The best time for teams to make key changes is during their bye week. The Rams have their bye week this week, as well as seeing their starting QB Keenum throwing four picks in their last game. Reports state the Rams are continuing to develop their first round #1 overall pick off the field, but continue to state their offense won't change including playing Goff. The decision continues to baffle Rams nation, and could be the end of Fisher when the season is over.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jake Elliott, the kicker who replaced Sturgis on the 53-man roster after Week 1, remains in the concussion protocol, but Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said he expects the rookie 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 make another appearance for the Eagles, given that 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.
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.
In preparation for this contest, the Giants had just one light practice on the docket Tuesday, when Shepard failed to participate due to an ongoing migraine. The malady emerged Saturday, kept him on the sideline Sunday against the Chiefs and is threatening to force another absence Thursday. With 10 days between the Giants' outings in Weeks 12 and 13, it wouldn't surprise if Shepard is held out again to help him put the headaches in the rearview mirror. If the preceding occurs, rookie tight end Evan Engram automatically becomes the No. 1 option in the passing attack, with Tavarres King, Roger Lewis and Travis Rudolph holding down the fort at wideout.
It appears Freeman hasn't made much notable progress in his recovery since entering the protocol following his early departure in the first quarter of the Falcons' Week 10 win over the Cowboys. Though practice participation doesn't have any bearing on a player receiving clearance from the protocol, it's typically an indication that he's trending in the right direction. Given that Freeman had a prior history of concussions before suffering his latest head injury, the Falcons could opt to proceed cautiously with the running back, who missed his first game of the season in Monday's win over the Seahawks. Freeman will likely need to practice in some capacity either Thursday or Friday and receive clearance from an independent neurologist afterward in order for the Falcons to give him the green light to play Sunday against the Buccaneers. If that fails to materialize, Tevin Coleman would serve as the team's lead back for the second straight contest.
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