Video: Larry Fitzgerald update

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videoStephania Bell discusses WR Larry Fitzgerald's status for Sunday.
In many years, the Kansas City Chiefs visiting the Oakland Raiders would have been a big AFC West divisional matchup. Instead, the 7-3 Chiefs -- who are tied for the division lead with the Denver Broncos -- face a winless Raiders group, and many are simply hoping for a good game. Or at least a good fantasy game.

With that in mind, the only fantasy-relevant injury news for the Thursday night contest is at the Chiefs’ tight end position:

Travis Kelce, ribs/shoulder (P), and Anthony Fasano, knee (Q): Fasano missed the team’s Week 11 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks with a bruised knee but did return to limited practice this week. His status for Thursday night is up in the air, not that it should significantly impact the role of Kelce, who remains the better pass-catching tight end option for the Chiefs.

Kelce’s listing on the injury report this week with both rib and shoulder ailments reflects the wear and tear of a long season. He injured his rib cartilage in Week 7 against the San Diego Chargers but hasn’t missed any time. His game status is not in jeopardy. Listed as a full participant in practice each day and entering the game as probable, Kelce will be on the field Thursday night.

Video: Giovani Bernard's status

November, 18, 2014
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videoStephania Bell discusses whether Bengals RB Giovani Bernard will return this week.

Video: Larry Fitzgerald's knee

November, 18, 2014
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videoStephania Bell discusses Larry Fitzgerald's knee injury.

Video: Julius Thomas' ankle

November, 18, 2014
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videoStephania Bell has the latest updates on Julius Thomas' ankle injury.

Key fantasy injuries for Week 11

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Rashad JenningsJeff Skopin/ESPNRashad Jennings is poised to make a comeback this week.
Welcome to Week 11! This marks the eighth of the bye weeks, and four teams are on bye -- the Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens. As always, there will be game-time decisions but the final injury reports give some guidance as to who’s in and who’s out.

As a reminder, 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. Teams playing 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 definitely not playing Sunday. As painful as it might be to see this designation next to a player on your fantasy roster, at least you know in advance of the game that he's sitting out and you can plan accordingly.

Probable (P): This designation indicates that a player has a greater than 50 percent chance of playing. Most players listed here are expected to play, barring a setback between the final injury report and kickoff.

Questionable (Q): This is the fantasy owner's most dreaded player designation yet it's the one most frequently used by teams (often to keep everyone guessing). It means a player's status is on the fence; there is a 50-50 chance that he'll be on the field come game time, although, as many fantasy owners have come to learn, many teams use the "questionable" designation for any player with a hint of injury. Whether a player ends up active or inactive often comes down to a game-time decision based on how he performs in warm-ups. It is important for fantasy owners to check status reports leading up to the game.

Doubtful (D): The "doubtful" designation theoretically means a player has 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. Fantasy owners who need to make roster adjustments beforehand can feel fairly confident about sitting a player listed as doubtful.

Good luck in Week 11, everyone! May your players stay healthy and win for you.

Quarterbacks

Tom Brady, New England Patriots, ankle (P): Brady rolled his ankle earlier this season, and he remains on the injury report. But Brady doesn’t miss practice and he certainly doesn’t miss games. He will face the Colts in Indianapolis on Sunday night.

Robert Griffin III, Washington, ankle (P): Griffin is still listed on the injury report because of his ankle, but he continues to participate in full practice sessions. There is no reason to believe he won’t be on the field Sunday.

Josh McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, back (P): It’s no surprise that McCown is sore after returning to competition Sunday in his first game in seven weeks. He has managed to be a full participant in practice throughout the week, however, and is expected to start.

Running backs

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos, groin (P): It looked as if Ball had a chance to return last week from the groin injury suffered in Week 5, but perhaps waiting an extra week was well worth it. Teammate Ronnie Hillman is now sidelined with a midfoot injury, and the Broncos could use Ball’s contribution. After participating fully in practices throughout the week, Ball has inspired more confidence in his readiness to return. Ball will be part of the running back rotation, but how will that work be divided? ESPN.com’s Jeff Legwold writes about how the Broncos’ approach to the utilization of their backs during the game can make that division of work hard to predict. Although C.J. Anderson is expected to get the start Sunday, Ball will be suited up and on the field -- still, how much action he'll see in his first game back is uncertain.

Rashad Jennings, New York Giants, knee (P): The uptick in Jennings’ status from doubtful to probable indicates how the Giants are feeling about the likelihood of him taking the field. Jennings has been out since spraining his MCL in Week 5 but has made increasing progress in practice the past few weeks. Although he is still a limited participant each day, the expectation is that he will play, although his workload is unknown. Andre Williams remains a complement to Jennings, but, if Jennings is running strong and does not appear limited by the knee, he could still see double-digit carries.

Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers, knee (P): Mathews has been out since Week 2 with a sprained MCL and a four- to five-week projected absence has morphed into eight (seven games missed plus the bye week). That might be the best thing in the long run for Mathews, a back who has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career. The opportunity to gain some extra healing time along with extra conditioning work and practice (Mathews was a full participant all week) should have him feeling more confident in his knee. Michael Gehlken of The San Diego Union-Tribune writes that Mathews is expected to see approximately 15 touches but that that number could change depending on the flow of the game. The Chargers now have three healthy backs (Mathews, Branden Oliver and Donald Brown), but it appears Mathews will take the lead.

Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs, shoulder, elbow (P): Charles has two ailing body parts (shoulder and elbow) that might be related, considering it was reported in the Week 10 game that he suffered a stinger. Charles did return and finish out the game, including a big fourth-quarter touchdown, indicating the injury wasn’t serious. He practiced fully every day, and there seem to be no worries about Charles heading into Sunday.

Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers, hip (P): Gore was listed here with the same ailment last week. He then ran for 81 yards and a touchdown against the Saints. Fantasy owners are hoping for a similar outcome this week as Gore is fully expected to start against the Giants.

Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions, ankle (Q): Bush’s ankle ups and downs are following a similar pattern to that of teammate Calvin Johnson’s ankle earlier this season. Now the question is whether Bush will follow in Johnson’s footsteps and take some extended time to recover. Earlier in the week, coach Jim Caldwell acknowledged that was a possibility but also left open the chance Bush could suit up this week. After Bush didn't practice at all this week, it certainly appears less likely that the choice will be for him to play. Still, the "questionable" tag leaves fantasy owners uncertain. Another option at running back is probably a wise choice for fantasy owners, given that Bush would clearly not be at full strength even if he does suit up.

Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints, shoulder (P): Last week Ingram was questionable after injuring his shoulder the week before. But with Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson out, Ingram was once again the feature back, managing the heavy load on his own. He was limited in practice throughout the week, perhaps as much to ensure his recovery between games as anything else. The Saints will again be without Thomas and Robinson, and Ingram, who comes into Sunday’s game at a more confident “probable,” will continue to be the primary ball carrier.

Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks, calf (Q): Last week Lynch was listed as probable after the calf injury cropped up in practice. Then he ran and ran some more to the tune of 140 yards and four(!) touchdowns. It should come as no surprise, then, that the workload might have taxed his lower extremities. Lynch was listed as a full participant in Friday’s practice, but he comes into this Sunday’s game with the dubious "questionable" tag. He is expected to suit up, but fantasy owners will want to double-check the inactives. Fortunately, this is an early game for Seattle as the Seahawks travel to play the Chiefs at Arrowhead.

Jonathan Stewart, ankle and DeAngelo Williams, foot, Carolina Panthers (P): Just when it looked as if the Panthers’ backfield was healthy, their top tandem of Stewart and Williams resurfaced on the injury report. Williams did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, and Stewart was limited. Both backs were listed as full participants Friday, however, and the team was confident enough in their health to list them both as probable for Sunday’s game against Atlanta.

Andre Ellington, foot/hip and Stepfan Taylor, calf, Arizona Cardinals (P): Ellington is on the injury report weekly; the only change this week is that there is another body part listed (hip) besides the foot. Despite being held to limited practices throughout the week, his status for Sunday is not in jeopardy, given the "probable" designation. Expect Ellington to be available Sunday, but he will have some additional reinforcement. Taylor has missed some time with a calf injury but has made significant progress -- including a full practice Friday -- and is now listed at probable.

Jerrick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings, back (P): McKinnon cropped up on the Vikings’ injury report Thursday with a back ailment but put any concerns to rest by returning to a full practice Friday. Listed as probable, he is expected to play.

Wide receivers

Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions, ankle (P): Johnson had a fantastic day in his return from injury in Week 10. Better yet, his ankle is no worse for the wear. He got a day of rest Wednesday but was back in practice Thursday and Friday. He will be on the field Sunday against the Cardinals.

Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears, ankle (P): The "probable" tag is a bit surprising given that Marshall practiced on only a limited basis Thursday and Friday after a day off Wednesday to rest his ankle. This is the opposite ankle of the one Marshall injured earlier in the season, but it certainly looked as if it could have been a significant injury when it happened. Marshall’s lower leg was wrapped up in a tackle with the weight of the defender falling on him, and he appeared to get his foot rotated outward in the process. Marshall is actually lucky his heel was off the ground, or it might have resulted in a season-altering knee injury. Instead, it appears Marshall will be taking the field for the Bears this weekend. There has been no indication the team expects him to be limited, but it’s hard to know just how effective he will be from a mobility standpoint until we see him in game action.

Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland Browns, thigh, knee (P): Hawkins sat out Week 10, but that was largely the result of it being a Thursday night game. A few more days of recovery and Hawkins likely would have taken the field. Now he has had an additional 10 days to recuperate, and Hawkins was back in practice each day this week (limited Wednesday and Thursday, full on Friday). At "probable," he is expected to play as the Browns host the Texans.

Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons, foot (Q): Douglas was held out of practice Wednesday but returned to limited work Thursday and Friday. Douglas played last week after being listed as questionable, and it appears he is in line to do so again this week.

Tight ends

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings, abdomen, groin (P): Rudolph is expecting to make his return to the field after missing multiple weeks with a core muscle injury (sports hernia) and surgery. He has been gradually increasing his activity in practice, working up to full participation Thursday and Friday, and the extra time off could enhance his level of function upon return. The Vikings have been looking forward to his return, and, although coach Mike Zimmer indicated Rudolph might not see a full load out of the gate, he is expected to see plenty of action.

Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears, ribs (P): After suffering a rib injury in practice last week, Bennett came into the game listed as questionable but played. He had only two catches, however, on six targets. One week of healing later, Bennett appears to be improving. He was held out of practice Wednesday and was limited Thursday but returned to full practice Friday. At "probable," he is expected to play and likely is feeling better heading into this Sunday’s matchup against the Vikings.

Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans, concussion (Q): Walker practiced on a limited basis Saturday, and according to ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky, Walker has to pass one more medical test in order to play Monday night. It's not clear when that decision will be made, so fantasy owners are advised to have a backup plan if holding out hope for Walker's return.

Out:

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.

Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans, groin: The most talked about will-he-or-won’t-he player during the week was officially downgraded to "out" Saturday. Go Alfred Blue.

Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles, collarbone: Foles is out for multiple weeks with a clavicle fracture. Mark Sanchez continues to be the starter.

Khiry Robinson, forearm and Pierre Thomas, rib/shoulder, RBs, New Orleans Saints: The Saints continue to be without the duo of Robinson and Thomas. Mark Ingram remains the primary back for New Orleans.

Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals, hip: The doubt surrounding Bernard’s status increased as the week went on when he failed to return to practice. There has been no timetable for his return offered by the team. Jeremy Hill carries the rock again this week.

Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos, foot: Hillman is reported to be sidelined at least two to three weeks with a midfoot injury. The Broncos get Montee Ball back this week, but it will remain a running back rotation.

Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns, concussion: Cameron remains out of practice as he recovers from his most recent concussion.

Peyton Hillis, RB, New York Giants, concussion: Hillis had an increased role while Rashad Jennings was sidelined. Hillis is now out with a concussion, and the team has placed him on injured reserve; Jennings makes his return, though.

Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ankle: Martin returned to limited practice late in the week but isn’t going to be returning to the playing field this week.

Be sure to check out "Fantasy Football Now," Sundays on ESPN2 at 11 a.m. ET for last-minute inactives, rankings, injury impact and more!

Bills-Dolphins injury updates

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Fred Jackson and Lamar Miller Getty ImagesNeither Fred Jackson nor Lamar Miller looks like a good option on Thursday night.
It’s the battle for second place in the AFC East as the Bills travel to Sun Life Stadium to face the Dolphins in this week’s Thursday night matchup. Both teams are 5-4, and the winner moves to within 1½ games (at least for the time being) of the division-leading New England Patriots. Many fantasy teams are on the bubble of making the playoffs, as well, turning every sit/start decision into a hand-wringing experience. A few of the players on the injury report coming into tonight’s matchup aren’t making those decisions any easier. Here are the biggest injury concerns heading into Thursday night’s game.

Buffalo Bills

Fred Jackson, RB, groin (questionable): Here’s a fun fact, courtesy of the Bills' media guide: Jackson has more rushing yards against the Dolphins (508) than any other active NFL player. Too bad he won’t likely be adding to that total Thursday night. Jackson comes into the game listed as questionable, just four days removed from his early return from a groin injury. When Jackson originally sustained the injury in Week 7, he described feeling a “pop” where he tore his adductor longus (groin) muscle and said he was told it was about a four-week injury. Not that these injuries ever have a definitive timetable, but groin injuries can be among the trickier soft-tissue ailments to predict. Even after the pain is gone and the player is able to move well in all directions, when that extra burst is called upon during a game or when an athlete is dragging would-be tacklers like heavy weights around his lower half, it can be taxing to recovering soft tissue. Even if there are no setbacks (and there have been no reports to suggest Jackson had an actual setback), the recovery time to return and do it all over again is a factor. Four days apparently just aren’t enough, at least not enough to potentially risk the remainder of what the Bills hope to be a season that extends beyond 17 weeks. With C.J. Spiller already on IR/designated for return, it appears the Bills would prefer to have Jackson available down the stretch without fear of regression.

Jackson was listed as limited on the biggest day (Tuesday) of an already limited practice week, understandable given the short turnaround time but also suggestive of a possible absence Thursday. Coach Doug Marrone’s comments to reporters Tuesday after practice did nothing to inspire confidence that Jackson would be given the green light.

“What's difficult is the limited players -- the players that are limited -- you never really practice at a level to know whether they can go in and play the amount that you want them to play," Marrone said.

Perhaps the team feels comfortable enough in sharing the workload evenly between Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown. After all, Jackson had only three carries in the Bills' loss to the Chiefs on Sunday (when all three running backs were involved). The announcement of Jackson’s status could come down to a game-time call, and the ultracompetitive Jackson has certainly made known his desire to be on the field. He has also said in the past, however, that he will listen to the words of the medical and coaching staffs and, as of now, it appears that will translate to some additional recovery time before his next outing.

Sammy Watkins, WR, groin (probable): Sometimes a groin tweak really is minor, and that appears to be the case with Watkins, who left practice early last week with the ailment. He underwent what was termed a precautionary MRI, but later in the week said he wasn’t even aware of the results. Whether that was entirely accurate or not doesn’t matter; the point is that if the results were significant, there’s no doubt he would be very aware of them. Watkins was listed as a full participant throughout this week’s practice, and the "probable" tag adds to the confidence that he'll play.

Miami Dolphins

Lamar Miller, RB, shoulder (probable): Miller played Sunday just one week after spraining his left AC joint. While the workload was shared among Miller and fellow backs Daniel Thomas and Damien Williams in what appeared to be a very controlled outing, Miller came out of the game saying he felt “good.” Still, he carried the ball only four times and, more notably, was on the field for only 11 offensive snaps. Maybe he’s not feeling quite as good as he claims. According to ESPN.com’s James Walker, who has the opportunity to watch Miller on an ongoing basis, that’s a reasonable assessment. “Miller didn’t run with the same physicality Sunday against Detroit,” Walker said. “His shoulder is clearly hurting him, but he’s trying to tough it out.” Walker’s advice for fantasy owners is to avoid Miller in Week 11, suggesting he’ll be a better play in Week 12 after an additional 10 days of rest. In other words, while the "probable" tag means Miller is expected to play, how much and how effectively remains questionable.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, shoulder/ankle (probable): Tannehill comes into this short week a bit banged up, not the ideal situation with only four days' rest. Also not ideal is the loss of left tackle Branden Albert, who went down with a torn ACL/MCL in Week 10. While Tannehill insists he’s ready to play, a sore ankle could make him a little less mobile, and a sore shoulder could render him less effective, especially if he is continually harassed by the Bills’ pass rush tonight. Expect Tannehill to play, but the big question is whether he will be protected well enough to be as effective as he has been in recent weeks.

Charles Clay, TE, knee (questionable): Clay has been a mainstay on the injury report with his knee, often listed as "questionable" but showing up at game time and playing nonetheless. Clay was a limited participant in the team’s light practices this week and is again expected to play.


Montee Ball Elsa/Getty ImagesWill Montee Ball suit up Sunday against the Oakland Raiders?
Welcome to Week 10! This marks the seventh of the bye weeks, and, once again, six teams are on bye. It’s another tough week for fantasy owners looking for replacements, many of whom continue to vie for a playoff spot. Getting a reprieve this week are the Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, Houston Texans and Washington. As always, there will be game-time decisions but the final injury reports give some guidance as to who’s in and who’s out.

As a reminder, 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. 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 definitely not playing Sunday. As painful as it might be to see this designation next to a player on your fantasy roster, at least you know in advance of the game that he's sitting out and you can plan accordingly.

Probable (P): This designation indicates that a player has a greater than 50 percent chance of playing. Most players listed here are expected to play, barring a setback between the final injury report and kickoff.

Questionable (Q): This is the fantasy owner's most dreaded player designation, yet it also is most frequently used by teams (often to keep everyone guessing). It means a player's status is on the fence; there is a 50-50 chance that he'll be on the field come game time, although, as many fantasy owners have come to learn, many teams use the "questionable" designation for any player with a hint of injury. Whether a player ends up active or inactive often comes down to a game-time decision based on how he performs during warm-ups. It is important for fantasy owners to check status reports leading up to the game.

Doubtful (D): The "doubtful" designation means a player theoretically has 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. Fantasy owners who need to make roster adjustments beforehand can feel fairly confident about sitting a player listed as doubtful.

Good luck in Week 10, everyone! May your players stay healthy and win for you.

Quarterbacks

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys, back, (P): The "probable" tag on Romo pretty much sums up what the Cowboys have been saying all week: Romo is expected to play. The description of the injury he suffered in Week 8 certainly makes it seem as if it would be nearly impossible to take the field so soon, but the fact is he would not be the first. Transverse process fractures are painful but structurally nonthreatening, thus the issue comes down to whether he can move well enough to protect himself from other injuries and whether he can perform at the level to which he and the Cowboys are accustomed.

After participating in two days of light practice in England, where the Cowboys will face the Jaguars this week, Romo must have shown enough to inspire the confidence that comes with a "probable" designation. The bigger question beyond taking the field Sunday will be how well he can perform and for how long. It is likely to get more challenging as the game progresses, and downfield or hard cross-body throws might be, at the very least, uncomfortable. The Cowboys likely would not expose Romo to a playing situation if they didn’t plan on him being the quarterback for the entire game, or at least the majority of it. There are no guarantees when it comes to playing with an injury, but at least in Romo’s case he has had prior success under similar circumstances (broken ribs, back pain).

Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars, left wrist, (P): Bortles had his wrist examined after injuring it this past Sunday and told reporters he was fine. Apparently he was fine enough to take in full practices each day while the team was in London. He is expected to start against the Cowboys on Sunday.

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, hamstring (P): Rodgers tweaked his hamstring in the Week 8 game, conveniently right before the Packers went on bye. His mobility was clearly limited in the game after the injury, although he did manage to play through it. Rodgers returned from the bye reportedly feeling better (or, as he told ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky when asked how his hamstring was doing, “fine”), supported by his full participation in practice throughout the week. Whether he’s 100 percent recovered or not, as long as Rodgers is mobile enough to make the occasional scrambling play and evade defenders, he should be able to lead his team just “fine.”

Michael Vick, foot and Geno Smith, right shoulder, New York Jets (P): Both quarterbacks were full participants in practice throughout the week. According to ESPN.com’s Jane McManus, Smith will be available to back up Vick on Sunday but the starter role remains in Vick’s hands. For now.

Running backs

Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ankle (D): The designation might be a "doubtful" tag, but there is little doubt Martin is expected to be sidelined Sunday. Bobby Rainey would then get another start in his place. Third-round draft pick Charles Sims is also expected to see the field for his first professional football action, although his snaps could be limited. Sims missed the start of the season after undergoing ankle surgery, and the Buccaneers activated him just last week. Deemed not quite ready for competition this past Sunday, Sims participated in limited practices throughout this week in anticipation of his debut. Rainey is expected to get the bulk of the work this week, but Sims’ share could increase as the team gains confidence.

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos, groin, (Q): It appears Ball has a decent chance to test his recovery and his lighter frame this Sunday after participating in daily practice this week. Out since Week 5 with a groin injury, Ball returned to practice lighter (down to 212 pounds from 224) and apparently impressed his coaches in the process.

“He’s worked very hard … he looks good," coach John Fox observed after Ball’s return to practice.

Ball was reportedly moving well in practice without any apparent limitation in lateral movement and with some increased burst to the holes, perhaps a reflection of his new weight combined with his injury recovery. Although Ball acknowledged that teammate Ronnie Hillman deserved to be the starter, it’s clear Ball would like to earn his way back to the top spot. He should have a chance to start chipping away at that opportunity although the amount of work he is expected to see in his first game back is uncertain.

Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins, shoulder (Q): Miller sprained his left shoulder at the acromioclavicular (AC) joint in last week’s game. Despite any residual soreness he might be experiencing, Miller was out on the practice field at the start of the week claiming he expected to play Sunday. Indeed, Miller practiced daily on a limited basis; whether that was a reflection of how much the shoulder was bothering him or preservation for this week’s contest -- or both -- is unclear. An AC sprain might present less of a challenge from a functional standpoint for a running back when carrying the ball as opposed to having to reach overhead to catch passes. There is still the risk of aggravation from contact either via a direct hit to the shoulder from an opponent or the ground, but, depending on the grade of injury and the level of discomfort, it’s possible Miller could play and still be effective. Fantasy owners will need to check pregame inactives. If Miller can’t go, it will be Daniel Thomas and Damien Williams sharing the load, according to ESPN.com’s James Walker.

Rashad Jennings, New York Giants, knee (D): Jennings has been out since spraining his MCL in Week 5 but has finally returned to practice on a limited basis. Although that’s an encouraging sign as far as his overall progress, it is not enough to put him back on the playing field just yet. The "doubtful" tag indicates the Giants don’t expect to have him. ESPN.com’s Dan Graziano has indicated Jennings and the Giants likely are targeting a Week 11 return.

Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers, hip (P): Gore’s body takes a beating when he’s on the field thanks to his hard, physical running, but he rarely is a threat to miss time. Once again, Gore is expected to play, but how the 49ers will choose to use him is a different question.

Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions, ankle (P): After sitting out the game two weeks ago with lingering soreness from an ankle injury, Bush is fully expected to play this week. Last week’s bye came at a good time for the Lions, and Bush, the only Detroit running back even listed on the injury report, was able to return to full practices daily this week. The "probable" tag means no second-guessing Bush’s status Sunday.

Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints, shoulder (Q): Ingram’s status might be listed as questionable, but that’s an improvement over his two teammates who have already been ruled out (Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson, see note below). Ingram appeared uncomfortable at times last week after taking some bruising hits to the shoulder but continued to produce. He was kept to limited practice throughout the week, perhaps as much to preserve him for this week as to rest his shoulder. It appears he is likely to play, but fantasy owners will want to check pregame inactives to verify his status.

Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks, calf (P): Despite missing practice Thursday and causing a mild panic among fantasy owners, Lynch was at it again Friday. Listed as a full participant and designated "probable," Lynch is expected to start. This is something to monitor going forward, though, as a minor calf issue can easily become more serious for a running back, especially with a heavy workload.

Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills, groin (Q): Jackson returned to practice this week after sitting out the past two games with an adductor (groin) pull. Now, three weeks removed from what he understands to be a four-week injury, Jackson has made progress, but it would seem not quite enough to get back to the playing field. On two consecutive days, coach Doug Marrone indicated Jackson wasn’t quite where he needed to be to play. Still, he left the door ajar for Jackson’s return, hinting at the possibility of him suiting up if he were to make more progress between Friday’s practice and Sunday. As Jackson said, “There’s always a chance.” This will be a game-time decision, but, if Jackson cannot go, look for Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown to fill the gap.

Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals, foot (P): Ellington remains on the injury report, but the "probable" tag indicates there are no worries for fantasy owners. His limited practices throughout the week help ensure his availability for game day. Stepfan Taylor remains out with a calf strain, so Marion Grice again serves as Ellington’s primary backup.

Chris Johnson, New York Jets, ankle (P): Johnson remains on the injury report, but the "probable" tag indicates the team plans on him being available Sunday.

Wide receivers

Sammy Watkins, groin (Q) and Robert Woods, back (P), Buffalo Bills: Watkins tweaked a groin muscle in Wednesday’s practice, resulting in him leaving the field early. He was then held out of practice Thursday and Friday as a result, casting doubt on his availability for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Doug Marrone expressed concern about Watkins' time away from practice with the injury. Watkins seemed to be in the dark as to whether he legitimately has a shot to play Sunday.

“That's the coach's decision about whether I should play,” Watkins said. “It's a long season, so I'm really clueless right now. I don't know.”

It’s true that it is a long season; the Bills would like their season to extend beyond the Week 17 regular-season finale. With that in mind, along with the freshness of the injury and the potential to easily aggravate it, it seems unlikely Watkins will play. If he were to miss, the Bills would lean on Robert Woods (probable and expected to play) and Chris Hogan.

Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons, foot (Q): Douglas was away from competition for four weeks with a foot injury before he returned in Week 8. He managed three catches for 42 yards but, more importantly, suffered no setbacks. He then got a week to rest as the team was on bye. Douglas returned to limited practices early in the week but was listed as a full participant Friday. Although he has a "questionable" tag next to his name, Douglas is expected to play, barring a setback.

Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions, ankle (P): He said he would come back when he could play at an elite level, the level to which he -- and, frankly, the rest of us -- has become accustomed over his career. That time appears to be now. Johnson did not enjoy the role of the decoy his body forced him to play shortly after his high ankle sprain, but there is reason to believe his performance will be much improved this week. Fresh off a bye and several weeks of rehab, Johnson was a full participant in practice each day, and both he and coach Jim Caldwell expect him to be on the field Sunday.

Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, knee (Q): Jackson has often been on the injury report listed as questionable and played through whatever ailment is nagging at him. For several weeks this season, he has been playing through rib soreness; this week, it is his knee. Although the team has offered no specifics, it’s encouraging that Jackson was recorded as a full participant Friday after working on a limited basis Thursday. One difference this Sunday is that Josh McCown will be throwing to Jackson after coach Lovie Smith announced a quarterback change earlier this week.

Wes Welker, Denver Broncos, back (P): Welker was a full participant each day despite being listed on the injury report with a back issue, the result of a hard hit in the game against the Patriots that forced his exit in the third quarter. If he’s still sore, he’s not acknowledging it. Given the "probable" tag, Welker is expected to play.

Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks, groin (P): Baldwin sat out Wednesday’s practice because of a groin injury but returned Thursday to a limited practice. He was upgraded to full participation Friday and, listed as probable, is expected to play.

Percy Harvin, New York Jets, heel (P): Harvin took a cleat to his heel in Wednesday’s practice, resulting in a cut he described as “down to the white meat.” Although it sounds dreadful, it wasn’t the injury that was as much a concern as the risk of infection that comes with any open wound. His practice was cut short that day to get the wound cleaned and dressed, but he returned for full sessions Thursday and Friday. Harvin is expected to play without limitation.

Kenny Stills, thigh (P) and Robert Meachem, ankle (Q), New Orleans Saints: The Saints are beset with injuries, but overall their wide receiver corps is faring better than their running backs. Stills has dealt with soft tissue injuries since the start of the season and had to exit last week’s game briefly to deal with what was termed a groin injury at the time. His ability to practice, even on a limited basis, each day and the "probable" designation suggest he will play. Meachem has an ankle injury that caused him to miss Thursday and Friday practices, and his status might come down to game time.

Cecil Shorts III, Jacksonville Jaguars, hamstring (P): Shorts was given a day off to rest his hamstring Thursday after a limited session Wednesday. He was able to return Friday and was listed as a full participant. Coach Gus Bradley indicated earlier in the week that he expected Shorts to play against Dallas, so there should be little to worry about here.

Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans, shoulder (Q): Washington went from limited practices Wednesday and Thursday to a full session Friday but still comes into Sunday with uncertainty about his status. The injury happened in Week 8, before the Titans went on bye, when Washington landed hard on his shoulder and sprained his AC joint. Other pass-catchers have often struggled in the early weeks after this type of injury, so Washington might not be at his best even if he plays.

Tight Ends

Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints, shoulder (P): Graham has been playing despite the shoulder injury, so his availability for the game isn’t really in doubt. But there are encouraging signs that he is improving. Not only has he increased the number of offensive snaps he is seeing since his initial game post-injury but Graham is now a weeklong full participant in practice.

Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins, knee (P): Clay makes his regular appearance on the injury report but again comes into the weekend as probable. Expect him to play.

Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears, ribs (Q): Bennett suffered a rib injury in practice making a move coach Marc Trestman described as “kind of awkward on the practice field.” He was then held out of Friday’s practice, leaving him questionable to play Sunday. Trestman sounded uncertain, but hopeful, about Bennett’s status.

“We’ll see. We really don’t know right now,” Trestman said. “He’s been inside getting treatment. We’re hopeful he’ll play.”

According to ESPN.com’s Michael C. Wright, if Bennett can’t go it will be Dante Rosario in his place.

Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs, ribs (P): Kelce has been on the injury report for several weeks with a rib ailment but has played each week. At "probable," expect him to do so again.

Joseph Fauria, ankle (Q); Brandon Pettigrew, foot (Q); Eric Ebron, hamstring (D), Detroit Lions: The Lions have multiple injuries at tight end, but it appears they are making some progress on the healing front. Ebron continues to nurse a sore hamstring, and, although he practiced on a limited basis Thursday and Friday, the "doubtful" designation indicates he is not ready to return to play. Fauria is back practicing on a limited basis for the first time since injuring his ankle (a non-football injury, blamed on a puppy that got underfoot), and, after he missed five straight games, this week could mark his return. Pettigrew did not practice Wednesday because of his foot injury but returned to limited practices Thursday and Friday. The only healthy tight end is Kellen Davis, but whether Fauria or Pettigrew (or both) is available to join him likely will be determined pregame.

Out:

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.

Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles, collarbone: As coach Chip Kelly said Monday, Foles has a “cracked clavicle” on his non-throwing (left) side. He is expected to miss approximately six to eight weeks. Mark Sanchez gets the start for "Monday Night Football."

Khiry Robinson, forearm and Pierre Thomas, rib/shoulder, RBs, New Orleans Saints: The Saints are beat up at running back as these two will sit out again. Even Mark Ingram comes into the week as questionable, but at least the status of Robinson and Thomas is already predetermined.

Stepfan Taylor, RB, Arizona Cardinals, calf: Taylor continues in his recovery from his strained calf and will sit out again in Week 10.

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Video: Buffalo Bills injuries

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Stephania Bell discusses the latest on injuries to the Buffalo Bills' Sammy Watkins and Fred Jackson.

Video: Calvin Johnson update

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Stephania Bell discusses expectations for Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson, who is returning from injury this week.
John Clayton, Stephania Bell and Matthew Berry discuss the latest on Tony Romo and the Buccaneers' backfield.
Jeremy HillAP Photo/David KohlWith Giovani Bernard out of action, Thursday could be another big outing for Jeremy Hill.
The Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns face off in an in-state rivalry game Thursday. Neither team will be fully healthy, as several players will be sidelined due to injury.

The most glaring part of the injury report, however, may be who is missing from it. Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green returned last week after missing the prior three games with a toe injury.

Green's snaps were limited, but he still managed to find the end zone. More importantly, he emerged from the game without any setbacks and expects to see more playing time Thursday night.

Here are the latest projections heading into the Thursday game:

Bengals

Giovanni Bernard, RB, hip (D): Coach Marvin Lewis said in a SiriusXM NFL appearance Thursday that Bernard is officially out for the game. This comes as no great surprise, given that the team listed him as doubtful on Wednesday’s injury report. Even before the formal designation, it wasn’t looking as if Bernard had much chance of suiting up. He missed Week 9 with a hip injury after not practicing all week and has yet to return to the practice field.

Bernard has been banged up throughout the first half of the season, fighting hip and clavicle injuries recently as well as bruised ribs along the way. With 10 days between now and their next matchup (against the New Orleans Saints), the Bengals’ hope is that Bernard will be able to make his return at that time, but it is not a lock. In the meantime, it will be more of the Jeremy Hill show.

Jermaine Gresham, TE, knee (P): Gresham’s status is not really in doubt given the probable tag, but his level of involvement might be. His practice this week consisted of a limited outing Wednesday, but it was enough to suggest that he could face game action one day later. His production -- including his targets -- has been up in recent weeks, but with Green’s increased presence, Gresham's role could change. Still, he remains an option as long as he is on the field, which is expected to be the case Thursday night.

Browns

Jordan Cameron, TE, concussion (out): Cameron has not yet been cleared to return to practice since suffering a concussion in Week 8. All concussions are concerning, but this one is even more so because it is Cameron’s third in three years. He will need to progress his way through the team’s concussion protocol and will be evaluated on an ongoing basis. This will be Cameron’s third missed game this season; he missed one game early in the season due to an AC sprain suffered in the preseason. While Cameron is out, tight end duties will continue to be handled by Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray.

Andrew Hawkins, WR, thigh/knee (Q): After not practicing Monday or Tuesday due to a thigh and knee injury, it initially appeared Hawkins was set to sit this one out. But he was able to turn in a limited practice Wednesday, leaving the door open for him to play against his former team. Hawkins was injured on the first play of the second half of Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers on a hard tackle and caught only one pass thereafter. He has been quarterback Brian Hoyer's favorite target, perhaps even more so with all of Cameron’s missed time due to injury and the continued absence of Josh Gordon via suspension.

With only four days between games, the challenge for Hawkins will be balancing whether he can be effective with the risk of further injury should he play. Coach Mike Pettine said Hawkins would be a game-time decision, likely dependent on how he responds to Wednesday’s practice and how he functions in warm-ups, so fantasy owners will want to check the pregame inactives. It is worth noting that Hoyer found Hawkins’ teammate Taylor Gabriel for five catches and a score last week. Gabriel is listed as probable with a shoulder injury, but he practiced in full each day and is expected to play.

Brian Hoyer, QB, glute (P): Despite Hoyer’s presence on the injury report with a strained glute, he has been able to put in full practices throughout the week leading up to Thursday’s game. If Hoyer were a super mobile quarterback, his injury might be more worrisome, but as long as he can move well enough to protect himself (especially considering he is coming off ACL surgery), then he should be fine, just as the probable tag indicates.

Video: Nick Foles' injury

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Stephania Bell joins Herm Edwards and Linda Cohn on "SportsCenter" to discuss Nick Foles' broken collarbone and timetable for recovery.

Key fantasy injuries for Week 9

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Tony RomoAP Photo/Tim SharpTony Romo's back troubles will force him to miss the Week 9 clash against the Cardinals.
Welcome to Week 9! This marks the sixth of the bye weeks and, fittingly, six teams are on bye. In other words, between injuries and players on bye, it’s a tough week for fantasy owners, many of whom are facing critical games to determine playoff eligibility. Off this week are the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans and the Buffalo Bills. As usual, there are some game-time decisions – including Tony Romo for the Dallas Cowboys -- but the final injury reports give some guidance as to who’s in and who’s out.

As a reminder, 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. Teams playing 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 definitely not playing Sunday. As painful as it might be to see this designation next to a player on your fantasy roster, at least you know in advance of the game that he's sitting out, and you can plan accordingly.

Probable (P): This designation indicates that a player has a greater than 50 percent chance of playing. Most players listed here are expected to play, barring a setback between the final injury report and kickoff.

Questionable (Q): This is the fantasy owner's most dreaded player designation, yet it manages to be the one most frequently utilized by teams (often to keep everyone guessing). It means a player's status is on the fence; there is a 50-50 chance that he's on the field come game time, although as many fantasy owners have come to learn, many teams utilize the questionable designation for any player with a hint of injury. Whether a player ends up active or inactive often comes down to a game-time decision based on how he performs during warm-ups. It is important for fantasy owners to check status reports leading up to the game.

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. Fantasy owners who need to make roster adjustments beforehand can feel fairly confident about sitting a player listed as doubtful.

Good luck in Week 9, everyone! May your players stay healthy and win for you.

Quarterbacks

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys, back, (O): Update: Nov. 2: Romo has been declared out for Sunday's contest, meaning that Brandon Weeden will get his first start of the season.

Romo has been on the injury report each week, but this is the first time this season that his game status is truly in question. A blow to the back Monday night forced Romo to leave the game for evaluation, but he was able to return, although he was clearly uncomfortable and ineffective. Romo has not practiced all week, but the team has maintained they will leave the door open for him to play right up until game time. Coach Jason Garrett has also made clear this is about Romo’s ability to both tolerate the discomfort and perform effectively in its presence. "We’ll see how he handles the pain, and we’ll see how functional he is as the week goes on to see what his availability is for this ballgame," Garrett told reporters midweek. That availability is still in question. The area where Romo suffered the contusion is in his right lower back and could limit his ability to not only move effectively in and out of the pocket, but also to throw with accuracy and depth. Despite his history of playing through significant injuries, it would come as no surprise if Romo ends up sitting this one out; in fact, the bigger surprise would be if he were able to play and play well.

Robert Griffin III, Washington, ankle, (P): Griffin was making steady progress in his return to football activities the last two weeks, but coach Jay Gruden maintained all along he wanted to see full practices before determining his readiness to return. Apparently one full day of practice was enough. After Griffin’s participation Wednesday, Gruden indicated he would likely be the starter Sunday. Griffin was medically cleared to return early in the week, but the equally important question surrounded his mental readiness to resume the quarterbacking position and perform -– both physically and mentally –- at game speed. It seems that he has answered those questions to the satisfaction of his coach, since Griffin is listed as probable for Sunday’s game in Minnesota. Still, there are reasons to be a bit skeptical about Griffin’s ability to remain on the field, given his injury history. His latest injury, a dislocated left ankle, was a noncontact injury, the result of simply running laterally across the field to escape a defender and unload the ball. If he has success Sunday -– which includes getting through the game without injury -– it will help inspire confidence that Griffin is indeed ready to reprise his role.

Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs, shoulder, (P): Smith injured his shoulder during last week’s game but managed to remain on the field for all but a few minutes. Given that this is the same shoulder on which he underwent surgery (to stabilize the AC joint) in his San Francisco 49ers days, it’s perhaps a bit more concerning when he feels discomfort there than it would be for someone with no such history. Smith was able to practice in full each day, though, and the probable designation indicates he plans to play.

Tom Brady, New England Patriots, ankle, (P): Peyton Manning is coming to town. Think there’s anything to worry about with Brady’s status? Exactly.

Running Backs

Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ankle, (D): The doubtful tag is as good as out for Martin, who has not practiced all week after injuring his ankle last Sunday. Bobby Rainey is expected to start, but we could see the NFL debut of third-round draft pick Charles Sims, who has recently returned to practice from ankle surgery. Multiple media reports indicate Sims is expected to be formally activated Saturday, which doesn’t guarantee he will play Sunday, but it certainly opens the door. Even if Sims does play, he is not likely to see a huge workload in his debut, although it could signal the beginning of bigger things for him.

Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos, shoulder, (P): Hillman landed awkwardly on his shoulder in Wednesday’s practice, cutting short his session, although he remained on the field for drills. He returned to practice Thursday but was kept to limited work. On Friday he was listed as a full participant. The probable tag indicates the Broncos expect to have him available for their big matchup in Foxborough this week. Hillman has taken over the starting role with Ball out due to a groin injury and is expected to carry his usual workload Sunday.

Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles, knee, (P): After returning to practice on a limited basis last week, it appeared Sproles had a shot to play, but the additional week off can only have helped. Sproles was able to participate fully in practice each day this week and comes into the weekend at a much more confident probable. He is expected to play against the Texans.

Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens, ankle, (P): Forsett suffered an ankle injury in last week’s game, which kept him out of practice Wednesday, but it appears to have been minor, just as Forsett indicated. He was back in limited practice Thursday and full practice Friday as he worked his way back toward the goal of playing Sunday. The probable tag from the Ravens is helpful since their game against the Steelers doesn’t kick off until Sunday night. Expect Forsett to start.

Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs, back, (P): Charles is on the injury report, but his full participation in practice each day is reassuring. The back issue may warrant some time in the training room for treatment, but it is not taking away practice reps. At probable, Charles is expected to play as usual.

Arian Foster, knee, and Alfred Blue, ankle, Houston Texans, (P): Both running backs are a bit banged up, and both were held to limited practice most of the week (Foster got his standard Wednesday off). Both 'backs are expected to be available Sunday when the Eagles pay a visit.

Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals, foot, (P): Nothing to see here. Ellington’s status with regards to his foot is essentially unchanged since the start of the season. He was held to limited practiced both Wednesday and Thursday but was listed as a full participant Friday. He is expected to play, although his primary backup will not be Stepfan Taylor (out with a calf strain). According to ESPN.com’s Josh Weinfuss, the next man up is expected to be Marion Grice, who will take his first NFL snaps this weekend.

Chris Johnson, New York Jets, ankle, (P): Johnson has been on the injury report for multiple weeks with an ankle ailment but has yet to miss a game. He’ll be available again this Sunday, but Ivory remains the 'back who sees the bulk of the carries.

Donald Brown, San Diego Chargers, concussion, (P): Brown has been out since suffering a concussion in Week 5. He was back in full practices each day this week, however, and is expected to play, likely in a complementary role to Branden Oliver.

Wide Receivers

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals, toe, (Q): Green’s status is clearly improving, as he has been on the practice field each day this week, albeit on a limited basis. After missing the last three weeks because of his right big toe injury, Green’s return to practice certainly hinted at a return to play. The Bengals have seen Green suffer sudden setbacks before, however, likely influencing his questionable designation. Add to that the fact the Bengals play Thursday night in Week 10, and there are reasons to worry whether an outing now would jeopardize Green’s ability to play again in four days against a division opponent. But coach Marvin Lewis seemed to indicate his chances of suiting up for Sunday are good as long as there are no setbacks beforehand. “If everything stays the way it is, he'll play," Lewis told reporters Friday after Green’s third consecutive practice. Green told ESPN.com’s Coley Harvey he does not plan to play with a modified shoe when he returns, preferring to go with the taping reinforcement created by the team’s medical staff. Fantasy owners will need to check pregame inactive reports to find out whether the Bengals will deploy Green this week or hold out a few more days.

Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts, elbow, (P): Nice to know in advance that we can expect to see Wayne on the field Monday night so that everyone can plan their lineups accordingly. Wayne sat out Week 8 after injuring his elbow the prior week. He was back in full practices Friday and Saturday, looking strong, and he is ready to go against the Giants.

Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals, knee, (P): Floyd is listed on the injury report because of a sore knee but was a full participant in practice throughout the week. He is expected to play as usual this Sunday in Dallas.

Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, rib, (P): Jackson has already played through this for two weeks, so there is no real doubt that he will do so again.

Eric Decker, New York Jets, hamstring, (P): Decker has played in back-to-back weeks, but his continued presence on the injury report indicates the injury is not completely behind him. Decker has been participating fully in practice each day, however, and the probable tag tells us he is expected to play.

Cecil Shorts III, groin, and Allen Hurns, ankle, Jacksonville Jaguars, (P): Shorts, unfortunately, is no stranger to the injury report. Fortunately, it does not appear his status is in jeopardy after he practiced in full every day this week. Hurns has been listed here with an ankle issue for multiple weeks. While his probable designation is a plus, his contributions are limited behind the other Jaguars receivers.

Andre Johnson, Houston Texans, ankle (P): Johnson remains on the injury report because of his ankle but continued to participate in some form of practice Thursday and Friday. The probable tag tells us he is expected to play.

Tight Ends

Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins, knee, (P): Clay has been on the injury report for the bulk of the season and continues to be limited in practice throughout the week. He also continues to play. At probable, expect him to take the field against the Chargers.

Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens, knee, (Q): It’s hard to imagine Daniels could really be available to play little more than one week out from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. He participated in limited practice Wednesday, then was held out Thursday (reportedly not because of a setback), but he returned to a full practice Friday. Coach John Harbaugh indicated Daniels will be a game-time decision, which could be a problem for fantasy owners since the Ravens face the Steelers in a Sunday night matchup.

Out:

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.

Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals, hip: Bernard has not been able to practice all week with a hip injury. Bernard has been banged up for much of October, but this appears to be the most limiting ailment so far. No indication yet whether this will be a one-week or multiweek injury.

Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns, concussion: Cameron suffered a concussion last Sunday and will miss his second game of the season. Cameron, who did not practice at all this week, has a history of concussions, so there is reason for concern here.

Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants, knee: Jennings is still not practicing and has not yet incorporated lateral movement into his work. He will sit again Monday night with his MCL injury.

Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego Chargers, knee: Fantasy owners may be frustrated with Mathews slower-than-predicted return (originally projected to miss four to five weeks with an MCL sprain -- he is about to miss his seventh game), but the team is getting decent production out of Branden Oliver, and Donald Brown returns this week from a concussion. Given Mathews’ injury history, taking it slowly and holding him out through the team’s Week 10 bye makes sense for the Chargers.

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos, groin: Ball has been out since injuring his groin in Week 5 and has not yet returned to practice. That could change next week, although his return to game play is still likely more than a week away.

Stepfan Taylor, RB, Arizona Cardinals, calf: Taylor strained his calf in Week 8 and is expected to miss anywhere from two to four weeks. The run game predominantly belongs to Andre Ellington anyway, so that element will not change.

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minesota Vikings, abdomen/groin: Rudolph remains out as he recovers from core muscle surgery, but a timetable for his return is nearing.

Off the Injury Report:

Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts, hamstring: Richardson was off the report this week after he did not see any action last week, despite being active. With another week of recovery under his belt, he is that much healthier and will be available to complement Ahmad Bradshaw on Monday night.

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