FOX's Jay Glazer confirms Julius Thomas (knee) is fully expected to play in Sunday's game against the Titans.
Thomas should be close to 100 percent after sitting out two games and then getting full practices in on Thursday and Friday. He figures to be a central part of the gameplan with the Titans' outside corners excelling. The only tight ends we'd play over Thomas are Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham and Vernon Davis.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on Sunday Countdown that ESPN Monday Night Football color analyst Jon Gruden will not coach in the NFL in 2014.
Gruden recently signed a new contract with ESPN, and Mort reported the old Bucs head coach has a "strong commitment" to Monday Night Football for at least one more season. Gruden turned 50 years old in August. ESPN's John Clayton had recently mentioned Gruden as a possibility for the Texans' head-coaching vacancy, but that story was more speculative than hard reporting.
Sunday's Week 14 Colts-Bengals game at Paul Brown Stadium is expected to be played in snow and 10-11 MPH winds.
A light snow and wintery mix is currently falling in Cincinnati, but it's expected to come to an end around kickoff or shortly after. The temperature will be 25-30 degrees, according to Weather.com. There will be snow on the field, but it's not going to affect the game much. The wind won't be an issue.
FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports Dennis Pitta (hip) "won't be a full go but will play some" Sunday against the Vikings.
The good news is Pitta is coming back -- he was activated from short-term I.R. on Saturday. The bad news is he won't be a TE1 option in the first round of fantasy playoffs. He certainly could be one in Weeks 15 or 16, however, as the Ravens have tight end-friendly matchups against Detroit and New England the rest of the way. At this point Pitta should be owned in most fantasy leagues.
Marcel Reece will be the Raiders feature back in Sunday's game against the Jets.
Rashad Jennings (concussion), Darren McFadden (ankle) and Jeremy Stewart (knee/ankle) are all out. It leaves the versatile Reece, a college wideout turned NFL fullback, as the starting tailback. It's a role Reece shined in previously as he piled up 13.5 carries for 65.2 yards and 5.0 catches for 48.7 yards per day in four November 2012 starts. He won't find much running room against Rex Ryan's league-best run defense, but desperate PPR owners can execute a plug-n-play strategy at their flex spot.
FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports Rashad Jennings (concussion) is expected to be inactive Sunday against Jets.
Jennings was cleared to practice on a limited basis this week, but apparently never received formal clearance to play in a game and absorb contact. The Raiders will turn to Marcel Reece at tailback, per Glazer, and Taiwan Jones could also see action in the backfield after converting from cornerback. Darren McFadden (ankle) and Jeremy Stewart (knee/ankle) are both on the shelf.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Sunday Countdown that Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt is "squarely" on owner Bob McNair's radar in the Texans' head-coaching search.
Whisenhunt has NFL head-coaching experience -- one of McNair's most desired qualities -- and has also overseen a much-improved offense in San Diego, helping to rejuvenate the careers of players like Philip Rivers and Ryan Mathews, alongside OC Mike McCoy. Whisenhunt was very successful as a head coach in Arizona until GM Rod Graves couldn't find him a quarterback. Graves, and Whisenhunt, were eventually fired. The Texans don't have a quarterback, either.
The Indianapolis Star reports the Colts don't plan to shadow A.J. Green with Vontae Davis in Sunday's Colts-Bengals game.
The plan, according to beat writer Stephen Holder, is for Davis to stay on the right side. Green runs a lot of his routes against left corners, so it could be an opportunity for the Bengals to take advantage of some mismatches with Greg Toler (groin) still sidelined. Cassius Vaughn will play the majority of the snaps at left corner. Davis is Pro Football Focus' No. 7 corner this season. Green is locked in as a WR1 and is our No. 5 receiver for Week 14.