Robinson returns to practice: After sitting out Wednesday’s practice, WR Laurent Robinson (shoulder) went back to work Thursday, giving Dallas a full complement of receivers to go along with Dez Bryant and the also recently-returned Miles Austin. It’s a formidable fantasy trio going up against the New York Giants this week. Big Blue has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season and with the roof presumably closed for Sunday’s game, the conditions should be ripe for Tony Romo to throw the ball all over the lot. Having Austin back will undoubtedly cut into Robinson’s targets, but in a matchup like this, the journeyman from Illinois State is still worth a look as a No. 3 WR.
Smith misses practice: Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle) missed practice for a second straight day Thursday. Smith first suffered the injury in Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day loss to Green Bay, and followed it with just 12 touches (six carries, six catches) last week against New Orleans. His absence opens the door for a potential time-share between Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams. The Vikings are a middle-of-the-road team when it comes to stopping the run, but they did hold the Lions to just 20 yards on the ground back in Week 3 — although much of that was because Minnesota jumped out to a big lead, forcing Detroit to abandon the run. Since then, the Lions’ ground attack hasn’t been much more consistent, making any Detroit RB a risky play this week.
Ingram could miss Week 14: After missing Wednesday’s practice, Saints RB Mark Ingram (turf toe) admitted that he might not be ready for Sunday’s contest at the Titans. In case that happens, Chris Ivory is ready to go for New Orleans. Ivory was the team’s leading rusher last season, but in this year’s three-headed rushing attack, carries probably won’t be so easy to come by. Regardless, the Saints are still a pass-first offense. W,hile the Titans are in the bottom half of the league in rushing defense it’s hard to advise starting Ivory in a playoff situation.
— Marcas Grant