Essential Practice News & Notes: Divisional Round
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 19. Roethlisberger is expected to play, but isn’t close to 100% at this point. It’s a tough matchup against Denver, but the Steelers went pass-heavy when they played the Broncos in Week 15. Roethlisberger attempted 55 passes and threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns. He will be without his top weapon since Antonio Brown is out.
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen, probable) took full practice reps again Thursday and is probable for Week 19. Lynch says he’s “ready” for this weekend’s game against the Panthers. Lynch carried the ball 17 times for 54 yards and a TD in his Week 6 meeting with Carolina.
Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (ankle, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 19. Ware figures to play against the Patriots. Ware out-touched Charcandrick West 16-to-9 last week against the Texans, and he also out-touched West 16-to-14 in Week 17. The ankle injury makes him tough to count on this week, however.
Packers WR Davante Adams (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 19. Adams had a very good game against Washington, but went down with a knee injury in the second half. Jared Abbrederis would likely play 70% of the snaps with Adams out.
Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 19. Amendola should be able to play, but he’ll take a backseat to Julian Edelman this week.
Steelers WR Antonio Brown (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 19. With Brown out, Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton and Darrius Hayward-Bey will get a bump, but this is a bad matchup against a good Denver pass defense.
Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 19. Edelman says he’ll be at “full throttle” on Saturday. He’s been out a while, so we’re not expecting his usual production.
Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 19. We don’t believe Maclin will play this week, but we’ll know for sure when inactives are released on Saturday.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, back, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 19. Gronkowski’s right knee is bothering him, but the return to Friday practice indicates that he’ll play against the Chiefs
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (groin, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19. Kelce should be good to go to face the Patriots. He’s coming off of a big game and may see double digit targets, especially if Jeremy Maclin is out.