Julius Thomas has a chance to return Sunday
Julius Thomas | DEN
(November 25, 2014 11:16 AM EST)
The Denver Post says "there's a chance" Julius Thomas (ankle) could return for Sunday night's game against the Chiefs.
Thomas sat out Week 12 with his sprained left ankle. His status can't be taken for granted for Week 13, but he's trending in the right direction. "I have had better days, and I have had worse days," Thomas said Monday. "You hope you just wake up one day and it feels good again, but that didn't happen last week. But it has improved." Jacob Tamme was held to just one catch filling in for Thomas last week.
Denver Post
Jordan Cameron trending in right direction
Jordan Cameron | CLE
(November 25, 2014 10:55 AM EST)
According to ESPN Cleveland, signs point toward Jordan Cameron (concussion) playing in Week 13.
Cameron has suffered three concussions since 2012, but has been assured by doctors he's not putting his long-term health in jeopardy by continuing to play football. He practiced on Friday and is expected to practice this week before suiting up against the Bills. With Josh Gordon back to clear out the middle of the field, Cameron is trending up at the razor-thin tight end position. He needs to be scooped up off waivers if he was dropped in your league.
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Ike Taylor expected back Week 13
Ike Taylor | PIT
(November 25, 2014 10:50 AM EST)
Steelers CB Ike Taylor (arm) is expected to return for Week 13.
Taylor hasn't played since breaking his right forearm way back on Sept. 21. Although he's annually picked on by opposing quarterbacks, he's actually an upgrade on the hot mess the Steelers have been trotting out opposite William Gay. Brice McCain, who replaced Cortez Allen, will go back to a slot role.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Ryan Shazier expected back Week 13
Ryan Shazier | PIT
(November 25, 2014 10:47 AM EST)
Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier (ankle) is expected to return for Week 13.
Shazier has appeared in just five games all year due to a knee sprain and this ankle sprain. The speedy first-round rookie will immediately slide back into a starting role.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Polamalu, Shazier, Ike Taylor expected back
Troy Polamalu | PIT
(November 25, 2014 10:32 AM EST)
SS Troy Polamalu (knee), ILB Ryan Shazier (ankle) and CB Ike Taylor (arm) are all expected to return for Sunday's Week 13 game against the Saints.
It's a much-needed talent infusion for the Steelers as they come out of their bye. Their defensive unit has been getting shredded for much of the year, even struggling to contain the likes of Zach Mettenberger and Michael Vick recently. Polamalu is no longer a dominator at age 33, but he'll add playmaking ability as he comes off his knee sprain. Shazier's sideline-to-sideline speed jumps off the screen and Ike Taylor at least gives veteran experience opposite William Gay. The Steelers are also expected to get OLB Jarvis Jones (wrist) and DL Steve McLendon (shoulder) back shortly.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Chargers lose yet another center
Rich Ohrnberger | SD
(November 25, 2014 9:59 AM EST)
Chargers C Rich Ohrnberger needs back surgery and will be placed on injured reserve.
Ohrnberger is the third center the Chargers have lost for the season, following Nick Hardwick and Doug Legursky. Now they'll turn to third-round rookie Chris Watt, who played guard at Notre Dame.
Union-Tribune San Diego
Tom Savage not expected to get chance yet
Tom Savage | HOU
(November 25, 2014 9:52 AM EST)
QB Tom Savage is not expected to play unless the Texans are eliminated from the playoffs.
With Ryan Mallett done for the season, we'd love to see the Texans give Savage a shot over limited veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. It doesn't look like it's going to happen. The 5-6 Texans are two games out of first place in the AFC South with five games to go.
Houston Chronicle
Report: Rex wants to go back to Vick Week 13
Michael Vick | NYJ
(November 25, 2014 9:29 AM EST)
According to the New York Daily News, Rex Ryan wants to start Michael Vick in Week 13 against the Dolphins.
Beat writer Manish Mehta couches his report by saying Ryan had to clear his previous decision to change quarterbacks previously with GM John Idzik and owner Woody Johnson. "Override this time is possible too," Mehta says. There's also the issue of Vick's calf, which isn't considered a serious issue but could give the front office an out if they want to see what Geno Smith has over the final five meaningless games. Although Vick was nothing short of atrocious on Monday night, we'd still prefer him to get the nod if we own Percy Harvin or Eric Decker.
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Taylor Lewan diagnosed with sprain
Taylor Lewan | TEN
(November 25, 2014 9:20 AM EST)
Titans LT Taylor Lewan has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle.
There was some initial fear that Lewan broke his ankle when he got rolled up on against the Eagles in Week 12, so this qualifies as good news. The bad news is it looks like a severe sprain and Lewan was getting abused by Trent Cole even before the injury.
Nashville Tennessean
Report: Brodrick Bunkley tore his quad
Brodrick Bunkley | NO
(November 25, 2014 9:06 AM EST)
A source tells NFL Netowrk that Saints NT Brodrick Bunkley tore his quad Monday night and is almost certainly done for the season.
Bunkley was a rotational run-plugger for Rob Ryan, playing on 37 percent of the snaps. The nine-year veteran finishes with 17 tackles and no sacks.
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