Tom Brady QB NE (9) 54 minutes ago
Brady (unspecified reason) was not present for Wednesday's practice, the Providence Journal reports.
Brady did not appear to suffer any injury setbacks in Week 11's win over the Raiders in Mexico City, so it's possible that his absence Wednesday is either non-injury or maintenance-related. At this stage, there's been nothing to suggest that Brady -- who has been off of the Patriots' injury report since Week 6 -- is in any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Dolphins, with added clarity on that front likely to arrive upon the release of the team's initial Week 12 injury designations, set to arrive later Wednesday.
QDan Bailey K DAL (6) 1 hour ago
Bailey (groin) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Chargers, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Recent trends indicate a return is possible for Bailey. First, he attempted field goals during warmups ahead of Sunday's eventual loss to the Eagles. In ensuing practices, he was listed as a limited participant Monday through Wednesday. A pregame warmup may be the final test to achieving active status Thursday, but if Bailey is held out again, Mike Nugent will handle all the kicking reps for a fifth straight game.
QTy Montgomery RB GB (8) 1 hour ago
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that Montgomery (ribs) would start the week of practice with the rehab group, Mike Spofford of the Packers' official site reports.
Montgomery opened the previous week in a similar fashion and was listed as a non-participant in practice, so that designation likely awaits him again Wednesday. The running back didn't progress beyond the rehab group at any point last week and was ruled out in advance of Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Ravens, but the Packers will wait and see if he can hit the practice field in any capacity Thursday or Friday before making a call on his status for the Week 12 matchup with Pittsburgh. If Montgomery gains clearance to play against the Steelers, there's a good chance he'll only be used in a complementary fashion behind rookie Jamaal Williams, even with No. 1 back Aaron Jones (knee) set to miss a second straight game.
QTravis Benjamin WR LAC (9) 1 hour ago
Benjamin (abdomen) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Cowboys.
Benjamin's practice participation in advance of Thursday's contest was classified as limited, which also applies to fellow wideout Mike Williams. Benjamin has at times displayed play-making ability for the Chargers this season, but in the team's crowded pass-catching corps, he looks like a hit-or-miss fantasy option in Week 12, assuming both he and Williams suit up.
DCalvin Munson LB NYG (8) 1 hour ago
Munson (quadriceps) is listed as doubtful for Thursday's contest at Washington, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
During three starts at middle linebacker this season, Munson has posted 24 tackles, including a 13-tackle performance in Sunday's overtime win against the Chiefs. With a short turnaround between games, the Giants are seemingly erring on the side of caution with the 2017 undrafted free agent, who has dealt with a quad injury on occasion this season. The defense will already be without No. 1 MLB B.J. Goodson (ankle), so it's unclear exactly who will man the middle Thursday.
Trevor Siemian QB DEN (5) 1 hour ago
Siemian will serve as the top backup to Paxton Lynch for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Mike Klis of 9 News Denver reports.
With the playoffs seemingly out of reach, the Broncos are expected to have Lynch, a 2016 first-round pick, finish out the season as the starter in order to gauge if he's a long-term solution at the position. That likely means that Siemian, who started the Broncos' first seven games of the season, likely won't get another look in the No. 1 role if Lynch's health prevails, but he'll at least move ahead of Brock Osweiler on the depth chart. As the Broncos' new No. 3 quarterback, Osweiler will likely be inactive after he failed to spark the team's dormant offense in his three starts, completing only 53.1 percent of his passes while tossing four interceptions against three touchdowns.
Orleans Darkwa RB NYG (8) 1 hour ago
Darkwa (hamstring) doesn't have a designation for Thursday's game in Washington, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Darkwa was listed as limited on the first two injury reports of the week due to a hamstring concern, but it wasn't severe enough to impact his availability Thursday. In his current string of six consecutive starts, he's churned out averages of 16.5 touches for 84.5 yards from scrimmage and two total touchdowns.
Brock Osweiler QB DEN (5) 1 hour ago
Osweiler will serve as the Broncos' No. 3 quarterback for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Mike Klis of 9 News Denver reports.
Confirming numerous reports that surfaced a day earlier, the Broncos officially announced Wednesday that Paxton Lynch would take over as the team's starting quarterback this week, an unsurprising development given that Osweiler completed just 53.1 percent of his passes while turning the ball over four times as the Broncos went 0-3 during his run as starter. What was more unexpected was Osweiler's fall from first to third on the depth chart, as Trevor Siemian, who was inactive for the Week 11 loss to the Bengals, will step in as the top understudy to Lynch. Look for the Broncos to make Osweiler one of their seven inactive players Sunday.
IRCaleb Sturgis K PHI (10) 1 hour ago
Sturgis, who was placed on injured reserve after suffering a left hip flexor tear in the season opener is said to be close to being available to play, but the Eagles aren't expected to activate him from IR, Les Bowen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Jake Elliott, the kicker who replaced Sturgis on the 53-man roster, remains in the concussion protocol, but Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said he expects Elliott to receive clearance in advance of Sunday's game against the Bears. Even if Elliott ends up being ruled out for that contest, it's uncertain if Sturgis would be ready to kick in Week 12 if needed. With that in mind, it's more likely than not that Sturgis won't kick again for the Eagles, as he's set to become a free agent this offseason and Pederson has previously pledged his commitment to Elliott, who has nailed a franchise-record five field goals of 50 or more yards this season.
QJacoby Brissett QB IND (11) 1 hour ago
Coach Chuck Pagano indicated Wednesday that Brissett is in the non-contact portion of the NFL's concussion protocol, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
The report also notes that Brissett is in line to have some controlled contact after Thursday's practice. Per Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star, Brissett will be evaluated by an independent neurologist after he works on Thursday and it's likely the QB will be medically cleared at that time. Assuming that's the case, Brissett will be on track to start Sunday's game against the Titans.