“It’s going to be tough,” Gordon said. “But we’re going to go out there and knock off some rust and get myself ready for the playoffs.”
Gordon sat out the last three games after suffering a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee Nov. 25. Gordon was close to returning last Thursday against the Chiefs but was unable to convince coach Anthony Lynn of his readiness during a pregame workout. Lynn had told Gordon the previous night that he was leaning toward not playing him.
Aaron Rodgers wants to play and expects to play. Joe Philbin wants to play him and expects to play him.
Unless, of course, there's a reason for the Green Bay Packers quarterback not to play.
Rodgers said after Sunday's loss that he injured his groin on the final play of the first half, and although he didn't miss a snap, he spent most of the second half trying to stretch it out because, he said, "it bothered me a little bit." That, combined with the left knee injury that Rodgers battled all season, could be enough for the Packers to keep him out of Sunday's penultimate game of 2018 at the Jets, the story said. Philbin said players are paid to play, and Philbin hasn't talked to Rodgers about sitting. But that message could come from higher up as Rodgers is 35 with a $134 million contract.
During Sunday night’s game, Gurley was announced as questionable to return with a knee injury. He was able to continue playing and finished with a pair of touchdowns. The Rams play the Cardinals this week so the big question is does Gurley play in a game the Rams are likely to be heavy favorites. Owners definitely want to monitor him this week.
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The move could be linked to the availability of starting running back Aaron Jones. Jones took himself out of the game in Sunday’s Week 15 game against the Chicago Bears due to a knee injury suffered in the first quarter and then did not return.
Jones said following the game, he think he has a sprained MCL which is the same injury he suffered against the Bears at Soldier Field last year.
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Williams got all the carries following the injury to Jones, and looks to be in store for a big workload assuming Jones is unable to go for Weeks 16 and 17.
"I rolled my ankle on a slant at the beginning of that drive, so it was hard to run out there," Hopkins said. "The guys knew it. I stayed down for a minute, and they came over and took me off."
The injury looked a bit serious after the TD catch, but it sounds like Hopkins will be OK. Still, it's something for owners to keep an eye on as we head toward the fantasy finals.
Hunter Henry was back on the field with his teammates at Hoag Performance Center on Monday, practicing for the first time since the first day of OTAs.
While it’s a big step in the right direction, it doesn’t necessarily mean Henry will play in a game this season. He remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list and does not count against the 53-man roster. However, there is now a 21-day window in which he’ll either be activated or miss the remainder of the 2018 campaign, the story went on to say.
Ford and Murphy were getting more time with McCoy and Ivory both out in Week 15. Ford could be in store for those touches now if McCoy and Ivory remain out of action for Week 16. The Bills play New England in Week 16.
Ortiz and Hill are next up on the depth chart to back up Coleman for the rest of the season.
Marrone says Leonard Fournette will be limited this week with a foot injury.
A report on Sunday after the game said the plan was to give Williams more work, but perhaps that was because of Fournette's injury. Williams carried five times while Yeldon got three carries. Fournette will need to be monitored this week before getting plugged into lineups for Week 16.
RB Austin Ekeler is still in concussion protocol, Lynn said.
An earlier report today said Ekeler would be back along with Gordon and WR Keenan Allen. But with Ekeler still not out of protocol that could be in doubt. We'll know more later in the week. Gordon is expected back and should resume his normal workload. Jackson would be the RB2 if Ekeler can't go.
Miller left Saturday's game early and did not return. While Blue could get a majority of the work anyway, Foreman could see some touches as well, especially if Miller can't go. Foreman doesn't seem like a great play even if Miller is inactive.
Pat Shurmur announced Eli Manning will start Sunday vs. Indy.
Lauletta was a healthy scratch against the Titans, but had recently been promoted to the backup just a few weeks ago. Instead, it was Tanney who was Manning's backup this week. It seemed like a good bet the Giants might see what they had in Lauletta, but that doesn't appear to be the case - at least for Week 16.
Coach Shurmur: We’re hopeful Odell Beckham will work his way back for this Sunday.
Beckham is going through treatment and doing everything he can to get back, according to the rest of the tweet. In reality, though, it doesn't make much sense for the Giants to rush him back, but it's perhaps at least a good sign he hasn't been moved to IR yet.
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