Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu will undergo surgery to repair his torn left ACL and LCL on Tuesday, December 17.
We like to keep track of surgery dates for future bookkeeping purposes. Coach Bruce Arians told reporters Monday that Mathieu is considered doubtful to participate in 2014 training camp, primarily because the LCL pushes back the ACL recovery. Rashad Johnson will take over at free safety. The Cards may turn to Jerraud Powers at slot corner, with Antoine Cason bookending Patrick Peterson.
The Broncos benched MLB Wesley Woodyard in their Week 14 win over Tennessee.
The Denver Post observes that Woodyard "hasn't been the same" since suffering a stinger in the Broncos' Week 5 game against Dallas. He was replaced by Paris Lenon against the Titans. Pro Football Focus has given Woodyard negative grades across the board after a strong 2012 campaign. Woodyard is in a contract year.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier confirmed John Carlson suffered a concussion in Sunday's Week 14 loss to Baltimore.
Kyle Rudolph's recovery from a fractured foot has progressed more slowly than hoped, so the Vikings are paper thin at tight end. Carlson had two catches for 19 yards before departing Sunday. His Week 15 status is up in the air.
Vikings left WR Greg Childs (knee surgeries) on the PUP list, ending his season.
Childs never made enough progress from double patellar tendon tears to return and contribute in 2013. A 2012 fourth-round pick, Childs has yet to appear in an NFL game. He lacks fantasy value even in the deepest Dynasty leagues.
Joe Flacco acknowledged after Sunday's win over Minnesota that having Dennis Pitta back "means a lot" for Baltimore's passing attack.
Flacco has completed 75 percent of his red-zone passes to Pitta the past two seasons. He's at 44.6 percent to all other Ravens. "Obviously, he’s going to get better and better as the weeks go on," Flacco said. "He’s a huge player for us. He knows how to get open, he knows how to run routes, and he catches the football. He means a lot." Pitta will be a TE1 in Week 15 at Detroit.
The Washington Post reports owner Dan Snyder is exploring firing Mike Shanahan "with cause," which would take the Redskins off the hook for what's left on Shanahan's contract.
"Several people with knowledge" of the situation tell the Post it's "likely" Shanahan will be dismissed, whether it's "with cause" or without. Shanahan's contract runs through 2014 and would pay him $7 million in the entirely-unlikely event he were retained. Snyder is considering attempting to take himself off the hook for that money; coaches' contracts in the NFL are guaranteed. If Snyder indeed pursues firing Shanahan "with cause," the Redskins could contend an ESPN report that surfaced Sunday was leaked by Shanahan. The report stated that Shanahan cleaned out his office and nearly walked out on the Redskins last January, only to change his mind after Robert Griffin III's knee injury. Shanahan and Snyder are not on good terms, and haven't been for longer than a year.
Rob Gronkowski suffered a concussion along with his right ACL and MCL tears on the T.J. Ward hit in Sunday's Week 14 win over Cleveland.
Gronk banged his head on the turf at the end of the awkward injury. A source tells Profootballtalk that Gronk's concussion is considered "slight," but it's still something to file away. Gronkowski is headed to injured reserve.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Panthers believe Jonathan Stewart tore his MCL in Sunday's Week 14 loss to New Orleans.
The ligament tear would likely end Stewart's season, assuming it's confirmed via Monday's MRI. The Panthers played the Saints on Sunday Night Football, so confirmation probably can't be expected until tonight at the soonest. Stewart has rushed 48 times for 180 yards (3.8 YPC) and no touchdowns this season as a committee backfield partner with DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert.