NFL Player News
Chris Polk (knee, hamstring) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Saints, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Polk's fantasy utility remains limited to deeper formats as long as both Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes remain healthy enough to play. With that in mind, Blue was limited at practice Friday, but still listed as probable for Sunday's contest.
Taiwan Jones (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Tennessee.
Jones returned to a limited practice Friday, after missing practice both Wednesday and Thursday. He doesn't seem like a good bet to suit up, which may explain why the Oakland Raiders signed WR Jeremy Ross, who has extensive experience returning punts and kickoffs. An absence wouldn't have much impact on Oakland's offense, as Jones typically plays fewer than 15 snaps. However, Roy Helu would likely be active for the first time since Week 8.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have promoted Fitzgerald Toussaint from their practice squad to the team's active roster, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Toussaint will replace fellow running back Isaiah Pead on the team's roster and is now in line to work behind DeAngelo Williams and Jordan Todman in the Steelers' backfield.
Alfred Blue (back) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Saints after being limited in practice Friday.
All 16 players the Houston Texans listed on their Week 12 injury report drew probable designations, but given that Blue was one of just three limited at Friday's practice his status is still worth confirming in advance of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff.
Alfred Morris (ribs) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Giants.
A full practice participant throughout the week, Morris is expected to play through the rib injury that knocked him out of a Week 11 loss to the Panthers. There's some chance the pain will flare up again during Sunday's game, but the bigger issue is that he's part of a three-man committee, in a matchup that should favor the Washington passing game.
Frank Gore (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.
After missing Wednesday's practice, Gore returned as a full participant both Thursday and Friday. While seemingly not in any danger of missing the game, he will have to contend with a Tampa Bay run defense that has played at an elite level since a Week 6 bye. Of course, with Matt Hasselbeck under center, the Indianapolis Colts may still try to establish their running game from the get-go.
Knile Davis may see some work in Sunday's game against the Bills, Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.
While it appears Davis may have finally worked his way back into the rotation, it's more out of necessity than by playing his way back. Charcandrick West (concussion) remains questionable for Sunday's contest, and him missing the contest would leave just Spencer Ware and Davis as the two options out of the backfield. Even if West misses the contest, Ware would likely work ahead of Davis, limiting any potential value. If West were to play, it wouldn't be surprising if Davis was inactive again Sunday.
Bernard Pierce (calf) is considered doubtful to play Sunday against the Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars .com reports.
Pierce has been battling a calf injury for the last couple of weeks, and he was inactive for last Thursday's win over the Titans. The former Raven appears destined for a second straight inactive designation, though he likely wouldn't hold a major role in the offense, regardless.
Theo Riddick caught five passes off of five targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's win over the Eagles. He added six yards on the ground on two carries.
With the game scoreless late in the first quarter, Riddick circled out of the backfield, cut across the middle and hustled into the end zone untouched for his first score since Week 5. Even with the Detroit Lions in position to run out the clock for much of the second half, Riddick carried the ball just twice - a signal that the Lions don't think much of Riddick and his three-yards-per-carry average as part of their rushing attack. His pass-catching acumen, however, continues to be on full display as Thursday was his seventh game of the season with at least five catches. Throughout the season, Riddick has been a valuable player in PPR leagues. Yet, if he continues to pile up yardage, he has 134 yards receiving in the past two weeks, he may find a role on running-back-needy standard league teams.
Carlos Hyde (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, CSN Bay Area reports.
Hyde still hasn't played since Week 7 and is no lock to suit up again this season. Shaun Draughn will continue to lead the San Francisco backfield, with Kendall Gaskins and Travaris Cadet working in reserve. Draughn played nearly all of the offensive snaps in Week 11 against the Seahawks.