Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder) missed practice again Thursday. Roethlisberger has been ruled out for Week 11 with rib and shoulder injuries. Byron Leftwich should get the start, but is not a good fantasy option against the Ravens. Roethlisberger owners should have a solid backup plan for the foreseeable future as the injury has been referred to as "rare and dangerous." Ben is unsure when he will return.
Eagles QB Michael Vick (concussion) missed practice again Thursday. Vick's concussion has been termed "significant," but there is no guarantee Vick will get the job back once he is eventually cleared. Rookie Nick Foles steps in as the starter and has a nice matchup this week against the Redskins.
Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb (ribs) missed practice again Thursday. John Skelton figures to get another start and is a decent desperation option against the Falcons, who figure to jump out to a lead on the Cards.
Chiefs QB Brady Quinn (head) took full practice reps again Thursday. Despite Quinn's return, it appears that Matt Cassel will get another start. He's not a fantasy option, but he's better for Dwayne Bowe than Quinn is.
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (neck) missed practice again Thursday. Mathews finished the game, so he should be fine for Week 11, but it's obviously a concern that he isn't practicing. Look for Jackie Battle and Ronnie Brown to split the work out of the Charger backfield if Mathews can't play.
Saints RB Darren Sproles (hand) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Barring a setback, Sproles should play against the Raiders in Week 11. Sproles should return to his role as the Saints' most valuable fantasy RB, though it's not clear how this will impact the snaps/touches of Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Chris Ivory given Ivory's stellar play in the last two games. Thomas led the team with 50 snaps, but saw the fewest touches (14) in the last two games.
Raiders RBs Darren McFadden (ankle) and RB Mike Goodson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Marcel Reece has a terrific matchup with the Saints, who have been brutal against the run this season, though they did manage to shut down Michael Turner in Week 10. Reece (hamstring) practiced fully Wednesday.
Ravens RB Ray Rice (toe) took full practice reps again Thursday. Rice should be fine for a tough matchup with the Steelers. Keep in mind that Pittsburgh is no longer elite defensively, so Rice is still a must-start.
Colts RB Donald Brown (knee) missed practice Thursday after full reps Wednesday. Brown sat out Thursday's practice two weeks ago (Week 9), but was still active against the Dolphins and barely played. He didn't practice at all last week and then saw 14 carries against Jacksonville on Thursday. This is a situation to avoid if possible, though if Brown is inactive Ballard would be a flex option against the Patriots in Week 11.
Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall (achilles) took full practice reps again Thursday. Mendenhall is expected to return this week, per The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He will likely return as starter, but Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer will still be in the mix.
Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (foot) missed practice again Thursday. Murray may not make his return in Week 11, though he hasn't been ruled out. Expect Felix Jones to get another start in a nice matchup against the Browns.
Falcons RB Michael Turner (groin) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Turner struggled mightily in a great matchup against the Saints, and the injury certainly won't help against a much tougher Cardinals defense.
Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. We're expecting a decision about Jones' availability later in the weekend, though he could be a game-time call. The Falcons play early on Sunday.
Patriots WR Wes Welker (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. Welker participated in the team's walkthrough, so he can be penciled in for Week 11. The Patriots play in the second round of games on Sunday.
Packers WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring, foot) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Nelson apparently looked good in practice and is on track to return in Week 11. The Lions present a pretty good matchup this week.
Redskins WR Pierre Garcon (foot) took limited practice reps again Thursday. OC Kyle Shanahan said that Garcon "doesn't have to be 100 percent to play," so the ailing wideout has a chance to play this week.
Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. DHB did not practice on Thursday. Rod Streater figures to see more work as the Raiders' WR2 if Heyward-Bey can't play, but Derek Hagan would also be in the mix.
Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Lloyd is not getting enough targets to be a solid fantasy option, but Deion Branch (hamstring) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps, which may give Lloyd a boost.
Colts TE Coby Fleener (shoulder) missed practice again Thursday. The Indy Star believes Fleener won't return until Week 13. Dwayne Allen will be a sneaky start against the Patriots, who have struggled to stop TEs this season.