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Eli Rogers PIT WR
Steelers' Eli Rogers: Activated off PUP list14m ago
Rogers (knee) has been activated off the PUP list, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
It's unlikely Rogers has much of an impact on Sunday's contest against the Patriots, but it's encouraging to see the wide receiver healthy after tearing his ACL during the 2017 playoffs. Rogers is expected to slot in behind the likes of Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Ryan Switzer, James Washington and Darrius Heyward-Bey on the depth chart.
Josh Doctson WAS WR
Redskins' Josh Doctson: Makes trip to Jacksonville16m ago
Doctson (concussion), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, traveled with the team to Jacksonville, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
The news confirms that Doctson has at least some hope of receiving clearance from the NFL's concussion protocol prior to the 1 p.m. EST kickoff. Doctson only practiced once this week, but since he was a full participant in Friday's session, he shouldn't face any restrictions Sunday if he does in fact receive the green light to play.
James Conner PIT RB
Steelers' James Conner: Downgraded to doubtful25m ago
The Steelers downgraded Conner (ankle) from questionable to doubtful for Sunday's game against the Patriots.
The designation change doesn't come as a surprise after Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported less than an hour earlier that the Steelers weren't expecting Conner to be ready to go this weekend. Unless his sprained ankle feels better than anticipated Sunday, Conner will be sidelined for a second straight game, paving the way for Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley to shoulder the team's backfield duties. It was Ridley who reached the end zone in the Week 14 loss to the Raiders, but Samuels dominated the offensive snaps and touches by 48-8 and 18-5 margins, respectively.
Kevin Pierre-Louis NYJ LB
Jets' Kevin Pierre-Louis: Will play Saturday25m ago
Pierre-Louis (shoulder) is active for Saturday's game against the Texans.
Pierre-Louis was listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis this week. The 27-year-old has mostly played special teams this season, but could see increased snaps as a reserve inside linebacker with Darron Lee suspended for the rest of the season.
Jordan Jenkins NYJ OLB
Jets' Jordan Jenkins: Ready to roll for Week 1430m ago
Jenkins (ankle/shoulder) will play Saturday against the Texans.
Jenkins received a questionable designation on the Jets' final injury report, but he will indeed suit up for the contest. There's no reason to believe he will be limited or on a snap count.
D'Onta Foreman HOU RB
Texans' D'Onta Foreman: Inactive again in Week 1532m ago
Foreman (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's game against the Jets.
Though Foreman was activated from the PUP list Dec. 4, the Texans apparently don't feel the second-year back is ready to contribute coming off November 2017 surgery to repair his Achilles' tendon. Foreman has been a full practice participant since being added back to the 53-man roster but may not have regained the same speed and explosiveness he displayed during his injury-shortened rookie campaign. With that in mind, the Texans will continue to deploy Alfred Blue as the main backup to Lamar Miller, with No. 4 back Buddy Howell's prowess on special teams earning him the active nod over Foreman, who doesn't contribute on the team's kick coverage or return units.
Yonder Alonso CHW 1B
White Sox's Yonder Alonso: Dealt to White Sox18h ago
Alonso was traded from the Indians to the White Sox on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
It remains unknown as to what Cleveland is getting in return, but more details regarding the trade should be revealed shortly. Alonso slashed .250/.317/.421 with 23 homers and 83 RBI over 145 games for the Indians in 2018, and he could slot in as Chicago's everyday designated hitter, especially with Jose Abreu already a solid option at first base. Alonso does have a $9 million option for the 2020 campaign, so the White Sox could keep the 31-year-old around for at least the next two seasons, per Rosenthal.
Matt Chapman OAK 3B
Athletics' Matt Chapman: Undergoes shoulder surgery20h ago
Chapman underwent surgery Friday on his left shoulder. The procedure was a distal clavicle resection procedure, and he will be ready to swing in six weeks, according to the team's press release.
According to the A's, Chapman felt problems with the shoulder in offseason workouts and was evaluated by the team this week. He'll begin physical therapy next week.
Matt Chapman OAK 3B
Athletics' Matt Chapman: Has minor shoulder procedure20h ago
Chapman underwent surgery on his left shoulder Friday, and he's expected to resume swinging a bat again within six weeks, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
Chapman reportedly began feeling discomfort in his shoulder during his offseason workouts, so he went under the knife to correct the issue prior to the 2019 campaign. The Gold Glover has now had two surgeries since the 2018 season came to an end, but Oakland fully expects their star third baseman to be healthy for spring training.
Luis Urias SD 2B
Padres' Luis Urias: Could spend time at shortstop1d ago
Urias may move over to shortstop following the Padres' signing of Ian Kinsler on Friday, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Urias was expected to start the 2019 season as the club's starting second baseman, but his role is a little muddled now that Kinsler is on the team. Urias was groomed at both middle infield spots during his time in the Padres' minor leagues, though Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic added that the team still views him at the keystone while envisioning Kinsler at third base. Either way, he should be penciled into an everyday role unless the club elects to keep him in Triple-A for the start of the season to gain an extra year of control.
Ian Kinsler BOS 2B
Padres' Ian Kinsler: Heads to San Diego1d ago
Kinsler inked a two-year, $8 million deal with the Padres on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Per Rosenthal, the contract includes a club option for a third season. Kinsler will provide San Diego with some depth at the second base position alongside Luis Urias, who made his major-league debut this past September. The club could choose to slide Urias over to shortstop and begin the year with both players manning the middle infield spots, though Rosenthal added that the club would like to place Kinsler at third base while keeping Urias as the everyday second baseman. Kinsler earned a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2018 after being acquired from the Angels before the trade deadline. Across 128 games split between the two teams, he slashed just .240/.301/.380 with 14 home runs, 48 RBI and 16 stolen bases. Kinsler's .681 OPS was the worst mark of his career.
James McCann DET C
White Sox's James McCann: Signs with White Sox1d ago
McCann agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the White Sox on Friday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.
McCann will provide some additional catching depth on Chicago's roster behind Welington Castillo after the team traded away Omar Narvaez two weeks ago. During 118 games with the Tigers this past season, McCann hit just .220/.267/.314 with eight home runs and 39 RBI after having a solid season at the dish in 2017. The 28-year-old should only be considered as a fringe option in two-catcher leagues heading into spring training.
Derrick Favors UTA PF
Jazz's Derrick Favors: To start Saturday5m ago
Favors will start Saturday's game against the Magic, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
Favors will move in to the starting lineup in favor of Jae Crowder for Saturday's tilt with the Magic, primarily due to the matchup with Aaron Gordon. In 28 games this year, Favors has averaged 10.9 points and 7.0 rebounds in 23.1 minutes, with his playing time holding steady regardless of if he starts or not.
J.J. Barea DAL PG
Mavericks' J.J. Barea: Status murky for Sunday7m ago
Coach Rick Carlisle labeled Barea (ankle) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Kings, Mike Peasley of ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM reports.
Barea sat out Thursday's 99-89 loss to the Suns with a left ankle sprain, allowing rookie Jalen Brunson to serve as the backup to starting point guard Dennis Smith (wrist). Heading into that contest, Smith had missed the previous four games and is listed as questionable heading into Sunday's tilt, so the Mavericks could be shorthanded in the backcourt if neither Smith nor Barea is able to suit up. The team should provide an update on both players following Sunday's morning shootaround.
Allen Crabbe BKN SG
Nets' Allen Crabbe: Doubtful for Sunday's game42m ago
Crabbe (knee) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Hawks, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
It looks like Crabbe, who missed Friday's game against the Wizards with right knee soreness, will miss a second-straight game Sunday. Rodions Kurucs and Spencer Dinwiddie figure to see boosted run if Crabbe misses Sunday's match.
Marvin Bagley III SAC PF
Kings' Marvin Bagley: Set to miss 10-to-14 days1h ago
Bagley was diagnosed with a left knee bone bruise after exiting Friday's 130-125 loss to the Warriors and will be re-evaluated in 10-to-14 days, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Bagley played just five minutes before departing with the injury and will now be sidelined for at least five games after team doctors assessed his condition. It's a disappointing setback for the rookie, who had settled into a groove of late with double-digit scoring outputs in nine of his last 10 games before Friday while converting at a 58.6 percent clip from the field. For at least the game against the Warriors, Bagley's absence resulted in coach Dave Joerger deploying Justin Jackson as the primary backup to starting power forward Nemanja Bjelica, while Kosta Koufos handled all of the minutes at center behind Willie Cauley-Stein. It's possible one of Harry Giles, Skal Labissiere or Troy Williams could eventually claim a consistent rotation role as well while Bagley is sidelined.
Will Barton DEN SG
Nuggets' Will Barton: Remains out Sunday1h ago
Barton (groin) remains out Sunday against the Raptors, T.J. McBride of Mile High Sports reports.
Barton is trending closer to a return, but is not quite ready to take the floor. His next opportunity to play arrives Tuesday against the Mavericks.
Josh Jackson PHO SF
Suns' Josh Jackson: Cleared to play Saturday1h ago
Jackson (toe) will play Saturday against the Timberwolves, Bob Young of the Athletic reports.
Jackson emerged from Thursday's win over the Mavericks with a sprained toe, putting his status for Saturday's game into question. After going through morning shootaround, Jackson is feeling good enough to take the floor. Over the past nine games, he's averaged 12.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals in 29.4 minutes.
Zach Sanford STL LW
Blues' Zachary Sanford: Sent to bus league20m ago
The Blues assigned Sanford to AHL San Antonio on Saturday, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Sanford went scoreless for six consecutive games before serving as a healthy scratch for the Blues' last two contests, so this move doesn't come as a surprise. The 24-year-old winger will hope to regain his scoring touch in the minors.
Carey Price MON G
Canadiens' Carey Price: Solid track record against Senators38m ago
Price will defend the home net from the Senators in Saturday's game, Sean Farrell of NHL.com reports.
Price is 24-9-5 with a 2.32 GAA and .921 save percentage in 40 career appearances against the Senators. The B.C. native hasn't been acting the part of a franchise goalie worthy of a $10.5 million annual salary, though Price has been performing admirably in December based on a 5-1-0 record, 2.43 GAA and .917 save percentage over seven games.
Brandon Sutter VAN C
Canucks' Brandon Sutter: Skating on his own1h ago
Sutter (shoulder) has been skating on his own, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 Vancouver reports.
Sutter still remains without a firm time table for his return, but the last report suggested he won't be back until after the Christmas break. He's only appeared in 13 games this season, and will miss at least five more games barring a fast tracked recovery. Getting on the ice is a good first step.
Jujhar Khaira EDM LW
Oilers' Jujhar Khaira: Commits to abundance of hits1h ago
Khaira doled out six hits in Friday's 4-1 home win over the Flyers.
Khaira may have been more focused on breaking up plays in the latest game, but it's worth noting that he's produced two goals and four assists over eight December contests to raise some eyebrows in deep fantasy leagues. With so much attention on the likes of top-line studs Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, Khaira is miles away from the spotlight in Edmonton. However, he could prove to be a nice punt play in DFS contests given the recent offensive surge.
Alex Tuch LV RW
Golden Knights' Alex Tuch: Quietly getting it done for Vegas2h ago
Tuch came up with an even-strength goal in Friday's 5-4 overtime road loss to the Devils.
Tuch only managed two shots in the game, so his fantasy owners must be pleased that he at least converted one of them. The 22-year-old power forward from Boston College doesn't seem to be talked about very often, yet he's up to 11 goals and 12 assists with a plus-6 rating over 26 games for the Golden Knights.
Matt Hunwick BUF D
Sabres' Matt Hunwick: Called up from conditioning stint2h ago
Hunwick (neck) has been recalled by the Sabres.
It's been a long road to recovery for Hunwick, who has yet to appear in a game for Buffalo since being acquired in the offseason. The expectation is he'll be a depth defender, as opposed to being a regular in the lineup. He could find himself in the lineup shortly though, as Jake McCabe, Casey Nelson, and Marco Scandella are currently out with injury.