Originally posted: December 26, 2017
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE (AFC)
Baltimore Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin (knee) has a chance to return for Sunday’s game vs. Cincinnati and just miss one game with his new injury, HC John Harbaugh told reporters. Given how QB Joe Flacco spread the ball around vs. Indianapolis and still had WR Mike Wallace as his clear-cut #1, Maclin isn’t expected to produce much if active.
Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch (ankle) is the planned starter for Sunday’s game vs. Kansas City, HC Vance Joseph told reporters. Lynch was close to being healthy enough to go in Washington last week but the team wanted to have him free rein with his mobility. The team is hopeful WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) and/or WR Cody Latimer (thigh) will come back to help its second-year passer against a Chiefs team, locked into the AFC’s No. 3 playoff seed, that’s bound to rest several key defensive players on the road.
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is considered day-to-day ahead of Sunday’s game vs. Kansas City after not being able to go in Washington in Week 16. If Sanders remains sore, the team has no good reason to activate him, given Sanders has been bothered by the injury for a long time this season.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) has his injured foot in a walking boot after getting hurt at the Jets, HC Anthony Lynn admitted to reporters. That puts Gordon’s availability for Sunday’s game vs. Oakland very much in doubt. If he can’t go, RB Branden Oliver is in line to see the bulk of the backfield touches with RB Austin Ekeler (hand) likely unable to contirbute to the offense.
New England Patriots HC Bill Belichick took a look at former Steelers OLB James Harrison, who became a free agent last week, on a visit. There’s a chance the team could sign him to add depth and versality to its pass rush, a la current Eagles DE Chris Long last year.
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray (knee) has a chance to have a limited role for Sunday’s critical “win and get in” game vs. Jacksonville, HC Mike Mularkey told reporters. Although the team is holding out hope he can be active and availalble behind RB Derrick Henry, the NFL Network reports it’s highly unlikely Murray will be able to go with his LCL injury.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE (NFC)
Arizona Cardinals HC Bruce Arians has not made any decisions about his future, ESPN reports. The 65-year-old had been rumored to have already chose to part ways from the team through either retirement or re-signing, but Arians said he will take his time after Sunday’s game at Seattle to figure out what he plans to do next. With the Rams and 49ers rising in the NFC West and the Seahawks still in contention, it would be hard to expect Arizona to compete for the playoffs next season if the health of QB Carson Palmer and the potenital retirement of WR Larry Fitzgerald do not tilt in its favor.
Dallas Cowboys HC Jason Garrett is not in danger of losing his job, owner/GM Jerry Jones told reporters, despite the disappointing non-playoff season. That’s good news for offensive staff stability around QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott, although the team badly needs to upgrade its receiving corps in the offseason to give Prescott a needed boost.
Detroit LIons QB Matthew Stafford and the team’s offensive starers won’t be held back from regular snaps vs. Green Bay on Sunday despite the team being eliminated from playoff consideration. HC Jim Caldwell told reporters.
New York Giants QB Eli Manning will start Sunday vs. Washington, HC Steve Spagnuolo told reporters, but there’s a chance rookie QB Davis Webb gets some snaps in the second half of the game. Webb has to play this season but the Giants may finally want to get a look at him in the finale.
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles could get some needed extra reps as a starter in Sunday’s meaningless game vs. Dallas, HC Doug Pederson, said but the extent of his playing time has yet to be determined. The Eagles have the top playoff seed in the NFC locked up and have already one QB for the season. Expect to see plenty of QB Nate Sudfeld in teh game.
Seattle Seahawks S Earl Thomas didn’t throw off the team when he made his “come get me” comments to the Cowboys following Seattle’s win in Dallas, HC Pete Carroll told reporters. Thomas is a Texas native but the Seahawks plan to have him play for them through the end of his current contract in 2018.
Source: Fantasy Guru
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