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Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Hilton expects to practice on Thursday, but we’ll monitor his progress this week.

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Cowboys Beat: Team won't get away from run game without DeMarco Murray

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 9:06pm

Dallas Morning News - [Full Article]

Beat writer Brandon George answered a question about the Cowboys offense passing more if DeMarco Muarry doesn't play:

George: I think you'd see more of Tony Romo without Murray. But I don't think they'd get totally away from the run game. Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar are good enough to do well behind this offensive line. Randle has had several big runs of late and would be fine against a Colts team that struggles against the run.

Fantasy Impact:

If anything, the Colts may be able to play a bit more balanced and do more to prevent WR Dez Bryant from hurting them without Murray in the lineup. George added in his Q & A that he "would doubt [Murray will] practice fully at any point this week. Other running backs have come right back and played with this injury. No reason to think Murray couldn't do the same."

Texans think Andre Johnson plays Week 16

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 10:19am

HoustonTexans.com - [Full Article]

WR Andre Johnson will likely return to the starting lineup for the Texans against Baltimore.

“I think he feels better today,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Monday. “Looks like we would have Andre Johnson back for Sunday.”

Fantasy Impact:

On December 7, Johnson suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit in Jacksonville. After failing to clear the league’s concussion protocol, Johnson was inactive in Sunday’s 17-10 loss to the Colts. Week 16's matchup actually isn't a bad one as the Ravens are 28th in allowing fantasy points to WRs. But the Texans QB situation is very much up in the air right now and will likely limit Johnson's value this week.

Cowboys Beat: Early indication DeMarco Murray plays Week 16

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 10:16am

Bryan Broaddus on Twitter - [Full Article]

Early thinking is yes, [DeMarco Murray] plays in Week 16].

Fantasy Impact:

It's not an official word from the team but Broaddus does cover the Cowboys. He was asked in a tweet what the early indications are around Cowboys camp regarding Murray playing vs. the Colts. Right now Dallas is just playing wait-and-see with Murray and unfortunately owners must do the same. Injury Expert Russell Manalastas said Monday, "I'm not sure it's realistic to assume Murray will be back from hand surgery this Sunday, but stranger things have happened. The severity of the fracture and what type of procedure they perform will ultimately determine his availability this week and moving forward."

Colts Beat: Team shouldn't bench Trent Richardson

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 9:57am

Indianapolis Star - [Full Article]

The first, and most obvious, is the Colts' considerable lack of depth at running back. Trent Richardson and Dan Herron are joined only by undrafted rookie Zurlon Tipton from Central Michigan, currently the third running back. The Colts, like most teams in today's NFL, prefer to play a rotation of running backs. With Ahmad Bradshaw on injured reserve, there aren't a lot of options.

Arguing for more carries for Herron is one thing – he's been more productive – but to suggest that he alone handle all the carries, when he has no history of being an every-down running back, is a stretch.

But there's a much bigger reason behind the Colts' rationale to stick with Richardson. And it has little to do with running the football. Richardson is the best pass-blocking running back the Colts have, a distinction that greatly increases his worth to the coaching staff.

You might not value this quality in your favorite team's running back, but quarterbacks do not share your opinion.

Fantasy Impact:

While it's just one opinion, it makes a lot of sense. Protecting one of the top QBs in the league is key to the Colts success and playoff future, and if Richardson has the best ability to keep Luck upright, he's going to be on the field. That could mean on the field in key third down situations, which obviously would limit Herron's pass-catching numbers. Both Herron and Richardson had two receptions last week.

T.Y. Hilton's (hamstring) MRI comes back clean

Monday, December 15, 2014, 5:21pm

Horseshoeheros.com - [Full Article]

The Indianapolis Colts had a bit of good news today, when it was reported that the team received a clean bill of health regarding wide receiver T.Y. Hilton‘s sore hamstring. The 3rd-year wideout apparently tweaked his hamstring in Sunday’s win over the Houston Texans. He received the results of his MRI today, which came back with positive results.

Fantasy Impact:

While it wasn’t visibly noticeable during the game, Hilton was fairly quiet after catching 3 passes in the 1st quarter. Perhaps, it was a direct result of his hamstring injury, as he finished with just 4 receptions for 50 receiving yards and 0 touchdowns, the story pointed out. He looks promising for a game in Dallas in Week 16, but we first have to see if he can practice this week. The team is hoping he can by Wednesday or Thursday.

DeMarco Murray to have surgery on hand

Monday, December 15, 2014, 2:43pm

105.3 The Fan on Twitter - [Full Article]

Stephen Jones tells @1053thefan Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray will have surgery today on broken bone in his hand.

Fantasy Impact:

Per the tweet, Murray is not ruled out for next week - at least not yet. Jones was quoted in a story as saying, "It's probably a tough expectation to think that he can [play], but we'll see." Jones made it seem like even if he responds well to surgery, it may be a long shot Murray suits up in a friendly matchup at home with the Colts. Joseph Randle is averaging 7.0 YPC on 34 carries thus far this season, and is the favorite to take over most of Murray's carries. Lance Dunbar is the better pass-catcher, so he'd likely take on most of Murray's work in the receiving game. If Murray misses the game, Randle would likely be ranked in the top 20-25 in standard formats, while Dunbar would have some PPR appeal.

From our Injury Expert Russell Manalastas:
4th metacarpal fractures can be difficult to return from due to the potential swelling from both the fracture and from the surgery to address the fracture. Location is also important as well, as often times metacarpal fractures are addressed non-operatively. My first guess is that they are going to pin the fracture to allow it to heal properly. The metacarpals are really important in the hand to help with gripping activities, so the concern here is his ability to grip the football.

I'm not sure it's realistic to assume Murray will be back from hand surgery this Sunday, but stranger things have happened. The severity of the fracture and what type of procedure they perform will ultimately determine his availability this week and moving forward. If he does play, he'll have heavy padding around the fracture to help reduce the load on the fracture, with the option to primarily use just his right hand for carrying the ball.

DeMarco Murray's hand looks to be OK

Monday, December 15, 2014, 10:26am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray has remained free of injury despite a heavy workload this season, but he injured his hand late in the proceedings and needed to have x-rays done after the game. Murray revealed no concern to reporters after doctors took a look.

“Good, good. I’ll be all right,” Murray said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Fantasy Impact:

Murray has a pretty nice matchup against the Colts in Week 16 for what is likely fantasy finals time. The Colts were 23rd in terms of allowing fantasy points to RBs coming into Week 15 and Murray will likely see another large workload.

T.Y. Hilton tweaks hamstring

Monday, December 15, 2014, 8:59am

Yahoo Sports - [Full Article]

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton tweaked his hamstring against the Texans on Sunday, but didn’t seem to miss much time if any.

His production on the other hand did take a marked plunge after a strong start to the game.

Fantasy Impact:

Hilton didn't shed anymore info on the injury other than he was quoted as saying he's scheduled for an MRI. It's perhaps at least a little good news at this point in the week that he remained in the game but could be a reason for a drop in fantasy production.

Ryan Fitzpatrick (leg) lost for season

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 7:56pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was injured on a scramble and was carted off the field with a boot on his left leg in the second quarter of Sunday's loss to the Colts. His leg is broken, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, per a team source. His season is over.

Fantasy Impact:

Rookie Tom Savage entered the game and completed his first NFL pass to DeAndre Hopkins after avoiding the pressure. But on the second-to-last play of the game, Savage took a hit to his lower leg. Rapoport later add, per a team source, that the QB will have an MRI on Monday. The fourth-round pick would take over a Texans offense that has already lost Ryan Mallett this season. Thaddeus Lewis is the next QB up on the depth chart

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 11:16am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Colts WR Reggie Wayne had one of the worst games of his career last week, catching just one pass for five yards and dropping three balls.

After the game it was revealed that the veteran has been dealing with torn triceps. While it's been suggested that Wayne rest until the playoffs and allow the younger guns to carry the load, the veteran said Friday the injury wasn't affecting his play.

"If I'm out there playing, I'm good," he said, per the Indy Star.

When Wayne suits up on Sunday it will mark his 209th game as an Indianapolis Colt, breaking Peyton Manning's franchise record. The receiver's streak of 82 straight games with at least three catches came to an end last week, but his consecutive games with at least one reception remains alive.

Fantasy Impact:

With Wayne banged up, popular wire pickup Donte Moncrief could see a little more work. However it sounds like Wayne is going to play as a win would clinch the division for the Colts, according to the story.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Texans RB Arian Foster (groin, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 15. Foster appears to be all systems go for a good matchup against the Colts. He has averaged 123 rushing yards and 1.0 TD in his last three games against Indianapolis.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (not injury related, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 15. Hilton will be fine for a great matchup against Houston. In his last five games against the Texans, Hilton has averaged 6.2-122-1.2. That’s 25.6 fantasy points in PPR formats.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related) missed practice Friday. Wayne will likely play despite a torn triceps. He’s not an appealing play given his recent production. We prefer Donte Moncrief at this point.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (not injury related) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice. Hilton should be fine for a great matchup against Houston. In his last five games against the Texans, Hilton has averaged 6.2-122-1.2. That’s 25.6 fantasy points in PPR formats.