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  • 12/15, 11:19 am
    • Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said...

      Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said he expects Lynch (ankle) to receive full clearance to play in advance of the team's next game Dec. 24 against the Redskins, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

      Analysis: If Joseph's prediction holds true, Lynch could warrant immediate consideration for the starting quarterback role, which opened up again after Trevor Siemian partially dislocated his left shoulder in Thursday's win over the Colts. That injury will sideline Siemian for the Broncos' final two games of the season, leaving Brock Osweiler, who relieved Siemian on Thursday, and Lynch as the team's only quarterbacks. Per Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com, Joseph wasn't willing to commit to Osweiler as the team's starter in Week 16, so it appears the performance of both of the Broncos' quarterbacks in practice during the upcoming week will ultimately dictate who receives the nod against the Redskins. Given Lynch's standing as a recent first-round pick, he could have an edge over Osweiler for the starting role if his health checks out fine by the end of next week.

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  • 12/15, 11:13 am
    • Broncos head coach Vance Joseph confirmed...

      Broncos head coach Vance Joseph confirmed Friday that Siemian (shoulder) would be placed on injured reserve and miss the team's final two games of the season, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

      Analysis: On a lighter note, Siemian, who suffered a partial dislocation of his non-throwing shoulder in Thursday's win over the Colts, won't require surgery to address the injury. With only rest and rehab on the docket, Siemian should have a relatively normal offseason, but his underwhelming play this season likely has Denver turning its attention toward other starting options at quarterback in 2018. Brock Osweiler, who came on in relief for Siemian on Thursday, is currently positioned to start the Broncos' final two contests of 2017, but Paxton Lynch (ankle) could get another look if healthy enough to play in either game.

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  • 12/15, 11:13 am
    • LB Lavonte David is nursing a...

      LB Lavonte David is nursing a hamstring injury ahead of Monday's matchup with the Falcons.

      Analysis: For those that don't remember, the Bucs got torched by the Falcons two weeks back. They were especially stymied by WR Julio Jones, who racked up 253 yards and two touchdowns, with passes from both QB Matt Ryan and WR Mohamed Sanu. The Bucs have forced 10 turnovers in their last four matchups, though, and they've had one in each of their last 10 games, providing a solid floor. However, it's hard to look past Week 13's performance of allowing 34 points and 516 total yards to the Falcons. There's no quality reason to risk fantasy glory in the playoffs by deploying this defensive unit.

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  • 12/15, 11:08 am
    • Thielen (knee) doesn't have a designation...

      Thielen (knee) doesn't have a designation on the final injury report for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

      Analysis: Thielen was limited at Wednesday's practice but returned to full participation Thursday and Friday. Already accounting for 27.9 percent of the Vikings' targets, Thielen could push for an even higher portion this weekend in the likely absence of TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle-doubtful).

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  • 12/15, 11:06 am
    • Updating a previous report, Rudolph (ankle)...

      Updating a previous report, Rudolph (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

      Analysis: After Rudolph failed to practice in any capacity this week, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said Friday that the tight end won't be able to play. The team nonetheless listed Rudolph as 'doubtful' rather than 'out', leaving the door slightly open in case he makes a miraculous recovery over the weekend. With Blake Bell (shoulder) placed on injured reserve, blocking specialist David Morgan is expected to start Sunday's game versus Cincinnati. Case Keenum likely will adapt by directing the vast majority of his passes to wideouts and running backs.

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