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Luc Mbah a Moute Headshot

Mbah a Moute has been diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder and will be reevaluated in one week, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

An MRI performed on the shoulder earlier Thursday came back negative, so he's avoided any significant damage. That said, it's still a dislocation, so Mbah a Moute is expected to miss some time while going through the recovery process. He was originally expected to return within 2-to-3 weeks, but it appears the Rockets will reevaluate him weekly with the potential to return earlier than expected. P.J. Tucker stands to benefit with more minutes off the bench at both forward spots, while Trevor Ariza could pick up some extra playing time as well.
3:36 pm (EST)
Ashton Sautner Headshot

Sautner was called up from the minors Thursday.

Sautner has notched three points in 21 outings for the Comets this season. While the defender was able to rack up points in the WHL, he has not translated that skill into the AHL, so fantasy owners probably shouldn't expect him to be an offensive powerhouse with the Canucks -- if he even cracks the lineup during his stint in the NHL.
3:35 pm (EST)
Alexander  Kerfoot Headshot

Kerfoot (lower body) won't be ready in time for Thursday's game against the Panthers, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports.

Colorado's skilled rookie will be held out for a second consecutive contest, which is particularly unfortunate because Kerfoot performed well against them in Florida last Saturday, connecting for an even-strength goal on his only shot in a 7-3 road victory. He remains day-to-day ahead of Saturday's home tilt versus the Lightning.
3:35 pm (EST)
Michael Broadway (R) Headshot

Broadway agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training with Kansas City on Thursday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.

Broadway began the 2017 season with Washington, but agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rays after being released by the Nationals in June. He faired extremely well with Triple-A Durham during his six appearances -- posting a 0.60 ERA and 0.47 WHIP over 15 innings -- which was a stark contrast to his time with Washington's Triple-A squad. The 30-year-old last competed in the majors with San Francisco in 2016, and will look to earn a roster spot with the Royals come the spring.
3:34 pm (EST)
Jerick McKinnon Headshot

McKinnon (shoulder) practiced in full Thursday.

Since Dalvin Cook suffered a torn ACL in Week 4, McKinnon has averaged 76.9 yards per game from scrimmage and scored five total touchdowns across nine outings. That said, McKinnon hasn't surpassed 60 scrimmage yards in five consecutive contests. After a brief reduction in reps Wednesday, he returned Thursday without limitations, setting himself up to take advantage of the Bengals' 19th-ranked defense Sunday.
3:34 pm (EST)
Jason Pierre-Paul Headshot

Pierre-Paul (finger) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Pierre-Paul's status was cloudy heading into the Week 14 loss to the Cowboys while he managed the finger issue, but he ultimately suited up and recorded five tackles while playing 52 snaps. The fact that the defensive end was able to put in a full practice Thursday suggests his availability is less of a question mark for Sunday's game against the Eagles. Pierre-Paul could have better luck at ending his two-game sackless streak with Nick Foles set to make his first start of 2017 for the Eagles after the more mobile Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending knee injury last week.
3:31 pm (EST)
Josh Archibald Headshot

Archibald has returned to Pittsburgh following a conditioning stint in the minors, per Josh Getzoff of Pens TV.

Archibald has played in just two games for the Penguins this season in which he tallied a mere one shot on goal, seven hits and a blocked shot. The infrequency with which the winger has gotten onto the ice likely means he will get periodic stints in the minors throughout the rest of the year.
3:30 pm (EST)
LeSean McCoy Headshot

McCoy (knee) practiced fully Thursday.

After logging 32 carries (for 156 yards) in snowy conditions in this past weekend's 13-7 overtime win over the Colts, McCoy's practiced reps were managed Wednesday. His return to a full session Thursday puts the running track in line to play Sunday at home against the Dolphins. While it won't exactly be balmy in Orchard Park on Sunday, the area's current weather forecast doesn't predict either snow or strong wind at that time.
3:30 pm (EST)
Roger Lewis Headshot

Lewis (ankle) didn't practice Thursday.

Lewis' second straight absence from practice wouldn't seem to portend well for his status for Sunday's game against the Eagles, but even in times of better health, the wideout's fantasy value has been minimal, at best. Since Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall went down with season-ending ankle injuries in Week 5, Lewis has only managed 20 receptions for 200 yards and a touchdown across eight games in the expanded role.
3:27 pm (EST)
Semyon Varlamov Headshot

Varlamov will man the crease for Thursday's matchup with Florida, Adrian Dater of BSNDenver.com reports.

After enduring a forgettable, injury-hit 2016-17 campaign, about the only thing that's improved for Varly in 2017-18 is his health. Having already played 19 games, Varlamov is 9-8-1 with a 3.19 GAA and .903 save percentage, making it difficult to justify selecting him for fantasy lineups. Varlamov could have a rare favorable matchup Thursday, though, as he'll be taking on a Panthers squad that scores just 2.25 goals per game on the road -- the second-worst mark in the league.
3:26 pm (EST)
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