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Jarvis Landry returned to practice Thursday after an excused absence Wednesday, ESPN's James Walker reports.

Impact

Landry's absence Wednesday was not injury-related and the wideout is on track to remain a key component in the Miami passing offense this weekend against the Cardinals. After having been on the Dolphins' injury report for three weeks in a row with a shoulder ailment, Landry was not listed in Week 13 and he end up seeing action on all but one of the team's snaps on offense in this past Sunday's game against the Ravens. In the process, Landry logged season highs in catches (11) and targets (14), while racking up 87 receiving yards, as the Dolphins played catch-up ball in a 38-6 thumping that halted the team's six-game win streak.

Travis Swanson is currently going through concussion protocol, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Impact

Swanson played every snap in Sunday's game against the Saints even though it's possible he may have suffered from the injury during it. He'll continue to go through protocol and will need to be symptom-free before being cleared to play Sunday against the Bears.

DeAndre Levy (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Impact

The team is optimistic that Levy could finally make his return to the field this weekend, although the linebacker has yet to log a full practice session. Levy will continue to be evaluated throughout the week and his status for Sunday's game will likely be more clear on Friday.

Robert Woods, who practiced on a limited basis Wednesday after missing the last two games with a sprained left knee, is back at practice again Thursday, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.

Impact

With Sammy Watkins also practicing, it looks like the Bills will have their top duo on the field together for the first time since Week 2.

The Browns announced Thursday that Robert Griffin (shoulder) will start Sunday's game against the Bengals, Michael Silver of the NFL Network reports.

Impact

There had been speculation since Griffin was cleared for contact last week that he would be under center in Week 14, and the team confirmed Thursday that he will do just that. Sunday's game will be Griffin's first action since Week 1, so he may have a little rust to shake off. However, the Browns want to give him another shot to show what he can do so they can try to finally get in the win column, and also evaluate his prospects for 2017. Griffin will be challenged in his first game back, as he will take on a Bengals squad that allowed just three total passing touchdowns over its last three games.

The Falcons are optimistic that Julio Jones (toe) will be able to play Sunday against the Rams, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Impact

Jones was unable to practice Wednesday due to the turf toe injury he suffered in Sunday's game, but it appears the Falcons are still planning on having him available this week. Jones' participation, or lack thereof, should shed further light on his availability for Week 14.

Robert Alford signed a four-year, $38 million extension with the Falcons on Thursday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Impact

Alford has been a constant in the Atlanta secondary for the past four seasons, collecting two or more interceptions in each year with the team. Through 12 games in 2016, the 28-year-old has also racked up 47 combined tackles, putting him well on pace to surpass his career high. The Southeastern Louisiana product was handsomely rewarded for those efforts Thursday.

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak expects the newly acquired Justin Forsett to have a role in the offense Week 14 against Tennessee, which could affect the workload of Devontae Booker, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Impact

Booker has been the lead back in Denver since C.J. Anderson went down with a knee injury, but the 24-year-old rookie has yet to see the full potential of this opportunity. He averaged a meager 1.9 YPC in Week 13, though a touchdown did save Booker's fantasy day. On the season, he owns a 3.5 YPC average and has yet to record a 100-yard rushing performance. With former backup Kapri Bibbs (ankle) landing on IR, the Broncos chose to go out and sign veteran Justin Forsett – a back that is familiar with coach Kubiak and his offensive scheme. Kubiak believes Forsett can eventually "split" time with Booker, and even went as far as to compare Forsett's prospective role with that of Bibbs' prior to the injury. Bibbs had tallied 21 combined carries over the last three weeks, and although a similar workload for Forsett wouldn't signify an exact timeshare, it's potentially enough to no longer consider Booker the bell cow in Denver. Only time will tell the exact distribution, though Forsett is expected to be active for the upcoming week.

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak believes Justin Forsett will have a role in the Denver offense Week 14 against the Titans, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Impact

Per Kubiak, Forsett could "split" time with starter Devontae Booker – a back who has been underwhelming of late and hasn't had a 100-yard rushing game this season. Kubiak went as far as to compare Forsett's role to that of Kapri Bibbs before his ankle injury. This is noteworthy because over the last three weeks, Bibbs had vultured 21 combined carries from Booker, and even caught a 69-yard touchdown back in Week 9. Only time will tell the exact workload of Forsett, though Booker fantasy owners may want to temper their expectations in Week 14.

Evan Smith (knee) was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday.

Impact

The fact that he was able to get in any degree of activity represents an improvement for Smith, considering he had missed every practice since exiting the Week 10 contest against the Bears with his knee injury. If he's able to suit up Sunday against the Saints, he'll resume his customary role backing up starter Joe Hawley.

Demar Dotson is officially in the league's concussion protocol and did not practice Wednesday.

Impact

The Bucs' starting right tackle's status for Week 14 against the Saints is thus very much up in the air. If he's ultimately unable to take the field, former Lions' first-round pick Gosder Cherilus is likely to step in for him.

Brian Cushing disclosed Wednesday that he's been playing with broken bones in his back, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Impact

The back injury, which Cushing described as two fractures, cropped up during the loss to the Chargers in Week 12, but he hasn't missed time because of it. He's rung up 13 tackles, including one for a loss, and a quarterback hit the last two games.

Gerald McCoy (foot) did not practice Wednesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

This was likely a planned veteran maintenance day for McCoy, who didn't turn in a practice session until Friday of last week before ultimately suiting up and recording a sack against the Chargers in Week 13. The same pattern is likely to manifest itself this week as the Bucs gear up for a divisional showdown against the Saints on Sunday. We likely won't have real clarity on McCoy's Week 14 status until after Friday's practice session, given that he could well be given the day off again Thursday.

Jacquizz Rodgers, who performed well in his return from a foot injury in the Week 13 victory over the Chargers, could seen an expanded role beginning this Sunday versus the Saints, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. "It was good to get him back," (offensive coordinator Todd) Monken said. "I would assume he'll only be better this week in a little more of an expanded role."

Impact

Rodgers was likely slated to primarily work in on third downs this past Sunday in San Diego, but ended up serving as the primary ball carrier in the fourth quarter after Doug Martin exited for good late in the third period with a minor injury. The 26-year-old chipped in with 4.14 yards per rush, gaining nine of his 29 yards on the afternoon after contact. Rodgers also contributed a key 21-yard catch in the fourth quarter on a drive that culminated in the decisive 12-yard touchdown from Jameis Winston to Cameron Brate. While Martin practiced without restriction Wednesday, there is still speculation based on Monken's comments that Rodgers could see a slight uptick in touches this coming Sunday against the Saints, although it's unclear how the likely activation of Charles Sims from injured reserve would affect that projection. However, given head coach Dirk Koetter's assertion that improving the running game for the stretch run will be "a point of emphasis for us this week," it appears likely that both Rodgers and Sims will see their fair share of work against New Orleans, with the exact division of labor behind Martin still to be determined.

Coty Sensabaugh (ribs) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday.

Impact

A previous source marked Sensabaugh absent from the injury report, but the Giants' official site presented a discrepancy. Thus, Sensabaugh is likely not in the clear regarding his injured ribs and his status for Sunday's game is back in question.

Ryan Mathews (knee) is expected to play Sunday against the Redskins, Philly.com reports. "He's good to play," head coach Doug Pederson affirmed. "He's cleared and ready to go… hopefully we can get back to running the ball like we did a few weeks ago."

Impact

Mathews missed the past two games due to an injured knee and the Eagles' rushing attack took a step back as a result; the team gained just 134 yards on the ground in both contests combined. While the former first-round tailback projects to regain starter status Sunday, reverting rookie Wendell Smallwood to backup duties in the process, Darren Sproles will almost certainly maintain his role on passing downs. Regardless, each in the trio will look forward to a meeting against a Redskins defense that has allowed 122.5 rushing yards per game when playing on the road in 2016, fifth-worst in the league.

Stefon Diggs (knee) practiced in full Wednesday.

Impact

Diggs was initially listed as limited in practice on the team's official web site. With nearly a week to recover from his return in Week 12, Diggs' unhinged showing Wednesday proves that his knee injury is growing ever smaller in his rear-view mirror. Although he's the No. 1 target in the mind of quarterback Sam Bradford, Diggs may be hard-pressed to produce Sunday against a Jaguars defense that has surrendered just 95.8 yards per game and two touchdowns to wideouts over the last five outings.

Paul Richardson (hamstring) logged a limited practice Wednesday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Impact

Richardson didn't practice at all last week en route to inactive status Sunday against the Panthers. With a limited showing under his belt already this week, he's certainly trending toward a return. However, Friday's injury report will have the final word on his availability for Sunday's contest in Green Bay.

Luke Willson (knee) practiced fully Wednesday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Impact

As long as he sustains such a workload this week, Willson will uphold head coach Pete Carroll's belief that the tight end is poised to end his DNP streak at one game Sunday in Green Bay. By doing so, Willson will serve as the primary backup to Jimmy Graham.

The Redskins tabbed Kory Lichtensteiger (calf) as their designee to return from injured reserve, meaning Josh Doctson (Achilles) won't play again this season, Brian McNally of 106.7 The Fan DC reports.

Impact

Plagued by a sore left Achilles throughout the offseason program and preseason slate, Doctson toughed it out the first two games of the season. Among his two catches on six targets, he showed off his first-round pedigree with a 57-yard reception. Unfortunately, Week 2 marked his last appearance, he was placed on injured reserve in Week 7, and teams can only designate one player for potential activation from IR. He'll thus focus his efforts on an injury-free offseason in anticipation of a sustained role within the Redskins' offense in 2017.