Marshawn Lynch RB SEA 15 Hrs
Lynch (back) was a non-participant in practice Wednesday, Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Perhaps the Seahawks are affording Lynch additional rest with an imperative matchup at Arizona on tap, but the running back normally returns in some capacity immediately after sitting out the first practice of the week. Thus, his activity level Friday should be watched with a keen eye to ensure he's on track play in Week 16.
Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI 16 Hrs
Fitzgerald (knee) practiced in full Thursday, the Cardinals' official site reports.
Fitzgerald fit in enough practice reps to be considered a full participant, clearing the way for usage during the current fantasy playoffs. With the report that Drew Stanton (knee) took part in a limited capacity Thursday, a wrench has been thrown into the QB mix in Arizona. The underwhelming Ryan Lindley is still expected to garner the start Sunday versus the Seahawks, but the potential of Stanton under center would boost Fitzgerald's prospects. Stay tuned as the weekend draws near.
Roy Helu RB WAS 16 Hrs
Helu (toe) practiced fully both Wednesday and Thursday, the team's official site reports.
Helu thus appears on track to return to action Saturday against the Eagles, though in such a scenario he remains a dart in PPR formats.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 16 Hrs
Spiller (collarbone) looked to be running in decent shape during Thursday's practice, The Buffalo News reports. Said coach Doug Marrone, "I think he looks good. He really does. It's just a matter of waiting until the end of the week and making a move there. The only concern I have is it's not really being in shape, but to be able to play and run plays in and out, in and out, in and out and to make sure his conditioning is right at that level. It seems to be okay. I think it will just get better. I know he looks explosive. He's moving well."
Obviously, Spiller is getting close. While we won't know for sure his status for the Week 16 contest against the Raiders until as late as Saturday, it does sound like he'll be seeing action again this season even though it was initially feared his campaign was over. That said, even if active this week he'd be an incredibly risky option with three other backs in tow who are likely in much better game shape right now.
Drew Stanton QB ARI 16 Hrs
Stanton (knee) was limited in Thursday's practice, the Cardinals' official site reports.
The news is shocking to say the least, especially after Stanton was seen working on the side during the open portion of practice Thursday. While the Cardinals said earlier in the week that Stanton should be healthy enough to play in a game in "about four weeks," his earlier than expected return to drills doesn't imply that game action is imminent. However, the situation has suddenly become murkier than expected, meaning his status should be monitored closely in the coming days. In any case, Ryan Lindley remains in line to start Sunday against the Seahawks, and Thursday's development seems hard-pressed to change that sentiment.
Marcus Thigpen WR BUF 16 Hrs
Thigpen suffered a foot injury in practice this week and was listed as a limited participant for Thursday's practice. Coach Doug Marrone thinks he'll be OK to play Sunday in Oakland, The Buffalo News reports.
Thigpen has been a boon to the Bills' punt return game, becoming the exclusive guy after he was picked up off waivers in late November following a season-ending injury to Leodis McKelvin. His 75-yard score against the Packers on Sunday was a key play in the Bills' upset win.
Charlie Whitehurst QB TEN 16 Hrs
With Zach Mettenberger inactive, Whitehurst will start at QB for the Titans on Thursday against the Jaguars.
Not that there was any real doubt, given that Mettenberger was listed as doubtful, but working in Whitehurst's favor this week is that both WR Kendall Wright and TE Delanie Walker are active for Thursday's contest.
Tony Romo QB DAL 16 Hrs
Romo (back) practiced fully Thursday, Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Romo has upheld his normal practice schedule -- an absence followed by a full showing -- but his Week 16 opponent, the Colts, won't be a pushover, as they've held three of the last four opposing quarterbacks below 200 yards passing.
Delanie Walker TE TEN 16 Hrs
Walker (knee) is listed as active for Thursday's game against the Jaguars, the Titans' official site reports.
Assuming no setbacks with his knee, Walker - who has caught four passes in each of his last two games - figures to see his share of targets Thursday from Tennessee's latest starter at QB, Charlie Whitehurst.
Kendall Wright WR TEN 16 Hrs
Wright (hand) is listed as active for Thursday's game against the Jaguars, the Titans' official site reports.
Wright is out there if you need him Thursday, but it's unclear how close to 100 percent he will be in his return to action after missing two games, and with Charlie Whitehurst starting at QB for the Titans, the wideout is a speculative play in Week 16.