Rice misses practice: Seattle Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice sat out Wednesday’s practice with a knee injury. It’s likely that Seattle was just taking precautions with its leading receiver. Rice missed a couple days of practice last week with a bruised foot before catching four passes for 76 yards in the Hawks’ rout of the Buffalo Bills. He’ll need to be at his best to succeed this weekend. Seattle’s opponent — the 49ers — are among the NFL’s best at stopping fantasy receivers. While San Francisco is allowing more fantasy points on the road, it’s still not a lot, just 18.54 points per game away from the Bay Area. It still seems likely that Rice will suit up for Sunday night’s contest, but it’s not a matchup that fantasy owners should be excited about.
Green suffers concussion: Already missing James Starks for the remainder of the regular season, the Green Bay Packers could be even more shorthanded in the backfield with news that Alex Green missed practice with concussion symptoms. Green carried the ball just 13 times for 35 yards in last week’s win over the Bears … but that was the Bears. This week, the Packers meet up with the woebegone Tennessee Titans rushing defense, where Green would be a welcomed commodity. Instead it appears Green Bay won’t have its top three runners (Cedric Benson is also gone for the duration). That likely means more work for Aaron Rodgers and his merry band of pass-catchers.
Britt misses practice: It’s been a frustrating year for Kenny Britt. That didn’t get any better when the Titans receiver missed practice Wednesday with a knee injury. Britt has scored double-digit fantasy points just three times this season — most recently in Week 14 — so hopefully fantasy owners have moved on. If not, a knee issue and a Packers secondary that has been better than average in 2012 should be enough of a reason to take a pass on the wideout.
— Marcas Grant
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