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Surprise: Jordan Cameron back at practice Fri. 11-21-2014
Jordan Cameron TE CLE
Jordan Cameron (concussion) returned to Browns practice Friday.

Nate Ulrich on Twitter
Cameron has missed the past three games with a concussion and hadn't practiced since. It's unclear what this means for his Week 12 availability against the Falcons, so we'll have to wait for an update from coach Mike Pettine after practice.
Jordan Reed still sidelined at practice 11-21-2014
Jordan Reed TE WAS
Jordan Reed (hamstring) remained sidelined at Friday's practice.

John Keim on Twitter
He's unlikely to play Week 12 against the 49ers, leaving Niles Paul atop the depth chart at tight end. Paul would make for an interesting dart-throw in daily leagues.
Dwayne Allen DNP again Friday, likely out Sun. 11-21-2014
Dwayne Allen TE IND
Dwayne Allen (ankle) remained sidelined at Friday's practice.

Kevin Bowen on Twitter
Allen has missed practice all week and is fully expected to sit out Week 12 against the Jaguars. Coby Fleener is a plug-and-play mid-to-high TE1. Allen is believed to be dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Consider him week-to-week.
Julio Jones (illness) back at practice 11-21-2014
Julio Jones WR ATL
Julio Jones (illness) returned to practice Friday. As expected. There's a bug going around the Falcons' locker room, but Julio is fine for his date with Joe Haden on Sunday. He's our No. 11 receiver for Week 12.
A.D. looking for 'fresh start' in 2015? 11-21-2014
Adrian Peterson RB MIN
Adrian Peterson admitted "maybe it's best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else" in 2015.

USA Today
Peterson sat down for an exclusive interview with USA Today's Tom Pelissero, a former Vikings beat writer. You can read it in its entirety at the link below. Peterson has supporters in the Vikings organization, including coach Mike Zimmer, but a change of scenery may be best for all parties. There's no way the Vikings are going to pay Peterson the $15 million-plus he's owed in 2015. They can try and trade him in the spring. Turning 30 in March, A.D. still has gas in the tank.
T-Rich expected to pick up 3rd-down duties 11-21-2014
Trent Richardson RB IND
The Indianapolis Star expects Trent Richardson to handle third-down duties with Ahmad Bradshaw (broken leg) done for the season.

Indianapolis Star
Bradshaw played 84 percent of the third-down snaps the first 11 weeks. That work now falls into Richardson's lap, which means more touches and opportunities for big plays. It's up to Richardson to make the most of it. Expect Richardson to flirt with 20 touches per game the final six weeks, giving him a high floor as an RB2 in one of the most explosive offenses in the league.
Giants benching rookie LG Weston Richburg 11-21-2014
Weston Richburg C NYG
The Giants have benched rookie LG Weston Richburg.

Newark Star-Ledger
Adam Snyder will get the start between LT Will Beatty and C J.D. Walton in Week 12 against the Cowboys. Activated off I.R./recall this week, Geoff Schwartz will make his Giants debut at right tackle, replacing an injured Justin Pugh (quad) next to RG John Jerry. Richburg, the 43rd pick in May, needs to get stronger.
Hill expected to lead Bengals in carries Sun. 11-21-2014
Jeremy Hill RB CIN
The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner expects a 65:35 split favoring Jeremy Hill in the Bengals backfield Week 12 against the Texans.

Cincinnati Enquirer
Sparano: Latavius Murray has earned more snaps 11-21-2014
Latavius Murray RB OAK
Coach Tony Sparano admits Latavius Murray "earned more snaps" after his four-carry, 112-yard, two-touchdown effort against the Chiefs on Thursday night.

San Francisco Chronicle
Ya think? Murray didn't get the start Thursday, but entered early in the first quarter and capped off the second and fourth possessions with 11- and 90-yard touchdown runs, respectively. Murray has always been long on talent; it just took Sparano taking over as the coach for the Raiders to realize it and start giving him more snaps. Murray has 10 days to get cleared of his concussion before Week 13 at St. Louis. He has maybe the toughest Weeks 13-16 schedule of any running back in the league.
Devonta Freeman to see more touches? 11-21-2014
Devonta Freeman RB ATL
ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure expects Devonta Freeman to see more touches in the wake of Antone Smith's season-ending broken leg.

ESPN.com
Smith broke his leg last week. Freeman saw six carries -- his second-highest total of the season -- against the Panthers. He's the clear No. 2 to Steven Jackson, but Jackson has pulled ahead as the top dog in Atlanta's backfield. Smith wasn't getting more than 2-4 touches per game before his injury anyway. Don't expect a drastic uptick in Freeman's workload. There's no standalone appeal.
Dez Bryant to avoid shadow coverage from DRC 11-21-2014
Dez Bryant WR DAL
The Giants don't plan to use Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in shadow coverage on Dez Bryant.

Newark Star-Ledger
DRC has been unable to play every defensive snap in recent weeks because of an IT band injury that is affecting his back, leg, and hamstring. Giants DC Perry Fewell mentions CB Chykie Brown, who was plucked off waivers from the Ravens, as a candidate to see extended snaps vs. Bryant on Sunday night. Dez is a top-end WR1. He has a touchdown and/or 100 yards in 8-of-9 games.
Marcel Reece totals 45 yards vs. Chiefs 11-21-2014
Marcel Reece RB OAK
Marcel Reece rushed eight times for 37 yards in Oakland's Week 12 win over the Chiefs, adding an eight-yard reception. The nine touches were by far Reece's most of the season. The Raiders finally appear to be turning the page on their Darren McFadden/Maurice Jones-Drew backfield, but Reece is unlikely to come into legitimate 12-14 team league value.
De'Anthony Thomas totals 24 yards vs. OAK 11-21-2014
De'Anthony Thomas RB KC
De'Anthony Thomas rushed once for nine yards in Kansas City's Week 12 loss to the Raiders, adding two catches for an additional 15 yards. He also added a 48-yard kick return. Thomas has looked like a legit playmaker, but he's not getting the ball enough to be on the re-draft radar.
Knile Davis totals two yards vs. Raiders 11-21-2014
Knile Davis RB KC
Knile Davis rushed twice for two yards in Kansas City's Week 12 loss to the Raiders. He wasn't targeted in the passing game. Making a West Coast road trip on a short week, the Chiefs bafflingly dialed up only 24 rushes against the worst team in the league. It quite likely cost them the game. With Jamaal Charles running at an All-Pro level, Davis won't be on the RB3 radar against the Broncos' elite run defense in Week 13.
Frankie Hammond has one-catch night 11-21-2014
Frankie Hammond WR KC
Frankie Hammond caught 1-of-3 targets for six yards in Kansas City's Week 12 loss to the Raiders. With Donnie Avery and Junior Hemingway ailing, the Chiefs needed Hammond to step up. Instead he dropped one late fourth-down pass (which was overturned by a penalty) and failed to come back to another. It was a dismal performance. The Chiefs arguably have the least receiver talent in the league.
Anthony Fasano goes 2/30/1 vs. Raiders 11-21-2014
Anthony Fasano TE KC
Anthony Fasano caught 2-of-2 targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in Kansas City's Week 12 loss to the Raiders. Returning from a knee injury, Fasano made a beautiful adjustment on an under-thrown ball from Alex Smith for his 19-yard score in the third quarter. The touchdown was Fasano's third of the season. The barely-there TE2 will take a 22/203/3 line into Week 13.
Mychal Rivera held to one catch in victory 11-21-2014
Mychal Rivera TE OAK
Mychal Rivera caught 1-of-4 targets for eight yards in Oakland's Week 12 win over the Chiefs. Rivera now has just four grabs for 48 yards on nine targets over his past two games. He's going to remain a part of the Raiders' game plan going forward, but won't be a recommended Week 13 streaming option against a Rams defense that puts the clampdown on tight ends.
James Jones goes 5/47/1 versus Chiefs 11-21-2014
James Jones WR OAK
James Jones caught 5-of-6 targets for 47 yards and a touchdown in Oakland's Week 12 win over the Chiefs. For once, Jones' touchdown didn't come in garbage time. The 30-year-old veteran ran a beautiful route to get open for his nine-yard score with 1:42 remaining. It ended up holding up as the game winner. Jones still has plenty of juice left in his legs, but he's going to keep struggling for consistency in the Raiders' bogged-down passing attack. He's a WR4 who will hurt you when he doesn't find the end zone.
Andre Holmes has five-catch night 11-21-2014
Andre Holmes WR OAK
Andre Holmes caught 5-of-10 targets for 55 yards in Oakland's Week 10 win over the Chiefs. The five catches were Holmes' most since Week 8. Altogether, it wasn't that great of a night for the fourth-year pro, who had a few miscommunications with Derek Carr. His biggest catch could have easily been a Chiefs interception, but DB Ron Parker mistimed his jump. Holmes will remain a crapshoot WR4/5 for Week 13 against the Rams.
Jones-Drew: Three rushes for -1 'yards' 11-21-2014
Maurice Jones-Drew RB OAK
Maurice Jones-Drew rushed three times in Oakland's Week 12 win over the Chiefs, but ended up with -1 yards. This has gotten sad. MJD's three carries went for one, -2 and zero yards. For the season, he's now rushed 36 times for 69 yards (1.91 YPC). The Raiders would be within their rights to release MJD during their long 10-day layoff between now and Week 13, but we don't expect that to happen. MJD has been a warrior during his nine-year career, but he's out of gas.
Darren McFadden: 14 touches for 34 yards 11-21-2014
Darren McFadden RB OAK
Darren McFadden rushed 12 times for 29 yards in Oakland's Week 12 win over the Chiefs, adding two catches for an additional five yards. McFadden once again led the Raiders in (ineffective) touches, but refreshingly, that's not how they drew it up. Oakland came out handing the ball off to Latavius Murray after DMC drew the "start," but a wildly effective Murray (4/112/2) was limited to only four carries by a concussion. Then McFadden took over and the Raiders' rushing attack went back in the tank. DMC simply doesn't make defenders miss. He's now averaging 3.37 yards per carry. Provided Murray can get cleared for Week 13, we fully expect him to be the Raiders' new lead rusher.
Dwayne Bowe held to three catches 11-21-2014
Dwayne Bowe WR KC
Dwayne Bowe caught 3-of-5 targets for 42 yards in Kansas City's Week 12 loss to the Raiders. Bowe may have fallen asleep in the first half, as he drew only two targets as Alex Smith struggled to get anything resembling "offense" going. Smith finally started driving the ball after the break, but it was too little, too late in a game where the Chiefs let the 0-10 Raiders hang around far too long. Bowe's physical skills have declined, but there's no reason for him to be as lightly utilized as he's been this season. He's barely on the WR4 map.
Travis Kelce catches four passes vs. Raiders 11-21-2014
Travis Kelce TE KC
Travis Kelce caught 4-of-5 targets for 67 yards in Kansas City's Week 12 loss to the Raiders. Kelce was Zeus-ing every time he touched the ball, shedding tacklers and delivering punishment. That includes some thundering blocks. But coach Andy Reid and Alex Smith still only saw fit to look his way five times. With the Chiefs having the league's thinnest receiver corps, there's simply no reason for Kelce not to be drawing a minimum of 8-10 weekly targets. With 10 days to game plan for Week 13's showdown with the Broncos, perhaps Reid will come to that realization over the long weekend. Kelce remains a boom-or-bust TE1.
Charles manages 122 total yards and score 11-21-2014
Jamaal Charles RB KC
Jamaal Charles rushed 19 times for 80 yards in Kansas City's Week 12 loss to the Raiders, adding four catches for 42 yards and touchdown. As usual, Charles was the Chiefs' best player. As sometimes happens, coach Andy Reid kept going away from him at critical junctures, and it may have cost Kansas City the game. Charles touched the ball just once on the Chiefs' final two drives, something that simply can't happen in a game you lose by four points. Charles' all-world athleticism was on full display on his 30-yard touchdown reception, as he turned a dumpoff into a pin-balling score. The top-three RB1 should have a big Week 13 against the Broncos. Charles is matchup proof.