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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (ribs) practiced without pads Wednesday and is listed as limited participation on the injury report. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports Nelson practiced Wednesday but without pads, "which likely means he's not cleared for contact." He'll likely have to prove that he can be effective on the field in order to garner an active designation for Sunday's game at Atlanta.

Category: Injury Updates


Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green (concussion) did not practice Thursday. (Source: Ed Bouchette on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Ladarius Green saga continues. The concussed tight end was downgraded from being a limited participant at Wednesday's practice to a DNP (did not participate) at Thursday's session. Green has been dealing with the lingering symptoms of a concussion suffered in Week 15 and has been a sporadic participant in practice, as well as not playing in any game since. Thursday's downgrade will likely lead into Green being ruled out for Sunday's AFC Championship Game at New England, at which Jesse James will start in his place.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport expects Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison (hamstring) "to be ready" to play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Allison, who is nursing a hamstring injury suffered in last Sunday's win at Dallas, is the third Packers wideout sidelined at practice this week. Similar to Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams, Allison is expected to be held out of practice for the remainder of the week until Saturday, where he will attempt to test his hamstring. Green Bay desperately needs all of their weapons at, or as close to full strength as possible to keep up with Atlanta's high-octane offense to give them a realistic chance to advance to the Suer Bowl.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport expects Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (ankle) "to be ready" for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Adams is nursing a sprained ankle suffered in last week's Divisional Round win over Dallas. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Adams will be held out of practice this week and will attempt to give it a go Saturday. However, if he is not able to practice Saturday, he'll likely be ruled out for Sunday's game at Atlanta. With Jordy Nelson and Geronimo Allison both ailing from their respective rib and hamstring injuries, Adams' availability becomes that much more imperative.

Category: Injury Updates


Appearing on ESPN Thursday, Adrian Peterson said that he'd like to remain with the Minnesota Vikings, naming them as his "first choice" of teams to play for in 2017. "I see myself in purple. A lot has to take place," Peterson said via ESPN. "I see myself finishing off in purple. It is a business at the end of the day, so with that, things could end up differently. ... Hopefully, we can work things out.” (Source: USA Today)

Fantasy Impact: Throughout the 2016 season, reports loomed of a possible parting between the Vikings and Peterson this offseason. Mainly due to his colossal $11.75 million salary, plus, a $6 million roster bonus (which is due to be paid in March) he's in line to make in 2017 for a 31-year-old running back with a laundry list of injuries that are beginning to pile up on his resume. Although Peterson named Minnesota as his "first choice" of teams to play for next season, he did, however, name a handful of teams that he wouldn't mind lending his services to if not the Vikings. The Giants, Buccaneers and Texans were among the other clubs deemed possible destinations for the future Hall of Fame rusher. With the Patriots possibly in the market for a running back, if LeGarrette Blount is not retained, Peterson could make his way up to New England as they would give him his best chance to win a Super Bowl now that he is on the back end of his career.

Category: Rumors


Indianapolis Colts quarterback (shoulder) Andrew Luck underwent successful surgery to repair a lingering shoulder injury. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Luck's recovery timeline is three months to begin throwing and six months "for a full return" to football activities -- which is roughly a "mid-July" return. The oft-injured signal caller is on track to be sidelined for the majority of the team's offseason program, and could even miss a part of training camp, depending on how his rehab flows. However, Colts owner Jim Irsay gave his fan base a glimmer of hope tweeting early Thursday morning that his franchise quarterback "will be ready for [the 2017] season," -- likely and hopefully for Week 1.

Category: Injury Updates


Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (toe) did not practice Thursday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Jones missed his second consecutive practice Thursday with a toe injury he aggravated in last week's Divisional Round win over Seattle. However, he told the media at a press conference that "he'll be ready to go" for Sunday's NFC Championship Game versus Green Bay. Jones is an elite DFS play at wideout for this week's slate of games facing a beatable and depleted Packers secondary.

Category: Injury Updates


Taylor Gabriel limited Wednesday

By Anthony Cervino   Wed, Jan 18th 6:07pm EST

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday. (Source: Vaughn McClure on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gabriel was limited in practice Wednesday with a lingering foot injury suffered in Week 16 of the regular season. He did not appear bothered by the foot in last week's Divisional Round win over the Seahawks and is likely being restricted in practice for precautionary measures. Barring a setback, Gabriel will be good to go for the NFC Championship Game Sunday against Green Bay.

Category: Injury Updates


ESPN's Mike DiRocco believes the Jacksonville Jaguars will part ways with tight end Julius Thomas this offseason. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas was once regarded a top five tight end in the NFL. However, since signing with the Jaguars in 2015, he could not remain healthy. Thomas battled injuries during his two-year tenure in Jacksonville -- only playing in 21 of a potential 32 regular season games. He'll likely be heavily pursued in the offseason by tight end-needy teams that include the Jets and the Cardinals. However, don't count the Patriots out of the Thomas sweepstakes if he is ultimately released. Rob Gronkowski underwent his third back surgery of his professional career in 2016 and could be transitioned into a role player to better maintain his health. With Martellus Bennett an impending free agent, the Patriots do, in fact, have a need at tight end, especially with Gronkowski's health in question moving forward.

Category: Rumors


ESPN's Sarah Barshop believes "Brock Osweiler won't enter training camp as the starting quarterback." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Osweiler struggled mightily in his first year with Houston. Playing in 15 games, he produced a meager 2,957-15-16 quarterback stat line and was benched in favor of Tom Savage entering Week 16. Osweiler only got his starting job back in the playoffs because of a concussion that Savage sustained in the season finale. Barring the team addressing the quarterback position this offseason, it will be Osweiler and Savage battling it out in training camp to decide who will be under center for the 2017 season opener.

Category: Rumors


Malcolm Mitchell (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday. CSN New England relays that Mitchell is "feeling well" as Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Steelers approaches, but it's still likely that the rookie wideout will end up officially listed as questionable for the contest (Source: Patriots.com)

Fantasy Impact: If Mitchell can go on Sunday against the Steeler who will be fighting for targets with Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Michael Floyd and Danny Amendola. If Hogan misses the game with his thigh injury it could open things up for Mitchell.

Category: Injury Updates


Martellus Bennett (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice. Bennett went down late in the Patriots' Divisional Round win but was able to return.

Fantasy Impact: Expect the Patriots to limit Bennett's reps in practice as they want him ready to go on Sunday. Bennett has already said he'll be ready for Sunday's game so expect him to play.

Category: Injury Updates


ESPN's Pat McManamon believes the Cleveland Browns will part ways with quarterback Robert Griffin III in the offseason. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Griffin's tenure in Cleveland was short, but not too sweet. He was plagued by injury and failed to impress in his limited time under center in 2016. He finished the disappointing campaign with 866 yards passing, two touchdowns and three interceptions in five games played, adding another 190 yards and two scores on the ground. In Griffin's presumable departure, the Browns will need to fill the gaping hole at quarterback that has been seemingly vacant since the Tim Couch era. McManamon believes the void will be filled by Tyrod Taylor if the ultimately Bills decide to move on from him as they are expected to -- per reports.

Category: Rumors


ESPN's Rich Cimini believes the New York Jets will release wide receiver Brandon Marshall this offseason. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Cimini noted that Marshall was a distraction in the locker room and is a handicap to the team's chemistry. Pair that with his age (33), contract ($7.5 million due in 2017) and a significant regression in his production from 2015-to-2016, and Marshall's two-year tenure in New York is all but over this offseason. The aging wideout will likely catch on with a wide receiver-needy team like the Eagles or Buccaneers in 2017.

Category: Rumors


ESPN's Mike Reiss believes the New England Patriots will pursue a "dynamic" running back this offseason. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: LeGarrette Blount, whose contract will expire at the conclusion of the postseason, is coming off of a career year. He rushed for 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns -- including four games of at least 100-yards rushing -- while playing in all 16 games in 2016. Because of his monster year, he'll command top running back money in free agency, which the Patriots will not be inclined to pay for a 30-year-old rusher. Look for New England to address to running back position via the NFL Draft or bring in a notable name like Adrian Peterson at a discount. Minnesota is expected to release Peterson this offseason due to his massive contract. Peterson is due $11.75 million, plus, a $6 million roster bonus in 2017.

Category: Rumors


ESPN's Mike Rodak believes the Buffalo Bills will part ways with quarterback Tyrod Taylor this offseason. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: If the Bills and Taylor part ways, it will come to no surprise as the signal caller's departure out of Buffalo has been "anticipated for weeks," per Rodak. The dagger in Taylor's two-year tenure in Buffalo likely occurred when he was benched in favor of E.J. Manuel in Week 17. Since the Bills hired a new head coach -- Sean McDermott -- a change at the quarterback position is poised to be the next domino to fall in their attempt to turn around a franchise that has failed to win a playoff game since 1995.

Category: Rumors


ESPN's Nick Wagoner believes the San Francisco 49ers will completely revamp the quarterback position this offseason. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: "A total makeover of the quarterback depth chart is coming," Wagoner said via ESPN. He believes Colin Kaepernick will exercise his opt-out option in his restructured contract and move on from the 49ers, a decision that both parties will be satisfied with. He notes that because the team is bringing in a new general manager and head coach, a fresh face(s) at quarterback will likely follow. Expect San Francisco to also move on from Blaine Gabbert, whose attempt to rejuvenate his NFL career in the Bay Area was an ultimate failure.

Category: Rumors


ESPN's Jeff Dickerson believes the Chicago Bears part ways with quarterback Jay Cutler this offseason. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: "Look for the Bears to either trade or release Jay Cutler" this offseason. He has been an utter disappointment for the better part of his eight-year tenure in Chicago due to his injuries and erratic play on the field. The Bears will likely pursue a signal caller in free agency or go younger in the draft. If they intend to draft a quarterback, they could use Brian Hyer as a bridge while the raw passer develops.

Category: Rumors


ESPN's Todd Archer believes the Dallas Cowboys will release quarterback Tony Romo this offseason. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: In a perfect world, the Cowboys will be able to trade Romo for draft picks. However, due to his massive contract -- with three years remaining and a $24.7 million cap hit in 2017 -- he will likely be released with a post-June 1 designation. Romo, barring an unforeseen change in events, will either retire or line up under center in a new city in 2017.

Category: Rumors


Sam Shields is expected to be released by the Green Bay Packers, according to ESPN NFL Nation Packers reporter Rob Demovsky. Shields missed most of the season after a Week 1 concussion landed him on injured reserve, and while cornerback is one of Green Bay's bigger needs heading into the offseason, they seem interested in moving on from Shields and his contract. (Source: Rob Demovsky, ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: Not only did Shields miss most of the season, but he was recently charged with drug and paraphernalia possession stemming from an arrest in October. Shields has a cap hit of $12,125,000 next season, and the Packers can save $9,000,000 of that by releasing him. Shields has given no indication that he is considering retirement after a serious concussion, though that is certainly a possibility at this point.

Category: Rumors