Thomas Rawls SEA RB
Seahawks' Thomas Rawls: Limited Wednesday12m ago
Thomas Rawls was limited at Wednesday's practice due to a knee injury, John Boyle of the Seattle Seahawks ' official site reports.
Only a few short hours after Marshawn Lynch's sports hernia surgery was announced, Rawls landed on the injury report, though his ability to practice in some capacity doesn't really place a cloud over his Week 12 availability. Expected to start for the next 3-to-4 weeks, at least, in Lynch's place, Rawls has a Steelers defense on the docket that has given up 3.9 YPC but just two touchdowns to running backs this season.
Taiwan Jones OAK RB
Raiders' Taiwan Jones: Misses practice Wednesday30m ago
Taiwan Jones (knee) did not practice Wednesday.
Perhaps signaling concern with regard to Jones' Week 12 status, the Oakland Raiders promoted Jeremy Ross -- an option to fill in for Jones on kick returns -- from their practice squad in advance of Sunday's game against the Titans.
Malcom Floyd SD WR
Chargers' Malcom Floyd: Limited at practice Wednesday36m ago
Malcom Floyd (shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Floyd is expected to play again this season, although his availability for Sunday's game against the Jaguars has yet to be solidified, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Jordan Reed WAS TE
Redskins' Jordan Reed: Not on injury report Wednesday38m ago
Jordan Reed wasn't listed on Washington's injury report Wednesday.
In the aftermath of Sunday's loss at Carolina, it was revealed that Reed suffered a sprained MCL in one of his knees, making his lack of presence on the injury report a surprise, to say the least. In any case, he's Washington's undisputed No. 1 tight end, from which he's put together 23 catches (on 32 targets) for 165 yards and a whopping five touchdowns over the last four games.
Ladarius Green SD TE
Chargers' Ladarius Green: Misses practice Wednesday40m ago
Ladarius Green (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.
It remains to be seen if Green's absence Wednesday was maintenance-related, or indicative of a Week 11 setback. More should be known on that front no later than the release of Thursday's practice report.
Antonio Gates SD TE
Chargers' Antonio Gates: Limited at practice Wednesday42m ago
Antonio Gates (hip) practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday.
Per the San Diego Union-Tribune Gates indicated Monday that he needed to decide this week whether or not his playing through his aches and pains, as he has of late, is helping or hurting the San Diego Chargers . "That's where I'm at right now," said Gates, who was limited to one catch on three targets for six yards this past Sunday against the Chiefs. Wednesday's practice participation, albeit in a limited capacity, does bode well for the veteran tight end's chances of being available Sunday against the Jaguars, however.
Rusney Castillo BOS RF
Red Sox's Rusney Castillo: Projects to open in left field3h ago
Rusney Castillo projects to open 2016 as Boston's starting left fielder, MLB.com reports.
Manager John Farrell indicated Castillo will be in left with Mookie Betts in right, flanking Jackie Bradley in center. Castillo signed a record-breaking $72 million contract in August of 2014, but an oblique injury and Betts' emergence pushed him to Triple-A to start 2015. He eventually came up to hit just .252/.288/.359 in 80 games with the Boston Red Sox , with a .225/.263/.292 line in September. Chances are, Castillo will have to swing his way out of a bottom-third spot in the batting order.
Mookie Betts BOS CF
Red Sox's Mookie Betts: Projects to open in right field3h ago
Mookie Betts projects to open 2016 as Boston's starting right fielder, MLB.com reports.
The Boston Red Sox seemed pleased with Betts' progress in center last season, but Jackie Bradley is clearly the best defensive outfielder on the team. Bradley is expected to take over in center and push Betts to right, with Rusney Castillo set to start the year in left field. This news does not affect Betts' fantasy outlook for 2016, as his playing time and spot atop the order should be secure no matter where he plays in the outfield.
Bud Norris SD RP
Braves' Bud Norris: One-year deal with Braves3h ago
Bud Norris agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old received a major-league contract but will take a steep pay cut after making $8.8 million last season. Norris was clobbered to the tune of a 7.06 ERA in 18 appearances (11 starts) for the Orioles last season before being released, and then pitched exclusively out of the bullpen after signing with the Padres in August. It's expected Norris will return to the rotation for the rebuilding Braves.
Jackie Bradley BOS RF
Red Sox's Jackie Bradley: Projected to open in center field3h ago
The Boston Red Sox are leaning toward going with Jackie Bradley as their primary center fielder in 2016, MLB.com reports.
Mookie Betts got better as the season progressed and proved to be a capable center fielder in 2015, but manager John Farrell rightfully acknowledged that Bradley "is the best defensive outfielder" on the team. Betts is expected to move to right, but of course, Bradley will need to continue to hit to maintain a starting role throughout the year. The 25-year-old surprised a lot of people in that regard last season, batting .249/.335/.498 with 10 homers in 74 games with Boston.
Ryan Braun MIL RF
Brewers' Ryan Braun: Progressing well from back surgery4h ago
Ryan Braun is progressing well from offseason back surgery, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. "I feel pretty good, knock on wood," Braun said Wednesday. "The only surprise is the rehab is a little longer than I was anticipating, just a couple months of rehab. Other than that, everything was as expected."
Although the initial recovery timetable is out the window, Braun remains optimistic that his offseason program will not be impacted and he will be back at 100 percent for spring training. The 32-year-old is doing physical therapy four days a week for the back, and he said there are no plans at this point for him to undergo another cryotherapy procedure on his thumb. The five-year, $105 million extension Braun signed in 2011 kicks in this season.
Brandon Gomes TB RP
Rays' Brandon Gomes: Outrighted to Triple-A5h ago
Brandon Gomes was outrighted to Triple-A Durham on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old made 62 appearances for Tampa Bay last season, posting a 1.19 WHIP and a swinging-strike rate over 11 percent, but it was not enough to maintain his spot at last week's Rule 5 roster deadline. Gomes could still attend spring training as a non-roster invitee, but he figures to have to bide his time at Durham to start the year.
Tyson Chandler PHO C
Suns' Tyson Chandler: Will sit out Wednesday8m ago
Tyson Chandler (illness) will sit out Wednesday against the Pelicans, Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic reports.
Chandler was actually expected to play, despite missing morning shootaround, but apparently his illness didn't improve over the course of the day. Fellow center Alex Len will get the start in his place, with Jon Leuer serving as the main backup.
Jared Cunningham CLE SG
Cavaliers' Jared Cunningham: Gets starting nod against Toronto12m ago
Jared Cunningham will start at point guard Wednesday against the Raptors, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
With Matthew Dellavedova (calf) ruled out and Mo Williams (ankle) on an undisclosed minutes limit, Cunningham will get the unexpected starting nod Wednesday. Although buyer beware, because Cunningham's season high for points is only 12, even though he's played at least 20 minutes in three games this year.
Chandler Parsons DAL SF
Mavericks' Chandler Parsons: Rests Wednesday20m ago
Chandler Parsons will sit out Wednesday's game against the Spurs to rest, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.
Parsons still isn't ready to play in back-to-back games which explains Wednesday's absence since he logged a season-high 25 minutes Tuesday against the Grizzlies. A combination of Charlie Villanueva and rookie Justin Anderson will likely take over at small forward with Parsons expected to return in normal fashion Saturday against the Nuggets.
Caron Butler SAC SF
Kings' Caron Butler: Will sit out Wednesday24m ago
Caron Butler (knee) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game against the Bucks, James Ham of CSN Bay Area reports.
Butler is averaging just over 10 minutes per game this season and his impending absence will be rather easily covered by a combination of Marco Belinelli, James Anderson, and Omri Casspi. The next opportunity for the veteran to return will be Friday against Minnesota.
Nemanja Bjelica MIN PF
Timberwolves' Nemanja Bjelica: Set to miss out Wednesday38m ago
Nemanja Bjelica (knee) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game against the Hawks.
Bjelica is missing his third consecutive game Wednesday as he continues to be bogged down with a left knee contusion. His next opportunity to return will be against the Kings on Friday.
Patrick Beverley HOU PG
Rockets' Patrick Beverley: Returns from ankle sprain42m ago
Patrick Beverley (ankle) will play limited minutes Wednesday against the Grizzlies according to interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff, broadcaster Craig Ackerman reports.
Beverley seems to be in store for a reserve role off the bench behind Jason Terry on Wednesday, while also splitting minutes with Ty Lawson. Now returning from a severely sprained left ankle, Beverley could certainly move into the starting five over both Terry and Lawson in the near future.
Frank Vatrano BOS C
Bruins' Frank Vatrano: Will play Wednesday28m ago
Frank Vatrano (upper body) participated in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he will play Wednesday against the Red Wings.
Vatrano, who has potted one goal in six games this season, is expected to skate alongside Ryan Spooner and Brett Connolly on the Boston Bruins ' third line in Wednesday's contest.
Tyler Johnson TB C
Lightning's Tyler Johnson: Will play Wednesday32m ago
Tyler Johnson (upper body) participated in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he will play Wednesday against the Kings, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Johnson, who has tallied 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 19 games this season, is expected to skate alongside Vladislav Namestnikov and Nikita Kucherov on the Tampa Bay Lightning 's second line and power-play unit in Wednesday's contest.
Jonathan Quick LA G
Kings' Jonathan Quick: Starting Wednesday against Tampa Bay36m ago
As expected, Jonathan Quick will be in the crease in Wednesday's game against the Lightning, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Quick was phenomenal in his last outing, stopping 33 of 34 shots en route a to a 3-1 win Monday over the Panthers. On Wednesday he'll take on a Lightning team that has been surprisingly poor offensively this season, averaging just 2.41 goals scored per game, ninth worst in the NHL.
Jonas Gustavsson BOS G
Bruins' Jonas Gustavsson: Starting Wednesday against Detroit42m ago
Jonas Gustavsson will be between the pipes in Wednesday's game against the Red Wings.
Gustavsson has played well this season, posting a 4-1-0 record with a 2.20 GAA and .914 save percentage in five appearances. On Wednesday he'll take on a Red Wings club that has won back-to-back games, potting at least three goals in each of those contests.
Tyler Ennis BUF LW
Sabres' Tyler Ennis: Won't play Wednesday1h ago
Tyler Ennis (upper body) won't play Wednesday against the Predators.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise, as there was no indication Ennis was dealing with an injury until he didn't take the ice for pregame warmups ahead of Wednesday's contest. The 26-year-old winger will hope to return to action Friday against the Hurricanes. Evander Kane is expected to replace Ennis on the Buffalo Sabres ' top line in Wednesday's matchup with Nashville.
Evander Kane BUF LW
Sabres' Evander Kane: Will play Wednesday1h ago
Evander Kane (lower body) will play Wednesday against the Predators.
Kane missed Tuesday's practice, but took the ice for pregame warmups, and will play in Wednesday's tilt against Nashville. The 24-year-old winger is expected to skate alongside Ryan O'Reilly and Brian Gionta on the Buffalo Sabres ' top line in Wednesday's contest.