LeGarrette Blount - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount was not signed by the team to replace RB Jonas Gray as the between-the-tackles runner. Blount's presence gives the team another tough inside runner in the potentially poor-weather weeks ahead.
Huddle Up: Blount was also a standout kick returner during last season's playoffs, so he provides multiple ways in which he can help the Patriots. Those who just threw all their remaining FAAB at Gray, however, can sleep a little more soundly with word that Blount won't be swiping Gray's role. Because when has Bill Belichick ever not disclosed the full truth to fantasy owners?
Latavius Murray - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) has earned himself a larger role in the offense, according to interim head coach Tony Sparano. His concussion, obviously, will dictate when that plan will be put into motion. 'The way he ran the ball today he earned more snaps, no doubt about it,' Sparano said. 'We just have to see how he comes out of this thing.'
Huddle Up: There is no logical reason for the Raiders to give carries to any back other than Murray once he's back from his concussion. Neither Darren McFadden nor Maurice Jones-Drew are in the club's future, so why not see what Murray brings to the table and get a good look at what the club needs to add around offensive cornerstones Derek Carr, Andre Holmes, and Murray?
Giovani Bernard - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill will be the leader in a 65-35 split of the carries with RB Giovani Bernard in Week 12, in the opinion of beat writer Paul Dehner Jr.
Huddle Up: It's just one beat writer's opinion, but it echoes the prevailing sentiment coming out of Cincy: that the current jobshare will look a whole lot like last season, with Hill playing the lead dog role of BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Bernard getting complimentary touches. Could change as Gio gets healthier, but let's worry about this week and go from there.
Latavius Murray - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray left in the second quarter of the game Thursday, Nov. 20 with a possible concussion and didn't return. He finished with a game- and career-high 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns on four carries.
Huddle Up: Murray, a 2013 sixth-round pick, has shown recent flashes and burst out in a big way, thanks mainly to his 90-yard scoring burst early in the second quarter that propelled the Silver & Black toward snapping their 16-game losing streak. Murray suffered his injury on a helmet-to-helmet shot on a run soon after, but he's likely earned himself the lead RB role going forward given the disappointing seasons Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden have had for the league's worst rushing team. That is, of course, if the injury isn't anything more serious than a typical concussion. McFadden rushed for 29 yards on 12 carries in the game, while the ghost of MJD had three rushes for minus-1.
Delanie Walker - TE - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: Things are looking up for Walker after missed the Week 11 Monday night loss to the Steelers. He was also scheduled to visit a doctor Thursday, so expect the official word on his status to come out Friday at the latest.
Owen Daniels - TE - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens TE Owen Daniels (non-injury) is taking the day off practice Thursday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: No worries for the TE who will be good to go for the Ravens on Monday night coming off a bye week.
Alshon Jeffery - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: The Bears' leading receiver made some definite strides after sitting out Wednesday, and we'll see if the momentum carries over into Friday.
Lavonte David - LB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Lavonte David (hamstring) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 20. CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring) was limited.
Huddle Up: Definite IDP league alert here as David, the Bucs' leading tackler, sat out entirely Thursday after getting in limited work Wednesday. Friday will be an important day.
Pierre Thomas - RB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 20. Thomas has missed the last four games, but he said there's a chance that he plays in Week 12 against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, Nov. 24.
Huddle Up: The Saints could use a timely return by Thomas as fellow RBs Khiry Robinson (forearm) and Travaris Cadet (hamstring) missed practice for a second straight day Thursday.
Julian Edelman - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh) was limited again in practice Thursday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: Something to definitely monitor as the Pats' receptions leader is a question mark after getting injured late in the team's win Sunday night.
Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (non-injury related) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: It might turn out to be nothing, but there's been no immediate reason given for the absence. All in all, it's rather strange considering it was to be the WR's second practice after returning from suspension.
Arian Foster - RB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 20, after being limited the previous day.
Huddle Up: It's never usually good when a player's status trends the wrong direction during a week, but see if Foster can get back on the field Friday.
Trent Richardson - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: T-Rich should be fine -- the Colts certainly need him to be -- after he sat out Wednesday with a reported illness.
Jerick McKinnon - RB - Cleveland Browns
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) will retain the lead-back role, even after the team claimed RB Ben Tate off waivers from the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, Nov. 19, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Turner said Tate was brought in for insurance because both McKinnon and RB Matt Asiata (concussion) were dealing with injuries this week. McKinnon said he will be ready for Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers. However, Asiata's status is in doubt. "We're excited about Jerick and what he's done, and I see him as our running back,' Turner said. "He's been limited in practice last week and couldn't practice (Wednesday) So you got to protect yourself, obviously with Matt not being able to practice (Wednesday) and in doubt as to whether he'll play or not.'
Huddle Up: The lead-back designation is one thing, but McKinnon's fantasy owners would like to see Turner and the Vikes back that up with more touches as the rookie has been averaging only 13.4 per outing over the last seven games.
Steven Jackson - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson was out of practice with an illness Thursday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: Perhaps it's the same bug which has sidelined Julio Jones the past 2 days, but both should be good to go for Sunday's home date with the Browns.
Dwayne Allen - TE - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) missed his second straight day of practice Thursday, Nov. 20, and The Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer would bet on Allen sitting out this weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Huddle Up: It's most definitely looking like Coby Fleener time Sunday against the Jags. Fleener had a career-high 144 receiving yards on seven catches in the Week 11 loss to the Pats.
Larry Fitzgerald - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) was not participating during the media-access portion of practice Thursday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: That two straight missed practices for Fitz. See what transpires Friday, but it has the look of a game-time decision Sunday afternoon in Seattle.
Fred Jackson - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson said he believes the team is at a disadvantage for its Week 12 game against the New York Jets because the snow in the Buffalo area has prevented the team from practicing. Jackson said the players are using their iPads to study the game plan for Week 12.
Huddle Up: Yeah, we'd say being unable to practice is certainly a setback. The new date -- likely Monday -- and location for the contest should be announced soon with Ralph Wilson Stadium and the Buffalo area blanketed by ongoing snowfall.
Giovani Bernard - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (clavicle, hip) is fully participating in practice Thursday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: Don't look now, but that's now two straight days of workouts for Bernard, who's missed the last three games. Nothing's official yet, but start tinkering with idea of having Bernard available Sunday.
Emmanuel Sanders - WR - Denver Broncos
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) is able to exercise as part of his concussion protocol. He missed a second straight day of practice Thursday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: Getting exercise clearance is a good sign, but fantasy owners are going to have wait and see on the final call for Week 12, which will likely come Friday.
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