A marked Minnesotan (USAT)
We'll start with some of the bigger news, then hit the position-by-position recap, as usual.
• Although Adrian Peterson (groin) didn't practice Thursday or Friday, the Vikings are nonetheless listing him as probable for Sunday's game at Seattle. Peterson looked a little gimpy to my eyes at the end of the Week 10 game against Washington - any heavy-use feature back takes an absolute pounding in the NFL - but he's also had extra time to rebound from that Thursday night game.
• The Patriots haven't made a public commitment to Shane Vereen (wrist) returning this week, par for the course. I'd guess that we see him Monday, but nothing with New England is ever a sure thing. Maybe we will learn something during the team's Saturday practice.
• It's not clear how the Niners are going to play things with Vernon Davis (questionable/post concussion); he worked Friday, but in a non-contact jersey. He's in a late game at New Orleans.
• Percy Harvin (hip) is listed as probable for the Sunday game against his former Minnesota mates. If Harvin plays, he's expected to be on a snap count. I'm not going to start him aggressively this week, wanting to see some production first. Seattle doesn't play in Week 12.
• Calvin Johnson (knee) did some work Friday after two days off and he should play Sunday at Pittsburgh.
• Reggie Bush (knee) is playing dinged up these days, which is something you can say about most NFL players. He's probable for Week 11 at Pittsburgh. I'd use him anywhere I can.
• Ryan Mathews (hamstring) had a full workout Friday and is listed as probable for the road game at Miami.
• Darren McFadden (hamstring) is out for another week, so dial up Rashard Jennings at Houston.
Wide Receiver/Tight End
• Harry Douglas (knee) was back at practice Friday after missing the previous session. The Falcons are listing him as questionable. The Bucs are a tasty opponent. Tony Gonzalez (toe) had a partial Friday and looks like a game-time decision. Roddy White (shoulder) is probable.
• The Saints took it easy with Jimmy Graham (foot) in practice but he's still listed as probable. I can't see how you sit him.
• Martellus Bennett (ankle) did some Friday work but remains questionable on the injury report.
• Mike Wallace (hamstring) is carrying the questionable tag, though it sounds like he'll give it a go against San Diego. Unfortunately for our purposes, it's a late game. The Chargers present a plus matchup, but Wallace and Ryan Tannehill don't appear to be on the same page these days.
• Cecil Shorts (groin) and Mike Brown (ankle) are both listed as probable.
• Santonio Holmes (hamstring) should be back for the Jets at Buffalo. He's listed as probable. Jeremy Kerley (elbow) will not dress.
• Eddie Royal (foot) still isn't 100 percent, but he'll likely go at Miami nonetheless. He's listed as questionable.
• Julius Thomas (ankle) had a good week and is listed as probable. Do what you do.
• The wide receiver corps is thin in Buffalo, with Stevie Johnson (groin) and Robert Woods (ankle) both ruled out. If you have to dial up one of their replacements, look to Marquis Goodwin over T.J. Graham.
• Michael Floyd (shoulder) should be able to play at Jacksonville, despite his questionable tag. He practiced the last two days.
• Marlon Brown (knee) landed on the injury report Friday and is no sure thing to play at Chicago. Poor weather could also be a factor in this game.
• Nate Burleson (arm) isn't ready to return yet. The Lions list him as doubtful.
• Mario Manningham (knee) isn't 100 percent yet and the Niners list him as questionable. Hopefully you're not looking this deep.
• Ben Watson (post concussion) won't play against San Francisco.
• Peyton Manning (ankle) did fine Thursday and Friday and is listed as probable. Press play.
• With Terrelle Pryor (knee) going slow this week at practice, all signs point to Matt McGloin getting the call at Houston. Get ready with the Texans defense, friends.
• Christian Ponder (non-throwing shoulder) is the likely starter at Seattle.
• Maybe Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) has a shot to play Week 12 against Minnesota, but he will not go this week against the Giants. Scott Tolzien gets the call.
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