Sun Dec 23 1:01pm ET
By The Associated Press
Players: Derek Anderson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Stanton, Jimmy Graham, DeSean Jackson, Andy Dalton, Chris Ivory, Cam Newton, Rob Gronkowski, LeSean McCoy, Charles Clay, Travaris Cadet, Julio Jones, A.J. Green, Ryan Griffin, Randall Cobb, T Y Hilton, Giorgio Tavecchio, Russell Shepard, Lamar Miller, Bennie Fowler, David Fales, Tavon Austin, Quincy Enunwa, Jeremy Langford, Odell Beckham Jr., Taylor Heinicke, Carson Wentz, Mose Frazier, T.J. Yeldon , Jameis Winston, Kyle Sloter, Jonathan Williams, Cody Core, Josh Lambo, Davis Webb, Tim Boyle, Mike White, Tyler Boyd, Laquon Treadwell, Kyle Lauletta, D.J. Chark, Daurice Fountain, Justin Watson, Isaiah Ford, Allen Lazard, Jordan Franks, Mike Boone, Ray-Ray McCloud, Keke Coutee
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski performs field drills during NFL football practice, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is active against Buffalo despite ongoing back and ankle issues, and Bills running back LeSean McCoy is active against the Patriots after a one-game absence with a left hamstring injury.
The NFC North champion Bears have ruled out injured Pro Bowl safety Eddie Jackson (ankle) and linebacker Aaron Lynch (elbow) for their game at San Francisco.
Jackson (sprained right ankle) picked off a tipped pass intended for Jimmy Graham at the goal line late in last week's win over Green Bay, then had to be helped off the field when his leg bent awkwardly as he tried to slide on the return. That play also ended Aaron Rodgers' NFL-record streak of 402 attempts without an interception.
NFL interception co-leader Xavien Howard, who has picked off seven passes and earned his first Pro Bowl nod, is inactive for the third week in a row for Miami because of a knee injury.
Falcons star wide receiver Julio Jones will play against the Panthers. He's been bothered all week with a shoulder/neck injury. Taylor Heinicke gets the start at quarterback for Carolina with Cam Newton sidelined with a lingering shoulder injury.
Green Bay will be without wide receiver Randall Cobb (concussion) against the New York Jets.
Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict is active after being listed as questionable with a concussion. The Bengals, who are already missing quarterback Andy Dalton and star receiver A.J. Green, will also be without receiver Tyler Boyd (knee), who leads the team with 76 catches for 1,028 yards and seven TD catches. Cody Core replaces Boyd.
Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was ruled out Friday with an injured quad. He's missed three straight games and will be replaced in the lineup by Bennie Fowler III because backup receiver Russell Shepard also is out with an ankle injury.
Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has started seven games this season, was a healthy scratch for the first time. That makes Ryan Griffin the backup to Jameis Winston.
In other Week 16 lineup news around the league:
-New England defensive end Adrian Clayborn is inactive for the first time this season.
-Dallas cornerback Anthony Brown (hand, back) is missing a game for the first time in his three-year career. The Cowboys will give defensive end Taco Charlton a shot against the Buccaneers after their 2017 first-round pick was a healthy scratch the past two weeks. Right guard Zack Martin is active after missing the first game of his five-year career last week with a knee injury that he's been dealing with since the preseason.
-Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (hamstring) is inactive at Detroit and second-year linebacker Eric Wilson is expected to make his third career start in his place.
-Dolphins safety T.J. McDonald is inactive because of an ankle injury. Torry McTyer will start for Howard, and Minkah Fitzpatrick will start for McDonald. Running back T.J. Yeldon is a healthy scratch for the Jaguars.
-Receiver DeSean Jackson is active for Tampa Bay against Dallas after missing three games with a toe injury. The Buccaneers are out of playoff contention but could keep the Cowboys from clinching the NFC East for the second straight week.
-The Giants will be without linebacker Alec Ogletree (concussion) who is second on the team with 93 tackles and center Spencer Pulley. Tae Davis starts in place of Ogletree with John Greco replacing Pulley in the starting lineup.
-Indy will be without safety Clayton Geathers (knee), middle linebacker Anthony Walker (shoulder) and right guard Mark Glowinski (ankle). T.Y. Hilton (ankle) is active for the Colts.
-Deadrin Senat will start at defensive tackle for the Falcons in place of Terrell McClain. Kyle Love gets the start for defensive tackle Kawann Short, who will miss his first game in six seasons for the Panthers with a calf injury. David Mayo starts at outside linebacker for Shaq Thompson, who was placed on injured reserve earlier this week.
-Packers offensive tackle Jason Spriggs is inactive with a concussion.
-Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa will miss his second straight game with an ankle injury.
-Linebacker Tanner Vallejo is inactive. He's been the Browns' base inside linebacker since Christian Kirksey (hamstring) was lost for the season.
-Already ruled out for Monday night's game at Oakland is Broncos cornerback Brendan Langley (concussion).
Here's the full list of inactives for the early afternoon games:
Updating a previous report, the Detroit Lions traded TE Michael Roberts to the New England Patriots in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2020.
Buffalo Bills WR Andre Roberts may see work in the passing game as the No. 5 receiver in addition to playing on special teams, according to Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News.
Buffalo Bills QB Matt Barkley has the 'safest' role on the roster as QB Josh Allen's backup, in the opinion of Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News.
New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (knee) said sitting out OTAs and minicamp is 'mostly a matter of being smart' in order to ensure a healthy training camp.
Green Bay Packers WR Geronimo Allison is 'likely slated as the slot man' in three-receiver sets, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
Fantasy Spin: Allison had a productive start to last season before suffering an injury, and while Marquez Valdes-Scantling may have the inside track on the No. 2 receiver job, the Green Bay passing attack could support three viable fantasy options. Consider Allison a WR4 with upside.
Green Bay Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling has been lining up across from WR Davante Adams in all packages during minicamp.
Fantasy Spin: It sounds like Valdes-Scantling has the inside track to the No. 2 receiver job. It remains to be seen if he will take the role and run with it, but the upside that comes with being one of Aaron Rodgers' top targets makes him a WR4 candidate.
New York Jets WR Robby Anderson (undisclosed) did not practice Thursday, June 13, because of an undisclosed injury.
Fantasy Spin: The nature of Anderson's injury remains unclear, but unless it lingers into training camp, fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned. Anderson started to connect with Sam Darnold on some big plays late last season, and he's a WR3 candidate in 2019 as the top option in the passing attack.
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette will be a big part of the passing game with QB Nick Foles in 2019, according to ESPN's Michael DiRocco.
Fantasy Spin: Fournette has just 48 career catches for 487 yards and two touchdowns over the first two seasons of his career. Foles most memorably hooked up with RB Corey Clement four times for 100 yards and a touchdown in Super Bowl LII. Fournette could be a huge steal if he continues to go in the third round of PPR drafts.
Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack is being viewed by head coach Frank Reich as the team's workhorse in the backfield, according to Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star.
Fantasy Spin: Mack rushed for 908 yards and nine touchdowns last season while adding 103 yards and one touchdown as a receiver. Nyheim Hines should handle the majority of third-down duties in 2019, but Mack could still return plenty of value as a high-end RB2.
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy expects to maintain a large role in the offense in his age-31 season in 2019. 'I'm a type of guy, I thrive off of having a big name. So when guys come to my team, they're curious to see, 'How is LeSean McCoy? Is he still a good player?' I mean, I'm a dominant player. I think that speaks for itself. But I'll be in the same role as last year. And I look forward to putting some numbers up and bouncing back from that last season,' McCoy said Tuesday, June 12.
Fantasy Spin: McCoy totaled just 752 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns last season. Both numbers were career worsts as he played in 14 games but made just 13 starts. He remains No. 1 on the Bills' depth chart, but he'll be competing against veteran RB Frank Gore and third-round rookie Devin Singletary. He's fallen into RB4 territory but could prove to be a steal at a mid-round price.
Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay hasn't committed to reporting to next month's training camp without a new contract. 'Will I be there?' Slay said in an episode of The Pride Podcast released Thursday, June 13. 'We'll see. Time will tell.' Slay is set to carry a cap hit of $12.55 million in 2019 on the second-to-last year of a four-year, $48-million deal signed in 2016.
Philadelphia Eagles TE Dallas Goedert has looked ready to make a second-year leap into stardom in 2019, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Fantasy Spin: Goedert, who caught 33 passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie after being chosen 49th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, will remain behind Zach Ertz on the Eagles' depth chart as a sophomore. He could prove to be a viable TE2 in deeper leagues and would be an instant must-add should Ertz miss any time.
Seattle Seahawks WR David Moore has made a huge leap this offseason in his knowledge of the position and in his ability to play multiple spots, according to head coach Pete Carroll on Thursday, June 13.
Fantasy Spin: Moore caught just 26 of 53 targets last season but turned those into 445 yards and five touchdowns. He projects behind Tyler Lockett and rookie D.K. Metcalf on the depth chart, but he's worth a late-round pick as a WR5 as the Seahawks begin life without Doug Baldwin.
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick is not guaranteed to make the team out of training camp, in the opinion of the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett.
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson finished with 32 catches in 10 games as a rookie in 2018, and the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett could see him doubling that production in 2019 if the team decides they don't need to take Johnson off the field on third down.
Dallas Cowboys CB Byron Jones (hip) and DE DeMarcus Lawrence (shoulder) are expected to begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson has reportedly built a strong connection and sense of timing with QB Carson Wentz throughout the spring, according to Mike Kaye of NJ.com.
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson indicated he may work with noted 'quarterback guru' Tom House over the summer and confirmed he will throw to his teammates in either Baltimore or somewhere in Florida in July.
New Orleans Saints WR Travin Dural was waived Thursday, June 13.
Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (hamstring) reportedly left practice with a tight hamstring Thursday, June 13, according to head coach Pete Carroll.