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The Bears have hired Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman as their new head coach, signing him to a four-year contract.

The CFL head man and long-time NFL assistant beat out Colts OC Bruce Arians and Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell to replace Lovie Smith. It's a daring, if risky, hire for a team that all too often let dysfunctional offenses sabotage strong defenses under Smith. Trestman has been out of the league since 2004, but was well-regarded before his departure, and oversaw consistently strong units in the CFL. Although Jay Cutler will be adjusting to yet another new system in 2013, it's excellent news for his prospects that the lead voice in the Bears offense will finally be the head coach, and not the offensive coordinator.
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 01:57:00 AM

Marquess Wilson (groin) returned to Bears practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

It gives Wilson a chance to suit up against the Lions, but it's far from certain. Unfortunately, the Bears are a bottom-three team when it comes to injury truthfulness, so we could go into Sunday morning lacking a clear idea of Wilson's status. If Wilson does play, he'll be hard to trust as a WR4. He'll be at less than 100 percent with Matt Barkley playing quarterback.
Dec 8 - 4:10 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jamaal Charles (knee) is doing well in his recovery from knee surgery and hopes to be back for the playoffs.

It's a nice thought, but it's probably not going to happen. Charles has had two knee surgeries this year on top of the torn ACL that caused him to miss most of last season. It doesn't make much sense for the Chiefs to rush Charles back when he isn't even going to be the starter. If Charles does return this year, it will be as a change-of-pace option behind workhorse Spencer Ware. With all the injuries he's suffered over the years, it's fair to wonder how much Charles has left in the tank.
Dec 8 - 3:51 PM

Updating an earlier report, Jordan Matthews (ankle) was upgraded to full at Thursday's practice.

There's no longer any doubt about his Week 14 status, not that there ever was. Matthews will be a WR3 Sunday in his return from a one-week ankle injury.
Dec 8 - 3:20 PM

Michael Thomas (foot) remained sidelined Thursday.

The Saints are arguably the league's most opaque team when it comes to injuries, but missing back-to-back practices is always an ominous sign. Thomas needs to get in at least a limited session on Friday to have a realistic shot at suiting up. Thomas will remain in the low-end WR1 mix if he can give it a go against Tampa. His absence would make Brandin Cooks a no-brainer WR1.
Dec 8 - 3:15 PM

Jordan Reed (shoulder) said he expects to play Week 14 against the Eagles.

We're not sure what to make of all this as ESPN's John Keim said Reed looked to be in "obvious pain" at Thursday's practice. Despite what Keim saw, Reed claims to have his full range of motion back and coach Jay Gruden said he "looked pretty good" on Thursday. This is shaping up as a classic game-time decision. Fortunately the Redskins play at 1 PM ET this week, so we'll know his status relatively early.
Dec 8 - 3:09 PM

Bills OC Anthony Lynn said Mike Gillislee will continue to get red-zone work.

"That's his role," said Lynn. Gillislee vultured a pair of goal-line touchdowns last week against the Raiders and now has six touchdowns over his last seven games. That might concern owners of LeSean McCoy, though Shady has still managed 10 touchdowns (nine rushing, one receiving) in 11 games this year. McCoy is obviously the more well-established of the two, but the Bills are running the ball enough for both players to have fantasy success. Consider Gillislee an RB3/flex going forward.
Dec 8 - 2:25 PM

Derek Carr (thumb) is expected to continue operating exclusively out of the shotgun in Thursday's game against the Chiefs.

The Raiders' offense has been 100 percent shotgun since Carr injured his pinkie in Week 12. It wasn't an issue on Sunday against the Bills, and shouldn't be against the Chiefs on Thursday. Carr's main Week 14 concerns are Justin Houston and frigid temperatures.
Dec 8 - 2:21 PM

Trevor Siemian (foot) practiced for the second straight day Thursday.

Siemian was officially "limited" on Wednesday, and will probably remain so on Thursday. Right now, he's on track to start against the Titans, but it's not a certainty. The Broncos will probably make a final determination on Friday. Siemian's status is most important for how it affects Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.
Dec 8 - 2:15 PM

Jets C Nick Mangold (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 14, and could require surgery.

It's sounding like Mangold's season is most likely over. He could be headed to injured reserve before Sunday's game against the 49ers to free up a roster spot. Wesley Johnson is manning the pivot in Mangold's absence. One month shy of his 33rd birthday, Mangold is signed through 2017.
Dec 8 - 1:23 PM

Jordan Reed (shoulder) participated in individual drills for the second straight day Thursday, but remained in "obvious pain."

Per ESPN's John Keim, Reed was in "more discomfort" than he was Wednesday. His Week 14 status is obviously looking ominous. We could know Reed's availability by Friday. Fantasy owners should plan on Vernon Davis getting the start.
Dec 8 - 1:20 PM

Julio Jones (turf toe) was limited to side work in Thursday's practice.

Jones took part in the walk-through, but not team drills. He'll be listed as "DNP." Coach Dan Quinn is hoping he can get in a limited session on Friday. ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported the Falcons are "optimistic" Jones will suit up against the Rams, but he's genuinely questionable. Even if he does play, it's quite possible he'll be a decoy. Jones is shaping up as a high-risk, high-reward option for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.
Dec 8 - 1:07 PM




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