The Thanksgiving holiday brought stress and aggravation, but that was all pardoned when Week 13 of the 2013 NFL regular season commenced Thursday with three exciting matchups.
With Sunday’s and Monday’s battles offering as much—if not more—excitement than the actual trio of holiday games, this will be an action-packed week that football fans can lean on when the family overstays their welcome.
Many of the league’s top superstars are coming into this week’s matchups banged up, and fantasy football owners must start formulating backup plans for the potential inactives.
We have all the news you need for your fantasy team or your favorite NFL squad, so keep it here for all the latest updates as they break.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers have officially ruled quarterback Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) out for Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN. Newly signed backup Matt Flynn will get the start, per Demovsky.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos
Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno is good to go for Sunday's matchup with the Chiefs, per Fox Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer:
Broncos don't expect Julius Thomas today but Moreno is good. Ellington, Ridley, DeAngelo Williams are out. Gonzalez also good to go— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 1, 2013
After breaking out for 224 yards on 37 carries in Week 12, Moreno was questionable in the week leading up to Sunday’s game against Kansas City with what was being called a “significant bone bruise in his lower right leg,” according to Mike Klis of The Denver Post.
Tamba Hali, LB, Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs star outside linebacker Tamba Hali (ankle) was questionable for Sunday’s pivotal game against Denver, but will be active and available for the Chiefs after being left off the team's inactive list for Week 13.
Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos
After missing last Sunday’s game against New England, Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (knee) returned to practice Wednesday, per Mike Klis of The Denver Post. He was listed as questionable coming into the weekend but will be sidelined on Sunday after being put on the team's inactive list.
Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy is set to play on Sunday at San Francisco despite suffering a concussion a week ago. According to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com, he did not practice Wednesday as a result of the injury.
Full Inactives List
Inactive lists will be updated as they become available via NFL.com.
New Orleans at Seattle:
Saints: RB Khiry Robinson, DB Trevin Wade, LB Keyunta Dawson, OT Terron Armstead, WR Nick Toon, DE Glenn Foster, QB Ryan Griffin
Seahawks: WR Percy Harvin, RB Christine Michael, CB Brandon Browner, OT Michael Bowie, OT Caylin Hauptmann, DE Benson Mayowa, DT Jordan Hill
Giants: CB Corey Webster, RB Brandon Jacobs, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, CB Trumaine McBride, QB Ryan Nassib, OL Stephen Goodin, TE Adrien Robinson.
Redskins: TE Jordan Reed, TE Niles Paul, FB Darrel Young, CB Chase Minnifield, LB Brandon Jenkins, OG Josh Leribeus, QB Rex Grossman
Denver at Kansas City
Broncos: QB Zac Dysert, RB C.J. Anderson, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, C J.D. Walton, G Chris Kuper, TE Julius Thomas, DE Derek Wolfe.
Chiefs: QB Tyler Bray, LB Justin Houston, LB Nico Johnson, C Eric Kush, OL Rishaw Johnson, OL Rokevious Watkins, DL Kyle Love.
Cincinnati at San Diego
Bengals: WR Dane Sanzenbacher, RB Rex Burkhead, S Tony Dye, G Kevin Zeitler, G Tanner Hawkinson, WR Ryan Whalen, DT Christo Bilukidi.
Chargers: QB Brad Sorensen, SS Brandon Taylor, T Will Smith, T King Dunlap, OLB Jarret Johnson, DT Kwame Geathers, WR Eddie Royal.
St. Louis at San Francisco
Rams: OL Barrett Jones, OL Mike Person, DE Gerald Rivers, RB Daryl Richardson, DT Jermelle Cudjo, LB Daren Bates, G Harvey Dahl.
49ers: WR Quinton Patton, CB Tarell Brown, DT Quinton Dial, G Mike Iupati, WR Jon Baldwin, TE Garrett Celek, DT Tank Carradine.
Atlanta at Buffalo (Game in Toronto)
Falcons: RB Josh Vaughan, S Kemal Ishmael, LB Omar Gaither, G Harland Gunn, Terren Jones, T Sean Locklear, DT Travian Robertson.
Bills: QB Jeff Tuel, RB Ronnie Wingo, DB Brandon Smith, LB Ty Powell, OL J.J. Unga, OL Antoine McClain, TE Chris Gragg.
Jacksonville at Cleveland
Jaguars: QB Ricky Stanzi, WR Stephen Burton, RB Justin Forsett, CB Jamell Fleming, G Jacques McClendon, WR Jeremy Ebert.
Browns: QB Jason Campbell, ILB Craig Robertson, ILB Tank Carder, OL Martin Wallace, OL Garretty GIlkey, DL Ishhmaa'ily Kitchen, OL Reid Fragel.
Tennessee at Indianapolis
Titans: WR Damian Williams, TE Craig Stevens, C Kevin Matthews, DT Mike Martin, T Byron Stingily, QB John Skelton, LB Zac Diles.
Colts: CB Josh Gordy, CB Greg Toler, TE Wesley Saunders, LB Kavell Conner, LB Cam Johnson, C Khaled Holmes, DT Montori Hughes.
Chicago at Minnesota
Bears: QB Jay Cutler, LB Lance Briggs, S Major Wright, S Anthony Walters, DE Cornelius Washington, OL James Brown, OL Jonathan Scott.
Vikings: CB Josh Robinson, DT Chase Baker, G Jeff Baca, T Mike Remmers, QB Josh Freeman, WR Rodney Smith, TE Kyle Rudolph.
Miami at New York Jets
Dolphins: QB Pat Devlin, CB Jamar Taylor, CB Dimitri Patterson, RB Daniel Thomas, G Danny Watkins, OL David Arkin, DT AJ Francis.
Jets: QB David Garrard, WR Jeremy Kerley, LB Garrett McIntyre, WR Michael Campbell, T Ben Ijalana, OL Oday Aboushi & TE Chris Pantale.
Arizona at Philadelphia
Cardinals: QB Ryan Lindley, RB Ryan Williams, RB Andre Ellington, LB Dontay Moch, G Earl Watford, TE Kory Sperry, DE Ronald Talley.
Eagles: QB Matt Barkley, S Earl Wolff, OT Matt Tobin, OT Dennis Kelly, LB Emmanuel Acho, RB Matthew Tucker, CB Curtis Marsh.
Tampa Bay at Carolina
Buccaneers: WR Skye Dawson, FB/RB Lonnie Pryor, S Bradley McDougald, G Patrick Omameh, G Carl Nicks, DT Derek Landri, DE Steven Means.
Panthers: DE Charles Johnson, OG Chris Scott, WR Tavarres King, WR Marvin McNutt, LB Chase Blackburn, RB DeAngelo Williams, TE Ben Hartsock.
New England at Houston
Patriots: WR Aaron Dobson, RB Stevan Ridley, CB Alfonzo Dennard, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, LB Steve Beauharnais, OL Marcus Cannon, DE Jake Bequette.
Texans: QB T.J. Yates, FS Jawanza Starling, OL Alex Kupper, T Andrew Gardner, G Cody White, OLB Ricky Sapp, DE Tim Jamison.
Pittsburgh at Baltimore
Steelers: OLB Lamar Woodley, QB Landry Jones, WR Derek Moye, CB DeMarcus Van Dyke, TE Richard Gordon, ILB Stevenson Sylvester, NT Steve McLendon.
Ravens: S Brynden Trawick, S Omar Brown, RB Bernard Scott, G/C Ryan Jensen, WR Deonte Thompson, OLB John Simon, DT. Brandon Williams.
Oakland at Dallas
Raiders: WR Denarius Moore, WR Brice Butler, SS Tyvon Branch, G Lamar Mady, T Menelik Watson, DL Brian Sanford, DE Jason Hunter.
Cowboys: WR Dwayne Harris, DB Jakar Hamilton, CB Mo Claiborne, LB Sean Lee, LB Justin Durant, LB DeVonte Holloman, T Darrion Weems.
Green Bay at Detroit
Packers: QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Chris Harper, LB Nate Palmer, LB Jamari Lattimore, TE Brandon Bostick, DE C.J. Wilson and DE Jerel Worthy.
Lions: WR Michael Spurlock, QB Kellen Moore, CB Chris Houston, RB Mikel Leshoure, G Leroy Harris, G Rodney Austin, T Corey Hilliard.
Pittsburgh at Baltimore
Steelers: DT Steve McLendon
Ravens: S Brynden Trawick