Falcons coach Mike Smith said Monday safety Thomas DeCoud will be a non-contact participant in practice Wednesday after sitting out Week 15 due to a concussion. Smith is expecting DeCoud to play Week 16 at San Francisco.
Falcons defensive back Zeke Motta, who was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report, is active for Week 15 against the Redskins. He was limited in practice leading up to the game with a hand injury.
In addition to defensive back Thomas DeCoud, who was ruled out earlier in the week with a concussion, the Falcons' list of inactives for Week 15 against the Redskins includes running back Antone Smith (knee), linebacker Omar Gaither, offensive lineman Terren Jones, offensive lineman Sean Locklear, tight end Chase Coffman and defensive lineman Travian Robertson. Gaither, Jones, Locklear, Coffman and Robertson are all healthy scratches.
For the first time in his career, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will wear a brace on his sprained left knee during a game. His mobility will certainly be limited at home against the Patriots in Week 16.
The Patriots have registered 40 sacks this season, which ranks 11th in the league. New England has also permitted 240.2 passing yards per game, which ranks 18th in the league. Opposing quarterbacks have scored 19.86 Fantasy points per game this season against New England, including at least 30 points in back-to-back games.
Flacco tossed for 240 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in his last meeting against the Patriots in the playoffs last season. He has not passed for more than 273 yards over his last eight games played. He has only thrown for multiple touchdowns in three of those eight games.
At this point, Flacco may not be worth the risk, especially since he is not at 100 percent. Consider him a low-end option in all formats heading into Week 16.
Ravens defensive end Chris Canty (shoulder), cornerback Asa Jackson (thigh), wide receiver Brandon Stokley (knee), cornerback Lardarius Webb (abdomen) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (concussion) were all cleared to play Week 14 vs. Minnesota. Everyone was listed as questionable except for Smith, who was probable.
Ravens running back Ray Rice could be in line for a productive performance if he is healthy enough to play in Week 16 against the Patriots.
Rice will try to overcome a thigh injury which caused him to miss Wednesday's portion of practice. He was limited to 56 yards on the ground in Week 15 against the Lions in Detroit. He has been held under 67 rushing yards over his last four games. His last 100-yard performance came in Week 11 against the Bears.
Luckily for Rice, he'll face a New England defense that has permitted 132.5 yards per game on the ground, which is the second most allowed this season. Running backs have scored at least 19 points in six of the last nine games against New England. Barring a setback, we expect Rice to play on Sunday, so consider him a decent starting option in the majority of Fantasy formats for Week 16.
The rookie year of Ravens defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore will be a washout. The team announced Wednesday that he will not be activated off the reserved/non football injury list after being cleared to practice three weeks ago. The sixth-round pick had been out since tearing his ACL in the 2013 BCS Championship.