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ESPN's Field Yates reports Patriots DT Alan Branch won his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy.

Dec 3 - 11:19 AM

Steelers signed K Randy Bullock.

Bullock will likely handle the kicking duties this weekend after Chris Boswell was added to the injury report Saturday morning. Bullock connected on 2-of-3 extra point attempts in one game with the Giants earlier this season, but he has been on the street since Week 1. The Steelers might be even more likely to go for two against Bullock's former team this weekend. CB Al-Hajj Shabazz was cut in a corresponding move.
Dec 3 - 11:05 AM

Ex-Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said he tried to convince Chip Kelly to return to the program when he (correctly) thought his job was in danger late in the season.

"When you start thinking of your assistants and all the support staff and all those people," Helfrich said, "if he were to come back here, some of those people would be saved." Kelly obviously declined, and he reiterated Wednesday he plans to remain the coach of the 49ers. Still, rumors of a Eugene return will not die down until Oregon fills the job.
Source: ESPN
Dec 3 - 10:20 AM

ESPN's Mike Reiss expects the Patriots to use more three-receiver packages with Rob Gronkowski (back) sidelined.

With just Matt Lengel on the depth chart behind Martellus Bennett, the Patriots will have to rely more on the receivers. That should be great news for rookie Malcolm Mitchell, who has three touchdowns in the last two games but only played 47 percent of the snaps last week. That percentage will likely rise moving forward. Mitchell needs to be stashed in all formats until this situation shakes out.
Source: ESPN
Dec 3 - 10:11 AM

ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan thinks the Giants could target Sterling Shepard early and often against the Steelers.

Shepard was not targeted last week against the Browns, an oversight Eli Manning apologized for after the game. Raanan points out Odell Beckham was forced targets against the Browns after a quiet game the previous week, and Victor Cruz saw seven targets, a season-high, in the game after he was held without a catch. Shepard should be funneled targets early against the Steelers, but he is still nothing more than a touchdown-dependent WR3.
Source: ESPN
Dec 3 - 10:00 AM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Thomas Rawls will "get the ball quite a bit" Week 13 against the Panthers.

Sore coming out of his first game action since Week 2, Rawls only saw 12 carries in the loss to the Bucs, although game flow was the biggest factor in his lack of touches. Seattle will hope for a better offensive performance at home against the Panthers this week, which will allow them to get Rawls more involved. Even in a very tough matchup, Rawls is a solid RB2.
Source: ESPN
Dec 3 - 9:36 AM

Steelers added K Chris Boswell to the injury report as questionable with an abdomen injury.

It is unclear when Boswell suffered the injury. Late-week additions to the injury report are never good, and it is likely Pittsburgh adds a kicker on Saturday afternoon. Fantasy owners should look for safer options.
Dec 3 - 9:32 AM

Geno Smith (knee) expects to be ready for training camp.

"I’ll be full go during camp next year," said Smith. "Other than that, just taking it week by week. No need to rush it." An impending free agent, Smith will be eight months removed from surgery in July. With Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg under contract, Smith will likely be playing for a different team in 2017.
Dec 2 - 8:16 PM

Redskins signed CB Dashaun Phillips.

Phillips is taking David Bruton’s spot on the active roster. He’s spent the last nine weeks on Washington's practice squad. Phillips should push Kendall Fuller for slot reps.
Dec 2 - 7:31 PM

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee, PUP) isn’t expected to return Sunday.

Pettigrew has been practicing since Week 12. He hasn't had any setbacks but isn’t ready to return. The Lions will need to activate Pettigrew next week or shut him down for the season.
Dec 2 - 7:11 PM

Lions WLB DeAndre Levy (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 13.

Levy has been getting in limited practices, but he's not expected to return Sunday. The Lions could also be without LB Tahir Whitehead (questionable, knee) against the Saints.
Dec 2 - 7:05 PM

Lions DE Ziggy Ansah said he thinks the ankle injury he suffered Week 2 will hamper him "all year."

Coming off 14.5 sacks last season, Ansah has zero takedowns in eight games this year. His ankle certainly has something to do with the decreased production. The sacks have not been there, but Ansah does have 10 hurries in the last five games according to PFF and almost had a strip sack on Thanksgiving. Those hurries should turn into takedowns eventually.
Dec 2 - 6:44 PM

Coach Todd Bowles said Brandon Marshall’s (knee, foot) status is a "concern."

Marshall has yet to practice this week. A return on Saturday would put him on track to suit up against the Colts, though he’s capable of playing without practicing. Marshall should be fine as a WR2 for Week 13.
Dec 2 - 6:06 PM

Chiefs CB Steven Nelson has been removed from the Week 13 injury report.

Nelson is ready to return after getting in a full week of practice. The Chiefs will have both Nelson and Marcus Peters for the first time since Week 10.
Dec 2 - 5:35 PM

Seahawks RB Troymaine Pope (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 13.

Pope practiced in full the last two days. He should back up Thomas Rawls, but won't see more than a few touches.
Dec 2 - 5:22 PM



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