- OAK: Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) takes part in walk-through
- NYG: Giants RB Orleans Darkwa on IR; RB Shane Vereen could return
- PHI: Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (ankle) expected to play Week 13
- PIT: Steelers expect to increase reps for TE Ladarius Green
- SD: Chargers WR Tyrell Williams may have labrum injury
- NO: WR Brandin Cooks upset with role in Saints offense
- MIN: RB Adrian Peterson ‘ahead of schedule’
- TEN: Titans like RB Derrick Henry in four-minute situations
- CLE: QB RGIII cleared for contact, likely to start after bye
- MIN: Vikes RB Adrian Peterson running short sprints
- CHI: Bears elevate WR Daniel Braverman to active roster
- NYJ: WR Brandon Marshall’s future seems up in the air
- WAS: RB Rob Kelley needs to be consistent
- DAL: Cowboys not worried about RB Ezekiel Elliott’s workload
OAK: Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) takes part in walk-through
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 7:33pm
Quarterback Derek Carr participated in the Oakland Raiders’ pseudo walk-through practice at team headquarters on Tuesday and threw the ball with little issue, two days after dislocating his right (passing) pinkie in a 35-32 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Carr had his finger taped up and was again wearing a black glove on his hand to help with his grip as he walked off the practice field. He said after the game, and on the radio Monday, that he did not expect any ill effects from the injury once the swelling subsided.
NYG: Giants RB Orleans Darkwa on IR; RB Shane Vereen could return
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 7:26pm
The league year began for New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa with an injured leg. It ended because of a related problem to the leg.
Darkwa was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with the return of running back Shane Vereen(triceps) on the horizon. Vereen could be back as early as next week to play against the Dallas Cowboys.
Related players: Rashad Jennings
Vereen may be a forgotten player in your league as reports came out early after his injury he was done for the year. But a possible return next week may be a good enough reason to take a shot on him if he’s on your wire, especially in PPR leagues. Vereen was averaging about 13 touches in his only three games of the season, and that actually included over 10 carries a game.
PHI: Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (ankle) expected to play Week 13
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 5:20pm
Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews should return next Sunday when the Eagles face the Bengals in Cincinnati.
Matthews sprained his right ankle in Monday night’s loss to Green Bay. HC Doug Peterson said X-rays were negative and he may be held out on Wednesday’s practice but should be good for the game against the Bengals.
PIT: Steelers expect to increase reps for TE Ladarius Green
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 5:16pm
Tomlin said he’s excited about potential contributions from TE Ladarius Green moving forward. Expects increased reps moving forward.
This came from our very own Dale Lolley who is all over the Steelers, including nailing the timeline on QB Ben Roethlisberger a few weeks ago. Green had two catches for 67 yards last week on three targets and played over 25-percent of the snaps. Usually a wait-and-see approach is best in these situations, but Green may be worth grabbing off the wire if he’s still available and you need help at the position.
SD: Chargers WR Tyrell Williams may have labrum injury
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 5:11pm
In 2014, Tyrell Williams played through a torn right labrum during his senior year at Western Oregon. He underwent offseason surgery. Come May, the Chargers signed the undrafted rookie wide receiver to a three-year deal, and he steadily developed to earn an opportunity first on special teams and then, by season’s end, offense.
Williams has played through a right shoulder injury before.
He may need to again.
To what degree the second-year pro will be limited these final five games will be wait-and-see. This week, his status is worth monitoring. Players have a Tuesday off-day before returning to practice Wednesday leading up to Sunday’s home game against the Buccaneers.
Labrum issues can be tricky. Not all are alike, the story said. The full scope of his labrum damage is not known. Coach Mike McCoy expressed optimism Monday about his status moving forward. Williams, 24, exited in the fourth quarter Sunday against the Texans. He landed on the shoulder following an incompletion, finishing the day with a team-high eight catches for 70 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown.
NO: WR Brandin Cooks upset with role in Saints offense
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 5:02pm
The Saints’ offense scored seven touchdowns in Sunday’s win over the Rams, so surely everyone must be feeling good, right?
Saints receiver Brandin Cooks, who did not have a pass thrown his way on Sunday, is apparently getting upset with his role. Mike Triplett of ESPN reports that Cooks has felt a growing frustration with his usage in the offense, thinking that he ought to be the primary option.
Cooks posted a cryptic social media message this week saying, “I guess I have to turn into a businessman,” perhaps implying that if the Saints aren’t going to use him the way he thinks he should be used, he’s going to save his body for when he can hit free agency and go to a team that values his services. Still, it’s not like Cooks is being ignored in the passing game: He’s second on the team in catches (51), yards (736) and touchdowns (six). The good news is maybe the Saints go out of their way to feed Cooks this week.
MIN: RB Adrian Peterson ‘ahead of schedule’
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 4:59pm
Vikings HC Mike Zimmer didn’t give a lot of details but mentioned RB Adrian Peterson is “ahead of schedule” from his torn meniscus.
Zimmer declined to talk about Peterson’s rehab but said he’s on his normal routine and added he did run before today. Zimmer said he didn’t know when Peterson would be back at practice. December was the timetable when Peterson was going to return, but it’s hard to say if he’s close to returning to practice without input from the team. It’s definitely worth monitoring and if Peterson is floating around on your wire, maybe he’s worth a stash.
TEN: Titans like RB Derrick Henry in four-minute situations
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 1:40pm
Mike Mularkey revealed a bit about the Titans’ strategy with Derrick Henry following their win in Chicago.
When Henry got more carries than usual, Mularkey was asked why.
“That’s kind of been our plan all year, we get into a four-minute [situation], and we run Derrick,” Mularkey said. “A little fresher. Some of the things we were running, he runs well.”
But of Henry’s eight carries for 60 yards in Sunday’s win over the Bears, just two for eight yards came in 4:00 situations.
In those scenarios at the end of the first half and the game, offenses look to convert first downs and maintain possession, and above all else, making sure the other team doesn’t get the ball back.
Related players: DeMarco Murray
The story said the team hasn’t been in many of those situations this season. But overall, in the final 4:00 of a half with the Titans ahead, Henry has nine carries for 28 yards. That’s only 12.8 percent of his carries and 8.9 percent of his yards. And the Titans bell cow back, DeMarco Murray, has had more work in the 4:00 situations Mularkey is saying can be earmarked for Henry. He has 10 carries for 38 in the same situations.
CLE: QB RGIII cleared for contact, likely to start after bye
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 1:33pm
Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III has been cleared for contact, paving the way for him to play again this season.
Griffin has been sidelined since breaking a bone in his left shoulder late in the Sept. 11 opener against Philadelphia. He returned to practice last week, but still had to pass another medical test to make sure his injury had healed enough to absorb hits.
The Browns (0-12) have a bye this week, but Griffin will likely start the Dec. 11 game against Cincinnati. Browns coach Hue Jackson could go back to rookie Cody Kessler, but he sustained his second concussion of the season on Nov. 20 and only completed the concussion protocol on Monday.
The Browns signed Griffin to a two-year deal and would probably like to use these four games to see if he’s worth bringing back as the team’s starter in 2017. After trading away the number-two overall pick this past draft, and not really seeing any answers at the QB position, one would have to think the team needs to draft a QB next spring regardless of bringing back Griffin in 2017.
MIN: Vikes RB Adrian Peterson running short sprints
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 1:28pm
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson got the go-ahead to do light running as part of his rehab from surgery to repair a torn meniscus earlier this month and it appears that went well because Peterson’s workload has expanded this week.
Peterson was seen running short sprints on a side field by multiple Vikings reporters while the rest of the team went through their preparations for Thursday’s game against the Cowboys. Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Vikings head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman watched Peterson closely before the two men went back into the team’s facility.
December has been the target for Peterson’s return to action if he’s physically able to do it and there’s been no word from the team about how likely that may be, the story said.
CHI: Bears elevate WR Daniel Braverman to active roster
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 12:00pm
In search of help at wide receiver, the Bears signed 2016 seventh-round pick Daniel Braverman to the active roster on Tuesday and officially placed linebacker Danny Trevathan on injured reserve.
Braverman, a true slot receiver, had 213 receptions for 2,509 yards and 19 touchdowns over three seasons at Western Michigan. Braverman also returned punts and kicks in college on special teams.
Up until Tuesday, Braverman had spent the entire 2016 season on the Bears’ practice squad.
The Bears are vulnerable at wide receiver with Eddie Royal battling a toe injury that’s limited him in recent weeks. Plus, Chicago’s wideouts dropped a staggering number of passes in last week’s 27-21 loss to Tennessee. Braverman is said to have good hands.
NYJ: WR Brandon Marshall’s future seems up in the air
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 10:36am
One of the New York Jets’ toughest offseason decisions will be what to do about Brandon Marshall.
He’s not the elite player he was last season, but he’s still a starting-caliber wide receiver. Thing is, age (33 next year) and salary ($7.5 million) have to be considerations, along with the team’s emerging talent at wide receiver.
Marshall admitted he’s not sure if he’ll be back for the final year of his contract.
“You never know in this business,” he said Monday.
If he chooses, Marshall could walk away from football and commit to a full-time television career — he’s pretty good on TV — but he’s not ready to go there just yet.
“Physically, I feel like I can play well into my mid-30s,” he said. “So, obviously, no plans on retiring and no plans on switching teams. I’d love to stay here and retire as a Jet.”
As the story said, Marshall has been nagged by a foot injury for most of the season, but he said his body hasn’t felt this good in four years. His numbers are way down from last year’s record-setting season, as he has only 43 catches for 601 yards and two touchdowns. His future could be determined by how the Jets approach the offseason. If they start a youth movement, handing the position over to Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Charone Peakeand Jalin Marshall, he’ll be a goner, the story said. Marshall may not want to stick around in rebuilding year.
WAS: RB Rob Kelley needs to be consistent
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 10:32am
It will be an interesting week for running back Rob Kelley.
In his first three starts he running back averaged 107 yards per game and 4.8 yards per attempt. He his first dud against the Cowboys, rushing for 37 yards on 14 carries, an average of 2.64.
One bad game isn’t going to get him sent to the bench and the issues against Dallas certainly are not all his fault. But another 30-yard effort with an average of under 3 yards per carry will get the staff looking at the bench at Mack Brown and Matt Jones. Time is running short and he needs to display some consistency.
It sounds like this writer thinks the team could make a switch at some point if Kelley doesn’t show a little more consistency. Unfortunately, that could be a tough task with the Cards, Eagles and Panthers all up next and all three in the top-10 in terms of allowing fantasy points to RBs.
DAL: Cowboys not worried about RB Ezekiel Elliott’s workload
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 10:28am
We’re getting to the point in the NFL season when rookies are playing games beyond what they would play during a college season, which can lead to concerns about diminished returns as players hit the so-called rookie wall.
One player who could be the subject of such concern is Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. He’s run the ball more than anyone else in the league and is on pace for 353 carries, which would be the second-most for any running back in a season since the start of the 2010 campaign.
Elliott said earlier this month that he isn’t worried about the cumulative effect of his workload and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has the same opinion.
“Not at all. The more we can give Ezekiel the ball the better,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.
Related players: Alfred Morris
As the story said, that’s not a surprising statement from Jones as DeMarco Murray posted the most carries since the start of 2010 when he ran 392 times during the 2014 season and Elliott’s play has been essential to Dallas’ success this season. The Cowboys let Murray walk away as a free agent that offseason, something that obviously won’t happen with Elliott, and they have Alfred Morris on hand to take work in the backfield, although neither of those things appears to be impacting their plans in the backfield.
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