Josh Boyce (ankle) remained sidelined at practice Friday.
Boyce isn't going to play this week after not practicing at all. Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson will handle X receiver duties, though we don't have much of an idea who will play the most snaps. Stay away from both Sunday.
Patriots S Adrian Wilson (injured reserve) tweeted that he underwent Achilles' surgery.
Wilson was placed on injured reserve before the season started, but the team had made no announcement to what the injury was. We're not sure if Wilson tore his Achilles' or not, but he just recently began running on Thursday. He signed a three-year deal with the Patriots in March. At 34 years old, Wilson is a candidate to be released in the offseason. His career may be over.
ESPN reports Wes Welker (concussion) is expected to sit out the final two regular-season games.
Welker suffered his second concussion in a four-week span in Week 14. He just began doing light physical activity Thursday and is expected to be formally ruled out for Week 16 on Friday. The Broncos could possibly choose to rest their starters in Week 17 against Oakland. Even if they don't, it doesn't sound like Welker is going to play. The team wants Welker to be 100 percent for a Super Bowl run. Andre Caldwell will man the slot in his absence and has WR4 appeal. Welker can safely be dropped across the board in re-draft leagues.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Packers don't expect Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) to play this week unless "something significantly changes with the doctor."
Rodgers has yet to gain medical clearance, and it doesn't sound like he will in time to make the start against the Steelers on Sunday. Even though the Packers can clinch a playoff spot this week, they aren't letting those issues rush their franchise player's return. Fantasy owners that had been holding out hope for a Rodgers return need to plan to keep rolling with whomever they've been starting the past month-and-a-half. It sounds like Matt Flynn is going to get the Week 16 nod. The Packers will make an official announcement at some point Friday.
Bryce Brown said his goal for the 2014 season is to be a No. 1 running back.
"That's obviously a goal of mine going into next year. I think I can," Brown said. "That's what I'm going to be working toward, whether I'm here or I'm somewhere else." That's obviously not going to happen in Philadelphia with LeSean McCoy entrenched as the starter. Brown has been a massive disappointment in coach Chip Kelly's offense, but a senior NFL scout believes Brown "has all of the tools to be an every-down back." Chris Polk has passed Brown on the depth chart in Philly, but the Eagles aren't going to simply cut 22-year-old Brown.
Giants RCB Prince Amukamara is not expected to shadow Calvin Johnson on Sunday.
Amukamara has been the Giants' top corner this season with Corey Webster missing most of the year. The Giants play sides. Trumaine McBride handles the left side, while Terrell Thomas mans the slot. Megatron will get some work against all three. In a must-win situation, Johnson could have a huge game.
Free agent WR Mike Thomas worked out for the Saints.
Thomas is still just 26 years old, but it's been a good three years since he was a productive pro. He was released by the Cardinals at final cuts over the summer and has only gotten a couple nibbles in free-agent workouts.
John Carlson said he and his wife will discuss his lengthy concussion history after the season, and retirement might be an option.
Two weeks ago in Baltimore, Carlson suffered his third known NFL concussion. He had two more documented while at Notre Dame. Carlson indicated there have been others. "It's a serious issue and it's not something that I'm ignoring," he said. Carlson had been cleared from his latest concussion on Wednesday, but symptoms resurfaced Thursday. He may be done for the season.