Fantasy Football Week 12 Injury News: Adrian Peterson Out, Andre Johnson, Joseph Addai May Return

We break down NFL injuries that will impact your week 12 fantasy football starting lineups. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams.

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Montario Hardesty Injury: Peyton Hillis Takes Starter Snaps After Hardesty Gimpy In Warmups

The Cleveland Browns got back their number one and number two running backs on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, but then lost one of them during pre-game warmups. Backup Montario Hardesty was active for Sunday's game, but reportedly felt his calf muscle tighten up while getting ready for the game. Hardesty does not view the tightness as a setback, but rather just proof that he wasn't 100% quite yet.

Number one back Peyton Hillis was finally back on the field in his first appearance since week six. He sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday, but got back into limited practice participation on Friday. Hillis finished the game with 65 yards on 19 carries, Colt McCoy had the second most carries with six for 38 yards and Chris Ogbonnaya finished with three rushes for 16 yards.

We'll want to keep an eye on the Browns practice participation report this coming week as they get ready for the Baltimore Ravens. The matchup is a tough one even if Hillis is the lead back. If the Browns get Hardesty back, their situation is tough to predict for fantasy purposes. Against the Ravens, you are best served sitting your Browns running backs.

For more on the Browns, check out Dawgs By Nature. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Matt Leinart Injury Update: Reported Broken Collarbone Could Mean Even More Arian Foster, Ben Tate

The Houston Texans quarterback woes took another bad turn as backup QB Matt Leinart suffered what folks believe is a season-ending collarbone break. Leinart was making his first start in place of Matt Schaub who suffered his own season-ending foot injury two weeks ago. Leinart was off to a solid start, completing 10 of 13 passes for 57 yards and a touchdown before he was driven into the ground on a pass attempt.

The Texans called on rookie T.J. Yates who was 8 of 15 for 70 yards with four rushes for -3 yards. The Texans were able to hold onto their win in a tough divisional road victory. Yates was not wildly impressive in his debut, but he didn't make any bad mistakes.

If Leinart did suffer a broken collarbone and is out for the year, the team is likely to try and sign a free agent quarterback. There are not a lot of options, so it is possible Yates will get a shot at holding onto the starting job. The Texans are built around their rushing game and defense, so a fairly low-key QB isn't necessarily a bad option.

As the Texans move forward, the fantasy implications are numerous. They will likely focus in on the rushing attack. Arian Foster is already a top fantasy option, but this could mean more touches for Ben Tate. He is a tough play given his backup role, but if the team goes to even more of a rush-heavy attack, Tate would likely benefit. On the other hand, the wide receivers and tight ends become sizable question marks in fantasy football. Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels remain solid starts given their talent, but their upside might be going down.

For more on the Texans, check out Battle Red Blog. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Nnamdi Asomugha Injury: Eagles Cornerback Is Active Vs. Patriots

The Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is active today for a big game against the New England Patriots. Adam Caplan reported the news moments ago. Asomugha was carted off the field on Thanksgiving Day. He hyperextended his knee in practice and was questionable for today’s game.

The issue for Asomugha now is whether or not he will be at full speed. A hyperextended knee is not laughing matter, and Tom Brady will no doubt be looking to test the cornerback early. As to how the Eagles will play Nnamdi, there was some speculation that he would mostly be covering tight end Rob Gronkowski, who scored two touchdowns last week. Those two scores set a new record for the fastest NFL tight end to score 20 touchdowns. This is Gronk’s second season in the league.

Philadelphia signed Asomugha as part of their lavish offseason free agent shopping spree. His addition was expected to make the Eagles’ defense one of the league’s best, but he has struggled to learn the system.

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John Skelton To Start, Kevin Kolb Out For Cardinals In Week 12

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb is still dealing with foot injuries and has missed the past three weeks, ceding time to John Skelton. Kolb has still not sufficiently recovered from his injuries, and is inactive for the Cardinals' Week 12 matchup against the St. Louis Rams, meaning Skelton will start again.

Skelton hasn't been a disaster for the Cardinals as many anticipated, In fact, he's been a blessing for owners of Larry Fitzgerald, who has ramped up his production, catching a touchdown pass each of the past three weeks with Skelton under center.

Skelton has been given the green light to throw early and often. His past two games, he's had 40 and 35 attempts, and he's combined for four touchdowns in those two games with just one interception.

For more on Skelton, Kolb and the rest of the Cardinals, visit Revenge of the Birds. For updates and info on the Rams, head to Turf Show Times.

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Joseph Addai Active, Will Start Week 12 For Colts

After missing four of the previous five games with a hamstring injury, Indianapolis Colts running back Joseph Addai is active and will start, according to the team. The Colts, at 0-10, will try to get their first win at home against the 2-8 Carolina Panthers, and will be at close to full strength (with Peyton Manning the biggest exception).

Addai will start for the first time since Oct. 9 against the Chiefs, the game in which he hurt his right hamstring. He has rushed for 258 yards this season, and the Colts have surely missed his production, but as recently as this week, he's said his hamstring is still sore. If Addai is ineffective or aggravates his hamstring, Delone Carter and Donald Brown will continue to split carries.

For more on Addai and the quagmire that is the Indianapolis Colts, visit Stampede Blue. For updates and info on the Carolina Panthers, visit Cat Scratch Reader.

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Percy Harvin Active, Will Play In Week 12 Against Falcons

The Minnesota Vikings, reeling from star running back Adrian Peterson's ankle injury, got some good news before Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, as the team has announced wide receiver Percy Harvin is active and will play.

Harvin has been dealing with bruised ribs for weeks, but he's played through them. He was given a season-high five carries last week when Peterson couldn't finish the game, and he's routinely given looks from the backfield. Though Toby Gerhart will receive the start at running back, it's expected Harvin will see an expanded role in the offense, which is good news for fantasy owners and fans of speed in general.

Though ineffective in the beginning of the season, Harvin's production has increased from week to week, especially since Christian Ponder has taken over the role of starting quarterback. He's had six receptions in back to back weeks and primed for perhaps the biggest week of his season against the Falcons.

For more on Harvin and his team, visit Daily Norseman.
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Peyton Hillis, Montario Hardesty Active For Cleveland

In a surprise turn of events, the Cleveland Browns have announced all three of their running backs — Peyton Hillis, Montario Hardesty and Chris Ogbonnaya — are active for the team's Week 12 game against the division rival Cincinnati Bengals.

Hillis hasn't played in a game in five weeks and Hardesty has missed every game since Oct. 30. The Browns have yet to announce a starter, but their team site said all are expected to play.

"Most of the run game that we would get ready to play the Bengals would be a run game that could involve Peyton, as well as Montario, as well Chris Ogbonnaya, so it really wasn't that big of a deal," Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Friday. "The biggest challenge for a guy coming back from injury is getting the reps in practice and the details of what's going on as it matches with what the Bengals do."  

Adjust your fantasy lineups accordingly. This could be a huge boon to owners who are reeling from Fred Jackson's injury.

For more on Hillis and the Browns, visit Dawgs By Nature. For updates and info on the Bengals, visit Cincy Jungle.

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Julio Jones Injury Update: Falcons WR Active Vs. Vikings

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is active for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Jones has been suffering from a hamstring injury that has been bothering him for most of the season and missed last week's game against the Tennessee Titans. When Jones returned from the same injury November 6 against the Indianapolis Colts, Jones had three catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns.

The Vikings give up almost 260 yards through the air per game, which is near the bottom of the NFL. If Jones has a game like he did against the Colts, the Vikings are in for a long afternoon.

Jones has 30 catches for 498 yards and those two touchdown catches.The Falcons are 6-4 and in second place in the NFC South, one game behind the New Orleans Saints, who play Monday against the New York Giants. Having Jones in the lineup will help Atlanta keep pace.

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Chad Ochocinco Injury Update: Patriots WR Out Vs. Eagles

New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was downgraded from questionable to out Saturday and will miss Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Ochocinco is suffering from a hamstring injury, but based on his statistics this season, it would seem like he's missed more than one game, with Sunday being the first he will miss this season. Ochocinco, acquired from the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason, has just 11 receptions for 201 yards and is still searching for his first touchdown catch. Ochocinco has only been targeted by Tom Brady 21 times this season.

Even without Ochocinco, the Patriots are in for a test Sunday against the 4-6 Eagles, who are in desperation mode in their attempt to secure a playoff spot in the NFC.

For more on Ochocinco and the Patriots, visit SB Nation's Patriots blog, Pats Pulpit. For more on the Eagles, visit SB Nation's Eagles blog, Bleeding Green Nation.

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Ryan Mathews Status Update: Charges RB Expected To Play Vs. Broncos

San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is officially listed as probable for the Chargers Week 12 match up with the Denver Broncos. Mathews missed practice on Thursday, leaving some doubt that he would be active on Sunday, but on Friday was a full participant and is expected to play against the Broncos.

If Mathews somehow can't play and is ruled a late scratch by the Chargers, back up running back Mike Tolbert is a good play. Tolbert is typically a good play even when Mathews is healthy, as Tolbert seems to get the majority of short yardage runs, including runs on the goal line.

For more on this match up and Ryan Mathews, visit Chargers blog Bolts From The Blue, and Broncos blog Mile High Report . For all your professional football needs, visit our NFL hub. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Ahmad Bradshaw Status Update: Giants Running Back Out Vs. Saints

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw has once again been ruled out and will miss the match up with the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. Bradshaw has been dealing with a foot injury that has kept him on the sideline for a little while now.

If you're looking for a replacement for Bradshaw, running back Brandon Jacobs is expected to get the lion's share of the carries with back up running back D.J. Ware getting some touches mixed in. The best bet for the majority of touches and scoring chances however lie with Brandon Jacobs until Ahmad Bradshaw is healthy enough to come back and get on the field.

For more on this match up and Ahmad Bradshaw, visit Giants blog Big Blue View, and Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles . For all your professional football needs, visit our NFL hub. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Chad Ochocino Status Update: Patriots Wide Receiver Questionable Vs. Eagles

New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has been officially ruled as questionable for the Patriots Week 12 match up with the Philadelphia Eagles. Ochocinco has been dealing with a hamstring injury that saw him limited in practice much of the week. Ochocinco's season thus far has been a massive disappointment.

If Ochocinco is in your fantasy line up, you're either in a super deep league or failed at drafting wide receivers. He has been one of the most disappointing wide receiver options of the 2011 NFL season, with just 201 receiving yards on the season. Ochocinco shouldn't be anywhere near a starting line up and if he is it means you're very, very desperate. He should be available on the waiver wire in the majority of leagues.

For more on this match up and Chad Ochocinco, visit Patriots blog Pats Pulpit, and Eagles blog Bleeding Green Nation . For all your professional football needs, visit our NFL hub.

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Darrius Heyward-Bey Status Update: Should Be Active Vs. Bears

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey has been nursing a concussion, but was limited in practice most of the week. Heyward-Bey is expected to be active on Sunday as the Raiders take on the Chicago Bears, but how much playing time Heyward-Bey will receiver is still up in the air. 

Heyward-Bey has been medically cleared to play and is believed to be slated to start on Sunday. He should be the primary receiving threat for quarterback Carson Palmer, as wide receivers Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore are both expected to be out of the line up dealing with injuries themselves. Heyward-Bey got off to a good start to the season, but injuries have derailed him as of late. Heyward-Bey might be a solid WR3 play in most leagues and should be available on the waiver wire if you're desperate.

For more on this match up and Darrius Heyward-Bey, visit Raiders blog Silver And Black Pride, and Bears blog Windy City Gridiron . For all your professional football needs, visit our NFL hub.

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Kevin Kolb Questionable With Turf Toe

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb is listed as "Questionable after he was limited in practice throughout the week and will be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams.

Kolb has missed the last three weeks with the turf toe/bone bruise on his right foot and head coach Ken Whisenhunt was glad to get the team's franchise quarterback back in action this week.

"He's worked through it every day and he's been sore," Whisenhunt said of Kolb according to The Arizona Republic. "But getting the rust off was what was important this week and seeing if he would be able to play from a standpoint of practicing one day and seeing how it reacted the next day.

"The next thing for him, when we travel, is to see how it feels on the turf on Sunday."

Second-year quarterback John Skelton would start if Kolb cannot play. In three games this season, Skelton has completed 47-of-94 pass attempts for 636 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions as the Cardinals have gone 2-1 to improve to 3-7 on the season.

For more on the Cardinals, check out Revenge of the Birds.

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Darren McFadden Ruled Out With Foot Injury

Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden has been ruled out for this Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears with a foot injury.

McFadden was injured during the Raiders' 28-0 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7 and has been inactive for all three of the team's games following their bye in Week 8.

According to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network, McFadden is expected to miss next week's game against the Miami Dolphins, as well, with a target date for his return being a December 11 game against the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

McFadden's absence means fourth-year running back Michael Bush will start and carry the bulk of the load in the Raiders' ground game. Over the last four weeks, Bush has rushed for 461 yards and two touchdowns since replacing McFadden during the Chiefs game.

For more on the Raiders, visit Silver And Black Pride.

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Julio Jones Probable With Hamstring Injury

Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Julio Jones is listed as "Probable" for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

An injury to his left hamstring cost the first-round pick out of Alabama two games in October, and Jones missed last week's win over the Tennessee Titans with a right hamstring injury. Jones was held out of Wednesday's practice and was limited on Thursday before he was a full participant on Friday and appears to target to face the Vikings, who have the league's 28th-ranked pass defense.

Jones has caught 30 passes for 498 yards and two touchdowns as the No. 2 receiver opposite Roddy White. The rookie praised the work of training staff members Jeff Fish and Marty Lauzon for getting him ready to return to the field.

"They were keeping me on top of things as far as flexibility and making sure my core [stomach muscles] were balanced," Jones said according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I think that’s how I got my hamstring issue because one side was weaker than the other. We just made sure everything was strong and equal."

For more on the Falcons, check out The Falcoholic.

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Percy Harvin Questionable With Sore Ribs

Update: Harvin active for Minnesota.

Once again limited by sore ribs, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin is listed as "Questionable" for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Harvin has battled sore ribs throughout the season, but while he may miss or be limited during practices, the injury has not kept Harvin out of the lineup. The 2009 first-round pick out of Florida leads the team with 43 receptions and 459 receiving yards. A multi-purpose threat, Harvin also has 224 yards and a touchdown on 28 rushing attempts and has averaged 29.4 yards on 10 kick returns, though No. 3 running back Lorenzo Booker has handled those duties over the last few weeks.

The Vikings' No. 1 receiver, Harvin & Co. will be going up against a Falcons' pass defense which ranks 26th in the NFL and that will be without cornerback Kelvin Hayden, who was ruled out with a neck injury. Falcons starting cornerback Brent Grimes is questionable, but expected to play with an injured reserve.

For more on the Vikings, check out Daily Norseman.

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Visanthe Shiancoe Questionable With Hamstring Injury

After missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a hamstring injury, Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe is expected to play against the Atlanta Falcons after returning to practice on Friday.

Shiancoe is officially listed as "Questionable" for a second consecutive week. Limited by the same hamstring in Week 11, Shiancoe was able to play against the Oakland Raiders last Sunday, catching two passes for 42 yards, including a 37-yard reception, his longest of the 2011 season.

Bothered by hamstring issues since the summer, the 31-year-old Shiancoe has 26 receptions for 316 yards and two touchdowns on the season.

The Vikings will need Shiancoe against the Falcons as 2011 second-round pick Kyle Rudolph is doubtful and likely will not play on Sunday due to a thigh injury. Shiancoe needs to play, too, as he's preparing to enter the free agent market after the season.

For more on the Vikings, check out Daily Norseman.

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A.J. Green Expected To Start Vs. Browns

Cincinnati Bengals first-round wide receiver A.J. Green practiced fully on Thursday and Friday and is expected to start against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Green missed last week's 31-24 loss to the Baltimore Ravens after hyper-extending his right knee while hauling in a 36-yard touchdown pass in a Week 10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The injury kept Green limited on Wednesday, but the former University of Georgia standout is on target to start Sunday's rematch with the Browns. Green's 41-yard touchdown reception was not only his first NFL reception, but were the deciding points in the Bengals' 27-17 win.

Green has a team-high 41 receptions and leads all rookie receivers with 635 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns. Green expects to match up with Browns cornerback Joe Haden.

"I think he's just a good cover guy," Green said of Haden according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. "He really doesn't come up there and try to challenge you that much but you have to run precise routes because he's going to be on you in and out of your breaks so you have to run good routes."

For more on the Bengals, visit Cincy Jungle.

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Andre Johnson Expected To Return From Hamstring Injury

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson was able to practice fully throughout last week's practices and is expected to make his return to the starting lineup against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Johnson has been out since injuring his right hamstring in a Week 4 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.Texans head coach Gary Kubiak expects to limit Johnson's snaps on Sunday.

"We’ll probably put a play count on him," Kubiak said on Thursday according to the Houston Chronicle. "He won’t go out there and play 60, 70 plays. But he’s ready to go.

The perennial Pro Bowler was on pace for a trip to Honolulu, catching 25 passes for 352 yards and two touchdowns in the 14 quarters prior to his injury. Seven weeks later, Johnson returns to find his quarterback Matt Schaub is out for the season with a broken foot, with former Arizona Cardinals first-round pick Matt Leinart slated to start for the final six games of the regular season.

For more on the Texans, be sure to check out Battle Red Blog.

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Montario Hardesty Expected To Start Vs. Bengals

After missing the last three weeks with a calf injury, Cleveland Browns running back Montario Hardesty practiced on a limited basis throughout the week and is listed as "Questionable" for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Hardesty is expected to start against the Bengals, who have the NFL's third-ranked run defense, allowing just 88.6 yards per game.

Prior to his injury, the 2010 second-round pick out of Tennessee had 75 carries for 244 yards. That lead the team at the time of his injury, but journeyman Chris Ogbonnaya, who was signed off the Houston Texans practice squad in October, has rushed for 285 yards, including a 115-yard effort in last week's 14-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ogbonnaya is expected to be the No. 2 running back behind Hardesty.

The Browns felt good enough about the health status of Hardesty and Peyton Hillis that backup running back Thomas Clayton was placed on waivers on Friday.

For more on the Browns, check out Dawgs By Nature.

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Peyton Hillis A Game-Time Decision With Hamstring Injury

Out the last five weeks with a hamstring injury, Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis returned to practice on Friday and is "Questionable" for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Hillis missed Wednesday and Thursday's practice and is regarded as a "game-time decision" this week. Eager to get back on the field in his contract year, Hillis declared himself 100 percent on Friday, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

"I'm excited I feel 100 percent again,'' Hillis said. "It's looking very positive for this game.

"We're all shooting for this Sunday,'' said Hillis. "I'm working my best to get out there, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity. I'm eager and excited about it."

Acquired from the Denver Broncos in the 2010 offseason, Hillis led the Browns with 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2010. In four games this season, Hillis has 211 yards and a team-high two touchdowns.

For more on the Browns, check out Dawgs By Nature.

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LaDanian Tomlinson Unlikely To Play With Left Knee Injury

New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson missed all of this week's practices and is listed as "Questionable" for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

Tomlinson has not practiced in nearly two weeks since suffering a sprained MCL in his left knee. The 32-year-old has reportedly suffered setbacks in his recovery from a knee injury, making it unlikely that he'll play on Sunday.

"He'd do it," Ryan told The Star-Ledger of Tomlinson's status for Sunday. " 'Oh yeah, I'll go,' but what are we going to get? What's going to happen to him if we play him? That's the balancing act there. We absolutely have to win, but we have to win the rest of them, too. That's where I'm at right now. If I was a betting man — like right now, if we had to play tomorrow, I don't think he plays."

Without Tomlinson, and an injured Shonn Greene, running back Joe McKnight had 16 carries for 59 yards in a Week 11 loss to the Denver Broncos.

For more on the Jets, check out Gang Green Nation.

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Stevie Johnson Listed As Probable, Expected To Start Vs. Jets

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson is listed as "Probable" on the team's final injury report and is expected to start on Sunday against the New York Jets.

Johnson injured his shoulder during last week's 35-8 loss to the Miami Dolphins, but was able to return to the game to catch two passes for 16 yards on a team-high eight targets. The injury kept Johnson out of Wednesday's practice, but Johnson returned on a limited basis on Thursday before practicing fully on Friday.

Johnson leads the Bills with 46 receptions for 547 yards and his four touchdowns are tied for second with David Nelson behind tight end Scott Chandler's team-leading six scores.

The Bills will be facing the Jets' fifth-ranked pass defense on Sunday. In five career games against the Jets, all resulting in losses for the Bills, Johnson has 14 receptions for 208 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson caught three passes for 84 yards in a 27-11 loss earlier this month at Ralph Wilson Stadium. 

For more on the Bills, check out Buffalo Rumblings.

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Fred Jackson Out For Remainder Of Season With Broken Fibula

Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson was placed on injured reserve early last week with a broken fibula he sustained in last week's 35-8 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Jackson ranks third in the NFL with 934 rushing yards is tied for seventh with six rushing touchdowns. Combined with his 442 receiving yards, which are second behind Stevie Johnson on the Bills, Jackson has 1,376 yards from scrimmage this season, which ranks fourth in the league.

2010 first-round pick C.J. Spiller is expected to replace Jackson in the starting lineup. Spiller has 115 yards and one touchdown on the ground and has not had more than five carries in a game this season. 2011 fifth-round pick Johnny White, who has just two carries for six yards since the season-opener, is also expected to be more involved in the offense. The Bills also claimed running back Tashard Choice off waivers from the Washington Redskins. Choice played for Bills head coach Chan Gailey at Georgia Tech.

For more on the Bills, check out Buffalo Rumblings.

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Week 12 NFL Injury Report: Fantasy Football Implications

We break down the final NFL injury report for week 12 of the 2011 NFL season. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams.

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Adrian Peterson Injury: Vikings RB Out For Week 12

The Minnesota Vikings will be without Adrian Peterson for week 12, as the running back recovers from a high ankle sprain. The team hopes to have him back in time for week 13.

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A.J. Green Injury: Bengals WR Returns To Practice, May Return In Week 12

A.J. Green, sidelined since Nov. 13 with a hyperextended knee, may return this week against the Cleveland Browns. The rookie wide receiver was limited in practice on Wednesday, but the Bengals listed him as a full participant in Thursday's practice on the team's official injury report.

As Joe Reedy notes on Cincinnati.com, Green was held to a single catch when the Bengals defeated the Browns 27-17 in the season opener -- but that catch was a 41-yard touchdown. Green will likely draw coverage from Cleveland's second-year cornerback Joe Haden, whose personal rivalry with Green dates back to their days in the SEC.

The Bengals can't get Green back soon enough. Their five-game win streak was snapped by the Steelers in Week 10 when Green left early, and they lost again in Week 11 to the Ravens. They're now in third place in the AFC North, trailing Baltimore and Pittsburgh, respectively.     

For more on this game, visit Bengals blog Cincy Jungle and Browns blog Dawgs By Nature.

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Maurice Morris Injury Status Update: Kevin Smith Free And Clear For Detroit Lions Lead Role

The Detroit Lions released their final injury report Wednesday afternoon and running Maurice Morris was listed as probable with a knee issue. Morris was a full participant in practice throughout the week and likely will be plenty available.

However, little things like this make life a lot easier for the Lions in sticking with Kevin Smith for another week. Smith stunned the fantasy football world when he blew up for over 200 combined yards last week against the Carolina Panthers. He was the hot pickup off waivers in every fantasy football league and now we'll see if he can follow up his huge performance. The Lions will need a big rushing day if they want to slow down the Packers high-flying attack. The best way to slow down this kind of offense is to keep them on the sidelines and Kevin Smith could be key to that.

For more on the Lions, check out Pride Of Detroit. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Felix Jones Injury Status Update: Cowboys Questionable RB Still Behind DeMarco Murray

Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones is listed as questionable for the Cowboys Thanksgiving game against the Miami Dolphins. Jones is expected to play, but the recent emergence of DeMarco Murray has temporarily, indefinitely relegated Jones to a backup role.

Jones entered the year as the lead back with Murray slowly working his way into the backup running back position. Tashard Choice entered the year as the backup, but Choice quickly appeared to move into somebody's doghouse. Murray surpassed Choice on the depth chart and finally got his big break when Felix Jones went down with a high ankle sprain in week six against the New England Patriots.

Murray wasn't spectacular against the Patriots, but he got the bulk of the carries a week later against the St. Louis Rams and proceeded to set the Cowboys single game rookie rushing record with 253 yards. He has built on that in recent weeks and would seem locked in as the starter moving forward. If you have Murray, you should have no concerns about losing too many carries to Jones for now. The Cowboys face a decision in the offseason, but for now they'll continue sticking with the hot hand.

For more on the Cowboys, check out Blogging The Boys. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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James Starks Injury Status Update: Packers Running Back Listed As Questionable

Green Bay Packers running back James Starks is listed as questionable after a week of limited practice. Starks would have sat out Monday's practice if it had been more than a walkthrough. He followed that up with limited appearances in Tuesday and Wednesday practices.

Starks has emerged as the better fantasy option between him and Ryan Grant. That does not say a whole lot given the Packers reliance on the pass. Starks is a solid flex and RB2 on occasion, but there is not a ton of upside in the Packers offense. Additionally, John Kuhn snags goal line carries and Ryan Grant gets plenty of his own carries to offset Starks' value.

Starks will be a game-time decision, which means we will find out if he is active or inactive by approximately 11am ET when the Packers inactive list should go out. If Starks is inactive, Grant will be the feature back. If Starks is active, he would likely get the majority of the carries, although it might be a fairly slim majority. Packers running backs in general are bad news in fantasy football because of the offense they are in.

For more on the Packers, check out Acme Packing Company. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Week 12 NFL Injury Report, Wednesday: Andre Johnson, Joseph Addai, Santana Moss Look To Return

We break down the Wednesday practice participation report for week 12 of the 2011 NFL season, including final injury reports for Thanksgiving games. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams.

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Fantasy Football Week 12 Injury News: Stars Look To Return For Stretch Run

We break down NFL injuries that will impact your week 12 fantasy football starting lineups. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams.

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