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Broncos C J.D. Walton has undergone an additional surgery on his troublesome ankle, and is expected to miss the entire season.

Per reporter Jeff Legwold, Walton could return in the second half if "all goes well in healing." It's a blow for the Broncos, who don't have a viable alternative after opting not to re-sign Walton's 2012 fill-in Dan Koppen. Walton had previously never missed a game before going down in Week 4. The Broncos could re-sign Koppen — the top remaining center in Nick Mensio's free agent ranks — but he was little better than replacement level. Jeff Faine and Eugene Amano are other possibilities. In house, displaced guard Chris Kuper has never played center. G Manuel Ramirez is an option. As for Walton, missing 28 straight games would certainly put his NFL future into question even though he's only 26. He's entering the last year of his rookie contract.
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 01:20:00 PM

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain "would be surprised" if Arian Foster (groin) is able to play Week 12 against the Bengals.

This meshes with other reports throughout the weekend. Foster was unable to practice all week and is expected to miss his second straight game. It'll be the Alfred Blue show once again this week after he racked up 36 carries in Week 11 against the Browns. Expect another heavy workload with Jonathan Grimes pitching in as the change-of-pace. Blue shapes up as a borderline RB1/2.
Nov 23 - 9:24 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Julius Thomas (ankle) will be "a true game-time decision."

Not even Thomas knows if he'll be playing yet, according to RapSheet. Thomas didn't practice at all this week. If he plays, expect him to be limited against the Dolphins. Owners need to make other plans with the 4:25 PM ET kickoff. Jacob Tamme would start for Thomas, but makes for a weak replacement.
Nov 23 - 9:15 AM

Jonas Gray is expected to be active for Week 12 against the Lions despite oversleeping and missing Friday's practice.

LeGarrette Blount will also be active for the Patriots after being signed earlier in the week. New England will "divvy up" the carries between the two big backs, while Shane Vereen will also play heavy snaps. We're avoiding both Gray and Blount in fantasy against Detroit's stout interior run defense. Vereen is a fine RB2/FLEX option with the Lions allowing backs to catch the ball in space.
Nov 23 - 9:03 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter was informed by a league source that Josh Gordon will play 20-30 snaps in his Week 12 debut against the Falcons.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport adds Gordon "will either start or be in quickly" with the Browns rotating him "in and out," yet they're open to playing Gordon more "if he's feeling good." Gordon can do damage on 20-30 snaps, though we might take the over on this. Browns-Falcons could be a shootout, but Cleveland could try and slow the pace by leaning on its run game. It's a volatile situation. Gordon is a must-start in season-long leagues, but is more of a tournament than cash play in DFS.
Nov 23 - 8:54 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Reggie Bush (questionable, ankle) is not expected to play in Week 12.

Bush practiced on a limited basis this week, but still isn't ready to return from his ankle injury. Theo Riddick will continue to replace him as the Lions' passing down back, and is on the RB3/FLEX radar. Bush should have a decent chance of returning in Week 13. Joique Bell will be a mid-range RB2 against the Patriots.
Nov 22 - 5:39 PM

ESPN Texans reporter Tania Ganguli said the chances Arian Foster (groin, questionable) plays Week 12 against the Bengals are "very, very low."

Foster did not practice on Thursday or Friday. The Texans are still calling Foster a "game-time decision," but every indication is Foster will miss his second straight game. Alfred Blue saw 36 carries as Foster's replacement Week 11. He will be a borderline RB1 against the Bengals' struggling run defense.
Nov 22 - 8:51 AM

Lamar Miller is now fighting a knee injury in addition to the shoulder issue he's been battling.

Miller suffered a shoulder sprain back in Week 9, but got over it reasonably quickly and earned a "probable" tag ahead of Week 11. That appears to be on the back burner now as a mid-week knee injury is what has him listed "questionable." The good news is Miller got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday, and stated he expects to play. The bad news is that Sunday's game at Denver is a 4:25pm ET start and the backup situation is murky. In Week 11, Daniel Thomas played 25 snaps and got five touches (all rushes). More talented Damien Williams played nine snaps and got two touches (all catches).
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 21 - 6:03 PM

Arian Foster (groin) didn't practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 12 against the Bengals.

Foster didn't practice on Thursday or Friday. The Texans continue to claim he'll be a "game-time decision," but at this point it would be a major surprise if he played. Look for Alfred Blue to continue to carry the mail in Houston's backfield. Jonathan Grimes will be the third-down and change-of-pace back.
Nov 21 - 3:09 PM

FOX Sports' Mike Garofolo reports Jonas Gray was late to the Patriots' facility on Friday because he overslept.

Per Garofolo, Gray's "phone died," which he was ostensibly relying upon as an alarm. He drove straight to Gillette Stadium, but was promptly sent home by the Patriots' coaching staff. Garofolo reports Gray has texted teammates to apologize, including Tom Brady. He is "hoping" to get Bill Belichick to hear his side of the story "this afternoon." We wish young Jonas the best of luck.
Nov 21 - 2:38 PM

Adrian Peterson's suspension appeal hearing has been scheduled for December 2.

His appeal will be heard by Harold Henderson, not Roger Goodell. Henderson also heard Josh Gordon's suspension appeal, which resulted in a ten-game ban as opposed to a full-season ban. Perhaps this creates a glimmer of hope Peterson will play in a few games late in the season. After December 2, the Vikings face the Jets in Week 14, the Lions in Week 15, and the Dolphins in fantasy title week.
Nov 21 - 2:32 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss reports Jonas Gray was not permitted to practice on Friday because he showed up late to the Patriots' facility.

Uh oh. The Patriots are a zero-tolerance team when it comes to matters like this, and for as great as Gray was in fantasy football last week, he is a replaceable player. That is especially the case after New England signed LeGarrette Blount to a two-year deal on Thursday. Gray's usage for Week 12 against the Lions is now entirely uncertain. Blount could steal his role.
Nov 21 - 2:02 PM




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