Monday, December 1, 2014, 1:00pm
Eagles beat writer Tim McManus answered a question about the Eagles QB situation:
I’m working under the assumption that Mark Sanchez will be the quarterback for the remainder of the season, including playoffs.
The original timetable for Nick Foles' recovery was 6-8 weeks. A recent check-up suggested that the fractured clavicle is healing normally. December 14 -- the day the Eagles host the Cowboys -- is exactly six weeks from when Foles sustained the injury. Eight weeks puts us at the regular-season finale in New York. Even if Sanchez has a bad day against Seattle, there's little incentive to rush Foles back. If inserted for the final game or two, he would have very little time to knock the rust off. And given the way he played before he got hurt, there's no guarantee that he would play better than Sanchez even if he were to round back into pre-injury form.
Although it's just one opinion, the timetable makes sense that this is now Mark Sanchez's job for the rest of the season. His very good performance in the Dallas game Thanksgiving should buy him at least a bad game against Seattle should it play out that way. After that, the Birds finish with the Redskins and Giants, which should give Sanchez a chance to bounce back, rather than putting a rusty Foles back in at that point.
Monday, December 1, 2014, 10:04am
He was Ryan Fitzpatrick's No. 1 target, setting career highs with nine receptions for 238 yards and two touchdowns. He's over 1,000 yards on the season.
Monday, December 1, 2014, 10:02am
NFL.com Kevin Patra feels Jonathan Stewart needs to carry the load every game.
The Panthers back ran tough between the tackles and showed burst through the second level. He had a big 26-yard run early (his longest since 2011). Stewart ended with 85 yards rushing on 12 carries and two catches for 25 yards. The insistence on running DeAngelo Williams must end.
Monday, December 1, 2014, 10:01am
Jaguars QB Blake Bortles is a bit enigmatic, but as soon as Jacksonville gets its offensive line sorted out, we think he'll be a fantastic player.
His decision-making down the stretch, especially on a read-option keep that set the Jaguars up for the game-winning field goal, was impressive. He also placed a ball perfectly to Marqise Lee earlier in the drive. He and Lee hooked up for a beautiful 30-yard touchdown earlier in the game.
It's just one opinion, but it hasn't always been easy to get a feel for what Bortles can do. He certainly appears to be surrounded by talent with a crop of young WRs and RBs. Addressing the line looks like it will be a priority in the offseason, and a year with Bortles prepping as the team's starter should put him on the QB2 fantasy radar heading into 2015.
Monday, December 1, 2014, 9:58am
With Reggie Wayne losing a step, the Colts need Moncrief's playmaking ability as an alternative to T.Y. Hilton. The third-round rookie has the size and athleticism to become a star with Luck as his quarterback.
While it may have just become official this week, it's no surprise Moncrief is now the team's WR3. We had a news item on Saturday that said it remains to be seen if he passes Reggie Wayne for the WR2 role. The item said that Wayne is still a security blank for Luck, but there's no denying Moncrief's big-play ability. He's certainly worth a pickup, at least in deeper leagues, but owners should probably still consider him boom or bust at this point. However he's one big play away from giving owners very nice fantasy numbers.
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton revealed that running back Khiry Robinson is expected to return from an arm injury next week against the Carolina Panthers while denouncing a report that the Saints had shown any interest in reinstated running back Ray Rice.
“We like our running back depth,” Payton said. “And if you do a little research, Khiry’s coming back next week.”
Robinson has missed the past six games with an unspecified arm injury. He hasn’t returned to the practice field yet but hinted on Twitter that he was close to a return. And he was seen in the locker room without a brace on the arm.
Things will again get interesting in the Saints backfield. Mark Ingram has been playing very well since moving into the lead back role. Chances are the Saints will ease Robinson back into the mix, but it's very possible he steals some carries from Ingram. Ingram ran the ball 23 times for 122 yards in Sunday’s 35-32 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers -- his fourth 100-yard game during Robinson’s absence.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger banged his throwing hand against the arm of Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton during Sunday’s loss, and it was clear that, at least for a while, the hand was bothering Ben.
He shook it and flexed it and his index finger wobbled as he tried to make selections from the menu of plays on his left wrist. He handed off for the next five plays, initially using his left hand to deliver the ball to the tailback. But it appears for now that the injury won’t affect Roethlisberger’s ability to play next Sunday at Cincinnati.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Roethlisberger was confident as of Sunday night that he’ll be fine. Also as of Sunday night, it was unclear whether the team would be ordering any testing of the hand.
“I am sure every quarterback has that happen every game,” Roethlisberger said, via Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, of an injury that caused him to react in a way that few quarterbacks ever do during games. “Does it hurt? Yeah. Did it affect my throwing? No.”
The story went on to say that it could end up getting worse over night, so we'll continue to check reports on Big Ben throughout the week. Don't be shocked if Roethlisberger ends up on the injury report this week. Bruce Gradkowski is the Steelers backup QB and if he would have to play it would downgrade the WRs a bit.
Monday, December 1, 2014, 8:28am
"That's something that coach [John Harbaugh] and I will have to address," Smith said. "I don't know when I'm supposed to be going and and when I am not supposed to be going. I'll let Coach handle it."
Harbaugh declined to update Smith's injury, the story went on to say. It also added that this is a tough injury because not only has Smith become their top receiver, but Marlon Brown suffered a concussion in the first half. Steve L. Smith would be line to be the WR1 if Torrey Smith is out for Week 14. Michael Campanaro, who is expected back in Week 14, Kamar Aiken, Jacoby Jones and Jeremy Butler are next up on the depth chart.
It's tough to trust a player with this status for the following week, but it's at least a little good news Ellington thinks he'll be OK for Week 14. Fox's Mike Jurecki on Twitter said the injury isn't serious and Ellington could be back by this week or next week. Given how the Cards performed in a Week 13 loss, Arizona will really need Ellington to play. There isn't a whole lot behind Ellington to trust from a fantasy perspective, even going against a Chiefs defense that was gashed by Denver's C.J. Anderson in Week 13. Stepfan Taylor, Michael Bush and Marion Grice could possibly form a committee if Ellington can't play.
In Coach Jay Gruden’s mind, it represented enough of a spark for McCoy to retain his hold on the starting job he assumed after the coach benched Robert Griffin III following three consecutive losses.
“Colt competed,” Gruden said following the defeat, which dropped Washington to 3-9 and assured a losing season. “There are some things I wish we would have done differently — play calls and execution-wise. But I feel like he competed and did a nice job out there.”
Although McCoy earned a passer rating of 113.1 in his second start this season, he was sacked six times and had one of four fumbles — the only one Washington failed to recover — returned for a touchdown. The offense’s first-half showing was particularly disappointing, producing just three points off of three turnovers. Under McCoy’s direction, the unit converted just one of seven third downs in the first half. Six of the seven third downs were third-and-10 or longer, the story said. McCoy and the Skins offense host St. Louis in Week 14, who is coming off shutting out the Raiders in Week 13.
Arizona running back Andre Ellington aggravating a hip injury.
Ellington left the field slowly with 10:13 remaining in the second quarter. He had five carries for 12 yards before the injury. He had 10 carries for only 24 yards in the Cardinals' 19-3 loss to Seattle last week and was probable on Arizona's final injury report of the week with foot and hip injuries.
Marion Grice had three catches for 24 yards and was the only other back to get carries - five for 16 yards as the Cards trailed early on in this contest. Stepfan Taylor ended up with a late TD. The team also signed Michael Bush last week but he was inactive for Week 13. We'll continue to monitor Ellington's status this week, but this was pretty much the last favorable matchup for Arizona RBs for the rest of the season. The team finishes with the Chiefs, Rams, Seahawks and 49ers to close the season and while the Chiefs ranked 15th, the Rams, Seahawks and 49ers are all in the top-five in allowing fantasy points to RBs.
There were no immediate plans for a surgical procedure, however.
Hunter was injured in the first quarter when Texans safety Daniel Manning hit him on a pass play that resulted in an interception. The former University of Tennessee star returned to action, but later complained of stomach pains and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
"He came back in and played, and thought he was OK, but it got worse in the second half. That's why it's getting checked out,'' Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "He wasn't feeling good. ... We'll have more information later."
Sunday, November 30, 2014, 7:32pm