Russell Shepard leaves game with apparent leg injury.
Shepard appeared to get rolled up on and he hopped off the field under his own power. He’s now being carted to the locker room, so his day is almost certainly done with under five minutes remaining. Before leaving, Shepard caught two passes for 28 yards.
Isaiah McKenzie (leg) has returned for the Bills.
The Bills didn’t officially give an update on McKenzie, but he’s back in the game for them as they look to get a home win over the Lions.
Ryan Switzer (ankle) is officially active against the Patriots.
Switzer popped up on the injury report Friday with an ankle injury, but it’s not keeping him out of this big matchup at Heinz Field. Switzer is more of a real-life contributor than fantasy asset for Week 15.
James Conner (ankle) is officially inactive for Week 15.
Conner was downgraded to doubtful yesterday, so this was fully expected. Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley will again lead Pittsburgh’s backfield. Samuels is the preferred fantasy option against the Patriots, but Ridley is a better bet to get into the end zone against his former team. Conner is reportedly expected to return in Week 16, so fantasy owners should have him for the finals.
Julio Jones (rib) has returned for the Falcons.
Jones barely missed any time with his rib injury, so he appears to be fine. The All-Pro receiver is looking to build on an already big day in which he has a touchdown in a tough matchup against fellow All-Pro Patrick Peterson.
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