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Murray active to face Bills 12-04-2016
Latavius Murray RB OAK
Latavius Murray (ankle) is active for Week 13 against the Bills.
Crabtree, Murray active for Week 13 vs. Bills 12-04-2016
Michael Crabtree WR OAK
Michael Crabtree (ankle) is active for Week 13 against the Bills. Latavius Murray (ankle) is also active after both players were listed questionable. It's the same routine as last week. With Bills LCB Ronald Darby (concussion) out, Crabtree gets a boost against rookie CB Kevon Seymour.
Bills declare Week 13 inactives 12-04-2016
Logan Thomas TE BUF
Bills declared TE Logan Thomas, TE Charles Clay, WR Robert Woods, WR Percy Harvin, CB Ronald Darby, and DL Jerel Worthy inactive for Week 13 against the Raiders. Thomas was signed merely as a project. Clay is back in Buffalo awaiting the birth of a child, Woods has a knee issue, and Harvin continues to battle migraines. Darby's (concussion) absence boosts Michael Crabtree.
Goodwin active for Week 13 against Raiders 12-04-2016
Marquise Goodwin WR BUF
Marquise Goodwin (wrist) is active for Week 13 against the Raiders. Goodwin will probably lead this receiver group in snaps with Sammy Watkins (foot) still not 100 percent and Percy Harvin (illness) and Robert Woods (knee) out. Goodwin is a dart-throw WR4 against a leaky defense.
Tony Lippett passes concussion protocol 12-04-2016
Tony Lippett CB MIA
Dolphins CB Tony Lippett returned to Sunday's Week 13 game against the Ravens after passing the concussion protocol.

Armando Salguero on Twitter
He missed a handful of snaps in the second quarter after trying to wrestle down Steve Smith Sr. Bobby McClain filled in while Lippett was getting checked for a concussion.
Watkins, Goodwin both active for Bills at OAK 12-04-2016
Sammy Watkins WR BUF
Sammy Watkins (foot) is active for Week 13 against the Raiders. Marquise Goodwin (wrist) is also active after both players were listed questionable. They figure to be the Bills' top two receivers in this one with Percy Harvin (illness) and Robert Woods (knee) out. Watkins is a WR2.
Kiko Alonso (hand) returns in second quarter 12-04-2016
Kiko Alonso LB MIA
Kiko Alonso (hand) has returned to Sunday's Week 13 game against the Ravens.

Adam Beasley on Twitter
He missed most of the first half with a hand injury. Alonso was playing well before he got hurt with five tackles on the first two drives. Mike Hull filled in at middle linebacker during his brief absence.
Charles Clay (personal) out for Week 13 12-04-2016
Charles Clay TE BUF
Charles Clay will not play Week 13 against the Raiders due to the expected birth of his child.

Mike Rodak on Twitter
Clay did not travel with the team to Oakland on Saturday, and it does not look like he will make the trip on his own. Clay has not contributed much this year, but the Bills are dangerously short of pass catchers. Sammy Watkins may be forced into more snaps than Buffalo would otherwise like to see.
Braxton Miller exits with shoulder injury 12-04-2016
Braxton Miller WR HOU
Braxton Miller exited Week 13 against the Packers with a right shoulder injury. Miller had his right shoulder driven into the frozen turf after just missing a pass in the second quarter. He immediately grabbed at the shoulder in clear pain before staying down on the turf for several minutes. He was taken straight to the locker room and is almost certainly done for the day.
Kiko Alonso leaves with hand injury 12-04-2016
Kiko Alonso LB MIA
Kiko Alonso left Sunday's Week 13 game against the Ravens with a hand injury and is questionable to return.

Adam Beasley on Twitter
Alonso recorded five tackles before exiting about midway through the first quarter. Mike Hull is Alonso's backup at middle linebacker.
Lamar Miller (ribs) back in the game 12-04-2016
Lamar Miller RB HOU
Lamar Miller (ribs) returned to the game late in the first quarter. Miller went to the locker room to get his ribs examined and perhaps a little more padding after the first series. He has been used as the clear lead back since returning.
Tom Savage inactive because of infection 12-04-2016
Tom Savage QB HOU
Texans declared QB Tom Savage (illness) inactive for Week 13 against the Packers.

John McClain on Twitter
Savage is reportedly inactive because of an infection which required antibiotics. Brandon Weeden will back up Brock Osweiler in Green Bay. Savage being out decreases the chance Osweiler will be benched in-game against the Packers.
Pats happy with progress of Edelman's foot 12-04-2016
Julian Edelman WR NE
The Boston Herald reports Julian Edelman's oft-troublesome foot has "progressed to the point where (the Patriots) would like it to be."

Jeff Howe on Twitter
Howe added, "Don't be surprised if he starts to take off down the stretch," meaning have a big finish. The Patriots certainly need a big finish from Edelman after losing Rob Gronkowski for the season. Edelman's foot has been managed, never turning in full practices and sometimes taking practices off entirely. He has played in every game this season and has showed improved chemistry with Tom Brady in recent weeks. Edelman is now an every-week fantasy WR1.
DeVante Parker officially active for Week 13 12-04-2016
DeVante Parker WR MIA
DeVante Parker (back) is active for Week 13 against the Ravens.

Adam Beasley on Twitter
It's a stunning development after Parker was considered a long shot to play earlier this morning. He'll have a tough assignment this week going against Jimmy Smith (back), who is also active. TE Thomas Duarte, T Bryce Harris, CB Xavien Howard, LB Jelani Jenkins, CB Jordan Lucas, C Mike Pouncey and WR Rashawn Scott round out Miami's inactive list for Week 13. Brandon Albert (wrist), Kiko Alonso (hamstring), Jermon Bushrod (calf), Kenyan Drake (knee), Earl Mitchell (back) and Laremy Tunsil (shoulder) are all active for the Dolphins.
Jordan Matthews officially inactive at Cincy 12-04-2016
Jordan Matthews WR PHI
Jordan Matthews (ankle) is officially inactive for Week 13 at Cincinnati.
Tom Brady active for Week 13 12-04-2016
Tom Brady QB NE
Tom Brady (knee) is active for Week 13 against the Rams. There was never any doubt. Inactive for the Patriots are S Jordan Richards, WR Matthew Slater, DL Woodrow Hamilton, RB D.J. Foster, OT La'Adrian Waddle, DL Darius Kilgo, and CB Justin Coleman.
Eagles plan to feature Smallwood at Bengals 12-04-2016
Wendell Smallwood RB PHI
The Eagles plan to feature Wendell Smallwood Sunday at Cincinnati.

Adam Caplan on Twitter
They also planned to feature Smallwood in last week's loss to Green Bay, but fell behind and resorted to a lot of Darren Sproles. Smallwood isn't fully trusted in pass protection, so he won't be featured in the passing game, but is expected to be Philly's primary ball carrier. He's just a flex option.
Quinton Patton active for Week 13 12-04-2016
Quinton Patton WR SF
49ers WR Quinton Patton (concussion) is active for Week 13. Patton was cleared after passing the final stage of the league's protocol. He's not on the streaming radar despite a plus matchup. Inactive for the 49ers are QB Christian Ponder, RB Mike Davis, CB Marcus Cromartie, LB Aaron Lynch, OT John Theus, TE Je'Ron Hamm, and DL Tony Jerod-Eddie.
Chris Hogan active for Week 13 12-04-2016
Chris Hogan WR NE
Chris Hogan (back) is active for Week 13 against the Rams. Hogan might draw a couple extra targets per game in the absence of Rob Gronkowski (back), but he'll also be fighting with rookie Malcolm Mitchell.
Chiefs missing starting CB Phillip Gaines 12-04-2016
Phillip Gaines CB KC
Chiefs RCB Phillip Gaines is inactive for Week 13 against the Falcons. You could argue it's an upgrade for the Chiefs and downgrade for Julio Jones, though maybe now Andy Reid will get frisky and shadow Jones with No. 1 CB Marcus Peters. That has not been Reid's M.O.
Julius Thomas inactive against Broncos 12-04-2016
Julius Thomas TE JAX
Julius Thomas (back) is inactive for Week 13 against the Broncos. He was listed as doubtful. The Jags used Ben Koyack as their lead tight end in last week's loss to the Bills. Neal Sterling rotated in on passing downs.
Julian Edelman active for Week 13 vs. Rams 12-04-2016
Julian Edelman WR NE
Julian Edelman (foot) is active for Week 13 against the Rams. As expected. He's a WR1 the rest of the way with Rob Gronkowski done for the year.
Mark Ingram (toe) officially active vs. Lions 12-04-2016
Mark Ingram RB NO
Mark Ingram (toe) is active for Week 13 against the Lions.

Josh Katzenstein on Twitter
Ingram seemed genuinely questionable for a time this week, but is ready to split work with Tim Hightower. Ingram absolutely tore it up in last week's romp over the Rams, but it's fair to wonder how often he'll get the ball at less than 100 percent. Our guess is that Hightower will probably win the touch war, making him the slightly better fantasy play. Ingram is on the RB2 borderline for Week 13. Inactive for the Saints are WR Jake Lampman, CB De'Vante Harris, RB Marcus Murphy, LT Terron Armstead, RB Daniel Lasco, OL Landon Turner and LB Sam Barrington.
Broncos declare Week 14 inactives 12-04-2016
Trevor Siemian QB DEN
Broncos declared QB Trevor Siemian, WRs Bennie Fowler and Marlon Brown, OLs Casey Kreiter, Connor McGovern, and Billy Turner, and CB Lorenzo Doss inactive for Week 13 against Jacksonville. Paxton Lynch will start at quarterback against the Jaguars.
Adrian Clayborn leads Falcons inactives 12-04-2016
Adrian Clayborn DE ATL
Falcons declared RE Adrian Clayborn, RB Terron Ward, S Sharrod Neasman, CB Ayodeji Olatoye CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, C Trevior Robinson and OL Wes Schweitzer inactive for Week 13 against the Chiefs. Clayborn will be up against it to return during the regular season.
Bennett, Brady, Edelman, and Hogan all active 12-04-2016
Martellus Bennett TE NE
Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder) is active for Week 13 against the Rams. Tom Brady (knee), Julian Edelman (foot), and Chris Hogan (back) are also active. With Rob Gronkowski done for the season, Bennett is a plug-and-play TE1 the rest of the way. He and Edelman should hog targets.
Buck Allen leads Ravens' Week 13 inactives 12-04-2016
Javorius Allen RB BAL
Ravens declared RB Buck Allen, LB Kamalei Correa, TE Crockett Gillmore, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, OL Ryan Jensen, G Alex Lewis and RB Lorenzo Taliaferro inactive for Week 13 against the Dolphins. Allen missed the last two practices this week while dealing with a personal matter. Kamar Aiken (thigh) and Jimmy Smith (back) are both active for Baltimore.
Bengals declare Week 13 inactives 12-04-2016
A.J. Green WR CIN
Bengals declared WR A.J. Green, TE C.J. Uzomah, DE Wallace Gilberry, QB Jeff Driskel, S Derron Smith, LS Clark Harris, and OL Christian Westerman inactive for Week 13 against the Eagles. No surprises in this group. Green has a Grade 2 hamstring tear.
Rams declare Week 13 inactives 12-04-2016
Robert Quinn DE LA
Rams declared RE Robert Quinn, LG Rodger Saffold, WR Tavon Austin, QB Sean Mannion, CB Steve Williams, OT Pace Murphy, and TE Temarrick Hemingway inactive for Week 13 against the Patriots. Quinn has a concussion, Saffold a hand injury, and Austin a chest issue. Look for rookie Pharoh Cooper to handle slot duties in place of Austin.
Eddie Royal (toe) out for Week 13 12-04-2016
Eddie Royal WR CHI
Eddie Royal (toe) is inactive for Week 13 against the 49ers. Royal wasn't expected to play after not practicing all week. Matt Barkley spread it around against the Titans last week, but Cameron Meredith should see the biggest increase in targets. The rest of Chicago's inactives are QB Jay Cutler, S Adrian Amos, DB De'Vante Bausby, DL Jonathan Bullard, OL Cornelius Edison, and DB Delondre Hall.
Aaron Rodgers officially active for Week 13 12-04-2016
Aaron Rodgers QB GB
Aaron Rodgers (hamstring) is officially active for Week 13 against the Texans. There was never much doubt about his availability, but it is possible Rodgers' mobility is limited. Even so, he is a high-end QB1. Green Bay declared RG T.J. Lang (foot), ILB Blake Martinez (knee), C J.C. Tretter (knee), LB Kyler Fackrell (hamstring), WR Trevor Davis, CB Makinton Dorleant, and DL Christian Ringo inactive for Week 13.
Marvin Jones (thigh) inactive versus Saints 12-04-2016
Marvin Jones WR DET
Lions WR Marvin Jones (thigh) is inactive for Week 13 against the Saints.

Michael Rothstein on Twitter
Andre Roberts will slide into three-receiver sets, but it's Anquan Boldin and Eric Ebron who should see the biggest benefit. Also inactive for the Lions are LB DeAndre Levy, LB Tahir Whitehead, OL Joe Dahl, OT Cornelius Lucas, QB Jake Rudock and S Don Carey. Jones should be back in Week 14.
T.J. Yeldon (ankle) is active against Broncos 12-04-2016
T.J. Yeldon RB JAX
T.J. Yeldon is active for Week 13 against the Broncos.

Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter
Denard Robinson and Yeldon will share backfield duties. The Jaguars' Week 13 inactives are QB Brandon Allen, CB Josh Johnson, RB Chris Ivory, OL Jeremiah Poutasi, DE Jared Odrick, TE Julius Thomas, and WR Allen Hurns.
Alfred Blue (calf) officially active Week 13 12-04-2016
Alfred Blue RB HOU
Alfred Blue (calf) is active for Week 13 against the Packers. Blue sat out two games, but he is healthy enough to back up Lamar Miller this week. Akeem Hunt should continue to see snaps. Houston declared DE Jadeveon Clowney (elbow, wrist), RB Tyler Ervin (ribs), OLB John Simon (chest), WR Jaelen Strong (ankle), QB Tom Savage, OG Oday Aboushi, and OG Josh Walker inactive for Week 13.
Chiefs OLB Dee Ford returning for Week 13 12-04-2016
Dee Ford OLB KC
Chiefs OLB Dee Ford (hamstring) is active for Week 13 against the Falcons. As are Justin Houston and Dontari Poe. Ford missed last week's overtime win over the Broncos. Ford has 10 sacks, and will give the Chiefs a big boost in a tough matchup in the Georgia Dome. Inactive for the Chiefs are WR Jeremy Maclin, QB Tyler Bray, CB Phillip Gaines, RB Knile Davis, OL Michael Person, LB Dadi Nicolas and TE Ross Travis.
Change of plans: DeVante Parker good to go 12-04-2016
DeVante Parker WR MIA
DeVante Parker (back, questionable) will play Sunday in Week 13 against the Ravens.

Armando Salguero on Twitter
This comes only a few hours after ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Parker was not expected to play. Parker went out for pregame warmups and must have shown enough to get the green light. Playing at less than 100 percent and likely to face Jimmy Smith in coverage, Parker will be a risky bet as a WR3 this week.
Marvin Jones to test injured thigh in warmups 12-04-2016
Marvin Jones WR DET
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Lions are going to test Marvin Jones (thigh, questionable) in pregame warmups before deciding on his status for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport previously called Jones a "long-shot to play" but the Lions are leaving the door open just a crack. Per Schefter, Jones "looked better" at Friday's practice, which has given Detroit reason for optimism. The Lions play at 1 PM ET on Sunday, so we'll know his status in a couple of hours. His absence would be a boost to Golden Tate, Eric Ebron and even Anquan Boldin.
Rapsheet: Saints could explore trading Cooks 12-04-2016
Brandin Cooks WR NO
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport believes the Saints could explore trading Brandin Cooks this offseason.

NFL.com
Cooks has been vocal about his shrinking role in the Saints' offense, which has led some to question his long-term future in New Orleans. As Rapsheet puts it, "there are only so many balls to go around." With Willie Snead still playing a major role and rookie Michael Thomas emerging as one of Drew Brees' favorite weapons, it makes sense for the Saints to see what they can get for Cooks this offseason. The Saints did something similar when they traded Jimmy Graham to Seattle in 2015. Cooks is on pace for 30 fewer targets than last season.
Tavon Austin (chest) officially out for Week 13 12-04-2016
Tavon Austin WR LA
Tavon Austin (chest) is out for Week 13 against the Patriots.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
His absence was widely expected after sitting out all three practices this week. Austin has been a disappointment this year, averaging less than 40 yards per game with only three touchdowns. Pharoh Cooper could see more work in the slot on Sunday but obviously isn't a fantasy option.
Julian Edelman (foot) 'ready to go' Week 13 12-04-2016
Julian Edelman WR NE
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Julian Edelman (foot) will play Week 13 against the Rams.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
The focal point of the passing offense with Rob Gronkowski (back) done for the season, Edelman saw 17 targets with Gronk sidelined Week 11 against the 49ers. While he is unlikely to see that big of a workload most weeks, he should average double-digit targets the rest of the way. That puts him back in the WR1 conversation.
Martellus Bennett 'good to go' for Week 13 12-04-2016
Martellus Bennett TE NE
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder, questionable) will play Week 13 against the Rams.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Bennett will take over as the clear No. 1 tight end in the wake of Rob Gronkowski's season-ending back injury. Bennett has occupied that role to little consistent success in six games already this season, but the opportunity is too big to ignore in a shallow tight end pool. He will be a back-end TE1 with the upside for a lot more moving forward.
Chris Hogan (back) 'good to go' against Rams 12-04-2016
Chris Hogan WR NE
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Chris Hogan (back, questionable) will play Week 13 against the Rams.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Hogan is set up for a bigger role after Rob Gronkowski (back) was placed on injured reserve, but he has seen limited targets despite big snap totals all season. He will finish behind Julian Edelman, Martellus Bennett, and some combination of Dion Lewis and James White in targets most weeks, and even rookie Malcolm Mitchell could take on a bigger role in the passing game. Hogan is nothing more than a dart-throw WR4.
Branden Albert (wrist) to play with cast 12-04-2016
Branden Albert OT MIA
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms Dolphins LT Branden Albert (wrist, questionable) is expected to play Sunday in Week 13 against the Ravens.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
So is Laremy Tunsil (shoulder). Both were absent last week against the Niners. According to Rapoport, Albert is expected to play with a cast on his injured wrist. It's a boost to Jay Ajayi's rushing outlook, though he still has a difficult matchup against Baltimore's front seven.
Brady, Edelman, & Bennett 'good to go' Wk 13 12-04-2016
Tom Brady QB NE
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Tom Brady (knee, questionable) will play Week 13 against the Rams.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Schefter also reports Julian Edelman (ankle), Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder), and Chris Hogan (back) are "good to go." With Rob Gronkowski (back) done for the year, Brady will have to lean on Edelman and Bennett especially in the passing game, but Hogan and rookie Malcolm Mitchell should have expanded roles as well. Even with Gronk out, Brady remains a high-end QB1.
Eagles looking to reunite with DeSean Jackson 12-04-2016
DeSean Jackson WR WAS
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Eagles are expected to "make a strong push" to sign impending free agent DeSean Jackson this offseason

ESPN
Aaron Rodgers expected to suit up Sunday 12-04-2016
Aaron Rodgers QB GB
Aaron Rodgers (hamstring, questionable) is expected to play Sunday in Week 13 against the Texans.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Rodgers' status was never in much doubt after putting in a limited week of practice. After getting off to a relatively slow start, Rodgers has gone ballistic over his last six games, contributing 17 touchdowns and only three interceptions during that span. Even at less than 100 percent, he'll be an elite QB1 Sunday against Houston.
Agholor expected to be active vs Bengals 12-04-2016
Nelson Agholor WR PHI
Nelson Agholor is expected to be active Sunday.

ESPN
Agholor was a healthy scratch last week after his mistake-filled Week 11. With Jordan Matthews (ankle) likely to miss Sunday's game, the Eagles need him back in the lineup. Agholor was playing the most snaps behind Matthews before getting benched, but isn't a lock to resume his starting role. Zach Ertz is the favorite to lead the Eagles in targets.
Quinn (concussion) not expected to play Sunday 12-04-2016
Robert Quinn DE LA
Rams DE Robert Quinn (concussion, questionable) is expected to miss Sunday's Week 13 game against the Patriots.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Quinn didn't practice all week and remains in the league's concussion protocol. Consider him week to week. It's a big blow to the Rams' pass rush and should give Tom Brady more time to throw, which is never a good thing for opposing defenses.
Report: Kaepernick will void deal, become FA 12-04-2016
Colin Kaepernick QB SF
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Colin Kaepernick will void his contract after the season to become a free agent.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Rapoport added voiding the deal would not "rule out a return" to the 49ers next season. Kaepernick is set to make $14.5 million in base salary if he sticks around in San Francisco next season, and it is unlikely he would get much more than the $7.5 million per year Robert Griffin III landed from the Browns on the open market even after a strong finish. Perhaps he is so ready to get away from the 49ers he will take his chances, but this is more likely a negotiating ploy.
Jordan Matthews (ankle) not expected to play 12-04-2016
Jordan Matthews WR PHI
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Jordan Matthews (ankle, questionable) is expected to miss Sunday's Week 13 game against the Bengals.

ESPN.com
It would be the first game he's missed in his three-year career. Matthews is still feeling the effects of a sprained right ankle he suffered in Monday night's loss to Green Bay. He tried to practice on Thursday but never felt right. Beat writer Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ Advanced Media called him a "true 50/50 game-time decision" for Week 13, but it looks like the decision has already been made. Nelson Agholor will return to the lineup this week in place of Matthews. He was benched for Week 12.
Report: Marvin Jones 'a long-shot to play' 12-04-2016
Marvin Jones WR DET
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Marvin Jones is "a long-shot to play" Week 13 against the Saints.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Report: Mark Ingram (toe) expected to play 12-04-2016
Mark Ingram RB NO
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Mark Ingram (toe) is expected to play Week 13 against the Lions.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Ingram was non-committal about his availability on Friday, but he did say the toe "felt good" during Friday's practice. Still, he could be forced into a more limited role because of the injury. Even in a good matchup, Ingram is a risky RB2 play. Tim Hightower deserves a look in the FLEX.
Latavius Murray (ankle) all set for Sunday 12-04-2016
Latavius Murray RB OAK
Latavius Murray (ankle, questionable) will play in Sunday's Week 13 game against the Bills.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
As expected. Murray was listed as questionable after putting in a limited week of practice, but his status for Sunday was never in jeopardy. Despite eclipsing 60 yards rushing only once this season, Murray has settled in as a weekly RB2 on the strength of a high touchdown rate and solid receiving numbers.
DeVante Parker (back) unlikely to play Sunday 12-04-2016
DeVante Parker WR MIA
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports DeVante Parker (questionable, back) isn't expected to play in Week 13 against the Ravens.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Coach Adam Gase said he would "err on the side of caution" with Parker this week. Parker got in some side-work Friday and looks like he'll only miss one game. Jarvis Landry should see more targets with Parker out, with Kenny Stills and rookie Leonte Carroo playing bigger roles on the outside.
Crabtree and Latavius good to go Sunday 12-04-2016
Michael Crabtree WR OAK
Michael Crabtree (ankle, questionable) will play in Sunday's Week 13 game against the Bills.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
So will Latavius Murray (ankle, questionable). Crabtree hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 7 but recorded a season-high 110 yards in last week's win over Carolina. He'll be in the WR2 mix this week.