Speaking Monday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said it was "too early to tell" on Eddie Lacy's (ankle) Week 15 status.
Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) has yet to be medically cleared, and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.
Rodgers will work out on Tuesday. According to coach Mike McCarthy, Rodgers is "progressing," and felt better on Friday than he did on Wednesday. Rodgers got in his first padded practice last Thursday. Per McCarthy, the "biggest thing (for Rodgers) is strength and comfort." Sunday's win over the Falcons has ramped up speculation that Rodgers will finally return for Week 15, but the Pack appear intent on avoiding a rash decision. For now, McCarthy is "planning" for Matt Flynn to start, but it's obviously a plan that could change. What Rodgers is able to do on Wednesday will be critical to his status.
The Panthers have confirmed that Jonathan Stewart has a torn MCL.
The team is reportedly "holding out hope" that J-Stew will be back for Week 17, but that's not going to happen. Carolina will almost certainly focus on getting Stewart ready for the postseason. Even that won't be a guarantee. DeAngelo Williams will resume lead-back duties, with bowling ball Mike Tolbert handling goal-line and short-yardage situations. Neither will be more than a desperation FLEX option for the final two weeks of the fantasy playoffs. J-Stew can be safely dropped.
The Panthers are holding out hope Jonathan Stewart (MCL) will return in Week 17.
Stewart can be comfortably dropped in 12-team fantasy leagues, not that he had much value in the first place. He's definitely out for Weeks 15-16. The Panthers fear Stewart's MCL is torn, but apparently have info indicating he could rest and rehab the injury, and only miss two weeks. DeAngelo Williams will return to lead back duties, losing red-zone work to vulture Mike Tolbert.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on NFL Insiders that Wes Welker (concussion) is "very unlikely" to play Thursday night against the Chargers.
This is Welker's second concussion of the season, and the Broncos are now playing on a short week. "They're not ruling Welker out, but it's very unlikely he'll play," said Mort. Look for Jacob Tamme to stand in as Denver's primary slot receiver, although he won't be a great fantasy option unless you're desperate. Look for more work for Julius Thomas between the numbers, and Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker to dominate San Diego's weak corners outside.
Coach John Fox wouldn't answer Monday when asked whether he would rest Peyton Manning in the event the Broncos clinched the AFC's No. 1 seed early.
Although the notion of sitting players when high playoff seeding is locked in makes sense logically, the result of doing so has rarely paid off for teams who employ the strategy. This still isn't a Week 15 fantasy concern. The Broncos are 11-2, just one game ahead of the 10-3 Patriots and 10-3 division rival Chiefs. There's still plenty to play for. Denver faces San Diego in Week 15.
Redskins placed RB Evan Royster on injured reserve with an ankle injury, ending his season.
Royster's Week 14 injury appeared significant on the field, as he could put no weight on the limb afterwards. A thoroughly underwhelming talent whose prospective fantasy value was always tied directly to the Shanahans' running scheme, Royster will be no lock to make Washington's 53-man roster in 2014.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan told reporters Monday he is considering starting Kirk Cousins in Week 15 against Atlanta.
Cousins completed 7-of-16 throws for 59 yards in Sunday's loss to Kansas City, replacing Robert Griffin III midway through the fourth quarter down 45-10. Shanahan threatening to bench RG3 for, as he explained, the possibility Griffin might get injured in Washington's final three games is the ultimate slap in the face to owner Dan Snyder. Look for Shanahan's firing shortly, perhaps as soon as tonight. If Cousins gets the start, he'll be on the two-quarterback-league radar in a plus matchup indoors at Atlanta.