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WR - NE
Patriots WR Aaron Dobson was not present at practice on Wednesday. (RotoInfo.com) (12/04)
Expert Advice: With Kenbrell Thompkins also banged up, this is not looking good for the Patriots who face a reasonably tough defensive match-up with the Browns this week. With Joe Haden likely to be floating between covering Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman, the rest of the defense may only need to be concerned with Rob Gronkowski. While that in itself is a daunting task, not having Dobson on the field means the Patriots will do less stretching of the field and try for shorter routes. There's obviously time for Dobson to return to practice before Sunday's game, so don't count him out just yet. Just be wary of a potential change in game-plan should he be inactive.
QB - Cle
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said he'll name his starter later in week. Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden have been cleared for activity, but not to practice. (RotoInfo.com) (12/04)
Expert Advice: Owners of Josh Gordon are anxiously awaiting some word that either Campbell or Weeden will get the nod to resume practice but with neither one looking like a beacon of health right now, the chances seem pretty slim. Campbell's symptoms have lasted for over two weeks now so he is seeming like an even longer shot than Weeden. Until you hear that one or the other is at practice, you have to assume that life in Cleveland will go on without them.
WR - NYG
Giants WR Hakeem Nicks is not listed on the Giants' injury report this week. (RotoInfo.com) (12/04)
Expert Advice: Every week, fantasy owners keep asking themselves if this is the week Nicks actually performs up to task, and while you'd like to think that this week's match-up with a horrific San Diego pass defense will afford him the opportunity, the same was said about last week's match-up with an equally inept Washington secondary. The bottom line is that you just can't trust Nicks. Not now. Not in the fantasy playoffs. Victor Cruz is the team's No. 1 receiver and Reuben Randle has steadily seen more targets. If you simply have no one else, then sure, he's worth a look, but don;t expect much out of him as he seems to have mentally checked out from the Giants already.
DEF - Dal
Sean Lee and Justin Durant are expected to practice in some fashion this week as they recover from hamstring injuries. Durant said he did a lot of running Monday and believes he'll be ready to play Week 14 at Chicago. (RotoInfo.com) (12/04)
RB - Buf
The Buffalo Bills have released RB Tashard Choice. (RotoInfo.com) (12/04)
Expert Advice: This hardly comes as a big shock as Choice was rarely used by the Bills and there was little hope of him seeing any legitimate time on the field. The depth is better spent elsewhere on the team. There's a remote chance that Choice gets picked up elsewhere for the final stretch of the season, but even then, his fantasy -value barely exists.
OL - Jac
T Luke Joeckel (ankle) will have his cast removed and begin weight-bearing exercises Wednesday. (RotoInfo.com) (12/04)
DEF - Jac
Josh Evans (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 14. Winston Guy will get the start in his place. (RotoInfo.com) (12/04)
QB - Dal
Tony Romo's December record as quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys is 11-15, and as the team enters the final month of the season, owner/general manager Jerry Jones is mindful of that and said it has to change for the better, Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas reports.'I think it's real and I don't mean to be trite,' Jones said Tuesday morning on his radio show on KRLD-FM in Dallas. 'You can probably tie that [into] why we have had disappointments in December. It's hard to build up in this time of the NFL. It's hard to build up enough edge to play at that level during December, so you better be moving or having your arrow going up rather than going down.''We can't expect to be where we all want to be unless we play better than we've certainly played the last two years,' Jones said. 'And we've had a Tony Romo playing well, really the last two years and haven't gotten there. (RotoInfo.com) (12/04)
Expert Advice: So is Jerry Jones saying that Tony Romo isn't clutch or that the rest of the team continues to let him down in the waning months of the season? Either way, it's difficult to imagine that this is the kind of pep talk Jason Garrett or the players want to hear. The Cowboys have so many shortcomings on defense that any offensive struggles are likely secondary on the priority list of things to change. On one hand, you can appreciate an owner trying to take an active role with the day to day operations, but on the other, is his constant need to interfere with the GM and the coaches really going to prove positive in the end? Probably not.
WR - Jac
Cecil Shorts (groin) remained limited in Tuesday's practice. (RotoInfo.com) (12/04)
Expert Advice: Shorts' limitations in practice seem to be more precautionary than anything else. He's coming off an 11-target performance in which he burned the great Joe Haden for a touchdown and he's doing this while still nursing the groin injury he suffered a couple of weeks back. He should be fine for Thursday night's game and he has a great match-up this week against the Texans who rank 26th in the league against No. 1 wideouts, giving up an average of 55.5 yards per game to them.
RB - Ari
Andre Ellington (knee) could be held out of the Cardinals' Week 14 game because head coach Bruce Arians said he wants to make sure Ellington is healthy before letting him play again. (RotoInfo.com) (12/04)
Expert Advice: Ellington missed Week 13 due to his knee injury and if he were to miss again Stepfan would again serve as the backup to Rashard Mendenhall, who has a favorable matchup this week against a Rams team that has allowed the fifth most Fantasy Points to running backs on the season.
DEF - Car
Carolina Panthers DE Charles Johnson (knee) said he'll be ready to play in Week 14 against the Saints. (RotoInfo.com) (12/04)
WR - Chi
Alshon Jeffery set a Bears single-game receiving yardage record with 249 yards in Week 13. (RotoInfo.com) (12/03)
Expert Advice: Jeffery had a career day with 15 targets for 12 catches and two touchdowns to go with the 249 yards receiving, 121 yards of it coming after the catch. Jeffery is in the top 10 in targets (118, 8th), receptions (70, tied for 8th), and yards receiving (1,109, 4th) thus far in the season.
RB - Buf
C.J. Spiller said his ankle was fine after the team's Week 13 game, even though he was seen limping noticeably at times. (RotoInfo.com) (12/03)
WR - Jac
Stephen Burton (concussion) did not practice Tuesday. (RotoInfo.com) (12/03)
RB - Jac
Maurice Jones-Drew was held out of Tuesday's practice but the reason is not injury related. (RotoInfo.com) (12/03)
DEF - Chi
Bears signed DT Tracy Robertson to the practice squad. (RotoInfo.com) (12/03)
OL - Cin
The Cincinnati Bengals signed offensive tackle Dennis Roland. (RotoInfo.com) (12/03)
OL - Cin
The Bengals placed G Clint Boling on season-ending Injured Reserve. (RotoInfo.com) (12/03)
DEF - Cle
The Browns waived LB Justin Staples from the Practice Squad. (RotoInfo.com) (12/03)
RB - Dal
The Cowboys officially place Lance Dunbar on injured reserve. (RotoInfo.com) (12/03)
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