Monday, November 30, 2015, 6:01pm
Despite receiving 35 targets over the last three games, Adams has produced just 129 yards and zero touchdowns for the struggling Packers passing offense. He hit rock bottom against the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving night, as he dropped a would-be touchdown, caused an interception with an unfinished route and failed to grab Aaron Rodgers’ last ditch effort on the game’s final fourth down.
Now the team is trying to build him back up, the story said. Adams entered 2015 with sky-high expectations. He exploded for a handful of huge games as a rookie, including a 121-yard breakout against the New England Patriots and a 117-yard effort during Green Bay’s Divisional Round win over the Dallas Cowboys. The 2014 second-round pick looked like another one of general manager Ted Thompson’s receiving gems, especially after he blew up the offseason program and then assumed a bigger role when star Jordy Nelson went down, the story said.
Langford is only averaging 3.2 YPC compared to Forte's 4.0, but the rookie has made some big plays in the passing game. Forte should still be startable, but is not the bankable RB1 that he once was.
CB Charles Tillman (knee)
WR Corey Brown (shoulder)
DT Dwan Edwards (ankle), WR Ted Ginn (knee), LS J.J. Jansen (head), G Andrew Norwell (hamstring)
CB Morris Claiborne (hamstring, ankle), DE Ryan Russell (abdomen)
WR Dez Bryant (foot, knee), WR Brice Butler (hamstring), CB Brandon Carr (shoulder), S Barry Church (ankle), DT Nick Hayden (ankle), S Jeff Heath (shoulder), LB Anthony Hitchens (ankle), CB Byron Jones (ankle), DE Demarcus Lawrence (back), LB Rolando McClain (foot), RB Darren McFadden (groin), QB Tony Romo (back, left shoulder), LB Kyle Wilber (toe)
QB Sam Bradford (concussion, left shoulder), C Jason Kelce (knee), T Jason Peters (back)
LB Kiko Alonso (ankle), LB Connor Barwin (quadricep), LB DeMeco Ryans (hamstring), DE Cedric Thornton (ankle), S Walter Thurmond (hamstring)
S Don Carey (back), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), DT Caraun Reid (ankle), CB Darius Slay (neck), DT Gabe Wright (ankle)
CB Crezdon Butler (teeth), TE Eric Ebron (quadricep, hand)
Green Bay Packers
S Micah Hyde (hip), C Corey Linsley (ankle), DE Mike Pennel (quadricep), CB Damarious Randall (hamstring)
WR Davante Adams (ankle), T David Bakhtiari (knee), T Bryan Bulaga (knee), S Morgan Burnett (ankle), LB Jay Elliott (ankle), RB Eddie Lacy (ankle), G T.J. Lang (shoulder), LB Clay Matthews (ankle, knee), RB Aaron Ripkowski (ankle), G Josh Sitton (knee)
For the Panthers, if Corey Brown is out, then Devin Funchess figures to be a Sneaky Start once again. With Zach Ertz and Ryan Mathews out, Brent Celek and Darren Sproles both get a bump. Celek is a top 10 play this week in a nice matchup with the Lions. Calvin Johnson is questionable but is expected to play. With Martellus Bennett sidelined, Zachary Miller is also a Sneaky Start at the tight end position. He has been very involved the last few weeks and the Packers just gave up a boatload of fantasy points to Kyle Rudolph last week. Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte are both expected to play, but the Bears have been very devious when it comes to handing out injury information. Don't be shocked if either is inactive on Thursday evening. If they both return, it will obviously put a dent in the upside of Marquess Wilson and Jeremy Langford, respectively.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 5:08pm
Baltimore officially placed Joe Flacco (ACL/MCL) on season-ending injured reserve.
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.
“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.
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.
The Bears on Tuesday will open Kevin White's 21-day practice window, meaning they have three weeks to decide whether to move the rookie receiver to their active roster or place him on season-ending injured reserve.
White, the seventh overall pick in this year's draft, has been sidelined since sustaining a stress fracture in the lower part of his shin during OTA workouts in June. He ultimately underwent surgery and was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list.
White is not expected to practice on Tuesday. He likely will stretch with teammates and then do some light work on the side.
Just because his practice window is opening does not necessarily mean that he will play in a game this season. The Bears are committed to White's long-term development, just as they were in training camp when they announced that he would need surgery, the story said. This three-week stretch could very well be enough time for the team to determine if they have a shot at the NFL playoffs, which could be a key factor in either shutting down White for the season or trying to bring him back for 2015.
Monday, November 23, 2015, 7:09pm
Aaron Rodgers’ stay on the Green Bay Packers’ injury report lasted only one week.
The Packers quarterback was not listed on Monday, when the team released its first report in advance of Thursday’s Thanksgiving night game against the Chicago Bears. Although neither team practiced on Monday, the NFL required an injury report with estimations on practice participation.
Rodgers was listed on the injury report last week because of an issue with his throwing shoulder. He was limited in practice on Wednesday but was upgraded to a full participant on Thursday.
Broncos' star receiver Emmanuel Sanders revealed Monday that his left ankle injury is a high ankle sprain.
Sanders sat out Sunday's 17-15 win over the Bears in an effort to get 100 percent healthy. He said he could have played, but people around him convinced him he would be a detriment to himself and the team if he went out there in his current state.
"It's kind of like when you have a flat tire," Sanders said. "I'm a speed guy, right? So it's ideal for me to have all of my speed."
Sanders originally suffered the injury on the first play of the Broncos' 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He got his ankle taped and re-taped to help him finish the game and even scored a 64-yard touchdown.
Once his ankle begun to swell, Sanders missed the entire week of practice before convincing coaches and trainers to allow him to play against Kansas City.
Sanders said he is hopeful he will play Sunday against New England, but how he practices during practice will have a big impact on how he moves forward. Sanders said today was the first day he didn't get out of bed with a limp.
NFL Media's James Palmer reported Monday that Osweiler will again start at quarterback when Denver meets the New England Patriots next Sunday. Osweiler will start in place of Peyton Manning, who is dealing with a painful case of plantar fasciitis, in addition to a rib injury.
Osweiler made the first start of his career on Sunday, throwing two touchdown passes without an interception in an 17-15 win over the Chicago Bears. The game was played on Osweiler's 25th birthday.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that Manning may not get his job back if Osweiler performs well in what amounts to an in-season audition. A date against the undefeated defending champions looms as the biggest test of Osweiler's career, the story added.
The Chicago Bears fell just short of coming up with a much-needed win against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, but the next time they take the field, they'll likely be a little closer to full strength. According to a report from ESPN.com, running back Matt Forte "appears on track to play" on Thanksgiving day against the Green Bay Packers.
Forte has sat out the last three games with a knee injury. At the time he went down, Forte had 767 total yards in seven games. Rookie backup Jeremy Langford has started in Forte's place, carrying 51 times for 170 catches and three touchdowns while also adding 13 catches for 196 yards and another score. The story said Langford seems likely to return to the backup role when Forte returns, but probably earned more of a spot in the rotation than he had before Forte was injured. The Bears play the Packers in the night game on Thanksgiving.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk is reporting that Peyton Manning not only intends to get healthy and play this season, but he also plans to play in 2016.
Manning has sore ribs and a torn plantar fascia in his left foot. He was inactive Sunday against the Bears and didn't travel to Chicago.
Manning has struggled mightily this season with nine touchdowns compared to 17 interceptions. He has completed 58.3 percent of his passes and has a rating of 67.6. It seems like a stretch that Manning, at his age with his injuries, would go to a new team and learn a whole new system, especially considering his struggles this season.
Sunday, November 22, 2015, 8:08pm
The injury occurred on a five-yard run when Carey absorbed a hit from safety T.J. Ward. Carey remained down on the field for several minutes before walking to the locker room under his own power.
Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
Broncos QB Peyton Manning (foot, rib cage, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 11. Brock Osweiler will get the start in Week 11. In a quarter and a half of play, Osweiler completed 14-of-24 passes for 146 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The Broncos were in catch-up mode, so don’t expect the team to be that pass heavy against the Bears.
Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
Bears RB Matt Forte (knee, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 11. Forte was limited last week but wasn’t close to playing. If he’s out again, Jeremy Langford can be dialed up as a solid RB2 against the Broncos. We’re betting that Forte is out another week, but we’ll know early on Sunday since the Bears have a 1:00 p.m. kickoff.
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