The buzz around Antone Smith has come to a sudden stop. He only got five carries for 25 yards last night, and lost a fumble. After his injury, Peyton Barber saw the few touches left since Tampa Bay found themselves in a shootout. Due to the "significant" knee injury, and Doug Martin getting healthier, Antone Smith can be dropped from any team holding him
Dial was a full participant in practice Wednesday through Friday, so despite getting the questionable tag for the Week 11 matchup, he seems likely to play. The nose tackle missed the Packers' previous two games with the injury.
Burnett will be sidelined for a second straight game due to the groin issue he sustained in the Week 9 loss to the Lions, and the Packers haven't issued a timeline for his return. Josh Jones is expected to hold down a starting role at safety until Burnett is ready to play again.
Vaccaro started the week with a limited session, but was a non-participant Thursday and Friday. Vonn Bell started at strong safety in his absence against the Bills in Week 10 and would likely fill in again if Vaccaro cannot play Sunday.
Brooks followed up limited practices Wednesday and Thursday with a full session Friday, which should be enough for him to take the field Sunday. He was questionable heading into the Week 10 victory over the Bears, but ultimately suited up and played 28 snaps (27 on defense) in the contest, recording no tackles and one pass breakup.
The one-year, $11 million deal, which includes a no-trade clause, simply ensures that Fitzgerald will stay in Arizona if he does indeed continue his career. It also hints that he plans to do so, but he could still opt for retirement in the offseason. As for the more immediate future, Sunday brings a road matchup against a Houston defense that has surrendered three straight 300-yard passing games. Blaine Gabbert will start at quarterback and may prove to be an upgrade from Drew Stanton (knee).
Scherff, who started and played 73 of 75 offensive snaps in the Week 10 loss to the Vikings, was limited in practice all week. There's been no indication of a setback at this point, so the 24-year-old seems more likely than not to suit up Sunday.
Rivers was able to practice fully Friday and is seemingly trending toward suiting up this week, but he'll need to receive clearance from an independent neurologist by Saturday in order to guarantee his availability for the home date with the Bills. As the backup to the historically durable Rivers the last three-plus seasons, Clemens has been limited to just 10 total passing attempts. The lack of recent work makes Clemens little more than a speculative play in two-quarterback formats, with the Chargers perhaps opting for a more ground-oriented offensive attack in the event Rivers is sidelined.
Lauvao was a limited participant in practice this week after playing every offensive snap in the Week 10 loss to the Vikings. The 30-year-old has been dealing with a stinger, but there has been no indication of a setback at this point, so the expectation is that he'll suit up Sunday.
Pryor originally suffered the injury Week 2 but wasn't listed on the injury report until Week 9. He's now saying it's been an issue all along, which raises some questions about whether player and team have made honest use of the injury reports. In any case, Pryor missed practice Thursday and Friday and has now been ruled out for Sunday's game in New Orleans. A recent MRI apparently was concerning, as he's scheduled to meet with Dr. Robert Anderson on Monday in Charlotte. Given that he's already tumbled down the depth chart and is set to hit free agency again after the season, Pryor figures to prioritize his long-term health over his short-term availability.
After injuring his shoulder in the Week 10 win over the Bears, King was rendered a limited participant in practice all week. The rookie would likely act as the Packers' nickel back if he's ultimately cleared to suit up Sunday.
Nicholson hasn't played since injuring his shoulder against the Cowboys in late October, missing the last two contests as a result. The 21-year-old was limited in practice this week. Deshazor Everett would likely step in at safety if Nicholson is unable to play Sunday.
Bennett hauled in all three of his targets for 38 yards in last week's win over Denver, despite seeing just seven snaps on offense. While more snaps figure to be on top for Bennett on Sunday, assuming he plays after practicing in a limited fashion all week, he's no threat to overtake star tight end Rob Gronkowski as the team's top pass-catching option at the position.
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