Cowboys linebacker Justin Durant, who's missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, said he did a lot of running Monday and believes he'll be ready to play Week 14 at Chicago, reports the Dallas Morning News. “I feel real good,” Durant told the paper. “I’m comfortable enough to go out there, so hopefully they allow me to participate.”
Coming off a rough Thanksgiving performance, the Cowboys DST won't find the going any easier in Chicago on Monday night. Marc Trestman's Bears give up the 13th-fewest Fantasy points (8.9 per game) to opposing DSTs and they average 26.9 points in real life, fifth most in the NFL.
Raiders strong safety Tyvon Branch was back at practice Wednesday for the first time since breaking his leg in a Week 2 game against Jacksonville. Branch has been a full-time starter for Oakland since 2009.
Raiders running back Rashad Jennings wasn't around at the end of a Week 13 loss at Dallas because he suffered a concussion in the final minutes of the game. However, it's looking like Jennings will be ready to roll Week 14 at N.Y. Jets, giving Fantasy owners the opportunity to start the fifth-year back.
Raiders linebacker Kevin Burnett (quadricep), cornerback Mike Jenkins (concussion), linebacker Kaluka Maiava (ribs), linebacker Sio Moore (shoulder), tight end Mychal Rivera (concussion) and defensive tackle Daniel Muir (knee) were all cleared to play Week 13 at Dallas. The only player that wasn't listed as questionable was Muir, who was considered probable.
A shoulder injury that had Raiders top receiver Denarius Moore sidelined from the last two games had him out of Wednesday practice as well, per the Contra Costa Times. His status for the game Sunday against the Jets will be clearer when the team releases its Friday injury report.
Raiders fullback Jeremy Stewart got a garbage-time touchdown during a 49-20 blowout loss Week 9 vs. Philadelphia. Stewart finished with just two carries for 2 yards, which included a 2-yard touchdown run with 52 seconds left in the game.
Raiders cornerback Mike Jenkins and safety Usama Young both suffered shoulder injuries during Thursday's game at Dallas. Young and Jenkins both had three solo tackles, and Jenkins forced a fumble before getting hurt.