This merely reiterates what was reported over the weekend, with Hogan slated to return from a four-game absence after managed limited participation at practice throughout the week. The Patriots might limit his snaps in his first game action since Oct. 29, but it will come as a major surprise if Hogan's name is listed when the team releases its inactives around 7:00 pm. ET on Monday. Dion Lewis (illness) also is expected to suit up, giving Tom Brady his full complement of weapons at running back and wide receiver as he prepares to play without Rob Gronkowski (suspension) for just the second time this season. Hogan set season-high marks for catches (eight) and targets (11) when Gronkowski sat out with a groin injury in a 19-14 win over the Bucs in Week 5.
Allison had caught just two total passes over nine games since a 122-yard effort in Week 3, but he got a chance to see the field more than usual Sunday with the Packers playing catch-up in the second half, and finished with his second most productive game of the season. Despite the increase in snaps Sunday, and the possible return of starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) in Week 15, Allison remains the Packers' No. 4 receiver and a dart throw for fantasy purposes.
Lewis was added to the injury report Friday when he missed practice with an illness, but his return as a limited participant Saturday put him on track to avoid an absence. Despite being listed as questionable on the final injury report, he should be fine to continue as New England's lead back against a Miami defense that's allowing 4.3 yards per carry and 116.5 rushing yards per game. With Rex Burkhead and James White also available, Mike Gillislee (illness) likely will be inactive even if he's healthy enough to play. Final word on Lewis' availability will come through around 7:00 p.m. ET when the Patriots release their inactive list.
The Rockets are likely just listing Harden as a precaution, but it's nonetheless worth keeping an eye on the MVP candidate's status as tip-off approaches. The 28-year-old is coming off of one of his best performances of the season Saturday in Portland, when he finished with 48 points, eight rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes.
Dorsett averaged 42 snaps per game during Hogan's four-week absence, after falling between eight and 20 snaps in each of the previous six contests. With Danny Amendola locked in as the slot man, Hogan's return pushes Dorsett all the way back from the No. 2 role to the No. 4 spot. Dorsett was unable to take advantage of Hogan's injury from a statistical standpoint, catching only three passes for 59 yards during the four-game stretch. The Patriots may use more four-wide sets than usual in Monday's game while trying to cope with the absence of Rob Gronkowski (suspension).
With Carson Palmer (arm) believed to be considering retirement, Gabbert could be the Cardinals' choice as a short-term bridge while they try to obtain a franchise quarterback. General manager John Keim at one point suggested that Gabbert might actually become that player, but the veteran's performance in four games as the starter hasn't done much to inspire confidence. He's completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 6.9 yards per attempt, tossing five touchdowns and four interceptions while absorbing 18 sacks (4.5 per game) and failing to make an impact as a runner (16 carries for 54 yards). Between his work this year and his performance in San Francisco the past two seasons, Gabbert hasn't provided much indication of being anything more than a solid backup.
Celek did the majority of his damage on a 61-yard catch and run in the third quarter, the longest reception of his career. Jimmy Garoppolo rewarded his tight end at the end of the drive with a well-placed toss that Celek corralled for his third touchdown of the season. The 29-year-old has now scored three touchdowns in three consecutive seasons despite starting each year behind a younger, more-athletic tight end on the depth chart. Perhaps the 49ers should consider featuring "Old Reliable" more often than they have been during his time in San Francisco. They may already be heading in that direction based on the fact that Celek has received more targets and receptions than rookie George Kittle over the past two weeks. That said, there is still a clear timeshare regarding tight end snaps, and fullback Kyle Juszczyk's presence in the short-yardage passing game (four targets Sunday) also eats into Celek's potential fantasy value.
Hoomanawanui played 25 of 52 offensive snaps in Atlanta, but the big tight end remains behind starting tight end Josh Hill on the depth chart and is primarily a blocker even when he's in the game. Accordingly, Hoomanawanui can be left on the waiver wire in most leagues.
While Rapoport's report offers some level of optimism that Wentz may have avoided a season-ending injury, the MRI will provide a more accurate picture of the MVP candidate's health. Even if the MRI confirms that Wentz avoided a complete tear, ligament damage of any kind could result in him missing the Eagles' final three-regular season contests, and perhaps postseason action as well. Nick Foles finished out the fourth quarter as the Eagles' signal caller and would step in as the team's starter if Wentz is sidelined for any length of time.
Apple hasn't taken the field in more than a month, and it's evident that injury isn't the only reason behind his four consecutive inactive statuses. In the report, Raanan notes that the cornerback's behavior in the locker room has aggravated teammates and others within the organization, with the 2016 No. 10 overall pick getting called out for a lack of effort during the Giants' Nov. 12 to the then-winless 49ers. With the Giants firing general manager Jerry Reese and head coach Ben McAdoo earlier this month, it's possible that Apple won't be viewed a part of the team's long-term plans when a new regime takes over in 2018.
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