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Marshawn Lynch (back) was limited in Tuesday's practice.

Beast Mode will be fine for Thanksgiving night despite lingering back issues.
Nov 26 - 1:15 AM

Cooper Helfet (ankle) did not practice Tuesday.

Helfet sprained his ankle in Week 12. He caught a 20-yard touchdown in the game, but his status for Thursday night is up in the air on a short week.
Nov 26 - 1:14 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Redskins will announce Wednesday that Robert Griffin III has been benched for Colt McCoy.

After watching Redskins tape, NFL Films' Greg Cosell recently noted that RG3 "needs to go back to QB school." He is a mess mechanically and seems to have lost all of his confidence during an abysmal third NFL season. Per Schefter, the Skins still view Griffin as a "significant" part of their long-term plan, and hope to add better talent around him this offseason. With LT Trent Williams (knee/ankle) banged up, they'll throw McCoy to the dogs. Griffin is safe to drop in fantasy leagues of all sizes. It's fair to wonder if he will ever mesh with first-year coach Gruden. Despite Schefter's optimistic report, we suspect they won't.
Nov 25 - 11:22 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Redskins are planning to start Colt McCoy in Week 13 at Indianapolis.

Schefter reports Robert Griffin III remains "a significant part" of the Redskins' long-term plan, but it appears the coaching staff has decided McCoy offers a better chance to be competitive at this moment. Coach Jay Gruden has not been able to run his offense with RG3 under center. McCoy has appeared in two games this year, completing 85.7 percent of his throws for 427 yards with a touchdown and an interception, engineering an upset of Dallas and leading the game-winning drive versus Tennessee. We suspect McCoy will close out the season as the Redskins' starter.
Nov 25 - 11:14 PM

When discussing the signing of RB Michael Bush, coach Bruce Arians said, "We need a guy who's gonna pound it in there and close out games for us."

It can be taken as a sign the Cardinals are going to use Bush in goal-line and short-yardage situations. With Andre Ellington averaging over 20 touches per game and looking like he may need a breather, it's not out of the question that Bush will step into a prominent role. It's a hit to Ellington's value, but we could also argue it's a boost. Ellington is most effective when he's fresh, and less touches would make him more explosive. He's still a solid RB1/2.
Nov 25 - 8:41 PM

Vikings signed OT J'Marcus Webb.

J'Webb Nation announced the signing on his Facebook feed. Webb appeared in eight games for the Chiefs last season. He'll serve as the Vikings' emergency tackle after RT Phil Loadholt (pec) was placed on injured reserve.
Nov 25 - 6:54 PM

Matthew Stafford has been sacked 33 times this season, just three off his career-worst mark from 2011.

Only Colin Kaepernick has been sacked more times this season (34). Stafford is getting taken down once every 12.6 dropbacks, a preposterous number that's helped contribute to his recent anemic play. Things may not get any better in Week 13, as there's a good chance the Lions will be missing LT Riley Reiff (knee) on a short week.
Nov 25 - 6:52 PM

Terrance Williams (broken fingertip) was "limited" in Tuesday's practice, but is expected to be active for Thursday's game against the Eagles.

Williams will wear a splint for the Cowboys' annual Thanksgiving classic. Williams got off to a scorching-hot start this season, but has just 12 total catches over his past six games.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Nov 25 - 6:45 PM

Calvin Johnson (ankle) returned to Lions practice Tuesday, getting in a limited session.

Megatron will be ready to rock for Detroit's nationally-televised Thanksgiving showdown with the Bears.
Nov 25 - 6:44 PM

Saints WR Nick Toon played 44-of-74 snaps in Monday's loss to the Ravens, catching 3-of-5 targets for 42 yards.

Each of the catches, yards and targets were the most of Toon's thus far dismal three-year career. He had previously never caught more than one pass in a game. The New Orleans Times-Picayune expects Toon to maintain a role for however long Robert Meachem (ankle) is sidelined. It's nice to see Toon finally getting some regular-season run, but he's highly unlikely to come into 2014 fantasy value.
Nov 25 - 6:36 PM

Jace Amaro is in the league's concussion protocol.

Amaro should be considered questionable, at best, for Week 13. The rookie tight end has just two total catches over his past three games.
Nov 25 - 6:32 PM

DeMarco Murray is confident he can keep up at his current workload.

Murray is averaging 27.8 touches per game. "As the year goes on, you feel better," Murray said Tuesday. "I feel like I’ve gotten stronger throughout the year, so I have to continue to work hard during the week and it’ll show up on Sundays." The Cowboys have actually eased off the throttle a bit with Murray in recent weeks, giving him an average of "just" 25 touches over their past four games. Murray's workload is more likely to catch up with him in future seasons than 2014.
Nov 25 - 6:28 PM

Profootballtalk reports Marshawn Lynch (back, illness) will "without question" play against the 49ers on Thanksgiving.

It's not a surprise, as coach Pete Carroll essentially guaranteed on Monday that Beast Mode would suit up for Seattle's grudge match with the 49ers. Lynch has been playing mostly dominant football, but on a short week against a tough run defense, he'll be a lower-end RB1 for Week 13.
Nov 25 - 6:26 PM

Vikings worked out free agent OTs Eric Winston and J'Marcus Webb.

The Vikes need a body with RT Phil Loadholt (pec) done for the season. It's unclear if either Winston or Webb will get a deal. Winston is the NFLPA president.
Nov 25 - 5:43 PM

Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back) didn't practice Tuesday.

ASJ's missed practice coincided with the Bucs signing two tight ends. He's not looking like a great bet to suit up in Week 13.
Nov 25 - 5:36 PM

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