Cardinals running back Andre Ellington
, who bruised his thigh in the win at Tennessee, practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. He's on track to play Sunday at Seattle.
Lions cornerback Chris Houston
, who's missed two of the last three games with toe and foot injuries, returned to a limited practice Wednesday. Jonte Green started in his place Monday vs. Baltimore and "held his own," according to the team's website.
Detroit hosts the Giants on Sunday.
Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew
was on crutches in the locker room Wednesday, two days after spraining his ankle in the loss to Baltimore, reports the Detroit Free Press
. Pettigrew declined to comment on the injury.
Joseph Fauria and Dorin Dickerson were the only tight ends available as Detroit began preparing to host the Giants on Sunday. “We’ll just see where [Pettigrew] gets to over the course of the week,” coach Jim Schwartz told the paper. “We’ll have plans if he can play. We’ll have plays if he can’t.”
Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner
has been suspended indefinitely for violating the league's substance abuse policy, the league announced. He played in eight games this season and had been out recently with a groin injury.
Able to practice in a limited capacity Wednesday after missing Week 15 against Philadelphia with a sprained foot, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson
is looking like a strong possibility to return Week 16 at Cincinnati. Unfortunately, the Bengals aren't going to make it easy for him.
They rank fifth against the run, giving up 98.7 yards per game and 3.9 yards per carry. They've surrendered the fourth-fewest Fantasy points to running backs this season. They allowed just 57 yards on a whopping 24 carries to the Steelers' Le'Veon Bell last week. The last time they allowed even 70 rushing yards to a player was Week 9 at Miami -- and that player, Lamar Miller, is one of only two 100-yard rushers they've allowed all season.
Of course, Peterson at full strength is a different breed of running back -- the kind normally immune to matchups -- but at less than full strength? Hmm ...
If he plays, you start him and don't think twice. He's the reason you are where you are, after all. But you might want to temper your expectations for him.
Donald Brown could be candidate to start Week 16
, RB, IND
Colts running back Donald Brown
bowed out early Week 15 vs. Houston because of a stinger, but he made it onto the practice field Wednesday, indicating he's got a strong chance to be on the field Week 16 at Kansas City. If that happens, Fantasy owners need to give strong consideration to putting Brown into active Fantasy lineups.
Despite the Chiefs being one of the better teams in the NFL this season, they have had their issues against the run, particularly as of late. In the last six games, running backs are averaging 117.2 rushing yards and 24 Fantasy points per week against Kansas City. Running backs have totaled eight touchdowns (six rushing) in that span.
There's obviously some concern Brown might suffer a setback Sunday or Trent Richardson could get more touches after he played well in Brown's absence last week. But Brown is a better running back in this offense and likely didn't lose his starter reps because he got banged up last week. If Brown is in the lineup Sunday, then he deserves consideration as a No. 3 Fantasy running back or flex option because of the matchup.
Tyler Eifert a better bet than Jermaine Gresham
, TE, CIN
News: Tyler Eifert
caught a touchdown pass in Week 15. Jermaine Gresham
did in Week 14. Against the Vikings in Week 16, the team that has allowed the most touchdown passes this season, either Bengals tight end could find the end zone. So which one do you trust in Fantasy?
Neither has been especially productive in terms of yardage in recent weeks. Gresham has remained the more targeted of the two, but he also left Week 15 with a hip injury. Back practicing, he seems like a go for Week 16, but the injury could have an impact on his playing time and production. And if it does, Eifert could end up getting more looks than he ever has.
It would be a great time for it, too. The Vikings rank 30th against the pass, allowing 290.6 yards per game, and have given up the second-most Fantasy points to tight ends.
Still, it's obviously a bit speculative. The most likely scenario is that the two continue to cut into each other's numbers, but it's worth noting that Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all prefer Eifert to Gresham this week.
Report: Players expecting Matt Flynn, not Aaron Rodgers
, QB, GB
An unnamed Packers player told ESPN that all the team's starters expect Matt Flynn
, not Aaron Rodgers
, to start at quarterback Sunday vs. Pittsburgh. Rodgers (collarbone) has not been medically cleared, and Flynn again took the first-team reps in Wednesday's practice.
Greg Toler finally practices in full on Wednesday
, CB, IND
Colts cornerback Greg Toler
was a full participant in practice Wednesday for the first time since sustaining a groin injury in Week 6. He has not played in a game since.
Speculation is that he will need three full practice sessions to be cleared for the game Sunday at Kansas City.
Bengals linebacker James Harrison
(concussion), defensive end Carlos Dunlap
(concussion) and cornerback Terence Newman
(knee) were red-lighted Wednesday from practice. Newman also missed the Week 15 loss to AFC North rival Pittsburgh.