Fantasy Football Week 13 Injury News: Adrian Peterson Ruled Out For Sunday

We break down all the week 13 injury news to help you better prepare for week 13 of fantasy football. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams.

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James Starks Injury Update: Mike McCarthy Believes Packers RB Will be Challenged To Practice On Wednesday

A day after the Green Bay Packers edged out the New York Giants, head coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media and said that running back James Starks would be challenged to practice on Wednesday. This would likely make him fairly questionable to play this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

Starks was forced out of Sunday's win over the New York Giants in the second quarter as he aggravated his right ankle sprain. Starks injured the ankle on Thanksgiving and appeared to reinjure against the Giants. He finished the game with three carries for five yards. Ryan Grant replaced him in the backfield, rushing 13 times for 29 yards.

Starks had emerged as the busier of the two running backs, but this will slow him down for the near future. If Starks is unable to go on Sunday, or is even limited in his participation, Grant will be the primary workhorse back with Kuhn continuing his goal line work. Of course, given how the Packers generally use the run versus the pass, it might not really matter who is back there handling the carries in their 29th ranked rushing "attack."

For more on the Packers, check out Acme Packing Company.


Andre Johnson Injury Update: Texans WR Sprains Other Hamstring

Houston Texans wide receiver recently returned from a right hamstring sprain, and suddenly he finds himself hobbled by a strain to his left hamstring. Johnson missed extensive time after injuring his right hamstring earlier this season and having surgery on it. This injury reportedly does not feel as bad as the previous strain.

Although the strain might not be as bad, there is always a chance for a missed game or two depending on how Johnson feels Monday morning. It would not surprise me to see Johnson limited in practice, or possible even sit out practice on Wednesday as he rests the hamstring. This seems like an injury where we might not his Week 14 status until Friday or even game-day.

For now, you'll just want to wait and see what Gary Kubiak and the Texans have to say about the injury. Houston's passing game is already a problem with T.J. Yates, and removing Andre Johnson from the equation only makes it worse.

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


Matt Forte Injury Update: Bears Running Back Dealing With MCL Sprain

The Chicago Bears took yet another tough hit on Sunday as they lost running back Matt Forte in the first quarter with a knee injury. Forte was seen after the game walking without crutches but reports indicate he suffered an MCL sprain that could keep him out two to four weeks. He will reportedly try platelet-rich plasma treatment to speed up the process. That has been used more frequently by athletes with mixed returns.

In the meantime, Marion Barber will become the lead back for the Chicago Bears. Barber rushed 14 times for 44 yards in the Bears loss. His backup became Kahlil Bell who rushed four times for 34 yards. Given the Bears struggles and injury issues, it will be interesting to see if Bell gets a decent number of touches over the next couple weeks. Barber will likely be the starter, but if Bell shows something, the Bears would be wise to see if the third-year back can bring a little something to the table.

Barber is going to be the big waiver wire pick-up heading into the fantasy football playoffs, but don't forget Bell. He might end up doing nothing and only get three or four carries a game, but he might be worth a roll of the dice if you've got some space on your bench.

For more on the Bears, check out Windy City Gridiron. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.


Kevin Smith Injury Update: Lions RB Aggravates Ankle Injury Versus Saints

Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith left Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints in the third quarter after aggravating an ankle injury that knocked him out of the Lions Thanksgiving loss to the Packers. Smith had a solid enough game with 80 combined yards, but he was unable to return after the ankle injury.

Maurice Morris ended up with the most carries for the evening with 12 rushes. He finished up with 28 yards as the Lions could not get a whole lot of anything going on the ground. Kevin Smith had some success but the Lions were forced to go to the air to keep up with the high-flying New Orleans Saints.

The Lions host an up and down Vikings squad in week 14. Given Kevin Smith's prior injury, he will likely be fairly limited in practice this week. For now he will be questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

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


Von Miller Injury: Broncos Rookie LB Out Week 13 With Thumb Injury

After undergoing surgery on his injured thumb earlier in the week, there was still a remote possibility that Denver Broncos star rookie linebacker Von Miller is out for their Week 13 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Though the sports punditry has given Tim Tebow all the credit for the Broncos' stunning turnaround, those who have actually watched the games have seen that the best player in Denver all season has been Miller, and his absence will really hurt the defense that's held opponents to 13 points or less the last three weeks. Miller has 10.5 sacks and 57 tackles on the season, and has created consistent havoc in the backfield all season long.

Without Adrian Peterson, the Broncos should still have their way with the Vikings, but if there were a time when Tebow is most vulnerable, it's when his team's best player is out.

For more on Miller's status and what it means for the Broncos, visit Mile High Report. For updates and info on Miller's opponent, visit Vikings blog Daily Norseman.


Josh Freeman Injury: Bucs QB Reportedly Won't Play Vs. Panthers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback Josh Freemanbothered all week with a sore throwing shoulder, won't play in Week 13 in the Bucs' divisional matchup against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthersaccording to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Backup quarterback Josh Johnson will get the start.

Freeman has regressed this year after leading the Buccaneers to a 10-6 record last season while turning the ball over very few times. As a result, his receivers' fantasy value, namely Mike Williams, has suffered to the point where many of them aren't worthy of a roster spot in most leagues. With Johnson, more of a runner than a passer, under center, it's doubtful that that will change. Williams has been abysmal, catching just two touchdown passes last year, and Arrelious Benn and Preston Parker have been adequate at best.

The Buccaneer who figures to benefit most from this injury, if at all, is running back LeGarrette Blount. Though he's used to the workload, he might get upwards of 30 carries against a weak Panthers run defense.

For more on Freeman and the Bucs, visit Bucs Nation. For more on their Week 13 opponent, visit Cat Scratch Reader.


Devin Hester Removed From Injury Report; Will Play Vs Chiefs

Chicago Bears wide receiver and return specialist Devin Hester was removed from the team's practice participation report on Friday and will play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Hester popped up on the report on Thursday for non-injury reasons. The club declined to disclose why Hester had to leave practice, but it's believed that his absence was related to a court case involving the individual who assaulted the Pro Bowl return specialist at an area casino during the lockout.

Once again excelling in the return game, Hester is averaging 19.4 yards on 19 punt returns with two returns for touchdowns and has a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the season. Hester has been bothered by rib and ankle injuries this season, decreasing his role as a receiver. Through 11 games, Hester has just 22 receptions for 320 yards and one touchdown, and has not been targeted with a pass since Week 9.

For more on the Bears, check out Windy City Gridiron.


Kevin Smith Questionable With Ankle Injury

Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith is "Questionable" for Sunday night's game against the New Orleans Saints with a sprained right ankle.

Smith was held out of Wednesday's practice before returning on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday. After being out of football for a few months, Smith plans to play on Sunday night.

"I’m on track," Smith said according to the Detroit Free Press..."I’m definitely one of the toughest people in the world."

A 2008 third-round pick out of Central Florida, Smith ran for 1,856 yards and 12 touchdowns over his first three seasons with the Lions, but finishing back-to-back seasons on injured reserve prevented the Lions from making a qualifying offer to the restricted free agent last offseason. Injuries to Mikel Leshoure and Jahvid Best prompted the Lions to re-sign Smith in early November. In Smith's second game back, he had 140 yards rushing and 61 yards receiving with a pair of touchdowns, earning NFC Player of the Week honors.

Smith was injured in the first quarter of the Lions' 27-15 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving.

For more on the Lions, be sure to visit Pride of Detroit.


Willis McGahee Expected To Start Vs Vikings On Sunday

An illness kept Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee from practicing fully until Friday, but the veteran is listed as "Probable" and is expected to start against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

McGahee was held out of Wednesday's practice and was limited on Thursday, but returned on Friday and will be active when the Broncos take on the Vikings' ninth-ranked run defense.

Released for salary cap purposes by the Baltimore Ravens, and despite missing one game with a broken hand, McGahee leads the Broncos' run-heavy offense -- only the Houston Texans have more rushing attempts than Denvers 367 on the season -- with 164 attempts and 775 rushing yards and is tied with quarterback Tim Tebow for the team lead with three rushing touchdowns.

In two career games against the Vikings, McGahee has 35 carries for just 81 yards with one touchdown.

For more on the Broncos, be sure to check out Mile High Report.


Josh Freeman A Game-Time Decision For Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is listed as "Questionable" with a right shoulder that had him limited during this week's practices.

Freeman did some light tossing on Friday and is regarded as being a game-time decision, head coach Raheem Morris said on Friday.

"Obviously, he’ll be a game-time decision and we’ll take it right up until the last moment of truth out there, so we’ll see,’’ Morris said according to the St. Petersburg Times. "He went out and threw the ball around a little bit. Still limited. We’ll have an opportunity to see more tomorrow and the next day after that.

"Progress? Obviously, he threw the ball. The first couple days he didn’t throw it as much. He threw it a little yesterday, he threw it more today.''

If Freeman is unable to start against the Carolina Panthers, fourth-year quarterback Josh Freeman would make his fifth NFL start and his first since the 2009 season.

For more on the Buccaneers, visit Bucs Nation.


Michael Turner Questionable With Groin Injury

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner was held out of the team's first two practices of the week before returning on a limited basis on Friday.

Turner is regarded as a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.

The 5-foot-10, 237-pound workhorse is closing in on another 1,000-yard season, running for 948 yards through the first 11 games of the season, which ranks fourth in the NFL and third in the NFC behind Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte and Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, who leads the NFL with 1,134 yards through 12 games. Turner's eight rushing touchdowns are tied for the fourth in the NFL this season.

Should Turner be unable to play against the Texans, the rushing duties would be shared by veteran Jason Snelling (25 carries, 57 yards in 2011) and rookie Jacquizz Rodgers a diminutive back who has 168 yards on 39 attempts this season.

For more on the Falcons, be sure to visit The Falcholic.


Andre Johnson Expected To Start Vs Falcons

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson is listed as "Probable" for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Johnson missed six weeks after suffering a right hamstring injury in the second quarter of a Week 4 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The perennial Pro Bowler had 25 receptions for 352 yards and two touchdowns in the first 14 quarters of the 2011 season, putting him on pace to head back to Hawai'i after the season.

Johnson had two receptions for 22 yards in last week's 20-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The lack of production likely had more to do with the club losing starting Matt Leinart to a season-ending collarbone fracture in the second quarter, leaving 2011 fifth-round pick T.J. Yates as the lone healthy quarterback on the gameday roster. Yates is expected to start on Sunday, with veterans Jake Delhomme and Kellen Clemens backing him up.

Johnson will be matched up against former teammate and Falcons No. 1 cornerback Dunta Robinson on Sunday.

For more on the Texans, visit Battle Red Blog.


Peyton Hillis Probable, Expected To Start Vs Ravens

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis practiced fully throughout the week and is expected to start against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Coming off a breakout season in 2010 -- 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns with 61 receptions out of the backfield -- Hillis has had a forgettable 2011 season that has featured two agent changes, a missed game due to an illness that prompted reports that teammates were questioning his commitment to the club, and five games missed due to a troublesome hamstring injury.

Hillis' absence and behavior during the first three months, including skipping out on a therapy session to return to Arkansas for a mid-week wedding, cost Hillis considerable capital with the Browns faithful, who voted en masse to put the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Hillis on the cover of Madden '12.

Hillis returned to the field last week, carrying the ball 19 times for 65 yards with two receptions for -4 yards.

"I'm starting to get back into the groove of things," Hillis said on Thursday according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

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


Montario Hardesty Remains Questionable With Calf Injury

Cleveland Browns running back Montario Hardesty is "Questionable" for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens with a calf injury.

Hardesty missed three weeks with the injury and was set to return last week against the Cincinnati Bengals before his calf acted up during pregame warmups. Hardesty had already been deemed active for the game, but was only to play in an emergency situation. As a team, the Browns rushed for 134 yards without Hardesty -- the club's third straight 100+ yard rushing effort after gaining a season-low 44 yards in the first game without Hardesty, the team's second-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Hardesty missed Wednesday's practice before being limited on Thursday and Friday. With last year's leading rusher Peyton Hillis back from a hamstring injury, there's little reason to rush Hardesty back into the action, though he could see action in a limited role on Sunday.

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


Julio Jones Questionable With Hamstring Injury

After missing Wednesday and Thursday's practices with a nagging hamstring injury, Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Julio Jones returned to practice on a limited basis on Friday and is listed as "Questionable" on the team's final injury report of the week.

The sixth overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft is regarded as a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. Jones has 30 receptions for 498 yards and two touchdowns, but has essentially missed a third of the season with hamstring issues, including the last games.

If Jones is unable to play, fourth-year wide receiver Harry Douglas is expected to start opposite Roddy White, with future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez expected to be even more involved in the passing game. While the passing offense flows through White, Gonzalez has 14 receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown the last two weeks.

For more on the Falcons, be sure to visit The Falcholic.


Darren McFadden Ruled Out With Foot Injury

Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden has been ruled "Out" for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins, meaning he will miss a fifth consecutive game with a sprained foot.

McFadden, who had 614 rushing yards and four touchdowns in six-plus games to start the season, was injured early in the Raiders' 28-0 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7.

In McFadden's absence, 2007 draft choice Michael Bush has grabbed the reigns of the Raiders running game, producing 530 yards (106 per game) with three touchdowns to rank 19th in the NFL with 668 yards in his contract year. Despite his prolonged absence, McFadden still ranks 22nd thanks to his sterling 5.4 yards per carry average.

McFadden did not participate in any of the team's practices this week and does not appear to be close to returning to the field anytime soon.

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


Denarius Moore Ruled Out For Sunday With Foot Injury

Oakland Raiders rookie wide receiver Denarius Moore has been ruled "Out" for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins.

Listed on the team's injury report as a foot injury, the fifth-round pick out of Tennessee said he injured his ankle while returning a punt against the Minnesota Vikings two weeks ago. The injury kept him out of the Raiders' 25-20 win over the Chicago Bears in Week 12 and kept him out of all three of the team's practices leading up to Sunday's game in Miami.

Moore's big-play ability turned heads in Raiders camp, earning a spot on the 53-man roster. However, consistent production from the rookie has not been there this season. Targeted 56 times, Moore has 24 receptions for 410 yards and four touchdowns, though much of that production has come in two games -- five-catch, 100+-yard efforts in Week 2 against the Buffalo Bills and Week 10 against the San Diego Chargers.

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


LaDanian Tomlinson Probable With Knee Injury

After missing two weeks with a knee injury, New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson was a full participant in this week's practices and is will play against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Tomlinson came close to playing last week against the Buffalo Bills, but the 32-year-old said the plan was to give him an additional week to get ready for the stretch run.

"That was pretty much the game plan for the year was to keep me fresh down the stretch and possibly increase my workload," Tomlinson said on Thursday according to The Star-Ledger. "So, I am fresh and feeling good and so the coaches have that option if they want to use me more."

In a reserve role this season, Tomlinson has 46 carries for 167 yards and a touchdown on the ground, with 25 receptions for 312 yards and a touchdown as a receiver in nine games this season.

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


Sebastian Janikowski Questionable With Hamstring Injury

Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski is listed as "Questionable" for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins with the same left hamstring injury that kept him out of a game in October.

Janikowski missed two of the team's three practices before returning on a limited basis on Friday. 

While the injury has had an affect on the strong-legged Janikowski's kickoffs -- four touchbacks on 24 kickoffs since the injury -- it has not affected the 12-year veteran on field goals. Janikowski is 10-of-11 on field goal attempts over the last four weeks, including a franchise-record six-for-six last week, earning AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the third time this season.

Janikowski is 22-of-24 on field goal attempts with a long of an NFL-record tying 63 yards on the season and was named the AFC's Special Teams Player of the Month honors in November. Improved accuracy this season could land Janikowski in the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.

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


Shonn Green Expected To Play Despite Bruised Ribs

New York Jets running back Shonn Greene practiced fully all week and is listed as "Probable" for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.

Greene has been battling bruised ribs since a Week 11 game against the Denver Broncos, but had 13 carries for 78 yards and caught three passes for 12 yards in last week's 28-24 win over the Buffalo Bills. In a feature for the first time in his career,, Greene acknowledged during the week that he's a bit more banged up than he's accustomed to at this time of the season.

"I was always fresh, you know, because we had (Thomas) Jones and (LaDainian Tomlinson)," Greene said according to Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger. "It's not new but, just a different — you know, just playing hurt.

Greene is expected to start and once again carry the load in the Jets' backfield against the Redskins, who have the NFL's 18th-ranked rush defense. Tomlinson, who has missed the last two weeks with a knee injury, is also listed as "Probable" and is expected to give Greene the occasional breather on Sunday.

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


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Kevin Smith Injury Update: Lions RB Expected To Be Game-Time Decision

The Detroit Lions released their final injury report on Friday and have listed running back Kevin Smith as questionable. Smith sprained his ankle in the Lions Thanksgiving loss to the Green Bay Packers and the initial concern was that it was a high ankle sprain. High ankle sprains usually result in absences of anywhere from two to six weeks, but Smith managed to get back on the practice field this week. He sat out Wednesday's practice but was back and limited on Thursday and Friday.

Smith believes that he will play on Sunday and it sounds like Friday's limited participation was more a precaution than anything else. Smith said his ankle was sore after Thursday's practice but only in the traditional post-practice sore sort of way. If that's the case, it sounds like the ankle injury was less a high ankle sprain and more just a severe regular sprain. If that's the case, it is not surprising he is getting back out there.

Nonetheless, Smith will likely be a game-time decision Sunday evening. The Lions will face the Saints in a Sunday Night Football contest in New Orleans. Given the late nature of the game, you hopefully have Maurice Morris or at least another late-game option in case Smith is an unexpected scratch. We'll be back over the weekend if any additional updates come out before game-time.

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


Michael Turner, Julio Jones Injury Update: Falcons Playmakers Return To Practice Friday

The Atlanta Falcons welcomed back two of their biggest playmakers on Friday as running back Michael Turner and wide receiver Julio Jones both returned to practice. Both players sat out Wednesday and Thursday practices after playing in week twelve against the Minnesota Vikings.

Michael Turner has been dealing with a nagging groin injury following offseason surgery. Although Turner has been dealing with the injury, he has put together a very solid 2011 campaign for the Falcons. He's had one bad game, one subpar game and the other nine games have been anywhere from strong to mind-blowing. He will face a Houston Texans defense that is solid against the run, although not as good as they are against the pass. Given the Texans injury issues, if the Falcons can grab an early lead, Turner could be in line for a big game running out the clock.

Julio Jones has been dealing with a nagging hamstring injury that has cost him two games and part of a third. When healthy he has put up some monster numbers. He is coming off back-to-back poor outings with two catches for nine yards over the last two games combined. It remains to be seen if that is due to his hamstring or Matt Ryan simply looking elsewhere. His upside is huge, but unless you have no other options, start him with caution on Sunday.

For more on the Falcons, check out The Falcoholic. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.


Adrian Peterson Injury Update: Vikings RB Officially Ruled Out

The Minnesota Vikings officially ruled out running back Adrian Peterson for Sunday's Week 13 contest against the Denver Broncos. Peterson suffered a high ankle sprain two weeks ago against the Oakland Raiders and sat out last week against the Atlanta Falcons. He was able to resume jogging on Wednesday, but has not resumed substantial football activities, yet.

Toby Gerhart will continue in his role as the team's starting running back. He rushed 17 times for 44 yards and a touchdown in last week's loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Percy Harvin picked up five carries behind Gerhart and will continue to operate as a change of pace back for the Vikings. Harvin sat out Friday's practice with an illness but is expected to play on Sunday.

There is no specific timetable for Peterson, but if he can get back into a limited practice role next week, he could get back for their week 14 contest against the Detroit Lions. We'll keep an eye out for more when next Wednesday's practice participation report comes out.

For more on the Vikings, check out Daily Norseman. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.


Week 13 NFL Injury Report, Thursday: Adrian Peterson, Michael Turner Remain Sidelined

We break down the Thursday practice participation report for week 13 of the 2011 NFL season. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams.


Josh Freeman Injury Update: Bucs QB Limited In Practice With Shoulder Soreness

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman was limited for the second straight day as he is dealing with shoulder soreness. The Bucs QB has been at practice the last two days but has not been making throws while he tries to get through an issue that first developed this past week against the Tennessee Titans.

Bucs offensive coordinator Greg Olson indicated that Freeman had shown significant improvement since Sunday. However, head coach Raheem Morris said that he was being evaluated each day and could very well be a game-time decision. Freeman has been able to handle handoffs, but not the necessary throws to execute the Bucs game-plan. Once he can do that, Morris will clear him to start on Sunday.

If Freeman sits, backup QB Josh Johnson will get the start. In three seasons, Johnson's most significant playing time came his rookie season in 2009 when he made four starts before being replaced by fellow rookie Josh Freeman. The Bucs face a fairly awful Carolina Panthers pass defense this week.

For more on the Buccaneers, check out Bucs Nation. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.


Week 13 NFL Injury Report, Wednesday: Adrian Peterson, Kevin Smith, Michael Turner All Sidelined

We break down the Wednesday practice participation report for week 13 of the 2011 NFL season, including final injury reports for Thursday's Eagles-Seahawks games. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams.


Adrian Peterson Injury: Vikings RB May Not Play In Week 13

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Sportscenter Wednesday morning that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is unlikely to play Sunday against the Denver Broncos. This followed a similar report from NFL Network's Jaosn LaCanfora on Monday. The Vikings will release their Wednesday practice participation report shortly and one would suspect AP will be a DNP on the report.

If Peterson is in fact out, backup Toby Gerhart would get his second straight start for the Vikings. Gerhart started against the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday and put up 44 rushing yards and a touchdown, as well as 19 receiving yards. It wasn't a spectacular performance but given the early deficit, it was enough to provide some positive signs moving forward.

The Vikings face a Denver Broncos team that has played fairly well against the rush and has developed a strong defense during their strong run recently. In fact, as much as the media will talk about Tebow guiding this team to victory, the defense has been as big a factor as anything else in the Broncos sudden rise to prominence.

For more on the Vikings, check out Daily Norseman.


Jeremy Maclin Injury Update: Eagles WR Sitting Out Practice, Unlikely To Play

We break down the news that Jeremy Maclin has sat out two practices for the Eagles in advance of Thursday Night Football against the Seattle Seahawks. For more on the Eagles, check out Bleeding Green Nation.

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