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Kenny Phillips S - Phillips was released by the Saints on T...
Phillips was released by the Saints on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports.
Impacts: With Jairus Byrd now healthy, the Saints no longer have need of Phillips, who played nearly every snap in Weeks 2 and 3. The former first-round draft pick is unlikely to draw interest as anything more than a depth option.By Rotowire.com
Andrew Luck QB - IND With Matt Hasselbeck bothered by an illn...
With Matt Hasselbeck bothered by an illness, Luck (shoulder) took most of the first-team snaps at Tuesday's practice, Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports.
Impacts: Between Hasselbeck's illness and the fact that it was a light practice, Luck's dominance of the snaps doesn't carry too much significance. According to Kevin Bowen of Colts.com, head coach Chuck Pagano said for a second straight day that Luck is trending in the right direction, but Pagano also suggested that the team won't push things -- basically, typical coach-speak. Even after Monday's optimistic reports, Luck may be headed for a game-time decision Thursday against the Texans. He was officially listed as a limited practice participant both Monday and Tuesday.By Rotowire.com
Sean Lee LB - DAL Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expects Lee (c...
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expects Lee (concussion) to play against the Patriots on Sunday, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impacts: Lee has a long history of injury concerns, but concussion haven't been one of his bigger issues. Of course, recovery from concussions is tough to predict, and Lee still needs to make it through the NFL's protocol. He suffered the injury during Sunday's loss to the Saints, leaving him with 36 tackles through the first four games of the season.By Rotowire.com
Tony Moeaki TE - ATL Moeaki was signed by the Falcons on Tues...
Moeaki was signed by the Falcons on Tuesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impacts: With Jacob Tamme (concussion) still recovering in the wake of a Week 4 absence, Moeaki could serve as the No. 2 tight end behind Levine Toilolo in Sunday's game against the Redskins. A third-round draft pick back in 2010, Moeaki has struggled with injuries throughout his career, and he no longer possesses the high-end athleticism he had upon entering the league.By Rotowire.com
Fred Jackson RB - SEA The Seahawks believe Jackson suffered a...
The Seahawks believe Jackson suffered a high ankle sprain, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.
Impacts: The diagnosis hasn't been confirmed, but if it is indeed a high ankle sprain, Jackson will likely be out for at least a week or two. He was having a nice game as the passing-down back against the Lions on Monday, gaining 54 yards on just five touches (two catches) in Marshawn Lynch's (hamstring) absence, prior to exiting with the ankle injury. Thomas Rawls is now the only healthy running back on Seattle's roster.By Rotowire.com
Cecil Shorts WR - HOU Shorts (shoulder) will not play in Thurs...
Shorts (shoulder) will not play in Thursday's game against the Colts, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.
Impacts: Shorts dislocated his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Falcons, and with the Texans playing on Thursday night in Week 5, he will not have enough time to recover and play. While Shorts will not be able to take the field Thursday, he has not been ruled out beyond this week, and will have a chance to return to action in Week 6 against the Jaguars.By Rotowire.com
Connor Barth K - Barth signed with Tampa Bay on Tuesday,...
Barth signed with Tampa Bay on Tuesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impacts: The seven-year veteran was the Bucs' kicker from 2009-13, and he was in camp with the team this preseason to compete with Kyle Brindza. While Brindza won the job, he was released following Sunday's Week 4 loss, so Barth will return and presumably step in as the starter. In his career, Barth has converted 116 of 136 field goals (83 percent).By Rotowire.com
Karlos Williams RB - BUF Williams suffered a concussion during Su...
Williams suffered a concussion during Sunday's loss to the Giants, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
Impacts: Filling in for LeSean McCoy (hamstring), Williams dominated the snaps in Sunday's loss, but he didn't find much room to run. The rookie is now in the NFL's concussion protocol, putting his status for Sunday's game against the Titans in serious question. With McCoy likely to miss at least one more game, Williams' absence would leave Anthony Dixon as the lead back.By Rotowire.com
Fred Jackson RB - SEA Jackson is questionable to return to Mon...
Jackson is questionable to return to Monday's contest against the Lions due to an ankle injury, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.
Impacts: With Marshawn Lynch inactive due to a hamstring injury, Jackson was playing a large role out of the backfield, taking three carries for 21 yards and two receptions (on four targets) for 33 yards. While Jackson is tended to in the locker room, Thomas Rawls should have the bulk of the RB reps to himself.By Rotowire.com
Eric Ebron TE - DET Ebron (knee) won't return to Monday's co...
Ebron (knee) won't return to Monday's contest at Seattle, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Impacts: Ebron sustained a knee injury in the second quarter, after which he walked to the sideline and eventually the locker room. The Lions have yet to reveal the extent of the ailment, but at the very least, he won't make another appearance on Monday night.By Rotowire.com
Eric Ebron TE - DET Ebron suffered a knee injury during Mond...
Ebron suffered a knee injury during Monday's game in Seattle, leaving him questionable to return, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Impacts: A teammate rolled on Ebron's legs in the middle of the second quarter, and after an examination on the sideline, he was taken to the locker room. After a thorough evaluation, the nature of the injury should be known, but for now, the Lions' only healthy (and active) tight end is Tim Wright.By Rotowire.com
Ameer Abdullah RB - DET Abdullah will start Monday's game at Sea...
Abdullah will start Monday's game at Seattle, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impacts: Typical starting running back Joique Bell is tending to the lingering effects of offseason knee surgery, which will hand Abdullah his first opportunity to head the Lions' backfield. On the season, Abdullah has been hit-or-miss with his carries, taking 21 for 82 yards and one touchdown. He's also augmented his line with seven receptions (on 10 targets) for 72 yards and a touchdown, but he could find tough sledding against the Seahawks, one of the most-staunch defenses in the league.By Rotowire.com
Frank Gore RB - IND Gore missed Monday's practice due to a f...
Gore missed Monday's practice due to a foot concern, Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports.
Impacts: After sitting out 12 games in his first six seasons, Gore last logged a DNP in 2010, playing in 68 consecutive contests. As the week continues, his activity level will be watched closely to ensure his availability for Thursday's outing at Houston, one way or the other.By Rotowire.com
Andrew Luck QB - IND Luck (shoulder) was limited in Monday's...
Luck (shoulder) was limited in Monday's walk-through, and head coach Chuck Pagano considers the quarterback "day-to-day," Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star reports. Pagano also said, "He looked good. Trending in [the] right direction. A lot better than he was Saturday."
Impacts: Pagano relayed further that Luck is dealing with a "sore shoulder" without delving into the specifics of what's causing the discomfort and issues with arm strength. Luck himself is aiming to take the field Thursday in Houston, but his activity level should be monitored by the day to determined if that will come to fruition.By Rotowire.com
Lance Dunbar RB - DAL Dunbar is slated to undergo surgery to r...
Dunbar is slated to undergo surgery to repair his torn left ACL, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Per the report, Dunbar -- who is a candidate for IR -- also suffered a partially torn MCL during Sunday's game against the Saints. Now that he is no longer in the Cowboys' backfield mix, Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Christine Michael are left to handle the team's running back duties going forward.By Rotowire.com
Vontae Davis CB - IND Davis missed Monday's walk-through pract...
Davis missed Monday's walk-through practice, the team's official web site reports.
Impacts: While his exact injury isn't clear, he doesn't have much time to recover from any injury with the Colts playing again Thursday.By Rotowire.com
Donald Brown RB - SD The Chargers have re-signed Brown.
The Chargers have re-signed Brown.
Impacts: The Chargers let Brown go this past Saturday in order to add an offensive lineman for Week 4's game, but he was quickly brought back Monday to bolster the team's backfield depth in advance of next Monday night's contest against the Steelers.By Rotowire.com
Sammy Watkins WR - BUF Coach Rex Ryan was noncommittal Monday w...
Coach Rex Ryan was noncommittal Monday with regard to Watkins' (calf) Week 5 status, the Buffalo News reports. "I have no idea," Ryan said of Watkins' status for Sunday's game against the Titans. "Hopefully we'll know more about it" Tuesday.
Impacts: On the plus side, Ryan noted Monday that Watkins has "looked good" of late and is "moving around decent," but for now, the coach has stopped short of predicting a return to action for Watkins this weekend.By Rotowire.com
Justin Durant LB - ATL Durant is dealing with a sprained elbow.
Durant is dealing with a sprained elbow.
Impacts: If Durant -- who has a team-high 27 tackles to date -- is forced to miss time, Joplo Bartu would be in line for added opportunities in the Atlanta defense.By Rotowire.com
Tevin Coleman RB - ATL Coleman -- who suffered a fractured rib...
Coleman -- who suffered a fractured rib in Week 2 -- is on track to return to practice this week, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Coach Dan Quinn noted Monday that the Falcons are hopeful that Coleman could end up playing against Washington on Sunday, but such an outcome is not a lock at this stage. In Coleman's absence, fellow RB Devonta Freeman has gone on a tear, so even if Coleman is able to return to action in Week 5, he'd figure to be re-introduced to the team's backfield in a complementary role.By Rotowire.com
Jordan Reed TE - WAS Reed, who suffered a concussion Sunday a...
Reed, who suffered a concussion Sunday against the Eagles, also suffered a mild knee sprain and ankle sprain in the contest, the Washington Post reports.
Impacts: Though coach Jay Gruden doesn't think that either Reed's ankle or knee issues are serious, the tight end's Week 5 status is cloudy until more is known about the severity of his concussion. The report does note that if Reed can't play Sunday, Derek Carrier would draw the start at tight end for Washington in his place.By Rotowire.com
Andre Ellington RB - ARZ According to head coach Bruce Arians, El...
According to head coach Bruce Arians, Ellington (knee) was almost healthy enough to play Sunday against the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impacts: Ellington practiced on a limited basis leading into the Week 4 tilt, but the relative health of both Chris and David Johnson spurred Arians to exercise caution with his presumed No. 1 running back, when healthy. If he continues to progress this week, Ellington should take the field Sunday at Detroit, but his workload would be contingent upon the state of his knee. While Arians has termed Ellington the top back, Chris Johnson has racked up at least 72 rushing yards in each of the last three games en route to 58 carries for 265 yards (4.6 YPC), four catches (on six targets) for 51 yards, and two rushing touchdowns during that stretch. The veteran Johnson's performance could allow Arians to ease Ellington into the featured role, but the preceding could be confirmed (or denied) as the week rolls along.By Rotowire.com
Ryan Mallett QB - HOU Mallett will remain the Texans' starting...
Mallett will remain the Texans' starting quarterback for Thursday night's game against the Colts, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impacts: Mallett has been preferred to teammate Brian Hoyer since Week 1, but upon an abysmal offensive start to Sunday's game against the Falcons, Hoyer replaced Mallet and led the Texans to three touchdown drives. Nonetheless, with a short week to prepare ahead of Thursday's divisional meeting with the Colts, the Texans will opt to keep Mallett at the helm of their offense. While that standing certainly gives Mallett the superior status, neither player's performance this season should exude much confidence in fantasy owners.By Rotowire.com
Paul Posluszny LB - JAC Posluszny suffered a high ankle sprain d...
Posluszny suffered a high ankle sprain during Sunday's game against the Colts and will be evaluated during the week.
Impacts: Posluszny was forced to exit Sunday's game due to his ankle injury, which typically takes a few weeks to recover from. While the Jaguars have yet to release a timetable for his return, they would certainly have a void to fill at middle linebacker, as Posluszny's 39 tackles and one interception lead Jacksonville at the moment.By Rotowire.com
Luke Kuechly LB - CAR Kuechly will meet with an independent do...
Kuechly will meet with an independent doctor again this week in hopes of being cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol, The Charlotte Observer reports.
Impacts: Kuechly has been sidelined since Week 1 due to a concussion and, despite entering the final stage of league protocol last week, he didn't receive clearance from an independent doctor ahead of Sunday's game versus the Buccaneers. Now with the Panthers on their bye week, Kuechly hopes to be given the green light to return in the coming days and reclaim his starting position for Carolina's Week 6 game against the Seahawks.By Rotowire.com
Andrew Luck QB - IND Luck (shoulder) is planning to return fo...
Luck (shoulder) is planning to return for Thursday night's game against the Texans, NFL.com reports.
Impacts: Luck missed Sunday's win over the Jaguars due to shoulder soreness, but without any structural damage inhibiting him, that rest could have Luck ready to return Thursday. While it's too soon to cement Luck's status one way or the other, coach Chuck Pagano deemed his quarterback day-to-day following Sunday's game. Knowing that, Luck's situation should be monitored leading up to Thursday's contest, but it appears he's trending in the right direction.By Rotowire.com
Daniel Fells TE - NYG Fells, who underwent unexpected foot sur...
Fells, who underwent unexpected foot surgery this week, will likely be placed on IR, NFL.com's Ian Rapaport reports.
Impacts: Fells did not travel with the Giants for their Week 4 contest against the Bills, and it appears he could be out for an extended period of time following the foot surgery. As the team's No. 2 tight end, Fells saw plenty of snaps this season as Larry Donnell's backup. Donnell will likely receive a more prominent role in Fells' absence, along with Jerome Cunningham (knee) and Will Tye providing additional depth.By Rotowire.com
Lance Dunbar RB - DAL The Cowboys fear that Dunbar (knee) tore...
The Cowboys fear that Dunbar (knee) tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee during Sunday's loss to the Saints, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.
Impacts: The injury didn't look good and the Cowboys aren't optimistic. Although nothing will be official until after Monday's MRI, Dunbar will likely miss a good chunk of the season, if not the rest of the year. His absence would leave a big void in the Dallas offense, as he caught 21 passes for 215 yards in the first three games, highlighted by a 10-catch, 100-yard outburst in Week 3. It's unclear whether the Cowboys prefer Joseph Randle or Darren McFadden for passing downs, as both likely represent a significant downgrade from Dunbar.By Rotowire.com
Lance Dunbar RB - DAL Dunbar left Sunday's game against the Sa...
Dunbar left Sunday's game against the Saints with a knee injury and has been ruled out for the rest of the contest, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impacts: Dunbar's left knee buckled as he tried to make a cut on the opening kickoff of the second half. It looked like a serious injury, as he wasn't able to put any weight on his left foot. If he misses time, the Cowboys will likely turn to Darren McFadden and/or Joseph Randle on passing downs. Dunbar has been very active in that role, catching 21 passes for 215 yards, with another 67 yards on five carries. He wasn't targeted in Sunday's game, but he did run for 54 yards on just three totes, providing nearly all of his rushing total for the season.By Rotowire.com
Alec Ogletree LB - STL Ogletree will need ankle surgery and may...
Ogletree will need ankle surgery and may miss the rest of the season, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impacts: Ogletree will either be placed on injured reserve/designated to return or season-ending injured reserve. He can safely be ruled out through November, and can therefore be dropped in IDP leagues. It's a big loss for the Rams, with some combination of Akeem Ayers, Bryce Hager and Cameron Lynch likely to take on Ogletree's snaps.By Rotowire.com
Jordan Reed TE - WAS Reed was diagnosed with a concussion aft...
Reed was diagnosed with a concussion after Sunday's win versus the Eagles, Brian McNally of 106.7 The Fan reports.
Impacts: Prior to departing late in the fourth quarter, Reed had five receptions on seven targets for 37 yards. In order to return to the field, he'll be subject to the league's protocol for head injuries. Until he's cleared, Washington will be down to Derek Carrier and Anthony McCoy at tight end.By Rotowire.com
Drew Brees QB - NO Brees (shoulder) is active for Sunday's...
Brees (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Larry Holder of the NOLA.com reports.
Impacts: As expected, Brees will return from a one-game absence to face a Dallas defense that was shredded by the Falcons in Week 3. The New Orleans offense is off to a slow start, but the unit did play pretty well with Josh McCown under center in last week's 27-22 loss to the Panthers. Though he may still have a bit of soreness bothering him, Brees has reportedly made excellent progress since last week.By Rotowire.com
Odell Beckham WR - NYG Beckham had five catches on 12 targets f...
Beckham had five catches on 12 targets for 38 yards Sunday against the Bills, setting the record for most receiving yards in the first 16 games of a career, ESPN reports.
Impacts: While his output Sunday wasn't nearly as prolific as we've seen across his first 16 games, Beckham still managed double-digit targets for the second time in the first four games of the season. He had another acrobatic one-handed grab along the sideline, though he was unable to get his feet in bounds. Beckham remains an elite fantasy option as the Giants' top receiver and will get a great Week 5 matchup against a 49ers defense that has been beaten consistently this season by opposing passing games.By Rotowire.com
Marshawn Lynch RB - SEA Lynch (hamstring) has been downgraded to...
Lynch (hamstring) has been downgraded to out for Monday's game against the Lions, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.
Impacts: The Seahawks went through a walk-through Sunday, after which the decision was made to hold Lynch out in Week 4. While he rests his balky hamstring, Thomas Rawls is expected to take on the bulk of the available carries, with Fred Jackson handling more of the third-down work.By Rotowire.com
Davante Adams WR - GB Adams (ankle) is listed as inactive Sund...
Adams (ankle) is listed as inactive Sunday in San Francisco, the Packers' official site reports.
Impacts: During the week, Adams clarified that his ankle sprain is of the low variety, but he was unable to practice and will miss his first game of the season. He'll yield his spot in the starting lineup to James Jones, who will line up opposite Randall Cobb (shoulder).By Rotowire.com
Andre Ellington RB - ARZ Ellington (knee) is inactive for Sunday'...
Ellington (knee) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Rams, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
Impacts: Ellington's return to the lineup will be delayed one more week, as he tends to a PCL sprain suffered in the regular season opener. In his place, Chris Johnson will head the Cardinals' backfield, while David Johnson pitches in on occasion.By Rotowire.com
Ladarius Green TE - SD Green (concussion) is listed as active S...
Green (concussion) is listed as active Sunday versus the Browns, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impacts: Green managed a full practice Friday, which forecast passage through the concussion protocol after only one DNP. Active status has confirmed that fact, but it remains to be seen how much the tight end will be utilized in Week 4. In the first two games of the season, he was targeted six times on both occasions, hauling in 10 balls for 121 yards and one touchdown.By Rotowire.com
LeSean McCoy RB - BUF The Buffalo News relays that McCoy coul...
The Buffalo News relays that McCoy could miss 3-4 weeks after a MRI revealed a new tear in the running back's balky hamstring.
Impacts: We'll continue to monitor McCoy's status in the coming days, but barring some new and improved injury info on this front, it appears as though rookie Karlos Williams is destined to continue to see added work in the coming weeks, while McCoy recovers from his hamstring issue, which originally surfaced on Aug. 18.By Rotowire.com
Jonathan Stewart RB - CAR Stewart (tibia) is active for Sunday's g...
Stewart (tibia) is active for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay.
Impacts: Stewart only took the practice field Friday, albeit in a full capacity, which forecast his installation as the Panthers' starting running back. Hindering his value, though, are goal-line vultures Cam Newton and Mike Tolbert (groin).By Rotowire.com
Andrew Luck QB - IND Luck (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday'...
Luck (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
Impacts: As a result, Matt Hasselbeck will get the start in his place Sunday, with Luck presumably targeting a return to action this coming Thursday against the Texans.By Rotowire.com