Tue Nov 29 6:45pm ET
By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer
New York Giants coach Brian Daboll yells toward the officials during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants are returning from their extended Thanksgiving break and they are getting reinforcements for their crucial game against the streaking Washington Commanders.
Rookie right tackle Evan Neal, rookie tight end Daniel Bellington, guard Ben Bredeson and outside linebacker Azeez Ojula - all starters - are expected to be available to play Sunday when the Giants (7-4) host the Commanders (7-5).
''I would just say, in general, looks promising for quite a bit of guys,'' Giants coach Brian Daboll said before practice Tuesday.
The teams are on different trajectories. New York won six of its first seven but has lost three of the last four, including two straight. Washington has won three straight and six of seven after starting 1-4.
There are still are few injured players who may not be able to get back. Top cornerback Adoree Jackson (knee), guard Josh Ezeudu (neck), guard Shane Lemieux (toe) and cornerback Cor'Dale Flott (concussion protocol) did not practice Tuesday. Flott was hurt on Thanksgiving against Dallas. The others missed the loss to the Cowboys.
Ojulari, who led the Giants in sacks last season with eight, has missed the last seven games with a calf injury. He had a full practice and said he was ready to go after months of being frustrated watching.
''Every game I want to take it to another level. Just bring it, all I got for the team for whatever I do to help the team win,'' the second-year player from Georgia said. ''At the end of the day, all we want to do is win on this long stretch. We got the last few games and just go compete.''
Having Ojulari back gives the Giants bookend pass rushers. Kayvon Thibodeaux, the fifth pick in the draft, has become a factor in recent weeks.
Neal, the seventh overall pick in the draft, has missed the last four games after hurting his knee against Jacksonville on Oct. 23.
Daboll had the team practice in full pads Tuesday and Neal enjoyed testing his knee. It reminded him of his college days at Alabama, where coach Nick Saban had most of his practices in full pads.
''I definitely liked of the perspective of me being out there today than me being on the sideline,'' said Neal, who said he used his time off to rehabilitate his knee and evaluate his first seven games of the season.
Trey Phillips, who hurt his neck against the Lions two games ago, has been filling in for Neal.
Bellinger was poked in the eye against Jacksonville and needed surgery to fix his fractured eye socket. He has undergone many eye examinations, some similar to concussion tests. Until last week, the fourth-round draft pick had been bothered by occasional double vision.
He is adjusting to playing with a visor on his helmet and said there were no problems Tuesday dealing with the contact on the field. He was concerned about how it would feel to get hit.
''I need to get back into a rhythm and game speed. I feel good about it,'' said Bellinger, who had 16 catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns, which remains tied for the team high in TD catches.
Bellinger is an excellent blocker and his return should help the running game, which has been held under 100 yards the past two weeks in losses.
''We are just ready to get back out here and make a positive impact and hopefully help the team win,'' Neal said. ''That's what it's about.''
It's hard to say whether Bredeson will be ready to return to his starting role at left guard after missing the last four games.
Ezeudu started the first two games, Lemieux got a start before reinjuring a toe and Jack Anderson started against Dallas.
With center Jon Feliciano (neck) sidelined last week, Nick Gates started at center. It is uncertain whether Felicano will be back this week. If he is, he could start at center and Gates could move to guard.
On defense, cornerback Fabian Moreau (oblique) may return. He started six straight games until sitting out against the Cowboys. His return would help, with first-year pro Nick McCloud and second-year pro Rodarius Williams both ready to man to other cornerback spot.
Buffalo Bills star pass-rusher Von Miller (knee), who is dealing with a lateral meniscus injury that he suffered in the Thanksgiving Day win over the Detroit Lions, said he's hoping to be ready before the Week 14 game against the New York Jets. "Just going to wait a little bit, wait a little bit, let the swelling go down for about seven to 10 days. And hopefully right before the Jets game, I will be back," Miller said. The 33-year-old was carted off the field in Week 12 and will be re-examined next week, but there's no guarantee he'll be ready to go against the Jets. He avoided a dreaded ACL tear, but Miller is expected to require surgery at some point to address his meniscus tear. Buffalo's defense will still be relevant in fantasy, but they won't have as much upside for however long Miller is sidelined.
Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox has been a frustrating player to roster all season long. He has only surpassed 50 receiving yards twice this season. Last week, Knox finished with two receptions for 17 yards in the win over the Detroit Lions. Now, he'll get an even tougher challenge against the New England Patriots in Week 13. It's unlikely that Knox has much success against this elite secondary. He'll be a low-end TE2 for Thursday Night matchup.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabe Davis has been putting together better performances this season. There have been a handful of duds for Davis, but hopefully he has turned a corner. Last week, Davis hauled in four of his five targets for 38 yards in the win over the Detroit Lions. Now, he'll get a tough test against the New England Patriots defense in Week 13. Luckily, Davis has seen five or more targets in every game since Week 3. The Bills have shown that they want to keep him involved in the offense. However, it seems unlikely that he'll have a ton of success against the Patriots defense. He should be considered a low-end WR3 or flex option this week.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie put together a strong performance against the Detroit Lions last week. The 27-year-old finished with six receptions on 10 targets for 96 yards and one touchdown in the win. Coming into the game, McKenzie had not surpassed 40 receiving yards since Week 3. This was a nice outing for McKenzie, but fantasy managers shouldn't jump on the bandwagon. He'll have a tough matchup against the New England Patriots in Week 13. The slot receiver hasn't proven himself yet, which puts him on the WR4 radar for this Thursday Night matchup.
Buffalo Bills running back James Cook has put together a few nice outing during his rookie season. Sadly, there has been more duds than reliable performances from Cook this season. It's not always his fault as his workload is often times minimal due to the presence of Devin Singletary. Last week, Cook only carried the ball twice in the win over the Detroit Lions. That being said, fantasy managers shouldn't trust Cook to do much better in Week 13. He'll get a tough New England Patriots defense, which puts Cook as a desperation deep league option for this week.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been nearly impossible to slow down all season long. Last week, Diggs hauled in eight of his 15 targets for 77 yards in the win over the Detroit Lions. The superstar wideout has seen double digit targets in every game but four this season. The Bills clearly want to keep Diggs as a focal point in this offense. However, he could have some struggles against the strong New England Patriots secondary in Week 13. Fantasy managers should expect Diggs to continue to succeed, so consider him a low-end WR1 for this Thursday Night matchup.
Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary has surprisingly performed better than many expected coming into the season. Over his last three games, Singletary has 205 rushing yards and three touchdowns in 45 attempts on the ground. The Bills have continued to trust Singletary and it is working out for them. However, he could have a tough time finding room to run against the New England Patriots in Week 13. This above average defensive unit puts Singletary on the low-end RB2 radar for this upcoming Thursday Night matchup.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Allen Robinson II (foot) has officially been placed on the injured reserve. The 29-year-old will undergo surgery on his foot and miss the rest of the regular season. He'll finish the 2022 campaign with 33 receptions, 339 yards, and three touchdowns in 10 games. This was a disaster of a season for Robinson, so any fantasy managers who were holding onto him can let him go to the waiver wire. In his absence, Van Jefferson and Ben Skowronek will likely be asked to play bigger roles in the offense.
Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Dion Dawkins (ankle) was unable to suit up for practice on Tuesday. The 28-year-old has missed back-to-back practices ahead of Thursday's Week 13 matchup against the New England Patriots. Head coach Sean McDermott described Dawkins as day-to-day, so possibly he can still suit up on Thursday. Otherwise, David Quessenberry would likely be asked to make another start. The loss of Dawkins would be bad news for the Bills running game.
After a monster start to the season from Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews, his production has slowed dramatically since Week 6. He has had only one game over 60 yards receiving and hasn't scored a touchdown. However, in a struggling Baltimore passing attack, Andrews has proven to be the only reliable option for quarterback Lamar Jackson. Although Andrews isn't putting up 100-yard receiving and multiple-TD performances like he was the first six weeks of the season, he is still the most targeted Baltimore threat, averaging 6.6 targets in his last three outings. Andrews should be considered a must-start TE1 against Denver in Week 13.
Dynasty | The 49ers are expected to place running back Elijah Mitchell on IR following another knee injury Dynasty Analysis: Mitchell injured his knee, yet again, in week 12 and will miss 6-8 weeks, effectively ending his fantasy season. Mitchell has shown promise when healthy but those moments have been fleeting as the 2021 sixth-round player continues to log time on the trainer's table. Recently a rising young back, his persistent injury issues continue to impact his falling RB38 status on DLF.
Dynasty | Darnell Mooney will miss the remainder of the season following an ankle injury suffered in week 12 Dynasty Analysis: He'll also likely need surgery to correct the issue but should be healthy for the start of 2023. Following a slow start, the third-year receiver started to show chemistry of late with rising quarterback Justin Fields before suffering the injury. He season ends with a 40/493/2 line while the team has little below him on the receiver depth chart. Found as DLF's WR41, all expectations are that the team will seek to bolster the receiver room during the off-season to address the worst receiver corps. in the NFL.
Dynasty | Bengals receiver Ja'Marr Chase is expected to be back on the field in week 13 in a tilt against the Chiefs Dynasty Analysis: Chase's untimely injury was a mid-season blow to fantasy coaches but his return should breathe new life into teams making a late push for the playoffs. His return should also bolster the prospects of quarterback Joe Burrow just in time for a big week game when the Bengals host the Chiefs. Despite missed time, Chase is still a solid bet to surpass 1,000 yards receiving and double-digit touchdowns again. He's listed as DLF's WR2.
The Chicago Bears placed wide receiver Darnell Mooney (ankle) and safety Eddie Jackson (foot) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday, effectively ending their seasons. Mooney injured his ankle in the Week 12 loss to the New York Jets, and he'll need season-ending surgery. He was a disappointment for his fantasy managers in 2022 a year after going for 81 catches, 1,055 yards and four touchdowns in 17 games. He finishes this season with 40 receptions for 493 yards and two scores in 12 games. Chase Claypool, Equanimeous St. Brown, Dane Pettis and rookie Velus Jones Jr. will take on bigger roles in the passing attack with Mooney's season over. Jackson suffered a Lisfranc foot injury in Week 12 and will also miss the rest of the year. It's a serious blow to Chicago's secondary moving forward.
With Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson (foot) out with a foot injury, the team is signing veteran free-agent safety Adrian Colbert on Tuesday, according to his agents. Jackson is believed to be dealing with a Lisfranc injury, so there's a good chance he won't play again in 2022, which is a serious blow to Chicago's defense. Colbert signed with the Tennessee Titans in August but hasn't played in an NFL game this year. In six games (three starts) with the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets in 2021, Colbert had 16 tackles (10 solo). The 29-year-old will give the Bears some veteran depth to help make up for the loss of Jackson, who is one of the best safeties in the league.
New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (shoulder) said he will play on Thursday night in Week 13 against the Buffalo Bills. Meyers injured his shoulder early in last Thursday night's loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving, but he eventually returned and finished with three catches on four targets for 62 yards. Having Meyers available and healthy on Thursday against a tough Bills defense will be huge for the Patriots offense. Meyers has been the most consistent fantasy wideout in New England and should be quarterback Mac Jones' preferred target this week. In nine games this year, Meyers has hauled in 47 of his 62 targets for 571 yards and three touchdowns for his fantasy managers.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (ribs) said on the Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday that he received positive results from his scans on Monday and that he plans on playing in Week 13 against the Chicago Bears. Rodgers injured his ribs late in the Sunday night loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12 and never returned to the contest. X-rays ruled out a punctured lung, but it's unclear exactly what is ailing him. The 38-year-old future Hall of Famer is also dealing with an avulsion fracture in his right thumb that he's been playing with for a while, which has affected his accuracy at times. Expect Rodgers' practice repetitions to be limited this week entering Sunday's meeting with the Bears, where Rodgers will be an even riskier QB2 if he plays.
Minnesota Vikings rookie cornerback Andrew Booth (knee) will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery on Monday, according to a source. Losing the second-rounder for the rest of the year is a big blow to Minnesota's depth in their beat-up secondary. The good news is that head coach Kevin O'Connell said he's hopeful that Cameron Dantzler (ankle) will come off Injured Reserve soon. Booth started to have a bigger role on defense in Week 10, and he'll finish his first season in the NFL with 12 solo tackles in six games played (one start) for the Vikings. With the 22-year-old out the rest of the way, Kris Boyd is expected to take on a bigger role.
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (ribs) told The Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday, Nov. 29, that he plans on playing in Week 13 versus the Chicago Bears after getting 'good news with the (imaging) scans (Monday).'
Fantasy Spin: Rodgers would obviously be at high risk for an in-game setback, but the Bears have been so bad defensively lately that the four-time MVP may be willing to take the risk - even with the Packers eyeing a bye in Week 14. For now, expect Rodgers to get the nod, although the nature of his injury - and the risk he comes with as a result - probably makes him more of a QB2 option. Jordan Love will start if the decision is made for Rodgers to sit.
New England Patriots running back Damien Harris (thigh) was the lone player absent from practice on Tuesday. Harris has missed the last two days of practice and is not expected to suit up in Week 13 against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night after injuring his thigh in last Thursday night's loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving. He was seen on crutches after the Week 12 game, and fantasy managers should have him firmly on their benches this week. Rhamondre Stevenson, who has already become New England's lead back, is a must-start on Thursday, even in the tough matchup. With Harris likely sidelined, rookies Pierre Strong Jr. and Kevin Harris will be fighting for change-of-pace scraps behind Stevenson on Thursday Night Football.