Colts coach Chuck Pagano: Dwayne Allen 'trending in right direction'
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
Colts coach Chuck Pagano told reporters he isn't sure if tight end Dwayne Allen will practice this week, but indicated that he's making progress from a sprained ankle which he suffered in Week 11, per the team's official website.
"He's trending in the right direction but he’s going to be day to day," Pagano said.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano told reporters that right guard Hugh Thornton has been diagnosed with an MCL sprain, per the team'f official website. Thornton was forced out of Week 12 against the Jaguars in the third quarter with a knee injury. Pagano would not confirm who would replace Thornton moving forward. Thornton is considered day to day.
For the first eight weeks of the season, Philip Rivers looked like a must-start Fantasy quarterback, even putting together a stretch of seven straight games with multiple touchdown passes. Tight end Antonio Gates was on the receiving end of nine of them.
But in four weeks since then, nothing has gone right for them. Though he got his yardage back up to a respectable level, Rivers had his third straight game with no more than one touchdown pass Week 12 against St. Louis, most likely confining him to the bench in standard 12-team leagues for at least another week. And Gates probably belongs there with him.
As critical as Gates was to Rivers' success in the early going, perhaps it's no surprise he's struggling now. He was targeted only twice in Week 12, catching both balls for 14 yards, and is averaging 2.7 catches for 24.7 yards during Rivers' three-game drought. And of course, he has no touchdowns.
It's not exactly a chicken-and-egg scenario. Whether or not health is a factor, as has been rumored, Rivers' struggles have most likely led to Gates' and not the other way around. But because their fates are so closely tied, you'll need to see Rivers get back on track before you can fully trust Gates again. Tight end being a much shallower position, though, Gates isn't the clear sit Rivers is.
O'Brien said he will have "more to report" on Mallett's status later in the week. O'Brien would not name a starting quarterback for Week 13 against the Titans. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tom Savage are the two other quarterbacks on the roster.
"I'm trying to get ready for Tennessee," O'Brien said. "Whether (Mallett is) there or not, the next guy's gonna step up, whoever it is."
49ers coach Harbaugh: NaVorro Bowman won't practice this week
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49ers coach Jim Harbaugh spoke to reporters during Monday's press conference that linebacker NaVorro Bowman will not practice this week, per the team's official website.
"This week will be another week of rehabilitation... Don't anticipate any practice," Harbaugh said.
Bowman is working his way back from a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee that he suffered during last season's NFC Championship game. He is danger of missing the remainder of the season if he's not activated from the PUP list by Dec. 9.