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Larry Fitzgerald (knee) practiced in full Thursday, the Cardinals' official site reports.

Impact

Fitzgerald fit in enough practice reps to be considered a full participant, clearing the way for usage during the current fantasy playoffs. With the report that Drew Stanton (knee) took part in a limited capacity Thursday, a wrench has been thrown into the QB mix in Arizona. The underwhelming Ryan Lindley is still expected to garner the start Sunday versus the Seahawks, but the potential of Stanton under center would boost Fitzgerald's prospects. Stay tuned as the weekend draws near.

Roy Helu (toe) practiced fully both Wednesday and Thursday, the team's official site reports.

Impact

Helu thus appears on track to return to action Saturday against the Eagles, though in such a scenario he remains a dart in PPR formats.

C.J. Spiller (collarbone) looked to be running in decent shape during Thursday's practice, The Buffalo News reports. Said coach Doug Marrone, "I think he looks good. He really does. It's just a matter of waiting until the end of the week and making a move there. The only concern I have is - it's not really being in shape, but to be able to play and run plays in and out, in and out, in and out and to make sure his conditioning is right at that level. It seems to be okay. I think it will just get better. I know he looks explosive. He's moving well."

Impact

Obviously, Spiller is getting close. While we won't know for sure his status for the Week 16 contest against the Raiders until as late as Saturday, it does sound like he'll be seeing action again this season even though it was initially feared his campaign was over. That said, even if active this week he'd be an incredibly risky option with three other backs in tow who are likely in much better game shape right now.

Drew Stanton (knee) was limited in Thursday's practice, the Cardinals' official site reports.

Impact

The news is shocking to say the least, especially after Stanton was seen working on the side during the open portion of practice Thursday. While the Cardinals said earlier in the week that Stanton should be healthy enough to play in a game in "about four weeks," his earlier than expected return to drills doesn't imply that game action is imminent. However, the situation has suddenly become murkier than expected, meaning his status should be monitored closely in the coming days. In any case, Ryan Lindley remains in line to start Sunday against the Seahawks, and Thursday's development seems hard-pressed to change that sentiment.

Marcus Thigpen suffered a foot injury in practice this week and was listed as a limited participant for Thursday's practice. Coach Doug Marrone thinks he'll be OK to play Sunday in Oakland, The Buffalo News reports.

Impact

Thigpen has been a boon to the Bills' punt return game, becoming the exclusive guy after he was picked up off waivers in late November following a season-ending injury to Leodis McKelvin. His 75-yard score against the Packers on Sunday was a key play in the Bills' upset win.

With Zach Mettenberger inactive, Charlie Whitehurst will start at QB for the Titans on Thursday against the Jaguars.

Impact

Not that there was any real doubt, given that Mettenberger was listed as doubtful, but working in Whitehurst's favor this week is that both WR Kendall Wright and TE Delanie Walker are active for Thursday's contest.

Tony Romo (back) practiced fully Thursday, Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Impact

Romo has upheld his normal practice schedule – an absence followed by a full showing – but his Week 16 opponent, the Colts, won't be a pushover, as they've held three of the last four opposing quarterbacks below 200 yards passing.

Delanie Walker (knee) is listed as active for Thursday's game against the Jaguars, the Titans' official site reports.

Impact

Assuming no setbacks with his knee, Walker – who has caught four passes in each of his last two games – figures to see his share of targets Thursday from Tennessee's latest starter at QB, Charlie Whitehurst.

Kendall Wright (hand) is listed as active for Thursday's game against the Jaguars, the Titans' official site reports.

Impact

Wright is out there if you need him Thursday, but it's unclear how close to 100 percent he will be in his return to action after missing two games, and with Charlie Whitehurst starting at QB for the Titans, the wideout is a speculative play in Week 16.

Zach Mettenberger (shoulder) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Jaguars, the Titans' official site reports.

Impact

With Mettenberger out as expected, Charlie Whitehurst is set to start the contest at QB for the Titans on Thursday.

Marqise Lee (elbow) is listed as active for Thursday's game against the Titans, the Florida Times-Union reports.

Impact

Though Lee is coming off a four-catch, 14-yard performance in Week 15, he was targeted nine times in that contest, and he has seen 25 looks over his last three games, so there is some bounce-back potential for the rookie wideout on Thursday.

Whitney Mercilus (back) is expected to play Sunday against Baltimore, the Texans' official site reports.

Impact

Merciulus, who missed last Sunday's game against the Colts, has returned to practice this week and practiced fully Thursday.

Chris Borland (ankle) didn't take part in practice Thursday, the 49ers' official site reports.

Impact

With two absences from practice in his back pocket this week, Borland's availability for Saturday's game against the Chargers is certainly in question. Alas, IDP owners still involved in the fantasy postseason should continue to watch his status closely, as he's averaged 12.9 tackles per game over the last seven contests.

Vincent Brown (groin) did not practice Thursday.

Impact

Brown has played a minimal role in the Raiders' offense since returning from a hamstring injury last month, catching nine passes on 17 targets for 96 yards in his last five games. With two straight missed practices to begin the week, Brown appears headed for the inactive list Sunday. His absence could create a few more opportunities for Brice Butler.

Derek Carr (thumb) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Impact

The Raiders limited Carr's reps in practice Wednesday, but his return to a full workload Thursday effectively eliminates any doubt as to his availability for Week 16. Carr completed just 48.2 percent of his passes against Kansas City last week, his second-worst mark of the season, and he'll face a Bills defense Sunday that is coming off a dominant showing against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Michael Crabtree (knee) was a limited practice participant Thursday, the 49ers' official site reports.

Impact

Crabtree bumped up from no activity Wednesday, placing him on a path to active status Saturday versus the Chargers. While he has averaged only 9.9 YPC over the last five contests, San Diego's defense can be exploited, after giving up five touchdown catches to wide receivers in the past four games.

Arian Foster (hip) returned to a limited practice Thursday.

Impact

We'll revisit Foster's status Friday, though at this stage, the running back seems likely to draw a probable designation in advance of Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Markus Wheaton (illness) did not practice Thursday, the Steelers' official site reports.

Impact

We'll circle back on Wheaton's status Friday, but at this stage there is nothing to suggest that the wideout will miss Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Bobby Rainey (wrist) practiced in full Thursday.

Impact

The reemergence of Doug Martin and pass-catching chops of Charles Sims have pushed Rainey down the depth chart, resulting in zero offensive snaps this past Sunday at Carolina. Because the duo have retained their health entering Week 16 against the Packers, Rainey is unlikely to break out of his current dry spell.

Julius Thomas (left ankle) practiced fully Thursday, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Thomas figures to be listed as probable for Monday's game against the Bengals, with his full practice participation Thursday presumably signaling that the tight end is getting closer to full strength after having been slowed of late by his ankle issue.