Don’t worry, we’re not here to hurt you anymore after the fantasy bludgeoning endured last night/this morning when Robert Griffin III’s absence became official. No, now we have good news. Maybe.
As is our regular weekly practice, this post currently contains the most likely inactives and actives, and it’ll be updated shortly when they’re officially announced around 11:30 a.m. ET. So chill with that java and your Super Mario pajamas, and keep hitting refresh.
Roddy White (knee): The most concerning high-impact fantasy player not named Griffin heading into Sunday, all signs still point to White being active today. While we wait for that to be officially confirmed shortly, please satiate your need for good news with this: Rachel Nichols spoke to Falcons head coach Mike Smith, who said that it “looks good” for White. He’ll most likely play, and if he’s playing you’re starting him, although concern about his usage after he missed practice all week lingers. But he also hasn’t missed a single game in his seven-year career, so your worry should probably be at just an orange threat level.
UPDATE: And now it’s officially official. White is active.
Terrell Suggs (torn biceps): At this point we can confidently say that Suggs was born in a sewer and raised by a rat, yes? Dude is ridiculous with his healing powers, and after missing just one game with a torn biceps he’ll be active today, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. His usage may be limited, but Peyton Manning owners would still very much prefer it if Suggs recovered from his injuries like a normal human.
Danny Amendola (heel): After being either out or severely limited over the past two weeks, Amendola will play, according to Chris Mortensen. He’s always a risky start due to his chronic injuries, but at worst you can feel safe with Amendola as your WR3 against Minnesota. Chris Givens now sinks to a low-end reaching flex play, and Brandon Gibson shouldn’t be touched.
Hakeem Nicks (knee): As expected, Nicks will play this week against a Falcons secondary that allows 234.9 yards per game in the air.
Clay Matthews (hamstring): After missing the last five weeks, Matthews returns against a Bears team he recorded 3.5 sacks against in their last meeting.
Cecil Shorts (concussion): Shorts was limited at times in practice this week, but he entered the weekend listed as probable, and now he’ll play against a very beatable Dolphins secondary. Start him as a WR3.
Robert Griffin III (knee): Yeah, this is sort of a big deal, but now it’s finalized. Griffin won’t play, and he won’t even have an opportunity to enter Washington’s game against Cleveland as a backup, as that role will go to Rex Grossman.
Ray Lewis (triceps): This is also less than shocking, but it’s still notable since a week ago when he returned to practice there was optimism around Lewis’ Week 15 status. He’ll sit at least one more week, though, making life a little more comfortable for those who are forced to start Knowshon Moreno this afternoon.
Bernard Pollard (ribs): With Pollard out, Lewis still sidelined, and Suggs hurting, suddenly it’s looking like Peyton Manning could pass for at least 752 yards today.