Fri Nov 15 10:59pm ET
By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer
Players: Mason Rudolph
Cleveland Browns strong safety Morgan Burnett (42) breaks up a pass intended for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Johnny Holton (80) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Cleveland Browns strong safety Morgan Burnett (42) returns an interception as Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Tevin Jones pursues during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
Cleveland Browns strong safety Morgan Burnett (42) catches an interception during the first half of the team's NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
CLEVELAND (AP) A person familiar with the injury says Cleveland Browns starting safety Morgan Burnett is done for the season with a torn Achilles tendon.
Burnett got hurt in the first half of Thursday's 21-7 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of his former teams. Tests taken Friday revealed the season-ending injury, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not provided an update on his condition.
The 30-year-old Burnett, who signed with Cleveland in April as a free agent, had an interception in the victory. The Steelers waived him in April. He also played eight seasons in Green Bay.
Burnett's injury is another shot to the Browns' defense and thin secondary. Safety Eric Murray has been out with a knee injury.
Cleveland also lost star defensive end Myles Garrett, who was suspended indefinitely by the NFL after he swung a helmet and struck Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head.
New York Giants QB Eli Manning is 'very likely' to start against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, Dec. 9, according to head coach Pat Shurmur.
Fantasy Spin: An ankle injury is the culprit for Daniel Jones, who is expected to give way to Manning on MNF. It would certainly be a nice moment if Manning stepped in and led his team to an upset win in prime time, but it seems unlikely given the team's overall struggles and Manning's before he got benched. He's not worth rolling the dice on.
Oakland Raiders LB Quentin Poling and OG Kyle Kalis were released from the practice squad on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
San Francisco 49ers WRs Trent Taylor (foot) and Jalen Hurd (back) will not be activated from the Reserve/Injured list and will miss the remainder of the 2019 season, according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.
The San Francisco 49ers re-signed free agent CB Antone Exum to a one-year contract on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Former Philadelphia Eagles WR Mack Hollins was claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins Wednesday, Dec. 4. The Dolphins also signed C Evan Brown off the New York Giants practice squad, waived/injured CB Ken Crawley (shoulder) and waived OG Chris Reed.
Los Angeles Rams TE Gerald Everett (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Fantasy Spin: Everett did not play last week because of the injury and could miss another game if he does not practice this week. Fantasy players should look for other options to use and keep Everett on the bench.
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (hamstring) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Fantasy Spin: Hill has been targeted at least eight times in four of the last five games and will continue to be one of the main options in the passing game for the Chiefs. He should be a starting option in all leagues this week.
Kansas City Chiefs CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder), CB Rashad Fenton (hamstring) and RB Darrel Williams (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. DE Frank Clark (shoulder) was limited during practice. OT Eric Fisher (groin), CB Kendall Fuller (thumb), S Jordan Lucas (shoulder), DT Derrick Nnadi (elbow) and DE Alex Okafor (ankle) fully participated in practice.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (back) said his back is healing "as it should" and that the injury won't be something that's an issue in 2020 or beyond. Stafford will miss his fifth straight game in Week 14 against the Vikings, though, and it seems unlikely he'll return in 2019. The Lions are 0-4 in Stafford's absence and are now down to third-stringer David Blough after Jeff Driskel (hamstring) was put on Injured Reserve last weekend. Before his injury, Stafford had 2,499 yards and 19 touchdowns in the first eight games of the season. He was on pace to set career highs in passer rating (106) and yards per attempt (8.6). Heading into next season, Stafford will be a highly coveted high-end QB2 for fantasy owners.
Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams (rib) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Fantasy Spin: Williams may have a chance to play in the Week 14 game but probably will have to practice at some point this week. Fantasy players will need to check on his status later in the week because he should be a starting option if he plays.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Fantasy Spin: Mahomes has thrown for under 200 yards in each of the last two games and has only two touchdowns during that span. He will be facing a tough New England Patriots defense this week but can still be a starting option in all fantasy leagues.
New England Patriots DE Byron Cowart (head) and C Ted Karras (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. LB Ja'Whaun Bentley (knee), OT Marcus Cannon (illness), SS Patrick Chung (heel) and CB Jason McCourty (groin) were limited during practice.
Seattle Seahawks FB Nick Bellore (quadriceps), TE Luke Willson (hamstring), OT Duane Brown (biceps, knee), CB Neiko Thorpe (core) and LB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. TE Jacob Hollister (quadriceps), OG Mike Iupati (neck), DE Ziggy Ansah (neck) and DE Jadeveon Clowney (core) were limited during practice.
New England Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Fantasy Spin: Sanu has been held to 23 yards or less in three of the four games he has played for the Patriots and has not shown good chemistry with Tom Brady. He could be a flex option in some leagues but is not a must-start option.
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (elbow, toe) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Fantasy Spin: Brady is coming off one of his better games of the season last week but only has five touchdowns in the last four games. He will be facing an improving Kansas City Chiefs defense this week but could still be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in some deeper leagues.
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (shoulder) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Fantasy Spin: Edelman has been a limited participant for most of the season but has not missed any game. He continues to be the main option in the passing game for the Patriots and is a must-start option in fantasy leagues.
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (hamstring) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Fantasy Spin: Fuller was held to only eight yards in the Week 13 game but posted 140 yards in the previous game, so he is not been a reliable fantasy option in 2019. He has been targeted at least six times in six of his nine games this season and should still be at least a flex option in leagues.
Houston Texans RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. CB Gareon Conley (hip), CB Bradley Roby (hamstring, toe), LB Brennan Scarlett (shoulder) and DE Carlos Watkins (hamstring) were limited during practice. DE Angelo Blackson (shoulder) fully participated in practice.
Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman (ribs) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Fantasy Spin: Freeman probably will be able to play this week, but fantasy players should check on his status later in the week. He has received under 10 touches in each of the last four games and has been held out of the end zone during that span. He will be facing a good Houston Texans defense this week and can be avoided in some leagues.
Denver Broncos OG Ronald Leary (concussion), S Will Parks (hand) and LB Malik Reed (ankle, shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. LB Jeremiah Attaochu (leg), LB A.J. Johnson (knee), OG Connor McGovern (back) and LB Von Miller (knee) were limited during practice. DT Shelby Harris (ankle), OT Ja'Wuan James (knee), WR Tim Patrick (shoulder) and DT Mike Purcell (knee) fully participated in practice.