Jones' promotion comes after linebacker Leonard Floyd was placed on injured reserve. With the Bears' linebacking unit plagued with injuries, it's possible Jones could ultimately see some snaps, but he's expected to play a reserve role on defense early on.
King followed up limited practices last week with inactive status Sunday versus the Ravens. Now with an uninhibited session under his belt, he brings the Packers' cornerback ranks to full strength outside of those players on IR or the PUP list. If Damarious Randall and Davon House man the two outside spots Sunday at Pittsburgh, King will take over the slot.
As expected, Floyd's season is officially over after he was diagnosed with MCL and PLC sprains in his right knee and the linebacker will undergo surgery within the week. Floyd's absence will leave a gap within the Bears' defensive front and they'll use his roster spot to promote linebacker Howard Jones to their active roster.
Thomas signed with the Chiefs a week and a half ago, but he has now been waived by the team for the second time since the start of the season. He was being used as a backup nose tackle with limited usage in Kansas City.
When Mays landed on Wednesday's injury report as limited with an ankle injury, the Packers were down to one healthy running back (Jamaal Williams) due to the ailing Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery. Mays' return to full participant Thursday restores the backfield to its state from Sunday's loss to the Ravens. As for the other two running backs, Jones is in the midst of a multi-week absence due to an MCL sprain, while the team may take a more cautious approach with Montgomery as he's nursing his second rib injury of the season. If the latter comes to pass, Mays will serve as the direct backup to Williams this Sunday night at Pittsburgh.
Tolbert's role backing up LeSean McCoy has yielded modest fantasy production of late, and if he is forced to miss another game, Travaris Cadet (who caught six passes in Week 11) would be in line to serve as McCoy's backup Sunday afternoon against the Chiefs.
Back-to-back missed practice sessions cloud Benjamin's short-term status, but his outlook on that front could brighten if he is able to return to the field Friday, in any capacity. The Bills face Kansas City on the road at 1:00 ET on Sunday, which offers some options to those considering Benjamin in Week 12 fantasy lineups in the event that he morphs into a game-time decision for the contest.
Although an uncapped session is a positive development, the Eagles quickly put to rest any assumption about Elliott's health, stating he's "still in the league's concussion protocol." Clearly, progressing from limited to full participation within one day is in line with the fourth stage of the protocol, but he must receive clearance from an independent neurologist in order to suit up Sunday versus the Bears. Fortunately for Elliott, he has two days remaining to achieve that goal.
Back-to-back missed practice sessions make Smith-Schuster's Friday participation (or lack thereof) key with regard to his chances of suiting up Sunday night against the Packers. If Smith-Schuster ends up out this weekend, or limited all, Martavis Bryant could see an uptick in snaps and targets in the Pittsburgh offense in Week 12.
Shepard was tabbed with a "limited" designation on Monday's estimated injury report, but the positive start was followed by no activity at Tuesday's light practice and a DNP on Wednesday. With migraines still in tow, he's seemingly slated for a second consecutive absence. In such a scenario, wide receivers Roger Lewis, Tavarres King and Travis Rudolph should all have ample target counts by game's end.
Despite the wideout's listed limitations at practice, coach Bill O'Brien noted Wednesday that Hopkins is slated to play Monday night against the Ravens. "He's all right," O'Brien said of Hopkins. "He rode the bike a little bit. He'll be there Monday night." We'll track Hopkins' status as the week continues, but it's plausible that he could end up without an official injury designation upon the release of the Texans' final Week 12 injury report, which is due Saturday.
When asked about the wideout's status Wednesday, coach Bill O'Brien acknowledged that he didn't know if Fuller will be able to play Monday night against Baltimore. If Fuller is unable to go in that contest and instead targets a return in Week 13, Bruce Ellington would once again be in line to see added work in the Texans offense this week.
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