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Julius Thomas returns after two weeks off. Start him if you've got him, but he will be playing at less than 100%.
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Saturday, December 6, 2014, 7:23pm
With reports of Redskins head coach Jay Gruden being at odds with his front office and owner over the future of quarterback Robert Griffin III, a new story from The Washington Post says the rookie coach could be fired over the disagreement.
This is what columnist Jason Reid wrote on Saturday:
"Although it’s unknown whether Snyder and Allen eventually will agree to trade Griffin, what has become clear from recent conversations with Redskins officials is that Gruden believes he needs a clean break from Griffin to focus on fixing Washington’s 3-9 mess. And if Snyder and Allen commit to Griffin as the starter in 2015, Gruden could be “one and done,” a team official said, alluding to Gruden possibly being fired despite four years remaining on his guaranteed five-year contract."
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 7:20pm
Maybe the offseason ankle surgery and preseason rib injury made Newton more of a complete quarterback by forcing him to stay in the pocket and go through his route progressions.
Such talk seems almost preposterous now.
Newton has followed up his successful start with the worst six-game stretch of his career, coinciding with the Panthers’ six-game losing streak, which they’ll try to snap Sunday at New Orleans.
Critics say Newton has reverted to bad habits from early in his career, throwing off his back foot, making poor decisions and forcing passes into coverage.
Newton has refused to blame his struggles on the blocking, or lack of it, he’s received. And though he has not been 100 percent all season, Newton also has refrained from using his health as an excuse. Outside of perhaps one game, Newton just hasn't been the same QB without the ability to run. Obviously rib and ankle injuries will continue to hinder Newton's fantasy upside.
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 7:15pm
When the rookie receiver was disappointed in being deactivated for the first six games of his pro career, he went to Brown for advice. When he made a splash immediately upon seeing the field, Bryant recognized the comparisons to Brown.
So now that he's experiencing the first slump of his short career, Bryant, you guessed it, is asking Brown where to go from here. Bryant is doing everything he can to emulate Brown. Opposing defenses indicate he's proving to be a reasonable — if young — facsimile.
"They're treating me like a little 'AB' now," Bryant said Thursday. "So I'm just really following him, trying to do what he does. He just says you've got to outwork them. Double-team or not, you've got to go out and execute your plays. I'm just working hard, trying to get better."
Bryant's breakout onto the NFL scene has slowed. After six touchdown receptions — at least one in each game — over the first four games of his career, the capricious, 6-foot-4, 22-year-old has had just three catches for 34 yards and no TDs over his past two games.
Jerick McKinnon's promising rookie season is over.
The Minnesota Vikings announced Saturday that the rookie running back has been placed on season-ending injured reserve with a nagging lower back injury.
McKinnon, a third-round draft pick out of Georgia Southern, was leading the Vikings in carries (113), rushing yards (538) and yards per carry (4.8). Among rookie backs, he ranks third in rushing yards, behind Jeremy Hill and Tre Mason.
The runner will have a procedure done on his back with a recovery time of about eight weeks, ESPN.com's Adam Caplan reported.
McKinnon is still a nice dynasty/keeper value for next season given Adrian Peterson's up-in-the-air status with the Vikings. Peterson could win his appeal and be reinstated as soon as Week 15, assuming the Vikings want to welcome him back when there's not much to play for. Matt Asiata figures to continue as the lead back for now, with Ben Tate and Joe Banyard in the mix.