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Friday, December 27, 2013, 4:25pm

Bill Williamson, ESPN - [Full Article]

49ers placed WR Mario Manningham on injured reserve, ending his season.

Fantasy Impact:

Other than Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree, Quinton Patton saw the most snaps at receiver against the Falcons in Week 16.

Steve Smith, Jonathan Stewart ruled out
Friday, December 27, 2013, 1:56pm

Steve Reed, Twitter - [Full Article]

Panthers WR Steve L Smith and RB Jonathan Stewart have been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Fantasy Impact:

DeAngelo Williams has been the #8 RB over the past two weeks with Stewart sidelined. With Smith out, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn are Sneaky Starts against a shaky Falcons pass defense.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013, 11:19am

The Florida Times-Union - [Full Article]

Maurice Jones-Drew’s public stance is he wants to return, and it is believed the Jaguars would like him back but at a reasonable price and with the understanding he will have an adjusted role.

Jones-Drew has played 61 percent of the Jaguars’ snaps, which is tied for 10th among NFL running backs.

The easy comparison is the contract Steven Jackson signed with Atlanta last off-season — a three-year, $12 million deal ($4 million guaranteed).

Fantasy Impact:

MJD's situation will be one to monitor. If he doesn't return, it will open up a starting job for a free agent or a draft pick, or perhaps someone already on the team.

Monday, December 23, 2013, 8:11pm

Falcons Inactives
Darius Johnson WR
Terren Jones T
Sean Locklear G
Zeke Motta S
Travian Robertson NT
Josh Vaughan RB
Sean Weatherspoon OLB

Fantasy Impact:

TE Tony Gonzalez is active as expected.

Steve Smith sprains PCL, out Week 17
Monday, December 23, 2013, 1:56pm

Steve Reed on Twitter - [Full Article]

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said WR Steve Smith sprained his PCL. Won't play against Falcons.

Fantasy Impact:

Ted Ginn will start opposite Brandon LaFell in Week 17 for the Panthers. Carolina needs to win this game to lock up the division, so Ginn could have some value if you're hurting. Overall, it's good news for Smith, who could be back for the playoffs.

Eddie Lacy reinjures ankle
Sunday, December 22, 2013, 9:11pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The ankle injury that has bothered Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was problematic again on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Lacy left the game in the third quarter.

He first sprained his right ankle on the final play of the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 8.

When he left the game, Lacy had 84 yards on 15 carries. He came into the game needing 78 yards to set the franchise record for rushing yards by a rookie running back. He broke John Brockington’s record of 1,105 yards that was set in 1971.

Fantasy Impact:

James Starks replaced Lacy. The only other running back on the Packers’ roster is Kahlil Bell. Week 17 the Packers play at Bears who struggle to stop the run, so Starks is a smart pickup if you're playing for something.

MNF Injury Report - Tony Gonzalez QUESTIONABLE
Saturday, December 21, 2013, 6:09pm

FALCONS

OUT
WR Darius Johnson (ankle), S Zeke Motta (hand, neck)

QUESTIONABLE
TE Tony Gonzalez (toe), RB Antone Smith (knee), LB Sean Weatherspoon (knee)

PROBABLE
S Thomas DeCoud (concussion)

49ers
QUESTIONABLE
G Mike Iupati (knee), WR Mario Manningham (illness, knee), TE Vance McDonald (ankle), LB Dan Skuta (foot)

PROBABLE
LB Navorro Bowman (wrist), CB Tarell Brown (ribs), WR Michael Crabtree (ankle, wrist), C Jonathan Goodwin (not injury related), RB Frank Gore (ankle, knee), DT Justin Smith (shoulder)

Fantasy Impact:

TE Tony Gonzalez is again listed as questionable with his toe injury. He was limited in practice this week but is expected to play in what isn't a great matchup. For the 49ers, WR Michael Crabtree and RB Frank Gore are listed as probable. Gore was limited in practice Thursday and Friday but was a full go Saturday. Crabtree practiced fully all week.

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