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Footballguys #243 - 12/20 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #243 -- Thursday Night, December 20th, 2018

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. NE - WR Josh Gordon officially suspended

2. PIT - RB James Conner 'not ready yet'

3. LAC - RB Melvin Gordon not on injury report

4. LAC - Questionable tag for WR Keenan Allen

5. PIT - WR JuJu Smith-Schuster listed as limited

6. PIT - RB James Conner remains sidelined

7. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy fully practices

8. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota has full practice

9. CAR - RB Christian McCaffrey not practicing

10. CIN - WR Tyler Boyd sidelined

11. LAR - RB Todd Gurley expected to play

12. SEA - RB Rashaad Penny sits again

13. GB - RB Jamaal Williams a limited participant

14. OAK - WR Jordy Nelson takes part in practice

15. KC - Thursday practice report for Chiefs

16. SF - RB Matt Breida limited again Thursday

17. KC - RB Spencer Ware remains limited

18. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette fully practices Thursday

19. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski limited Thursday

20. HOU - Limited practice for RB Lamar Miller

21. HOU - WR Keke Coutee limited again

22. NO - Thursday practice report for Saints

23. MIA - Full practice for WR DeVante Parker

24. MIA - RB Kalen Ballage a full participant

25. NYJ - Thursday practice report for Jets

26. CHI - Thursday practice report for Bears

27. LAC - RB Austin Ekeler doubtful for Week 16

28. DET - Thursday injury report for Lions

29. DET - WR Kenny Golladay remains limited

30. IND - TE Eric Ebron back on the field

31. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton sits again

32. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson fully practices

33. BUF - RB Chris Ivory takes part in practice

34. CLE - Full practice for TE David Njoku

35. CIN - WR John Ross listed as limited

36. CIN - RB Joe Mixon limited again

37. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery still out with illness

38. TB - WR DeSean Jackson making strides

39. KC - WR Sammy Watkins a no go

40. HOU - RB Lamar Miller says he's day to day


1. NE - WR Josh Gordon officially suspended

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon was indefinitely placed on the Reserve/Commissioner Suspended list for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

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This might be it for Gordon in the NFL. They've given him multiple chances to clean up and Gordon has yet to beat his demons. Football doesn't even matter at this point as his long-term health and mental health is much more important.

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2. PIT - RB James Conner 'not ready yet'

Source: The Athletic - Mark Kaboly

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) indicated he is 'not ready yet' to return to action during comments made on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Conner noted he is not walking with a limp, but the issues come when he tries cutting on the field.

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Fantasy GMs can't count on Conner this week. At this moment it seems like Conner is going to miss another game. Check back on Saturday to see if his status changes and have Jaylen Samuels ready to start as a RB2 if Conner can't go in Week 16 against the Saints.

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3. LAC - RB Melvin Gordon not on injury report

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 20, and is not on the injury report for Week 16.

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Fire up Gordon for your Week 16 lineups if you were able to survive not having him thus far in the fantasy playoffs.

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4. LAC - Questionable tag for WR Keenan Allen

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hip) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 20, and is listed as questionable for Week 16.

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Allen is on track to return this week but he will be at risk of in-game aggravation and missed time. He's still a strong WR2 with WR1 upside.

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5. PIT - WR JuJu Smith-Schuster listed as limited

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (groin) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Smith-Schuster suffered the injury in practice and didn't finish. There was some assurance that he would play Sunday, but we might have to wait until game time to be sure and he has a late afternoon start time.

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6. PIT - RB James Conner remains sidelined

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Jaylen Samuels is going to get another start. He fits in as a strong RB2 this week despite the tough matchup against the Saints.

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7. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy fully practices

Source: BuffaloBills.com

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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McCoy should return to the lineup for the Bills this week. We're not going crazy to get him back in our lineups during championship week. Consider the veteran back a RB4 or deep flex option if he plays in Week 16.

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8. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota has full practice

Source: ESPN.com - Turron Davenport

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (foot) was a full practice participant Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Good news for Mariota here..and for the Titans. For fantasy GMs? We don't see too many players starting Mariota this week. The Titans are running Derrick Henry early and often, so that doesn't leave a lot of room for Mariota and the passing game.

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9. CAR - RB Christian McCaffrey not practicing

Source: The Charlotte Observer - Jourdan Rodrigue

Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (rest) was held out of practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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McCaffrey has been carrying a huge workload this year for the Panthers. Any extra rest is a great idea. With Cam Newton done for the year, the Panthers should feature McCaffrey even more if that's even possible. He's his usual RB1 for Fantasy GMs in Week 16.

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10. CIN - WR Tyler Boyd sidelined

Source: The Athletic - Jay Morrison

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd (knee) was absent from practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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The Bengals are likely to be without Boyd in Week 16 against the Bengals. That leaves John Ross, Cody Core and Alex Erickson as their primary WR corps.

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11. LAR - RB Todd Gurley expected to play

Source: ESPN.com - Lindsey Thiry

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) is expected to be available to play in the Week 16 game, according to head coach Sean McVay.

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The Rams have the Cardinals in Week 16, a game that they could win easily without Gurley. He may be in line to play Sunday but perhaps the Rams choose to limit Gurley's touches with the postseason coming up. At this time, Gurley is going to play and we're going to start him as per usual. That may change if more information about his status or role in Week 16 comes out. Stay tuned.

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12. SEA - RB Rashaad Penny sits again

Source: Seahawks.com - John Boyle

Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Penny is probably going to miss Sunday night's game against the Chiefs, which makes Chris Carson a must play this week in a good matchup with the Seahawks likely looking to control the clock.

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13. GB - RB Jamaal Williams a limited participant

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams (toe) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Williams should be a solid RB2 option this week as the Packers starter in a winnable matchup against the Jets with Aaron Rodgers likely to start at quarterback.

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14. OAK - WR Jordy Nelson takes part in practice

Source: Raiders.com

Oakland Raiders WR Jordy Nelson (foot) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Nelson is a solid WR3/Flex PPR option with his recent performances and Derek Carr's track record at home this year.

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15. KC - Thursday practice report for Chiefs

Source: Chiefs.com

Kansas City Chiefs CB Kendall Fuller (thumb) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 20. OT Mitchell Schwartz (knee) was limited during practice. SS Eric Berry (heel), OG Cameron Erving (knee) and DT Derrick Nnadi (tailbone) fully participated in practice.

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Fuller will be needed Sunday night against Doug Baldwin. He's in a race to be healthy enough to play after having surgery earlier this week, but reports said he had a good chance to play.

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16. SF - RB Matt Breida limited again Thursday

Source: 49ers.com

San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (ankle) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Breida hurt his problem ankle again last week. Between that and the tough matchup against the Bears, he's only a what the heck flex this week.

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17. KC - RB Spencer Ware remains limited

Source: Chiefs.com

Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Ware is on track to return this week, but he might not be the primary back after Damien Williams impressed last week. There's also risk of re-injury to his hamstring in-game. If he's a game-time decision, we won't know his status until all but one other game (Denver at Oakland) kicks off this week.

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18. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette fully practices Thursday

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (foot) was a full participant in practice for the second day in a row Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Fournette is the starter, but the team showed an inclination to rest him in the second half last week to get rookie David Williams more work. That makes Fournette a risky RB2/Flex this week.

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19. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski limited Thursday

Source: NFLCommunications.com

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Gronkowski had a glimmer of a return to form in Week 14, but quickly went back to being a fantasy dud in Week 15. He's still a start this week because of brutal tight end has been this year, but one with low expectations.

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20. HOU - Limited practice for RB Lamar Miller

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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It looks like Miller is going to return after missing most of Week 15. He's still a very risky start with the possibility of a re-injury and a history of not playing well through injuries.

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21. HOU - WR Keke Coutee limited again

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Coutee still hasn't gotten in a full practice in a long time. The Texans could choose to plug him in before he's as ready as he could be in an attempt to preserve the #2 seed, but are more likely to rest him until the playoffs.

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22. NO - Thursday practice report for Saints

Source: NewOrleansSaints.com

New Orleans Saints OT Jermon Bushrod (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 20. C Max Unger (concussion), OG Andrus Peat (shoulder), OT Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder), P Thomas Morstead (ankle) and OT Terron Armstead (knee, pectoral) were limited during practice.

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The Saints offensive line is banged up heading into a matchup against the Steelers, which could limit their fantasy upside.

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23. MIA - Full practice for WR DeVante Parker

Source: MiamiDolphins.com

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Parker is clearly on the outside looking in for snaps and targets in Miami. Here's hoping he finds a new team this offseason that can attempt to get more out of his considerable talents.

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24. MIA - RB Kalen Ballage a full participant

Source: MiamiDolphins.com

Miami Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage (hip) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Ballage is a boom/bust RB2/Flex this week in a tough matchup against the Jaguars. The Dolphins appeared to favor him over Kenyan Drake after Frank Gore went out last week.

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25. NYJ - Thursday practice report for Jets

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) and LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (shoulder) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 20. LB Jordan Jenkins (ankle) and CB Darryl Roberts (toe) were limited during practice. OT Kelvin Beachum (knee), CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder), C Jonotthan Harrison (wrist), WR Jermaine Kearse (calf), TE Jordan Leggett (knee), C Spencer Long (finger, knee, toe), CB Buster Skrine (shoulder), TE Eric Tomlinson (Achilles'), DE Leonard Williams (elbow) and OG Brian Winters (finger) fully participated in practice.

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Enunwa is unlikely to play this week, which should preserve Robby Anderson's high ceiling.

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26. CHI - Thursday practice report for Bears

Source: ChicagoBears.com

Chicago Bears DT Akiem Hicks (illness), SS Eddie Jackson (ankle) and LB Aaron Lynch (elbow) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Jackson is a key playmaker in the Bears secondary, and their D/ST outlook will be dinged if he can't go on Sunday. They're still a must start against backup quarterback Nick Mullens.

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27. LAC - RB Austin Ekeler doubtful for Week 16

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (neck) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 20, and is listed as doubtful for Week 16.

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It looks like it will be Melvin Gordon starting with Justin Jackson backing him up on Saturday against the Ravens.

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28. DET - Thursday injury report for Lions

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions DT Damon Harrison (ankle), LS Don Muhlbach (calf) and S Charles Washington (hamstring) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 20. CB Jamal Agnew (knee), FB Nick Bellore (ankle), RB LeGarrette Blount (calf), WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring) and LB Devon Kennard (hip) were limited. CB Marcus Cooper (back) and OT Ricky Wagner (concussion) practiced in full.

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If Harrison can't go Sunday, it will be a big hit for the Lions run defense and a bump for Dalvin Cook.

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29. DET - WR Kenny Golladay remains limited

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay (chest) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Golladay is a boom/bust WR2 this week likely facing Xavier Rhodes, but also coming off of a big game against another tough matchup in Buffalo.

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30. IND - TE Eric Ebron back on the field

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron (quadriceps) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Good news for Ebron and the Colts here. He's a TE1 for Fantasy GMs in Week 16 against the Giants.

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31. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton sits again

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Hilton didn't practice last week but he played and posted five catches for 85 yards. This week Hilton might be a game-time decision again but we're expecting him to play. Hilton is a low-end WR1 against the Giants.

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32. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson fully practices

Source: ESPN.com - Turron Davenport

Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (shoulder) participated fully in practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Peterson has been limited by this shoulder injury for some time. A full practice on Thursday is a great sign for his availability in Week 16. Peterson is a RB3 with upside against the Titans on Saturday.

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33. BUF - RB Chris Ivory takes part in practice

Source: BuffaloBills.com

Buffalo Bills RB Chris Ivory (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Ivory should be back this week for the Bills. With LeSean McCoy back in action this week, Ivory is in line to be his primary backup against the Patriots in Week 16.

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34. CLE - Full practice for TE David Njoku

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee, thigh) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Njoku is a low-end TE1 for Fantasy GMs this week against the Bengals. Currently, the Bengals are 29th in the league in terms of pass defense. They allow an average of 270.6 passing yards per game. Expect the Browns to attack them through the air on Sunday.

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35. CIN - WR John Ross listed as limited

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Ross could be the Bengals lead receiver this week. Tyler Boyd is out, so the Bengals are going to roll Ross, Cody Core and Alex Erickson out there at the wide receiver position.

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36. CIN - RB Joe Mixon limited again

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (thigh, wrist) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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Mixon is going to get the ball more than ever this week. At least that's the way it's shaping up. The team is down Tyler Boyd at the WR position, and they lost A.J. Green some time ago. Mixon is a low-end RB1 with upside for Fantasy GMs just based off the number of touches he should get against the Browns on Sunday.

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37. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery still out with illness

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (illness) on Thursday, Dec. 20, missed a second straight day of practice as he deals with an illness.

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Jeffery should be able to get a practice in later in the week. If he practices on Friday we'll feel better about his status for Sunday against the Texans. Jeffery is a WR3 in Week 16.

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38. TB - WR DeSean Jackson making strides

Source: Buccaneers.com - Scott Smith

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) did more in practice Thursday, Dec. 20, after being limited the previous day and looked fine, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.

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It looks like Jackson should be back this week. He doesn't have great chemistry with QB Jameis Winston and in his first week back we like Jackson as merely a 'what the heck' flex.

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39. KC - WR Sammy Watkins a no go

Source: Chiefs.com - B.J. Kissel

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 20.

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We may not see Watkins until the playoffs. Fantasy GMs are already making other decisions at the WR position.

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40. HOU - RB Lamar Miller says he's day to day

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) said Thursday, Dec. 20, that he's day to day as he recovers from his Week 15 ankle injury and added that the injury could've been worse.

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We could see the Texans activate D'Onta Foreman this week. Miller might be able to play in Week 16 but the team may choose to limit his role with the playoffs coming up. He doesn't have a high ankle sprain, and that's good news but the number of touches Miller gets this week is a bit of a mystery. Look at him as a low-end RB2 against the Eagles on Sunday.

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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