It’s the final week of the regular NFL season! If you’re still playing in your seasonlong league, congratulations! Maybe you’re just participating in daily games at this point. Either way, there are injury concerns to consider.
For those who may be new to this blog: Injury reports provide some insight to a player's status. The NFL requires teams to submit their injury reports several times a week, identifying the body part that is involved in the injury. Early in the week, these reports will indicate whether a player is not practicing, is limited in practice or is a full participant in practice. On Fridays, all players on the injury report are assigned one of the following designations by their teams: probable, questionable, doubtful or out. The designations in this blog reflect the injury reports filed with the league office on Friday evening. Teams playing on Monday night do not have to issue their designations until Saturday. The explanation for each designation is as follows.
Out: This is the easy one; the guy's not playing Sunday.
Probable (P): This designation indicates a player is expected to play, barring a setback between the final injury report and kickoff.
Questionable (Q): This is the most dreaded player designation, yet it manages to be the one most frequently utilized by teams (sometimes to keep everyone guessing). It means a player's status is on the fence; technically, there is a 50 percent chance he will be on the field come game time, though some teams utilize the questionable designation far more broadly. Whether a player ends up active or inactive often comes down to a game-time decision based on how he feels on game-day morning or how he performs during warm-ups. Final inactives are due 90 minutes before kickoff.
Doubtful (D): The doubtful designation means a player has, theoretically, less than a 25 percent chance of playing that week. Rarely does a player labeled as doubtful end up playing, unless he experiences a major turnaround before game time.
Each week in the Saturday blog, we run down a list of key fantasy players, by position, who appear in the Friday injury report, along with the injured body part as listed on the report, player status and any relevant developments or insight. The primary fantasy positions are covered (quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end). At the end, key fantasy players listed Friday as "out" for that week's games will appear as a group.
Thank you for reading and sharing this blog entry each week. It’s hard to believe 17 weeks have passed in the 2015 NFL season ... until one starts to look at the injury numbers. Some teams are actually struggling to field certain positions (quarterback!) at this point in the season. Fantasy owners who have lasted this long likely have been very creative and have enjoyed a little bit of good fortune thrown in the mix. Cheers to those who are still standing.
Good luck in Week 17, everyone!
Brock Osweiler, left shoulder/left elbow/rib cage and Peyton Manning, foot, Denver Broncos, (P): Well, well, look who is back among the not-ruled-out-early crowd. Not only is Manning not ruled out, at probable, he is expected to be available, albeit in a backup role to Osweiler. Manning has made some significant progress with his foot, to the point where he was able to participate fully in Thursday and Friday practices. While he is only expected to function as a backup to Osweiler, the fact he is eligible to play reflects the forward strides Manning has made in the past week. Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that Osweiler is dealing with bumps and bruises of his own. His entire left (non-throwing) side is banged up, but his full participation all week indicates there was never a serious threat to his status. The Broncos host the Chargers in a game that indeed has meaning. A win would earn Denver a bye in the first round of the playoffs -- and with it some much-needed rest for a team that has been confronted with multiple injuries this season. Ideally, Osweiler will make it through the entire game on Sunday, buying Manning some additional recovery time. If that happens and the Broncos win, they will have the good fortune of a tough decision in two weeks.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints, right foot, (P): Brees impressed with his performance last Sunday. The previous week, he was struggling to move and plant during throws after tearing the plantar fascia in his right foot. There was a question as to whether he would even be able to take the field in Week 15. Brees never seemed to doubt his ability to push through the discomfort, but his ability to still be effective was far from guaranteed. After witnessing his performance last Sunday, it’s easier for fantasy owners to have confidence heading into Week 17. While there is always the risk he could aggravate the injury during the course of the game, he already has demonstrated he can still have success, even on one good foot.
Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans, concussion, (P): Hoyer has been out since Week 14 with a concussion and was understandably concerned given that it was his second within a month. After going through the various stages of the protocol, Hoyer resumed full practice and was cleared to return to play this week. He is expected to start on Sunday against the Jaguars.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers, illness, (P): Roethlisberger was sent home on Wednesday due to an illness but was back for full practices on Thursday and Friday. He will start on Sunday in Cleveland.
AJ McCarron, Cincinnati Bengals, left wrist, (P): On the final play of last week’s Monday night game, McCarron not only fumbled the ball to his opponent, he also sustained an injury to his left wrist. After undergoing imaging tests on Tuesday, McCarron learned he had no fracture but was instead dealing with a sprain. Given that the injury is to his non-throwing wrist, McCarron -- who has been a participant in practice all week (with full participation on Thursday and Friday) -- is expected to make another start, as Andy Dalton continues his recovery from a thumb fracture.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons, hip, (P): Ryan suffered a hip contusion after a hard hit in Week 16 but hasn’t missed any practice as a result. In fact, Ryan was a full participant each day and is fully expected to start against the Saints on Sunday.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins, thigh/knee, (P): Tannehill is taking some physical punishment as the season progresses, but he plans to be out on the field for the team’s season finale. He practiced fully each day and will start against the Patriots.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets, left thumb/right elbow/low back, (P): Just look at the laundry list of ailments next to Fitzpatrick’s name. It’s a wonder he has been able to suit up week in and week out, despite a little thumb surgery thrown into the mix before the team’s bye week. Coach Todd Bowles indicated none of the injuries are serious and the Jets are planning on having Fitzpatrick under center as they visit the Bills on Sunday.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings, ankle/shoulder, (P): Peterson has already played since injuring his left ankle in Week 15, so there really isn’t any concern about his status. After getting a couple of days to rest on Wednesday and Thursday, Peterson returned to full practice on Friday. Peterson indicated he definitely plans to play on Sunday night in Green Bay.
Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams, foot, (D): Fantasy owners who rode Gurley’s wheels to a championship round will be without him this weekend. Gurley was in a walking boot this week and has not practiced. More importantly, he represents the future at running back for the Rams after coming off an ACL reconstruction within the last year. There is no way to logically explain risking some compensatory injury by rolling a less-than-healthy Gurley out against, ahem, the San Francisco 49ers in the final week of the season. The doubtful tag makes it all but certain that Gurley rests. Bummer for fantasy owners. Wise move for the Rams.
Matt Jones, Washington Redskins, hip, (D): Jones missed Week 16 and will miss another week with a hip injury. Jones made a limited practice appearance on Wednesday, then didn’t practice the remainder of the week. Washington would like to get their players healthier before the playoffs, and that will be the goal for Jones.
Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs, ribs, (P): Ware’s workload improved to five carries in Week 16 after his lack of involvement in Week 15. The good news is that he emerged from last week’s game without a setback; the not-so-good news is that this week may be less clear when it comes to division of work between Ware and teammate Charcandrick West. After Ware practiced fully each day, he is expected to be active and will likely offload West; how much of that happens is anyone’s guess. West has handled the bulk of the work since returning from his hamstring injury, yet in all but one of those weeks, Ware has been hurt. As ESPN.com’s Adam Teicher notes, coach Andy Reid is planning on playing his starters, but how long each of them sees the field is another matter. The edge likely goes to West here, but Ware could cut into his overall numbers.
Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers, rib, (P): Lacy has already played through the rib issue and will do so again when the Packers host the Vikings on Sunday night. Remember their last matchup in Week 11? It was one of Lacy’s brighter spots this season; he racked up 100 yards on the ground, his first 100-yard game of the season.
Matt Forte, Chicago Bears, back, (Q): In what might be his last game in a Bears uniform, the odds are high that Forte will play despite being listed as questionable. A back ailment cropped up on Forte during the fourth quarter of last week’s game and he could be seen on the sideline trying to get loose. He dismissed it as minor afterward, suggesting it was just a “nick.” Forte was a limited participant each day in practice and the consecutive work for three days bodes well for his availability. Fantasy owners will want to confirm his status prior to kickoff, but thankfully this is an early game against the Lions.
C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos, back, (P): Anderson’s ankle trouble is no longer on the injury report, and the back issue that is still present did not keep him from any practice reps. Anderson was a full participant Wednesday through Friday, and at probable, he has far more certainty attached to his game status than he has in a number of recent weeks. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman are expected to continue to share work, which is always a treat for fantasy owners.
Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons, knee, (P): Freeman was added to the team’s injury report with a knee ailment this week, but it wasn’t enough to cause him to miss any practices. After limited work on Wednesday and Thursday, Freeman was upgraded to full on Friday, and the probable tag indicates the confidence the Falcons have in his availability.
Chris Ivory, knee, (P) and Bilal Powell, ankle, (Q), New York Jets: It’s easy to tell from their respective designations that Ivory is much more of a lock to play Sunday against the Bills than Powell. Ivory has a knee issue that limited him in practice Thursday and Friday, but as ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini noted, Ivory indicated he should be fine for the game. Meanwhile, Powell, who has been the more productive back of late, missed the entire week of practice with a sore ankle. His questionable status has him looking like a game-time decision. With a playoff berth at stake, coach Todd Bowles knows how important the involvement of every player who takes the field is at this stage.
"If he's healthy, it's great to have him out there," said Bowles of Powell. "But if he's not healthy, it just hinders us [by] putting him out there, so we have other guys step up ... .”
Fantasy owners should consider that if Powell were to be active, he likely will be limited given the ankle injury. Stevan Ridley stands to see more action alongside Ivory if Powell doesn’t play.
Alfred Blue, calf and Chris Polk, knee, Houston Texans, (P): Blue and Polk continue to appear on the injury report, although Blue is now dealing with a calf injury (previously, his back was the problem). Both backs practiced fully throughout the week and both are expected to be available Sunday.
Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals, toe, (P): Ellington’s status is upgraded to probable this week, which is not surprising given that he returned to action in Week 16 after missing three weeks with a toe injury. The team still restricted him to limited reps in practice, so Ellington is not out of the woods. And David Johnson has taken the lead role in the backfield since the loss of Chris Johnson. Still, Ellington is expected to play and provide a complementary option for the Cardinals as they host the Seahawks.
Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions, ankle, (Q): Despite being listed as questionable most weeks, Johnson has not missed a game this season. Clearly, however, there have been games where his presence has gone unnoticed (Exhibit A: Week 15, one target, one reception for 19 yards). Then there are other weeks when Johnson flashes signs of what fantasy owners expected when they drafted him. Just last week, Johnson had 77 yards receiving and a touchdown, a vast improvement over the week before. Coach Jim Caldwell said earlier in the week, Johnson would play if healthy enough, regardless of the fact that Week 17 holds no postseason meaning for the Lions. ESPN.com’s Michael Rothstein believes Johnson will play in Sunday’s season finale, noting that if he does suit up, this will be the first time since 2012 that Johnson will have played a full slate of regular-season games.
Eric Decker, knee and Brandon Marshall, ankle, New York Jets, (P): Maintaining their spot on the injury report through the second half of the season, both receivers continue to be productive, no doubt in part due to getting treatment and limiting practice reps when needed. Both were full participants throughout the week and are expected to take the field again on Sunday.
Danny Amendola, knee, New England Patriots, (Q): Amendola remained a limited participant in practice throughout the week. Since suffering a setback with his knee in Week 15, Amendola has not returned to game action. While the door is still open for him to play against the Dolphins and Amendola has hinted at playing, it might be tough to trust the amount of playing time he would see if active. The Patriots benefit from a win, but they also benefit from having key players healthy for the playoffs. Already assured of a first-round bye, they are not likely to risk a player whose status is questionable heading into this contest with extended exposure. Fantasy owners considering Amendola will want to verify his status pregame (1:00 p.m. ET kickoff).
Michael Floyd, knee, (Q) and Larry Fitzgerald, ankle, (P), Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald has routinely appeared on the injury report this season because of his ankle, but in his typical fashion, he has not missed a game. He will be on the field again Sunday to face the Seahawks.
The bigger question this week has surrounded his teammate. Floyd had a knee injury that kept him out of practice Wednesday and Thursday, and the questionable designation combined with the late start (4:25 p.m. ET) has fantasy owners nervous. Here’s the good news: Floyd returned to a limited practice Friday and did enough to prompt head coach Bruce Arians to label his chances of playing as “pretty good.” It’s always wise to have a backup plan, but signs point to Floyd being available for this week’s contest.
Jarvis Landry, knee, (P) and Rishard Matthews, ribs, (Q), Miami Dolphins: Matthews was listed as questionable last week after participating in limited practices, but he sat out the game. The same could happen again. Matthews hasn’t played since suffering a rib injury in Week 12, and the fact he hasn’t graduated to full practice indicates he is still ailing. With the Dolphins out of contention, it’s not unreasonable to think Matthews could miss this one.
Meanwhile, Landry has not missed a game this season despite intermittent appearances on the injury report. He has been contending with the knee issue for a few weeks but has played through it nonetheless. He is expected to do so again Sunday when the Dolphins host the Patriots.
(Editor's note: Matthews was placed on IR by the Dolphins on Saturday.)
We have signed LB Mike Hull off the practice squad. To make room on the roster, we placed WR Rishard Matthews on the Reserve/Injured list.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) January 2, 2016
Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers, illness, (Q): Bryant’s production across the season has been up and down, but it was way down last week when he had one lonely catch for six yards. Just one week earlier, he had 10 receptions, and two weeks before that, he posted over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. Bryant is always a potential threat when he’s in the game, but the question now is whether he will even play on Sunday. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with an illness but did return for a full session Friday. Still, the team lists him as questionable, hinting at the uncertainty as to his status. ESPN.com’s Jeremy Fowler expects Bryant to play, pointing out that a good performance against Cleveland could end his regular season on a high note. Fantasy owners will want to confirm prior to the 1 p.m. ET kickoff.
Emmanuel Sanders, ankle and Demaryius Thomas, hamstring, Denver Broncos, (P): Sanders is a familiar presence on the injury report because of his ankle, although his performance over the past two weeks reflects his improved health. In fact, Sanders has improved to the point of being a full participant in practice throughout the week. Thomas was added to this week’s injury report with a hamstring strain that cropped up Monday night, but it’s worth noting he did play the entire game. After scaling back Thursday’s practice, Thomas returned to a full session Friday and, listed as probable, is expected to start Sunday against the Chargers. A win Sunday earns the Broncos a much-needed first-round bye in the playoffs, and fantasy owners could benefit in the process.
Dwayne Harris, New York Giants, back/shoulder, (Q): Add a back problem to the shoulder injury Harris is battling. He has played despite being listed as questionable before, but his production has been sketchy, resulting in only one or two receptions in four of the past five weeks. There are better fantasy options out there, but for those who are still considering Harris, the game fortunately tips at 1 p.m. ET.
Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders, foot, (P): Cooper has been working through a foot injury for several weeks with mixed results. After a strong outing in Week 15 against the Packers, Cooper was limited in Week 16 with only two catches against the Chargers. Perhaps the proximity between those two games played a role (the Raiders played on Thursday last week). It would stand to reason then that the increased rest between Weeks 16 and 17 should help Cooper’s foot. He was held to limited practices Wednesday and Thursday this week, followed by a full practice Friday. The probable tag indicates the Raiders expect him to play again Sunday, although a matchup against the Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium is less than ideal.
T.Y. Hilton, calf and Donte Moncrief, toe, Indianapolis Colts, (P): The only positive here is that both receivers appear to be in line to play, given their probable designation. Moncrief has already played two games with the toe injury, and Hilton’s calf issue was mild enough to allow him to return to full practice by Friday. But who will be throwing to them? As of Friday, coach Chuck Pagano didn’t have an answer except that it would be one of (or a combination of) these three: Stephen Morris, Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley. With Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck out with multiple injuries and Charlie Whitehurst on injured reserve with a hamstring strain, they had to go get more help. Fantasy owners cannot have the same expectations for their Colts receivers this week.
Torrey Smith, San Francisco 49ers, back/foot, (P): Smith remains on the injury report but the probable tag assures us he will play. The 49ers are playing for some pride at this point, but with Smith averaging just one to two receptions a game for the majority of the season, there’s little fantasy interest here.
Allen Hurns, thigh and Allen Robinson, shoulder, Jacksonville Jaguars, (P): Both receivers are nursing ailments as the season draws to a close but they are both expected to play. More importantly, their workload should be consistent with past weeks. It’s worth noting that these two have proven remarkably durable; there is only one missed game between them (Hurns missed one week with a concussion). That type of consistency is virtually impossible to come by in the NFL. It will be on display once again when Hurns and Robinson take the field against the Texans on Sunday.
Travis Benjamin, Cleveland Browns, ankle, (Q): Benjamin sat out Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury but returned to limited practices Thursday and Friday. The Browns sounded optimistic early in the week that the ankle would not keep Benjamin from playing, but the questionable tag suggests his presence is not a sure thing. Fantasy owners will want to double check the inactives before the 1 p.m. ET kickoff and consider the Browns will have Austin Davis under center this week.
Cole Beasley, knee, (P), Dallas Cowboys: With Dez Bryant going on injured reserve this week, there is a chance Beasley could see some increased targets, although that could have been said last week when he managed just two receptions. Beasley was able to get some increased practice this week, which could help his rapport with Kellen Moore -- who is the Cowboys' starting quarterback now, for those who may have lost track. At least the probable designation reassures fantasy owners that Beasley will indeed play.
DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins, knee, (Q): Jackson managed to play in Week 16, but given that he is not at full health -- and how many games he missed earlier in the season due to injury -- it makes sense for Washington to limit his exposure this week. Jackson did practice on a limited basis throughout the week and, at questionable, has a chance to start the game, but even then he might not last long. Coach Jay Gruden has already stated he plans to rest some of his players so they can be healthier entering the playoffs. The outcome of Sunday’s game does nothing to alter their status, so why not be smart? Whether Jackson is active or not, it will be hard for fantasy owners not to pursue other options.
Ted Ginn Jr., Carolina Panthers, knee, (D): Ginn took a hit to his knee in Week 16 that will sideline him for the season finale. Originally, he wasn’t expected to miss the game, but recovery is going a little slower than anticipated. The Panthers have every reason to ensure he is healthy for the playoffs rather than force an appearance this week. Fantasy owners will need to find an alternative.
Stevie Johnson, San Diego Chargers, groin, (Q): Johnson hasn’t played since Week 13 because of a groin injury and is questionable heading into the season finale. He did participate fully in practice on Wednesday but was then held to limited sessions both Thursday and Friday. It’s unclear whether this was the result of a setback or a proactive decision by the medical staff. Either way, it’s hard to have confidence in his potential for Sunday after a month away with the injury. And the Chargers have a late start (4:25 pm ET) on the road against the Broncos.
Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals, concussion, (P): Fantasy owners accustomed to counting on points from Eifert each week surely missed having him in their lineups the past two weeks as he recovered from a concussion. This week, he turned a corner in his progress and was cleared to return to practice, showing up as a full participant Wednesday. After repeating the effort Thursday and Friday, Eifert is set to make his return in Sunday’s game, barring a setback.
Zach Miller, Chicago Bears, toe, (Q): With Martellus Bennett going on IR in Week 14, Miller has seen increased action. While he hasn’t produced staggering numbers, he has had solid production the past three weeks and has served as a routine target for quarterback Jay Cutler. Unfortunately for Cutler and fantasy owners, it appears there is a decent chance that Miller misses the final game of the season. He is now battling a toe injury, and it kept him out of practice entirely throughout the week. His role is primarily that of a receiver, and if his toe is limiting his ability to push off, cut or pivot, his value in that role decreases markedly. Fantasy owners are advised to make alternate plans.
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys, chest, (P): Not much has been consistent for the Cowboys this season, but the presence of Witten on the playing field is never in doubt. He played through the chest injury last week and will do so again Sunday. Unfortunately, it’s not a great fantasy situation with Kellen Moore at the helm as quarterback.
Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs, groin, (P): It wouldn’t be a Friday injury report without Kelce. Perhaps the most stable fixture on this season’s weekly publication, Kelce might also be the player who most consistently takes the field despite his injuries. At probable, he’ll do so again in Week 17 as the Chiefs host the Raiders for the season finale.
Owen Daniels, Denver Broncos, both knees/shoulder, (P): It’s quite a statement that Daniels, despite the evidence of the injury report showing how banged up he is, remains probable for Sunday’s game. That has to make quarterback Brock Osweiler happy, since he relied on Daniels for 70 receiving yards in Monday night’s game. There is a first-round bye during the playoffs at stake for the Broncos, and Daniels is certainly one who could use it. Until then, the 33-year-old tight end will take the field.
This space is intended for a list of key players, not including those who have been moved to injured reserve status, who are officially listed as "Out" for the upcoming game.
Andrew Luck, abdomen/kidney; Matt Hasselbeck, shoulder/rib; Charlie Whitehurst, hamstring, QB, Indianapolis Colts: It’s not so much who won’t play for the Colts, it’s more about who’s left to play in Week 17. With Whitehurst being placed on IR early in the week, Luck being ruled out because of a lack of football readiness as he continues his recovery and Hasselbeck going from doubtful to out with a shoulder injury, the Colts have turned to the trio of newcomers in Stephen Morris, Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley. As of Friday, no one had been named the starter.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals, thumb: Dalton continues to recover from his fractured right thumb. He hopes to get his cast removed when he visits with doctors Monday but would still have quite a ways to go before even considering a return to play. AJ McCarron gets another start, despite injuring his non-throwing wrist in Week 16.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans, knee: Mariota missed Week 16 with an MCL injury and was hoping to return for Week 17, but as coach Mike Mularkey noted, it just wasn’t worth risking further injury. Zach Mettenberger starts again.
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots, foot: This is no surprise, given the timetable since Edelman’s foot surgery. After suffering the fracture in Week 10, Edelman underwent surgery and is now just past the six-week mark. Each week that goes by offers additional healing, and waiting until the Patriots reach playoff games makes the most sense, especially given they have a first-round bye.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills, knee: McCoy suffered a right MCL injury in Week 15 and sat out the following week. Deemed not quite ready to return, McCoy will miss the Bills' final game. Both Karlos Williams (more touches) and Mike Gillislee (more yards from scrimmage) saw increased work last week and should again this Sunday.
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars, knee: Yeldon is yet another running back dealing with a recently sprained MCL. He has not returned to practice since his injury in Week 14, so it comes as no real surprise that he will sit out the season finale.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers, foot: Stewart sprained his foot in Week 14 and has been sidelined since that game. Although his rehab activity, such as treadmill running, indicates he is progressing, Stewart has not yet returned to practice. The Panthers undoubtedly do not want to risk him suffering a setback prior to the playoffs, and the team opted to rule Stewart out early. With Fozzy Whittaker also out this week with a high ankle sprain, Cameron Artis-Payne is in line to lead the Panthers backfield.
Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons, concussion: Coleman slipped in the shower last week and sat out Week 16. He has not yet returned to practice and will miss Week 17, as well.
Cecil Shorts III, WR, Houston Texans, hamstring: Shorts remains out for the season finale with a hamstring injury.
Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints, chest: Colston ended up inactive in Week 16 with a chest injury. That injury kept him out of practice all week and will keep him sidelined in the Saints’ season finale.
Johnny Manziel, QB, Cleveland Browns, concussion: Manziel first reported symptoms on Wednesday and was ultimately diagnosed with a concussion later that day. With the game coming just four days later, there was little hope he would receive clearance prior to kickoff. Austin Davis is expected to get the start in Cleveland.
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills, back: Clay was placed on injured reserve this week, eliminating him from consideration for the season finale.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks, abdomen: Coach Pete Carroll said he expects Lynch could rejoin the team as soon as Monday ... which isn’t soon enough for season-long fantasy owners to benefit. The Seahawks are looking ahead to the playoffs, but fantasy owners will have to look elsewhere for running back help this week.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears, hamstring: After an injury-plagued season forced Jeffery to miss six games coming into this week, the Bears placed him on injured reserve Wednesday.
Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans, ribs, (P): Wright returned to action from his rib injury in Week 16 only to aggravate the sprained MCL he suffered earlier in the season. Although the injury was considered relatively minor, Wright wasn’t able to practice all week and will sit this one out.
Shaun Draughn, RB, San Francisco 49ers, knee: Draughn was placed on injured reserve this week, adding to the list of 49ers backs who have made an injury exit this season.
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