Cowboys' Tony Romo: Set for MRI Friday, but likely out for season
Tony Romo (shoulder) will undergo an MRI on Friday for his left clavicle injury after preliminary X-rays following Thursday's loss to the Panthers were inconclusive, ESPN's Ed Werder reports. However, a source close to the situation told Werder that Romo is "done for the season."
Romo fell hard on his left shoulder when he was sacked to the ground at the end of the third quarter, and it seems to be a foregone conclusion that he suffered a fracture of the same clavicle for the second time this season. The Dallas Cowboys aren't expected to formally rule Romo out for the season until after the results of Friday's scans are read, but his fantasy owners should begin the process of assessing other options at the quarterback spot. Matt Cassel came on for Romo in the fourth quarter of Thursday's game and is expected to assume the starting job for the remainder of the season.
Panthers' Kurt Coleman: Gets interception in third straight game
Kurt Coleman notched an interception for the third consecutive game in Thursday's win over the Cowboys, taking it back 36 yards to the house for his first touchdown of the season.
Coleman's interception was just the first of two pick-sixes on the day for the Carolina Panthers defense. The former Ohio State standout has bounced around the league a bit in his brief career, but seems to have finally found a home in Carolina. He's recorded 57 tackles, five interceptions, and one sack in 11 games this season.
Panthers' Kony Ealy: Records sack in fifth straight game
Kony Ealy recorded only one tackle in Thursday's win over the Cowboys, but it counted as a sack.
That gives Ealy exactly one sack in five straight games, a welcome development for a Carolina pass rush that has been missing Charles Johnson all season and hasn't gotten much production from early-season import Jared Allen. However, Ealy has only produced nine total tackles during those five games, so until he improves that production, he'll largely remain off the radar in most IDP formats.
Panthers' Luke Kuechly: Records two picks, touchdown Thursday
The Carolina defense was responsible for 12 of the team's 33 points on the day, and it's no surprise that their star middle linebacker was the one behind it, as both of his picks came on back-to-back plays. While the production was more than helpful for those using Kuechly this week in IDP leagues, his continued decline in tackle production is a bit worrisome. He's now failed to notch double-digit stops in four consecutive games.
Panthers' Graham Gano: Racks up 15 points Thursday
Graham Gano finished with 15 points in Thursday's win over the Cowboys, converting on 4-of-5 field-goal attempts and knocking down all three of his extra-point tries.
The Carolina Panthers controlled the clock through much of the game, but their failure to convert on eight of their 16 third-down chances worked to the benefit of Gano. A blocked kick by the Cowboys on his final attempt from the field was the only thing that stood in the way of a perfect day for Gano, who has recorded double-digit points in four of his last five games.
Panthers' Brenton Bersin: Catches one pass in Thursday's win
Brenton Bersin caught one of two targets for 12 yards in Thursday's win over the Cowboys.
Despite his standing as the Carolina Panthers ' fourth receiver on the depth chart for Thursday's game, Bersin actually saw more targets (two) than lead wideout Ted Ginn (zero). Still, Bersin's main role with the club lies on special teams, and he shouldn't be expected to record much more than a stray catch in any given week. For the season, he has only six receptions for 82 yards.
Panthers' Ted Ginn: Fails to see target Thursday
Ted Ginn (knee) didn't have a single target in the passing game in Thursday's 33-14 win over the Cowboys.
Despite his probable listing for Thursday's game and the absence of fellow starter Philly Brown (shoulder), Ginn was a virtual non-entity in the passing attack. Carolina raced to an early lead and controlled the game from start to finish, which eliminated the need to look for the wideout on the vertical routes in which he specializes. It was the first time all season that Ginn was targeted fewer than even three times, so don't expect the goose eggs in the reception category to become common for him.
Cowboys' Tyrone Crawford: Productive in Thursday's loss
Tyrone Crawford recorded five tackles, including his fourth sack of the season, in Thursday's loss to the Panthers.
He also blocked a late field goal attempt after the game was well out of reach for the Dallas Cowboys . Crawford has been very hit or miss this season, and was held out of the box score entirely the week before against Miami, making him a marginal IDP play at best.
Panthers' Greg Olsen: Catches five passes for 70 yards
Greg Olsen corralled five of his team-high nine targets for 70 yards in Thursday's win over the Cowboys.
Olsen was on the receiving end of the game's biggest pass play of the day (31 yards), but was unable to cash in on either of the Carolina Panthers ' two red zone opportunities. Though he wasn't able to come away with a touchdown for the second straight game, Olsen may have better success finding the end zone in the Week 13 matchup with the Saints, who sport the league's worst pass defense in terms of yards per attempt.
Cowboys' Jason Witten: Four catches Thursday
Jason Witten caught all four of his targets for 36 yards during Thursday's loss to the Panthers.
He's now just two catches away from 1000 for his career, but even if Witten reaches the milestone next week he won't have Tony Romo on the other end of it. Romo re-injured his clavicle Thursday and could be lost for the remainder of the season, leaving Witten as the security blanket for either Matt Cassel or possibly Kellen Moore, if the Dallas Cowboys start looking ahead to 2016. Neither QB is likely to improve the tight end's fantasy prospects, however.
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