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Andre Ellington (hip/foot) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, the Cardinals' official site reports.

Impact

Ellington's limitations to start the practice week are nothing new, and with no reported setbacks in Week 12, we suspect that the running back will draw a probable designation for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Of bigger concern for Ellington owners is the recent signing of Michael Bush, who could be used in short yardage and goal line situations.

Mike Tolbert (knee) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, the Panthers' official site reports.

Impact

During the team's Week 12 bye, Tolbert was activated from the IR/designated-to-return list following an eight-game absence due to a hairline fracture/bone bruise in his left leg. Now that Carolina's backfield is fully intact, Tolbert is unlikely to garner touches far from the goal line, if he's able to play Sunday in Minnesota.

Ryan Mathews (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday, the Chargers' official site reports.

Impact

Mathews missed time this past Sunday game against the Rams, but his full practice participation Wednesday indicates that he should be a go Sunday against the Ravens, barring any setbacks.

Tony Romo (back) is listed as probable for Thursday's game versus the Eagles, ESPN Dallas reports.

Impact

Romo practiced in full the last two days, which should provide confidence enough in the minds of owners. Further aiding his cause, his opponent, the Eagles, have surrendered two or more touchdowns in all but one game this season.

Ronnie Hillman (foot) did not practice Wednesday, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

The report relays that Hillman, who has been wearing a walking boot on his left foot of late, is still expected to miss several weeks. With fellow running back Montee Ball sidelined as well, C.J. Anderson is in line to continue to head the Broncos' backfield in Week 13, at a minimum.

Brandon Bostick (hip) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Bostick, who marked his first appearance since Week 10, still must navigate the week of practice in advance of Sunday's contest versus the Patriots. Still, with two receptions on the season, there's little reason to consider the sophomore tight end.

Montee Ball (groin) did not practice Wednesday, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

The report suggests that the Broncos hope that Ball can return to the practice field within the next two weeks, but at this stage, his return is not imminent. The same applies to fellow RB Ronnie Hillman, which sets the stage for C.J. Anderson to continue to head the team's backfield Sunday against the Chiefs.

Eddie Lacy wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

A report from the Green Bay Press-Gazette stated that Lacy was endearing a gastrointestinal illness during Sunday's win at Minnesota, who yielded 125 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries to the second-year back. While a touch of the illness remained Monday, Tuesday's day off has apparently done his body good, and he should emerge from the week of practice fully prepared for a cross conference matchup with the Patriots.

Julius Thomas (sprained ankle) did not practice Wednesday, the Broncos' official site reports.

Impact

The report notes that Thomas worked with the Broncos' strength and conditioning coaches Wednesday. We'll revisit the tight end's status Thursday, but his availability for Sunday night's game against the Chiefs would certainly brighten if he is able to practice in any capacity as the week rolls along.

James Ihedigbo was listed as probable for Thursday's contest versus the Bears, the Lions' official site reports.

Impact

Ihedigbo has been particularly productive in the last three games, notching 20 tackles (18 solo) and two interceptions. He'll aim to pounce on the frequent mistakes of Jay Cutler, who has committed 10 turnovers (six interceptions and four fumbles) in the past five outings.

Coach Andy Reid indicated Wednesday that Donnie Avery, who has missed the last seven games following sports hernia surgery, "has a pretty good shot" to play Sunday against the Broncos, the Kansas City Star reports.

Impact

Per ESPN's Adam Teicher, Avery practiced fully Wednesday, though a wait-and-see approach is in order in most cases, considering the Chiefs' run-first approach.

Calvin Johnson (ankle) is listed as probable for Thursday's contest against the Bears, the Lions' official site reports.

Impact

Johnson built up to a full showing by the final practice of the week Wednesday, leaving him poised to tee off against a Bears defense that has allowed 14.9 YPC and six touchdowns to wide receivers over the last five games.

Terrance Williams (finger) is listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Eagles after practicing fully Wednesday, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Williams, who is dealing with a small fracture on the tip of his left index finger, is on track to play through the issue, but given that he hasn't found the end zone since Week 7, he's a hit-or-miss fantasy option.

Kyle Fuller (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday's contest at Detroit, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Impact

Fuller has yet to miss a game in his rookie campaign, despite dealing with hip and hand injuries. No matter, his IDP utility has taken a massive hit since picking off three passes and forcing two fumbles in his first three games, as he's totaled 26 tackles (21 solo) and one forced fumble in the past eight outings.

Lance Briggs (groin) has been ruled out for Thursday's game in Detroit, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Impact

Briggs is expected to miss a few games as a result of the groin injury that he suffered in Week 12. In his place, Jon Bostic will cover weakside linebacker.

Cecil Shorts (flu) missed practice Wednesday, the Jaguars' official site reports.

Impact

Shorts should be fine for Sunday's game against the Giants, though he's coming off a one-catch, six-yard fantasy dud in Week 12, after making five receptions in each of his previous two outings.

Brandon Marshall (ankle) is listed as probable for Thursday's game at Detroit, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Impact

On a short week, Marshall has been afforded oodles of rest in order to alleviate stress on his left ankle. He has yet to face the Lions' secondary this season, but in four previous matchups, he fared well, supplying 25 receptions (on 50 targets) for 341 yards and three touchdowns.

Justin Smith (back) was listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Seahawks, the 49ers' official site reports.

Impact

Smith only fit in one limited practice all week, but the veteran pass rusher will attempt to get after Russell Wilson in the Thanksgiving affair. On the season, Smith has accrued 33 tackles (22 solo), four sacks, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery in 11 contests.

The Colts have claimed Shaun Phillips off waivers from the Titans, the team's official site reports.

Impact

In a corresponding move, the team waived fellow outside linebacker Victor Butler, with the addition of Phillips adding experience and pass-rushing depth to the Indy defense.

Brandon Lloyd (quadriceps) was listed as probable for Thursday's contest versus the Seahawks, the 49ers' official site reports.

Impact

While Lloyd is poised to receive his normal limited snap count, he hasn't made a mark in the box score for three consecutive contests, receiving a total of just three targets. Consequently, the veteran is as unpalatable of a WR option as they come.