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E.J. Manuel (knee) out for Week 16
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 4:09pm
Coach Doug Marrone told reporters Wednesday that quarterback Thad Lewis will start Sunday against the Miami Dolphins after rookie E.J. Manuel was limited in practice with the knee sprain he suffered in Week 15.
Marrone cited Manuel's decreased mobility after the knee swelled up Tuesday. The Bills tweeted that Manuel won't be active in any capacity Sunday but hopes to return in time for Buffalo's season finale.
This news makes the Dolphins defense a more appealing play since Manuel was a bit better at protecting the ball than was Lewis (though Manuel had struggled on that front in recent weeks).
Case Keenum ruled out for Week 16
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 2:16pm
Matt Schaub will get the start and may be able to post a decent line in garbage time. He's also a threat to throw a pick-six or two.
Report: Ben Tate (ribs) season is over
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 2:08pm
Dennis Johnson (13) and Deji Karim (12) played a similar number of snaps last week, so it's not clear at this point who will be the lead back in Week 16. The Broncos are #11 in RB aFPA over the past 10 weeks, so it's not a great matchup either. This is probably a situation to avoid unless the Texans reveal their workload plans for the two backs. Carries could be at a premium if the Texans fall behind. Johnson figures to have the advantage in the passing game.
Jordan Cameron going through concussion protocol
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 11:10am
Tight end Jordan Cameron was held out after reporting concussion symptoms Monday.
No concussion was reported after the game, so this comes as a bit of a surprise. He'll have to navigate through the NFL concussion protocol this week in a race to be ready to face the Jets in Week 16. Owners should have a Plan B in place. Check our TE rankings for pickup-and-start options.
Rueben Randle likely to start in Week 16
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 10:48am
With Victor Cruz likely out for Week 16, second-year receiver Rueben Randle would slot in alongside Hakeem Nicks, with third-year man Jerrel Jernigan, who made a team-high seven catches Sunday, handling third receiver duties.
Percy Harvin not expected to play in regular season
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 10:43am
The Seahawks regard WR Percy Harvin as a long-term, year-to-year asset. While he hasn’t paid dividends yet, the Seahawks have been better than fine without him. If he can contribute in the postseason, it’ll be an added benefit.
With the Seahawks likely to handle their business at home in the postseason, the ultimate goal should be to have a full package of plays for Harvin ready to go for Super Bowl XLVIII, the next time they’ll have to leave CenturyLink Field after closing out the season with back-to-back home games against the Cardinals and Rams.
When it comes to players returning from long-term injuries, for every Michael Crabtree there's a Percy Harvin. It doesn't look like he will help owners this year, though his recent setback doesn't make it much of a surprise. Doug Baldwin will continue to be a Sneaky Start in his absence. He is the #22 WR since taking over as a starter after Sidney Rice's knee injury.
Arians: Larry Fitzgerald expected to play
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 10:28am
It’s a tough matchup, but Fitzy is the #8 WR over the last four weeks, so he'd be difficult to bench.
Saints cut Garrett Hartley, sign Shayne Graham
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 10:22am
Hartley was up and down this season and his downs were ugly. He was coming off a game where he missed a 26-yarder and had another kick blocked against the Rams, so this was pretty easy to see coming. Graham should get his chances to put up points and will likely be a top play the next two weeks.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 8:11pm
Cecil Shorts placed on IR
Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 2:03pm
The season is over for Cecil Shorts.
One day after Jaguars coach Gus Bradley told reporters the team was "seriously" considering shutting down the wide receiver, Jacksonville reportedly will ship Shorts to injured reserve on Tuesday, according to Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union.
It marks the end of a productive third-year campaign for Shorts, who hauled in a team-leading 66 catches for 777 yards and three scores in 13 games before a nagging groin injury sidelined him.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 10:38am
Browns running back Willis McGahee said he’s feeling “pretty good” after sustaining a concussion Dec. 8, and expects to be back this week. He was inactive Sunday and had yet to be cleared to practice after blacking out on the field after a hit in the fourth quarter against the Patriots.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 9:37am
Running back Zac Stacy is not expected to practice Wednesday.
The team is giving him the day off in hopes that he's ready for Week 16, a home game against the Bucs. He injured his hip early against the Saints but came back and had a huge day to upset New Orleans.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 9:33am
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco walked to the interview room following the Ravens’ 18-16 victory over the Detroit Lions with a slight limp but looking significantly better than he did after he took a helmet to his left knee about midway through the fourth quarter.
“It wasn’t really bothering me once the initial hit,” Flacco said. “I was probably more scared than anything from just what I felt and also just trying to get a couple of yards out of it. Yeah, it feels fine. It feels strong.”
Asked if he may need more testing on his left knee, Flacco said, “I have no idea. I’ll have to talk to the trainers and see what the protocol is. I’m not used to anything like this.”
Flacco took a helmet to the knee in the fourth quarter. He has started every game in his NFL career, a streak that reached 107 on Monday night, the story said. The piece also pointed out that no one around the team seemed concerned about his status for next week, a home game against the Patriots, but it's probably something to keep an eye on as Flacco should be a QB2 option.