Something crossed my mind while watching as little as possible of last night's Rams-Seahawks snoozefest: Remember four months ago, when so many people thought Sam Bradford would have a breakout season? Yeesh.
On to the news:
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- The official word on Packers WR Greg Jennings is that he'll miss two to three weeks with his partially torn knee ligament. The problem is that even if Jennings is ready after two weeks, the Pack will almost certainly have clinched the top seed in the NFC, so there won't be any reason to play him in Week 17. Feel free to waive Jennings if you're picking up a free agent this week, because he's not going to help you.
- This Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article suggests that while any of the remaining Packer receivers could benefit statistically from Jennings' absence, the one it may help the most is Randall Cobb, who could take over Jennings's snaps in the slot position. If you're looking to catch some green and gold lightning in a bottle, who is owned in just 2.5 percent of FOXSports.com leagues.
- The same article notes that Packers rookie RB Brandon Saine, who suffered a concussion against the Raiders, will probably play this week.
- 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh suggested Monday that RB Frank Gore's workload may have been limited Sunday due to injury issues. If you're wondering why Gore had only 10 carries, there's your answer. This news doesn't mean you should bench Gore, but it probably knocks him down the fantasy totem pole a bit, as he hasn't broken the 100-yard barrier since Week 9.
- It's too early to tell if Ben Roethlisberger's sprained left ankle will keep him out of this week's game against the 49ers. For now, Big Ben is wearing a walking boot, and didn't talk to the media yesterday. We could be going down to the wire with this situation, and because the Steelers-Niners matchup is Monday night, you could be forced into a decision before you know his final status. If Roethlisberger is tracking toward a gametime decision and you want to keep your options open, you could pick up Alex Smith, who is owned in 44.2 percent of FOXSports.com leagues.
- With DeMarco Murray done for the season due to a fractured right ankle, Felix Jones is now the starting tailback for the Cowboys, and he's got a matchup coming against the soft Buccaneers' run defense. Grab Jones if you can.
- This week's early games are Jaguars-Falcons on Thursday, and Cowboys-Bucs on Saturday. Set your lineups accordingly.
- Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said Monday that he expects RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) to return this week against the Saints.
- In other Vikings' news, Frazier said that Christian Ponder is still his starting quarterback despite getting benched on Sunday. That doesn't mean it's impossible to imagine Ponder's nagging hip injury keeping him out Sunday, but if he's healthy, he'll play. I hope you weren't planning on riding Joe Webb to a fantasy title.
- The Texans don't sound optimistic about WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) being able to return against the Panthers.
- Raiders head coach Hue Jackson said Monday that RB Darren McFadden doesn't need surgery on his injured right foot. He didn't, however, say when McFadden will be back on the field. Don't hold your breath, folks.
- Curious about Lions RB Kevin Smith's status for Sunday? Me, too. Stay tuned.
- The Cardinals will need to wait and see on the status of QB Kevin Kolb (concussion). If you're tempted to grab backup John Skelton after his big day against the 49ers, remember that the Cards will face the Browns' second-ranked pass defense on Sunday.
- The Cardinals-Browns matchup could feature two backup QBs, as Seneca Wallace might play if Colt McCoy's concussion symptoms linger.
- Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck might not be ready to go Sunday because of his calf injury, but if he's healthy, he'll start over rookie backup Jake Locker.
- Hunting for a fantasy playoff defense? The Titans are owned in 18.2 percent of FOXSports.com leagues. They visit the Colts this week, and host the Jaguars in Week 16. The Falcons (32.9 percent owned) host the Jags this week.
- Joel Beall will be in the FOXSports.com fantasy chat room today at 3 p.m. ET, and I'll make my regular appearance Thursday at the same time. Make sure to send questions, OK?
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See you back here Friday morning.