Chris Houston DB DET 1 Day
Lions CB Chris Houston (foot) is considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Houston sat out the Thanksgiving win over the Packers after hurting his foot against the Bucs in Week 12. He's going to test out the injury at practice this week before a determination is made. If Darius Slay has to start again, it's a boost for Nick Foles and the Eagles' red-hot passing game.
David Akers K DET 1 Day
Coach Jim Schwartz gave K David Akers yet another vote of confidence Tuesday.
Akers somehow missed a 31-yarder during the Thanksgiving win over the Packers. The Lions worked out three kickers on Monday and three on Tuesday including Shayne Graham, but none of them were signed. Regardless, fantasy owners need to find someone kicking with more confidence as we head into Week 14.
Mike Brown WR JAC 1 Day
Mike Brown played on 60-of-74 snaps in last week's win over the Browns.
Brown was the No. 2 wideout behind Cecil Shorts (73 snaps), but had just one catch on two targets. Meanwhile, rookie Ace Sanders piled up eight catches on 48 snaps. Sanders has passed Brown in terms of gameplan involvement.
Alfred Morris RB WAS 1 Day
Coach Mike Shanahan blamed Alfred Morris' meager 11 carries from Week 13 on the Giants' gameplan.
After the game, the Giants came out and explicitly said their goal was to stop Morris and make Robert Griffin III beat them. So on the majority of option plays, RG3's (correct) read was to keep the ball. "They decided to take away Alfred Morris," Shanahan said. "And normally they don't always do that." Alf owners shouldn't panic heading into a Week 14 home game against a declining Chiefs defense. He'll be a fine RB1 play in non-PPR formats.
Jordan Reed TE WAS 1 Day
Jordan Reed (concussion) must be cleared by an independent neurologist before he can practice or play this week.
Reed was on track to suit up against the Giants last week, but he suffered from pre-game headaches and was a last-minute scratch. Now he's back in the league's concussion protocols, which means passing baseline tests and meeting with doctors. The good news is the Redskins play at 1pm ET in Week 14, so we'll know Reed's status nice and early. If active, he'll be a fine TE1 play. The move tight end is averaging 5.5 catches for 60.8 yards with three touchdowns in the eight full games he's played in this season.
Jay Cutler QB CHI 1 Day
GM Phil Emery suggested that he doesn't want to use the franchise tag on Jay Cutler.
It would cost roughly $16.2 million for the Bears to slap Cutler with the tag, a number that would seriously harm their ability to improve their woeful defense. Emery would prefer to get Cutler signed to a long-term deal that would keep the franchise's cap situation in a reasonable place. The situation is complicated by not only Cutler's current ankle injury, but the multitude of injuries he's suffered of late. He's missed 11 games over the last three seasons and is highly questionable for Monday night's game against the Cowboys.
Mike Brown WR JAC 2 Days
Mike Brown (shoulder) remained limited in Tuesday's practice.
Brown is in zero danger of missing Thursday night's game against the Texans. Despite regularly playing at least 80 percent of the offensive snaps weekly, Brown is no higher than the No. 3 option in the passing game. He's a WR5.
Levine Toilolo TE ATL 2 Days
Falcons OC Dirk Koetter said he wants to get TE Levine Toilolo more playing time down the stretch in order to improve his blocking skills.
"At the end of the year here, we know Levine's a player that we're trying to ... Tony [Gonzalez] is not going to be here next year," said Koetter. "We know we're going to try and get Levine some work." The Falcons are 3-9, so it's time to start looking at the young guys to see what they have for 2014. Gonzalez owners need to keep this in mind, though his snaps may not take a major hit.