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Dolphins TE Dion Sims (neck) took full practice reps again Thursday.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Broncos TE Jacob Tamme (ribs) missed practice again Thursday.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Thomas is expected to return in Week 15 after a frustrating few weeks. Don’t expect his usual production, but he’s worth a start solely due to his involvement in the red zone.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Bills K Dan Carpenter (right groin) took limited practice reps again Thursday.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Jets K Nick Folk (right hip) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Bears K Robbie Gould (right quadricep) missed practice Thursday.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Bengals K Mike Nugent (not injury related) missed practice again Thursday.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Eagles K Cody Parkey (right groin) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday.

Raiders Beat: RB1 job 'appears to be' Latavius Murray's for the rest of the season

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 1:02pm

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Raiders beat writer Bill Williamson on Latavius Murray's recent ascension:

The job appears to be Murray’s for the rest of the season. He had 23 carries for 76 yards against the 49ers. Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew have been disappointments this season. It is likely neither will be back next year. Thus, Murray will get the chance in the final three games to show Oakland it doesn’t have to worry about finding a lead back. Murray is an interesting player. After missing his rookie year last season with an injury, the former sixth-round draft pick started very slowly. But he has played well in the past three weeks, highlighted by his 90-yard touchdown run against the Chiefs on Nov. 20. The Chiefs will clearly be keying on Murray in this game. It will be fascinating to see who wins this battle.

Fantasy Impact:

After saying that Murray wouldn't be the workhorse, the team gave Murray workhorse-type carries in a grind-it-out win against the 49ers in Week 14. Murray has a terrific matchup against the Chiefs, who have yielded 4.9 YPC this season. The question is -- can Derek Carr provide enough of a threat in the passing game to keep Kansas City from keying on Murray?

Dolphins Beat: Team is 'at a loss' with respect to struggles in rush defense

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 12:54pm

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Dolphins beat writer James Walker on the team's recent struggles against the run:

This has been one of the biggest mysteries of the season. Three weeks ago Miami had the No. 2 defense in the NFL and was No. 8 against the run. Then, out of nowhere, the Dolphins have allowed 661 rushing yards in the past three games. They are now No. 22 against the run. Players and coaches are at a loss. They say it is poor fundamentals, tackling and run fits.

The Dolphins have been pushed around too often in the past three weeks. They played a little better defensively against the Ravens, but not enough to think the issue will be resolved on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

This bodes well for LeGarrette Blount, who has dominated the carries in the last three weeks. He has toted the ball 42 times in that span; the next highest carry total is 12 by Shane Vereen. We're expecting Blount will carry the ball 15-plus times in a game that the Patriots should be able to control with their ground game.

Previewing Bengals WR A.J. Green vs. Browns CB Joe Haden

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 12:41pm

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Bengals beat writer Coley Harvey on the matchup between WR A.J. Green and Browns CB Joe Haden:

Haden might know Green better than any corner in the game because of their battles dating back to college, but I still like Green’s chances this week. Haden will probably restrict Green from going long, which means screens and slants are possibilities. I wouldn’t expect a 100-yard game from Green, but an eight-catch, 90-yard, one-touchdown line wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility. Now that Green’s right toe is back to full health (it wasn’t in the first meeting), this should be the most intriguing matchup of the game.

Fantasy Impact:

Green has averaged just 4.0 catches for 27 yards (and zero touchdowns) in his last three meetings with Haden, but he racked up 11 catches for 286 yards and three touchdowns in his first three games against the Browns' shutdown corner. As Harvey noted, Green's toe wasn't up to snuff in the two teams' first meeting this season. Green is in the midst of one of the best stretches of his career, with 529 yards and three touchdowns in his last four games. Something has to give.

Browns Beat: WR Josh Gordon 'has seemed confused and lackadaisical'

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 12:26pm

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Browns beat writer Pat McManamon on the struggles of Josh Gordon:

I was convinced Gordon would come off his suspension eager and determined to prove to his teammates and fans that he had dedicated himself to coming back ready to contribute. It looked that way against Atlanta, but it didn’t in the past six quarters against Buffalo and Indianapolis.

Some could put this on the quarterback. I don’t. Gordon has seemed confused and lackadaisical. By the coach’s admission, Gordon has not gone all-out on some balls. He missed some key catches that great receivers make. The fact that it didn’t happen in the first three games is more than disappointing. His pride and, perhaps, the presence of Johnny Manziel are the only intangibles to grab onto to trust he improves.

Fantasy Impact:

Gordon has a tough matchup with the Bengals, who are #2 in WR aFPA, but both Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant went over the 100-yard mark against Cincinnati last week. It's tough to bench Gordon given his considerable talent, but the facts remain -- he hasn't looked very good in the last two games and he's undergoing a change at quarterback. Manziel may very well turn out to be a good thing for Gordon, but there's no guarantee that he's going to be any better at delivering the ball than Brian Hoyer. (In fairness, it would be tough for Manziel to play worse than Hoyer has the past few games.)

Zimmer: Matt Asiata 'probably had a few too many carries' in Week 14

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 11:25pm

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Coach Mike Zimmer said he's looking for Tate and Joe Banyard to get more carries in Sunday's game at Detroit. Since being picked up on waivers Nov. 19 from Cleveland, Tate has just eight attempts for 30 yards.

In last week's 30-24 overtime victory over the New York Jets, Tate carried five times for 15 yards. Matt Asiata started the game and had 14 attempts for 52 yards, and Banyard finished with two carries for eight yards.

"(Banyard will) probably get some more carries," Zimmer said. "I think Matt probably had a few too many carries. We'd like to get Ben a few more carries this week.

Fantasy Impact:

This doesn't sound good for Asiata, who has been a RB3/flex type simply due to a relatively heavy workload of 18-22 touches in the past two weeks. Now it sounds like Zimmer would like his workload scaled back.

Colts CB Vontae Davis may play in Week 15

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 11:11pm

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Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis appears to be heading back into the lineup for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.

Davis practiced Wednesday, albeit with a non-contact red jersey, because he's still going through the NFL's concussion protocol. He missed last weekend's game against the Cleveland Browns because he still hadn't been cleared from the concussion suffered against the Washington Redskins on Nov. 30. The plan, according to coach Chuck Pagano, is for Davis to practice again Thursday.

Fantasy Impact:

This is important because it will impact the Houston receivers. Davis covered Andre Johnson for most of the previous matchup, but that was before Hopkins established himself as the Texans' top receiver. Johnson is recovering from his own concussion and is iffy for Sunday. if he's out, Davis will very likely spend a lot of time covering Hopkins.

Bengals may hand the keys to RB Jeremy Hill

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 10:58pm

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After 13 games it sounds like Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is moving to one running back to take the bulk of the carries and the conventional wisdom is it is going to be rookie Jeremy Hill and his 4.7 yards per average.

Since Giovani Bernard returned to the lineup three games ago against Houston, Hill has carried it 39 times and Bernard 33, but Jackson doesn’t like the total average per of 3.9 yards.

“I'm used to having one guy kind of dominate some carries because in order for backs to be really good, they've got to get lathered up to play,” Jackson said after Wednesday’s practice. “You've got to get a feel for the game. We have two capable guys and they're different guys and we'll let it play itself out, but I think we have a pretty good idea which way we're headed…Those guys are very capable. I just don't think I did a very good job this past week.”

Fantasy Impact:

There's nothing definitive here, but it sounds as if Jackson is approaching Week 15 with a slightly different plan than the split he's used in recent weeks. Hill is averaging almost a full yard more per carry, so common sense would dictate that he would get the majority of the carries. Reading between the lines, this doesn't bode well for Bernard.