AFC East Blog
The Dolphins went with Lamar Miller to supply most of their ground attack Sunday. He gained 72 yards on a season-high 22 carries, but that actually tied for the most rushing yards the Jets had allowed to any back all season. With Daniel Thomas sidelined, the young and explosive Miller will most likely continue to get a large number of carries. And that's a scenario that apparently never entered the imagination of offensive coordinator Mike Sherman.
From the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson on Monday: "Sherman said he and (head coach Joe) Philbin have never discussed what Lamar Miller might be able to do with more carries."
In his only two other games this season with more than 14 carries, Miller rushed for 89 and 105 yards. He is averaging 4.9 yards per carry.
Attention to those of you looking at the Raiders as a possible defense to stream in Week 14: Jets quarterback Geno Smith said Monday that he was informed by quarterbacks coach David Lee that he will start Sunday against Oakland. Smith was pulled at halftime in favor of Matt Simms during Sunday's loss to the Dolphins. Up to that point, Smith had completed 4 of 10 passes for 29 yards and an interception.
In his last four games, Smith has completed 29 of 74 passes for a total of 374 yards, zero passing touchdowns and six interceptions. He hasn't finished a game with double-digit completions since October.
The definition of C.J. Spiller's season and most of his career played out during Sunday's game against the Falcons. He carried the ball only 15 times. Thirteen of those carries went for a total of 36 yards. The other two? A 77-yard run up the middle and a 36-yard burst to the outside for a touchdown. And Spiller added multiple hobbled trips to the sideline for good measure. Spiller said after the game that he was fine, but he was seen limping in the locker room. Spiller has been limited on the field due to ankle issues since late September.
In a perfect world, all of your teams would be 12-0 with nothing to think about other than how much you will dominate in your playoffs. But the truth is many of you who are reading this have your season on the line today, staring at a "win or go home" situation. Good luck to you all.
To help you out, I'll be here all morning to give you the latest on the injured stars heading into today's morning games. Adrian Peterson, Andre Ellington, DeAngelo Williams, Chris Ivory, and Santonio Holmes are just a few of the names I'm watching. Keep refreshing this post until the early kickoffs for all of the news regarding the morning's actives and inactives.
-- In late-game news, ESPN's Adam Schefter says Broncos TE Julius Thomas' chances of playing today versus the Chiefs are "iffy at best." This is unexpected after Thomas practice in some fashion every day this week. The Broncos-Chiefs game doesn't kickoff until after 4 p.m. Eastern. If you can't wait on Thomas, don't risk a zero. Find other options.
-- Buccaneers CB Darrelle Revis is active after missing time last week due to a groin injury. That will make things a little tougher for Steve Smith, but Revis is probably not close to 100 percent healthy. Smith, by the way, is active.
-- In other late-game news, Redskins TE Jordan Reed has been officially cleared to play. He didn't play last week due to a concussion, but he has passed all of his tests leading up to tonight's game versus the Giants, he is a fine TE1 now.
-- Cardinals RB Andre Ellington is officially inactive due to his knee injury. Rashard Mendenhall will get a few extra carries, and Stepfan Taylor should be the team's No. 2 RB today versus the Eagles.
-- Patriots RB Stevan Ridley is INACTIVE, a healthy scratch for today's game versus the Texans. This is what happens when you fumble three games in a row for a Bill Belichick team. Shane Vereen will continue to be a PPR beast, and Brandon Bolden should lead the team in early down work. He is a flex option now.
-- All of the other Patriots on the injury report -- Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady, Danny Amendola, Vereen -- are all active. Use as you would. Amendola is more of a WR3 after a few down weeks, but Gronk remains a must-start. Patriots CB Aqib Talib is also active despite a nagging hip injury. He should be on Andre Johnson all day.
-- Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez is active despite toe injury. He was listed as questionable but remains a low-end TE1.
-- Jets WR Santonio Holmes (hamstring) is active. WR Jeremy Kerley (elbow) is not. Both shouldn't be in your lineup versus Miami's good pass defense.
-- Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams is inactive due to his quad injury. Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert are active. Stewart will start and get the majority of the early down work, but none of these guys are more than so-so flex plays against the Bucs, who have a solid run defense.
-- Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is active despite limited practice due to a groin injury. A monster day could be on the horizon for Peterson against the Bears.
-- Titans WR Kendall Wright is active. He was listed as probable with an ankle injury. Continue to trot Wright out there as a WR2 in PPR leagues, a WR3 in standard.
-- Colts WR T.Y. Hilton is active despite a shoulder injury. I think he's more of a WR3 today versus a Titans pass defense that has allowed just two passing touchdowns since Week 4.
-- Jets RB Chris Ivory is active. He has a balky ankle, but is on the RB2 radar against a leaky Dolphins run defense. He could be a workhorse if the Jets get out front of the Dolphins.
-- Bears RB Matt Forte is active one week after hyperextending his knee. He is an obvious must-start against the Vikings.
-- Jaguars WR Mike Brown is active. He was listed as questionable with a shoulder injury. He is a desperation WR4, but know that No. 2 wideouts have had a lot of success against the Browns, so there's a little upside there.
-- Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews. He probably isn't worth your time. He has really fallen off since his two-touchdown game a few weeks ago.
-- Eagles QB Michael Vick is active. He'll back up Nick Foles.
Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson has already been ruled out for Week 13 because of his foot injury, and the type of ailment will probably keep him off the field for more than just one game. A source has told Nick Underhill of MassLive.com that Dobson has sprained foot, which limited him to just two snaps during the second half of last week's win over the Broncos. It's unknown if Dobson will play in Week 14 versus the Browns.
New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson did not participate in Wednesday's practice for undisclosed reasons. The rookie did not register a single catch against Denver last week and only played two snaps in the second half. There have been no reports about any specific injuries to the former Marshall receiver. Next up on the depth chart if Dobson misses any time is fellow rookie Kenbrell Thompkins.
Patriots running back Stevan Ridley was benched beyond the first quarter of New England's huge Monday night overtime win after a costly fumble. The former LSU runner has four fumbles lost in 2013, the most of any RB in the NFL. He shared harsh criticism of his carrying problems after the game. "For me, it's almost disgusting. Consecutive weeks, and personally as a player, my team deserves better. I come in, I work and bust my ass every day to come in here and not make the same mistakes. To have the same mistakes happen, there's something I've got to do different I've got to do better."
Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas was seen sporting a walking boot on his left leg. He reportedly toreligaments in his ankle which will cause him to miss the rest of the 2013 season. The former Kansas State runner will finish the season with four games with fewer than 10 rushing yards. He continued to see significant playing time due to his excellent pass protection and short-yardage work.