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  • Fournette (hamstring) practices again on Thursday
    Leonard Fournette (hamstring) was available for Thursday's practice.

    Advice: He did not go full speed during the portion of practice open to media, which coach Bruce Arians said Fournette must be at in order to play on Sunday. Friday's practice will be telling. At this point, we still expect Fournette to be activated and work ahead of Gio Bernard on early downs barring a setback. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:26 am
    Week 18 Projected Rank
    37th
  • Ronald Jones (ankle) returns to practice Thursday
    Ronald Jones (ankle) returned to practice Thursday.

    Advice: The good news is Jones was available for the first time since he initially injured his ankle in Week 17. The bad news is that he reportedly still isn’t able to cut on it, going through the motions at practice as a straight-line runner. With Leonard Fournette (hamstring) available for Thursday's session, Jones likely won't have a role in Tampa's backfield even if he's cleared to play. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:25 am
    Week 18 Projected Rank
    255th
  • Henry 'smiles' when asked if he'll play vs. Cincy
    Derrick Henry "smiled" Wednesday when asked if he'll be activated for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Bengals.

    Advice: "We'll see how this week goes," Henry said with a grin. It's a sign Henry's progressing as expected with his surgically-repaired foot, and he's fully expected to play Saturday. His workload, however, remains unclear, as the Titans could ease him back into action with D'Onta Foreman spelling him on some series. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 3:15 pm
    Week 18 Projected Rank
    67th
  • Perriman (hip, abdomen) misses practice Wednesday
    Breshad Perriman (hip, abdomen) did not practice Wednesday.

    Advice: The hip issue isn't anything new, but the abdominal thing is for the veteran receiver after Perriman played 49% of the snaps last week against the Eagles. Cyril Grayson (hamstring) also remains sidelined for the Bucs. If neither plays against the Rams, look for Mike Evans, Scotty Miller, and Tyler Johnson to handle the bulk of the wideout snaps. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 1:50 pm
    Week 18 Projected Rank
    407th
  • Bucs WRs Grayson, Perriman sidelined Wednesday
    Cyril Grayson (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Breshad Perriman (hip, abdomen) also missed practice. Grayson has been out since the regular season finale, and Perriman played 49% of the snaps last week against the Eagles. The abdominal issue is new for him. Tampa remains severely banged up headed into the Divisional Round against the Rams. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 1:49 pm
    Week 18 Projected Rank
    337th
  • Giovani Bernard officially limited Wednesday
    Giovani Bernard (hip, knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: These are the same injuries Bernard spent four weeks on I.R. with, so we'd expect him to be out there Sunday against the Rams. With Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones out last week, Bernard played 49% of the snaps, handling 18 touches for 83 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles. Fournette is expected back against the Rams. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 1:46 pm
    Week 18 Projected Rank
    334th
  • Valdes-Scantling (back) downgraded to DNP on Wed.
    Marquez Valdes-Scantling (back) was downgraded to "DNP" at Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: MVS was limited Tuesday, so his status for Saturday night's Divisional Round tilt against the 49ers is very much in jeopardy after the deep-threat wideout was injured in Week 18. If MVS sits, Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb are likely to round out three-wide sets behind Davante Adams. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 1:22 pm
    Week 18 Projected Rank
    244th
  • Jaylen Samuels, 14 others, sign with Cardinals
    Cardinals signed RB Jaylen Samuels to a reserve/future contract.

    Advice: Along with Samuels, the Cardinals signed WR Andre Baccellia, CB Breon Borders, CB Nate Brooks, DL Matt Dickerson, TE Alex Ellis, S Javon Hagan, OG Danny Isidora, OL Koda Martin, TE Bernhard Seikovits, OL Eric Smith, LB Joe Walker, TE David Wells, CB Jace Whittaker, and TE Deon Yelder to futures deals. Samuels, 25, was a fifth-round pick of the Steelers in 2018 and appeared in three games for the Texans this season after being among Pittsburgh's cuts before Week 1. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 1:09 pm
    Week 18 Projected Rank
    584th
  • McCarthy: Zeke played most of season with torn PCL
    Speaking Wednesday, coach Mike McCarthy said Ezekiel Elliott played most of the season with a torn PCL in his right knee after initially suffering the injury in Week 4 against the Panthers.

    Advice: It's unclear if Elliott will require offseason surgery, but McCarthy did say he expects Elliott to be 100% for the start of next season. Elliott never missed a game, but he was as inefficient and devoid of playmaking ability as we've seen him in his career this past year, averaging a career-worst 58.9 rushing yards per game. Elliott did score 10 touchdowns and rush for 1,002 yards, and he's on the books for a fully guaranteed $12.4 million salary next season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 12:48 pm
    Week 18 Projected Rank
    32nd
  • FA-to-be Berrios has 'talked' contract with Jets
    Appearing on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast, impending free agent WR Braxton Berrios said he and the Jets have "talked" about an extension.

    Advice: However, Berrios said he's "indifferent" on where he ends up for the 2022 season, suggesting he won't be giving the Jets any sort of discount. Berrios was inarguably the Jets' top skill player this season, amassing career highs in targets (65), catches (46), and yards (431) while catching two touchdowns and rushing for two more. He was also an electric return man, leading the league with 30.4 yards per kickoff return and one touchdown. The 26-year-old slot man will be looking to cash in somewhere. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 12:14 pm
    Week 18 Projected Rank
    204th
  • Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) practices Wednesday
    Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) is practicing Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Andy Reid wouldn't commit to CEH playing this week against the Bills, as he wants to see the oft-injured running back string together back-to-back practices and see how he responds. Darrel Williams (toe) was absent Wednesday. With the way Jerick McKinnon looked against the Steelers, the Chiefs don't need to rush Edwards-Helaire back. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:35 am
    Week 18 Projected Rank
    179th
  • Darrel Williams (toe) doesn't practice Wednesday
    Darrel Williams (toe) didn't practice Wednesday.

    Advice: According to coach Andy Reid, it was more of a precautionary thing for Williams, whose toe just isn't right after he was hurt in Week 18. Williams played eight snaps against the Steelers in the Wild Card Round, rushing one time for four yards and losing a fumble while Jerick McKinnon went wild as the lead back. Williams' fantasy value is nonexistent headed into the Divisional Round. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:33 am
    Week 18 Projected Rank
    70th
  • Eagles 'want more production' from WR Jalen Reagor
    Speaking Wednesday, both GM Howie Roseman and coach Nick Sirianni expressed disappointment in Jalen Reagor's second season.

    Advice: The Eagles infamously picked Reagor with the 21st overall pick in the 2020 draft, one spot ahead of Justin Jefferson, citing Reagor being a "better fit" in their offense. That "better fit" has produced a total of 64 catches for 695 yards and three touchdowns across 28 games while Jefferson has over 3,000 yards and 17 scores in three more games of action as the elite of the elite at his position. Sirianni admitted Reagor is going into the offseason as the Eagles' third wideout behind DeVonta Smith and Quez Watkins. There's no reason the Eagles shouldn't be looking for more help at the position. Reagor is likely entering a make-or-break year in Philly. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:26 am
    Week 18 Projected Rank
    289th
  • LaFleur 'anticipates' Cobb playing against 49ers
    Speaking Wednesday, Matt LaFleur told reporters that he "anticipates" Randall Cobb (core muscle surgery) playing in the Divisional round against the 49ers.

    Advice: Cobb suffered a core injury in Week 12 and underwent surgery. The Packers have yet to activate him from injured reserve but he's eligible to be activated prior to their game against the 49ers. Cobb would provide Aaron Rodgers with a reliable underneath option in the passing game. He shapes up as a TD-dependent fantasy dart throw in the Divisional round. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:56 am
    Week 18 Projected Rank
    246th
  • NFL exec: Arm strength concerns persist for Jones
    An AFC executive told PFF's Doug Kyed that Mac Jones' arm strength was an issue for the rookie in 2021. 

    Advice: “He’s cerebral, but his arm is weak, which will hurt him in that division in cold-weather games,” the anonymous executive told PFF. "Good rookie year but needs a lot of things around him." Several of Jones' throws to the boundary in the Patriots' Wild Card loss to Buffalo were noticeably weak, allowing Bills defenders to close in on New England pass catchers. Kyed mentioned that Jones' arm strength was a concern headed into the 2021 NFL Draft, and a primary reason he fell behind prospects like Trey Lance and Justin Fields. Jones, by far PFF's highest graded rookie quarterback in 2021, helped lead his team to a postseason berth in an offense predicated on the run game. Despite the arm strength issues, he has a clear path to being New England's long-term starter. In the right system, QBs lacking a howitzer for a throwing arm can have sustained success in the league.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:53 am
    Week 18 Projected Rank
    30th
  • Haskins told he has a chance to start for Steelers
    Speaking Wednesday, Dwayne Haskins said that Steelers GM Kevin Colbert indicated he will have a chance to compete for the starting QB job.

    Advice: Colbert is retiring prior to the draft, so Haskins will need assurances from Mike Tomlin and the Steelers' new general manager that he is actually in the starting mix. Still, the initial signs out of Pittsburgh point to them staying in-house with their 2022 quarterback starter. Haskins and Mason Rudolph could both lead to a disastrous 2022 for the Steelers. It's difficult to believe that the team won't add another quarterback this offseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:28 am
    Week 18 Projected Rank
    1030th
  • Roseman: Jalen Hurts earned 2022 starting QB job
    Eagles GM Howie Roseman said that Jalen Hurts has earned the 2022 starting quarterback job.

    Advice: The Eagles have three first-round picks in the 2022 draft, so Hurts shouldn't be viewed as a locked-in starter until after draft day. However, after Hurts took the Eagles to the playoffs in his first season as a starter, it appears likely that the team will commit to him unless an opportunity falls into their laps. Hurts finished his season with a poor showing in Tampa Bay as a seventh seed, so the Eagles will be looking for improvements in 2022. Hurts remains a strong fantasy quarterback due to his rushing upside and the potential for Devonta Smith to take a second-year leap. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:22 am
    Week 18 Projected Rank
    10th
  • Elijah Mitchell (knee) limited at practice Tuesday
    49ers RB Elijah Mitchell was limited at practice on Tuesday with a knee injury.

    Advice: It seems probable Mitchell will be available in the divisional round against the Packers, so this is likely more of a precaution than anything, which makes sense considering the rookie runner has been banged up over the second half of the year. Mitchell opened last week with a DNP but was removed from the injury report by Friday's practice. He'll likely follow a similar path this week, and San Francisco should have their workhorse running back against Green Bay. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 4:13 pm
    Week 18 Projected Rank
    93rd
  • Jimmy G (shoulder) limited at 49ers' practice
    49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) would be limited at practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Garoppolo's injury has been described as a "slight shoulder sprain" in his throwing arm. Still, the fact that he's practicing this early in the week bodes well for his chances of playing in the divisional round next weekend. The 30-year-old has been dealing with injuries all season long, but it seems more likely than not that he'll be able to play against the Packers. Garoppolo said he'll "feel it out" throughout the week, but he is "feeling good" about his chances of suiting up in Green Bay. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 4:09 pm
    Week 18 Projected Rank
    29th
  • Aaron Jones (knee) practices in full on Tuesday
    Aaron Jones (knee) was a full participant for Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Jones was ruled out for Week 18 since there was no need to play him in a meaningless game. With three weeks to recover ahead of Saturday's Divisional matchup against the Niners, Jones will be at full strength and working alongside A.J. Dillon as co-RB1s at Lambeau. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 2:16 pm
    Week 18 Projected Rank
    48th
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