Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers has had further tests to see how the collarbone is healing. The Packers are sitting close to a playoff spot but they can’t afford any more losses which could mean Rodgers starting if cleared to play, which is yet to be approved. Keep a close eye, but don’t hold your breath.
Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos
He’s missed the last two games with a knee injury. He was a game time decision, so he was obviously close but given the amount of talent Manning has at his disposal, there is no rush to bring Thomas back. If he’s cleared, he starts as he’s been the second best TE this season only behind Jimmy Graham.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
He doesn’t remember the goalline play that resulted in a concussion, but Bell is feeling better and would like to play this Sunday. He still put up solid number before leaving the game and has proven himself a reliable running back this season, so if he gets clearance, he should start against the poor Miami run defense.
Rashad Jennings, RB, Oakland Raiders
He suffered a concussion late in the Thanksgiving day game against the Cowboys after finding the endzone twice. He was getting all the touches over McFadden and if he gets clearance to play, he’ll get the majority of touches again against the Jets defense that has been fairly solid this season.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
Cutler has said he hopes to play against the Cowboys on Monday night, but it is still unclear whether that will come to fruition as he is still suffering from a high ankle sprain. The Bears are in a race for a playoff position as well, so if he’s even close to healthy, the Bears may gamble. Unfortunately for Cutler owners, Josh McCown has played well in his absence negating the need to take the risk unless absolutely necessary.