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Date: Team: Pos:

Julian Edelman (thigh) is listed as probable for Week 12.

He'll be a fantasy WR3 in Sunday's bout with the Lions.
Nov 21 - 4:28 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

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

Julian Edelman (thigh) remained limited on Thursday.

Edelman tweaked his thigh in Sunday's win over the Colts, but played through the injury. He should be ready to roll as a WR3 against the Lions.
Nov 20 - 5:26 PM

Patriots signed RB LeGarrette Blount to a two-year contract.

Oh, the irony. Just eight months after letting Blount walk to Pittsburgh as a free agent (and getting a compensatory draft pick for it), the Patriots get to re-sign him to a team-friendly, minimum contract plus incentives deal. He returns to a backfield that has lost Stevan Ridley to a torn ACL, but does have Jonas Gray functioning well as the clear-cut No. 1 power back. We'd expect Gray to retain a big piece role, with Blount serving as insurance and depth. The 153-772-7 line he put up for Bill Belichick last season is not in the cards, making Blount only a deep-league flier. Blount will at least make sure Gray doesn't have to carry the ball 38 times again like he did in Week 11, putting a bit of a damper on Gray's volume projections.
Nov 20 - 8:20 AM

LeGarrette Blount went unclaimed on waivers.

He's free to sign with any team. Blount had reportedly become an internal problem for the Steelers over the last month, and was released after leaving the field before the conclusion of Monday night's win. He had just 65 carries in a backup role to Le'Veon Bell. Blount should resurface in a power-run scheme.
Nov 19 - 5:38 PM

Julian Edelman (thigh) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Edelman played a season-low 35 snaps on Sunday night after going down in the first quarter. His status will be worth monitoring, but he should play in Week 12. Edelman will be a mid-range WR3 against Detroit.
Nov 19 - 4:42 PM

The NFL and Elias Sports Bureau made a stat change Tuesday, crediting Jonas Gray with 37 carries for 201 yards and four touchdowns in Week 11 against the Colts.

Gray had a previous rushing line of 38-199-4. He had a minus-two-yard rush nullified because of a penalty. This is huge news if you play in a league with bonuses for 200-plus yards rushing, which many do. Gray will likely be the most heavily added player in Week 12, but we need to temper expectations.
Source: ESPN Boston
Nov 19 - 8:30 AM

The Denver Post reports the Broncos have no interest in free agent RBs LeGarrette Blount and Ben Tate.

A team source tells the Denver Post there simply isn’t enough time left in the season for a back to "come in and learn the team’s offensive system." The Broncos are content going forward with Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbs behind C.J. Anderson as they wait for Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball to get healthy.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 18 - 6:58 PM

Steelers waived RB LeGarrette Blount.

That didn't take long. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported early Tuesday afternoon that Blount would be disciplined for leaving the field before the conclusion of Monday's win over the Titans, and the Steelers have decided to do so by cutting ties altogether with the insubordinate back. Blount hasn't earned the benefit of the doubt over a career littered with incidents, both big and small. The fact that he was averaging just 4.09 yards per carry behind breakout star Le'Veon Bell was the nail in Blount's Steelers coffin. Blount has proven useful as a power runner in timeshare backfields, but has always been overrated in short-yardage situations, and offers nothing in the passing game. Throw in his constant troublemaking, and you have a back unlikely to draw much interest on the open market, especially with Ben Tate also available. One month shy of his 28th birthday, Blount is running out of time in the league.
Nov 18 - 1:24 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Steelers plan to "take some action for sure" against LeGarrette Blount after he left the field before the end of Monday's game.

Blount has become easy to discipline since he's fallen out of the game plan. That, of course, is why he's upset in the first place. It would be far from surprising if Blount was deactivated against the Saints coming off the Steelers' Week 12 bye. Unless you're a Le'Veon Bell owner intent on a handcuff, there's no reason to own Blount in 12-14 team leagues.
Nov 18 - 1:19 PM

ESPN Boston expects a "different offensive approach" out of the Patriots in Sunday's Week 12 game against the Lions.

Recent Patriot gameplans when facing the Colts have been to smash them in the mouth with power runs. That is not going to work against a Lions defense that leads the league in rush yards allowed per game (68.8), YPC allowed (3.03) and is tied for second in touchdowns allowed (4). It's risky to project Bill Belichick's thoughts, but this certainly feels like a Shane Vereen game. Gray is a riskier RB2 than many think off his four-touchdown outburst.
Source: ESPN Boston
Nov 18 - 12:59 PM

Stevan Ridley will have surgery to repair his torn ACL and MCL Tuesday.

Ridley had to wait for swelling to go down following his Oct. 12 injury. An impending free agent, he remains a Dynasty hold as we wait to see both how his rehab goes and where he lands. Ridley, still just 25 years old, will likely have to settle for a "prove it" kind of deal.
Nov 18 - 8:38 AM

Sources tell the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that LeGarrette Blount has been an internal problem for the Steelers for at least a month.

Things appeared to come to a head Monday night as Blount left the field before the game was over, presumably upset with his role (zero touches). Sources told the Post-Gazette that he has been "dragging down" former Cheech and Chong partner Le'Veon Bell, although Bell clearly wasn't feeling down Monday night as he put 33-204-1 on the Titans. Blount, a limited power back on his fourth team in five years, is not a player that can afford to have a bad attitude. Some players are reportedly pushing coach Mike Tomlin to release him.
Nov 18 - 8:30 AM

LeGarrette Blount didn't record a touch in the Steelers' Week 11 win over the Titans.

We only noticed Blount in for one snap with Le'Veon Bell dominating the game. Bell racked up 204 yards and one touchdown on 33 carries. Blount's zero-touch night comes one week after he managed zero yards on five carries against the Jets.
Nov 18 - 12:14 AM


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