Cornerback Joe Haden, who exited the 30-0 loss to the Bengals with a shoulder injury, apparently won’t be missing the last two chances to climb back into playoff contention.
Per a league source, Haden is day-to-day.
With trips to Carolina and Baltimore to end the season, the Browns need to weigh the risk of playing Haden against the potential rewards. The postseason hopes took a major blow on Sunday; it possibly makes sense not to take a chance with Haden’s shoulder, if further injury could impact his preparation for 2015.
Even after Sunday’s outcome, the Browns have a far better chance than anyone envisioned entering the season to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2002, the story went on to say. Haden will want to be part of the effort to finish the campaign on the right side of .500 — and to hope for the help that they’ll need in order to make it to January. If Haden plays Week 16, it likely brings down the value a little of the Panthers Kelvin Benjamin, the team's top receiving threat.
Asked about a report that Stanton would miss four weeks, Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim said it’s simply too soon to say how quickly Stanton will heal.
“I think it’s one of those things with that type of knee injury, everybody heals different,” Keim said on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, via ESPN.com. “And I know that ESPN and some other outlets have put a timeline on it. It’s extremely difficult to do. You can say it’s going to be four weeks — I’ve heard people say 1.5 weeks. Everybody heals differently. Drew will be here around the clock rehabbing, and I know he’ll be ready to go as soon as possible.”
The Cardinals are already down starting quarterback Carson Palmer for the season, and Stanton’s absence means they’ll be playing with one of their two co-third stringers, Ryan Lindley or Logan Thomas. Obviously those aren't the kind of fantasy names you want to put in your lineup Week 16. It also means the value of WRs Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown will drop a bit more.
Foles had tests on his broken collarbone, but they did not show the level of healing necessary to put him back on the field, the story added. Sanchez hasn't produced good fantasy numbers his last two games now. The Week 16 match is a much better one on paper at Washington, but at this point, if you're still alive, Sanchez is tough to trust as your starting QB.
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.
Keenum, the former record-breaking University of Houston quarterback who was on St. Louis’ practice squad, will be signed and added to the Texans’ active roster for the last two games against Baltimore and Jacksonville at NRG Stadium.
Because Ryan Fitzpatrick (leg) and Tom Savage (knee) were injured in Sunday’s 17-10 loss at Indianapolis, the Texans are in the market for at least one quarterback and possibly two to join recently signed free-agent Thad Lewis. Fitzpatrick’s season is over with the broken leg. If Savage suffered extensive damage to his knee, as many suspect, Lewis and Keenum should be active against the Ravens. Savage is going to have an MRI Monday to determine the extent to his injury. Neither really presents a great fantasy outlook.
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The team believes the thigh problem was related to Peyton’s illness, and that it won’t affect his preparation for next Monday’s game against the Bengals. His decision to head to the locker room early was aimed at getting the thigh worked on by the strength coach and trainer at halftime.
We’ll officially know more about Manning’s thigh on Thursday, when the team’s first injury report in advance of next Monday’s game is released the story said. Apparently, the article added, Manning won’t be listed with a thigh injury.
Receiver Rueben Randle did not start Sunday and was benched for the entire first quarter — the second time in the past three games he has been disciplined by Tom Coughlin.
“That’s between Rueben and I,’’ the coach said after the 24-13 victory over the Redskins.
Two weeks ago, Randle did not play in the first quarter in Jacksonville because he was late to a team meeting earlier in the week. This time, Randle again ran afoul of Coughlin.
“Things not always going to go your way, so when adversity hits you, got to pull through and make the best of it,’’ Randle said.
This is a troubling slide for Randle, who has had a disappointing season and has shrunk as rookie Odell Beckham Jr. has ascended, the story pointed out. He let the first two passes thrown his way slip through his hands and ended up with two receptions for 30 yards. He did make a difficult, in-traffic 18-yard grab in the fourth quarter on third-and-8 to set up Beckham’s third touchdown. Eli Manning said it throws off the rhythm of things when referring to Randle.
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.
His production on the other hand did take a marked plunge after a strong start to the game.
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.
Redskins QB Colt McCoy was taken to the locker room after his first series in Sunday's game against the Giants. McCoy, who was questionable because of an aggravated nerve in his neck, was hit hard at the end of a scramble on Washington's opening possession.
Robert Griffin III took over in place of McCoy. RGIII completed 18-of-27 passes for 236 yards and one touchdown Sunday, but it wasn't enough. After the game, coach Jay Gruden said he's not sure who will start against the Eagles on Saturday, according to the story. The article went on to say before naming a starter, Gruden said he wants to watch the film and learn more about the extent of starter Colt McCoy's injury. He wants to see how badly McCoy aggravated the neck injury that caused him to leave the game after the first series.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen was hauled back to the locker room after trainers look him over on the sidelines during the team's game with Denver. There’s no official word on his condition, but his right ankle was taped earlier, and that’s the leg he had elevated before being taken away.
Gore never returned to the game and will now go through protocol. Carlos Hyde took over but was bent back awkwardly on a run and was seen limping on the sidelines. With tough games against San Diego and Arizona left on the schedule, a possible combo of Bruce Miller, Trey Millard and Alfonso Smith doesn't present an attractive fantasy option should Gore and Hyde not be able to play Week 16.
The Broncos announced that Manning had a thigh injury, but he also was believed to be receiving IV fluids as well. Manning returned in the second half.