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Footballguys #246 - 12/23 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #246 -- Sunday Night, December 23rd, 2018

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

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. HOU - WR Demaryius Thomas carted off

2. NYG - Solid game for TE Evan Engram

3. DAL - QB Dak Prescott totals two touchdowns

4. NYG - RB Saquon Barkley bottled up

5. NYG - QB Eli Manning tops 300 yards

6. TB - WR Adam Humphries snags 10 balls

7. TB - WR Mike Evans posts 90 yards, TD

8. TB - QB Jameis Winston goes over 300 yards

9. DET - WR Kenny Golladay targeted 15 times

10. MIN - WR Stefon Diggs gets into end zone

11. NE - Six receptions for WR Julian Edelman

12. NE - RB James White finds end zone

13. MIN - TE Kyle Rudolph goes off in victory

14. NE - RB Sony Michel rushes for 116 yards

15. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook totals 108 scrimmage yards

16. NE - QB Tom Brady has disappointing performance

17. MIN - QB Kirk Cousins tosses three touchdowns

18. BUF - Robert Foster has solid performance

19. SF - RB Matt Breida heads to locker room

20. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery posts 82 yards in win

21. PHI - TE Zach Ertz has giant game in Week 16

22. PHI - WR Nelson Agholor posts 116 yards, TD

23. BUF - QB Josh Allen posts 247 total yards

24. CLE - WR Jarvis Landry finishes with 47 yards

25. PHI - RB Darren Sproles continues to deliver

26. PHI - QB Nick Foles passes for 471 yards in win

27. CLE - WR Rashard Higgins reaches end zone

28. CLE - TE David Njoku catches TD pass

29. HOU - D'Onta Foreman gets into end zone

30. HOU - DeAndre Carter steps up to fill void

31. CLE - RB Nick Chubb surpasses 100-yard mark

32. CLE - Three touchdowns for QB Baker Mayfield

33. HOU - RB Alfred Blue does nothing in loss

34. HOU - DeShaun Watson has huge performance

35. CIN - TE C.J. Uzomah catches four passes

36. CIN - RB Joe Mixon rushes for 68 yards

37. CIN - QB Jeff Driskel throws two touchdowns

38. ATL - RB Tevin Coleman injured

39. IND - Ryan Kelly to miss rest of Week 16

40. IND - TE Eric Ebron out with concussion


1. HOU - WR Demaryius Thomas carted off

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Houston Texans WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles') was carted off the field after suffering what is believed to be a torn Achilles' tendon during the Week 16 game, according to a source. He is scheduled to undergo tests to determine the severity of the injury.

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Thomas is likely going to be a free agent with 14 million dollars due to him in 2019 and no cap hit if he is cut. The Texans need Keke Coutee now more than ever, and UDFA Vyncint Smith will also be called on after scoring a key touchdown today.

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2. NYG - Solid game for TE Evan Engram

Source: ESPN.com

New York Giants TE Evan Engram caught all six of his targets for 87 yards and rushed twice for 26 yards in a 28-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 16.

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Engram has been a strong play while Odell Beckham has been out, but it's still difficult to know if he'll be consistent with Beckham on the field. He'll still be among the top 6-8 tight ends drafted next year.

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3. DAL - QB Dak Prescott totals two touchdowns

Source: 1 No Source

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott complted 20-of-25 passes for 161 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions while posting a rushing touchdown in Week 16 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Prescott had a solid fantasy outing, but not a week tilter. The Cowboys have nothing to play for next week, so he should sit for most or all of the game.

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4. NYG - RB Saquon Barkley bottled up

Source: ESPN.com

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley rushed 21 times for 43 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 34 yards in a 28-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 16.

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The Colts corralled Barkley for most of the day, but he was still a success in PPR leagues. His floor games are better than many running backs ceiling games. He'll be a consideration in the top three picks next year.

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5. NYG - QB Eli Manning tops 300 yards

Source: ESPN.com

New York Giants QB Eli Manning completed 25 of his 33 passes for 309 yards, a touchdown and an interception in a 28-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 16. He also added a rushing score.

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Manning is doing enough to make the Giants entertain keeping him next year, which might not be seen as a great outcome by some (or all sane) Giants fans.

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6. TB - WR Adam Humphries snags 10 balls

Source: 1 No Source

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Adam Humphries registered 10 receptions for 79 yards on 12 targets in Week 16 against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Humphries will be a free agent this year and could be a high volume receiver in the right offense.

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7. TB - WR Mike Evans posts 90 yards, TD

Source: 1 No Source

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans posted six receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets in Week 16 against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Evans got the touchdown in garbage time, but the points count just the same. He has had an up and down second half without the early season peaks and certainly faces significant uncertainty in his situation this offseason.

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8. TB - QB Jameis Winston goes over 300 yards

Source: 1 No Source

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston completed 34-of-48 passes for 336 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the Week 16 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Winston had a nice game on volume, but who knows where he will play and if he stays in Tampa, what the offense will look like next year.

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9. DET - WR Kenny Golladay targeted 15 times

Source: 1 No Source

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay finished with six receptions for 58 yards on 15 targets in Week 16 against the Minnesota Vikings.

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Golladay's result was acceptable in PPR leagues, but still a letdown considering the number of targets he got. He has a good matchup against the Packers next week, but his quarterback Matthew Stafford is wearing down.

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10. MIN - WR Stefon Diggs gets into end zone

Source: 1 No Source

Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs managed two grabs for just 10 yards in Week 16 against the Detroit Lions but at least he was able to score a touchdown.

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The Vikings receivers aren't the engine of the offense any more. Diggs is more WR3/Flex than WR2 against the Bears in Week 17 Superbowls next week.

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11. NE - Six receptions for WR Julian Edelman

Source: NFL.com

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman caught six passes for 70 yards and one touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in Week 16.

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Edelman had a good day because of a long touchdown that only happened because the Bills thought he was down in the tangle of bodies after the reception. He's the only part of the Patriots passing game worth a start against the Jets next week.

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12. NE - RB James White finds end zone

Source: NFL.com

New England Patriots RB James White rushed for 41 yards and one touchdown on eight carries against the Buffalo Bills in Week 16. He also caught two passes for 13 yards during the game.

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White isn't playing a big role in the passing game most weeks now, but he did have a long touchdown run to justify any flex starts this week. He'll be a what the heck flex again next week vs. the Jets.

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13. MIN - TE Kyle Rudolph goes off in victory

Source: 1 No Source

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph registered nine receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns in Week 16 against the Detroit Lions.

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Rudolph caught a hail mary and was otherwise featured in a bigger way than he was at any point this year. He could be a streaming consideration against the Bears next week on the heels of this massive game.

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14. NE - RB Sony Michel rushes for 116 yards

Source: NFL.com

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel rushed for 116 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries against the Buffalo Bills in Week 16.

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Michel had big holes to run through all day as the Patriots offensive line gouged the Bills defense. He'll likely be a central part of the game plan again next week against the Jets.

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15. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook totals 108 scrimmage yards

Source: 1 No Source

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook ran 16 times for 73 yards in Week 16 against the Detroit Lions and he added three grabs for 35 yards on three targets.

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Cook was strong against a good Lions run defense. He has come on late to show why he was so highly drafted in fantasy leagues, but faces a tough Bears defense next week.

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16. NE - QB Tom Brady has disappointing performance

Source: NFL.com

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady went 13-for-24 for 126 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions against the Buffalo Bills in Week 16.

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Brady wasn't sharp and his arm wasn't the focal point of the offensive game plan for the second straight week. He's not a QB1 against the Jets next week and he's not going to be drafted as a QB1 next year at this rate.

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17. MIN - QB Kirk Cousins tosses three touchdowns

Source: 1 No Source

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins completed 21-of-28 passes for 253 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 16 against the Detroit Lions.

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Cousins' numbers were inflated by a hail mary catch by Kyle Rudolph. He is going to be a lower volume passer in this version of the Vikings offense and won't be a QB1 against the Bears next week.

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18. BUF - Robert Foster has solid performance

Source: NFL.com

Buffalo Bills WR Robert Foster caught four passes for 52 yards against the New England Patriots in Week 16.

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Foster got an end zone target but there was a crowd around him. He wasn't a dud, but didn't come through with the big play that had been fueling recent weeks.

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19. SF - RB Matt Breida heads to locker room

Source: NFL Network - MJ Acosta

San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (ankle) left the Week 16 game against the Chicago Bears in the first half due to an ankle injury and he was taken to the locker room. Breida is questionable to return.

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This is seemingly a weekly occurrence with Breida. The 49ers should rest him next week against the Rams for his own sake.

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20. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery posts 82 yards in win

Source: 1 No Source

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery picked up three receptions for 82 yards on five targets in Week 16 against the Houston Texans.

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Nick Foles zeroed in on Zach Ertz in this one, which left table scraps for Jeffery. He's still a solid WR3/Flex at worst in Week 17 Super Bowls against Washington.

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21. PHI - TE Zach Ertz has giant game in Week 16

Source: 1 No Source

Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz registered 12 receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 16 targets in Week 16 against the Houston Texans.

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Ertz seemed to be moving into the second tier of Eagles targets last week with Nick Foles, but ended up squarely at center stage in this one, while breaking the NFL record for catches in a season by a tight end. He'll be vying with Travis Kelce to be the first tight end off of the board next year.

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22. PHI - WR Nelson Agholor posts 116 yards, TD

Source: 1 No Source

Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor registered five grabs for 116 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 against the Houston Texans on seven targets.

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Agholor got free for an 83-yard score to key his day. He is still too inconsistent to carry over much value into Week 17 against Washington, but could be in a solid role next year if Golden Tate isn't signed in free agency.

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23. BUF - QB Josh Allen posts 247 total yards

Source: NFL.com

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen went 20-for-41 for 217 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions against the New England Patriots in Week 16. He also rushed for 30 yards on five carries.

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Allen was contained as a runner and didn't do much as a passer until garbage time. After a solid run in fantasy leagues, he was a letdown in Week 16, but will be drafted next year in many leagues because of the weekly upside he showed.

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24. CLE - WR Jarvis Landry finishes with 47 yards

Source: NFL.com

Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry caught four passes for 47 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16. He also completed a 63-yard pass during the game.

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Landry is blending into a deep Browns passing game and won't be drafted as a starter in fantasy leagues next year, but he is still making splash plays as a runner and now, as a passer.

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25. PHI - RB Darren Sproles continues to deliver

Source: NFL

Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles rushed nine times for 32 yards in Week 16 against the Houston Texans and he added three grabs for 76 yards and a touchdown.

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Sproles had additional red zone targets, so an even bigger fantasy day was there for him. He should be a big enough part of the offense to be a desperation play against Washington next week.

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26. PHI - QB Nick Foles passes for 471 yards in win

Source: NBC Sports Philadelphia - Reuben Frank

Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles completed 35-of-49 passes for 471 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in Week 16 against the Houston Texans for his fourth 400-yard game, most in franchise history.

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When Foles is good, he's historically good. He was a fantasy MVP for any team that had to plug him and he is showing a real talent for keeping the Eagles alive. He made himself some offseason money with this performance.

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27. CLE - WR Rashard Higgins reaches end zone

Source: NFL.com

Cleveland Browns WR Rashard Higgins caught six passes for 60 yards and one touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16.

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Higgins weekly target share is going to be variable, but he is executing and has made himself a part of the long-term picture in the passing game for Cleveland, which looks well-stocked despite the trade of Josh Gordon.

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28. CLE - TE David Njoku catches TD pass

Source: NFL.com

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku caught three passes for 73 yards and one touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16.

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Njoku had a short touchdown and a huge gain to account for a nice day in the fantasy championship week. The Browns pass offense is deep, which will limit Njoku's season-long upside, but he'll still have a startable weekly ceiling.

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29. HOU - D'Onta Foreman gets into end zone

Source: 1 No Source

Houston Texans RB D'Onta Foreman posted seven runs for minus-1 yard in Week 16 against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he stepped up with two receptions, 28 yards and a touchdown.

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Foreman should get the most touches of any Texans running back next week if Lamar Miller can't go, but the running game is in a ditch on the side of the road.

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30. HOU - DeAndre Carter steps up to fill void

Source: 1 No Source

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Carter posted six receptions for 61 yards on seven targets in Week 16 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Carter could be a huge part of the Texans passing game next week if Keke Coutee can't go against the Jaguars. He'll have sleeper appeal for Week 17 Super Bowls.

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31. CLE - RB Nick Chubb surpasses 100-yard mark

Source: NFL.com

Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb rushed for 112 yards on 19 carries against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16.

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Chubb could have had a much better fantasy day, but the passing game accounted for all three touchdowns. He'll have a dimmed outlook against the Ravens next week, but still needs to be in lineups.

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32. CLE - Three touchdowns for QB Baker Mayfield

Source: NFL.com

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield went 27-for-37 for 284 yards and three touchdowns against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16. He also rushed for 16 yards on six carries during the game.

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Mayfield was firing up his teammates and playing at an advanced level for a rookie. The Browns are in good hands and will have a chance to ruin the Ravens season next week.

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33. HOU - RB Alfred Blue does nothing in loss

Source: 1 No Source

Houston Texans RB Alfred Blue ran four times for 14 yards in Week 16 against the Philadelphia Eagles and he added four grabs for 26 yards on five targets.

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The Texans running game has come to a screeching halt in the last two weeks. Blue could get another start against the Jaguars but has little fantasy value in Week 17 Super Bowl.

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34. HOU - DeShaun Watson has huge performance

Source: 1 No Source

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson completed 29-of-40 passes for 339 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 16 against the Philadelphia Eagles and he rushed for 49 yards and two scores.

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Watson was a fantasy MVP today, but the Texans defense kept his efforts from being enough to hold onto the #2 seed in the AFC. He'll have a tougher draw against the Jaguars next week in a game the team must win to secure a division title.

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35. CIN - TE C.J. Uzomah catches four passes

Source: NFL.com

Cincinnati Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah caught four passes for 49 yards and one touchdown against the Cleveland Browns in Week 16.

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Uzomah was a favorite target of Jeff Driskel's in the first matchup with the Browns and didn't disappoint streamers in this one. He could be the team's starter next year, but the Bengals will have to bring him back in free agency.

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36. CIN - RB Joe Mixon rushes for 68 yards

Source: NFL.com

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon rushed for 68 yards on 17 carries against the Cleveland Browns in Week 16. He also caught two passes for 10 yards during the game.

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Mixon couldn't do it all himself in this one. He had one long run but otherwise wasn't able to get going against the Browns. He'll be a low ceiling RB2 at Pittsburgh next week.

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37. CIN - QB Jeff Driskel throws two touchdowns

Source: NFL.com

Cincinnati Bengals QB Jeff Driskel went 13-for-19 for 133 yards and two touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns in Week 16. He also rushed for 21 yards on five carries during the game.

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Driskel was ineffective for most of the game but came up with two touchdowns when the contest was already decided. He did nothing to change his status as a career backup during this extended opportunity and will try to play spoiler at Pittsburgh next week.

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38. ATL - RB Tevin Coleman injured

Source: NFL.com

Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (groin) suffered a groin injury during the Week 16 game and is considered questionable to return.

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Coleman wasn't the most durable earlier in his career but had done a good job staying on the field this year. His first chance as a true lead back was today and this won't help his free agent market. Brian Hill was impressive in relief of Coleman and could start in Week 17 at Tampa.

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39. IND - Ryan Kelly to miss rest of Week 16

Source: Phillip B. Wilson - Indianapolis Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts C Ryan Kelly (neck) will miss the second half of the team's Week 16 game Sunday, Dec. 23, after suffering a neck injury.

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The Colts running game is going to miss Kelly. The Colts will have to rely more on the pass if Kelly can't go at Tennessee next week.

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40. IND - TE Eric Ebron out with concussion

Source: Phillip B. Wilson - Indianapolis Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron (concussion) will miss the second half of the team's Week 16 game Sunday, Dec. 23, after sustaining a concussion in the second quarter.

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Ebron is no sure thing for next week in a quasi-playoff game against the Titans. He had a tremendous fantasy season despite some ups and downs and is back on the upswing after a disappointing four-year stint in Detroit.

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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