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  • Kenny Pickett PIT QB
    Steelers' Kenny Pickett: Full practice to start week
    5m ago

    Pickett (ankle) was a full practice participant Wednesday.

    A Tuesday report suggested Pickett's practice participation might be limited this week as the Steelers prepare for a home game against the Cardinals. It turns out he's a full participant, and while it's possible his mobility is impacted, there's no concern about Pickett missing his upcoming matchup with one of the worst defenses in the NFL.

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  • Kenneth Walker III SEA RB
    Seahawks' Kenneth Walker: Status in doubt for Thursday
    8m ago

    Walker (oblique) is listed as doubtful for Thursday's game in Dallas, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

    Walker has yet to practice since suffering an oblique injury Week 11 against the Rams, and his listing on the Seahawks' final Week 13 injury report Wednesday backs up a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that the running back is in line to miss a second straight contest. Assuming he's indeed inactive Thursday, Walker will yield most of Seattle's backfield to rookie second-round pick Zach Charbonnet, while DeeJay Dallas and Kenny McIntosh will be the candidates to fill in behind him.

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  • Aaron Rodgers NYJ QB
    Jets' Aaron Rodgers: Limited in return to practice
    8m ago

    Rodgers (Achilles) was a limited participant Wednesday in his return to practice and hopes to play Dec. 24 against the Commanders,'s Rich Cimini reports.

    His return makes the start of a 21-day window in which he can be activated to the roster before defaulting back to injured reserve for the rest of the season. Both outcomes remain possible at this point, with Rodgers having noted multiple times that his return would depend on both his health and the Jets having a shot to make the playoffs. He's been cleared for "functional football activity" but not contact, and his return to practice Wednesday didn't include participation in 11-on-11s. The Week 16 contest Rodgers is targeting will be played three and a half months after his injury, which would make him the first NFL player to suit up for a game less than five months after suffering an Achilles' tear.

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  • Jaire Alexander GB CB
    Packers' Jaire Alexander: Able to manage limited practice
    10m ago

    Alexander (shoulder) was a limited participant at practice Wednesday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    Coach Matt LaFleur provided some clarification on Alexander's status Wednesday afternoon after it was reported earlier in the day that he was not participating at practice at all. The update represents an encouraging signal for his potential availability in Week 13 versus the Chiefs.

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  • David Montgomery DET RB
    Lions' David Montgomery: Dealing with foot injury
    14m ago

    Montgomery (foot) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.

    Montgomery has missed three games this season due to thigh (Week 3) and rib (Weeks 7-8) injuries, so it's unclear if his current foot issue is something that may threaten his availability for game day. In three appearances since returning to action Week 10, he's totaled 41 touches for 285 yards from scrimmage and three rushing TDs, while rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs has accrued 46 touches for 280 total yards and three rushing scores himself during that stretch. Montgomery's status will continue to be monitored as the week goes on to see how the Lions backfield could break down Sunday at New Orleans.

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  • Juan Thornhill CLE FS
    Browns' Juan Thornhill: Still dealing with calf injury
    16m ago

    Thornhill (calf) will not participate at practice Wednesday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

    Thornhill was able to play through his calf issue in Sunday's loss at Denver, but he's now missing the Browns' first practice of the new week as he tends to the injury. He'll likely need to practice in some capacity Thursday or Friday to give himself a chance to play in Week 13 - and it would be surprising if he wasn't able to.

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  • Emilio Pagan MIN RP
    Reds' Emilio Pagan: Agrees to deal with Reds
    4h ago

    The Reds signed Pagan to a one-year, $8 million contract with an $8 million player option for 2025 on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    Pagan held a 2.99 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 65:21 K:BB over 69.1 innings for the Twins in 2023, which was good enough to nab a multi-year pact on the open market. The 32-year-old was able to keep the home run ball in check in 2023, but it's been a major issue for him in the past. Given his new home park, that could be a problem. Pagan would appear in line for setup duties ahead of closer Alexis Diaz.

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  • Adam Haseley CHW RF
    White Sox's Adam Haseley: Dropped from 40-man roster
    1d ago

    Haseley was designated for assignment by the White Sox on Tuesday, LaMond Pope of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    This move clears out a 40-man roster spot for Paul DeJong, whose one-year, $1.75 million agreement with Chicago has now been made official. Haseley, 27, slashed just .222/.282/.278 over 39 major-league plate appearances in 2023 and also had underwhelming numbers with Triple-A Charlotte with a .264/.338/.386 slash.

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  • Easton McGee SEA SP
    Brewers' Easton McGee: Latches on with Milwaukee
    1d ago

    McGee (elbow) signed a two-year, minor-league contract with the Brewers on Tuesday, Adam McCalvy of reports.

    McGee was given an invitation to major-league spring training as part of the deal, but he'll spend it rehabbing after undergoing Tommy John surgery in May. The 25-year-old doesn't figure to be game-ready until around the middle of the 2024 season, but he is now locked in with the Brewers through 2025.

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  • Ryan Jensen SEA RP
    Marlins' Ryan Jensen: Claimed by Miami
    2d ago

    The Marlins claimed Jensen off waivers from the Mariners on Monday.

    Jensen had been designated for assignment by Seattle last week and has now found a new home. The 25-year-old right-hander held a 5.32 ERA and 78:54 K:BB over 64.1 innings between the Double- and Triple-A levels in 2023. He was deployed primarily as a reliever last season, but it's not whether the Marlins intend to continue using him out of the bullpen.

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  • Jason Heyward LAD RF
    Dodgers' Jason Heyward: Reaches deal to stay in L.A.
    2d ago

    Heyward agreed Monday with the Dodgers on a one-year, $9 million contract, Kiley McDaniel of reports.

    Heyward and the Dodgers will run it back after he was surprisingly productive in 2023, slashing .269/.340/.473 with 15 home runs and 40 RBI over 377 plate appearances. His .813 OPS this past season was his highest mark since 2012, excluding the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign. The 34-year-old should fill a similar role again in 2024, starting in right field against righties while occasionally filling in as a center fielder. The Dodgers' decision to bring back Heyward also means that Mookie Betts will continue to see more action at second base.

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  • Cole Waites SF RP
    Giants' Cole Waites: Brought back by Giants
    2d ago

    The Giants re-signed Waites (elbow) to a minor-league contract Sunday.

    Waites was non-tendered by San Francisco earlier this month but is now back in the organization. The 25-year-old had Tommy John surgery in September and will be sidelined until at least spring training in 2025. He'll now get to conduct his rehab in familiar surroundings.

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  • Noah Clowney BKN PF
    Nets' Noah Clowney: Remains out
    9m ago

    Clowney (shoulder) won't play in Thursday's game versus Charlotte, Evan Barnes of Newsday reports.

    Clowney will miss his second straight game Thursday due to a right shoulder impingement. His next chance to suit up will be Saturday's matchup with Orlando.

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  • Dennis Smith Jr. BKN PG
    Nets' Dennis Smith: Iffy for Thursday
    12m ago

    Smith (back) is questionable for Thursday's game versus the Hornets, Evan Barnes of Newsday reports.

    Smith is in danger of missing his sixth straight game due to a lower back sprain. Lonnie Walker and Cam Thomas (ankle) will likely be Brooklyn's primary backcourt options off the bench if Smith is ruled out.

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  • Cameron Thomas BKN SG
    Nets' Cam Thomas: Likely to play against Charlotte
    18m ago

    Thomas (ankle) is probable for Thursday's game versus the Hornets, Evan Barnes of Newsday reports.

    Thomas is expected to return to action Thursday after missing the previous nine games with a left ankle sprain. Thomas' return will likely result in decreased minutes for Spencer Dinwiddie and Dennis Smith (back).

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  • Jae'Sean Tate HOU SF
    Rockets' Jae'Sean Tate: Ruled out Wednesday
    41m ago

    Tate won't play in Wednesday's game versus the Nuggets due to left knee soreness.

    Tate will miss his first game of the season on the second leg of Houston's back-to-back Wednesday due to left knee soreness. With Tari Eason (leg) questionable, Reggie Bullock and Jeff Green could be in store for extended minutes. Tate's next chance to suit up is Saturday's matchup with the Lakers.

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  • Victor Oladipo HOU SG
    Rockets' Victor Oladipo: Won't play Wednesday
    45m ago

    Oladipo (knee) is out for Wednesday's game versus the Mavericks.

    Oladipo has yet to suit up this season while recovering from left knee surgery. His next chance to play is Saturday's matchup with the Lakers.

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  • Fred VanVleet HOU PG
    Rockets' Fred VanVleet: Won't play Wednesday
    1h ago

    VanVleet (thumb) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.

    VanVleet was probable for Tuesday's game against Dallas due to his left thumb sprain but was able to play through the issue. However, he'll be unavailable for the second half of the back-to-back set. With Jae'Sean Tate (knee) also sidelined, Aaron Holiday is a candidate to see plenty of run against Denver.

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  • Travis Konecny PHI C
    Flyers' Travis Konecny: Scores lone goal in loss
    2h ago

    Konecny notched a goal in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Carolina.

    The goal snapped a three-game point drought for Konecny. He's up to 12 goals and 16 points on the season. He leads the Flyers in goals and is tied with Travis Sanheim for the most points on the team.

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  • Gabriel Vilardi WPG C
    Jets' Gabriel Vilardi: Questionable Thursday
    2h ago

    Coach Rick Bowness is hopeful Vilardi (knee) will play in Thursday's game against Edmonton, but nothing is set in stone, Mitchell Clinton of the Jets' official site reports.

    Vilardi hasn't been in the lineup since Oct. 17. Before getting hurt, he had an assist, nine shots and two blocks in three contests this season. If he does play Thursday, then Axel Jonsson-Fjallby might be a healthy scratch.

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  • Shea Theodore LV D
    Golden Knights' Shea Theodore: Undergoes surgery
    2h ago

    Vegas announced Wednesday that Theodore has undergone surgery in relation to his upper-body injury and is week-to-week.

    Theodore has already missed three games due to the injury. He has four goals and 18 points in 20 contests this campaign. Kaedan Korczak is likely to play regularly while Theodore is unavailable.

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  • Jaccob Slavin CAR D
    Hurricanes' Jaccob Slavin: One shot in win
    3h ago

    Slavin recorded one shot on goal to go along with two blocked shots in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Flyers.

    Slavin has had himself a nice six-game stretch recording three assists and five shots on goal. The 29-year-old is playing heavy minutes and is averaging 21:14 minutes of ice time in this span. He will continue to be on the first defensive pairing alongside Brent Burns and be on the second power-play unit.

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  • Jiri Kulich BUF C
    Sabres' Jiri Kulich: Returns to AHL
    3h ago

    Kulich was reassigned to AHL Rochester on Wednesday.

    Kulich made his NHL debut in Saturday's 7-2 loss to New Jersey. He had a minus-1 rating and one shot in 14:53 of ice time during that contest. Kulich also has 11 goals and 17 points in 16 outings with AHL Rochester in 2022-23.

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  • Mark Giordano TOR D
    Maple Leafs' Mark Giordano: Won't play Thursday
    3h ago

    Giordano is being evaluated for a hand injury, but he'll miss Thursday's game against Seattle at a minimum, coach Sheldon Keefe told Jonas Siegel of The Athletic on Wednesday.

    Giordano was injured during Tuesday's 2-1 shootout win over Florida. He has a goal and five points in 20 contests this season. With Giordano out Thursday, William Lagesson will likely draw back into the lineup.

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