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Jadeveon Clowney LB - HOU Clowney (knee) recently resumed jogging,...
Clowney (knee) recently resumed jogging, the Houston Chronicle reports. "Everything is starting to come along just like I want it to," Clowney said. "I think I'll be back in a few weeks -- that's the goal."
Impacts: Now more than three weeks removed from surgery to repair a torn meniscus suffered during the first half of his first regular-season game, Clowney has progressed to the point where he can run lightly on the injured knee. He's hoping to be back in a matter of weeks, but he stressed that his main focus is making sure he is completely healthy before returning to action. This year's top overall draft choice sustained the injury on a non-contact play, but he said it had nothing to do with the turf at NRG Stadium, and rather it was "just how [he] came down on it wrong."By Rotowire.com
Mario Manningham WR - The Giants released Manningham (calf) fr...
The Giants released Manningham (calf) from injured reserve Tuesday, Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Impacts: Manningham suffered a calf injury late in the preseason, resulting in his placement on IR, but he was on the roster bubble long before then. The 28-year-old missed the first half of last season while recovering from a torn ACL, and he caught just nine of 23 targets for 85 yards in six games with the 49ers when healthy, so it's hard to imagine he'll garner significant interest now that he's a free agent.By Rotowire.com
Joe McKnight RB - KC McKnight (Achilles) was placed on injure...
McKnight (Achilles) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impacts: McKnight ruptured his Achilles in practice last week, so it was just a matter of time before he ended up on IR. The fourth-year back posted a career game in Week 3 with Jamaal Charles out with an ankle injury - catching six passes for 64 yards and two scores - after not playing at all in 2013. His loss makes the eventual return of De'Anthony Thomas (hamstring) more intriguing, though Charles and Knile Davis will continue to handle most of the work out of the backfield for Kansas City.By Rotowire.com
Vontaze Burfict LB - CIN Burfict (concussion) didn't practice Mon...
Burfict (concussion) didn't practice Monday but expects to play Sunday night.
Impacts: Before you invest in Burfict on the waiver wires in IDP leagues, make sure he gets back on the practice field first.By Rotowire.com
Teddy Bridgewater QB - MIN Bridgewater (ankle) sat out a second str...
Bridgewater (ankle) sat out a second straight practice Tuesday, NFL.com reports.
Impacts: Bridgewater is nursing a sprained ankle suffered during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Falcons. Although he's yet to practice since then, Bridgewater has done rehab work in the meantime and is thought to have a decent chance of being ready for Thursday's game versus the Packers. Expect his status to continue to be updated leading up to the Vikings' early Week 5 kickoff.By Rotowire.com
William Moore S - ATL Moore (shoulder) will be placed on the F...
Moore (shoulder) will be placed on the Falcons' injured reserve/designated-to-return list, ESPN reports.
Impacts: Moore suffered a serious shoulder injury during Sunday's game and will consequently be ruled out for the foreseeable future, representing a major blow to a Falcons team currently ranked 31st in total defense. The 29-year-old entered this season coming off a career year that included 86 tackles (67 solo), three interceptions, three forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles, two sacks and seven passes defensed. Once Moore was forced to exit Sunday's game, second-year player Kemal Ishmael replaced him at strong safety and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan also deployed regular three-safety sets, with rookie Dez Southward joining veteran free safety Dwight Lowery and Ishmael at the back.By Rotowire.com
Ryan Shazier LB - PIT Shazier (knee) is not expected to play t...
Shazier (knee) is not expected to play this week against the Jaguars, ESPN reports.
Impacts: Shazier missed Sunday's game after suffering a sprained ACL in Week 3 and could be ruled out for another contest while still recovering. In that case, Sean Spence would figure to earn another start at inside linebacker.By Rotowire.com
Dashon Goldson S - TB Goldson (ankle) is wearing a boot on his...
Goldson (ankle) is wearing a boot on his left ankle and is unsure whether he'll be able to play Sunday against the Saints, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impacts: Goldson's ankle injury forced him out during the first quarter of Sunday's game and he was subsequently replaced by Major Wright in the Buccaneers' first-team defense. Should he be ruled out Sunday, Wright would figure to continue at free safety and finished Sunday's game with nine tackles (six solo).By Rotowire.com
Brandon Browner CB - NE Browner is set to return from his suspen...
Browner is set to return from his suspension this week, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Once he's up to speed, Browner is in line to carve out a role at cornerback for the Patriots opposite Darrelle Revis, but until he sees a full and productive game, a wait-and-see approach is in order from an IDP perspective.By Rotowire.com
Niles Paul TE - WAS Paul (concussion) says he isn't sufferin...
Paul (concussion) says he isn't suffering from headaches or nausea leading up to Monday's game against the Seahawks, ESPN Radio 980 D.C. reports.
Impacts: Paul was ruled out just before halftime of last Thursday's game against the Giants after suffering an obvious concussion following a helmet-to-helmet hit. However, given the Redskins' long break between Week 4 and Week 5, Paul stands a chance of being cleared to play Monday versus the Seahawks. With Jordan Reed (hamstring) also on the mend, the Redskins' tight end situation will be one to monitor throughout this week.By Rotowire.com
Jordan Reed TE - WAS Reed (hamstring) did individual work dur...
Reed (hamstring) did individual work during Tuesday's practice, ESPN Radio 980 D.C. reports.
Impacts: Reed is hopeful of snapping his three-game absence in Week 5 against the Seahawks, although it remains to be seen whether his ailing hamstring will enable him to do so. The second-year tight end ran routes at less than full speed Monday and was limited to individual work Tuesday. As a result, Reed's status remains up in the air, requiring his situation to be monitored on a day-to-day basis. Furthermore, with Niles Paul coming off a concussion, the Redskins are managing a pair of tight end injuries at the moment.By Rotowire.com
Robert Mathis LB - IND Mathis (Achilles) signed a one-year exte...
Mathis (Achilles) signed a one-year extension with the Colts on Tuesday, ESPN reports.
Impacts: Mathis' new contract with the Colts extends through the 2016 season. Although his four-game suspension has now been completed, Mathis remains on injured reserve after suffering a torn Achilles while working out earlier this month. As a result, Mathis, who led the NFL with 19.5 sacks last season, won't be available until the 2015 campaign.By Rotowire.com
Amobi Okoye DT - DAL Okoye (illness) feels that he'll be read...
Okoye (illness) feels that he'll be ready to play when he's eligible to come off the non-football-injury list after Week 6, Rowan Kavner of DallasCowboys.com reports.
Impacts: He's currently doing conditioning work and getting back to his playing weight after surviving a serious and rare brain condition that required him to be placed in a medically-induced coma. It's been almost two years since Okoye played in a game, however, so don't expect him to make any kind of immediate impact once he gets into the lineup.By Rotowire.com
Ben Tate RB - CLE Tate (knee) returned to practice Tuesday...
Tate (knee) returned to practice Tuesday, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impacts: Tate has missed the Browns' past two games due to a sprained knee suffered in Week 1. However, coming off Cleveland's bye week, Tate returned to the practice field Tuesday, which bodes well for his chances of playing against the Titans this Sunday. If that proves to happen, Tate is expected to reclaim his starting running back position, which would result in rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell being relegated to more complementary roles. While Tate's fantasy owners should feel encouraged about his progress, his status should still be monitored leading up to Sunday's game in Tennessee to ensure he's indeed available to play.By Rotowire.com
Jared Allen DE - CHI Allen (illness) was able to get in a wor...
Allen (illness) was able to get in a workout Monday, ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson reports.
Impacts: After seeing his streak of 113 consecutive starts come to an end in Sunday's loss to the Packers, Allen looks to be on the road to recovery following a nasty bout with pneumonia. Allen will still have to regain a considerable amount of weight after the illness severely weakened him, putting his status in limbo for Week 5.By Rotowire.com
Marvin Jones WR - CIN Jones (foot) is expected to return Sunda...
Jones (foot) is expected to return Sunday night against the Patriots, Cincinnati.com reports.
Impacts: Jones practiced just once before suffering a broken foot in August, but returned for two practices last week prior to the Bengals' Week 4 bye. With no setback endured, Jones figures to continue practicing this week, although his involvement will likely be limited. Nonetheless, Jones is expected to suit up Sunday night against the Patriots. While his snap count could be monitored to begin, Jones' 51 receptions for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns from last season make him an intriguing waiver-wire pickup in virtually all league formats.By Rotowire.com
Mychal Kendricks LB - PHI Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is unsure i...
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is unsure if Kendricks (calf) will be ready to return Sunday against the Rams, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impacts: He'll likely carry a questionable tag into the weekend, but considering that Kendricks just resumed running last week, it's entirely possible that he'll need to sit again in Week 5.By Rotowire.com
LeSean McCoy RB - PHI Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said that M...
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said that McCoy is healthy and not currently on the list to receive treatment for an injury, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "He's healthy," Kelly said. "He's not on the treatment list. He does normal maintenance like everybody else, but he hasn't had any injuries where we've done anything with him."
Impacts: McCoy's struggles this season (2.7 YPC) have led to speculation that he's been attempting to play through an injury. Kelly's assertion that his starting running back is healthy is certainly good news, as is the return of tackle Lane Johnson in Week 5 following a four-game suspension to begin the season. McCoy and the rest of the Philadelphia offense will look to get on track against a well-rested St. Louis team that has allowed the 12th-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs through the first month of the season.By Rotowire.com
Lardarius Webb CB - BAL The Ravens are not ruling out the possib...
The Ravens are not ruling out the possibility of having Webb (back) in the fold against the Colts on Sunday, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impacts: He played just four snaps in Week 3 before returning to the inactive list for Sunday's win over the Panthers. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said that he won't let anybody know the plan for Webb prior to Sunday, making Webb's workload throughout the practice week important even though he will be a game-time decision.By Rotowire.com
Jamaal Charles RB - KC Charles (ankle) is active for Monday's g...
Charles (ankle) is active for Monday's game against the Patriots, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Impacts: Entering Week 4's showdown with the Patriots, Charles logged time at each practice, culminating in Saturday's iteration in which he did "everything" asked of him. As a result, he appears poised to take on a full workload, which has included 15.5 carries and 3.1 receptions (on 4.4 targets) per game in his four full healthy campaigns.By Rotowire.com
Josh Evans S - JAC Evans appears to have a firm grasp on th...
Evans appears to have a firm grasp on the starting free safety job after Winston Guy was cut Monday, the Florida Times-Union reports.
Impacts: The Jags parted ways with Guy after a string of poor performances to open the season, which should leave Evans as the unquestioned starter. Evans, whose foot injury opened the door for Guy to start, replaced Guy in the second half of the Indianapolis game in Week 3 and started Week 4's loss to San Diego. On the season, Evans has 26 combined tackles and one pass defended.By Rotowire.com
David Nelson WR - NYJ Nelson is dealing with what coach Rex Ry...
Nelson is dealing with what coach Rex Ryan referred to as a "pretty good" ankle sprain, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.
Impacts: With Nelson hurting and fellow wideout Jalen Saunders having been waived, the Jets signed T.J. Graham and Chris Owusu on Monday to bolster their receiving corps.By Rotowire.com
Tauren Poole RB - The Panthers have waived Poole, Aaron Wi...
Jamarca Sanford S - WAS Sanford signed with the Redskins on Mond...
Sanford signed with the Redskins on Monday, The Washington Post reports.
Impacts: Sanford started 44 games at safety for the Vikings since being a seventh-round pick in 2009. However, with veteran Ryan Clark currently occupying the Redskins' starting free safety position, it's likely that Sanford will see most of his playing time on special teams moving forward.By Rotowire.com
Jake Locker QB - TEN Coach Ken Whisenhunt expects Locker (wri...
Coach Ken Whisenhunt expects Locker (wrist) to practice Wednesday, The Tennessean reports. "He didn't throw today," Whisenhunt said of the QB on Monday. "I think he'll continue with treatment. He was very close Sunday and we'll see. I would anticipate he'll practice Wednesday."
Impacts: In any case, while Locker is said to be making progress toward his recovery from a sprained right wrist, his status for Sunday's game against the Browns remains unclear. Charlie Whitehurst drew the start at QB for the team in Locker's place in Week 4's loss to the Colts.By Rotowire.com
Geno Smith QB - NYJ Smith is keeping his starting job for no...
Smith is keeping his starting job for now, despite a mediocre performance in Sunday's loss to the Lions, ESPN New York reports. He completed 17-of-33 passes for 209 yards, with one touchdown and one pick.
Impacts: In addition to losing a fumble and taking two sacks, Smith wasn't a factor as a runner. The schedule doesn't get any easier, with the Chargers, Broncos, and Patriots next up on the schedule.By Rotowire.com
Marqise Lee WR - JAC Lee (hamstring) could return to practice...
Lee (hamstring) could return to practice later this week, the Florida Times-Union reports.
Impacts: While the report would seem to suggest that Lee may be trending in the right direction, his status for Sunday's game against the Steelers remains cloudy. At this stage, though, Lee at least has a better chance to suit up this weekend than Cecil Shorts (hamstring), who is expected to miss Week 5's contest.By Rotowire.com
LaRon Landry S - IND Landry has been suspended four games for...
Landry has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances, Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports.
Impacts: With Landry unavailable for the team's next four games, the Colts have added fellow safety Dewey McDonald to their active roster.By Rotowire.com
Teddy Bridgewater QB - MIN The Minnesota Vikings appear on track to...
The Minnesota Vikings appear on track to have Teddy Two Gloves back on the field in Week 5. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters on Monday that Teddy Bridgewater was feeling a lot better on Monday and an MRI on his sprained left ankle came back negative. Zimmer is "hopeful" the rookie quarterback will make his second career start on Thursday against the Green Bay Packers.
Impacts: This comes as welcome news for the entire Vikings offense. If Christian Ponder had to make a start, any fantasy-relevant player would see their value decrease. Bridgewater was the spark the Vikings needed and is an interesting waiver-wire pickup this week due to his accuracy and ability to run the ball.
EJ Manuel QB - BUF The Buffalo Bills have made a change at...
The Buffalo Bills have made a change at quarterback. Coach Doug Marrone announced Monday that Kyle Orton will replace EJ Manuel as the starter when the Bills visit the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Marrone said he came to his decision Monday afternoon. "I didn't ask (the front office) for an agreement," Marrone said, via ESPN.com. "I just went in and said this is the direction I'm going."
Impacts: Manuel -- a first-round pick in 2013 -- continued his struggles in a Week 4 loss to the Houston Texans, throwing two interceptions, including a pick-six to J.J. Watt. In four starts, Manuel completed 58 percent of his passes with five touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 80.3. The Bills are 2-2. Ready or not, it's Kyle Orton time in Buffalo.
EJ Manuel QB - BUF Coach Doug Marrone announced Monday that...
Coach Doug Marrone announced Monday that Manuel's teammate Kyle Orton will start Week 5 against the Lions.
Impacts: Manuel still will be given chances to prove that he's the long-term answer in Buffalo, but he just hasn't been getting the job done through four weeks. In the Bills' two wins, he performed just well enough that stronger units pushed them to a nice 2-0 start, and in the last two, he's become too reliant on check-downs, while simply not connecting on the plays a quarterback needs to rally his team after someone on defense makes a big play. In fact, with an even slightly above average quarterback, the Bills would likely be 3-1 and maybe 4-0. The journeyman Orton faces a tough challenge in Detroit as well as with some other defenses along the way, so this decision is far from being cemented for more than the next few weeks.By Rotowire.com
Kyle Orton QB - BUF Orton will start Week 5 against the Lion...
Orton will start Week 5 against the Lions.
Impacts: Coach Doug Marrone will sit EJ Manuel and his scattershot arm on the bench for at least a week. We're sure the Bills aren't giving up on Manuel, but this is a team with an excellent running game and a good defense, and Marrone must want to see if Orton can give them a boost. Manuel hasn't been terrible, but he's become too reliant on check-downs, has trouble in the red zone, and misses his mark too often. OK. So he's been kind of terrible. Orton has a pretty tough challenge ahead, facing a strong Lions defense in Detroit, but if he performs decently, the journeyman may just be able to hold onto the job for a bit.By Rotowire.com
Zach Miller TE - SEA Miller reportedly underwent an ankle pro...
Miller reportedly underwent an ankle procedure last week, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.
Impacts: The report suggests that Miller, who started off the season with six catches for 76 yards in three games, is expected to miss a significant amount of time due to his injury. As a result, opportunity knocks for fellow TE Luke Willson.By Rotowire.com
Fozzy Whittaker RB - CAR Whittaker (quadriceps) is expected to pr...
Whittaker (quadriceps) is expected to practice Wednesday.
Impacts: Whittaker has missed the Panthers' past two games due to a quadriceps pull suffered in Week 2 but could return to action as early as Wednesday. With Carolina's backfield currently plagued by various injuries and absentees, he might immediately assume a significant role at running back, if his health permits so. As a result, Whittaker's status should be monitored throughout this week.By Rotowire.com
Charles Johnson DE - CAR Johnson suffered a hip flexor issue duri...
Johnson suffered a hip flexor issue during Sunday's game against the Ravens.
Impacts: Johnson played through the injury Sunday, although he failed to record a tackle, and the Panthers' defense generally performed poorly. Moving forward, he could be limited during practice this week, but it's unclear if he'll be forced to miss time due to his hip.By Rotowire.com
Cecil Shorts WR - JAC Shorts will undergo diagnostic testing M...
Shorts will undergo diagnostic testing Monday to determine the extent of the left hamstring injury he suffered Sunday, The Florida Times-Union reports.
Impacts: Shorts reportedly felt a pull in his left hamstring Sunday, which marked his fourth injury since June. With testing slated for Monday, more information regarding his condition should be forthcoming. Nonetheless, the Jaguars' No. 1 wideout could be facing yet another sideline spell, which would stand to benefit the fantasy values of players like Marqise Lee (hamstring), Allen Robinson, and Allen Hurns (ankle).By Rotowire.com
Calvin Johnson WR - DET Johnson expects his ankle condition to i...
Johnson expects his ankle condition to improve throughout this week, NFL.com reports.
Impacts: Johnson was held to a season-low 37 snaps Sunday against the Jets, when he accounted for just two catches for 12 total yards. While that lack of production certainly is not what owners have come to expect from Johnson, the star wideout's ankle condition is said to be improving, and any additional rest should benefit him as well. With Johnson and the Lions expected to continue their conservative approach toward his sprained ankle, his progress should be monitored leading up to Sunday's game versus the Bills.By Rotowire.com
Mike Evans WR - TB Evans is expected to be out two or three...
Evans is expected to be out two or three weeks after suffering a groin strain Sunday, FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports.
Impacts: Evans injured his groin while running a deep route Sunday, forcing him into an early exit against the Steelers. Before suffering the groin strain, he recorded 65 yards on four catches and scored his first career touchdown. Nonetheless, the Buccaneers' rookie first-rounder will now be sidelined at least a couple weeks, which could lead into Tampa Bay's Week 7 bye. Until then, recent signing Louis Murphy could enjoy an expanded role, especially after coming up with a team-leading six catches (on 11 targets) for 99 yards in his Buccaneers debut Sunday.By Rotowire.com
Odell Beckham WR - NYG Beckham (hamstring) was limited in Monda...
Beckham (hamstring) was limited in Monday's practice but did a "little bit more," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said.
Impacts: Beckham has frustratingly been sidelined by a hamstring injury since the summer, but his participation in team portions of Monday's practice certainly represents encouraging progress. The rookie first-rounder seems to be gradually increasing his activity level in hopes of finally making his elusive NFL debut. At the moment, it's unclear whether Sunday's game against the Falcons will mark that occasion, but Beckham's status can be expected to be updated throughout this week.By Rotowire.com
Darrin Reaves RB - CAR Reaves could be slated for an expanded r...
Reaves could be slated for an expanded role in the Panthers' offense with DeAngelo Williams considered "week to week" due to an ankle injury.
Impacts: Reaves originally made the Panthers' practice squad as an undrafted rookie from UAB but was recently promoted to Carolina's active roster following a string of injuries to the team's primary ballcarriers. While Jonathan Stewart (knee), Mike Tolbert (leg), and Fozzy Whittaker (quadriceps) were all inactive for Sunday's game versus the Ravens, starting running back DeAngelo Williams was forced out with a sprained ankle during the second quarter. As a result, Reaves embodied the Panthers' next option at running back, finishing Sunday with 12 carries for 26 yards and three catches (on five targets) for 11 yards. Since Week 5's game against the Bears could come too soon for any of the Panthers' aforementioned injured players to return, Reaves enters this week as the team's top healthy running back. That status alone should immediately place Reaves on fantasy radars, although it remains to be seen how the Panthers' offense will game plan to manage their dicey running back situation.By Rotowire.com