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AP source: All Broncos QBs pulled out of practice over virus

Sat Nov 28 6:15pm ET
By ARNIE STAPLETON
AP Pro Football Writer

Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock, right, confers with quarterback Riley Neal during NFL football practice Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Denver Broncos quarterbacks Drew Lock, his backup Brett Rypien and practice squad member Blake Bortles were pulled off the practice field Saturday and sent home over concerns about their contact with QB Jeff Driskel, who is infected with COVID-19, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't addressed the situation publicly, confirmed a report by KUSA-TV in Denver that the three QBs were pulled out of practice before it ended Saturday.

The Broncos (4-6), who are scheduled to host the New Orleans Saints (8-2) on Sunday, were working with the NFL to resolve the situation.

All three quarterbacks were on the field during the brief viewing period at the start of practice.

Driskel went on the COVID-19 list Thursday.

Coach Vic Fangio has said he wasn't concerned about his other quarterbacks getting sick because contact tracing showed they weren't in close contact with Driskel. On Saturday morning, Fangio said the quarterbacks hadn't been within 6 feet of each other.

But further investigation by the NFL's medical team apparently raised concerns.

Lock, Rypien and Bortles have continued to test negative for the coronavirus.

Fangio canceled practice Friday when kick returner Diontae Spencer tested positive for the virus along with two staff members.

The news on the quarterbacks broke Saturday about the same time the Broncos announced they had signed left tackle Garett Bolles to a four-year contract extension. Bolles, a former first round draft pick, has shown dramatic improvement this season.

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Vita Vea Nov 28 6:00pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea (COVID-19 list) was transferred to the COVID-19/reserve list Saturday, further cementing his out status for Sunday against Kansas City. (Players do not necessarily have to test positive in order to be placed on the list.) Having been on injured reserve due to a leg fracture, Vea has proven to be a stalwart of the Buccaneers Defense when healthy. Even without his presence on the defensive line, Tampa Bay has been one of the premier defensive units in fantasy, having allowed a league-best 73 rushing yards per game in 2020. With Vea injured, there's optimism that his placement on the COVID-19/reserve list should not affect Sunday's contest versus the Chiefs, although it's worth checking back ahead of kickoff to confirm.

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Graham Gano Nov 28 5:50pm ET

New York Giants kicker Graham Gano (COVID-19) has been activated ahead of Sunday's game versus Cincinnati, returning to the mix without having missed a game despite a positive virus test. With the Giants having been on their bye last week, Ryan Santoso would have served as the team's contingency plan had Gano not been cleared in time, but the veteran will now take the field against an exploitable Bengals Defense. Gano has made all 16 of his extra points this season, having missed just one field goal (21-for-22), which came from long range. Despite New York's seesaw offensive contributions during 2020, Gano has proven to be a consistent fantasy commodity and is in a strong spot to serve as a streamer option in Week 12.

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Chris Carson Nov 28 5:40pm ET

Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (foot) has been labeled a "full go" by head coach Pete Carroll for Monday's contest against Philadelphia. Carson has missed each of the team's prior four games due to a foot injury, as his absence coincided with numerous backfield injuries. Now, he'll return to true RB1 duties for Seattle, thereby putting himself back in low-end RB1 consideration in the vast majority of season-long formats. While Carlos Hyde has collected double-digit carries and rushing touchdowns in each of his last two games, Carson's return likely knocks him out of roster consideration except in the deepest of season-long leagues. Additionally, Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas can return to the waiver wire, barring an aggravation of injury to Carson's foot.

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John Brown Nov 28 5:40pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown (ankle) had already been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Chargers, but he will now miss at least the next three contests due to a high ankle sprain which has landed him on injured reserve. Brown had been finding his groove within the offense over the past two games, having racked up 14 catches for 171 yards in that span. Stefon Diggs is the likeliest candidate to absorb Brown's targets within the offense, but Cole Beasley, Gabriel Davis, Isaiah McKenzie, Andre Roberts, and even Jake Kumerow could all be in line for larger workloads over the next three weeks. With Brown's potential remaining games slated to come against Denver, New England, and Miami, he can safely be dropped to the waiver wire in all season-long formats.

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Austin Ekeler Nov 28 5:30pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (hamstring) has been activated and is cleared to play in Sunday's contest against Buffalo. Ekeler's return coincides with Kalen Ballage (ankle) earning a questionable designation, which could lead to Ekeler getting additional touches in his first game since Week 4. Having proven to be an integral cog in the Los Angeles offense, Ekeler is worthy of starting in nearly all season-long formats, even as he carries some risk due to possible snap count limitations after an extended layoff. The Bills Defense has allowed the sixth-most rushing yards (1,069) to opposing running backs during 2020, working in Ekeler's favor. Those hanging onto Ballage in season-long formats can begin to explore contingency options.

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Drew Lock Nov 28 5:10pm ET

The Denver Broncos could have an extremely unique scenario on their hands for Sunday's game against New Orleans. After quarterback Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week, Drew Lock, Brett Rypien, and Blake Bortles -- the three active quarterbacks the team has under contract -- were all sent home from the team facility Saturday due to concerns over contact tracing. The turnaround ahead of kickoff Sunday does not portend to work in Denver's favor if none of their QBs are given the green light to take the field. Even if Lock is cleared to suit up, he'll have to face a stout Saints Defense, making him a risky season-long or DFS asset. Check back ahead of kickoff to get the final word on Denver's QB room and how it'll proceed.

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Hunter Henry Nov 28 3:10pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry has an excellent matchup on tap against the Bills in Week 12. Buffalo allows the third-most fantasy points per game and the fourth-most red zone targets per game to opposing tight ends, making this a smash spot for Henry. The veteran tight end has hauled in a touchdown reception in two straight games and has a great chance of making it three in a game against Buffalo with an over/under of 52.5. Henry should be started with confidence in Week 12.

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Cam Newton Nov 28 3:10pm ET

The New England Patriots will place starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn (knee) on Injured Reserve on Saturday, according to a league source. The Patriots will be without him for at least the next three games as a result. Wynn injured his knee late in the fourth quarter of the Week 11 loss to the Texans. It could be a devastating blow to an offensive line that has been one of the team's best units this year. Four-year veteran Jermaine Eluemunor, rookie Justin Herron or left guard Joe Thuney could replace Wynn on quarterback Cam Newton's blind side. Nose tackle Carl Davis (concussion) and running back Rex Burkhead (knee) are also going on IR, with Burkhead done for the year. Wynn's injury will be a slight downgrade to Newton moving forward, but he's still in the low-end QB1 picture this weekend against the Cardinals.

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Matthew Stafford Nov 28 3:00pm ET

The Detroit Lions fired head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn on Saturday. It comes after the Lions lost to the Texans on Thanksgiving on Thursday by a score of 41-25 to fall to 4-7 on the season and in last place in the NFC North. Patricia's three-year tenure with the team didn't go very well at all, with Detroit becoming the first team to blow four straight double-digit leads in his time with the team. With the moves, the Lions are staring at a rebuild for the first time since they took quarterback Matthew Stafford with the first overall pick in 2009. Quinn arrived in Detroit two years earlier than Patricia. Patricia's defense, which was supposed to be his specialty, really struggled in 2019 and so far in 2020.

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Mike Williams Nov 28 2:40pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams will take on the Bills in Week 12. Williams has been one of the league's best deep threats, averaging 16.9 average targeted air yards per game, good for third in the NFL. The veteran wideout has three touchdown catches of 20 yards or more this season. With the Chargers as underdogs in a game with an over/under of 52.5, there could be a lot of scoring. Quarterback Justin Herbert hasn't shied away from slinging it downfield to Williams and could be aggressive in this contest, particularly if playing from behind. Williams is a good flex play for those who need upside.

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Derrick Henry Nov 28 2:30pm ET

The Indianapolis Colts reached an agreement with run-stuffing defensive tackle Grover Stewart on a three-year, $30.75 million contract extension on Saturday, according to multiple league sources with knowledge of the negotiations. The deal includes $20 million guaranteed and up to $1 million in performance bonuses. The 27-year-old was on the final year of his rookie deal but has been a breakout star for an imposing Colts Defense in 2020. In 10 games this year, Stewart has 36 tackles, including four for a loss. The former fourth-round pick isn't an IDP force, but he certainly has made Indy's defensive line a force to be reckoned with. He'll need to step up in Week 12 to help stop Titans running back Derrick Henry with DeForest Buckner out due to COVID-19.

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Keenan Allen Nov 28 2:20pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen is red-hot heading into a Week 12 matchup with the Bills. Allen had an astonishing, career-high 16 receptions on 19 targets last week and has been a target hog all year, as he's averaged 11.2 looks per game. The 28-year-old has one of the highest floors in fantasy football right now and could give his fantasy managers another look at his ceiling this week. The matchup against the Bills isn't a smash spot, but Allen's volume and talent make him a virtual lock to finish among the top-12 at his position. Plus, this game features two teams with strong offenses and suspect defenses, making a shootout likely. There's the upside for another WR1 overall finish.

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Drew Brees Nov 28 2:20pm ET

New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl left tackle Terron Armstead and left guard Andrus Peat (concussion) will not play in Week 12 against the Broncos. Armstead tested positive for COVID-19, according to sources. This probably would've had more of an effect on pocket quarterback Drew Brees, but this is bad news regardless for the Saints offensive line, quarterback Taysom Hill and running back Alvin Kamara against a Broncos defensive line that has performed above expectations in 2020, considering some of the key losses they've had due to injuries. Hill will have a tougher time against Denver, but he should still be considered a low-end QB1 for his rushing prowess. Kamara has been one of the best fantasy backs all season long and should remain locked into starting lineups as long as he's healthy, although Hill could take away some rushing opportunities.

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Tua Tagovailoa Nov 28 2:10pm ET

Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) has been downgraded from questionable to doubtful for Week 12 against the Jets. It will be veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick getting the start on Sunday. Tagovailoa jammed his thumb against a helmet in practice on Wednesday and has been limited this week. The Dolphins just don't want to take any chances with their franchise quarterback. The matchup is a great one against the winless Jets, so Fitzpatrick will be on the QB2 streaming radar in superflex leagues. If anything, the move to Fitz should help wide receiver DeVante Parker. The 38-year-old journeyman QB went 18-for-27 for 191 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the first meeting with New York back in Week 6.

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Kalen Ballage Nov 28 2:00pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Kalen Ballage (ankle, calf) is questionable ahead of a matchup with an underachieving Bills' defense. Ballage appears to have a good chance of playing after logging limited practice sessions all week. He hasn't looked all that impressive as a runner but has a stranglehold on the Chargers' backfield, as he's averaged 21 touches per contest over the last three games. That's a borderline RB1 workload that the coaching staff is trusting the 24-year old with. Of course, this could all change if Austin Ekeler (hamstring) returns in Week 12. If Ekeler is out, play Ballage as an RB2, albeit one with risk of re-injury. If Ekeler goes, he'll be an RB2 and will bump Ballage into flex territory, as Los Angeles isn't likely to give the former a heavy workload in his return.

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Justin Herbert Nov 28 1:40pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert gets a favorable matchup in Week 12 against the Bills. Buffalo has surrendered the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing signal-callers and has allowed a QB1 finish in each of their last two contests. Herbert, fantasy football's QB7 this year, has thrown for at least 250 yards and two touchdowns in six of his last seven games. The over/under is currently 52.5 for the game, making this one of the most appealing for fantasy purposes on Sunday's slate. Fire up Herbert as a strong QB1 in all fantasy formats.

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James Conner Nov 28 1:30pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner has tested positive for COVID-19, according to multiple sources. Conner is awaiting a second test on Sunday to confirm the results, and the Steelers will continue contact tracing. Fantasy managers will have to scramble for other options with Conner likely out for Week 12 against the Ravens on Tuesday night. If the game against Baltimore is played on Tuesday, Benny Snell Jr. should be the Steelers primary back, with Anthony McFarland Jr. sprinkled in. Inclement weather is expected, too, so Pittsburgh could lean heavily on the ground game, giving Snell some RB2 potential, albeit in a tough matchup with the Ravens Defense. Run to the waiver wire and add Snell immediately if you need RB help. Conner could miss multiple games if he indeed tested positive for COVID-19.

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Jonathan Taylor Nov 28 1:10pm ET

Indianapolis Colts rookie running back Jonathan Taylor has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and is out for Week 12 against the Titans. The Colts also downgraded center Ryan Kelly (neck) to out, while cornerback Isaiah Rodgers (knee) is now questionable. It's unknown if Taylor actually tested positive for the virus, but either way he won't play against Tennessee. It's a tough break for the rookie, who was coming off a nice 22-carry, 90-yard performance against the Packers. Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins should share backfield duties with Taylor now out. Hines will be a borderline RB2, especially in PPR setups, while Wilkins should be considered an RB3/flex against a Titans Defense that has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to running backs in 2020.

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Dez Bryant Nov 28 1:10pm ET

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant tweeted that he has signed to the team's 53-man active roster. Bryant reverted back to the team's practice squad after the Week 11 overtime loss to the Titans, but he's back on the roster again for the Week 12 contest against the undefeated Steelers that has been moved to Tuesday night. The veteran pass-catcher caught four of five targets for 28 yards in the loss to the Titans last week. Bryant has been active for two games in 2020, but last Sunday was the first time that he actually saw passes come his way. It's great to see the former Cowboy back on Baltimore's active roster, but he can be ignored in the majority of fantasy leagues this week, especially with quarterback Robert Griffin III taking over under center for Lamar Jackson, who tested positive for COVID-19.

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Christian McCaffrey Nov 28 1:00pm ET

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for the Week 12 contest against the Vikings after not traveling with the team. McCaffrey was limited in practice all week and was initially listed as questionable, though head coach Matt Rhule indicated that he was more on the doubtful side of things. The good news is, the All-Pro runner will likely be back in the lineup following the team's Week 13 bye. Mike Davis will operate as the lead back and will run behind an offensive line that could potentially be down three starters on Sunday. However, his projected heavy workload and a favorable matchup with Minnesota make him a solid RB2 for Week 12.

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