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Patriots released WR Deion Branch.

Branch was among the Patriots' final cuts coming out of the preseason but was later re-signed prior to Week 3. The 33-year-old caught just nine passes for 80 yards in seven games of spot work. Branch could be nearing the end of a solid career in which he was part of two Super Bowl championships along with being the Super Bowl MVP in 2004. New England also waived DB Malcolm Williams to make room for CB Aqib Talib and WR Greg Salas. Branch was listed on the Week 11 injury report with a hamstring injury which led to his release.
Sat, Nov 17, 2012 04:32:00 PM

Steven Jackson (quad) is inactive for Week 17 against the Panthers.

Dec 28 - 3:07 PM

DeAngelo Williams (hand) is inactive for Week 17 against the Falcons.

Williams was listed as probable, so he's essentially a healthy scratch. He's coming off a broken hand, but the Panthers expressed some concern over his ability to pick up the blitz. Jonathan Stewart will carry the load once again for Carolina. Also inactive for the Panthers are CB James Dockery, S Robert Lester, LB A.J. Klein, DT Kyle Love, OT David Foucault, and OG Amini Silatolu.
Dec 28 - 3:02 PM

Tom Brady was pulled from the Patriots' Week 17 matchup against the Bills after halftime.

Jimmy Garoppolo is in at quarterback for New England. Brady completed 8-of-16 passes for 80 yards and zero scores in one-half of work. Brady found Brandon LaFell and Brian Tyms for a couple long plays, but otherwise the Patriots' offense was stagnant against a stout Buffalo defense. The Patriots will get a week of rest before playing a home game in the Divisional Round.
Dec 28 - 2:38 PM

Arian Foster exited Week 17 against the Jaguars with a knee injury and is questionable to return.

The Texans also announced a hamstring issue for Foster. He was injured near the end of the first quarter and missed the final series of the opening quarter before heading to the locker room after the break. Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes are handling backfield duties. Foster gingerly paced the sidelines.
Dec 28 - 1:52 PM

Vincent Jackson was forced the Bucs' Week 17 game against the Saints with a groin injury, and is doubtful to return.

V-Jax went down midway through the first quarter, and the quick "doubtful" tag is a strong indication he will not return. V-Jax had one catch for 11 yards before going down, bringing his season line to an uninspiring 70/1,002/2. Jackson has now cleared 1,000 yards in each of his three seasons as a Buc, but watched his touchdown totals fall from eight to seven to two. Two weeks shy of his 32nd birthday, V-Jax is now clearly behind Mike Evans on the depth chart. V-Jax remains one of the league's best pure deep threats, but his days of no doubt WR1/2 status in fantasy are over. Jackson is due a hefty $9.777 million in 2015, but should remain in Tampa.
Dec 28 - 1:33 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen confirms the Jets are expected to fire GM John Idzik.

This was fully expected, especially after the Jets' own website published stories this week on Idzik's failings as a general manager. Per Mort, owner Woody Johnson will leave Rex Ryan's fate in the hands of the Jets' next GM. Johnson would love to keep Rex -- he's a top-ten NFL head coach -- but New York's next decision maker may deem it best to clean house. Rex cleaned out his office this week, but "he has not been told he is out."
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 28 - 12:48 PM

Julian Edelman (concussion) has been declared inactive for Week 17 against the Bills.

A Saturday report said any Patriot carrying even the slightest of injuries would be inactive in the meaningless season finale, so Edelman appears to be a victim of that policy. He got in limited practices this week and should be good to go following the Patriots first-round bye. New England also declared TE Rob Gronkowski, RB Jonas Gray, OG Dan Connolly, OT Sebastian Vollmer, LB Donta Hightower and CB Brandon Browner inactive against the Bills.
Dec 28 - 11:43 AM

Jets declared WR Percy Harvin, QB Matt Simms, WR Walter Powell, S Jaiquawn Jarrett, G Wesley Johnson, C Nick Mangold, and DT T.J. Barnes inactive for Week 17 against the Dolphins.

The absence of Harvin makes Eric Decker a sneaky-if-contrarian DFS play against the Fins. Even versus Miami's fading defense, New York's running game is probably going to struggle with All-Pro center Mangold on the shelf.
Dec 28 - 11:40 AM

T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) is active and Dwayne Allen (knee) is inactive for Sunday's Week 17 game at Tennessee.

Even though the Colts have almost nothing to play for, Hilton is a go as they try to get their offense on track. It's unclear how long he'll play. Meanwhile, Allen's absence gives Coby Fleener a big boost. The rest of the Colts inactives: DB Sheldon Price, LB Jerrell Freeman, OL Joe Reitz, OL Gosder Cherilus, LB Bjoern Werner, DL Zach Kerr.
Dec 28 - 11:38 AM

Patriots declared TE Rob Gronkowski inactive for Week 17 against the Bills.

With the No. 1 seed already locked up, New England is smartly holding Gronk out of a meaningless Week 17 contest with Buffalo. Tim Wright will earn the start in Gronk's place, but he is not a recommended option against the Bills' suffocating pass defense. Buffalo has allowed eight catches for 78 yards TOTAL to tight ends the last five games.
Dec 28 - 11:34 AM

Eagles declared LCB Bradley Fletcher inactive for Sunday's Week 17 finale against the Giants.

Fletcher was listed on the injury report with a hip injury, but this is more of a healthy scratch ahead of a matchup with Odell Beckham. Fletcher, who is headed for free agency, has been among the worst corners in the league all year and a weekly target for savvy fantasy football owners. The bigger question is how bad replacement Nolan Carroll must be in practice if he's not replacing Fletcher until Week 17. Don't downgrade ODB at all. The rest of the Eagles inactives: QB Nick Foles, S Jerome Couplin, OL Julian Vandervelde, OL Dennis Kelly, WR Jeff Maehl and DE Taylor Hart.
Dec 28 - 11:34 AM




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