Frank Gore - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (knee) practiced in full Wednesday, Nov. 26, and is probable for Week 13 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Huddle Up: The veteran RB isn't going to miss this one, and he's topped 100 rushing yards in each of his last two home games against the 'Hawks to boot.
Jerick McKinnon - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Huddle Up: McKinnon was able to play through the back issue in Week 12 and there's no reason to think he won't be able to do the same Sunday against the Panthers. We'll definitely keep tabs on his status, though, the rest of the week.
Charles Clay - TE - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee, hamstring) participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Huddle Up: Encouraging to see Clay out there in the first practice of the week after sitting out Week 12, but you're going to need to monitor his progress the next few days as well.
Jordan Cameron - TE - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Huddle Up: Cameron was at least able to get in some work in the Browns' first practice of the week as he attempts to return from a four-game absence. He should definitely be able to do more, though, as the week progresses if he's going to play Sunday in Buffalo.
Jace Amaro - TE - New York Jets
New York Jets TE Jace Amaro (head) is not expected to play in Week 13, because he is going through the concussion protocol.
Huddle Up: Get another option lined up if you were planning on using the N.Y. rookie.
Reggie Bush - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle, back) was limited in practice for the third straight day Wednesday, Nov. 26, and is questionable for Week 13 against the Chicago Bears.
Huddle Up: It's been a questionable season to be sure for Bush, and it looks like it'll come down to another game-time decision.
Montee Ball - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RBs Montee Ball (groin) and Ronnie Hillman (foot) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Huddle Up: Ball and Hillman are likely out another week or two at the minimum, leaving late-season standout C.J. Anderson firmly in charge of the starting gig.
Michael Bush - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB Michael Bush fits the role of a big, bruising ball carrier who can be effective in the red zone and at the goal line, and head coach Bruce Arians is hoping Bush can fill the role that RB Jonathan Dwyer had. 'We really miss John,' Arians said. 'I like our backs but we need a guy that's going to pound it in there and close out some games in short yardage and goal-line situations,' Arians said. Bush has 12 touchdowns on 26 goal-line carries in his career. Arians said Bush is in 'great shape' after not having played this year.
Huddle Up: It certainly sounds like Bush will immediately be supplanting Stepfan Taylor as the Cards' short-yardage/change-of-pace back. Meanwhile, it's not good news but it's far from crippling for Andre Ellington's owners as he'll still be counted heavily as a pass-catcher and a big-play back without playing to his weaknesses by repeatedly running him the gut.
Calvin Johnson - WR - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson hasn't been putting up big numbers this season, but he denies that he's starting to decline. He's on pace to finish with fewer than 1,000 yards receiving for the first time since 2009, but he continues to say that he's the same player he was when he set the single-season record for receiving yards two years ago. 'I think that the biggest thing you can kind of just take a look at is: Does he still run by people?' head coach Jim Caldwell said. 'The answer to that would be yes. Is he still able to lay out, catch the ball and do things that he normally does? Yes. And I think that that's what matters.' Since returning from a sprained ankle, Johnson has also faced three of the league's top defenses.
Huddle Up: The defenses of the Bears and Bucs should be more to the liking of Megatron and the Lions' offense the next two weeks, but if the issues continue, it just might be the rule and not the exception.
Latavius Murray - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) was back at practice Wednesday, Nov. 25, though his participation status was undisclosed.
Huddle Up: He's still not in the clear yet, but it's a solid sign pointing toward Murray playing this Sunday in St. Louis.
Arian Foster - RB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) has an excellent chance to return in Week 13 against the Tennessee Titans after missing the last two games.
Huddle Up: Alfred Blue should still get some work as well, but Foster is a must-start if he's active going against the Titans, who give up the second-most fantasy points to opposing RBs.
Julius Thomas - TE - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Huddle Up: It's the first practice of the week for the Broncos, and Thomas will likely have to show more later in the week to avoid missing a second straight game.
Zach Ertz - TE - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (oblique) fully participated in practice and is probable for Week 13.
Huddle Up: Ertz hasn't missed a game this season and should be out there Thursday in Dallas, but his biggest fantasy threat is the increased looks fellow TE Brent Celek has been getting in recent weeks. Go ahead and roll with Ertz if you need to but weigh your TE options carefully.
Geno Smith - QB - New York Jets
New York Jets QB Geno Smith will return to the starting quarterback role in Week 13 against the Miami Dolphins, after QB Michael Vick saw only three starts. The feeling around the team is that general manager John Idzik insisted that head coach Rex Ryan start Smith over Vick. 'The main factor is you want to give your guys a chance to win the game,' Ryan said. 'That's the No. 1 factor you look into. But that's what we did. We feel good. Geno last time out had a good game against Miami (in Week 17 last season).'
Huddle Up: The Jets need to find out if Smith has a long-term future with the franchise, and need him off the bench and in live action to make that determination. It mainly boils down to decision-making and keeping the turnovers to a minimum. If he can do that, it shouldn't affect what limited fantasy values there are for the team's other offensive skill players.
Matt Slater - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Matthew Slater agreed to a two-year, $4 million extension through the 2016 season Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Huddle Up: Slater is more of a special teams contributor than a fantasy threat, the kind of interchangeable piece Bill Belichick loves to employ.
Colt McCoy - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III has officially been benched in favor of QB Colt McCoy in Week 13. Head coach Jay Gruden informed the team Wednesday, Nov. 26. However, Griffin still appears to be part of the team's long-term plan, another source said Tuesday.
Huddle Up: RG3 has struggled this season; it's going to take time and reps in Jay Gruden's offense for him to get comfortable, and right now the team would rather take a shot at maybe winning a game with McCoy at the helm than hopefully developing Griffin into the quarterback he can be in this offense. So any talk of an actual long-term plan in Washington is laughable.
Colt McCoy - QB - Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins are planning to start QB Colt McCoy in Week 13 against the Indianapolis Colts in place of struggling QB Robert Griffin III, according to a team source.
Huddle Up: Things are a mess in D.C. -- and we're not just talking politics. McCoy did, however, lead the Skins to their last win -- a 20-17 victory in Dallas in Week 8 -- throwing for 299 yards and rushing for 16 yards and a TD in his lone start, so this should be a welcome fantasy change for the team's pass-catchers. (Hey, it can't get much worse). Meanwhile, the question is whether RGIII has made his last start for Washington.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back) was listed as a limited participant for the second straight day of practice Tuesday, Nov. 25.
Huddle Up: Lynch hasn't been near 100 percent all season, but he'll be out there Thursday night for the grudge match against the Niners, and his fantasy owners will be hoping for better results than his 15-39 rushing performance in Week 11.
Reggie Bush - RB - Detroit Lions
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle, back) was limited in practice Tuesday, Nov. 25, with a back injury added to his status. Bush missed the last two games with an ankle injury. There was no further information on his back ailment.
Huddle Up: Yikes -- this sounds rather grim for the RB, who's missed three of the last four -- and five games in all -- this season. Keep an eye out for further updates, but don't expect the news to be promising.
Doug Martin - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin says he's the same running back he was as a rookie in 2012 when he took the league by storm. However, he's averaging just 2.8 yards per carry and has only 193 rushing yards and one score this season, but he's missed two games with a knee injury and three with an ankle ailment. He's healthy now, but he only mustered 27 yards on 11 carries in Week 12 while sharing time with RBs Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey.
Huddle Up: Martin had more rushes than Rainey and Sims combined (7) in Week 11, but continues to do little with them. None of the backs, though, are getting much help, and coach Lovie Smith has called out the team's offensive line. See if that makes any difference, but don't have any of three RBs in your lineup while waiting to find out.
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