Justin Houston LB KC 2 Hrs
Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (elbow) returned to a limited practice Wednesday.
Houston has a chance to return for this week's game at Oakland, thus giving the Chiefs D/ST a major boost. The edge rusher is tied for sixth in the league with 11 sacks even though he's missed the last two games.
Owen Daniels TE HOU 2 Hrs
Owen Daniels (leg, short-term IR) did not practice Wednesday.
Daniels has doing some on-field work lately, but not practicing with the team. Owners can safely expect the absurd volume for Garrett Graham to continue in Sunday's game at Indy. Graham is averaging 11.5 targets per day over the last four weeks.
First-round DL Sheldon Richardson is fourth on the Jets in tackles (60) and is third in sacks (3.5).
Among the leaders in the Defensive Rookie of the Year race, Richardson has been everything the Jets have asked for and more. He's PFF's No. 5 3-4 defensive end and has been a huge reason the Jets have the league's No. 2 run defense. "He's got that relentless motor," coach Rex Ryan said. "For a defensive tackle and being as productive as he is ... the tape doesn't lie."
Willis McGahee RB CLE 3 Hrs
Coach Rob Chudzinski didn't rule out Willis McGahee's (concussion) season being over.
McGahee may have lost consciousness when he took a headshot late in the loss at New England. It doesn't sound like the Browns are anticipating his return anytime soon, as they've signed Edwin Baker. Chris Ogbonnaya is shaping up as a desperation RB2 play against the Bears Sunday.
Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 3 Hrs
Jonathan Stewart (torn MCL) will be reevaluated Wednesday.
The Panthers are hoping to get Stewart back for Week 17, but a more realistic goal is probably the playoffs. "Who knows? Some say 2-4 weeks, some say 4-6 weeks," Stewart said. "You Google it and it says 4-6 weeks. I don't know." DeAngelo Williams will lead the Panthers backfield in touches through the fantasy playoffs.
Jordan Reed TE WAS 3 Hrs
Jordan Reed (concussion) did not even attend the portion of practice open to reporters Wednesday.
It's another sign confirming that Reed's concussion is serious. Since going down in Week 11, he's suffered numerous unexpected setbacks and remains a major question mark going forward. He did not practice at all Wednesday. Fantasy owners deciding between Jacob Tamme on Thursday night or Reed have an easy decision on their hands.
Eddie Lacy RB GB 4 Hrs
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says coach Mike McCarthy sounded "cautiously optimistic" on Wednesday regarding Eddie Lacy's (ankle) Week 15 status.
Lacy didn't practice Wednesday and is expected to just rehab again Thursday. But the fact that he was able to finish out last week's game after rolling the ankle should give owners real hope. Still, owners need to have either James Starks or another late-game option at the ready as the Packers and Cowboys will square off at 4:25pm ET Sunday. We could be looking at a game-time call.
LaVon Brazill WR IND 4 Hrs
Coach Chuck Pagano said Da'Rick Rogers and LaVon Brazill have earned the right to play more.
The changing of the guard began last week as Brazill (42 snaps) and Rogers (41) played far ahead of Darrius Heyward-Bey (23). That gap might widen in Sunday's game against the Texans. "You know what, they were productive in that football game and they gave us a spark in that second half," Pagano said of Rogers and Brazill. "And so certainly they've earned a right to play more." Rogers is the WR3 candidate as the better talent, but Brazill is on the WR4 radar as well.