Cam Newton QB CAR 3 Hrs
Newton (back) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Browns, the Charlotte Observer's Joe Person reports.
This news makes it all but certain that Newton will be under center Sunday afternoon. Head coach Ron Rivera said Newton is "on track" to start and that "everything is positive" regarding the quarterback's injury. You'll want to confirm his status Sunday before using him, but Newton looks like he will be safe to deploy, though he may not need to go to the air very frequently against the Browns if the running game is gashing Cleveland's D like the Bengals did last week.
William Moore DB ATL 4 Hrs
Moore (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints.
Moore was a limited participant in practice both Thursday and Friday, and he indicated earlier in the week that the team's training staff will make the call on his Week 16 availability. The fact that he's been able to practice in some capacity leads us to believe that he's more likely to play than not, but you'll want to check back after the inactives are released Sunday if you plan to start him this week.
DeMarco Murray RB DAL 4 Hrs
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in an interview with KRLD-FM on Friday that he is "pretty positive" Murray (hand) will play Sunday against the Colts, NFL.com reports.
Murray is practicing on a limited basis Friday, and the optimism around his status continues to increase. However, head coach Jason Garrett acknowledged Friday that Murray's hand is causing some issues. "He hasn't done much with the ball in his left hand," Garrett said Friday. "He has a long way to go, we'll take it day by day, and we'll see how he is come game time." Murray figures to be a game-time decision Sunday, but the sense is that he'll play. However, the hand injury makes it likely that he won't reach the 30-carry mark that he has hit in the past two games. Expect to see more Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar than usual, even if Murray does play.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 4 Hrs
The Bills have submitted paperwork to the NFL to add Spiller (collarbone) back to 53-man roster, according to ESPN's Mike Rodak.
Whether this happens Friday or Saturday, it sounds like the Bills will be adding Spiller back to the mix. Coach Doug Marrone will then decide how much, if any, Week 16 action Spiller will see. If he does suit up Sunday in Oakland, he comes with a ton of warnings while playing on a team that's already using three other running backs, though it'd be good to see him receive some action this week, as he could be a possible Week 17 option for running back-desperate folk.
Julio Jones WR ATL 4 Hrs
After not practicing Friday, Jones (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints.
Jones still has not practiced since suffering the injury Dec. 8, but the Falcons remain somewhat optimistic that he will be able to play. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jones will attempt to run and cut on Saturday, and his recovery from that workout will help the Falcons determine his availability for Sunday. In other words, he's a true game-time decision, and anyone planning to use Jones this week will need to check back Sunday to confirm his availability (or lack thereof).
Rashad Jennings RB NYG 4 Hrs
Jennings (ankle) was once again absent from practice Friday, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.
Graziano expects Jennings to be officially ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rams when the Giants release their official injury designations. Assuming that happens, Andre Williams will lead the way for New York at running back.
Andrew Hawkins WR CLE 4 Hrs
Hawkins (illness) returned to practice Friday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Hawkins missed Thursday's practice with an illness, but he was back on the field Friday and should be fine for Sunday's matchup with the Panthers. He'll likely be listed as probable when the Browns release the official injury designations later in the day.
Joe Haden DB CLE 4 Hrs
Haden (shoulder) returned to practice Friday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Haden missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but his presence Friday indicates that he is likely on track to play Sunday against the Panthers. Look for some additional clarity when Cleveland releases the official injury report later Friday.
DeMarco Murray RB DAL 4 Hrs4 Comments
Murray (hand) is practicing again Friday and is expected to do about as much as he did in Thursday's limited workout, Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com reports.
This is another step in the right direction for Murray, though the fact that he is expected to be limited once again is a reminder that he is still not a lock to play Sunday. The broken bone in his hand will have to be protected somehow, which could limit his ability to carry the ball in that hand or increase his propensity for fumbles. We'll have more information after the Cowboys release their official injury designations.
Rontez Miles DB NYJ 5 Hrs
Miles suffered a shin injury during Thursday's practice and underwent season-ending surgery later that evening, Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports.
Miles was set to make his season debut Sunday after the Jets signed him off their practice squad just days earlier, but the untimely injury will prevent that from happening. The defensive back will have to hope that he heals up from the surgery in time to make a case for a roster spot with a team during training camp next summer.