NFL PLAYER NEWS
Packers' Aaron Rodgers 'preparing to play' against Panthers
According to Packers.com's Wes Hodkiewicz, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said quarterback Aaron Rodgers is "preparing to play this week."
It's one thing for Rodgers to be cleared -- which he has been -- but it's another to be ready to play after missing extended time. But McCarthy made it clear that they're going to get him ready and that's he's already been "preparing for this moment." Brett Hundley will return to the bench and act as Rodgers' backup against the Carolina Panthers.
At a price of $8,500, Rodgers is projected for 269.4 yards, 1.5 touchdowns and 0.9 interceptions in his return. His projected 18.3 FanDuel points rank 16th among all quarterbacks in Week 15.
Vikings' Kyle Rudolph (ankle) in a walking boot following Week 14 injury
The St. Paul Pioneer Press' Chris Tomasson reports that Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was seen leaving Sunday's game in a walking boot.
Rudolph suffered an apparent ankle injury and sat out for the final plays of Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. The injury appears bad enough for him to be in a boot, but his status won't be updated until later in the week. If he's unable to go, expect David Morgan and Blake Bell to fill in.
Up against the Cincinnati Bengals, Rudolph costs $6,000 and is projected for 8.9 FanDuel points if he's able to give it a go in Week 15.
Broncos place starting safety Justin Simmons (ankle) on IR
Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons has been placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury.
Simmons suffered the injury in Sunday's win over the New York Jets. In his first season as the team's starter, the former third-round pick rated 34th among all 86 safeties, per Pro Football Focus. Jamal Carter figures to start over the last three games.
In his second NFL season, Simmons accounted for 52 tackles, 5 passes defensed, 2 interceptions -- 1 for a touchdown -- and 1 sack across 13 starts.
Bills' Tyrod Taylor (knee) practicing on Wednesday
Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (knee) is taking starters' reps at practice on Wednesday.
Nathan Peterman is still in the concussion protocol, but head coach Sean McVay also said that when Taylor is healthy, he will be the team's starter. Expect him to start against Miami in Week 15.
Not currently accounting for him being fully healthy, numberFire's models project Taylor for 100 yards, 0.6 touchdowns and 0.4 interceptions through the air as well as 13.4 rushing yards on Sunday.
Bills' Kelvin Benjamin (knee) limited at Wednesday's practice
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (knee) will be limited at practice on Wednesday.
Benjamin has been nursing a knee injury for a while now, and he suffered a setback while playing in heavy snow in Week 14. Getting in a limited practice early in the week is a good sign that he will suit up for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins though.
numberFire's models project Benjamin to catch 4.1 passes for 61.4 yards and 0.4 touchdowns this week, making him our 29th-ranked fantasy wideout.
Bengals' Joe Mixon (concussion) remains in protocol Wednesday
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon is still in the league's concussion protocol, reports The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr.
Mixon suffered a concussion nine days ago and sat out Week 14 as a result. At this time, it seems unlikely that he'll play this Sunday. Giovani Bernard should shoulder the load once again, with Brian Hill seeing limited carries as the number-two rusher.
If he's able to get back on track and suit up against the Minnesota Vikings, our models like Mixon to tally 6.1 FanDuel points while costing $6,700 on this week's slate.
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