Ravens' Marlon Brown: Not practicing Saturday
Marlon Brown (back) did not practice Saturday, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
While the Baltimore Ravens have not issued an official designation, Brown's chances of playing Monday against Cleveland do not appear to be overly high, as he's now missed three straight practices with a back injury. The Georgia product was not targeted in last week's win over St. Louis, and he has just 14 catches for 112 yards on the season.
Report: Patriots WR Danny Amendola will not play Sunday
Danny Amendola (knee) will not play Sunday against the Broncos, Tom Curran of CSN Northeast reports.
As of Friday night, there was still a chance Amendola would make the trip to Denver with the team, but after being evaluated Saturday, the receiver has been ruled out and will remain back in Foxboro. Amendola suffered the knee injury against the Bills on Monday, and he was limited in practice Thursday and Friday after not participating on Wednesday. With Julian Edelman (foot) out and Aaron Dobson, Brian Tyms, Josh Boyce and Brandon Gibson all on IR, the Pats are currently left with only three healthy receivers heading into Sunday: Brandon LaFell, Chris Harper and KeShawn Martin. All three figure to see expanded roles, with tight end Rob Gronkowski likely seeing even more attention than usual from the Denver defense.
Vikings' Harrison Smith: Ruled out Sunday
Harrison Smith (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Falcons.
Smith sustained the injury early in last week's loss to Green Bay, but he played through the ailment for the better part of the contest. Despite practicing Friday, Smith has been ruled out, so the Minnesota Vikings will likely turn to Antone Exum Jr. to fill the void.
Vikings' Trae Waynes: Won't play Sunday
Trae Waynes (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Atlanta.
Waynes is battling an ankle injury, the details of which are still mostly unclear. Regardless, he'll sit out Sunday, as well starting safety Harrison Smith, who is dealing with a left knee injury.
Patriots' Danny Amendola: Expected to test knee out Saturday
Per the Boston Herald, the New England Patriots plan to have Danny Amendola (who is officially listed as questionable this week) test out his sprained left knee Saturday before deciding whether the wideout will travel to Denver for Sunday night's game against the Broncos.
Assuming that's the case, we could have a better idea of Amendola's Week 12 status later Saturday. If he is limited, or sits out Sunday's contest, Keshawn Martin could be a candidate for an expanded role, but he is listed as questionable this week as well. Thus, until the playing status of Amendola and Martin is solidified, Brandon LaFell and Chris Harper represent the Patriots' healthiest wideout options.
Cowboys' Dez Bryant: Cowboys don't intend to shut him down
Despite Tony Romo's latest season-ending injury and an increasingly small chance at the postseason, the Dallas Cowboys don't have any intention of shutting Dez Bryant (foot/knee) down to let him heal, DallasCowboys.com reports. "He needs to practice. He needs to play," owner/GM Jerry Jones said Friday. "That's the best thing for Dez... We missed a lot with his contract negotiation in the spring and training camp. What Dez needs is repetition, practice repetitions, in-game repetitions, that'll make him a better player for the future."
That's not to say Bryant's fantasy prospects have suddenly improved, but at least it doesn't seem as though he'll suddenly be taken out of the lineup entirely. When healthy he's the Cowboys' best offensive weapon regardless of who's under center, so hopefully the extra few days off he'll get heading into Week 13 will allow him to return to something closer to his usual form.
Giants' Will Tye: Could start the rest of the way
With Larry Donnell possibly out for the year, Tye could remain the team's starting tight end the rest of the way.
He doesn't have much upside, and now that the bye weeks are behind us, it's a rare league where you'd need to use him. Nonetheless, Tye should see a few targets most weeks.
Bills' Corbin Bryant: Opportunity knocks
With Kyle Williams expected to miss to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, Corbin Bryant is in line for more playing time.
Bryant logged 45 defensive plays Monday against the Patriots - logging two total tackles - and stands to play even more this week in Kansas City with Alex Carrington being needed to sub in for an injured Mario Williams. Bryant is still looking for his first sack of the season and the true IDP plays on this line are Marcell Dareus and Jerry Hughes. But we'll at least keep an eye on Bryant should the Buffalo Bills remain down two of their defensive line starters, as the coaching staff seems happy with Bryant's play.
Colts' Jerrell Freeman: Probable for Week 12
Jerrell Freeman (ribs) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Bucs.
Freeman practiced fully Friday and is thus on track to suit up Sunday. He's recorded a fantasy-friendly 74 tackles and a sack in nine games to date.
Texans' Brian Hoyer: Slated to start Sunday
Brian Hoyer (concussion) is slated to start Sunday's game against the Saints.
Working in Hoyer's favor in Week 12 is that he'll take aim at a Saints' defense that has allowed a league-high 28 passing TDs to date, while giving up an average of 293.1 passing yards per game. On that front, only the Giants have allowed more (309.9) yardage in the air.
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