Jordan Reed is meeting with more concussion specialists on Thursday.
Reed is now more than a month removed from his concussion, so the fact that he's still feeling symptoms and meeting with specialists is scary. He also dealt with two concussions while at the University of Florida. The re-draft ship has sailed here, but now even Dynasty owners need to monitor Reed's progress.
MarQueis Gray is expected to see a major bump in snaps if Jordan Cameron (concussion) sits out Sunday.
The Browns players and coaches are already talking like they won't have Cameron. Blocker Gary Barnidge is the likely starter and Gray will get some reps on passing downs as an athletic former college wideout and quarterback. It's a black hole for fantasy owners.
FOX Sports suggests Randall Cobb (leg) will likely only play this season if the Packers make the playoffs.
Cobb finally returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since fracturing his tibia on Oct. 13. But he hasn't been medically cleared to play and is actually only one week removed from being cleared to run. The location of Cobb's fracture resulted in some complications with his knee.
Santonio Holmes said he's willing to take a pay cut to remain with the Jets next season.
"Anything for the team," Holmes said with straight face. It's an ironic statement, as it comes from a player who has produced just 38 catches over the last two seasons while getting labeled a locker room cancer and failing to fight through injuries. There's almost no way Holmes is back with the Jets even if he'd take a veteran's minimum deal. The five-year, $45 million deal he signed in 2011 proved to be straight robbery.
Champ Bailey (foot) is practicing in full this week.
Bailey is expected to suit up against the Texans as he begins to get ready for the playoffs. The 35-year-old future Hall of Famer has missed 11 games this year, so it's impossible to say what kind of impact he'll have on the Broncos secondary. He's not going to be the shutdown shadow corner we remember.
Andre Caldwell is tentatively expected to be the Broncos third receiver again Sunday.
Wes Welker has not been medically cleared to even practice yet, so the Broncos are prepping Caldwell for a similar role he had in Week 15. On that night, he played on 68.5 percent of the snaps and recorded a 6/59/2 line. "I thought Bubba Caldwell played really well," Peyton Manning said. "Great route on that first touchdown, did a great job getting in the end zone on a play he hasn't [worked] that much, so that's a good job knowing what to do, being in his playbook. We'll count on him this week if he has to play." Caldwell will be a risky WR3 because of all the weapons in the Broncos' offense, but he'll have tons of scoring upside thanks to Manning.
Peyton Manning is three away from tying Tom Brady's 2007 regular-season record of 50 touchdown passes.
Manning is also 665 yards short of Drew Brees' record of 5,476 yards in a season. The Broncos and Chiefs are both 11-3, so there's a very good chance Manning won't be taking his foot off the gas pedal at all in the final two weeks. Denver is at Houston this week and then at Oakland in Week 17.
Impending free agent Greg Hardy said he'd be willing to give Carolina a hometown discount.
Hardy has racked up 19 sacks and 110 tackles over the last two seasons, establishing himself as one of the game's premier 4-3 defensive ends. He's going to be an extremely hot commodity on the open market come March. "I'll take some cut for the city. I still want what I deserve or what I feel (is) close to what I deserve," Hardy said. "But I'll definitely take a small cut for the city." Agent Drew Rosenhaus will likely be angling for something more than the five-year, $40 million deal Paul Kruger got from the Browns last offseason.