FOX Sports' Mike Garofolo reports Jonas Gray was late to the Patriots' facility on Friday because he overslept.
Per Garofolo, Gray's "phone died," which he was ostensibly relying upon as an alarm. He drove straight to Gillette Stadium, but was promptly sent home by the Patriots' coaching staff. Garofolo reports Gray has texted teammates to apologize, including Tom Brady. He is "hoping" to get Bill Belichick to hear his side of the story "this afternoon." We wish young Jonas the best of luck.
Adrian Peterson's suspension appeal hearing has been scheduled for December 2.
His appeal will be heard by Harold Henderson, not Roger Goodell. Henderson also heard Josh Gordon's suspension appeal, which resulted in a ten-game ban as opposed to a full-season ban. Perhaps this creates a glimmer of hope Peterson will play in a few games late in the season. After December 2, the Vikings face the Jets in Week 14, the Lions in Week 15, and the Dolphins in fantasy title week.
Delanie Walker (concussion) is listed as probable for Week 12.
Walker was "close" to playing last week. He'll be a borderline TE1 against an Eagles defense allowing the fourth fewest fantasy points to tight ends.
Broncos coach John Fox conceded Julius Thomas (questionable, ankle) was unable to do much on the practice field Friday.
Although Thomas is listed as questionable, he's shaping up as a not-great bet to play versus Miami. "We could have called him limited, but it was closer to DNP," were Fox's words. Officially, Thomas is a game-time decision. We don't expect to have a great idea of his status until just before Sunday's game.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis believes WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee scope) is "progressing" toward a return.
Naturally, Lewis didn't disclose when Burfict might actually suit up. Sunday's tilt with the Texans will mark the fourth straight game he's missed. Going by his timetable, there's a chance Burfict will be ready for Week 13, but that should not be taken for granted.
Speaking after Friday's practice, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said TE Tyler Eifert (elbow, injured reserve/designated for return) is "progressing" toward returning this season.
Lewis, however, was vague on when exactly Eifert might be back. He doesn't appear particularly likely to suit up in Week 13. Despite the down year at tight end, Eifert is not worth stashing in 12-14 team re-draft leagues.
ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss reports Jonas Gray was not permitted to practice on Friday because he showed up late to the Patriots' facility.
Uh oh. The Patriots are a zero-tolerance team when it comes to matters like this, and for as great as Gray was in fantasy football last week, he is a replaceable player. That is especially the case after New England signed LeGarrette Blount to a two-year deal on Thursday. Gray's usage for Week 12 against the Lions is now entirely uncertain. Blount could steal his role.
Julius Thomas (ankle, questionable) is expected to be a game-day decision in Week 12.
Thomas "appeared a limited participant" in Friday's practice. "If I can go, I will go," Thomas said Thursday. Our guess at this stage of the week is that Orange Julius will be held out, but that's pure speculation. Ultimately, the Broncos are unlikely to decide on Thomas' availability until a few hours before kickoff. Broncos-Dolphins has 4:25PM ET start, creating a trick situation in fantasy football. Thomas owners would be smart to grab Jacob Tamme.