His first overt sign of progress through the concussion protocol, Freeman may have reached his baseline testing marker, which allows a player to work out again. In the coming days, he'll focus on increasing his activity level while avoiding a recurrence of symptoms, but an independent neurologist still must clear Freeman before he can return to game action. The Falcons take the field Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EDT, so owners will have time to find a replacement if he doesn't make the requisite recovery.
Sendejo managed one full practice this week, clearing him to man his typical strong safety spot for the first time since Week 10. On the season, he's notched 46 tackles (31 solo) and one interception among four passes defended across seven games.
Ansah reeled off 30 sacks in his first three campaigns as a professional, but the last two have yielded just six in 21 games due to a number of injuries, namely a high-ankle sprain last year and a knee concern in 2017. He may have difficulty impacting the box score versus a Minnesota offensive line that's allowed an NFL-low 10 sacks this season.
The Lions claimed Freeney off waivers Wednesday after he was waived by the Seahawks, so it isn't too surprising to see that he'll be inactive for at least one week while he adjusts to being with his new team. Freeney is expected to be used as a depth option and situational pass rusher on the Lions' defensive line once he is officially made active.
The same applies to fellow wideout Travis Benjamin (abdomen), though both are speculative Week 12 fantasy plays in the context of a crowded Chargers pass-catching corps headed by Keenan Allen, who logged 12 catches in Week 11. Williams recorded career-highs in catches (five), targets (eight) and receiving yards (38) in this past Sunday's 54-24 win over the Bills, so things are trending in the right direction for the No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. That said, Williams is not yet the fantasy lineup lock that he could develop into down the road.
Forced from Sunday's dominating win versus the Bills due to an abdominal strain, Benjamin took part in three consecutive limited practices this week. Even though he's likely available Thursday, he's received exactly one target in three of the last five games, which doesn't inspire confidence in his ability to produce.
Lewis acknowledged that the accuracy issues Mike Nugent endured before being cut late last season may have affected his patience with Bullock, who hasn't been quite as reliable as the team hoped. In addition to missing one game with a back injury, Bullock has connected on eight of 10 field-goal tries -- with none of those attempts coming from 50-plus yards -- and has missed two of his 20 extra-point attempts this season. A matchup with the winless Browns should provide more scoring opportunities than usual for Bullock, but any missed kicks he has during the contest could further loosen his job security.
Carradine has been practicing for two weeks now and appears to be recovering well from the high-ankle sprain that has sidelined him for the last seven contests. Assuming Carradine endures no setbacks during the week, he'll likely be activated and could immediately challenge for a starting role Sunday. At the very least, Carradine should be firmly in the mix of a defensive-end rotation that already includes Solomon Thomas (knee), Leger Douzable, Ronald Blair, Elvis Dumervil, Cassius Marsh and Aaron Lynch.
Carroll's pronouncement comes one day after the coach said that it was "unlikely" he'd suit up in Week 12. Given that Davis didn't take part in the team's walk-through Wednesday while recovering from the pulled groin, it would seem he's trending toward sitting out the divisional matchup, but his activity level Thursday and Friday will prove more telling for his status. Davis, who was promoted from the practice squad prior to Monday's loss to the Falcons, immediately saw heavy involvement in his season debut before exiting the contest with the injury, finishing the night with 59 total yards on eight touches (two receptions).
Shead has been on the Physically Unable to Perform list all season while recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the playoffs back in January. Once Shead resumes practicing, the Seahawks will have a 21-day window in which to activate him to the 53-man roster. The Seahawks could benefit from Shead's return, given that Richard Sherman (Achilles) is out for the season and Shaquil Griffin is recovering from a concussion.
Griffin, who exited the Seahawks' loss to the Falcons on Monday with the head injury, didn't participate in practice Wednesday and looks like he won't have enough time to pass through all phases of the protocol before the weekend. Since Griffin was recently appointed as the Seahawks' new No. 1 cornerback following Richard Sherman's season-ending Achilles injury, the team will be rather thin in the secondary Week 12. Look for Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell to serve as the team's starting corners against San Francisco.
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