Christian Ponder QB MIN 12 Hrs
Christian Ponder (concussion) remained out of Vikings practice Thursday.
Ponder is now extremely unlikely to gain clearance in time for Sunday's game against the Ravens, leaving starting duties to Matt Cassel. It's not a terrible downgrade for the Vikings' skill players, but only Adrian Peterson will be worth starting.
Rashad Jennings RB OAK 12 Hrs
Rashad Jennings (concussion) participated in Raiders practice for the second straight day Thursday.
Barring a setback, Jennings is on track to start and carry a heavy load against the Jets' top-ranked run defense. Darren McFadden (ankle) won't be active, meaning Jennings will be backed up by FB Marcel Reece. The Jets are a forbidding matchup, but Jennings' workload and goal-line chances are keeping him on the RB2 radar.
Aaron Rodgers QB GB 12 Hrs
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) "made progress" on Thursday, but that there's "no more clarity" regarding his Week 14 status.
Rodgers was officially limited despite practicing in pads for the first time since going down. McCarthy refused to officially rule Rodgers out, but continued to hint it will be Matt Flynn under center against the Falcons. McCarthy was evasive when asked if Rodgers would undergo another scan before Sunday's game. It sounds like the Pack are hoping against hope that Rodgers will gain clearance, but aren't expecting it.
Jay Cutler QB CHI 12 Hrs
Jay Cutler (ankle) returned to Bears practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.
It gives Cutler at least a shot at returning for Monday night's game against the Cowboys, but details are scarce. Cutler declined comment after practice. It's quite possible the Bears are just getting his feet wet ahead of a possible return in Week 15. With Josh McCown playing extremely well in Cutler's absence, the Bears don't have to force the issue. For the moment, we still expect McCown to get the start on Monday Night Football.
Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 12 Hrs
Jonathan Stewart (ankle) remained out of Panthers practice Thursday, but coach Ron Rivera is "not concerned," and expects J-Stew to return on Friday.
It sounds like the Panthers are just managing Stewart's reps after he notched 16 touches in Sunday's win. His status will be updated on Friday. With DeAngelo Williams (quad) appearing likely to return, J-Stew won't be on the FLEX radar against the Saints.
Carson Palmer QB ARI 12 Hrs
Carson Palmer remained limited in Thursday's practice, and "didn't throw as much" as the other quarterbacks in the portion of practice open to the media.
According to AzCardinals.com, Palmer attempted "nothing but soft throws," while Drew Stanton spent some team with the first-team offense. Palmer was wearing his helmet, which is typically a good sign. For now, owners shouldn't take Palmer's status for granted, but he still sounds more likely than not to suit up. His status will be updated no later than Friday afternoon.
Andre Ellington RB ARI 12 Hrs
Andre Ellington (knee) returned to Cardinals practice Thursday.
Ellington will undoubtedly be listed as limited, but it gives him a chance of returning for Week 14. Ellington has insisted he'll be ready to go against the Rams, but what he's able to do on Friday will be key. Owners penciling in Ellington as their FLEX play need to continue monitoring his status.
Michael Floyd WR ARI 12 Hrs
Michael Floyd (shoulder, ankle) returned to Cardinals practice Thursday.
Floyd should officially be listed as "limited," but barring a setback, he'll be ready for his usual role against the Rams. Fantasy's No. 3 receiver over the past three weeks, Floyd has barged onto the WR2 scene.