The Broncos' defense has allowed 432 yards and five touchdowns on 91 carries (4.75 YPC) to Kansas City, San Diego, and Tennessee over the past three weeks.
Denver's run-defense collapse has coincided with LE Derek Wolfe's (illness) three-week absence. Wolfe has been ruled out for Week 16. With Ben Tate (ribs) shut down for the season, UDFA Dennis Johnson will be Houston's starting tailback Sunday versus the Broncos. For more statistical breakdowns like this on every Week 16 game, read Evan Silva's Matchups column at the link below.
The Steelers can create $7 million in salary cap space by releasing RCB Ike Taylor this offseason.
The Steelers aren't quite teeming with cornerback depth, but this will be a no-brainer move for Pittsburgh's annually cap-strapped organization. Taylor has fallen directly off the cliff in his age-33 season, will be 34 in May, and is owed a $7 million non-guaranteed salary next year. He's PFF's No. 104 corner among 109 qualifiers in 2013. Only Antonio Cromartie, Leonard Johnson, Derek Cox, Brice McCain, and Cortland Finnegan have graded out worse.
The Packers held a meeting Friday afternoon to discuss the injury status of Randall Cobb (leg, short-term I.R.).
Cobb hasn't been activated from the I.R./designated for return list, but practiced on a limited basis throughout the week. He is not expected to play in Sunday's clash with Pittsburgh. "Randall Cobb practiced today, looks good," coach Mike McCarthy said. "Just curious to see how he feels tomorrow, we’ll have a game-management meeting at 1:15 as we do every Friday, but I thought Randall made progress this week. It was good for him to get three days of practice in."
Mario Manningham (knee, illness) returned to 49ers practice Friday.
Look for Manningham to be probable on Saturday's final injury report. The Niners host the Falcons on Monday Night Football in fantasy finals week.
Aaron Dobson (foot) was limited in Patriots practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 16.
Dobson told reporters this week that he will likely play against Baltimore, although Kenbrell Thompkins (hip, questionable) may, too. With a lack of health and role clarity, these are fantasy players to avoid in trophy week.
Kenbrell Thompkins (hip, questionable) was limited in Friday's practice.
His status for Sunday's tilt with Baltimore is unclear. In the event he does play, Thompkins would likely share time with Aaron Dobson at X receiver.
Josh Boyce (ankle) is listed as out for Week 16.
Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) and Aaron Dobson (foot) are the Patriots' candidates to play X receiver against Baltimore, though both are listed as questionable.
Joe Flacco (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 16.
Despite the "Q" tag, Flacco practiced in some fashion every day this week and will start Sunday's game against New England. He'll be a lower-end QB2.