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 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.
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 Cowboys start looking ahead to 2016. Neither QB is likely to improve the tight end's fantasy prospects, however.
Celek was relatively quiet this season until Sam Bradford suffered a concussion and AC joint sprain in Week 10, which forced Mark Sanchez into action. Including Thursday's outing, Celek resumed his connection with Sanchez, racking up 13 catches (on 18 targets) for 223 yards and one touchdown over the past three games. With Bradford expected to return in Week 13 and Zach Ertz embroiled in the concussion protocol, the duo could be active in the Eagles' next contest on Dec. 6 at New England. If that comes to pass, Celek would almost assuredly revert to the periphery of the passing attack.
That's four straight quiet fantasy efforts from Ebron, who will look to get his production going in Week 13 at home against the Packers. In Week 10, he caught four passes on eight targets for 28 yards in a Detroit win over Green Bay.
Green, who had one catch on three targets for nine yards in last Sunday's loss to the Chiefs, appears on track to be a go for Week 12's game against the Jaguars, but it's still possible that he could be listed as questionable for the contest.
After practicing in a limited fashion Wednesday, Gates' full participation Thursday suggests that he is trending toward a probable designation in advance of Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
Ebron will thus look to bounce back from a zero-catch effort against the Raiders this past Sunday. Prior to his quiet effort in Week 11, Ebron had caught 27 passes for 320 yards and three TDs over his first seven outings.
In the aftermath of Sunday's loss at Carolina, it was revealed that Reed suffered a sprained MCL in one of his knees, making his lack of presence on the injury report a surprise, to say the least. In any case, he's Washington's undisputed No. 1 tight end, from which he's put together 23 catches (on 32 targets) for 165 yards and a whopping five touchdowns over the last four games.
It remains to be seen if Green's absence Wednesday was maintenance-related, or indicative of a Week 11 setback. More should be known on that front no later than the release of Thursday's practice report.
Per the San Diego Union-Tribune Gates indicated Monday that he needed to decide this week whether or not his playing through his aches and pains, as he has of late, is helping or hurting the Chargers. "That's where I'm at right now," said Gates, who was limited to one catch on three targets for six yards this past Sunday against the Chiefs. Wednesday's practice participation, albeit in a limited capacity, does bode well for the veteran tight end's chances of being available Sunday against the Jaguars, however.