Player News

Review the latest player news for a specified group of players.
Todd Gurley StL - RB
News: Gurley (foot) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. (Dec 31)
Impact: Gurley had developed a limp by the conclusion of Sunday's win at Seattle, and a walking boot has been a necessity in the interim, forcing back-to-back DNPs to begin Week 17 prep. With the promotion of running back Malcolm Brown from the practice squad Thursday, the Rams appear to be covering their bases in case Gurley is unable to suit up in the season finale. Most season-long titles have been decided at this point, but for those owners requiring the services of Gurley on Sunday, a contingency plan is advised. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:04p ET)
Overall Rank: 21 Position Rank: 8
% Started: 2.6 % Owned: 98.2
Dez Bryant Dal - WR
News: Bryant (ankle/foot) is headed to IR, per coach Jason Garrett. (Dec 30)
Impact: As a result, Bryant will miss the Cowboys' regular season finale, with the report adding the star wideout is eventually slated to undergo surgery on his ankle and foot, which should allow him to be fully healthy in advance of the 2016 season. The wideout's frustrating 2015 campaign thus concludes with Bryant having recorded 31 catches for 401 yards and three TDs in nine games, all career lows. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:15p ET)
Overall Rank: 8 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 1.4 % Owned: 90.4
Alshon Jeffery Chi - WR
News: The Bears have placed Jeffery (hamstring) on IR. (Dec 30)
Impact: Jeffery's 2015 campaign -- his fourth with the Bears -- was hampered by nagging injuries that limited him to just nine games. When healthy enough to suit up, he was productive for the team, catching 54 passes for 807 yards and four touchdowns. Looking ahead, the 25-year-old -- who now has the entire offseason to bounce back from his various aches and pains -- is slated to become a free agent, and we suspect that the Bears will make retaining the talented wideout a priority, with the team applying its franchise tag on Jeffery one possible outcome to that end. In his absence in the team's regular season finale against the Lions, Eddie Royal, Marc Mariani and Josh Bellamy are in line to head the team's Week 17 wideout corps. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:46a ET)
Overall Rank: 14 Position Rank: 8
% Started: 1.6 % Owned: 94.8
AJ McCarron Cin - QB
News: McCarron completed 22-of-35 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown and nearly knocked off the Broncos on the road Monday, but he injured his left wrist on the final play of the contest, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' website reports. (Dec 29)
Impact: McCarron is not sure of the severity of his injury, but he was not immediately confident that he would be ready to go in Week 17. The Bengals' medical staff will take a closer look at McCarron's wrist Tuesday due to determine the extent of his setback. Regular starter Andy Dalton (thumb) is unlikely to be ready for Week 17, so if McCarron is somehow unable to go as well, the Bengals may be forced to turn to third-stringer Keith Wenning in their regular season finale. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:53a ET)
Overall Rank: 699 Position Rank: 94
% Started: 0.3 % Owned: 4.9
Brock Osweiler Den - QB
News: Head coach Gary Kubiak said following Monday's victory over the Bengals that Osweiler (shoulder) will start at quarterback in Week 17 against the Chargers, NFL.com reports. (Dec 29)
Impact: Osweiler put the Broncos in prime position to grab a first-round bye with Monday's win, and fellow quarterback Peyton Manning (foot) is still working his way back, so Kubiak will stick with Osweiler for another week. Osweiler threw for 299 yards Monday, but he will have a tough matchup in Week 17. He finished with just 166 yards last time Denver faced San Diego in Week 13, and the Chargers allowed just two passing touchdowns in the three games since. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:30a ET)
Overall Rank: 138 Position Rank: 21
% Started: 0.6 % Owned: 15.2
Drew Brees NO - QB
News: Brees (foot) is listed as active Sunday versus the Jaguars, Evan Woodbery of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. (Dec 27)
Impact: With nothing to play for in reality, Brees would be excused for missing the second game of his career due to injury, but a Grade 2 tear of the plantar fascia near his right heel won't stop him from being under center on the Saints' first offensive snap. Aside from a lack of mobility, pain tolerance will likely determine his level of comfort in the pocket, as evidenced by the "horrible, miserable" discomfort that the 37-year-old endured throughout the week. If he's eventually pushed to the sidelined, either Matt Flynn or rookie Garrett Grayson would be entrusted with QB duties. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:40p ET)
Overall Rank: 130 Position Rank: 13
% Started: 3.0 % Owned: 95.6
Alshon Jeffery Chi - WR
News: Jeffery (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports. (Dec 27)
Impact: Jeffery was given a doubtful designation heading into the contest after failing to practice all week, so his lack of availability certainly isn't startling. It will mark his sixth absence of the season. With the Bears eliminated from playoff contention, there's little incentive for Jeffery to play at less than full health. In Jeffery's absence, Josh Bellamy is expected to start, but tight end Zach Miller and slot man Eddie Royal should be the primacy beneficiaries in the passing game. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:43a ET)
Overall Rank: 14 Position Rank: 8
% Started: 1.6 % Owned: 94.8
Doug Baldwin Sea - WR
News: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport relays that a source said "it would be a surprise" if Baldwin (hamstring) didn't play Sunday against the Rams. (Dec 27)
Impact: Baldwin -- who was listed as a full practice participant by Seattle on Friday -- has been viewed as a game-time decision for the contest, so those considering him in Week 16 lineups are still advised to track his status in advance of Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff. The wideout has been on quite the roll of late, having hauled in 10 touchdown catches over his last four contests. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:31a ET)
Overall Rank: 68 Position Rank: 39
% Started: 3.2 % Owned: 87.2
Drew Brees NO - QB
News: Brees (foot) is expected to start Sunday against the Jaguars, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. (Dec 27)
Impact: Brees is dealing with a torn plantar fascia, an injury that has sidelined plenty of players, but Brees has said throughout the week that he will play through the ailment. He'll have tight end Ben Watson (knee) available to him, so while he will be physically hobbled, he'll have nearly all of his receivers available. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:58a ET)
Overall Rank: 130 Position Rank: 13
% Started: 3.0 % Owned: 95.6
Danny Amendola NE - WR
News: Amendola (knee) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Jets. (Dec 26)
Impact: Amendola was not expected to play Sunday, but this report confirms that he will not suit up. Neither Amendola nor Julian Edelman will play Sunday, so Brandon LaFell and Keshawn Martin are in line to be the Patriots' top two receivers Sunday against the Jets. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:14p ET)
Overall Rank: 46 Position Rank: 17
% Started: 0.8 % Owned: 65.6
Doug Baldwin Sea - WR
News: Baldwin (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams. (Dec 25)
Impact: Baldwin has been slowed by a hamstring injury this week, and a final decision on his status for Week 16 will likely not be made until an hour or two before game time. Head coach Pete Carroll was optimistic about Baldwin's status when asked Thursday, but those planning -- or hoping -- to start Baldwin in Week 16 will want to have another wideout who plays a 3:05 ET game or later contest at the ready. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:55p ET)
Overall Rank: 68 Position Rank: 39
% Started: 3.2 % Owned: 87.2
Drew Brees NO - QB
News: Brees (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. (Dec 25)
Impact: It's not immediately clear how much work Brees got in Friday, but with him listed as questionable, he will have a chance to play Sunday as he expects. If Brees does play Sunday, he will take on a Jaguars team that allowed just one touchdown pass over its last two games after giving up seven passing scores in the previous two weeks. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:40p ET)
Overall Rank: 130 Position Rank: 13
% Started: 3.0 % Owned: 95.6
Vincent Jackson TB - WR
News: Jackson (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game agains the Bears. (Dec 25)
Impact: Though it has been over a week since Jackson sat out the Buccaneers' loss to the Rams, he is still not ready to return to the field. Expect Mike Evans to be plenty active again in Week 16 with Jackson still sidelined. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:28p ET)
Overall Rank: 66 Position Rank: 37
% Started: 0.7 % Owned: 62.4
LeSean McCoy Buf - RB
News: McCoy (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Vic Carlucci of The Buffalo News reports. (Dec 25)
Impact: This was pretty much expected, with Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee in line to see all of McCoy's usual carries. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:12p ET)
Overall Rank: 16 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 1.8 % Owned: 91.6
Calvin Johnson Det - WR
News: Johnson (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers, NFL.com reports. (Dec 25)
Impact: Johnson was limited at each practice session this week, which leaves his status in question for Week 16. A final call on Johnson's status will not be made until Sunday, but he has frequently been listed as questionable this year and has not missed a game, so fantasy owners should be able to count on him taking the field against the 49ers. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:07p ET)
Overall Rank: 50 Position Rank: 21
% Started: 3.6 % Owned: 98.7
Alshon Jeffery Chi - WR
News: Jeffery (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. (Dec 25)
Impact: Jeffery sat out practice all week after injuring his hamstring late in last week's game, and it's almost certain that he will be unable to go in Week 16. Marc Mariani and Josh Bellamy are in line for added snaps opposite Eddie Royal (knee) as long as Jeffery is sidelined as expected. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:48p ET)
Overall Rank: 14 Position Rank: 8
% Started: 1.6 % Owned: 94.8
Shaun Draughn SF - RB
News: Draughn (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions. (Dec 25)
Impact: Draughn was unable to practice this week after injuring his knee last Sunday, and the setback will ultimately prevent him from taking the field against the Lions. It's not clear who will be the 49ers' top running back in Draughn's absence, particularly since the player who saw the most snaps at the position last week -- Travaris Cadet -- was released this week, but Kendall Gaskins is likely the favorite for the job. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:40p ET)
Overall Rank: 91 Position Rank: 27
% Started: 0.7 % Owned: 55.0
Dez Bryant Dal - WR
News: Bryant (foot/ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bills, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports. (Dec 25)
Impact: Bryant was unable to practice at all this week due to his leg injuries, and as a result, he will not be able to play in Week 16. Terrance Williams figures to be the Cowboys' top wideout option against the Bills with Bryant sidelined. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:20p ET)
Overall Rank: 8 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 1.4 % Owned: 90.4
Adrian Peterson Min - RB
News: Peterson (ankle) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Giants. (Dec 25)
Impact: Peterson's status for Week 16 was placed into question after he sat out practices Wednesday and Thursday, but he was able to get in a full session Friday, and is now good to go for Week 16. The Giants allowed at least 100 yards on the ground in eight of their last 10 games, but gave up just three scores to running backs over their last seven contests. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:46p ET)
Overall Rank: 1 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 4.8 % Owned: 99.9
Drew Brees NO - QB
News: Although Brees (foot) didn't practice Thursday, he has "every intention" of playing Sunday against the Jaguars, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports. (Dec 24)
Impact: Little has changed in Brees' quest to take the field less than a week removed from injuring his foot, which he confirmed as a Grade 2 tear of the plantar fascia near his right heel, according to Evan Woodbery of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. If rehabilitation rather than practice dominates this week, he won't be removed from consideration for the Week 16 start, but actually playing will likely be an issue of pain tolerance, as the ailment afflicts his plant foot. The Saints would almost certainly turn to Matt Flynn rather than Garrett Grayson, if Brees requires additional rest. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:36p ET)
Overall Rank: 130 Position Rank: 13
% Started: 3.0 % Owned: 95.6
News: Beckham's one-game suspension for his actions during Sunday's loss to the Panthers has been upheld, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1 reports. (Dec 23)
Impact: With Wednesday's appeal and subsequent ruling behind him, Beckham cannot participate in any team activities in advance of Sunday's must-win game at Minnesota. Although Eli Manning won't have one of the league's most electric wideouts at his disposal, he'll turn to a viable receiving corps of Rueben Randle, Dwayne Harris (shoulder), and Will Tye, with running back Shane Vereen sprinkled in for good measure. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:51p ET)
Overall Rank: 6 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 3.8 % Owned: 97.1
Adrian Peterson Min - RB
News: Peterson (ankle/shoulder) was unable to practice Wednesday, Ben Goessling of ESPN.com reports. (Dec 23)
Impact: During Sunday's win against the Bears, Peterson limped off the field and visited the locker room for treatment on what was generically termed a left ankle injury. In the meantime, both Peterson and head coach Mike Zimmer have downplayed the severity, with Zimmer telling Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Wednesday that the "outlook is still good" for the running back to suit up Sunday against the Giants. Throwing a potential wrench in that thought process is the shoulder issue that also appeared on Wednesday's injury report, but expect the Vikings to keep close tabs on Peterson as the week draws to a close. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:23p ET)
Overall Rank: 1 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 4.8 % Owned: 99.9
Marcus Mariota Ten - QB
News: The Titans have confirmed that Mariota (knee) will be out for Sunday's game against the Texans. (Dec 21)
Impact: Interim coach Mike Mularkey noted Monday that the QB will be evaluated again after Week 16, while not yet ruling Mariota out for the team's regular season finale, at this time. Zach Mettenberger will start at QB for the Titans on Sunday, in any case. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:54p ET)
Overall Rank: 137 Position Rank: 20
% Started: 0.4 % Owned: 32.1
News: Beckham has been suspended by the NFL for one game for his actions in Sunday's loss to the Panthers, ESPN's Adam Scheffer reports. (Dec 21)
Impact: With that in mind, ESPN's Dan Graziano relays that Beckham's appeal (assuming there is one) would likely to be heard within the next 48 hours, but for now, both the Giants and fantasy owners should be prepared to be without the services of the star wideout Sunday against the Vikings. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:08p ET)
Overall Rank: 6 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 3.8 % Owned: 97.1
LeSean McCoy Buf - RB
News: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that McCoy tore his MCL on Sunday and is considered week-to-week for the final two weeks of the regular season. (Dec 21)
Impact: Per the report, which the Bills have yet to confirm, McCoy has additional tests slated for Monday, but the running back looks iffy, at best, for this Sunday's game against the Cowboys. Assuming McCoy misses time, next up for the team's carries are Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee, either of whom are worthy of scooping up, if available, by those looking for some late-season RB help. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:32p ET)
Overall Rank: 16 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 1.8 % Owned: 91.6
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