Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (elbow) is trending toward a Week 16 return.
"He’s practicing and he’s in a lot of the drills and has worked with the first group," were the words of DC Bob Sutton after Houston got in his second straight limited practice Thursday. "The thing I really appreciate about Justin is he’s practicing like he’s trying to play. Hopefully we can get him in." Even if Houston ultimately sits out against the Colts, he should be ready to go for a Week 17 playoff tune up.
The Chiefs expect Dexter McCluster (ankle) to return for Week 16.
McCluster is over his infection, which was not MRSA. Although McCluster is third on the Chiefs in catches, his main impact is on special teams. He shouldn't be in fantasy lineups for championship week.
Dennis Pitta blames game flow for his two-catch Week 15.
"Part of that game when I was out there, we saw some bracket coverage, things where opportunities are going to be minimal in those situations," Pitta said. Pitta admits that his legs aren't yet 100 percent underneath him, but believes he's "getting more comfortable and I do feel progress every week." We expect Pitta to have a nice game against a Patriots defense with some of the worst coverage linebackers in the league.
NFL.com's Albert Breer reports Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel hasn't requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.
That could be taken as a sign that Manziel is pondering returning to A&M for his redshirt junior season, but as Breer points out, it could also mean that he's already made up his mind to go pro. The deadline for underclassmen to declare is January 15. We'd be very surprised if last year's Heisman Trophy winner decided to return to College Station. Manziel promises to be one of 2014's most divisive prospects, but will almost certainly be a first-round pick.
DetroitLions.com expects Joseph Fauria to have a bigger role if Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) is unable to go for Week 16.
That obviously goes without saying since Fauria is Pettigrew's direct backup, but it's still worth noting considering Fauria has just 12 catches on 20 targets all season. His seven touchdowns and dance moves have made it seem as if he's a bigger part of the Lions offense than he really is. Fauria will be an intriguing streaming option if/when Pettigrew sits, but is still likely to burn fantasy owners if he gets held out of the end zone.
Michael Floyd (ankle) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.
Floyd is ahead of where he was last week, where he failed to get in a full practice before suiting up against the Titans. He's going to be active for Week 16, but will be hard to trust as a WR3 at less than 100 percent against Seattle's elite secondary.
Rashard Mendenhall was added to the Cardinals' injury report on Thursday, getting in a limited session with a finger issue.
Mid-week additions to the injury report are rarely good news, but there's no reason to worry in Mendenhall's case. It's a minor injury the Cardinals are simply trying to manage ahead of Sunday's showdown with the Seahawks. Mendenhall will be a touchdown-dependent RB2 in what figures to be a low-scoring game.
According to DallasCowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus, Terrance Williams (hamstring) might practice on Friday, and "could" play against the Redskins.
Williams was expected to miss Sunday's game after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday's practices, but Broaddus reports his injury is "more contusion on hamstring than hamstring pull." Williams hasn't been making a major box-score impact of late, but the Cowboys need all hands on deck as they attempt to salvage their NFC East hopes. Williams won't be a fantasy option if he suits up. His status will be updated on Friday.