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Andrew Hawkins (concussion) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Ravens, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Hawkins wasn't able to practice at all this week, so this decision isn't much of a surprise. Considering Taylor Gabriel (concussion) was also ruled out Saturday, Dwayne Bowe or Marlon Moore could see additional time on the field against a struggling Ravens' secondary.
Taylor Gabriel (concussion) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Ravens, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Gabriel and Andrew Hawkins (concussion) were both ruled out Saturday, opening the door for Dwayne Bowe to see additional time on the field as the third receiver behind Travis Benjamin and Brian Hartline. Bowe has struggled to gain any sort of traction this season, recording just three catches for 31 yards on eight targets, but he could benefit from playing a lackluster Baltimore secondary Monday night.
Marlon Brown (back) is listed as doubtful for Monday's game against the Browns, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
It doesn't seem as if the 24-year-old receiver will be able to suit against the Browns on Monday, considering Brown hasn't been able to practice this week due to a back injury. The Baltimore Ravens are desperately thin at the wide receiver position, but Brown hasn't been much of a factor this year, recording just 14 catches for 112 yards. Jeremy Butler or Kaelin Clay could see some additional targets if Brown is unable to play, but neither receiver figures to factor much into the offense with backup quarterback Matt Schaub set to lead the Ravens the rest of the season after Joe Flacco (ACL/MCL) was placed on IR.
Rishard Matthews (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets, Greg Likens of Miami Dolphins .com reports.
The nature of the illness is unclear, but it's apparently serious enough to jeopardize Matthews' status for Sunday's game. The Nevada product is coming off of his least-productive game of the season, as he hauled in just one catch on three targets for 15 yards against the Cowboys. If he's held out, the likes of Kenny Stills, Greg Jennings and possibly DeVante Parker could see increased targets.
Marlon Brown (back) did not practice Saturday, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
While the Baltimore Ravens have not issued an official designation, Brown's chances of playing Monday against Cleveland do not appear to be overly high, as he's now missed three straight practices with a back injury. The Georgia product was not targeted in last week's win over St. Louis, and he has just 14 catches for 112 yards on the season.
Danny Amendola (knee) will not play Sunday against the Broncos, Tom Curran of CSN Northeast reports.
As of Friday night, there was still a chance Amendola would make the trip to Denver with the team, but after being evaluated Saturday, the receiver has been ruled out and will remain back in Foxboro. Amendola suffered the knee injury against the Bills on Monday, and he was limited in practice Thursday and Friday after not participating on Wednesday. With Julian Edelman (foot) out and Aaron Dobson, Brian Tyms, Josh Boyce and Brandon Gibson all on IR, the Pats are currently left with only three healthy receivers heading into Sunday: Brandon LaFell, Chris Harper and KeShawn Martin. All three figure to see expanded roles, with tight end Rob Gronkowski likely seeing even more attention than usual from the Denver defense.
Per the Boston Herald, the New England Patriots plan to have Danny Amendola (who is officially listed as questionable this week) test out his sprained left knee Saturday before deciding whether the wideout will travel to Denver for Sunday night's game against the Broncos.
Assuming that's the case, we could have a better idea of Amendola's Week 12 status later Saturday. If he is limited, or sits out Sunday's contest, Keshawn Martin could be a candidate for an expanded role, but he is listed as questionable this week as well. Thus, until the playing status of Amendola and Martin is solidified, Brandon LaFell and Chris Harper represent the Patriots' healthiest wideout options.
Despite Tony Romo's latest season-ending injury and an increasingly small chance at the postseason, the Dallas Cowboys don't have any intention of shutting Dez Bryant (foot/knee) down to let him heal, DallasCowboys.com reports. "He needs to practice. He needs to play," owner/GM Jerry Jones said Friday. "That's the best thing for Dez... We missed a lot with his contract negotiation in the spring and training camp. What Dez needs is repetition, practice repetitions, in-game repetitions, that'll make him a better player for the future."
That's not to say Bryant's fantasy prospects have suddenly improved, but at least it doesn't seem as though he'll suddenly be taken out of the lineup entirely. When healthy he's the Cowboys' best offensive weapon regardless of who's under center, so hopefully the extra few days off he'll get heading into Week 13 will allow him to return to something closer to his usual form.
Kendall Wright (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Following full practice sessions both Thursday and Friday, Wright is ready to play for the first time since Week 8. The matchup is excellent for Tennessee's passing offense, with Wright in particular standing to benefit from the continued struggles of Oakland cornerback D.J. Hayden, who plays the slot in nickel packages.
Marvin Jones (hamstring) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Rams.
Jones should be good to go Sunday and figures to be in line for his share of looks in the Cincy offense opposite A.J. Green after being targeted nine times in each of the Cincinnati Bengals ' last two games.