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Matt Forte (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 17, and reiterated Friday that he will play against the Lions.

Forte received treatment away from the Bears' facility this week, but practiced on a limited basis both Thursday and Friday and is expected to start against Detroit. It's a must-win game for the Bears, who need the Vikings to lose to the Packers and to beat the Lions themselves in order to make the playoffs.
Fri, Dec 28, 2012 03:26:00 PM

Tyler Eifert (back, injured reserve) recently underwent surgery to remove a cyst on his knee.

Eifert is on injured reserve because of a lingering back injury which required a third surgery October, but he also was dealing with a knee issue earlier this year. The tight end will hope the procedures fix both issues, but this is yet another injury question mark as Eifert heads into free agency this spring. Despite his proven ability to score touchdowns, he will likely have to settle for a prove-it deal.
Source: ESPN
Nov 18 - 12:49 PM

Giants added Sterling Shepard (illness) to the injury report as questionable.

Being added this late in the week is a concern, but players usually play through illnesses. The good news is the Giants kick at 1 ET, so we should know Shepard's status early. If he plays, Shepard will a must-start in a great matchup against the Chiefs.
Nov 18 - 12:39 PM

Broncos waived/injured TE A.J. Derby with a shoulder injury.

Derby had already been ruled out for Week 11 with a shoulder injury, and it is apparently a serious issue. He will revert to injured reserve if he clears waivers. Denver promoted TE Austin Traylor from the practice squad in a corresponding move, but Virgil Green should serve as the primary option at tight end.
Nov 18 - 12:16 PM

Ravens activated Danny Woodhead (hamstring) from injured reserve.

The Ravens tried to play coy this week, but Woodhead was always expected back. Ravens OC Marty Mornhinweg said Alex Collins will remain the team's featured back even with Woodhead returning, but that "featured" role has mostly consisted of early-down work. Woodhead should be the primary passing-down back once he is fully ready to go, a role Buck Allen had ridden to the RB21 spot in standard scoring. Woodhead is a risky play this week, but he should be a fantasy starter the rest of the way.
Nov 18 - 11:53 AM

Jaguars activated Dede Westbrook (core muscle surgery) from injured reserve.

This was expected with Allen Hurns out with an ankle injury. Westbrook is not expected to play a big role in his first career game, although the receiver predicted he will get 200 yards against the Browns. We will take the under. Westbrook is worth stashing in all leagues, but he is just a desperation fantasy option this week.
Nov 18 - 11:48 AM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor (neck) will miss the rest of the season.

That's back-to-back body blows to the Seattle secondary after Richard Sherman was lost for the season with a torn Achilles' suffered in Week 10 against Arizona. Chancellor was injured late in that same game. 29-year-old Chancellor was having one of his best seasons, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 5 safety, receiving strong marks for both his run defense and pass coverage. FS Earl Thomas is expected back this week. Bradley McDougald will likely replace Chancellor.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 18 - 9:20 AM

Philip Rivers (concussion) has been cleared to start Week 11 against Buffalo.

This was expected after Rivers practiced fully all week. He's passed the concussion protocol and will extend his streak to 186 consecutive games played. Rivers is Rotoworld's No.11-ranked quarterback for Week 11.
Nov 17 - 7:41 PM

The Detroit Free Press considers contract-year DE Ezekiel Ansah a candidate for a one-year, prove-it deal.

Ansah is having a down 2017 and has struggled with injuries the last two seasons. He should still push for $10-plus million on his next deal, but may need to reestablish his value to get multiple years of guaranteed money. Ansah isn't going to be franchised at an $18M salary.
Nov 17 - 7:14 PM

Martellus Bennett (shoulder, hamstring) is questionable for Week 11 against the Raiders.

Bennett looks on track to play after a limited week of practice. He played only seven snaps in his first game with the Patriots, but should see his role increase. Bennett is just a touchdown-dependent streamer.
Nov 17 - 5:07 PM

Dez Bryant (knee) will play in Week 11 against the Eagles.

Bryant was removed from the injury report after practicing fully the last two days. He should play his normal snaps Sunday night, but the Cowboys pass protection is a concern with LT Tyron Smith sidelined. Bryant is more of a midrange WR2 for Week 11.
Nov 17 - 5:02 PM

Zach Ertz (hamstring) wasn't listed on the Eagles' final injury report for Week 11 against the Cowboys.

He sat out Week 9 but had the bye to rest his injured hamstring and was a full participant at every practice this week. Ertz will take a four-game touchdown streak into Sunday night's game in Dallas. He's RotoPat's No. 3 tight end for Week 11.
Nov 17 - 4:53 PM




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