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Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Bengals K Mike Nugent (not injury related, probable) missed practice all week and is probable for Week 15.

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Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Eagles K Cody Parkey (right groin, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 15.

Adrian Peterson's appeal has been denied

Friday, December 12, 2014, 5:42pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson's appeal of a league suspension for a violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy has been denied, the league announced Friday.

Peterson's appeal was heard by former NFL executive Harold Henderson last week in Washington, D.C. Henderson was appointed by commissioner Roger Goodell as independent arbitrator to hear the sides' cases and issue a ruling.

In upholding the NFL's initial ruling, Henderson concluded that Peterson "has not demonstrated that the process and procedures surrounding his discipline were not fair and consistent." Wrote Henderson: "He was afforded all the protections and rights to which he is entitled, and I find no basis to vacate or reduce the discipline."

Peterson is now expected to appeal the decision in federal court.

Fantasy Impact:

Peterson should not be rostered in redraft formats. Barring a miracle, he's not going to make a fantasy impact this season.

Why Tony Romo struggled against the Eagles on Thanksgiving

Friday, December 12, 2014, 10:47am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Cowboys beat writer Todd Archer explains why Tony Romo didn't play well against the Eagles on Thanksgiving:

The Cowboys and Romo believe things will be different in the second meeting. Not in the potential outcome, but in how they play. They won’t use the quick turnaround from a Sunday night game at MetLife Stadium to a Thursday afternoon game at AT&T Stadium as an excuse, but I’ll call it a reason. On a normal Thursday, Romo would be going through his first practice of the week. That time he had to play a game. And, for some reason, he chose not to take a painkilling injection before the game. He was not the same quarterback that day. Things weren't “firing” as he likes to say. Given the state of his back, he needs rest. He had a full week to get ready for the Chicago Bears and completed 81 percent of his passes and threw three touchdown passes.

Fantasy Impact:

We're expecting a better game from Romo as well. In addition to the extra rest (and pain killing injection), he has played better on the road, posting a 15-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio away from Dallas this season.

How C.J. Anderson became the Broncos' RB1

Friday, December 12, 2014, 10:31am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Broncos beat writer Jeff Legwold describes how C.J. Anderson took over the RB1 job:

There are times in an NFL life when availability tips the scales. When the injuries mowed through the depth chart at running back, Anderson was available. Montee Ball missed eight games and most of another with a right groin injury, while Ronnie Hillman missed four games with a left foot injury. And with that Anderson became the guy. As a runner, the Broncos have always liked his potential, but he arrived to offseason workouts and minicamp too heavy, looked sluggish and at the time looked to be a guy who would not make the 53-man roster. But when training camp rolled around, he arrived lighter and quicker. In this offense, pass protection determines how often you get to carry the ball. Peyton Manning trusts Anderson's work there, and he has shown reliable hands as a receiver. As a runner he has good lower-body power and he runs heavy, with leverage, so he usually runs through the first tackle. He's also shown the good mix of patience with his blockers and decisiveness once he sees the crease. The Broncos believed he could contribute before, but Anderson wrestled the job away from the others. If he maintains his current work ethic and results, he's their No. 1 guy.

Fantasy Impact:

Anderson may continue to be the team's starter for the 2015 season and beyond, so in addition to being a redraft RB1, he holds significant keeper and dynasty league value.

Bears OC makes tearful apology to QB Jay Cutler

Friday, December 12, 2014, 9:46am

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

As Bears fans know, Jay Cutler can make a grown man cry.

The offense learned that Monday in a meeting room at Halas Hall when offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer made an emotional and tearful apology for criticizing the quarterback in a private conversation at Soldier Field with an NFL Network reporter last week.

Four sources told the Tribune that Kromer adamantly denied he said anything about the franchise having buyer's remorse for Cutler's blockbuster contract and assured players that portion of Sunday's report on NFL Network did not come from him. With Cutler in the room, Kromer did admit however to being frustrated with the quarterback's play management and expressing that to Ian Rapoport as he left Soldier Field on Dec. 4 after the fifth loss in seven games.

Cutler shook his head during Kromer's apology, one source said.

"I'm still kind of trying to sort my way through this to be honest," one player said. "It's one of the most (messed) up things I have ever seen."

"It's a (messed) up situation," another player said.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bears are a mess right now and it's not clear how the team -- specifically Jay Cutler and the offense -- will respond against the Saints this Sunday. It's a great matchup, and garbage time production is always a possibility, but Cutler will be without Brandon Marshall in the lineup, and he's always a risky fantasy start, even in the best of times.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7:08pm

Rams Inactives
Alex Bayer TE
Alex Carrington DE
Justice Cunningham TE
Lamarcus Joyner CB
Marcus Roberson CB
Brandon Washington G
Ethan Westbrooks DT

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7:08pm

Cardinals Inactives
Kenny Demens ILB
Paul Fanaika G
Kareem Martin DE
Tyrann Mathieu FS
Josh Mauro DE
Anthony Steen G

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (right shoulder) took full practice reps again Thursday. Bortles should continue to play through the injury.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. No worries here.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone) was ruled out for Week 15. Foles remains out, but is inching closer to a return. Mark Sanchez is an attractive start in a good matchup against the Cowboys. He is the #8 fantasy QB since taking over as the starter in Week 10.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Giants QB Eli Manning (back) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Manning’s injury is not believed to be serious.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Redskins QB Colt McCoy (neck) took limited practice reps again Thursday. McCoy’s status is unknown but the limited participation is encouraging. He’s expected to start if healthy this week.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Titans QB Zach Mettenberger (right shoulder) missed practice again Thursday. Jake Locker is going to get the start and he’s a worthwhile streaming option for desperate owners given a favorable matchup against the Jets.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) missed practice again Thursday. Newton has been released from the hospital, and he’s not going to play in Week 15. Derek Anderson will draw the start and is probably the better pocket passer. This means that we don’t see this situation as a downgrade for Kelvin Benjamin or Greg Olsen. They both produced big fantasy lines in Week 1 when Anderson started against the Bucs.