the Giants have not shut him down for the year. If he plays on the road against the Colts in Week 16, Beckham should be projected as a WR2 due to this injury. We'll know more about his practice status later in the week.

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6. CAR - QB Cam Newton not going on IR

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Darin Gantt

Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) will not be placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

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Newton won't be playing in the final two games of the year and we are waiting to see if he needs another surgery on his injured shoulder. He finishes the 2018 season with 3,395 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions...plus a career high 67.9 completion percentage. Taylor Heinicke will start the Panthers' final two games at quarterback with Newton done for the year.

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7. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers will play

Source: The Athletic - Josh Tolentino

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (groin) will take the field this week despite speculation that he would be shut down while he deals with a groin injury.

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The Packers aren't going to the postseason but Rodgers wants to get out there. Fantasy GMs may be hesitant starting him this week due to the groin injury but if he's out there then he's a QB1. Rodgers cited his leadership and competitiveness as the primary reasons he wanted to play.

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8. SEA - RB Chris Carson limited Wednesday

Source: Seahawks.com - John Boyle

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (non-injury) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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Carson is just getting a bit of rest here. He's a RB2 with upside against the Chiefs in Week 16.

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9. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin sits out

Source: Seahawks.com - John Boyle

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (hip) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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We'll see if Baldwin can practice later in the week. He's got WR2 upside if he plays against the Chiefs in Week 16.

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10. NYJ - RB Elijah McGuire takes part in practice

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets RB Elijah McGuire (ankle, quadriceps) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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McGuire should once again be the lead back for the Jets in Week 16. That's worth RB2 or flex status for Fantasy GMs as the Jets are at home playing the Packers.

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11. LAC - WR Keenan Allen a limited participant

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hip) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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Allen seems like he's on track to play. Don't lock him into your lineup now but wait until later in the week to see if his practice status changes.

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12. LAC - RB Austin Ekeler remains sidelined

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (neck) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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Melvin Gordon should return this week for the Chargers....we're not so sure about Ekeler. Make other flex options.

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13. ATL - TE Austin Hooper limited in his work

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com

Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee, ankle) took part in practice as a limited participant on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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Hooper is not himself with these various injuries. Fantasy GMs have other options out there even if Hooper plays against the Panthers in Week 16.

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14. SF - RB Matt Breida has limited practice

Source: 49ers.com

San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (ankle) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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Breida has been bothered by this ankle injury and has seen his touches limited. Check back on his practice status later in the week as he's got RB2 potential in PPR leagues when near full strength.

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15. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake able to go full

Source: MiamiDolphins.com

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (shoulder) took part in a full practice session Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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Good news for Drake...but it would be better news if this coaching staff seemed to trust him more. When Frank Gore goes down last week it didn't lead to more touches for Drake, and instead we saw rookie Kalen Ballage get featured. Drake has low-end RB2 or flex value this week in PPR leagues.

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16. MIA - RB Kalen Ballage goes full Wednesday

Source: MiamiDolphins.com

Miami Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage (hip) was able to take part in a full practice session Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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Ballage could be in line for a featured role in the Dolphins backfield...depending on what they want to do with Kenyan Drake. The rookie from Arizona State had a big game last week after Frank Gore went down and he could produce like a RB3 with upside for Fantasy GMs this week.

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17. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy has limited practice

Source: Patriots.com

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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It looks like McCoy might be ready to return this week for the Bills. We'll know more about his status on Friday.

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18. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette practices in full

Source: Jaguars.com

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (foot) was able to practice in full on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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It's a great matchup for Fournette this week provided he's not pulled for David Williams again (WTH?). Over the last three weeks, the Dolphins defense ranks 29th in the league by giving up an average of 165.0 rushing yards per game. Fournette is a RB2 for Fantasy GMs in Week 16 with the upside to finish as a RB1.

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19. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton unable to practice

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 19 as he is nursing an ankle ailment.

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Hilton didn't practice at all last week but was able to play. The team might follow suit with the veteran receiver this week as well. Stay tuned to his practice status on Friday.

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20. IND - TE Eric Ebron nursing quadriceps injury

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron (quadriceps) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 19 due to a quadriceps injury.

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Ebron is getting some rest but he should be out there on the field for the Colts in Week 16. That means he's a TE1 for Fantasy GMs.

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21. DET - WR Kenny Golladay limited in practice

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay (chest) was listed as a limited participant for practice Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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Not much has gone right for the Lions this year but Golladay is a bright spot. He's got a tough matchup against the Vikings in Week 16 but should post WR2 numbers for Fantasy GMs.

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22. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota upgraded

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (foot) put in a full practice Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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Don't get too excited about Mariota's fantasy potential this week at home against Washington on Saturday. The offense is going to feature RB Derrick Henry as much as possible. That doesn't leave a lot for Mariota and the Titans passing game.

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23. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson still limited

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (shoulder) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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Peterson is going to be limited by this shoulder injury, especially in the middle of the week. Washington plays on Saturday against the Titans and Peterson should lead the way on the ground. He's an RB3 for Fantasy GMs in Week 16.

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24. CIN - RB Joe Mixon limited by wrist issue

Source: 1 No Source

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (wrist) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 19 due to a wrist ailment.

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They're just giving Mixon a bit of rest here. Most likely without WR Tyler Boyd in the latest injury to an offensive starter, the Bengals should lead on Mixon more than ever. We've got him as a volume based RB2 with upside against the Browns in Week 16.

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25. CIN - No practice for WR Tyler Boyd

Source: Bengals.com

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 19 and he is uncertain for Week 16 and beyond due to a sprained medial collateral ligament.

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The Bengals are likely to be without Boyd. That means John Ross and Cody Core would be their top two wide receivers with Alex Erickson mixed in.

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26. TB - WR DeSean Jackson limited

Source: The Athletic - Calvin Watkins

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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Jackson might actually return to action this week. He hasn't played since Week 12 against the 49ers due to this thumb injury. If Jackson is out there for the Bucs in Week 16, we've got him as a 'what the heck' flex against the Cowboys.

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27. CLE - TE David Njoku limited in practice

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee, thigh) was listed as a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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We should see Njoku limited on Wednesday with a chance to be a full participant on Thursday or Friday. We like him as a low-end TE1 against the Bengals in Week 16.

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28. PHI - TE Zach Ertz limited

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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Ertz was a disappointment in Week 15 (like multiple fantasy starters) but he should produce like a TE1 in Week 16. Check back on Friday just to make sure this ankle problem is not more severe than most think.

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29. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery doesn't practice

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (illness) was not able to practice Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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Jeffery should be feeling better by the end of the week. Against the Texans in Week 16, Jeffery should produce like a WR3 or flex play for Fantasy GMs.

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30. CAR - Kyle Allen to be promoted

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Darin Gantt

Carolina Panthers QB Kyle Allen will be signed from the practice squad to the active roster this week in light of QB Cam Newton (shoulder) being shut down, according to general manager Marty Hurney.

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The Panthers had to make a move at the position with Newton done for the year. Taylor Heinicke will start the Panthers' final two games at quarterback with Allen backing him up.

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31. OAK - QB Nathan Peterman on practice squad

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders QB Nathan Peterman was signed to the practice squad, not the 53-man roster, according to a source.

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On the practice squad Peterman can develop for Jon Gruden. Dynasty GMs have long ago moved on from any Peterman stock.

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32. GB - No practice for TE Jimmy Graham

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (knee, thumb) missed practice Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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It's Wednesday, so Graham should just be getting some rest here. Aaron Rodgers is set to play at quarterback against the Jets this week but Graham is just a TE2 for Fantasy GMs if he's out there.

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33. GB - WR Randall Cobb doesn't practice

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (concussion) is not practicing Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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Cobb is in the league's concussion protocol. He'll have to clear that protocol in order to play on the road against the Jets in Week 16. Fantasy GMs have other/better options out there.

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34. WAS - TE Jordan Reed still sidelined

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (ankle, foot) did not practice for a second consecutive day Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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We'd be surprised if Reed is out there on Saturday against the Titans. Fantasy GMs have other options.

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35. MIA - RB Frank Gore to IR

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Miami Dolphins RB Frank Gore (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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We hope this isn't the last we see of the veteran running back. He ran hard this year for the Dolphins, finishing the 2018 season with 156 carries for 722 rushing yards and 12 catches for 124 receiving yards. The Dolphins move forward with rookie Kalen Ballage and Kenyan Drake working in some sort of duo at the running back position. Against the Jaguars in Week 16, Ballage is a low-end RB3 or deep flex while Drake is a low-end RB2 in PPR leagues.

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36. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman done

Source: 92.9 The Game - John Fricke

Updating previous reports, Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (groin) will not return this season, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

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Freeman injured his groin back in Week 5 and decided to undergo surgery. He was eligible to return this week but that's not going to be the case. Without Freeman, the Falcons roll forward with Tevin Coleman, Brian Hill, and Jeremy Langford in the backfield.

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37. DET - RB Kerryon Johnson done for season

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Dec. 19. He should make a full recovery in the offseason.

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Johnson began the year in a rotational role with the Lions. When they eventually figured out he should be a featured back (what a concept!), Johnson came through with a few strong performances (two, 100-yard rushing games). The 2018 second-round pick finishes his rookie season with 118 carries for 641 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. He also added 32 catches for 213 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. Johnson will be the lead back for the Lions in 2019. For the rest of this season, the Lions will go with LeGarrette Blount and Zach Zenner in a competition for carries. Theo Riddick continues as their primary receiving threat out of the backfield.

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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