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Thanksgiving Lore

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Patriots at Lions

Tom Brady (foot) caused a mini-stir when he was listed as questionable after missing a second straight practice Wednesday. Both he and Fred Taylor (questionable, toe) made the trip to Detroit, and the Boston Globe's Greg Bedard confirms that Brady is in no danger of missing the game. We have Brady confidently ranked as the No. 5 fantasy QB for week 12.

Jahvid Best (probable, toe) was limited again in Wednesday's practice. It looks like he's going to give it a go, but Maurice Morris is expected to handle the majority of the backfield touches this week. Morris is a weak flex option if Best suits up. … Tony Scheffler (ribs) is listed as doubtful, leaving Brandon Pettigrew as an elite TE1 option this week. … Kicker Jason Hanson (knee) said he'll not only be out for Week 12, but possibly longer. Dave Rayner handle field goals again for the Lions (33-35-2 on Thanksgiving).

Saints at Cowboys

Pierre Thomas (ankle) and Ladell Betts (head/neck) have been ruled out at Dallas (27-14-1 all-time on Thanksgiving). … Reggie Bush (leg) and Jeremy Shockey (ribs) are both listed as questionable. Coach Sean Payton isn't talking, but "all indications" are that Bush will finally return to game action Thursday with an expected workload of 8-14 touches. Neither he nor Chris Ivory is any better than a flex play. … Shockey's status remains up in the air, and he has the look of a game-time decision. Hotshot rookie Jimmy Graham's chances for a big game are obviously much greater if Shockey sits.

Felix Jones (hip) is listed as questionable after turning in a limited practice Wednesday. The Dallas Morning News' Todd Archer has a "hunch" that Jones will play, but it may come down to pre-game warmups. Jones is always a risky fantasy play even when healthy, Marion Barber is devoid of all playmaking ability, and Tashard Choice's workload is a mystery.

Bengals at Jets

Carson Palmer (foot) returned to practice Wednesday and is listed as probable for the Bengals' first ever appearance on Thanksgiving. … Jerricho Cotchery (groin) has been ruled out for Thursday evening's game, with Brad Smith ascending to the No. 3 role. … Jets RT Damien Wood (sprained MCL) will be replaced by capable backup Wayne Hunter.

Bradshaw Fumbles Away Starting Job

Coach Tom Coughlin announced that a fumble-prone Ahmad Bradshaw has lost his starting job to Brandon Jacobs this week. Coughlin insisted that Bradshaw will stay involved, but he also mentioned wanting to expand Danny Ware's role. After losing his fifth fumble in Week 11, Bradshaw acknowledged that he doesn't know how carries will be divided in the Giants' backfield against the Jags. On a positive note, Jacobs believes the switch is "only temporary" because Bradshaw is too explosive to exclude from the offense. We expect Jacobs and Bradshaw to be in the neighborhood of 14-16 touches in a plus matchup with both starting receivers out.

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Around the League: According to NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora, coach Marvin Lewis "very, very unlikely" to be back with the Bengals in 2011, and the foursome of Carson Palmer, Cedric Benson, Chad Ochocinco, and Terrell Owens are expected to follow him out the door. … Coach Chan Gailey "can't envision" Ryan Fitzpatrick not starting for the Bills in 2011. … Tyler Thigpen and Chad Henne (knee) are splitting reps this week, and the Dolphins aren't expected to name a quarterback until just before game time Sunday. … Due to his familiarity with the Panthers, Jake Delhomme will get the nod at quarterback this week with Colt McCoy (high ankle sprain) ruled out. … Rookie Emmanuel Sanders has bypassed Antwaan Randle El as the Steelers' No. 3 receiver. … Titans coach Jeff Fisher indicated that he was not satisfied with Vince Young's (injured reserve, thumb) text-message apology for walking out on his team. … Fisher also revealed that offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger is "very sick" with cancer and will begin undergoing chemotherapy treatments. … Giants claimed WR Devin Thomas off waivers from the Panthers. … Redskins signed RB Andre Brown off the Broncos' practice squad. … Raiders signed DE/OLB Jarvis Moss, formerly of the Broncos. … The NFL and Players Union are finally engaging in positive talks toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Quarterback Injury Report: Jimmy Clausen (concussion) returned to a full practice and will start at Cleveland barring a late-week setback. … Seneca Wallace admitted Wednesday that he's still not fully recovered from his high right ankle sprain. … Chad Henne (knee) was limited. … Brett Favre (elbow, shoulder, flu) was limited, as usual.

Running Back Injury Report: Requiring surgery to repair his latest abdomen tear, Clinton Portis (groin) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. … Jonathan Strewart (concussion) returned to a full practice, cutting into Mike Goodson's value. … Ryan Mathews (ankle) missed Chargers practice Wednesday, and Mike Tolbert is expected to carry the load again. … Coach Chan Gailey is giving C.J. Spiller (hamstring) an "outside chance -- not great" to play in Week 12. … Joseph Addai (neck/shoulder) was limited to non-contact drills in Colts practice Wednesday. Mike Hart (ankle) is not expected to return in Week 12, leaving Donald Brown to start a fourth straight game.

Wide Receiver Injury Report: Brandon Marshall (hamstring) isn't practicing this week, and there's speculation that he could miss multiple weeks. … Andre Johnson (ankle) has resumed practicing fully. … Roddy White (knee) was given an off day. … Still in a walking boot, Seahawks WR Mike Williams (foot) missed Wednesday's practice. Golden Tate (ankle) returned. … Legedu Naanee (hamstring) returned to Chargers practice Wednesday while Malcom Floyd (hamstring) sat out. … Coach Jack Del Rio said Mike Sims-Walker (ankle) will sit out Wednesday but could return to practice later this week. … Chiefs KR/WR Dexter McCluster (ankle) has finally resumed practicing fully. … Santana Moss (hamstring) was limited in Wednesday's practice. … Donald Driver (quadricep) was only able to participate in the walkthrough portion of Packers practice Wednesday. … Brandon LaFell (concussion) has resumed practicing fully. … Rams WR Danario Alexander (knee) pronounced himself ready to return to game action after an impressive practice Wednesday. … Patrick Crayton underwent surgery Wednesday to repair his dislocated wrist and injured reserve is a possibility. … Coach Tom Cable revealed that Chaz Schilens has suffered another setback with his troublesome foot.

Tight End Injury Report: Zach Miller (foot) was able to practice on a limited basis Wednesday. … Antonio Gates (foot) and Randy McMichael (hamstring) were both held out of practice Wednesday. … Tony Moeaki (head) returned to Chiefs practice on a limited basis. … Ben Watson (ankle) was held out Wednesday. … Kellen Winslow (knee) missed practice as a routine off day. … Owen Daniels sat out practice and remains "day to day" with a lingering hamstring injury.

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