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Luke Rhodes was promoted to the Colts active roster Wednesday, Kevin Bowen of the team's official site reports.

Impact

Rhodes will provide depth at inside linebacker for the Colts after the news of D'Qwell Jackson's four-game suspension due to violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances. Rhodes, an undrafted rookie out of William & Mary, could see his first NFL action Sunday against the Texans.

Ronald Darby (concussion) will be a limited participant during Wednesday's practice, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports.

Impact

Darby cleared the concussion protocol Monday, so he's likely just being limited at this point in the week as a precaution. He figures to be fine for Sunday's tilt against the Steelers after just a one-game absence.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee) will not participate in practice on Wednesday.

Impact

Vaitai has missed multiple games due to the knee issue, while Allen Barbre is in line for another start at offensive tackle if he's unable to play Sunday against the Redskins.

Doug Martin (undisclosed) took part in practice Wednesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Impact

After enduring an awkward tackle in the third quarter of Sunday's win in San Diego, Martin remained on the sideline for the Buccaneers' final three possessions, yielding the backfield to Jacquizz Rodgers. During the portion of Wednesday's session open the media, Auman noted that Martin seemed "fine," but the upcoming release of the injury report will ultimately reveal whether the running back has an injury designation and how much activity he was able to handle.

Jordan Reed (shoulder) caught passes during individual drills but skipped the 1-on-1 portion of Wednesday's practice, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

A mere bystander at practice last week, Reed's ascension to participant is notable in and of itself. On the other hand, he clearly has limitations, as he was unable to take contact during blocking drills. Until the AC joint separation in his left shoulder recovers sufficiently, gaining clearance for game days will likely be a difficult proposition.

Khiry Robinson has re-signed with the Jets.

Impact

Robinson had been waived with an injury designation back in September after injuring his leg, but evidently he is healthy again and thus capable of providing the Jets with backfield depth behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.

A.J. Green (hamstring) was spotted on the team's rehab field during Wednesday's practice, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Impact

Green, who suffered a Grade 2 hamstring tear in Week 11, continues to have designs on playing again this season, but for now such a scenario is not imminent. For as long as he remains unable to play, Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd will head the Bengals' wideout corps.

D.J. Foster worked with the Patriots' receivers during Wednesday's positional drills, the Boston Herald reports.

Impact

Foster, who spent some time at wide receiver while at Arizona State, is currently buried on New England's running back depth chart. With Danny Amendola dealing with an ankle injury, however, it's plausible that Foster could find himself back in uniform Monday night against the Ravens, thanks to his RB/WR flexibility.

Head coach Doug Pederson said Jordan Matthews (ankle) will participate in practice Wednesday, Julie Bacanskas of the Eagles' official site reports.

Impact

As expected, Matthews will make an appearance in the first session of the week, but how much activity he can handle on his right ankle sprain remains to be seen. He'll be aiming to surpass the one limited showing that he logged in advance of being declared inactive for Sunday's loss at Cincinnati.

Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder) was not present for practice Wednesday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Impact

Bennett has been able to play through his aches and pains, but look for the Patriots to manage the tight end's practice reps down the stretch, as the team can ill afford to lose him for any length of time with Rob Gronkowski having been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Tom Brady (knee) was present for practice Wednesday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Impact

Though we suspect that Brady will end up listed on the Patriots' injury report in advance of Monday night's game against the Ravens, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport suggests that the QB's first Wednesday practice in three weeks is a sign that Brady's knee is improving. There's little doubt concerning Brady's Week 14 status, but on top of helming the Patriots offense minus top TE Rob Gronkowski, he'll be squaring off this weekend against a rugged Baltimore defense that is allowing an average of 17.2 points per game to date, with only the Seahawks (16.2) surrendering fewer.

Head coach Dan Quinn said Julio Jones (toe) won't take part in Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Turf toe is not to be trifled with, so Jones' lack of practice reps to kick off Week 14 prep isn't unexpected. Due to his established rapport with Matt Ryan, Jones doesn't necessarily need to practice in order to be ready for game day, though Quinn did mention that the wideout will "likely" participate in Thursday's session. Although such a development would be welcome news to his owners, rehab will still be a part of his regimen, meaning he may not progress beyond a limited showing.

Sammy Watkins (foot) did not practice Wednesday, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.

Impact

That said, Watkins' non-participation is not indicative of a setback with his foot, as the team plans to manage the wideout's Wednesday reps, with an eye toward having him ready on game days. After logging 25 snaps (out of a possible 55) in Week 12 against the Jaguars in his return to action after a lengthy absence, Watkins was on the field for 49 of 72 offensive snaps in this past Sunday's loss to the Raiders. Assuming no new issues with his foot in the coming days, we'd expect Watkins' snap count to continue to creep up this weekend when the Bills take on the Steelers.

Christian McCaffrey announced he will enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Impact

McCaffrey has long been expected to enter the NFL early, as his 2015 season was one of the best ever among running backs in college football history. He finished that season with 2,664 yards and 13 touchdowns from scrimmage in 14 games, totaling 2,019 yards (6.0 YPC) and eight touchdowns as a runner while catching 45 passes for 645 yards (14.3 YPR) and five touchdowns. He was similarly impressive in 2016, running for 1,603 yards (6.3 YPC) and 13 touchdowns while catching 37 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games. Listed at 6-0, 200 pounds, McCaffrey's frame doesn't imply a workhorse projection in the NFL, but front offices will give him a long look after he displayed extreme versatility at Stanford, where he showed rare pass-catching and return skills in addition to shouldering a mammoth workload. Given the dominant open-field running he showed in a variety of contexts, it's difficult to argue that McCaffrey's field vision and patience as a runner would be anything other than advanced, and he repeatedly showed the all-around athleticism to break through openings as he located them. McCaffrey has rare skills as a pass catcher and likely would have no trouble running routes in the NFL, be it from the backfield or split out wide. Given his diverse skill set, McCaffrey should be able to offer immediate snaps to almost any NFL team, and that widespread appeal should ensure his selection within the first 45 or so picks, with a first-round selection very much within the realm of possibility.

Robert Woods, who's missed the last two games with a sprained left knee, will practice on a limited basis Wednesday.

Impact

The Bills are expecting Woods to return this week, which would give them a look they've barely seen all season with Woods as the No. 2 receiver and Sammy Watkins as the top dog. If Woods does suit up, perhaps that tandem can give a boost to the league's 32nd-ranked passing attack.

Josh Huff, whose Tuesday promotion to the active roster included a new two-year contract with the Bucs, is working diligently to be ready for game action against the Saints in Week 14, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

The Bucs apparently thought enough of Huff's potential to lock him up for the next two seasons, despite his recent legal troubles. He'd do well to start delivering on his promise right away, as the team's injury-depleted receiver corps is what prompted his promotion in the first place. For his part, Huff has his nose to the grindstone this week in an effort to be ready for his Week 14 active status. "The chemistry is coming along good with Jameis (Winston)," Huff said. "Every day I'm staying after practice to work on some type of chemistry, some type of routes. I think I'm doing a great job so far with it. He's starting to trust me. I just can't wait to get into action."

Braxton Miller has been diagnosed with a shoulder sprain and could play Sunday against the Colts, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

Impact

Miller laid on the field for quite some time after injuring his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Packers, but he appears to have avoided any sort of serious setback, as he is considered day-to-day. Miller's availability for Week 14 will likely depend on how much work he is able to get in at practice over the next several days.

Shaq Lawson is expected to start this week against the Steelers, BuffaloBills.com reports. "He's going to play a lot more. He's going to be our starter this week and he's earned it," said coach Ryan on the Rex Ryan. "He does a great job shedding blocks. This is what we knew about him. I think the time he missed with all of training camp set him back, but you're starting to notice him more and more. This is what we really like about this young man. He plays extremely hard and he's only going to get better."

Impact

Lawson's stats – nine tackles and two sacks in six games – have been modest so far, and with Lorenzo Alexander and jerry Hughes working on the outside in most of the team's looks, we'd still expect the rookie to sit his share of plays. Still, the 6-6 Bills likely want to start planning ahead, and Lawson's expected to be a key piece next season.

Head coach Doug Pederson confirmed prior to Wednesday's practice that Ryan Mathews (knee) will be able to participate in the Eagles' first session of the week.

Impact

It was announced Monday that Mathews would return to practice Wednesday, and after avoiding any setbacks the last couple days, it appears he will do just that. It will not be clear until after practice if Mathews was limited at all, but his participation Wednesday at any level puts him on the right track toward returning to action Sunday against the Redskins.

Jason Pierre-Paul will miss at least six weeks after surgery to repair a hernia, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports.

Impact

Pierre-Paul sustained the injury in Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh and didn't return. With the defensive end requiring surgery, he'll miss the rest of the season and appears unlikely to return until the NFC Championship Game, should the Giants advance that far. Pierre-Paul had 5.5 sacks in his last three games, so this is a major loss for the Giants defense.