AFC South Blog
It was reported Monday that Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles had been diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain after Sunday's game against Baltimore. It's clear now that was obviously false as Bortles will start on a short week tonight versus the Titans. The rookie has thrown 17 interceptions and just 10 touchdowns in 11 starts.
The season and likely Titans career of quarterback Jake Locker is apparently coming to an end. According to Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt, Tennessee placed the much-maligned Locker on season-ending injured reserve Monday due to him needing surgery on his injured left shoulder. The injury was sustained in the second quarter of Sunday's game with the New York Jets.
Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson couldn't gain clearance following his Week 14 concussion to play last Sunday against the Colts. But head coach Bill O'Brien thinks he will have his future Hall of Fame wideout on the field for the team's upcoming game against Baltimore.
"I think [Johnson] feels better today," O'Brien said Monday. "Looks like we would have Andre Johnson back for Sunday."
Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton caught only four passes for 50 yards in Week 15 versus Houston. But it wasn't the Texans' defense that slowed him; Hilton suffered a hamstring tweak during the game. He played a normal amount of snaps but left the field after the win with his left hamstring wrapped.
However, head coach Chuck Pagano said Monday that Hilton's MRI came back negative, and he hopes his No. 1 wideout can practice Wednesday.
Week 15 represents the semifinals in most leagues. Today is for a chance to play for that brass ring. As such, many owners probably spent a lot of hours this week parsing over every bit of information available, dissecting matchups and breaking down statistical trends. A response: Don't overthink it. That's a difficult concept to comprehend with so much on the line, but the reality in fantasy is that this week is really no different than the previous 14. The reward for winning is greater, but that doesn't mean you have to make drastic changes to your strategy. You were trying to win before the fantasy playoffs and now you're trying to win in the fantasy playoffs. Do what you've been doing to get here. Nothing else matters. Keep deploying the best lineup you have and understand that once those kickoffs begin, it's all out of your hands.
Could Thad Lewis be the Texans' starting quarterback in Week 16. That's a legitimate question after what happened Sunday in Indianapolis. Starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick lasted a little more than a quarter before breaking his left leg. He was carted to the locker room, and his season is obviously over.
Fourth-round rookie Tom Savage replaced Fitzpatrick and completed 10 of his 19 passes for 127 yards and an interception. However, he took a shot to his right knee late in the 17-10 defeat and will undergo an MRI on Monday. If he needs to miss any time, Lewis, who was inactive for today's game, would likely start in Week 16 versus Baltimore. He is the only fully healthy quarterback on Houston's roster at the moment.
Jaguars RB Denard Robinson suffered a sprain in his right foot during Sunday's loss against the Houston Texans. Specifically, it's a mid-foot sprain, and the injury will cause him to miss the remainder of the season as the Jaguars announced today that the second-year RB will be placed on the injured reserve. "I got tackled on like the third play of the game," Robinson said. "I came in [Tuesday] and got treatment and they put me in a boot. … It's frustrating but, at the same time, I have to keep pushing through. I have to keep fighting."
The Houston Texans could be without wide receiver Andre Johnson when they face divisional foe the Indianapolis Colts, in Week 14. Johnson was knocked out of the team's 27-13 win at Jacksonville on a second quarter hit by Jaguars' LB Telvin Smith and has yet to practice this week. When asked about Johnson's status after the missed practice, head coach Bill O'Brien was mum, not saying whether Johnson had made any progress in the league's concussion protocol. The only thing he stated was the the 33 year-old Johnson was, "day-to-day."
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To help you survive and advance today, this post will provide all of the information regarding this morning's actives and inactives. Among the names we'll be tracking this morning are Isaiah Crowell, Rashad Jennings, Justin Forsett, DeSean Jackson and Greg Olsen, to name a few. Follow along with this post and refresh it consistently starting at 11:30 a.m. Eastern for all of the pertinent info.
-- Giants RB Rashad Jennings is active. However, Andre Williams will start, and Jennings is expected to play only on passing downs. Thus, Williams makes for a decent RB2 in a great matchup. Jennings should be avoided as he may not see more than a few touches. The Titans have allowed more than 800 rushing yards over their past five games.
-- Browns tight end Jordan Cameron has tweeted out that he will be active today. It will be his first game played since sustaining a concussion in Week 8. He's worth a shot against a defense that is allowing the third-most fantasy points to TEs.
-- Panthers TE Greg Olsen is active despite a knee injury. He's a fine TE1 against the Saints.
-- Redskins WR DeSean Jackson is inactive because of his bruised fibula. He didn't practice at all this week. Pierre Garcon and tight end Jordan Reed will see all of the targets they can take today versus the Rams.
-- Ravens RB Justin Forsett is active. He was limited during the week because of an ankle injury, but he should see a healthy workload against the Dolphins' struggling run defense. He is a low-end RB1. Lorenzo Taliaferro will probably see a few more carries than normal.
-- Torrey Smith is also active for the Ravens, but reports have stated that he was sporting a noticeable limp during pregame warmups and was wearing a wrap over his injured knee. He is listed as probable on the injury report, but that doesn't seem to tell the story now. He's suddenly a risky WR2/3 versus the Dolphins. Marlon Brown will probably pick up some extra snaps to take some of the pressure off of Smith.
-- Reggie Bush is active for the Lions. He shouldn't be in your lineups in this playoff week. Lions RB Joique Bell will still lead this backfield.
-- Isaiah Crowell is active for the Browns. He has a hip injury, but he should be the bell-cow back versus the Colts' below-average run defense. It's worth nothing that Terrance West and Shaun Draughn are also active. Crowell looks like a high-end RB2.
-- For the Titans, QB Zach Mettenberger is active after spraining his throwing shoulder last week. However, WR Kendall Wright is inactive because of a cracked bone in his hand. No Titans offensive player is a recommended start against the Giants. RB Shonn Greene is a healthy scratch.
-- Dolphins tight end Charles Clay after missing last week's game due to knee and hamstring injuries. He's more of a TE2 today versus Baltimore.
-- Bucs RB Bobby Rainey is inactive. We'll see if Charles Sims get some more work versus the Lions, but the matchup is really tough. He should be on your bench.
-- Khiry Robinson is active for the first time in several weeks. He had been sidelined by a forearm injury. He'll chip in to New Orleans' backfield along with Pierre Thomas, but Mark Ingram is still a fine RB2 in a favorable matchup versus the Panthers.
-- Colts TE Dwayne Allen is back from his ankle injury. He's been a touchdown-or-bust tight end for most of the season, and that probably holds true for this week. But he's a fine TE1, and Coby Fleener's value takes a big hit.
-- Lions WR Calvin Johnson is active. He'll continue to be rested routinely during the practice week, but he's fine.
-- Steelers RB Dri Archer is a healthy scratch.
-- Dolphins WR Brian Hartline is active after leaving Monday's game early due to a knee injury. He is a WR5.
A report by Indianapolis' RTV Channel 6 is indicating that Colts receiver Reggie Wayne may be seriously considering retirement at the end of this season. The No. 1 reason? Family. Wayne has three young sons and missing what they're doing apparently is starting to take its toll on the 36-year-old veteran.