Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Jones’ availability for Sunday’s showdown with the Saints will hinge on the Sunday morning pre-game workout.
Jones wants to play and the Falcons sure need him. In his last two games played, Jones generated 448 receiving yards, with a whopping 259 yards coming in a Monday night loss to the Packers. Between the performances with Jones and the team’s struggles without him, the fourth-year wideout from Alabama is laying the foundation for a major payday at some point during the 2015 offseason, the story said. If Jones can't go, Harry Douglas would shape up to be a very good option again.
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Packers RB Eddie Lacy (eye, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 16. Lacy should be fine to face the Bucs. It’s a good sign that the hip injury is no longer an issue.
Sight is a fairly important sense, especially when your job is finding holes and blasting through them.
Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy has had a tad bit of trouble with that aspect of life the past few days, limiting him in the last two practices because of eye irritation due to a contact lenses problem.
Saying he's "very blind" and displaying his inability to see across the room without the contacts, Lacy told reporters Thursday that his eye started bothering him after wearing his contacts past their normal 30-day shelf life.
The bulldozing runner said he would use the contacts again this weekend and rebuffed a suggestion he go with goggles.
"I refuse," Lacy said before backtracking slightly, per ESPN.com. "I don't want to say I refuse because I might, because I think it will be better than wearing contacts, but that's kind of old school."
Let this be a lesson -- don't wear 30-day contacts past their shelf life. Lacy's vision problems should be worked out by the weekend, but this is something to monitor. His vision is crucial to his ability to know when to cutback or use his patented spin move.
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm
Sure, Reggie Bush's name is still on top of the team's unofficial depth chart, but Bell plays significantly more snaps and gets significantly more touches than his veteran teammate.
Because of poor offensive execution, the Lions played 27 percent fewer snaps than average in the team's 16-14 win against the Minnesota Vikings. Bell worked two-thirds of the plays. Bush, who continues to deal with nagging injuries played just 14 snaps, while Theo Riddick received the game's first carry, but played just one more rep the rest of the way.
The story points out the Lions are leaning on Bell for good reason. He's been running with authority in recent weeks, averaging better than four yards per carry in five of the past six games. He's also seeing an increase in pass-game production, catching a combined nine balls for 91 yards in wins over Tampa Bay and Minnesota. Bell has a very friendly matchup in Week 16 against the Bears before closing with the Packers in Week 17.
Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm
Packers RB Eddie Lacy (hip, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 15. Lacy is now considered likely to play against the Bills. It’s a homecoming game for James Starks (born in Niagra Falls, NY), and we’re expecting Starks to see more than the usual five or so carries this week due to Lacy’s injury.
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm
Packers RB Eddie Lacy (hip) took limited practice reps again Thursday. He reportedly didn’t do much of anything at practice. Lacy’s chances of playing have seemingly taken a turn for the worse. On Thursday, Lacy said he had “some things” that he needed to “figure out,” adding that he didn’t want to put the team at a disadvantage if he can’t play effectively. This sounds ominous. Owners should pick up James Starks (if available) as insurance in case Lacy can’t play against the Bills.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm
Packers RB Eddie Lacy (hip) took limited practice reps Wednesday. We’ll be watching Lacy’s practice participation on a short week, but the team doesn’t seem too concerned about the injury. Owners should pick up James Starks (if available) as insurance in case Lacy’s injury is more serious than advertised.
It turned out Lacy sustained a hip bruise late in the game that prevented him from finishing. Lacy said he thought he would be OK despite the short turnaround to Sunday's game at Buffalo, but he couldn't go at the end against the Falcons.
"I mean I tried, but no," Lacy said.
Lacy and Starks combined for 148 yards rushing (Starks had 10 carries for 75 yards, while Lacy had 13 carries for 73 yards) and each scored a rushing touchdown. Lacy also caught a touchdown pass, but it was Starks who was there at the end.
"He had a great game out there tonight," Lacy said of his backfield mate. "And we have to go out and continue to do this for the rest of the season."
If you're a Lacy owner and Starks is on your wire, you may want to grab him. There could be some cause for concern that Lacy couldn't make his way back in in a close game, but beat writer Ty Dunne tweeted later on Tuesday that the team doesn't seem overly concerned about the injury. The Packers play at Buffalo in Week 15, and after playing on Monday night it is a short week. We'll continue to monitor him this week.
Monday, December 8, 2014, 7:21pm
Roddy White (ankle) is active. The Falcons will likely fall behind in this one, but the Packers feature a good secondary playing at home, and there is also snow to deal with. Harry Douglas (foot) is also active and could see more time. White certainly comes with some risks, but if you waited on him, start him as somewhat risky WR2 option. Reports indicate he looked pretty good in warmups.
White is listed as questionable going into the game. Saturday was the first day this week he was on the field with a helmet doing some work.
"It felt pretty good out there, man," White said. "Just out there relaxing; catching some balls, working on timing and stuff like that. It was good man. I needed to get out there and go out there with Matt (Ryan) and work on timing for a little while. That's what we did."
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8:56am
With four games remaining, Patriots WR Brandon LaFell has already recorded career highs with 53 receptions, 712 yards and seven touchdowns. It was a bittersweet accomplishment on the heels of the Pats’ defeat against the Green Bay Packers.
“At this point, coming off this loss, it doesn’t feel too good,” LaFell said. “Overall, it feels kind of good knowing that I’ve still got four games left and I’ve already surpassed my career highs in yards, catches, touchdowns and all things like that. I just hope I can continue to provide those numbers and be a weapon in this offense.”
The story pointed out that, LaFell, who signed a three-year, $9 million contract last offseason after spending his first four years with the Carolina Panthers, surely looked the part in training camp, but didn’t catch a pass on six targets in the season opener against the Miami Dolphins and Tom Brady never looked his way in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings. LaFell has come a long way and has been a nice, consistent wire pickup for owners. He has a favorable matchup this week against the Chargers before an average matchup against Miami in Week 15 and then a potentially difficult one against the Jets in Week 16.
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm
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