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Rams WR Stedman Bailey in critical condition after being shot twice

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 9:55am

USA Today - [Full Article]

St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey was in critical but stable condition early Wednesday morning after being shot twice in the head in Miami, according to multiple reports.

Bailey was shot twice in the head while sitting in a car Tuesday evening, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported. His injuries were not considered life-threatening, according to NFL Media's Mike Silver.

Fantasy Impact:

Bailey was shot while serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Marshawn Lynch to be out 'about a month' after sports hernia surgery

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 12:47am

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is set to have surgery on his sports hernia tomorrow morning, source said. Expected to be out about a month.

Fantasy Impact:

This effectively knocks Lynch out for the rest of the fantasy season, though we would hold for now until the dust settles. If he misses four weeks, he could be back in Week 16 for a matchup with the Rams, but the Seahawks will likely play it safe if the team is in the playoff hunt so they can have a healthy Lynch for the postseason. Thomas Rawls is a top 10 back for the remainder of the season.

Peyton Manning to miss at least next two weeks

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 8:32pm - [Full Article]

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is expected to miss at least the next two weeks as he continues his recovery from a plantar fascia tear.

Fantasy Impact:

Following a Monday consultation with noted foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., it was recommended that Manning spend at least the next week in a walking cast. After the cast is removed, he will begin additional rehabilitation on his injured foot, the story said. Brock Osweiler will start in place of Manning.

Willie Snead (knee) feels 'amazing' after bye week

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 8:29pm

Times-Picauyne - [Full Article]

Count rookie receiver Willie Snead among the New Orleans Saints players to feel refreshed this week after the bye.

Snead had dealt with a knee issue that limited him in practices before their most recent game Nov. 15.

"I feel amazing," Snead said Tuesday during the team turkey drive at the Dryades YMCA. "I feel really good. I feel ready to go on Sunday."

Fantasy Impact:

Back in Week 10, in the Saints blow out loss to Washington, Snead played on 67-percent of the snaps but didn't see a target against Washington.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 8:23pm

Palm Beach Post - [Full Article]

Jay Ajayi says he’s fine.

He’s not just referring to his rapid progress as a rookie running back for the Dolphins, but his right knee, which has been under a virtual microscope since draft day.

“I haven’t had any issues with my knee since 2011,” Ajayi said.

Fantasy Impact:

Ajayi was one of the highest-rated backs coming out of college, but because the knee was surgically repaired and said to be “bone on bone” with no cartilage, fears over just how long a career he might have caused him to drop to the fifth round. That’s where the Dolphins made their most intriguing pick of 2015, the story said.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 8:18pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum did not practice Tuesday while going through the NFL's concussion protocol, and coach Jeff Fisher is hopeful he'll be cleared Wednesday.

Fisher said Keenum, injured late in Sunday's loss at Baltimore when the back of his helmet banged into the turf after a hit, was at Rams Park studying film and participating in meetings on Tuesday.

"We're hopeful tomorrow he'll be ready to do some things outside," Fisher said. "So he's feeling pretty well, actually."

Fantasy Impact:

The NFL is investigating whether correct concussion protocol was followed when Keenum was injured. Fisher didn't learn Keenum had sustained a concussion until after his postgame news conference. Fisher is a member of the Competition Committee, but said that was irrelevant in this situation. It sounds like if Keenum is cleared he'll play in Week 12. Nick Foles would start if Keenum can't get on the field.

Aaron Dobson's X-rays come back clean

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 5:24pm - [Full Article]

Patriots third-year receiver Aaron Dobson left Monday night with an ankle injury.

According to The Herald's Jeff Howe, Dobson's X-rays came back clean, but the team is awaiting more information from the MRI.

Fantasy Impact:

Dobson's status for Week 12 is certainly up in the air at this point. It's a Sunday night game at Denver and this is likely headed to a game-time call at best. Danny Amendola has a knee sprain and his status is up in the air as well. Keshawn Martin was inactive last week, so outside of Brandon LaFell, the Pat WRs are big question marks.

Danny Amendola (knee sprain) not expected to miss extended time

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 5:19pm - [Full Article]

After losing key offensive players in back-to-back weeks, the New England Patriots can exhale on Tuesday afternoon.

Danny Amendola's knee injury won't sideline him for an extended period, according to CSNNE's Tom E. Curran.

Curran reports that Amendola suffered a knee sprain. His availability for Sunday night's showdown in Denver will depend on how he responds to treatment and how much his workload increases throughout the week.

Third-year receiver Aaron Dobson left with an ankle injury. According to The Herald's Jeff Howe, Dobson's X-rays came back clean, but the team is awaiting more information from the MRI.

Fantasy Impact:

Amendola was the team's go-to receiver Monday night in Julian Edelman's absence. He caught nine passes for 117 yards before exiting in the third quarter with the knee injury. Sounds like he's headed for a game-time call on what is a Sunday night game at Denver. Owners will likely need to have a backup plan in place if counting on Amendola.

Tyrod Taylor (shoulder) expected to play Week 12

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 5:12pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan expects quarterback Tyrod Taylor to be able to play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs despite a right shoulder injury that Taylor suffered late in Monday night's loss to the New England Patriots.

"We all know it’s a right shoulder thing," Ryan told WGR 550 in Buffalo on Tuesday afternoon. "I don’t know the particulars of what they call things or whatever. If we had the technical terms on it, you guys wouldn’t know it either. We’ll see how the week progresses how everything goes, but I think he’ll be ready to roll."

Fantasy Impact:

Ryan was ready to replace Taylor with backup E.J. Manuel on Monday, but Taylor told the Bills' coach that he was healthy enough to remain in the game.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 5:08pm - [Full Article]

The Ravens have claimed quarterback Jimmy Clausen off waivers to be their backup to new starter Matt Schaub.

Baltimore officially placed Joe Flacco (ACL/MCL) on season-ending injured reserve.

Clausen became available after the Bears waived him Monday to promote David Fales from the practice squad. It came at a good time for the Ravens.

Clausen worked with Ravens Offensive Coordinator Marc Trestman for the past two seasons in Chicago, which gives him a mental leg up in joining Baltimore midway through the season. He already knows the framework of the system.

Matt Forte to play Week 12; Alshon Jeffery hopeful

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 5:07pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Lock it in: Bears running back Matt Forte will be back in action Thursday night in Green Bay, returning after a three-game absence caused by a medial collateral ligament sprain in his right knee.

Alshon Jeffery? He’s also hopeful to face the Packers, but still not certain if he’ll be available Thanksgiving night as he continues working through groin and shoulder injuries.

“We’re going to see on Thursday,” Jeffery said.

Offensive coordinator Adam Gase is certainly eager to have a full complement of weapons available to him again. Gase and the Bears’ offense have only had their top three playmakers – Forte, Jeffery and quarterback Jay Cutler – together for three games this season, left to adapt and reinvent itself on a week by week basis.

Forte’s return , Gase said, will be an obvious bonus to a running attack that averaged just 3.4 yards per attempt in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos.

Fantasy Impact:

Sounds like Jeffery will be a game-time call, but Forte's presence puts a fantasy hit on Jeremy Langford's value. Before dumping Langford, owners may want to see how the workload is split first, at least for a week. Langford has earned more time but it remains to be seen just how much with Forte active.

Josh McCown will start Week 12

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 4:58pm - [Full Article]

Johnny Manziel's reign as Browns starting quarterback is over.

Just a short time after it began, head coach Mike Pettine took exception to a series of photos and videos that surfaced of Manziel allegedly partying during the Browns' bye week last week. The various media, which show Manziel wielding a champagne bottle just months after completing rehab, frustrated his head coach to a point that could seriously alter the Browns' future.

When asked about the photos on Tuesday, Pettine said he was considering a benching. By late afternoon, he made it official, and dropped Manziel all the way to No. 3.

"Josh McCown will be the starting quarterback on Monday night against the Ravens," Pettine said in a statement released by the team. "I informed the quarterbacks of that decision after I sat down and spoke with Johnny, Flip (John DeFilippo) and Kevin (O'Connell) after practice today. Johnny will be the third quarterback. I've spoken to Ray (Farmer) and Jimmy (Haslam) to inform them of my decision, and they are in full support."

Fantasy Impact:

It will be interesting to see if the team goes back to Manziel after this week. He was coming off perhaps his best game in Week 10 against the Steelers. This was supposed to be a rest-of-year audition to see what he could do, but it didn't last long. Pettine only mentioned McCown starting Week 12 so it's possible this is yet another attempt to get through to Manziel, who can't seem to stay out of trouble.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 2:25pm - [Full Article]

The Redskins aren’t losing trust in rookie running back Matt Jones after his league-high fourth lost fumble in Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers, but they know it’s a situation that needs to be addressed.

“He wants every play to be a touchdown, and you love that competitive fire about him,” Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said. “We just have to continue to teach him how to secure the ball and the importance of that ball. It is an issue. You can’t turn the ball over if you are a running back no matter how big you are or how little you are, you have to protect the football. We are not going to give up on Matt, but he has to understand the importance of that ball.”

The fumble against the Panthers occurred in the middle of the second quarter when the game was still a competitive battle, as the Redskins were trailing just 21-14 when Jones, running to the left, had the ball stripped from his possession by Luke Kuechley, who would also recover the ball.

The Panthers would go on to score a touchdown six plays later.

Fantasy Impact:

Of his four lost fumbles this year, three of them have been non-contact situations, an easily correctable facet of his game the story said. With Alfred Morris dealing with a rib issues, the Skins many not have a choice but to keep trusting Jones. Washington hosts the Giants in an early game on Sunday in Week 12.

Johnny Manziel may lose starting job

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 2:19pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Johnny Manziel may have partied his way out of a starting job.

Browns coach Mike Pettine expressed Tuesday that he's disappointed with Manziel's off-field behavior and would not guarantee the quarterback would play Monday night against Baltimore.

After Manziel promised he would not embarrass the Browns during their bye week, a video and photos of him partying in Texas last weekend surfaced Monday. Pettine said he had seen the video and spoken to Manziel, who spent 70 days during the offseason in a rehab facility specializing in treatment for alcohol and drug addiction.

''Disappointing - very,'' Pettine said following practice. ''I can't stand here and say it's not - whatever word we want to use - disappointing, frustrating.''

Fantasy Impact:

Pettine only named Manziel as Cleveland's starter for the remaining six games last week, selecting to play him ahead of veteran Josh McCown, who has been slowed by injuries. The Browns wanted to use the rest of this season to get a longer look at Manziel, the former first-round pick who has shown some progress in his second season.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 2:15pm - [Full Article]

Standing at his locker, Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford expressed some doubt that he would be able to play this Thursday against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving due to a shoulder injury he suffered two weeks ago against the Miami Dolphins.

"If (my shoulder) continues to progress and get better, I'd like to be out there," Bradford said, "but ultimately it's going to be in the coaches and trainers hands."

Bradford returned to practice Monday, and took part in practice Tuesday, meaning he has cleared the NFL's concussion protocol.

Now the questions surrounds the sprain in his non-throwing shoulder, an injury even Bradford isn't sure how long will take to heal.

Fantasy Impact:

Original reports said Bradford would miss Weeks 11 and 12 and it seems like we're heading in that direction. A Pro Football Talk report also pointed to the Mark Sanchez getting the start on Thanksgiving against the Lions, saying Sanchez is taking the first team reps. The Eagles offense is struggling, so neither QB - if named the starter - is really that great of a fantasy option.

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