C. J. Spiller RB BUF 18 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 18 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 18 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 18 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 18 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 18 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 18 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.
Zach Mettenberger QB TEN 18 Hrs
Mettenberger (shoulder) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Jaguars, the Titans' official site reports.
With Mettenberger out as expected, Charlie Whitehurst is set to start the contest at QB for the Titans on Thursday.
Marqise Lee WR JAC 19 Hrs
Lee (elbow) is listed as active for Thursday's game against the Titans, the Florida Times-Union reports.
Though Lee is coming off a four-catch, 14-yard performance in Week 15, he was targeted nine times in that contest, and he has seen 25 looks over his last three games, so there is some bounce-back potential for the rookie wideout on Thursday.
Whitney Mercilus LB HOU 19 Hrs
Mercilus (back) is expected to play Sunday against Baltimore, the Texans' official site reports.
Merciulus, who missed last Sunday's game against the Colts, has returned to practice this week and practiced fully Thursday.