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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 22, #224 • Nov. 27th, 2020


Todd Gurley OUT - Plus News And Notes From Around The League

Howdy Folks,

Here we go. It's bumpy riding in spots but we're rolling toward the weekend.

Let's go.

J

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. ATL - RB Todd Gurley to miss Week 12

2. MIA - Salvon Ahmed to sit Week 12

3. MIA - Tua Tagovailoa questionable

4. NE - RB Rex Burkhead done for 2020

5. LAC - RB Austin Ekeler not ruled out

6. CHI - QB Nick Foles likely to sit out

7. ARI - QB Kyler Murray expected to play

8. CHI - QB Mitchell Trubisky to start

9. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold expected to start

10. ATL - TE Hayden Hurst listed as questionable

11. CAR - RB Christian McCaffrey gets questionable tag

12. BUF - WR John Brown ruled out

13. IND - Indy's Week 12 injury report

14. JAX - WR D.J. Chark to miss Week 12

15. PIT - RB Trey Edmunds ends up on IR

16. DAL - Linemen to miss multiple weeks

17. LAC - CB Chris Harris back on roster

18. CHI - Chicago's Week 12 injury report

19. GB - WR Davante Adams expected to play

20. CAR - Week 12 injury report for Carolina

21. MIN - TE Irv Smith expected to miss game

22. MIN - Week 12 injury report for Minnesota

23. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold not on injury report

24. TB - WR Scott Miller to be more involved?

25. IND - QB Philip Rivers' status in question

26. MIA - RB Myles Gaskin in limbo for Week 12

27. CHI - Full practice for RB David Montgomery

28. CIN - Cincinnati's injury report for Week 12

29. HOU - Houston moving on from WR Kenny Stills

30. LAC - DE Melvin Ingram, CB Casey Hayward out

31. PHI - Lane Johnson says he's done for season

32. CIN - Questionable tag for RB Giovani Bernard

33. GB - WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling questionable

34. NYG - WR Sterling Shepard not on injury report

35. LAC - RB Kalen Ballage questionable for Week 12

36. CAR - QB Teddy Bridgewater not on injury report


1. ATL - RB Todd Gurley to miss Week 12

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Will McFadden

Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley (knee) has been ruled out for Week 12 against the Las Vegas Raiders.

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Brian Hill will get the start, but he's still only a low end RB2 at best with the struggles of the Falcons running game lately.

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2. MIA - Salvon Ahmed to sit Week 12

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins RB Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 12 versus the New York Jets.

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Myles Gaskin could play and he would likely get the majority of the work if he does. If not, Matt Breida, Patrick Laird, and DeAndre Washington would split up the work and none would be a reliable play.

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3. MIA - Tua Tagovailoa questionable

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Miami Dolphins Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) is listed as questionable on the team's Week 12 injury report with a thumb injury suffered this week after jamming this left (throwing) thumb on a helmet in practice. He has been limited in practice this week.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick might get the start which would greatly improve the outlook for Devante Parker and Mike Gesicki. We'll be monitoring this Sunday morning.

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4. NE - RB Rex Burkhead done for 2020

Source: NESN.com - Doug Kyed

New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) confirmed via social media earlier in the week that he will not play again this season. Multiple sources believe Burkhead suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 11 against the Houston Texans.

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Unfortunately, there's still murkiness in the New England backfield situation. Some things never change.

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5. LAC - RB Austin Ekeler not ruled out

Source: Los Angeles Times - Jeff Miller

Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hamstring) has not been ruled out of playing Sunday, Nov. 29, in the team's Week 12 game against the Buffalo Bills, head coach Anthony Lynn said Friday, adding that he 'has a chance.' Lynn said Ekeler will be evaluated further Saturday.

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Consider Ekeler a what the heck flex or PPR RB2 if he can go on Sunday. The Chargers are likely to err on the side of holding him out, but you never know.

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6. CHI - QB Nick Foles likely to sit out

Source: ChicagoBears.com

Chicago Bears QB Nick Foles (hip) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 27, and is listed as doubtful for Week 12.

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Mitchell Trubisky has already been announced as the starter. Foles is likely to miss the game and that means Tyler Bray would be the primary backup in Week 12.

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7. ARI - QB Kyler Murray expected to play

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (shoulder) is expected to play in Week 12, according to general manager Steve Keim.

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Murray is still a solid fantasy start but we'll be watching to see if his shoulder injury affects his arm strength, accuracy, or willingness to run.

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8. CHI - QB Mitchell Trubisky to start

Source: ChicagoBears.com

Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 27, and is not on the injury report for Week 12.

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Trubisky has been named the starter for the Bears....so yeah, he should play. In his return to the starting lineup, Fantasy GMs should only consider Trubisky a low-end (very low) QB2 in Week 12.

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9. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold expected to start

Source: The Associated Press - Dennis Waszak Jr.

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) will start Sunday, Nov. 29, against the Miami Dolphins barring any setbacks, head coach Adam Gase said Friday.

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This is good news for Jamison Crowder, but bad for Breshad Perriman, who riffed much better with his former Ravens teammate and fearless downfield passer Joe Flacco. The first time around this year, the Dolphins shut out Flacco and the Jets.

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10. ATL - TE Hayden Hurst listed as questionable

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com

Atlanta Falcons TE Hayden Hurst (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 27, and is listed as questionable for Week 12.

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It's likely we may not know Hurst's official game status until Sunday. Stay tuned.

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11. CAR - RB Christian McCaffrey gets questionable tag

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) on Friday, Nov. 27, was listed as questionable on the team's Week 12 injury report with a shoulder injury. Head coach Matt Rhule said Friday that he remains pessimistic that McCaffrey will play.

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We may not have total clarity until Sunday morning. For now, set your lineups with Mike Davis and without McCaffrey. Expect to see McCaffrey take the field again in Week 14 against Denver.

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12. BUF - WR John Brown ruled out

Source: The Buffalo News - Jay Skurski

Buffalo Bills WR John Brown (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 12.

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Gabriel Davis has what the flex value and Cole Beasley is a safe WR3/Flex with Brown's absence narrowing the target tree, but Josh Allen has had a lot tougher time with Brown out this year. At least the Chargers will be without Casey Hayward and Melvin Ingram.

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13. IND - Indy's Week 12 injury report

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts LB Bobby Okereke (ankle) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 12 versus the Tennessee Titans. C Ryan Kelly (neck) also did not practice all week but is listed as questionable. OL Quenton Nelson (back, ankle), WR Zach Pascal (knee, foot) and QB Philip Rivers (toe) were upgraded to a limited practice Friday, Nov. 27, while S Khari Willis (ribs, shoulder) was upgraded to a full practice; all four players are listed as questionable. LB Anthony Walker (ribs) practiced in full all week and is also listed as questionable. S George Odum (knee) was added to the injury report and did not practice Friday, while RB Jonathan Taylor (non-injury) was added to the injury report and limited in practice; both are expected to play. S Julian Blackmon (illness), DE Justin Houston (non-injury), CB Rock Ya-Sin (illness), CB Isaiah Rodgers (knee), OL Braden Smith (thumb) and TE Noah Togiai (knee) practiced in full Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

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Without Denico Autry, DeForest Buckner, and Okereke, the Colts run defense will be weak up the gut against Derrick Henry. Rivers and Nelson should be able to go Sunday.

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14. JAX - WR D.J. Chark to miss Week 12

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Jacksonville Jaguars WR DJ Chark Jr. (ribs) on Friday, Nov. 27, was ruled out of the team's Week 12 game against the Cleveland Browns.

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Chris Conley is also out. Keelan Cole and Laviska Shenault will be the starters with rookie Collin Johnson seeing his biggest role yet this year as the #3 receiver.

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15. PIT - RB Trey Edmunds ends up on IR

Source: Steelers.com

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Trey Edmunds (hamstring) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list on Thursday, Nov. 26. In a related move, TE Vance McDonald was added to the 53-man roster; McDonald was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week and was at the end of his two-day roster exception.

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McDonald's return should help the Steelers running game.

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16. DAL - Linemen to miss multiple weeks

Source: ESPN.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys OTs Zack Martin (calf) and Cameron Erving (knee) likely will miss multiple weeks due to injuries suffered in the Week 12 game against the Washington Football Team on Thursday, Nov. 26, head coach Mike McCarthy said Friday.

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Don't expect the Cowboys offense to bounce back next week against the Ravens on Monday night - that is if the game is played.

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17. LAC - CB Chris Harris back on roster

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers CB Chris Harris Jr. (foot) was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Nov. 27. The team also placed DE Melvin Ingram (knee) on the Reserve/Injured list.

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Harris is still not a sure thing to play, but if he does that will make Cole Beasley's matchup tougher.

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18. CHI - Chicago's Week 12 injury report

Source: ChicagoBears.com

Chicago Bears QB Nick Foles (hip) did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers. DT Akiem Hicks (hamstring) also did not practice all week but is listed as questionable. OT Charles Leno Jr. (toe) did not practice for a second straight day Friday, Nov. 27, and is also listed as questionable. CB Buster Skrine (ankle) was added to the injury report and limited in practice Friday; he is listed as questionable. S Sherrick McManis (hand) and OL Rashaad Coward (ankle) practiced in full Friday and are also listed as questionable. TE Jimmy Graham (rest), LB Danny Trevathan (personal), NT John Jenkins (ankle), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (calf), LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder), RB David Montgomery (concussion), OL Sam Mustipher (knee) and QB Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) practiced in full Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

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Mitchell Trubisky has some running ability to help the offense, but overall the move to him from Foles is not good for Allen Robinson (who should still remain in lineups) or Jimmy Graham.

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19. GB - WR Davante Adams expected to play

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 27, but is not on the injury report for Week 12.

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The plan for Adams is the same as last week. Limit him during the week and watch him shine on Sunday. Adams is a WR1 every week he's out there on the field for Fantasy GMs.

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20. CAR - Week 12 injury report for Carolina

Source: Panthers.com

Carolina Panthers OG Dennis Daley (concussion) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 12 versus the Minnesota Vikings. CB Donte Jackson (toe) also did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful. RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder), OG John Miller (knee, ankle) and OT Russell Okung (calf) were limited in practice all week and are listed as questionable. S Sam Franklin (ankle) was limited in practice for a second straight day and is also listed as questionable. DE Marquis Haynes (shoulder), LB Tahir Whitehead (rib) and WR Brandon Zylstra (shoulder) continued to practice in full Friday, Nov. 27, and are listed as questionable. FB Alex Armah (ankle), QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) and WR D.J. Moore (shoulder) practiced in full all week and no longer appear on the injury report.

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Justin Jefferson should have a good matchup with Jackson out.

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21. MIN - TE Irv Smith expected to miss game

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith (back, groin) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 27, and is listed as doubtful for Week 12.

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The Vikings have Kyle Rudolph who can take on more snaps and targets without Smith on the field. He's a low-end TE1 option against the Panthers in Week 12.

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22. MIN - Week 12 injury report for Minnesota

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings OG Ezra Cleveland (ankle) and DE Jordan Brailford (non-injury) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 12 versus the Carolina Panthers. TE Irv Smith (groin, back) did not practice for a second consecutive day Friday, Nov. 27, and is listed as doubtful. DE Ifeadi Odenigbo (shoulder, concussion), S Harrison Smith (neck), OG Dru Samia (non-injury) and OT Brian O'Neill (shoulder) practiced in full Friday and no longer appear on the injury report.

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With Smith doubtful and Adam Thielen also unlikely to play, the Vikings low volume passing game will go through Justin Jefferson and Kyle Rudolph.

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23. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold not on injury report

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 27, and is not on the injury report for Week 12.

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Darnold should be back as the starter for the Jets this week. Against the Dolphins, that's not a great matchup for the young quarterback. He's a QB3 in Week 12..which means nobody is starting him.

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24. TB - WR Scott Miller to be more involved?

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Scott Miller will be more involved going forward, according to offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, who said the team needed to bring Miller along slowly as he dealt with groin and hip injuries.

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This should result in fewer two tight end snaps or fewer snaps for Antonio Brown. We'll see if Leftwich's words come true this week against the Chiefs.

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25. IND - QB Philip Rivers' status in question

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers (toe) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 27, and is listed as questionable for Week 12.

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Rivers is tough and will do his best to get out there against the Titans. Jacoby Brissett would step in to play if Rivers is too banged up to go.

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26. MIA - RB Myles Gaskin in limbo for Week 12

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Miami Dolphins RB Myles Gaskin (knee) still has a chance to play in Week 12 against the New York Jets, but head coach Brian Flores told reporters Friday, Nov. 27, that he needs to 'watch the film' before making a determination, according to ESPN's Cameron Wolfe.

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Gaskin shouldn't be on any waiver wires, but he might not have value for this week's matchup. We'll have to wait until Sunday morning to know.

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27. CHI - Full practice for RB David Montgomery

Source: ChicagoBears.com

Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery (concussion) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 27, and is not on the injury report for Week 12.

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Montgomery will be back out there for the Bears this week. He's a RB2/flex option for Fantasy GMs against the Packers.

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28. CIN - Cincinnati's injury report for Week 12

Source: Bengals.com

Cincinnati Bengals WR Mike Thomas (hamstring) did not practice Friday, Nov. 27, and is listed as doubtful for Week 12 against the New York Giants. RB Giovani Bernard (concussion), CB Mackensie Alexander (hamstring) and LB Markus Bailey (hamstring) practiced in full Friday and are listed as questionable. DT Geno Atkins (rest), DT Mike Daniels (rest), WR A.J. Green (rest) and LB Logan Wilson (neck) also practiced in full Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

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Zac Taylor said he felt good about Bernard's chances to play, but he's still a weak RB2/Flex play with Brandon Allen starting for the Bengals at quarterback. A.J. Green will play a bigger role with Thomas likely out and Auden Tate on the covid list.

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29. HOU - Houston moving on from WR Kenny Stills

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Houston Texans WR Kenny Stills was released Friday, Nov. 27.

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And that's that.

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30. LAC - DE Melvin Ingram, CB Casey Hayward out

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Los Angeles Chargers DE Melvin Ingram (knee) and CB Casey Hayward (groin) on Friday, Nov. 27, were ruled out of the team's Week 12 game against the Buffalo Bills.

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Stefon Diggs matchup gets easier with Hayward out and the Chargers pass rush will rely mostly on Joey Bosa with Ingram sidelined. Josh Allen should have less resistance against this undermanned Chargers defense.

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31. PHI - Lane Johnson says he's done for season

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Les Bowen

Philadelphia Eagles OT Lane Johnson (ankle) said Friday, Nov. 27, that he will miss the remainder of the season due to an ankle injury. 'The inside of my ankle has collapsed,' Johnson said.

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Johnson gutted it out as long as he could on a bum ankle. The Eagles offensive line is falling apart, but it's still better off than the Cowboys right now.

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32. CIN - Questionable tag for RB Giovani Bernard

Source: Bengals.com

Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (concussion) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 27, but is listed as questionable for Week 12.

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That makes two practices for Bernard this week, and practicing fully on Friday shows that he's on the probable side of questionable. With Brandon Allen at quarterback, Bernard is a RB2/flex play for Fantasy GMs in Week 12.

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33. GB - WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling questionable

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Achilles) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 27, and is listed as questionable for Week 12.

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The Packers game is Sunday night so we likely will not have official word until later Sunday. We don't like a player missing practice on Friday like this. Be ready to move to another option.

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34. NYG - WR Sterling Shepard not on injury report

Source: Giants.com

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (hip, toe) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 27, but is not on the injury report for Week 12.

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Shepard has been limited all week but he should play against the Bengals. He's a WR4/deep flex option for Fantasy GMs out there.

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35. LAC - RB Kalen Ballage questionable for Week 12

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Los Angeles Chargers RB Kalen Ballage (ankle, calf) is listed as questionable on the team's Week 12 injury report.

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Austin Ekeler has a chance to play according to the team, so we could see any of four backs play for the Chargers on Sunday. If Ekeler is inactive and Ballage is active, Ballage would be the best play. If both are active, Ekeler. If neither is active, Troymaine Pope and Joshua Kelley would split the work at Buffalo.

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36. CAR - QB Teddy Bridgewater not on injury report

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Carolina Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater does not appear on the team's Week 12 injury report and is expected to start Sunday, Nov. 29, against the Minnesota Vikings.

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Bridgewater is a high floor streamer and solid QB2/Superflex in a good matchup as he returns to Minnesota.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of the Footballguys Family. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J