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Footballguys #250 - 12/27 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #250 -- Thursday Night, December 27th, 2018

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1. PIT - RB James Conner fully practices

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.

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Conner is back in action this week against the Bengals. That makes him a starting option for Fantasy GMs. Jaylen Samuels now takes on a pass-catching role and is more of a deep flex option.

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2. TB - WR DeSean Jackson does not practice

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (Achilles') did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.

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Jackson is likely to go elsewhere in 2019. He may not push it to play with this Achilles' injury in Week 17.

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3. ATL - WR Julio Jones remains sidelined

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip, ribs) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.

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Jones has missed two days of practice so far. We think he plays on Sunday against the Buccaneers.

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4. KC - RB Spencer Ware logs full practice again

Source: Chiefs.com

Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) was a full participant in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 27.

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Ware should be back in action for the Chiefs this week. Damien Williams has done a good job as the starter while Ware has been out. The Chiefs should use a backfield duo with Ware and Williams going forward.

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5. ATL - RB Tevin Coleman sits out again

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (groin) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.

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Brian Hill is on track to get a start this week. He was impressive after Coleman went out against the Panthers last week.

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6. DET - QB Matthew Stafford takes part in practice

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.

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Stafford has been getting knocked around lately, but it looks like he'll give it a go against the Packers in Week 17, which helps Kenny Golladay's outlook.

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7. LAC - RB Austin Ekeler practices in full

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (neck) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.

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Ekeler will push Justin Jackson back to the bench this week, but probably only be a desperation play with Melvin Gordon healthy again.

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8. LAR - RB Todd Gurley not practicing

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) missed another practice Thursday, Dec. 27.

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CJ Anderson could be an excellent play again in Week 17 if Gurley can't go. Even with the #2 seed hanging in the balance, the Rams would be smart to let Gurley rest.

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9. TEN - WR Corey Davis added to injury report

Source: ESPN.com - Turron Davenport

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 27.

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Davis has been on and off of the injury report with a hamstring issue for his whole career. This puts a damper on any momentum to play him in Week 17.

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10. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota officially limited

Source: ESPN.com - Turron Davenport

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (neck, foot) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 27.

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It looks like Mariota is going to give it a go on Sunday, but the potential for re-injury and a shortened game makes him too risky to play in Week 17.

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11. JAX - Thursday practice report for Jaguars

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Jacksonville Jaguars CB A.J. Bouye (toe), PK Josh Lambo (groin) and OT Josh Wells (concussion) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 27. QB Cody Kessler (shoulder) and FS Tashaun Gipson (foot) were limited during practice. WR DJ Chark (quadriceps) fully participated in practice.

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Bouye is a key part of the defense, but the Texans only have one healthy proven receiver right now, so the Jaguars might not miss him much if he can't go.

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12. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette misses practice

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (ankle, foot) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.

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Fournette played a full game last week, but sat in the second half of Week 15 and might see the bench this week if today's practice is any indication. Carlos Hyde and TJ Yeldon have been healthy scratches in recent weeks, so there's no telling who would start if Fournette sits.

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13. HOU - Limited practice for WR Keke Coutee

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 27.

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Coutee could get back on the field this week with the Texans needing to win to secure a division title and home playoff game and Demaryius Thomas out for the season. If he can't go, DeAndre Carter will be a nice Week 17 PPR sleeper.

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14. MIA - WR DeVante Parker will play in Week 17

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker will be active for the Week 17 game even though his 2019 salary of $9.37 million would be guaranteed if he suffered a significant injury during the game.

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The Dolphins should let him go this offseason. Hopefully he'll find a team more willing to use his talents in 2019.

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15. CAR - RB Christian McCaffrey full go

Source: Panthers.com

Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (rest) participated fully in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.

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McCaffrey should play this week, but there has been some buzz about his resting after playing a ridiculous number of snaps for a running back. We'll be monitoring this situation closely.

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16. NYG - WR Sterling Shepard upgraded

Source: Giants.com

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (hip) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.

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Shepard is set to be the #1 receiver in a game against a team looking forward to the wild card round. He's a solid WR2 play for Week 17.

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17. NO - Two offensive linemen return

Source: The Times-Picayune - Josh Katzenstein

Free-agent OT Derek Newton (Saints) and OT Cornelius Lucas (Saints) signed with the New Orleans Saints Thursday, Dec. 27. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. The team also released DE Mitchell Loewen and CB Joshua Robinson.

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Terron Armstead re-injured his pec in Week 16. This isn't a good sign for his availability in the playoffs.

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18. IND - TE Eric Ebron back on practice field

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Wells

Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron (concussion) was on the practice field Thursday, Dec. 27, wearing a red non-contact jersey as he continues through the concussion protocol.

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This is a good sign for his availability, but check back on Sunday to be sure of his status. If he's out, Chester Rogers, Dontrelle Inman, and Zach Pascal could get a few more targets.

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19. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton doesn't practice, should play

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Zak Keefer

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton is not practicing Thursday, Dec. 27, but is expected to play this week.

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Hilton has been playing and producing at his normal level despite missing a lot of practices lately. He's a safe WR1 for Week 17.

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20. GB - WR Davante Adams still sidelined

Source: Packers.com - Wes Hodkiewicz

Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams is not practicing Thursday, Dec. 27. He was working off to the side with trainers.

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Adams is a must start if he plays, but if not, Jake Kumerow and Marquez Valdes-Scantling will have great Week 17 outlooks. Equanimeous St. Brown is in concussion protocol.

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21. CAR - WR Devin Funchess certain to move on

Source: The Athletic - Joe Person

Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess, a pending free agent, won't be back with the team in 2019.

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Funchess had some moments in 2017 and earlier this year, but he faded as the young speedy receivers came on for the Panthers. Funchess should still get a good paycheck in a thin free agent wide receiver market.

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22. WAS - WR Josh Doctson sits out practice

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (back) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.

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If Doctson is out this week, that will just free up a few more targets for Josh Johnson's favorite target, Jamison Crowder.

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23. HOU - RB Lamar Miller feeling better

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) said Thursday, Dec. 27, he is feeling 'way better' about his sprained ankle.

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Miller could play this week, but his recent injury and the tough matchup make him a risky Week 17 choice.

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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