ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton said Luke Kuechly "appears -- with emphasis on appears -- to be on track to return from the concussion protocol."
Kuechly practiced for the third day in a row on Friday, but Newton cautioned he still has not been cleared the protocol. That should come this weekend, but it is not a given. Kuechly will likely be listed as questionable on the final report.
Dorial Green-Beckham (oblique) was listed as questionable for Week 14 against the Redskins.
It seems unlikely he will play after missing the first two days of practice, but perhaps he can get in a limited session Friday. With Jordan Matthews expected back, Green-Beckham will not be a fantasy option even if he suits up.
Ryan Mathews (knee) was listed as questionable for Week 14 against the Redskins.
Coach Doug Pederson labeled Mathews "ready to go" on Thursday. Mathews should return to his lead role, but the Eagles have been unable to establish a running game while being blown ou the last two weeks. Mathews will be a risky FLEX play in his return.
Jordan Matthews (ankle) was listed as questionable for Week 14 against the Redskins.
He should play after being upgraded to full in Thursday's practice. The Redskins have struggled against slot receivers this season, and Matthews is one of the few reliable options in the passing game. He is a solid WR3.
Robert Woods (knee) practiced again on Friday.
Woods should return this week, although his role is questionable with Sammy Watkins getting closer to full health. Woods will be a low-ceiling WR4 against the Steelers.
Sammy Watkins (foot) participated in Friday's practice.
Watkins will likely be listed as questionable on the final report, but he is fully expected to play. He could also see a larger snap share after increasing his practice reps this week. Watkins is an upside WR3.
Falcons signed WR Nick Williams off their practice squad.
The signing suggests the Falcons expect Julio Jones (toe), Mohamed Sanu (groin), or both to sit this week. Williams has 20 catches for 174 yards and two touchdowns in 19 career games.
Panthers released CB Robert McClain.
McClain started in the Super Bowl after being signed late last season, and he played 313 snaps across 11 appearances this year. He has struggled, however, and the Panthers likely want to take a look at their younger corners as they close out a lost season. McClain could pop up somewhere else before the end of the year.