Happy post-Thanksgiving, everybody! I hope you're enjoying all of your leftovers. In the NFL, Thursday's appetizer has set the table for today's main course. And of course, we've got injuries to watch this morning. Specifically, we'll have the updates on Peyton Hillis , Kevin Kolb , Joseph Addai and others. Keep it here until the early kickoffs to see who's in and who's out.
LaDainian Tomlinson will miss another game for the Jets because of an MCL injury. Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight will carry the load against Bills. McKnight will be just a change-of-pace back, but Greene looks like a pretty good RB2 versus the crumbling Bills.
Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty are both active for the Browns. A fairly amazing development for Hillis considering that he was ruled out six days ago. But with those two and Chris Ogbonnaya active for today's game against the Bengals, it's really, really hard to trust anyone in this backfield this week. But I think Hardesty will get the most touches. Update: Late word from Cincy: According to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, Montario Hardesty's calf tightened up on him during pre-game warmups, so the Browns have decided that Peyton Hillis will start today. This gives a little more clarity to the situation. Hardesty should be out of all lineups, and Ogbonnaya is a clear backup. But it's not a good matchup at all. Hillis is a low-end flex play.
Percy Harvin is active for the Vikings despite a rib injury. He's a WR2 for today's game versus Atlanta and could see a lot of with Adrian out.
Andre Johnson is officially back. He's active for today's game versus Jacksonville. I understand the reasons to not play him (hamstring injury, Leinart), but he's too good to sit in a 12-team league unless you are absolutely stocked at WR. His snap count might be limited a bit, but I think he's definitely start-worthy.
Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb is inactive because of his foot injury. But he's getting close to returning. However, this doesn't really change anything for fantasy purposes. You're not playing anyone here in fantasy other than Larry Fitzgerald, and he's still putting up good numbers with John Skelton at QB.
Julio Jones is active today against the Vikings, who have a really bad pass defense. A re-aggravation of his hamstring injury is certainly possible, but he should be in most lineups. Like Andre, the potential is too good to turn down.
A.J. Green is active for the Bengals despite a knee injury. Even with rain in Cleveland and a matchup against Joe Haden, you know you need to start him.
Colts RB Joseph Addai is active for today's game versus the Carolina Panthers. This is too bad for Donald Brown, who was looking like a great one-week start against that awful Panthers run D in Carolina. But now, it's a muddled situation. Brown is still the guy I would play, but the ceiling on all of these guys is low. Addai admitted earlier this week that his injured hamstring is still not 100 percent. However, he is scheduled to start.
Beanie Wells is active for the Cardinals. He has a favorable matchup against the Rams and did put in a full practice on Friday. But he hasn't been anything close to good for fantasy owners for three weeks now and stunk it up against the Rams a couple of weeks ago. He's a low-end RB2 for me.
Cardinals TE Todd Heap is active for the first time since week four. No.
Rams WR Danario Alexander is inactive because of his hamstring injury for a fifth consecutive game. He's always hurt. Brandon Lloyd is the only Rams receiver you can trust, even against the Cardinals.
Bills WR Stevie Johnson is active. That's not a surprise -- he was listed as probable on the injury report with a shoulder injury. But given the state of the Bills' offense, Johnson's own poor play of late, and a 60-minute meeting with Darrelle Revis on tap, Johnson should not be in fantasy lineups.
Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck will start, as expected. He has an elbow injury, but it won't hold him out. Jake Locker will go back and wait.
Another late injury: Panthers TE Greg Olsen hurt himself during pre-game warmups after colliding with WR Seyi Agirotutu while going out for a pass. He reportedly walked gingerly back to the locker room with trainers. He's status is unknown, but play it safe and make a change in your lineup. Jeremy Shockey stands to benefit against the Colts.
Players who have already been ruled out for week 12 include: Adrian Peterson, Fred Jackson, Ahmad Bradshaw, Jay Cutler, Matt Schaub and Malcom Floyd.
Peterson is out because of his high-ankle sprain. He didn't practice at all this week and is not guaranteed to play next week. Toby Gerhart will fill in for him, but he's got a very tough matchup today versus the Falcons' run defense. He's a flex option because he'll get 15+ carries, but I'm not expecting much. He has a little more value in PPR leagues.
Jackson is out for the year because of a broken leg. It's a brutal development for the Bills and fantasy owners. But now we'll get to see what C.J. Spiller can do with an expanded workload. He is a flex option today against the Jets because of his play-breaking ability. Like Gerhart, he also has more value in PPR leagues. Johnny White will also be involved, and Tashard Choice might be active, too.
Bradshaw is still not able to play because of his foot injury. However, I'm not a Brandon Jacobs fan this week. How can anyone be? He's not running effectively, and Monday's game at New Orleans looks like a game where the Giants will have to throw a lot. Danny Ware might actually end up with the better fantasy day as he acts as a receiver.
Welcome to the Caleb Hanie show for Chicago. With Cutler out until at least the final week of the regular season, he can be dropped in all fantasy leagues, and the Bears' WRs are not worth starting until further notice. Expect a ton of Matt Forte today versus Oakland.
And welcome to the Matt Leinart show for Houston. He'll be leading what may be the best team in the AFC for the rest of the season with Matt Schaub on IR after foot surgery. This is a positive for the Texans' running game -- Arian Foster and Ben Tate. The Texans will continue to heavily depend on them. While the Texans' passing game will be affected negatively, I still think players such as Andre Johnson are too good to fail. Leinart will find him and get the ball to him enough for AJ to be at least be a top-12 WR.
Malcom Floyd is out for another week because of a hip injury. Vincent Brown will see more playing time versus the Broncos, but as we saw last week, Brown is very hit-or-miss. He's a risky WR3.