Wesley Woodyard LB DEN 10 Hrs
The Broncos benched MLB Wesley Woodyard in their Week 14 win over Tennessee.
The Denver Post observes that Woodyard "hasn't been the same" since suffering a stinger in the Broncos' Week 5 game against Dallas. He was replaced by Paris Lenon against the Titans. Pro Football Focus has given Woodyard negative grades across the board after a strong 2012 campaign. Woodyard is in a contract year.
John Carlson TE MIN 10 Hrs
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier confirmed John Carlson suffered a concussion in Sunday's Week 14 loss to Baltimore.
Kyle Rudolph's recovery from a fractured foot has progressed more slowly than hoped, so the Vikings are paper thin at tight end. Carlson had two catches for 19 yards before departing Sunday. His Week 15 status is up in the air.
Greg Childs WR MIN 11 Hrs
Vikings left WR Greg Childs (knee surgeries) on the PUP list, ending his season.
Childs never made enough progress from double patellar tendon tears to return and contribute in 2013. A 2012 fourth-round pick, Childs has yet to appear in an NFL game. He lacks fantasy value even in the deepest Dynasty leagues.
Dennis Pitta TE BAL 11 Hrs
Joe Flacco acknowledged after Sunday's win over Minnesota that having Dennis Pitta back "means a lot" for Baltimore's passing attack.
Flacco has completed 75 percent of his red-zone passes to Pitta the past two seasons. He's at 44.6 percent to all other Ravens. "Obviously, he's going to get better and better as the weeks go on," Flacco said. "He's a huge player for us. He knows how to get open, he knows how to run routes, and he catches the football. He means a lot." Pitta will be a TE1 in Week 15 at Detroit.
Rob Gronkowski TE NE 11 Hrs
Rob Gronkowski suffered a concussion along with his right ACL and MCL tears on the T.J. Ward hit in Sunday's Week 14 win over Cleveland.
Gronk banged his head on the turf at the end of the awkward injury. A source tells Profootballtalk that Gronk's concussion is considered "slight," but it's still something to file away. Gronkowski is headed to injured reserve.
Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 11 Hrs
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Panthers believe Jonathan Stewart tore his MCL in Sunday's Week 14 loss to New Orleans.
The ligament tear would likely end Stewart's season, assuming it's confirmed via Monday's MRI. The Panthers played the Saints on Sunday Night Football, so confirmation probably can't be expected until tonight at the soonest. Stewart has rushed 48 times for 180 yards (3.8 YPC) and no touchdowns this season as a committee backfield partner with DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert.
Christian Ponder QB MIN 11 Hrs
Christian Ponder (concussion) has been cleared for Week 15.
The Vikings face Philadelphia next. Ponder is medically cleared, but whether he'll start remains to be seen. Backup Matt Cassel played well enough Sunday against Baltimore to keep Minnesota in the game late. The Vikings continue to let Josh Freeman rot as a healthy inactive third-stringer.
Toby Gerhart RB MIN 11 Hrs
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier revealed Toby Gerhart "tweaked" his hamstring toward the end of Sunday's Week 14 loss to Baltimore.
The extent of Gerhart's injury is unknown. With Adrian Peterson (mid-foot sprain) almost certainly out for Week 15, next up on Minnesota's tailback depth chart is FB/HB Matt Asiata. Asiata has three career carries for nine yards.
Adrian Peterson RB MIN 11 Hrs
Coach Leslie Frazier told reporters Monday that Adrian Peterson (mid-foot sprain) is "still being examined."
ESPN's Adam Schefter guessed on SportsCenter early Monday that Peterson's season is over, but Frazier hasn't given up hope just yet. We may not have another substantive update on Peterson's status until the Vikings resume practicing Wednesday. Owners shouldn't expect him to play in Week 15.
Daniel Thomas RB MIA 11 Hrs
Dolphins OC Mike Sherman acknowledged the team didn't even envision Daniel Thomas (ankle) playing in Week 14 as of last Wednesday.
Thomas went on to rush 16 times for 105 yards and a touchdown in one of the best games of his wholly underwhelming, three-year career. "It was a possibility he might not be able to come back [this season]," said Sherman. "On Wednesday, we never envisioned him even playing this week. It's a credit to our training staff and to him." With Lamar Miller now facing concussion testing, Thomas has a chance to be a feature back in Week 14 versus New England.