Essential NFL Practice News & Notes for Wild Card Weekend
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 18. No worries here. Big Ben should be a quality start against a shaky secondary.
Steelers RB LeVeon Bell (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 18. With Bell out, Josh Harris should see the most touches in the Pittsburgh backfield. If he’s not able to run the ball effectively (which seems likely given Baltimore’s stout run defense), look for Ben Roethlisberger to air it out against a shaky secondary. Harris should be a decent cheap option in daily formats due to workload alone.
Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 18. It’s a tough matchup, but Murray should be a good start due to his league-leading 28.1 touches per game.
Colts RB Trent Richardson (illness, questionable) missed practice Friday and is questionable for Week 18. Richardson is likely to play, but may be limited, further boosting Dan Herron’s upside in a good matchup against Cincinnati.
Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 18. Williams is going to play, but Jonathan Stewart is expected to continue to serve as the lead back against Arizona. He has averaged 19.6 touches since Week 13.
Bengals WR A.J. Green (concussion, doubtful) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is doubtful for Week 18. With Green doubtful, look for Mohamed Sanu to have a solid game against Indianapolis. He averaged 5.0-93-.60 in the five games Green missed (or was very limited) this season. He didn’t do much (3-54 on nine targets) against Indianapolis in Week 7, however.
Colts WR Reggie Wayne (groin, probable) missed practice Friday after taking full reps Thursday and is probable for Week 18. Wayne will be out there against Cincinnati, but he isn’t much of a fantasy option at this point.
Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (back, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 18. The Bengals may have to lean on Gresham with A.J. Green likely out. He’s not a safe start in daily due to the questionable tag, however.