Coach Leslie Frazier admitted Wednesday he never wanted Erin Henderson to be the Vikings' starting middle linebacker.
Henderson only got the job because the Vikings missed out on an early-round Mike 'backer in the draft, and Desmond Bishop flopped. "He was moved to the Mike linebacker position, not necessarily because that’s what we wanted to do," Frazier said of Henderson. "That was the plight that we were in." Henderson has now been "demoted" to the weak side, with Audie Cole taking over in the middle.
Golden Tate missed Seahawks practice Wednesday with a hip injury.
The injury is not known to be of any concern; the Seahawks also held Marshawn Lynch out of practice Wednesday, albeit for "not injury-related" reasons." Tate played over 50 snaps in Monday night's skunking of the Saints.
Mario Manningham (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
Manningham is fine. The team continues to manage his reps. Now the No. 3 receiver in San Francisco, Manningham is well off the fantasy radar.
Frank Gore (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
Gore suffered a minor setback in Week 12 but played his normal reps last Sunday against the Rams. He'll be an RB2 against Seattle in Week 14.
FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports the Packers haven't discussed shutting down Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) for the rest of the regular season.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported last weekend that the Packers had been considering the move. Both coach Mike McCarthy and Rodgers himself have vehemently denied that the team has had internal conversations about possibly ending the former MVP's season. Right now, Rodgers is participating in individual drills at practice. He hopes to ratchet up his activity Thursday and play Sunday, but it seems like a long shot. All we can do is play the waiting game and hope that Rodgers can at least returns in Weeks 15 and 16.
The Contra Costa Times doesn't expect the Raiders to even make free-agent-to-be Darren McFadden a contract offer.
Beat writer Steve Corkran answered a question in a live chat by saying, "[I] don't see [GM] Reggie McKenzie even making McFadden an offer." McFadden has missed four games and parts of others this season, posting a meager 3.5 YPC on 103 attempts. He wanted to bet on himself this season and try and land a big deal, but that plan has backfired. McFadden has missed 27 games in six seasons with a multitude of injuries. Look for the Raiders to either try and re-sign Rashad Jennings or go with a young back in the upcoming draft.
Carson Palmer (elbow) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
Palmer had previously been on the injury report with a hand injury. The elbow issue is new, but we haven't noticed any concern among beat writers. Palmer has another favorable matchup as a QB2 against the Rams this week.
Michael Floyd (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday.
Floyd should be fine for Week 14. He's been battling the shoulder for a few weeks now and will have to play through some pain the rest of the season. Fire Floyd up as a WR3 against the Rams at home this Sunday.