Anthony Fasano (concussion/knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
The National Football Post's Jason Cole reports the Bears are likely to let free-agent-to-be Jay Cutler walk in the offseason unless he's willing to sign a team-friendly deal.
Cole is just the latest member of the media to report this, so it doesn't come as a shock. "(The Bears) believe in (coach Marc) Trestman after what they’ve seen from (backup quarterback Josh) McCown," a source told Cole. "Between his system and the two big receivers (Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery), you have a system where a quarterback can flourish. I don’t know if McCown is going to be the starter (next season), but I think the team would be fine letting Cutler test the market and then go draft someone if he left." The Bears could re-sign McCown to a cheap, short-term deal and let a draft pick sit and learn.
Eddie Lacy (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.
Lacy played through his ankle injury last Sunday, but it may have done more harm than good. Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that it was "too early to tell" whether Lacy would be able to play in Week 15. If Lacy can't go against the Cowboys, James Starks will get the start in his place and have RB2 value.
Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) said he hopes to play in Sunday's game against the Bills, but didn't sound overly confident.
Jones-Drew won't try to practice until Friday. As of now, it sounds like he's still feeling plenty of soreness in his hammy and is doubting his ability to be near 100 percent for Sunday. Owners should have already been exploring other options, including speedy backup Jordan Todman.
Reggie Bush (calf) said he expects to play in Monday night's game against the Ravens.
Bush aggravated his calf pull while warming up in the snow at Philadelphia on Sunday. Now he gets a long week and a home date on the friendly turf of Ford Field. Players are often overly optimistic on their health, but Bush couldn't ask for a much better setup. He can be penciled into fantasy lineups for now as we wait to see how he progresses in practice later this week.
Toby Gerhart (hamstring) won't try to practice until Friday.
Coach Leslie Frazier said he's a little more optimistic on the status of Gerhart than Adrian Peterson (foot). Still, the inability to even practice a little bit early in the week suggests a Grade 1 or 2 pull for Gerhart. We won't have a real read on this situation until Friday afternoon, leaving owners in a messy spot. Matt Asiata would start if both Peterson and Gerhart sit.
Coach Leslie Frazier said he's a little more optimistic on the status of Toby Gerhart (hamstring) than Adrian Peterson (foot).
Peterson is out of his walking boot and vowing that he feels good enough to play. The Vikings won't find out until Friday, when he'll test his mid-foot injury. Frazier did admit that Peterson wouldn't play without practicing and that the team will err on the side of caution with their franchise player. It would make zero sense to rush him back to a 3-9-1 team if there's any chance at all of an aggravation. Meanwhile, backup Gerhart won't try to practice until Friday either. Owners need to roster both backs for the next three days.
Matt Cassel will start Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Christian Ponder (concussion) has been cleared, but he won't get his job back. The Vikings will instead stick with Cassel, who has gone 37-of-71 (52.1 percent) for 508 yards with three touchdowns and one interception over the last two weeks -- an overtime win against the Bears and a brutal late loss at Baltimore. Cassel isn't a fantasy option himself, but he improves the outlooks of Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson. Ponder was inept at getting that duo the ball.