The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says coach Mike McCarthy sounded "cautiously optimistic" on Wednesday regarding Eddie Lacy's (ankle) Week 15 status.
Lacy didn't practice Wednesday and is expected to just rehab again Thursday. But the fact that he was able to finish out last week's game after rolling the ankle should give owners real hope. Still, owners need to have either James Starks or another late-game option at the ready as the Packers and Cowboys will square off at 4:25pm ET Sunday. We could be looking at a game-time call.
Coach Chuck Pagano said Da'Rick Rogers and LaVon Brazill have earned the right to play more.
The changing of the guard began last week as Brazill (42 snaps) and Rogers (41) played far ahead of Darrius Heyward-Bey (23). That gap might widen in Sunday's game against the Texans. "You know what, they were productive in that football game and they gave us a spark in that second half," Pagano said of Rogers and Brazill. "And so certainly they've earned a right to play more." Rogers is the WR3 candidate as the better talent, but Brazill is on the WR4 radar as well.
Coach Chuck Pagano said getting T.Y. Hilton "going again" is a priority.
Hilton hasn't topped 44 yards since Week 10 and hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 9. A breakout game in Week 15 should surprise no one. The Colts want to get him the ball, the emergence of Da'Rick Rogers/LaVon Brazill will help and he gets to play inside on Indy's fast track against the Texans. Hilton has major upside as a WR3 this week.
Coach Leslie Frazier would not commit to Josh Freeman playing in another game this season.
The Vikings gave Freeman a one-year, $3 million contract back in early October. Since then, he's appeared in one game -- the Monday Night Football disaster against the Giants. The Vikings are rolling with Matt Cassel as the starter and Christian Ponder as the backup. In related news, they'll be lighting $100 bills on fire in the streets later Thursday.
Coach Mike Shanahan said the Robert Griffin III shutdown is about the importance of offseason work.
Griffin missed the entire 2013 offseason as he recovered from an ACL tear. Now he'll be inactive for the final three games so he can participate in the 2014 program. "When you take a look at a quarterback who is your franchise quarterback, he's your future," Shanahan said. "If you miss two offseasons in a row it'd be the hardest thing to recover from." Kirk Cousins will start and Rex Grossman will be the backup the rest of the way.
Reggie Bush admitted that there was no way he could have played through his calf injury last Sunday.
Bush's zero snaps had nothing to do with the sloppy, snowy field in Philadelphia. After aggravating his calf pull while jogging (not slipping) during warmups, he had no shot. "I couldn't go," he said Wednesday. "I couldn't even sit here and lie and say I would have been able to push through it. I couldn't push through it." Bush says he'll be playing against the Ravens on Monday night, but practice will tell the real story. Aggravation via simple jogging is not a good sign.
Coach Pete Carroll explained Wednesday that Percy Harvin's hip injury has "fluctuated" and Harvin hasn't been able to get "over the hump."
"He has gone back and forth, where he’s gotten close and then it got aggravated a little bit," Carroll said. "Just hasn’t quite got over the hump where he’s really clear. He has a whole lot of new movement in that hip that he hasn’t had before and he’s trying to become accustomed to that." Harvin didn't practice Wednesday and won't play in Week 15. He also seems like a long shot for Week 16.
Brandon Jacobs (injured reserve) is currently having his knee scoped.
The good news is Jacobs is having the knee scoped as opposed to a microfracture procedure. He'll have a chance to catch on with a team in 2014. Jacobs will be 32 years old by the start of next season, but racked up 238 yards and three touchdowns on 58 carries (4.10 YPC) this year. He's got some power, juice, and tackle-shedding ability left, even if it isn't much.