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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Updated: December 8, 7:03 PM ET
Week 14 inactives

By Tristan H. Cockcroft
ESPN.com

Welcome to Week 14 of the 2013 NFL season. Here we'll be posting "live" updates and analysis as NFL teams release their inactive lists. Refresh often for the latest information.

Ruled out before Sunday

LB Lance Briggs (shoulder), CB Brandon Browner (groin), CB Morris Claiborne (hamstring), QB Jay Cutler (ankle), WR Aaron Dobson (foot), TE Anthony Fasano (concussion), WR Percy Harvin (hip), LB Justin Houston (elbow), RB Darren McFadden (ankle), WR Denarius Moore (shoulder), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), QB Christian Ponder (concussion), QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone), TE Kyle Rudolph (foot), QB Brandon Weeden (concussion).

Top players we're watching

Early afternoon games (1 p.m. ET)

RB Le'Veon Bell (concussion, probable): active
RB Reggie Bush (calf, questionable): active
TE Tony Gonzalez (toe, questionable): active
TE Rob Gronkowski (back, questionable): active
WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring, questionable): active
RB Rashad Jennings (concussion, questionable): inactive
RB Adrian Peterson (groin, questionable): active
TE Jordan Reed (concussion, questionable): inactive

Late afternoon games (4:05 and 4:25 p.m. ET)

TE Rob Housler (ankle, questionable): active
QB Carson Palmer (right elbow, questionable): active
TE Julius Thomas (knee, probable): active
TE Delanie Walker (concussion, questionable): inactive

Updates/analysis (most recent first)

DeAngelo Williams active (7:03 p.m. ET): The Carolina Panthers' official Twitter feed reports that RB DeAngelo Williams (thigh, probable) is active. ESPN's Ed Werder reported this morning that Williams would draw the start, but "starts" really don't mean much for the Panthers, who slice-and-dice their rushing chores between four different players. Williams should get the bulk of the early-down, between-the-20s work, but he's probably not going to do enough to warrant more than a low-flex role in fantasy. He's our No. 36 running back for Week 14.

Jonathan Stewart active (7:03 p.m. ET): The Carolina Panthers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle, probable) is active. Stewart is effectively behind DeAngelo Williams on early downs, and Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton in short-yardage situations, on the Panthers' depth chart, though the team does tend to shuffle things up. He's our No. 41 running back for Week 14.

Mike Tolbert active (7:03 p.m. ET): The Carolina Panthers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Mike Tolbert (knee, probable) is active. Tolbert's fantasy value is driven by touchdowns; he has to score to have earned his place in your lineup. He's our No. 41 running back for Week 14.

Daryl Richardson inactive (3:08 p.m. ET): The St. Louis Rams' official Twitter feed reports that RB Daryl Richardson (healthy scratch) is inactive. He's scratched for yet another week, with little hope of moving back up the depth chart with Benny Cunningham performing well in a backup capacity.

Eddie Royal active (3:07 p.m. ET): The San Diego Chargers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Eddie Royal (toe, questionable) is active. Royal's active status could threaten Ladarius Green's number of snaps, but Green's fantasy owners -- especially those who committed him to lineups sooner than this -- probably shouldn't alter their expectations despite the news. After all, Royal has been battling this injury all year and has a propensity to have entirely quiet weeks. The Chargers should continue to roll out Green a fair amount.

Michael Floyd active (2:55 p.m. ET): Darren Urban of the Arizona Cardinals reports that WR Michael Floyd (ankle, probable) is active for the Arizona Cardinals. Floyd isn't playing at full strength, but he has been one of the hottest receivers in football of late and is therefore difficult to sit. He's our No. 19 option for Week 14.

Rob Housler active (2:55 p.m. ET): Darren Urban of the Arizona Cardinals reports that TE Rob Housler (ankle, questionable) is active for the Arizona Cardinals. He was a late addition to the injury report, so this is positive news. Housler is TE2 material, ranked 20th this week.

Andre Ellington active (2:55 p.m. ET): Darren Urban of the Arizona Cardinals reports that RB Andre Ellington (knee, probable) is active for the Arizona Cardinals. He put in Thursday and Friday practices, so you shouldn't be too afraid to use him this week. Ellington is our No. 33 running back for the week, the low ranking primarily a result of Rashard Mendenhall lurking to steal carries, especially at the goal line.

Carson Palmer active (2:55 p.m. ET): Darren Urban of the Arizona Cardinals reports that QB Carson Palmer (right elbow, questionable) is active for the Arizona Cardinals. He was limited during practice all week, but Palmer was never at that much risk to sit. He's probably facing the Rams at less than full strength, but that's still a middling-to-good matchup for him, making him a viable QB2. We ranked him 19th for the week.

Brandon Jacobs inactive (2:48 p.m. ET): Pat Hanlon of the New York Giants reports that RB Brandon Jacobs (knee, doubtful) is inactive for the New York Giants. This was expected once Jacobs was tagged doubtful. Andre Brown and Peyton Hillis will once again handle running-back chores, with Brown the far superior fantasy play of the two.

Ronnie Hillman inactive (2:45 p.m. ET): The Denver Broncos' official Twitter feed reports that RB Ronnie Hillman (healthy scratch) is inactive. So, a week after C.J. Anderson was inactive with Hillman the Broncos' No. 3 running back, now Hillman is inactive with Anderson in that role. No matter; it seems that the Broncos are fine leaning entirely on their top two backs, Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball, meaning that neither Anderson nor Hillman warrants your roster spot.

Kendall Wright active (2:43 p.m. ET): Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennesseean reports that WR Kendall Wright (ankle, probable) is active for the Tennessee Titans. Wright should be targeted regularly against a Broncos team that has allowed the fifth-most catches to opposing wide receivers this season. He is our No. 21 wide receiver for Week 14.

Delanie Walker inactive (2:39 p.m. ET): Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennesseean reports that TE Delanie Walker (concussion, questionable) is inactive for the Tennessee Titans. It's another rough blow to fantasy owners, who have now watched as Walker and Jordan Reed have been scratched today for concussions. With Walker sidelined, the Titans will lean on Craig Stevens and Taylor Thompson at tight end, though neither is a recommended fantasy fill-in.

Julius Thomas active (2:33 p.m. ET): The Denver Broncos' official Twitter feed reports that TE Julius Thomas (knee, probable) is active. He sat out each of the past two games but got in full practices both Thursday and Friday before earning a probable tag, so all signs have been positive thus far this week. Thomas is back to being a TE1; we ranked him our No. 4 player at the position.

Updating Reggie Bush's status (12:55 p.m. ET): The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett as well as the Detroit Lions' Tim Twentyman report that RB Reggie Bush (calf, questionable) did report to the sidelines with the team, and other reports say Bush appeared there on pre-game TV. That says nothing about Bush's projected role, but at least he has a chance of appearing in the game if he's out on the field with his teammates. It's a total roll of the dice, unfortunately, but my advice is to play it conservatively and bench him.

Updating Reggie Bush's status (12:43 p.m. ET): The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett reports that RB Reggie Bush (calf, questionable) was not working with the Detroit Lions' offense going through warm-ups as of about 12:30 p.m. ET; Joique Bell was working with the No. 1 offense. At this point, fantasy owners probably should prepare as if Bell, not Bush, is going to be the team's starting running back, though to be clear: No official announcement has yet been made.

Reggie Bush might have suffered setback (12:38 p.m. ET): The Detroit Lions' Tim Twentyman, citing Detroit Lions Radio Network sideline reporter Tony Ortiz, reports that RB Reggie Bush (calf, questionable) might have re-aggravated his calf injury during pre-game warmups. Per Twentyman, Bush "slipped, slammed helmet down and was surrounded by trainers." Unfortunately, that's the best information we have to go on for now, but Bush's fantasy owners need keep this in mind in advance of the 1 p.m. ET kickoff. Joique Bell's owners should also consider it, as he would stand to benefit should Bush either not play or be limited.

T.Y. Hilton active (12:08 p.m. ET): The Indianapolis Colts' official Twitter feed reports that WR T.Y. Hilton (shoulder, probable) is active. Though Hilton is active, his matchup as well as the Colts' passing-game problems of late make him a shaky start in 10-team standard mixed leagues. We accounted this in our rankings; he checks in 25th for Week 14.

Elvis Dumervil inactive (12:07 p.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that LB Elvis Dumervil (ankle, doubtful) is inactive. Heads up, IDP owners, as Dumervil had a healthy 9.5 sacks this season.

Jason Campbell active (12:05 p.m. ET): The Cleveland Browns' official Twitter feed reports that QB Jason Campbell (concussion, probable) is active. He's baaaaaack. Even facing a Patriots team on the road, meaning the possibility of falling behind early and being forced to throw, Campbell isn't a recommended fantasy play even in two-quarterback leagues. His starter status is also a concern for Jordan Cameron; Cameron's fantasy production has been mediocre at best in games Campbell has started.

Daniel Thomas active (12:04 p.m. ET): The Miami Dolphins' official Twitter feed reports that RB Daniel Thomas (ankle, questionable) is active. "Wait, what?" might be a common statement by Lamar Miller's fantasy owners when they read this, because by all previous accounts, Thomas' season was in jeopardy as a result of his injury. It's unclear how much he'll be used this week, but his active status is a concern for Miller's owners. Consider the latter a low-end flex now.

Lamar Miller active (12:04 p.m. ET): The Miami Dolphins' official Twitter feed reports that RB Lamar Miller (pectoral, probable) is active. Miller's fantasy value takes a slight hit as a result of Daniel Thomas' active Week 14 status, so dock him a couple spots from our initial No. 24 ranking if you own him and are choosing between flex options.

Kenbrell Thompkins inactive (12:01 p.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that WR Kenbrell Thompkins (hip, questionable) is inactive. Though Thompkins' stock has plummeted in the past month or so, that he was scratched despite Aaron Dobson also sitting out is a bad sign for his rest-of-2014 prospects. Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman each earns a slight boost in fantasy appeal, and Josh Boyce will see more work as the team's No. 3 wide receiver with Austin Collie also active for the game.

Stephen Hill inactive (11:59 a.m. ET): The New York Jets' official Twitter feed reports that WR Stephen Hill (knee, questionable) is inactive. With Hill sidelined, Jeremy Kerley and Santonio Holmes will earn the starts, and each might see a couple more targets as a result. Holmes is the only one of the two we ranked; he checked in 51st among wide receivers.

A.J. Green active (11:58 a.m. ET): The Cincinnati Bengals' official Twitter feed reports that WR A.J. Green (groin, probable) is active. He put in a full practice week, so there was never serious concern about this injury he suffered a week ago. Green matches up brilliantly against the Colts; he is our No. 2 wide receiver for the week.

Dennis Pitta active (11:54 a.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that TE Dennis Pitta is active. He was activated off the short-term IR list during the weekend, and while his snap count is sure to be limited, that the Ravens declared Dallas Clark a healthy-scratch inactive in conjunction is a plus for Pitta's prospects this week. He's a low-end TE2, but one who will sure be interesting to watch in Week 14.

Dallas Clark inactive (11:54 a.m. ET): The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter feed reports that TE Dallas Clark is inactive. Dennis Pitta is active in Clark's stead, though this isn't much of a loss for fantasy owners, being that Clark played limited snaps anyway.

Le'Veon Bell active (11:53 a.m. ET): The Pittsburgh Steelers' official Twitter feed reports that RB Le'Veon Bell (concussion, probable) is active. He practiced fully on Thursday and passed the league's concussion protocol, meaning he'll absorb a full-timer's workload against a Dolphins team that has allowed 19.8 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs the past five weeks combined. He is our No. 12 running back for the week.

Vincent Jackson active (11:51 a.m. ET): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official Twitter feed reports that WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring, questionable) is active. Jackson gets the start against a Bills team that played poorly in Week 13 against the pass, meaning he's well worth slotting into all fantasy lineups this week. Keep in mind he also practiced on Friday. Jackson is our No. 7 wide receiver for Week 14.

Rashad Jennings inactive (11:49 a.m. ET): The Oakland Raiders' official Twitter feed reports that RB Rashad Jennings (concussion, questionable) is inactive. Well there's a surprise. Reece joins RB Darren McFadden (ankle, out) -- also inactive -- on the sidelines, creating a starter's opportunity for Marcel Reece. Keep in mind, though, that the Jets represent one of the worst matchups for a running back, having allowed only 7.5 fantasy points per game to the position the past five weeks combined. Reece is a flex-play plug-in, and he'd certainly rank (for me, at least) lower than our initial No. 26 ranking for Jennings.

Tony Gonzalez active (11:45 a.m. ET): The Atlanta Falcons' official Twitter feed reports that TE Tony Gonzalez (toe, questionable) is active. He was limited during the practice week, but Gonzalez was never at any serious threat of sitting out Week 14. He's a TE1 for the week, checking in No. 6 in our positional rankings.

Adrian Peterson active (11:43 a.m. ET): The Minnesota Vikings' official Twitter feed reports that RB Adrian Peterson (groin, questionable) is active. He missed Thursday's practice, drawing some concern among his fantasy owners, but bear in mind that he has been tagged questionable yet played in past weeks. There shouldn't be any dire worry here, and Peterson should be kept active in all formats.

Stevan Ridley active (11:40 a.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that RB Stevan Ridley is active. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the likelihood of this earlier in the morning, but here's official word. Ridley's role is entirely unclear, and considering the team deactivated him a week ago due to his fumbling issues, he's far too risky to be recommended in any league in a playoff week for many. But this news is somewhat troubling for owners of RB Shane Vereen (wrist, probable), who now have to fret about the possibility of a few lost touches. It's not enough to knock Vereen out of the RB2 class, but it's something to keep in mind.

Reggie Bush active (11:39 a.m. ET): The Detroit Lions' official Twitter feed reports that RB Reggie Bush (calf, questionable) is active. The Lions also report that Bush will draw the start, a designation which, while overrated, at least provides Bush's panicky fantasy owners some encouragement in starting him facing a favorable matchup. He's well worth using in any league, checking in our No. 6 running back for the week.

Rob Gronkowski active (11:36 a.m. ET): The New England Patriots' official Twitter feed reports that TE Rob Gronkowski (back, questionable) is active. No surprises here; the Patriots routinely list their injured players as questionable, and Gronkowski himself has played through such tags many times this year. He is our No. 1 tight end for Week 14, primarily because he has the better matchup than the other candidate for the spot, Jimmy Graham. Naturally, you're starting either one.

Jordan Reed inactive (11:36 a.m. ET): ESPN 980 AM Radio in Washington, D.C. reports that TE Jordan Reed (concussion, questionable) is inactive for the Washington Redskins. It's a terribly bad break for Reed's fantasy owners, who lose a tight end we ranked in the top 10 for the week (when healthy). With Reed out, expect Logan Paulsen to again get the bulk of the targets among Redskins tight ends, though you should be able to find a stronger alternative on the free-agent list.