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    On Friday Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed what most people suspected: Tony Romo's 2015 season is over.
    It's easy to envision a scenario where Chip Kelly just throws up at his hands and heads back to college.
    Is Larry Fitzgerald the best you can do at wide receiver? Is Brian Hoyer really a top-five option against the Saints? Heath Cummings tackles this and more as he ranks Week 12 options by position.
    In the days leading up to the Thanksgiving Day showdown between the Panthers and Cowboys, former Carolina DE Greg Hardy said he wanted to prove to his old team that he could still play.
    Now 3-8, Dallas' season officially appears to be a wrap, even in the sorry NFC East.
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    Defensive Matchup

  • New Orleans Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    11/26/15LBDannell EllerbeHipQUESTIONABLEEllerbe (hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Redskins.

    Hau'oli Kikaha (ankle) is probable to return, but the Saints won't have any of Ellerbe, David Hawthorne (hamstring) and Ramon Humber (hamstring). Rookie Stephone Anthony is the only viable IDP option from the team's linebacking corps.

    (Updated 11/13/2015)
    11/26/15LBDavid HawthorneThighQUESTIONABLEHawthorne did not record a tackle in Thursday's game against the Falcons.

    With the return of Dannell Ellerbe to the Saints' lineup, Hawthorne's playing time has dwindled, as he played only three snaps against the Falcons, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. So long as Ellerbe is healthy, Hawthorne is not worth owning in IDP leagues.

    (Updated 10/19/2015)
    11/26/15LBRamon HumberHamstringQUESTIONABLEHumber (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Titans.

    The Saints will be without the services of Humber and Dannell Ellerbe (hip) on Sunday, depleting the team's depth at linebacker. Humber has 26 tackles and a sack over eight games this season.

    (Updated 11/08/2015)
    11/26/15RBMark IngramShoulderQUESTIONABLEIngram was limited in practice Wednesday due to a shoulder injury, the Saints' official site reports.

    Ingram has so far avoided the injury report to this point in the season, but a brief absence during Sunday's loss in Washington now has a culprit. No matter, he was able brush off the shoulder concern and fit in individual drills Wednesday, setting a precedent for the week. Expect his status to receive clarification upon the release of Friday's injury report.

    (Updated 11/25/2015)
    11/26/15LBHau'oli KikahaAnkleQUESTIONABLEKikaha (ankle) is active for Sunday's game at Washington.

    Kikaha only missed one game with the ankle injury and is expected to be available for a full workload against the Skins.

    (Updated 11/15/2015)
    11/26/15CBKeenan LewisHip, kneeQUESTIONABLELewis (knee, hip) was placed on season-ending injured reserve Thursday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

    Lewis finishes his season with just six tackles in six games, as the knee and hip injuries he's nursing -- along with a preseason sports hernia -- conspired to shorten his campaign. The depleted Saints secondary signed Chris Owens earlier this week to add depth in place of Lewis.

    (Updated 11/26/2015)
    11/26/15WRWillie SneadKneePROBABLESnead did not have a catch in Sunday's loss at Washington.

    Snead, who was dealing with a sore knee, missed most of the week's practices leading up to Sunday, and he played only 38 of the Saints' 57 offensive snaps (67 percent), his fewest since Week 1, according to the . As such, it is not unreasonable to infer that Snead was limited by his injury, which might explain his Week 10 dud. Although Brandin Cooks continues to re-emerge as Drew Brees' top target, Snead's role as the Saints' No. 2 receiver is secure. Snead will have a chance to heal up during the Saints' Week 11 bye, and a favorable matchup against Houston awaits in Week 12.

    (Updated 11/16/2015)
    11/26/15CBDamian SwannConcussionQUESTIONABLERookie cornerback Damian Swann has signed a four-year deal with the Saints, per the Baltimore Sun. It's worth $2.464 million.
    Houston Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    11/26/15CBA.J. BouyeConcussionQUESTIONABLETexans cornerback A.J. Bouye left Thursday night's game against Indianapolis with a quadriceps injury, the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Bouye, who started the game in Houston's nickel package, will be checked out in the coming days.

    (Updated 10/09/2015)
    11/26/15LBMax BulloughShoulder, hamstringPROBABLEThe Texans placed linebacker Max Bullough on injured reserve and promoted tight end Anthony Denham from the practice squad, reports ESPN.com.
    11/26/15LBJadeveon ClowneyWristPROBABLEClowney (back) recorded two tackles (one solo), including half a sack, a quarterback hit and a pass defensed in Sunday's win over the Jets.

    Clowney had sat out the Texans' previous game with a muscular issue in his back.

    (Updated 11/23/2015)
    11/26/15DTChristian CovingtonHipPROBABLECovington had two tackles, including his first sack of the season, in Monday night's 10-6 win over the Bengals.

    Covington is starting to get more playing time, taking snaps away from Vince Wilfork who has been a better personality than a tackler for Houston.

    (Updated 11/17/2015)
    11/26/15LBAkeem DentHamstringPROBABLEThe Texans will re-sign veteran linebacker Akeem Dent to a two-year contract, according to a report from ESPN's Josina Anderson
    11/26/15QBBrian HoyerConcussionPROBABLEHoyer (concussion) returned to practice Wednesday. He's expected to start Week 12 against the Saints.

    Hoyer, who missed the last game and a half, has managed to avoid mistakes this season with just four interceptions and 13 touchdowns in seven games. This has the makings of a good week for Hoyer as New Orleans ranks last in overall defense and passing touchdowns and is 30th in passing defense.

    (Updated 11/25/2015)
    11/26/15CBKareem JacksonAnkleQUESTIONABLEJackson (ankle) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.

    Jackson, who has been inactive the last four games with an ankle injury, looks like he'll be returning to the active lineup Week 12 against the Saints.

    (Updated 11/25/2015)
    11/26/15CBCharles JamesFootPROBABLEJames was claimed off waivers by the Texans, the Houston Chronicle reports.

    James will provide some depth on special teams but also on defense as the team announced starting cornerback Kareem Jackson (ankle) unlikely to play Week 7 against Miami.

    (Updated 10/20/2015)
    11/26/15CBJohnathan JosephKnee, wristQUESTIONABLEJoseph (knee) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Joseph injured his knee during Week 11's win over the Jets, but we also learned Wednesday that he has a wrist injury.

    (Updated 11/26/2015)
    11/26/15LBWhitney MercilusBackPROBABLEMercilus filled in for the injured Jadeveon Clowney (back) and had 3.5 sacks, four quarterback hits and four tackles for loss in Sunday's win over the Titans.

    Mercilus has seen his snap count reduced since Clowney has been available, but he's not around, Mercilus has been productive with 5.5 sacks this season.

    (Updated 11/02/2015)
    11/26/15SEddie PleasantNeckPROBABLEEvery player listed as "probable" on the Texans injury report is active Thursday against the Colts. 
    11/26/15RBChris PolkKnee, hamstringPROBABLEPolk (hamstring) practiced fully Wednesday.

    Polk is trending in the right direction, but as long as he's the No. 3 option (behind Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes) in the Texans' rushing attack, his fantasy utility will be limited to deeper formats.

    (Updated 11/25/2015)
    11/26/15WRNate WashingtonHipPROBABLEWashington (hip) caught two of six targets for 13 yards in Sunday's win over the Jets.

    Washington had a two-week run in which caught 13 balls, three touchdowns and gained over 200 yards, but has been limited to four catches for 45 yards the last two weeks. It should be noted that Washington's lean weeks coincided with Cecil Shorts returning to action. As Houston's quarterbacks have a full complement of wideout targets, Washington's role has been reduced.

    (Updated 11/23/2015)
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