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Kyle Rudolph said his shoulder injury should not keep him from playing in Sunday's game against the Packers.

Rudolph sat out Wednesday's practice, but he brushed off the injury as minor. He also confirmed that he's been fully cleared despite sustaining his second concussion of the season last week. "The other one was more of an equilibrium, balance type thing," he said. "I didn't have any of that during this one. Two completely different circumstances." At this point, we'd be surprised if Rudolph didn't suit up as a low-end TE1 come Sunday.
Thu, Nov 29, 2012 08:09:00 AM

Colin Kaepernick will be the 49ers' Week 14 starter at quarterback.

The 49ers benched Kaepernick in the midst of a ludicrously bad Week 13 performance in the snow, but are wisely giving him another shot against the Jets. Kap's play had been on an upward trajectory before last week's catastrophic setback, and though it can sound like damning with faint praise, Kap has been a clear improvement on Blaine Gabbert. Regardless, the fantasy calculus has changed. Kap should now be considered at risk of in-game benchings, rendering him a risk/reward QB2 instead of the low-end QB1 he had been performing as.
Dec 6 - 1:21 PM

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly (concussion) will be evaluated Wednesday to see if he can resume practicing.

He's missed the Panthers' last two games with a concussion. With Carolina headed nowhere this year, there's no need to rush Kuechly back, especially given his history of concussions. A.J. Klein has been filling in for Kuechly at middle linebacker.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 6 - 1:01 PM

Jeremy Maclin (groin) will be a full participant at Tuesday's practice.

It puts Maclin on track to suit up Thursday night against Oakland. He'll be returning from a four-game absence. With Travis Kelce emerging as Alex Smith's go-to target and rookie Tyreek Hill also showing promise, Maclin won't be more than a WR4 this week and going forward.
Dec 6 - 12:57 PM

According to ESPN's Ed Werder, Jason Pierre-Paul's preliminary diagnosis did not reveal a sports hernia.

Pierre-Paul is set to visit Dr. William Meyers Tuesday in Philadelphia. Meyers' expertise is sports hernia surgery, so it was natural to assume Pierre-Paul had suffered a hernia himself. Though the initial diagnosis didn't show that, Pierre-Paul will get official word from Meyers on Tuesday. Even if Pierre-Paul doesn't go under the knife, he's still expected to miss "a few weeks," according to beat writer Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.com.
Dec 6 - 11:43 AM

Jason Pierre-Paul (groin) is traveling to Philadelphia Tuesday to visit Dr. William Meyers.

It's obviously not a good sign for his availability this week or going forward. Dr. Meyers specializes in sports hernia surgery. Maybe Meyers will give Pierre-Paul some good news, but we're not counting on it. JPP injured his groin late in the first half of Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh and did not return.
Dec 6 - 11:17 AM

ESPN's Bob Holtzman reports Jeremy Maclin (groin) "should play" Thursday night against the Raiders.

Holtzman added the caveat of "if all goes well" in practice this week. Maclin has been out since Week 9 with a groin injury. Even if he returns Thursday night, there is a decent chance he will be limited. Even in a good matchup, Maclin is nothing more than a WR4.
Source: ESPN
Dec 6 - 10:36 AM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he wants Rob Kelley to be "more involved" moving forward.

Despite running well against a tough Cardinals defense, Kelley only saw 14 carries in what was a close game throughout. "We ideally would like to get that running game going a little bit more," Gruden said, "more touches for Robert because he’s been very good as far as running the football." Kelley will always be at risk of falling out of the game plan because of his struggles as a pass catcher, but Washington needs to do a better job of feeding him when the game is close. He should see plenty of work this week against the Eagles.
Dec 6 - 10:03 AM

Jerry Jones said the Cowboys do not plan to rest their starters even if they clinch the No. 1 seed.

With a first-round bye all but secure and home-field advantage likely to be locked up in the next couple weeks, the Cowboys will have a tough decision to make in Week 17. Jones says it will be "business as usual," which could be the right call with a bye week on the way, but it would still be surprising if Ezekiel Elliott saw his full workload once everything is locked up. It is still possible he sits out entirely in the final week. Because of the uncertainty, Alfred Morris is a must-add for Elliott owners.
Dec 6 - 9:43 AM

Jets coach Todd Bowles said he always planned to start Bryce Petty over the final month of the season.

"We could have won 45-0, (Bryce) was going to start the last four games," Bowles said after Monday night's blowout loss. "That's the slot we had penciled for him, that's a good time to take a look at him." It is unclear why Petty would be good enough for the final four games and not the final six, but at least the correct decision has finally been made. Even though it is pretty clear Petty is not the long-term answer, the Jets at least need to see it on the field before this offseason.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 6 - 9:22 AM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports people close to Earl Thomas (broken leg, injured reserve) said the safety will "be okay" and "just needs time."

Thomas tweeted he was considering retirement after breaking his leg on Sunday night, and Adam Schefter gave credence to the tweet in a report on Monday night. Schefter said the Seahawks do not believe he is really considering retirement, however, and this report seems to suggest the retirement talk is just an (understandable) emotional reaction. Thomas should be back next season.
Dec 6 - 9:09 AM

Coach Todd Bowles said Bryce Petty will start the Jets' final four games.

Owners of Ryan Fitzpatrick can release him. Petty will get starts at the 49ers, vs. the Dolphins, at the Patriots, and vs. the Bills to close out the year. At 3-9, it makes sense for the Jets to get a look at Petty to see if they have anything here. By the looks of his first few NFL appearances, chances are slim. He has a big arm, but struggles with accuracy. Petty's insertion to the lineup is a big downgrade to Brandon Marshall, but might give Robby Anderson a slight boost.
Dec 6 - 12:01 AM




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