Terron Ward RB ATL (5) 14 hours ago
Ward (knee) was absent from the Falcons' injury report and will be in line to play Monday against the Seahawks, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Ward was limited in practice Thursday due to a knee injury but will take the field Monday night. Devonta Freeman (concussion) has been ruled out of the contest, which will make Tevin Coleman the lead back and Ward the No. 2 option. As long as he remains healthy, Ward seems likely to see increased action Monday night given the Falcons' dual back play style.
Julio Jones WR ATL (5) 14 hours ago1 Comment
Jones (ankle) was absent from the Falcons' injury report and is in line to play Monday night against the Seahawks, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Jones was held out of practice Thursday as the wideout continued to battle a nagging ankle injury. However, he was able to take the field the past two days and, barring any major setbacks, should be set for the Monday night showdown. Jones played well last week against the Cowboys --seven receptions for 139 yards and a touchdown -- after missing practices during the week and he'll look to do the same this week against a battered Seahawks' secondary that will be without Kam Chancellor (neck) and Richard Sherman (Achilles).
QDuke Riley LB ATL (5) 14 hours ago
Riley (knee) is questionable for Monday's tilt with the Seahawks, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Riley is in danger of missing his fourth straight game as he continues to recover from surgery on a torn meniscus. Look for a decision on his status to be made a few hours before kickoff, with Kemal Ishmael in line to see more reps should Riley be ruled out once again.
QMatt Bosher K ATL (5) 14 hours ago
Bosher (ankle) is questionable for Monday's game against the Seahawks, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Bosher will be a gametime decision as he continues to nurse an ankle injury. The Falcons do not have another punter on their active roster at the moment and unless they pick someone up in the next day or two, it seems more than likely that Bosher will be ready to go. If not, veteran kicker Matt Bryant would likely take over punting responsibilities.
OUTDevonta Freeman RB ATL (5) 15 hours ago
Freeman (concussion) has been ruled out of Monday's tilt against the Seahawks, Vaugn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Freeman will be sidelined for Monday's showdown with the Seahawks after suffering a concussion last Sunday against the Cowboys. The 25-year-old back has a history of concussions throughout his career, with this being his second on the year. Now that he is officially out, look for Tevin Coleman to carry the load Monday night, with Terron Ward taking over as the No. 2 option in the backfield.
Mike Hull LB MIA (1) 15 hours ago
Hull is the player most likely to take over at starting MLB for the recently released Rey Maualuga, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Hull was also the starter earlier this season as the Dolphins waited for Maualuga to get into playing shape. Hull has 24 tackles and a fumble recovery in nine games for the Dolphins this season. He is likely to be flanked by Lawrence Timmons and Kiko Alonso for the game versus Tampa Bay on Sunday.
De'Veon Smith RB MIA (1) 16 hours ago
The Dolphins promoted Smith to their 53-man roster Saturday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
The Dolphins' surprisingly waived starting linebacker Rey Maualuga Saturday, which opened up a roster spot for Smith. The rookie has spent the season on the team's practice squad, and figures to mainly provide special teams help right away.
Rey Maualuga LB FA 16 hours ago
Maualuga was waived by the Dolphins on Saturday following an late night arrest, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
There are no details on the alleged arrest, but it is serious enough to result in the Dolphins letting Maualuga go. He provided 14 tackles in his previous three games for the Dolphins, and also started four of the last six games. It remains to be seen how the defense will adjust, but Mike Hull figures to see a sizable increase in snaps at middle linebacker.
Markus Wheaton WR CHI (9) 16 hours ago
Wheaton is expected to play a bigger role at receiver in Sunday's game against the Lions, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Wheaton only saw two snaps in the Bears' Week 10 loss to the Packers after coming off a three-game absence due to injury. However, head coach John Fox indicated there is "no doubt" Wheaton is more prepared to contribute in Week 11 after another week of practice under his belt. Still, the 26-year-old is fourth on the Bears' receiving depth chart, and the team figures to rely on their ground game going forward.
Dede Westbrook WR JAC (8) 17 hours ago
Westbrook (abdomen) will join the Jaguars' 53-man roster after being activated off injured reserve Saturday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reports.
With Allen Hurns out Sunday, Westbrook should return to action as the No. 3 receiver on the Jaguars' depth chart. While the rookie has high expectations for his NFL debut, stating he expects a 200-yard receiving game, the team is likely to ease him into the swing of things. Expected cold temperatures in Cleveland should force an already run-heavy team to rely even more on their ground game. However, Westbrook shined in the preseason, and figures to have plenty of opportunities in the passing game going forward.