QShaun Draughn RB SF (8) 15 hours ago
Draughn (ribs) was limited in practice Wednesday, Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group reports.
Over the last three games, Draughn has made an impact as either a receiver or rusher, but in both realms. During that span, he's totaled five carries for 20 yards and nine receptions (on 11 targets) for 92 yards, so he continues to hold some utility as Carlos Hyde's primary backup. As a result, deep league owners should keep an eye on Draughn as the week unfolds.
QLuke Kuechly LB CAR (7) 15 hours ago
Kuechly (concussion) was a limited participant at practice Wednesday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports. "All three [also Kurt Coleman and Daryl Worley] are in the concussion protocol, but being on the practice field means they've moved to the next step," head coach Ron Rivera said. "Tomorrow morning will be very important when they visit with the medical staff."
Rivera seems to be hinting that Kuechly and company are approaching the end of their respective journeys through the concussion protocol. It's unclear if Kuechly himself only requires clearance from an independent neurologist, but his workload Thursday will impart where he stands. In the end, though, he seems poised to miss one fewer game than he did a season ago due to a concussion.
QJake Ryan LB GB (4) 16 hours ago
Ryan (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Ryan came back from a two-game absence last Sunday against the Texans only to re-injure his balky ankle. His availability in practice throughout the remainder of the week will likely provide further insight towards his status for this weekend's game against the Seahawks.
QBlake Martinez LB GB (4) 16 hours ago
Martinez (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Martinez hasn't played the past two weeks due to a sprained MCL. However, his showing at Wednesday's practice suggests a return may be near.
QJosh Bellamy WR CHI (9) 16 hours ago
Bellamy (shoulder) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday.
With Matt Barkley under center the last two games, Bellamy has surpassed his catch count (six) from the previous 10 contests, reeling in eight of 15 passes for 134 yards. Included in that stretch are three catches of 20-plus yards, exhibiting his emergence as the deep threat in the current iteration of the Bears' offense. Although a shoulder injury could hinder his range of motion in upcoming contests, he's set a good foundation with a limited practice to start the week.
QJaelen Strong WR HOU (9) 16 hours ago
Strong (ankle) was listed as limited at Wednesday's practice.
Per the Houston Chronicle, coach Bill O'Brien considers Strong, who has been sidelined since spraining his ankle on Oct. 30, day-to-day as Houston's Sunday matchup against Indianapolis approaches. In three career games against the Colts to date, Strong has five catches for 112 yards and three touchdowns.
Rodger Saffold LA (8) 16 hours ago
Saffold (hand) does not appear on the Rams' injury report in advance of Sunday's game against the Falcons, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.
Saffold didn't play last week despite fitting in a limited practice Friday. Now removed from the injury report entirely, he's all but assured of playing Sunday against Atlanta, barring any setbacks.
Tavon Austin WR LA (8) 16 hours ago
Austin (chest) practiced fully Wednesday, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.
No practice last week translated to a doubtful designation and eventual inactive status Sunday at New England. With an uncapped return to drills, though, Austin appears to be over his brief episode with a chest injury. Looking ahead to this Sunday's matchup against the high-powered Falcons, the Rams may be forced to the air early and often, which could benefit Austin, who has gathered in five of six passes for 66 yards and one touchdown with Jared Goff (illness) under center.
QBenny Cunningham RB LA (8) 16 hours ago
Cunningham (neck) did not practice Wednesday, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.
Cunningham has been an afterthought in the Rams' offensive attack as of late. If he's unable to practice this week due to this unspecified neck injury, he could be removed from the game plan entirely.
QCharles Clay TE BUF (10) 16 hours ago
Clay (knee) was listed as limited for Wednesday's practice.
Clay missed Sunday's game against the Raiders so he could be home for the birth of his child, but he should be back in the fold for this week's game against the Steelers, where the Buffalo offense could have an improved look with Clay and Robert Woods expected back in action.