Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) remained hospitalized Wednesday, Dec. 10, and there are no updates on his health.
Huddle Up: Words is that Cam has a Tony Romo-like back injury with two fractured bones that would still allow him to play. But he'll have to get out of the hospital and rejoin his team before a determination can be made about his availability, so those banking on Newton for fantasy help this week should be implementing Plan B sooner rather than later.
Eddie Lacy - RB - Green Bay Packers
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (hip) suffered a hip injury in the Week 14 game against the Atlanta Falcons, but head coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday, Dec. 9, that he doesn't have high concern about the ailment.
Huddle Up: James Starks handled Green Bay's backfield duties in Lacy's absence, but it sounds like Lacy should be good to go for the Packers' upcoming game. It's a good reminder, though, that if you're rostering Lacy you should have Starks on your bench just in case.
DeMarco Murray - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray carried the ball a career-high 32 times in the Week 14 game against the Chicago Bears, and he also had a career-best nine receptions. He said he feels great, and the workload isn't a concern to Murray or head coach Jason Garrett. 'DeMarco is a guy who has shown he can handle the workload, both as a runner and a receiver,' Garrett said Tuesday, Dec. 9. 'He wants more. He never wants to come out of the game. He's a bell cow player and it doesn't look like he's slowing down at all to me. He feels great, he says he feels great and really looks like he's playing a very high level.'
Huddle Up: Especially with Tony Romo banged up, the Cowboys will need to lean on Murray down the stretch to make a playoff run. He hasn't shown signs of wearing down yet, but it's worth noting that the last player with 41 touches in an NFL game was Larry Johnson.
Drew Stanton - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (ankle, knee) was listed as a limited participant in practice Tuesday, Dec. 9, due to ankle and knee injuries.
Huddle Up: Stanton should be fine to start Thursday in St. Louis but faces a rugged challenge against what's been one of the league's best defenses over the last month.
Larry Fitzgerald - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) was listed as a limited participant in practice Tuesday, Dec. 9.
Huddle Up: Fitz was targeted a team-high nine times in his return to action on Sunday and figures to be similarly involved Thursday night in St. Louis, although his fantasy owners are hoping for better bottom-line results than the 4-34 performance he had in Week 14.
Kenny Britt - WR - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams WR Kenny Britt (non-injury related) returned to practice Tuesday, Dec. 9, and was listed as a full participant after resting Monday, Dec. 8.
Huddle Up: Britt had a hot stretch last month but has caught only 5 passes for 102 yards and no scores over the last three games. In other words, certainly not a WR you can trust in the fantasy postseason.
Brian Hoyer - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer is unlikely to return to the team next year after being benched for QB Johnny Manziel heading into Week 15. Hoyer is expected to become a free agent.
Huddle Up: There should be some interest in Hoyer, but his NFL future is probably serving as a backup.
Jadeveon Clowney - LB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) underwent microfracture surgery Monday, Dec. 8, and he is expected to be sidelined nine months, according to sources. With a nine-month recovery time, being ready for the start of the 2015 season is in doubt.
Huddle Up: The news continues to be bleak for the 2014 No. 1 overall pick, who saw action in only four games as a rookie. We'll continue to monitor his progress throughout the offseason.
Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has completed 75.9 percent of his passes, thrown for 701 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in the last two weeks against the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "I feel good. I feel confident in what we're doing and I think the guys in the locker room and on offense definitely feel confident in what our game plan is each week," Stafford said. "We're doing a great job of going out there and trying to execute. Guys are catching the ball, which is always great."
Huddle Up: Stafford, who had only two 300-yard games in his first 11 contests, has matched that total over the last 2 weeks, and he closes out the season with a trio of decent matchups, although the final two will be outside with the possibility of inclement conditions likely in Chicago and Green Bay.
Navorro Bowman - LB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) is still doubtful to play in Week 15 despite being activated Tuesday, Dec. 9. TE Vance McDonald (back) was subsequently placed on season-ending Reserve/Injured.
Huddle Up: It sounds like Bowman is getting close, but more patience is required of his IDP owners.
Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) is 'highly unlikely' to play this week, according to a doctor.
Huddle Up: Fantasy GMs who advanced in the playoffs thanks to Newton's four-TD performance will need to line up another option.
DeAngelo Williams - RB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) will be in the mix in the backfield when he returns from a broken bone in his right hand, but head coach Ron Rivera would not say if he would start over RB Jonathan Stewart, who has been strong in Williams' absence. 'My preference. That's the only reason,' Rivera said. 'DeAngelo is a part of who we are. We'll see. We'll see how it is. It will be a day-by-day process with him. As the hand gets stronger and heals up, we'll go forward.' The offensive line was solid in the Week 14 win over the New Orleans Saints, and they helped Stewart run for 155 yards. QB Cam Newton also ran for 83 yards on the ground, while RB Mike Tolbert had 62 total yards and RB Fozzy Whittaker had 31 total yards and a touchdown.
Huddle Up: Just when fantasy owners were counting on Stewart along comes his old RBBC partner. You'd have to believe Stewart would remain the starter given his strong outing Sunday, but common sense hasn't always played out in the Carolina backfield.
Roy Helu - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu (toe) will miss at least Week 15 against the New York Giants with turf toe, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Helu will visit with a foot specialist, and he could have to sit out for the rest of the season.
Huddle Up: Stay tuned if you've been using Helu in a deep league, and pick up Silas Redd if you're truly out of RB options.
Demaryius Thomas - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas said he's fine with the team running the football more. 'If you're still playing in January and February, it seems like every good football team has some kind of running game,' Thomas said. 'If you get that balance between run and pass, I think we can go deeper and deeper.'
Huddle Up: Complicating matters for Thomas last Sunday was that he was less than 100 percent after having his ankle stepped on in practice last week, and he finished the game with season lows in targets (5), receptions (2) and receiving yards (11). If that didn't seal your playoff fate, thank the rest of your team and count on Thomas bouncing back quickly.
Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones could still play this week after suffering a hip injury late in Monday night's game against the Green Bay Packers. Head coach Mike Smith said he's hopeful that Jones will be able to play, but added that how much practice time Jones gets this week remains to be seen.
Huddle Up: Being without Jones this week would be a crushing blow to many fantasy owners who have ridden his spectacular 21-448-2 showing over the last 2 weeks. Stay tuned ...
Jace Amaro - TE - New York Jets
New York Jets TE Jace Amaro (concussion), who has missed the last two games with a concussion, could be cleared to play in Week 15 against the Tennessee Titans.
Huddle Up: Check in as the week progresses, but things are looking up for the rookie TE.
Julius Thomas - TE - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is planning to play Sunday, Dec. 14, after being held out of much of Week 14.
Huddle Up: Thomas has essentially missed the last month after going out early in Week 11, and his return will be welcomed by the fantasy owners who have managed to survive without him.
Vontaze Burfict - LB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals CB Vontaze Burfict (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Dec. 9.
Huddle Up: It was an injury-filled, star-crossed season for the 2013 NFL tackles leader, who played in only five games. His absence has affected the Cincy defense, which has fallen from fifth to 27th in rushing D, allowing 130.3 yards per game.
Joseph Morgan - WR - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints WR Joe Morgan has been waived Tuesday, Dec. 9, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Saints are starting to clean house in the midst of their disappointing 5-8 season, and Morgan, who earlier last month served a team-mandated two-game disciplinary suspension, has been shown the door. The reserve WR had four catches for 92 yards this season.
Eddie Lacy - RB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (hip) suffered a bruised hip late in the game Monday, Dec. 8, and RB James Starks took over on a crucial drive. Lacy said he believed he'd be fine for Sunday, Dec. 14, against the Buffalo Bills.
Huddle Up: Starks wound up leading the Pack in rushing Monday night with 75 yards on 10 carries, but Lacy did notch his sixth straight game with 100-plus total yards, finishing with 106 and 2 TDs on 18 touches. We'll monitor practice reports this week.
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