Andre Johnson WR HOU 3 Hrs
Johnson (ankle) returned to a limited practice Thursday, the Texans' official site reports.
We'll check back on Johnson's status Friday, but a probable designation for Sunday's game against the Eagles seems plausible for the veteran wideout.
Charles Sims RB TB 3 Hrs
Coach Lovie Smith stated Thursday that Sims is "making progress," but Smith is unsure "if he'll be ready to go this week," Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Smith will ultimately make the call late in the week, meaning Friday's injury report could reveal Sims' potential availability. The Buccaneers' running back situation is currently clouded by Doug Martin's ankle injury, which has kept him sidelined at practice both Wednesday and Thursday. The development leaves Bobby Rainey and Mike James as the sole healthy options, and has opened the door for Sims to find a role right off the bat, if the rookie is in fact activated from the IR/designated-to-return list.
Arian Foster RB HOU 3 Hrs
Foster (knee) returned to a limited practice Thursday, the Texans' official site reports.
We'll revisit Foster's status Friday, but there's been nothing to suggest that his availability for Sunday's game against the Eagles is in any question.
Allen Hurns WR JAC 3 Hrs
Hurns (ankle) practiced fully Thursday, the Jaguars' official site reports.
Hurns was limited at Wednesday's practice, but after returning to a full session Thursday, he's now on track for a probable designation in advance of Sunday's game against the Bengals.
Brent Celek TE PHI 4 Hrs
Celek (back) was limited in practice Thursday.
Celek has been targeted in all seven of the Eagles' games this season, but on three occasions, he failed to reel in a pass. The past three contests have been more productive, though, with nine catches (on 12 targets) for 68 yards. In essence, the torch has been passed to second-year tight end Zach Ertz, bringing an end to Celek's relevance in the vast majority of leagues.
A. J. Green WR CIN 5 Hrs
Green (toe) practiced again Thursday, the Bengals' official site reports.
Green's continued practice participation is encouraging, though it remains to be seen how he will officially be listed by the team in advance of Sunday's game against the Jaguars, which fortunately for Week 9 fantasy lineup planning purposes, is a 1:00 ET kickoff.
Vontae Davis DB IND 6 Hrs
Coach Chuck Pagano noted Thursday that Davis (knee) is 100 percent and ready to go in advance of Monday's game against the Giants, Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official site reports.
Davis practiced Thursday, and based on Pagano's optimism, the cornerback appears to be on track to draw a probable designation for Monday's game, barring any setbacks.
Donte Moncrief WR IND 6 Hrs
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said he plans to make Monncrief a larger part of the offense. "We would like to get him, a bunch of other guys as many touches as possible. He's definitely earned that," he told the team's official web site.
Monncrief had a career best seven receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown last week and it sounds like his role will grow even when Reggie Wayne returns from an arm injury. Monncrief has likely jumped ahead of Hakeem Nicks on the depth chart, but Pagano's remarks were also not very specific.
Jason Verrett DB SD 6 Hrs
Verrett (shoulder) is in line to miss two-to-three weeks of action, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Per Rapoport, Verrett is dealing with a torn labrum, noting that the cornerback's status will be revisited after the Chargers' Week 10 bye, though at this stage, Verrett still hopes to be able to play through the issue down the stretch.
Robert Griffin QB WAS 7 Hrs26 Comments
Mike Jones of the Washington Post relays that Griffin (ankle) -- who practiced fully Wednesday -- looked sharp during individual and one-on-one portions of Thursday's practice.
Both ESPN.com and NFL.com are reporting that Griffin is in line to start Sunday's game against the Vikings, while the Washington Post suggests that such an outcome precludes any setbacks and may not be finalized until later this week. In any case, things are trending toward Griffin seeing his first game action since Week 2, though his status continues to be worth monitoring in advance of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff.