The Boston Globe's Ben Volin expects Tom Brady to only play a half Week 17 against the Bills.
This report echoes an earlier report from ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss, who said the Patriots could treat the meaningless game as a fourth preseason contest. Regardless of the exact snap count, it is becoming clear Brady and the Patriots' starters will not play a full game against the Bills. Already in a tough matchup, Brady needs to be avoided in both seasonal and daily formats.
The Boston Globe's Ben Volin believes Rob Gronkowski will receive "little-to-no playing time" in the Patriots' season finale against the Bills.
With nothing on the line Week 17, it makes little sense for the Patriots to play their dynamic but oft-injured tight end. Gronkowski could very well put up a goose egg Week 17, making him unplayable in both seasonal and daily formats. Tim Wright will likely see a bump in snaps with Gronk limited, but would be a poor option against the Bills' suffocating pass defense.
Vikings placed rookie LB Anthony Barr (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.
LB Josh Kaddu was signed in a corresponding move. The ninth overall pick in last May's draft, Barr was a standout player in his rookie season. He racked up 70 tackles and four sacks across 12 starts, and had perhaps the play of the Vikings' season when he stripped fellow rookie Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins on the first play of overtime Week 8 and returned the fumble all the way for the game-winning score.
Eagles LCB Bradley Fletcher (hip) has been listed as questionable for Week 17 against the Giants despite getting in a full practice Friday.
Fletcher has practiced every day this week, but it is possible the Eagles hold him out of the meaningless season finale to rest his bruised ego. Fletcher has been getting burnt regularly the past two weeks, giving up three touchdowns to Dez Bryant Week 15 and two long pass plays to DeSean Jackson last week. With Nolan Caroll next up on the Eagles' depth chart, Fletcher missing would actually be a downgrade for Odell Beckham.
NJ.com reports coach Rex Ryan has already cleaned out his desk in advance of the Jets' season finale against the Dolphins.
Always expected to get the axe following another disappointing season, Ryan now appears resigned to his fate. Ryan's will not be the only head that rolls on Monday, however, as special consultant Charley Casserly has reportedly begun contacting potential replacements for GM John Idzik was well.
Seahawks LT Russell Okung (chest) has been cleared to return and is probable to face the Rams Week 17.
Okung ended up missing just one game with a bruised lung suffered Week 15 against the 49ers. With Max Unger (knee/ankle, questionable) also nearing a return, Seattle's offensive line should be 100 percent healthy for the playoff run.
Chargers placed P Mike Scifres on injured reserve with a broken collarbone, ending his season.
There was some hope Scifres could return during the playoffs, but with injuries mounting the Chargers could use the roster spot. A 12-year veteran, Scifres had never missed a game before fracturing his clavicle against the Patriots Week 14. He should ready to go for OTAs.
Jimmy Graham (shoulder) will undergo an MRI next week.
Graham has been playing through his shoulder injury since Week 5, but it's been an issue for him all year. It's possible he could require an offseason procedure. Graham has averaged 41 yards per game with only one touchdown over the last month.