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Jets' Darnold trending in right direction to play vs. Miami

Wed Nov 25 2:02pm ET
By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
AP Pro Football Writer

NEW YORK (AP) Sam Darnold could be getting closer to returning to the huddle.

The New York Jets quarterback was expected to be limited in practice Wednesday, but there's optimism Darnold's injured right shoulder might be healed in time to play against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at home.

''We're taking this day by day,'' coach Adam Gase said. ''We'll see how today goes. Hoping for things to go smooth and he feels good. Things are trending in the right direction, but we're going to take this one day at a time.''

Darnold missed the past two games with the injury and has been on a throwing interval program since last week. The 23-year-old quarterback said Monday that his arm feels good, but would see how things progressed during practice this week.

''We're going in there thinking that he's going to be able to do quite a bit,'' Gase said of Darnold's expected workload Wednesday. ''We'll eliminate any kind of unnecessary throwing. Sometimes in special teams periods and things like that, a lot of throws are made. In those periods, we'll really limit those.''

Gase said Darnold will toss most of his passes during individual drills or team periods.

Darnold was initially injured against Denver on Oct. 1, when his shoulder took the brunt of the impact when he was thrown to the turf. He sprained the AC joint in the shoulder, but stayed in the game before being sidelined for two contests. He reinjured it at Kansas City on Nov. 1 when he took another hard hit, but also finished that game.

Both the coach and quarterback spoke Monday about how the main concern is whether the shoulder will be able to handle contact. And, Gase acknowledged that's not an easy thing to determine.

''I'm asking those same questions,'' Gase said, adding that he has been talking about that with Darnold, general manager Joe Douglas and the trainers. ''For us as a coaching staff, it's kind of like, how will we really know? Sometimes in this league, it's more about - I'm not worried about structural damage or something like that. It's just whether or not how bad it's going to be. Like, is he going to be able to recover if he gets hit and gets driven to the ground? Is that pain going to be so much where he can't go anymore (in the game)?

''That's the last thing you want to have happen, his first series of the game, that happens and now we have an issue.''

Gase said if Darnold is cleared to play this week for the 0-10 Jets, there are things the coaching staff could do to limit the possibility of contact. That would include certain play calls, such as lead QB draws or sneaks, that might expose him to big hits.

''At the same time, we've got to let him play the way he's accustomed to playing,'' Gase said. ''His biggest thing to protect himself is when he gets into those positions outside the pocket, it might be a throwaway instead of trying to do something crazy and extend the play to the point of where he's putting himself in harm's way.''

Joe Flacco has started in the four games Darnold has missed this season, including the past two in which the 35-year-old veteran has thrown for 467 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions. The Jets' offense has also performed more consistently than it had for most of this season with Flacco.

But, Flacco is 0-4 - and the team is 0-10, so Darnold's return could perhaps provide a needed spark.

NOTES: RT George Fant (knee/ankle) was not expected to practice. ... WR Breshad Perriman (shoulder), TE Chris Herndon (back), LB Blake Cashman (hamstrings) and OL Chuma Edoga (ankle) were expected to be limited.

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Adam Thielen Nov 25 12:40pm ET

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen's status for Week 12 against the Panthers remains up in the air after he tested positive for COVID-19. Head coach Mike Zimmer said on Wednesday that he doesn't know if Thielen will be cleared to play on Sunday. The team's top wideout was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday, but NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported that Thielen also had a negative test. Further testing will determine if it was a false positive. Fantasy manager need to keep a close eye on this situation, as the 30-year-old wideout is a must-start if he's cleared after he scored two touchdowns in Week 11. Rookie Justin Jefferson would be quarterback Kirk Cousins' primary target if Thielen were to be ruled out.

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Kenny Stills Nov 25 12:30pm ET

Houston Texans wide receivers Kenny Stills (quadriceps) and Randall Cobb (toe) have both been ruled out for the Thanksgiving game on Thursday against the Lions and will not travel with the team. Cobb is dealing with a significant toe injury and will miss several more games. With both Stills and Cobb out this Thursday, Keke Coutee should be elevated to three-receiver sets alongside Will Fuller V and Brandin Cooks. Coutee has just four catches for 21 yards and a touchdown in two games played this year, but he'll be a deep DFS sleeper on Thanksgiving against a very generous Lions Defense. Tight ends Darren Fells and Jordan Akins could see more targets as well, but the main beneficiaries should be Fuller and Cooks.

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Christian McCaffrey Nov 25 12:20pm ET

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) has arrived at practice on Wednesday and will work in a non-contact red jersey. It's progress for McCaffrey, but it was reported earlier this week that he's expected to miss the Week 12 game against the Vikings. The All-Pro running back hasn't been officially ruled out yet, though, so fantasy managers will need to continue checking on his progress in practice this week. McCaffrey, who has played in just three games this year due to shoulder and ankle injuries, could sit out another game with Carolina's bye coming in Week 13. The 24-year-old is on the wrong side of questionable right now. Mike Davis would be in line for a featured role once again if McCaffrey sits, making him a low-end RB1 for fantasy managers.

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Auden Tate Nov 25 12:10pm ET

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Cam Sims Nov 25 12:00pm ET

Washington Football Team wide receivers Cam Sims and Steven Sims Jr have a good matchup on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys, but it's hard to trust either in fantasy. Steven Sims Jr caught a touchdown last week but racked up just 13 yards and only had three targets. Cam Sims put up a season-high with six targets two weeks ago, but only saw two looks last week and can't be trusted with his lack of volume. Dallas allows the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers so both players can be good dart throws in DFS, but season-long fantasy managers should be able to find a receiver with a higher target-floor.

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Terry McLaurin Nov 25 11:20am ET

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Jacksonville Jaguars Nov 25 11:00am ET

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Nick Foles Nov 25 10:50am ET

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Mike Glennon Nov 25 10:50am ET

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Fantasy Spin: Avoid this situation altogether, and the Bengals' wide receivers like Tee Higgins and A.J. Green also take a hit.

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Antonio Gibson Nov 25 10:30am ET

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J.D. McKissic Nov 25 9:50am ET

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Mike White Nov 24 10:23pm ET

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