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|Danny Amendola (knee) officially ruled out||11-28-2015|
|Danny Amendola WR NE|
Danny Amendola (knee) has been ruled out for Week 12.
Field Yates on Twitter
|Amendola will miss at least one game after not making the trip to Denver. His absence leaves the Patriots without any proven options behind Rob Gronkowski and Brandon LaFell. Keshawn Martin (questionable, hamstring) should start if active, with Chris Harper playing in three-wide sets.|
|Taiwan Jones dealing with PCL sprain||11-28-2015|
|Taiwan Jones RB OAK|
Taiwan Jones (questionable, knee) has a sprained PCL.
Adam Caplan on Twitter
|Jones practiced on a limited basis Friday, but is looking on the doubtful side of questionable. Roy Helu will be active for the first time since Week 8 if Jones sits.|
|Browns rule out Joe Haden for Monday night||11-28-2015|
|Joe Haden CB CLE|
|Browns LCB Joe Haden (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 12.||He'll miss his third straight game. The Browns secondary has struggled without Haden, but remain a top streaming option against an injury-filled Ravens offense. A combination of Pierre Desir and Charles Gaines will replace Haden.|
|Andrew Hawkins, Gabriel out for Week 12||11-28-2015|
|Andrew Hawkins WR CLE|
|Andrew Hawkins (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 12.||Taylor Gabriel (concussion) is also out this week. The Browns will go with Brian Hartline and Dwayne Bowe behind Travis Benjamin. Hawkins hasn't played since Week 7.|
|Marlon Brown (back) doubtful for Week 12||11-28-2015|
|Marlon Brown WR BAL|
|Marlon Brown (back) is listed as doubtful for Week 12.||Even with Steve Smith out for the season, Brown has been a non-factor behind Kamar Aiken and Chris Givens. Jeremy Butler will see more snaps out of the slot.|
|Rishard Matthews questionable with illness||11-28-2015|
|Rishard Matthews WR MIA|
|Rishard Matthews (illness) is questionable for Week 12 against the Jets.||Matthews is a late addition to the injury report. The illness shouldn't keep him out, but his status is worth checking Sunday. Matthews has just 13 targets over the last three weeks.|
|Rams add kicker insurance in Zach Hocker||11-28-2015|
|Zach Hocker K STL|
Rams signed K Zach Hocker.
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
|Hocker will serve as insurance for Greg Zuerlein, who suffered a groin injury in Friday's practice. Hocker converted just 9-of-13 kicks and missed an extra point in six games with the Saints earlier this season.|
|Titans waive WR Rico Richardson||11-28-2015|
|Rico Richardson WR TEN|
|Titans waived WR Rico Richardson.||With Kendall Wright (knee, probable) back, Richardson was no longer needed. He was not targeted in his roughly one-month stay on the active roster. Richardson will likely find himself back to the practice squad. LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil was promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding move.|
|Davis hit it off with Osweiler 'from Day One'||11-28-2015|
|Vernon Davis TE DEN|
Vernon Davis said he felt chemistry with Brock Osweiler 'from Day One.'
|The Broncos were very interested in talking chemistry this week. Davis' connection with Osweiler may have helped him catch six passes for 68 yards in the quarterback's first career start, but the main reason Davis found success was Osweiler's ability to run Gary Kubiak's tight-end-friendly offense the way it is intended. As long as Osweiler is literally and figuratively under center, Davis should find success. He is a low-end TE1 this week even in a tough matchup.|
|Ravens down three starters on offensive line||11-28-2015|
|Eugene Monroe OT BAL|
Ravens LT Eugene Monroe (shoulder) and LG Kelechi Osemele (knee) are unlikely to play after missing practice Saturday.
|Neither player has practiced all week. With Jeremy Zuttah already on injured reserve, Baltimore will be without three starters on the offense line as well as their three best offensive players in Joe Flacco (knee), Justin Forsett (arm) and Steve Smith (Achilles). This has been a season to forget for the Ravens.|
|Harrison Smith (knee) ruled out for Week 12||11-28-2015|
|Harrison Smith S MIN|
|Vikings FS Harrison Smith (knee) has been ruled out for Week 12 against the Falcons.||Smith played through the same injury last week and all reports suggested he would play, so this is a bit of a surprise. Antone Exum replaced Smith for four of the snaps he missed against the Packers.|
|Johnny Manziel could play again this season||11-28-2015|
|Johnny Manziel QB CLE|
Browns OC John DeFilippo refused to rule out Johnny Manziel playing again this season.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
|"We're a long way from the end of the season," DeFilippo said. "To say that Johnny Manziel will not play again this season, I'm not ready to say that." Manziel should ride the bench as long as Josh McCown is healthy, but McCown has been anything but this season. Manziel is currently behind Austin Davis on the depth chart, but it would say a lot about Manziel's future in Cleveland if Davis replaced an injured McCown in the starting lineup.|
|Evan Mathis (ankle) a game-time decision||11-28-2015|
|Evan Mathis G DEN|
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said LG Evan Mathis (ankle) will be a game-time decision.
|Mathis has been dealing with injuries most of the season and injured his ankle late last week against Chicago. Rookie Max Garcia has been getting regular snaps in a reserve role and would start if Mathis cannot play.|
|Caldwell says Abdullah taking care of ball||11-28-2015|
|Ameer Abdullah RB DET|
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Ameer Abdullah is "taking care of the ball better."
The Oakland Press
|Abdullah has zero fumbles in his last five games after fumbling four times in the first six. The improved ball security has led to more playing time. Abdullah had a career-high 16 rushing attempts Thanksgiving against the Eagles and has 30 touches the last two games. If he can continue to see around 15 looks a week, Abdullah can return RB3 value the rest of the way.|
|Jerry Jones thinks Cassel more prepared today||11-28-2015|
|Matt Cassel QB DAL|
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones believes Matt Cassel is more prepared to be the starting quarterback.
Dallas Morning News
|"Now he's gotten the benefit of being here all of this time playing in the games, and he will be able to do more, we'll be able to do more with our offense," Jones said. "We can plan on that. He's very capable, we were very fortunate he was available to us when Tony went down." It is unclear what Cassel did in two weeks as Tony Romo's (broken collarbone) backup to become a quality starter, but he is Dallas' only hope at this point. Cassel does not need to be added except in the deepest of formats.|
|Report: Amendola not making trip to Denver||11-28-2015|
|Danny Amendola WR NE|
CSN New England's Michael Giardi reports Danny Amendola (knee) is not expected to travel with the team to Denver.
Michael Giardi on Twitter
|Reports surfaced Friday night Amendola would not make the trip, but New England was not expected to make the final decision until after Amendola worked out Saturday morning. It appears they did not see what they needed to in the workout, and Amendola will not suit up against the Broncos. Amendola's absence leaves New England very thin at receiver. Keshawn Martin (hamstring, questionable) should see the majority of the snaps if he is active, and Chris Harper should have a decent sized role as well. Neither is worth starting against the best pass defense in the league. Amendola being close this week suggests he should be good to go Week 13.|
|Ryan Shazier (knee) expected to play||11-28-2015|
|Ryan Shazier LB PIT|
Steelers LB Ryan Shazier (knee) is expected to play after getting in a full practice Friday.
|Shazier popped up on the injury report Thursday with a knee issue, but he got in a full session Friday and should be good to go. Shazier has 25 tackles and two sacks since returning from a shoulder injury four games ago.|
|Keshawn Martin (hamstring) 'feels good'||11-28-2015|
|Keshawn Martin WR NE|
Patriots WR Keshawn Martin (hamstring, questionable) said he "feels good."
|Acquired from Houston in September, Martin was a limited role player even before a hamstring injury knocked him out of the last five games. With Julian Edelman (foot, out) and Danny Amendola (hamstring, questionable) banged up, Martin's recovery suddenly has taken on some importance. If he is able to suit up, Martin will likely start and play significant snaps against Denver. He will not be worth using in the tough matchup, but he is worth a speculative add in deeper leagues.|
|Patriots promote TE Asante Cleveland||11-28-2015|
|Asante Cleveland TE NE|
|Patriots signed TE Asante Cleveland from their practice squad.||LB Eric Martin was cut in a corresponding move. A receiving threat at 6-5, 260, Cleveland should add another pass catcher to New England's banged-up receiver corps.|
|Chris Harper could play a role against Denver||11-28-2015|
|Chris Harper WR NE|
Patriots WR Chris Harper could be forced into a big role Week 12 against the Broncos.
|Julian Edelman (foot) remains out, Danny Amendola (knee, questionable) may not even travel with the team to Denver, and Keshawn Martin (hamstring, questionable) has missed the last five games. If all three sit, Harper and special teamer Matthew Slater will be asked to play big snaps against Denver. Neither is worth a start against the best pass defense in the league, but Harper is a name to monitor in deep leagues.|
|Eric Ebron's offensive role diminishing||11-28-2015|
|Eric Ebron TE DET|
Eric Ebron has five targets total the last two games.
|Ebron had five targets in every game he finished through Week 10. Coach Jim Caldwell declined to say Ebron's role in the offense was shrinking, but his "packages" excuse for Ebron's lack of looks is the same one he used for benched S James Ihedigbo. Ebron has struggled with drops all season and has been especially bad since the bye week. A dreadful blocker, there is no reason for Ebron to be on the field if he is not catching passes. Once a TE1 streaming option in good matchups, Ebron is not worth using even in a good matchup against the Packers next week.|