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Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) is active for Week 17 against the Bears.

Pettigrew is taking the rare step of playing through a "doubtful" tag after sitting out in Weeks 15 and 16. Per DetroitLions.com, his ankle has "responded well to treatment" the past two days, but it's still hard to see him being anything more than a decoy against the Bears. Nevertheless, even that should be a big help for a Lions offense that's seen nearly all of its viable pass catchers land on the shelf. Inactive for the Lions are CB Drayton Florence, RB Kevin Smith, S Ricardo Silva, OT Jason Fox, OT Corey Hilliard, QB Kellen Moore and DE Ronnell Lewis.
Sun, Dec 30, 2012 11:33:00 AM

Christian Hackenberg will take over as the Jets' No. 2 quarterback after Josh McCown's year-ending hand injury.

The Jets clearly know Hackenberg isn't ready to play, or else they'd be starting the 2016 second-round pick. We'd be skeptical at this point if Hackenberg ever became ready to play. Instead, Gang Green will trot out Bryce Petty for Week 15 at New Orleans. Petty did show a strong connection with Robby Anderson last year, although all Jets pass catchers inevitably take a major hit.
Dec 11 - 3:45 PM

Speaking Sunday, Lions coach Jim Caldwell declined to call Ameer Abdullah his starting running back.

Evidently cleared from his neck injury, Abdullah was inactive for Sunday's win over the Bucs. Caldwell was fuzzy on Abdullah's status going forward. It's a deserved benching, though Abdullah is certainly one of the Lions' 46 best players. He should return to a rotation with Theo Riddick, Tion Green and perhaps Zach Zenner. Abdullah's re-draft value is shot.
Dec 11 - 3:29 PM

Eli Manning will remain the Giants' starting quarterback for Week 15.

Davis Webb might get a look at some point, but interim coach Steve Spagnuolo has given no indication of when that might be. There are only three games remaining. Manning will be off the Week 15 streaming radar against the Eagles.
Dec 11 - 3:18 PM

Bears TE Zach Miller (injured reserve) had to undergo eight surgeries on his injured left leg.

According to ESPN's Jeff Dickerson, Miller has "no timetable to resume a normal life," but is confident it will happen. Miller hasn't given up on the idea of returning to football, but the 33-year-old tight end's career is likely over. From a contractual standpoint, Miller will be a 2018 free agent.
Dec 11 - 3:17 PM

Alvin Kamara (concussion) expects to return for Week 15 against the Jets.

Players are always extremely optimistic about injury timelines, but it's a good first step for Kamara ahead of the fantasy semifinals. Coming off the Thursday night game, Kamara will have had three extra days to get cleared. His status will be updated no later than Wednesday, when the Saints issue their first injury report.
Dec 11 - 3:06 PM

Josh McCown (broken left hand) needs surgery, and is officially done for the season.

It's a sad end to what had been an uplifting campaign for the 38-year-old signal caller. Speaking Monday, coach Todd Bowles said the two had yet to talk about McCown's future. McCown, whom many thought would retire last offseason, is headed back to free agency. Although he made it 13 games this season, McCown has always had a tough time staying on the field. Admirable though his 2017 campaign was, the Jets also need to be thinking bigger at quarterback.
Dec 11 - 3:04 PM

Cardinals placed LT Jared Veldheer on injured reserve with an ankle injury, ending his season.

Coach Bruce Arians described Veldheer's ankle as "cracked." The Cardinals' normal right tackle, Veldheer had shifted to the left following D.J. Humphries' season-ending knee injury. Rookie fifth-rounder Will Holden will finish the year on the blindside. Like most Cardinals offensive linemen, Veldheer was mired in a bad season before going down. Due a $500,000 roster bonus in addition to his $6.5 million salary in the final year of his contract next season, it's possible Veldheer isn't brought back. He's slowly fallen out of favor in the desert.
Dec 11 - 2:11 PM

Speaking Monday, Bills coach Sean McDermott said Tyrod Taylor remains the team's starting quarterback when healthy.

McDermott also said Taylor's Week 14 deactivation was "mostly" based on his health, whatever that means. It appears there's a decent chance Taylor is back for Week 15 against the Dolphins. Nathan Peterman is in the concussion protocol. Despite his recent disappointments and health issues, Taylor will be on the streaming radar if he can give it a go.
Dec 11 - 1:56 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (right knee) is "still being evaluated."

Coach Sean McDermott said it was "too early to tell" on Benjamin's Week 15 status. He tweaked his troublesome knee twice in Sunday's snow bowl. Benjamin has played hurt a number of times this season, but he's probably going to be forced to sit for the fantasy semifinals.
Dec 11 - 1:09 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Eagles second-round CB Sidney Jones (Achilles, NFI) is expected to practice this week.

Coach Doug Pederson later confirmed the news during his press conference. Jones likely would have been a first-round pick, but he tore his Achilles at Washington's Pro Day and slipped to the Eagles in the second round. This at least opens the door for Jones to play this season, but it is still not a given he returns.
Dec 11 - 12:20 PM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson confirmed Carson Wentz suffered a torn ACL and is out for the season.

This is an awful development for a player who had legitimate MVP claims and a team with real Super Bowl aspirations. To add insult, the timing of the injury means Wentz is not guaranteed to be ready when the 2018 season rolls around, and he likely will be held out into training camp at the very least. With Wentz out, the Eagles will turn to Nick Foles, who managed just 42 yards on 10 attempts after Wentz left on Sunday, although he did find Nelson Agholor for a massive third-down conversion to help run out the clock. Foles starting is a big downgrade for the entire pass-catching corps, but it could force the Eagles to lean more on the running game and, specifically, Jay Ajayi. That said, it is difficult to spin this as good news for anyone in Philly.
Dec 11 - 12:11 PM




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