Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph not looking good for Week 17
by Larry Hartstein |
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph remained unable to practice Thursday due to knee and ankle injuries, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It appears he'll miss his second straight game Sunday against Chicago, with Chase Ford getting another start.

Minnesota is a 6-point home favorite.

Colts TE Dwayne Allen unlikely to play Sunday
by Larry Hartstein |
Colts coach Chuck Pagano told reporters tight end Dwayne Allen (knee) is unlikely to play Sunday at Tennessee. Indy wants Allen, who dropped all three of his targets Week 16 before leaving, to get closer to 100 percent for the playoffs.

Seahawks' Okung, Moeaki return to practice, Unger still out
by Brandon Wise |
Seahawks tackle Russell Okung was able to return to practice Tuesday after missing Week 16 with a chest injury. Tight end Tony Moeaki was also able to return to practice Tuesday after not playing against the Cardinals with a shoulder injury.

Center Max Unger remained sidelined, but may get some practice reps Wednesday as coach Pete Carroll said he is "touch and go," with knee and ankle injuries.

Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse is not likely to return this week after leaving Week 16 with a hamstring injury. 

Report: Patriots considering resting Rob Gronkowski vs. Bills?
by Igor Mello |
When asked if he'll rest any of his starters, Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters he'll do what's best for the team. Because New England has clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs and giving his history of late-season injuries, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe expects tight end Rob Gronkowski to sit out Sunday's regular season finale at home against Buffalo.

"We'll do the same thing we always do, so it won't be any different this week than it's been any other week, it won't be any different this year than it's been any other year: we'll do what we feel is best for our football team. Period. Whatever is best for our team, then that's what we'll try to do," Belichick said.

Gronkowski extended his scoring streak to three games in Week 16 against the Jets. He has 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. If Belichick rests Gronkowski, then Timothy Wright would likely get the start.

New England opened as an 8 1/2-point home favorite. The line has now dropped to 4 1/2 points.

Colts TE Dwayne Allen not spotted at practice on Tuesday
by Igor Mello |
Colts tight end Dwayne Allen was not spotted at practice on Tuesday because of a knee injury, according to the team's official website. Allen left Week 16 against the Cowboys after dropping all three of his targets. He has  caught 29 of 50 targets for 395 yards and eight touchdowns this season.

Coby Fleener will shoulder the load if Allen is unable to play. Indianapolis opened as a a 6 1/2-point favorite at Tennessee. The line has now moved to 7 points, according to Vegas Insiders.

Jermaine Gresham leads the way in MNF victory
by Larry Hartstein |
Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham led the team with nine catches on 11 targets for 62 yards in the win over Denver, and he scored for the second straight week. Gresham served as Andy Dalton's safety blanket with wideout A.J. Green sidelined by an arm injury.

Greshman got wide open for a 2-yard score in the second quarter, his fourth touchdown this year. He has 59 receptions, five shy of his career high, entering Week 17 at Pittsburgh.

Ankle continues to limit Broncos TE Julius Thomas
by Larry Hartstein |
Broncos tight end Julius Thomas appeared to tweak his troublesome ankle on a 26-yard reception in the second quarter at Cincinnati. Thomas stayed in the game and finished with two catches on six targets for 33 yards.

His worst moment came when he let Bengals safety Reggie Nelson yank the ball away from him for an interception. 

Thomas has five catches for 66 yards in the last three games he's played, and has not scored since Week 10. He's simply not the same player who racked up 12 touchdowns in the first nine games.

Thomas is scheduled to face the Raiders in Week 17.

LT Ryan Clady among Broncos ready to roll
by Larry Hartstein |
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will have his blindside protector Monday night in Cincinnati, as left tackle Ryan Clady is active. Clady had been questionable with a thigh injury.

Also suiting up for Denver are right tackle Chris Clark (back), wideout Cody Latimer (concussion), center Will Montgomery (knee), tight end Jacob Tamme (ribs) and cornerback Kayvon Webster (shoulder).

TE Jermaine Gresham among Bengals cleared to play
by Larry Hartstein |
Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham, who was probable with a toe injury, is active for Monday's game against the Broncos after sitting out last week.

Also suiting up for Cincy are defensive end Carlos Dunlap (calf), defensive end Margus Hunt (ankle), cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (Achilles), offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (illness), cornerback Terence Newman (ankle), guard Mike Pollak (knee) and wideout Brandon Tate (illness).

Broncos announce Week 16 inactives
by Larry Hartstein |
The Broncos declared running back Ronnie Hillman (foot), linebacker Brandon Marshall (foot), defensive back Tony Carter, offensive linemen Michael Schofield and Paul Cornick, tight end Dominique Jones and defensive lineman Quanterus Smith inactive for Monday's game at Cincinnati.

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