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Dolphins CB Xavien Howard was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 14.

Howard was incredible in the Dolphins' upset win over the Patriots this past Monday night. He picked off Tom Brady twice, becoming only the second player to do so over the last 10 seasons, and Howard was simply terrific in coverage all night. Over the last three games, Pro Football Focus has charted Howard with seeing 17 targets in his coverage. He's allowed two catches for 30 yards in that span, while picking off four and swatting away four others.
Dec 13 - 10:14 AM

Falcons MLB Deion Jones was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 14.

Jones intercepted Drew Brees in the end zone with 1:25 left in the fourth quarter and the Falcons clinging to a 20-17 lead last Thursday night. Ultra-athletic at 6'1/230, Jones has been dynamite in coverage this season, checking in as Pro Football Focus' No. 3 inside linebacker in coverage out of 52 qualifiers. Sideline-to-sideline Jones is coach Dan Quinn's version of Bobby Wagner.
Dec 13 - 10:10 AM

Kelvin Benjamin (knee) will be limited in Wednesday's practice.

Benjamin predictably hurt his troublesome knee playing in the Buffalo blizzard last week. It doesn't sound like he was any worse for the wear than normal, giving Benjamin a chance to suit up this week against the Dolphins.
Dec 13 - 9:48 AM

Tyrod Taylor (knee) is practicing Wednesday.

Nathan Peterman is in the concussion protocol after last week's win over the Colts. Per coach Sean McDermott, Taylor remains the starter when healthy, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports it's likely going to be Taylor under center against Miami. Taylor is getting the starter's reps Wednesday.
Dec 13 - 9:46 AM

Both Gerald McCoy and the Bucs are hoping he can play through his Week 14 biceps injury.

Three days after the injury, we've yet to see concrete word on what the plan is moving forward with McCoy. He injured his right biceps last Sunday, and it's the one he tore in 2011. McCoy is likely dealing with some sort of strain, which is technically a tear. He admitted he was essentially playing with one arm last week, so it's hard to envision McCoy being dominant the final three games.
Dec 13 - 9:27 AM

Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) announced he's been medically cleared to return.

"It's been a long road from that day to this, but I'm happy to say I've been medically cleared to return," Rodgers announced Tuesday night. "Thanks for all the love, support, prayers, and well wishes over the past 8 weeks." Rodgers' Week 15 status had been up in the air earlier in the day, but this seems to point to him being under center against the Panthers this week. The 7-6 Packers have treaded water in Rodgers' absence and now have a chance to run the table and get into the playoffs with arguably the league's best passer back in action. Jordy Nelson also gets a huge boost back up the receiver ranks with Rodgers back. Davante Adams remains a WR2. The Vikings and Lions are on the schedule after Carolina.
Dec 12 - 10:20 PM

Hunter Henry (calf) was limited in Tuesday's practice.

Henry ultimately should be fine for Saturday night's tilt with the Chiefs.
Dec 12 - 9:21 PM

The Boston Herald reports the Patriots consider WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee, injured reserve) unlikely to return this season.

Beat writer Jeff Howe reports that's been the Pats' assumption "for weeks." The Pats signed Kenny Britt on Tuesday to bolster their receiver corps. A promising second-year fourth-rounder who can't shake persistent knee woes, Mitchell was placed on injured reserve ahead of Week 1. Despite his upside, Mitchell's Patriots future is likely up in the air.
Dec 12 - 7:40 PM

Browns waived WR Bryce Treggs.

A popular sleeper type in Dynasty leagues, Treggs is a 2016 UDFA with eight catches in 15 career games. The fact that he couldn't stick on the rebuilding Browns' 53-man roster doesn't bode particularly well for his NFL future. Treggs turns 24 in April.
Dec 12 - 7:32 PM

Bengals QB Jeff Driskel (thumb, injured reserve) has resumed practicing.

It opens Driskel's three-week window to come off injured reserve. With only three weeks left in the season and Andy Dalton and A.J. McCarron both healthy, it's possible Driskel is never added to the 53-man roster.
Dec 12 - 4:52 PM

Ameer Abdullah (neck) is practicing in full for Week 15.

The Lions were cagey on Abdullah's health after he was scratched for Sunday's win over the Bucs, but it sounds like he could have played. The Lions are over Abdullah's poor 2017 performance. His best-case scenario for Week 15 is being part of a committee with Theo Riddick, Tion Green and perhaps Zach Zenner. The Lions are playing the Bears on Saturday.
Dec 12 - 4:26 PM

Redskins signed RB Kapri Bibbs, LB Otha Peters and LB Pete Robertson.

Bibbs worked out for the Redskins last month. With Byron Marshall (hamstring) headed to injured reserve, Bibbs could immediately slide in as the new No. 2 running back. He's far from an ideal Marshall/Chris Thompson replacement, as pass catching is not part of his game. UDFA LeShun Daniels Jr. might take over in that department, though he also rarely caught passes at Iowa.
Dec 12 - 4:21 PM

Redskins placed RB Byron Marshall on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season.

TE Jordan Reed and LB Chris Carter have also been sent to injured reserve. Chris Thompson's fill-in as the Redskins' pass-catching back, Marshall injured his hamstring on a Week 14 kick return. Marshall averaged a modest seven touches in two healthy games in place of Thompson. A second-year UDFA, Marshall will have to work to crack someone's 53-man roster in 2018.
Dec 12 - 4:05 PM

Redskins placed TE Jordan Reed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season.

It's the only logical end to what was a lost 2017 for the would-be star tight end. Always injured, Reed was limited to a career-low six games. Reed reported to camp with a toe injury that had been bothering him since 2016. Things went downhill from there as he battled shoulder, chest and hamstring ailments, amongst others. When Reed was on the field during his age-27 campaign, he was ineffective, averaging a fullback-like 7.8 yards per catch. Signed through 2021, Reed will head into 2018 having averaged 10 games across five NFL seasons.
Dec 12 - 4:02 PM

Patriots signed WR Kenny Britt to a two-year contract.

Waived by the worst team in football four days ago, Britt will try to stick to the Super Bowl-or-bust Patriots' 53-man roster. Especially while Chris Hogan (shoulder) was sidelined, the Pats were lacking depth at receiver. Hogan is back now, but another body was still needed. It's an open question as to whether Britt will be able to keep his roster spot, though the two-year deal suggests he will. Britt was all the way checked out for the Browns, making awful errors and few, if any, big plays. Although he will be catching passes from Tom Brady, Britt won't have any fantasy value in his new home.
Dec 12 - 4:01 PM


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