Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo provided a positive update on outfielder Bryce Harper's recovery from knee surgery during an interview with MLB Network Radio Thursday.
"He's progressing nicely from knee surgeries," Rizzo said. "He's a guy that works out extremely hard. He is 100 percent ready for spring training."
Harper was quoted in an ESPN story he wants to open spring training at 240 pounds. Rizzo is OK with Harper bulking up.
A 21 year old with this amount of talent is unheard. A 21 year old with that talent and 240 lbs of muscle? Amazing. Harper may have failed to meet unreasonable expectations last year but it wouldn't be at all surprising that he takes off in his third season in the big leagues if he can just stay healthy. A fantasy building block - he's an elite talent. ANALYST: Ray Flowers
Jarvis Landry did not practice Wednesday due a knee injury.
With a divisional game against the Jets on tap in Week 12, the Dolphins did not have their leading receiver active at practice on Wednesday. Landry has caught 63 passes this year for 651 yards and five touchdowns. He also has been the primary punt and kick returner for Miami. In an effort to give him rest this Sunday, players were practicing running back kicks on Wednesday with Landry sidelined. Monitor his status as his impact would be positive on Sunday with Darrelle Revis not practicing either. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Bills cut RB Daniel Herron.
With injuries affecting the offensive line, Buffalo cut Daniel Herron in order to sign free-agent guard Ryan Kroy. Herron is no longer needed as LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams are both healthy for the Bills. Herron will look to catch on with a practice squad, which can be possible due to the number of injuries that happened in Week 11. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Bills cut Denarius Moore.
In an effort to improve the return game for Buffalo, they cut Denarius Moore to sign Marcus Thigpen. Thigpen was released earlier this year so Buffalo could sign Moore, but they have changed places once again in Buffalo with Thigpen back in the fold to return kicks. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Willie Snead practiced in full on Wednesday.
Prior to the bye week, Willie Snead was limited in practice due to a knee injury. Snead is feeling "great" at practice and was a full participant on Wednesday. With the Saints on the road in Week 12 though, note that Snead has 26 of his 41 receptions at home and all three of his touchdowns in New Orleans. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Marcus Smart (foot) has no definitive timetable for a return.
It is too early to say that Marcus Smart is "injury-prone" but he is out for the near future for the Celtics. This will push Avery Bradley to the forefront of playing time alongside Isaiah Thomas for Boston. Smart was averaging 9.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game in close to 27 minutes per game for the Celtics. Monitor his reports, but with no timetable, it is unknown how long Smart will be out. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Eagles waived LB Emmanuel Acho.
In a move to get another wide receiver on the roster, the Eagles waived LB Emmanuel Acho to sign Jonathan Krause from the practice squad. This move was made possible by three linebackers returning to Philadelphia's rotation and the lack of production by the wide receiving corps. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Kobe Bryant did not practice on Wednesday.
Coming off of a career tying low shooting performance on Tuesday night, Kobe Bryant did not practice on Wednesday. Bryant is now 37 and is showing signs of wearing down as he returns from his myriad of injuries. On Tuesday, Bryant shot 1-for-14 from the field and 1-for-7 on three point shots. Over the last four games, Bryant is 2-for-21 from three point range and a day off may be best to get him on track going forward. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Matt Bryant (right quad) was limited in practice on Wednesday.
This has to be concerning news to Matt Bryant owners in fantasy. Bryant was limited in practice with a sore right quad. He missed his only field goal attempt in Week 11 from 46 yards out but did convert all three of his extra-point attempts. As a veteran kicker for Atlanta, Bryant is a steady contributor to the offense but this injury could make longer field goals like the one he missed on Sunday questionable in Week 12. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Antonio Gates (hip) was limited in practice on Wednesday.
Coming off of a disappointing performance in Week 11, Antonio Gates was limited in practice due to his hip on Wednesday. Gates has made headlines due to his sideline "tiff" with QB Philip Rivers but he makes a habit of not practicing full during the week then playing on Sunday. Gates could be in line for a bounce back game against the Jaguars in Week 12 as long as he is active to play. Analysis: Greg Jewett