DeMarco Murray - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand), who took some team snaps in practice Thursday, Dec. 18, is in no more risk if he plays in Week 16 against the Indianapolis Colts than if he sits out this week, according to head coach Jason Garrett. Murray had a plate and screws put into his broken left hand to stabilize the fourth metacarpal. He's been wearing a hard plastic shell on top of his glove for more protection.
Huddle Up: Murray is getting a test run in practice this week, and his status for Sunday remains up in the air, although things seem to be leaning toward him playing against the Colts. We'll certainly remain attuned to the situation with the rest of Fantasy Nation.
Peyton Manning - QB - Denver Broncos
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh) left practice early Thursday, Dec. 18, because he is receiving a scheduled day of rest. Manning was not limping when he was walking to the locker room.
Huddle Up: Sounds like a late-season, veteran maintenance day for Manning, who suffered a thigh bruise Sunday in San Diego. He's expected to practice Friday and be fully ready for the Week 16 Monday night game in Cincy.
Jordan Matthews - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) fully practiced Thursday, Dec. 18.
Huddle Up: If you weren't scared off by his untimely Week 15 doughnut (0 catches), the rookie wideout will be good to go Saturday against the Skins.
Chris Polk - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB Chris Polk appears to have become the team's goal-line back of late, and two of the three snaps he played in Week 15 led to short rushing touchdowns. On another snap inside the five-yard line, RB Darren Sproles took the ball for a TD. The Eagles have struggled in the red zone this year, and they think Polk's size and power gives him an advantage at the goal line. "Some of the short-yardage stuff, Polk's obviously a little bit more powerful back, so they've been giving him some of the runs in short-yardage in a couple games, especially last game," RB LeSean McCoy said. McCoy has 10 carries inside the 5-yard line this year and has three touchdowns.
Huddle Up: McCoy ranks 11th among fantasy RBs in standard-scoring formats, but he's been tough to fully trust given his drop in receptions (52-24 from last season) and now, lately, the goal-line situation. Weigh your options wisely.
Percy Harvin - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Percy Harvin (ankle) is participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.
Huddle Up: Harvin was able to get back on the field after sitting out Wednesday, but his status for Sunday is still yet to be determined.
Kyle Rudolph - TE - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee) is not participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.
Huddle Up: Increasingly troubling news as it's the second straight missed practice for Rudolph, who is coming off a season-high seven-catch, 69-yard effort in Week 15. Rudolph owners will have to hope for better news in Friday's always-important practice.
Andre Johnson - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion) has cleared the league's concussion protocol and will play in the team's Week 16 game.
Huddle Up: Good news for Johnson's fantasy owners as the WR will return after a one-game absence, but he'll be coming back to a No. 4 QB, likely Case Keenum, at the helm.
Rashad Jennings - RB - New York Giants
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.
Huddle Up: You're just not going to be able to trust Jennings, who started last week and then departed with a first-quarter ankle injury. Rookie Andre Williams, though, certainly moves up on the RB list if Jennings can't go Sunday in St. Louis.
Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) is working with the first-team offense during practice Thursday, Dec. 18. Head coach Ron Rivera has yet to name Newton the starter, though, but he showed no signs of pain for the second straight day. Newton has been showing good velocity on his throws and hasn't had restrictions with his movement.
Huddle Up: Best sign yet that Newton could start Sunday against the Browns after missing Week 15 with his auto-accident injuries. Stay tuned ...
T.Y. Hilton - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) is not participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 18. He also sat out Wednesday.
Huddle Up: Friday will be the crucial day for Hilton who was injured in Sunday's win over the Texans.
Case Keenum - QB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans QB Case Keenum is expected to start in Week 16.
Huddle Up: It's not as if the Texans had a plethora of options at their disposal. At least Keenum has a little more fantasy upside than Thad Lewis.
Philip Rivers - QB - San Diego Chargers
Updating previous reports, San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back) is battling a back injury that is more severe than the team has acknowledged, according to a league source. Rivers' back injury was quietly added to San Diego's injury report last week, to go along with the rib injury he has been battling for weeks. By now, Rivers' rib injuries are improved, making his back injury the significant issue, a league source said.
Huddle Up: Rivers has played through a torn ACL before, so playing through a back injury seems like par for the course for him. However, you have to think such an injury impacts Rivers' effectiveness; so does losing Keenan Allen to a busted collarbone.
Peyton Manning - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning's contract runs through the 2016 season, and beat writer Mike Klis believes Manning will play out the contract.
Huddle Up: Manning hasn't looked particularly good of late, so of course it's time to question just how much game he has left. On the bright side, dynasty leaguers can plan to have Peyton around for a couple more years and use that time to line up a successor
Ronnie Hillman - RB - Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos are hopeful RB Ronnie Hillman (foot) will be able to return for the Week 16 game against the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, Dec. 22, or for the regular season finale against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, Dec. 28.
Huddle Up: The Broncos would likely get Hillman some touches to shake off the rust, but CJ Anderson has done more than enough to stake a claim on the starting gig, both throughout the playoffs and as the curtain rises on the 2015 season.
LeSean McCoy - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy opened practice on the sidelines Wednesday, Dec. 17, while RB Chris Polk opened with first-team reps. After practice McCoy did not seem too concerned. 'We rotate all the time,' McCoy said. '(Running backs coach Duce Staley) pulled me out. (RB Darren Sproles) wasn't in either.' Shady played a season-low 34 of 55 offensive snaps in Week 15 against the Dallas Cowboys, his fewest in two seasons under head coach Chip Kelly.
Huddle Up: You think you'd want your best offensive player on the field more than 62% of the time, but maybe that's why Chip Kelly is a genius. If Philly gets to the playoffs and has a well-rested McCoy, then maybe the move will make sense.
Chris Polk - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB Chris Polk opened practice Wednesday, Dec. 17, running with the first-team offense while RB LeSean McCoy looked on from the sideline.
Huddle Up: First Polk steals a couple touchdowns from Shady, now he's angling for his job. No reason for concern just yet, unless word of an undisclosed McCoy injury slips out. Right now it's just Philly getting their backup some reps with the ones.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Huddle Up: Lynch takes plenty of practices off; no worries about his availability for this weekend's game.
Derek Carr - QB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (thumb) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Huddle Up: There's been no indication Carr might miss this week's contest due to the injury, but it's not as if the Raiders are playing for anything so maybe they'll give him the week off to heal.
Drew Stanton - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) said this injury is different from any other he's ever had, and he said it's too soon to know if he could return to play in Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks. He hasn't had any setbacks and started jogging with a brace on his right knee this week. Stanton watched practice Wednesday, Dec. 17, and has thrown a ball recently. 'It's felt good,' Stanton said. 'It's one of those things you just go to kinda take time and the healing process is different for everybody.'
Huddle Up: You know you're in a sticky wicket when getting Drew Stanton back represents an upgrade to your quarterback position, yet that's exactly where the NFC-leading Cardinals sit.
C.J. Spiller - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) has not yet been added to the active roster from the short-term Reserve/Injured list. The Bills must add him by Dec. 24, but they must make that move by Saturday, Dec. 20, if they want him to be eligible to play in Week 16 against the Oakland Raiders. Spiller was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17, and he said he's feeling good. The team hasn't made a decision on whether he'll play against the Raiders.
Huddle Up: Even if Spiller plays he'll be hard to trust in Fantasy Super Bowls. Spiller enters a crowded Bills backfield and he's going to be on a snap count in his first game back. Only owners really struggling for a Flex option should turn to Spiller if he's active.
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