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Adrian Peterson RB - MIN The Vikings have apparently changed thei...
The Vikings have apparently changed their minds and suspended Peterson for Week 3, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. "After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian," Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf said in the statement.
Impacts: Matt Asiata should draw the start again, and at this point Peterson seems to be out indefinitely.By Rotowire.com
John Abraham LB - ARZ Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Abraha...
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Abraham did not pass his concussion test Tuesday.
Impacts: Though Abraham rejoined the Cardinals on Tuesday after briefly pondering retirement, it doesn't appear likely that he'll be sufficiently recovered from the concussion in time for Sunday's Week 3 tilt with the 49ers. The Cardinals will have a bye the week after, which could allow Abraham to return to action in Week 5, resulting in him missing just two games. Any return, however, will be contingent on Abraham ultimately passing all concussion tests. It's certainly not a given with the 36-year-old complaining of memory loss after his most recent head injury.By Rotowire.com
Wes Welker WR - DEN Welker is expected to be reinstated from...
Welker is expected to be reinstated from his suspension Tuesday night after the NFL officially revised its drug policy, ESPN.com's Ed Werder reports.
Impacts: Welker will be eligible to return to practice immediately, and presumably he'll be on the field for the Broncos for Sunday's Super Bowl rematch with the Seahawks. Though his lack of practice time over the last two weeks could be detrimental to his production in Week 3, it shouldn't take long for Welker to reestablish a rapport with Peyton Manning. In fact, the time off might have actually been beneficial for Welker, as it ended up giving him nearly a full month to recover from the third concussion he's sustained over the last year.By Rotowire.com
Josh Gordon WR - CLE The NFL has officially announced a chang...
The NFL has officially announced a change to its drug policy Tuesday night, and Gordon's one-year suspension is expected to be formally reduced to 10 games, ESPN's Ed Werder reports.
Impacts: Momentum for a new drug policy had been building for the past couple of weeks, and as anticipated, Gordon's season will not be completely lost. While many of the other players that were under suspension will be immediately reinstated after Tuesday's news, Gordon's status as a repeat offender won't allow him to join the Browns until Nov. 23. In pleading guilty to a DWI charge earlier in the day, Gordon likely shaved an additional two games off his banishment, since drunk driving charges won't be considered retroactive under the new policy. Given his overwhelming numbers over 14 games last season with subpar quarterback play, Gordon is probably worth stashing in most formats until he's eligible to return.By Rotowire.com
Doug Martin RB - TB Martin (knee) was limited in practice Tu...
Martin (knee) was limited in practice Tuesday, the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Impacts: Martin was able to practice with the first-team offense, but his reps were predictably capped, leaving his status murky heading into Thursday's divisional matchup in Atlanta. Even if the Buccaneers deem Martin active in Week 3, Bobby Rainey performed so well this past Sunday (22 rushes for 144 yards and three receptions for 30 yards) that Martin may only see a limited snap count, if he even plays at all.By Rotowire.com
Jon Beason LB - NYG Beason aggravated a foot injury in Sunda...
Beason aggravated a foot injury in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports.
Impacts: It was originally reported that Beason suffered a toe injury in Sunday's game, but the Giants clarified his status Tuesday by announcing that he is dealing with a setback of a previous injury. Further details about Beason's status were unavailable, and he may still need to visit a foot specialist, so consider him questionable for Week 3 at this point.By Rotowire.com
Jerrel Jernigan WR - NYG The Giants placed Jernigan (foot) on inj...
The Giants placed Jernigan (foot) on injured reserve Tuesday, Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports.
Impacts: The nature of Jernigan's injury is uncertain, but it seems likely that it occurred in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. He will not need surgery to repair his "mid-foot sprain," but he is still facing a lengthy recovery timetable, and his season is officially over. Julian Talley was added from the practice squad to take Jernigan's spot on the roster.By Rotowire.com
Mason Foster LB - TB Foster (shoulder) did not practice Tuesd...
Foster (shoulder) did not practice Tuesday, Buccaneers.com reports.
Impacts: Foster dislocated his shoulder Sunday and is expected to miss time because of the injury, making Tuesday's absence from practice not really surprising. With him out, the Buccaneers endure yet another defensive injury and will consequently send in Dane Fletcher at middle linebacker ahead of Thursday's game against the Falcons.By Rotowire.com
Vance McDonald TE - SF McDonald (knee) plans to practice this w...
McDonald (knee) plans to practice this week, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impacts: McDonald suffered a knee injury during Sunday's game, but fortunately testing afterward revealed no structural damage. As a result, McDonald expects to practice this week, which could boost his fantasy stock for Sunday against the Cardinals, especially if fellow tight end Vernon Davis (ankle) misses out due to a more cumbersome injury.By Rotowire.com
Tramaine Brock CB - SF Brock (toe) is not expected to play in S...
Brock (toe) is not expected to play in Sunday's Week 3 game against the Cardinals, ESPN reports.
Impacts: Brock suffered a sprained toe in San Francisco's Week 1 contest that forced him to sit out Sunday's loss to the Bears. With another week of rest apparently on the horizon, Perrish Cox could receive a second consecutive start at cornerback for the 49ers.By Rotowire.com
Chris Conte S - CHI Conte (shoulder) is considered day-to-da...
Conte (shoulder) is considered day-to-day by coach Marc Trestman, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Conte suffered a shoulder injury during Sunday night's game and did not return after picking up the ailment. However, Conte is reportedly just sore, which bodes well for his future availability. With two interceptions in two games, Conte has made some plays in coverage thus far. Expect his status to be updated in advance of next Monday's game against the Jets.By Rotowire.com
Roddy White WR - ATL White (hamstring) is expected by coach M...
White (hamstring) is expected by coach Mike Smith to be able to play Thursday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impacts: White missed practice both Monday and Tuesday while resting his legs, but apparently, he should be ready for Thursday's game against the Buccaneers. While news from coach Smith that White will be available is certainly encouraging, the veteran wideout will probably be less than 100 percent, considering he's currently carrying minor hamstring and knee pains.By Rotowire.com
Michael Johnson DE - TB Johnson (ankle) returned to practice Tue...
Johnson (ankle) returned to practice Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impacts: Johnson missed last Sunday's game with an ankle injury, but could be ready to return this Thursday against the Falcons. Should he do so, Johnson would help a Buccaneers defense already without Adrian Clayborn (biceps), Mason Foster (shoulder), and possibly Gerald McCoy (hand).By Rotowire.com
Lamar Miller RB - MIA Miller (ankle) took part in Tuesday's pr...
Miller (ankle) took part in Tuesday's practice, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Impacts: Miller suffered a minor ankle injury toward the end of Sunday's loss to the Bills, but is practicing Tuesday and doesn't figure to be limited moving forward. If anything, teammate Knowshon Moreno (elbow) being ruled out boosts Miller's fantasy stock significantly as the undisputed No. 1 running back on the Dolphins.By Rotowire.com
Cyrus Gray RB - KC Gray is dealing with a strained foot, wh...
Gray is dealing with a strained foot, which coach Andy Reid deems a minor concern, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impacts: The high-ankle sprain suffered by Jamaal Charles this past Sunday all but assures starting status for Knile Davis for the foreseeable future. Wednesday's injury report should shed light on the severity of Charles' ailment, but in any case, Gray and De'Anthony Thomas (hamstring) could be factors in the ground game behind Davis on Sunday at Miami.By Rotowire.com
De'Anthony Thomas RB - KC Thomas (hamstring) could return to actio...
Thomas (hamstring) could return to action this week, the Kansas City Star reports. "[Thomas] should be able to work himself back in this week," coach Andy Reid said. "We'll just see how he does once we get to Wednesday."
Impacts: Thomas missed his first two potential NFL outings due to a hamstring injury, but his debut now seems imminent if he's able to fit in the requisite practice this week. Meanwhile, Jamaal Charles suffered a high-ankle sprain of undetermined severity in Week 2, thereby placing his immediate availability in question. There are a number of questions to be answered as Week 3 approaches, but Thomas or Cyrus Gray (foot) could be minor factors in the run game behind Knile Davis on Sunday in Miami.By Rotowire.com
Koa Misi LB - MIA Misi (ankle) is not practicing Tuesday,...
Misi (ankle) is not practicing Tuesday, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Impacts: Misi suffered an ankle injury in Week 1 that ruled him out for last weekend's game against the Bills. Although Misi is expected to be available for Sunday's Week 3 contest, Jason Trusnik filled in admirably versus Buffalo, recording 10 tackles (five solo) to rank second on the Dolphins in that category.By Rotowire.com
Marshawn Lynch RB - SEA Lynch is dealing with an "ongoing&q...
Lynch is dealing with an "ongoing" back concern which will be watched closely this week, Liz Mathews of ESPN 710 Seattle reports.
Impacts: Lynch was beset by a back concern almost weekly during the 2012 season, yet he didn't miss a game en route to a career-high 1,590 yards on the ground. Meanwhile, the issue may explain his non-typical usage in Week 2, when he garnered just six carries and four receptions. Expect his status to be clarified by the release of Wednesday's injury report, but note that his last absence - in 2011 - occurred when he awoke with back spasms on game day.By Rotowire.com
Vernon Davis TE - SF Davis' MRI on Monday revealed only a dee...
Davis' MRI on Monday revealed only a deep bruise and no structural damage to his left ankle, making it possible that he will play Sunday against the Cardinals, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impacts: Davis appears to have eluded a significant ankle injury, which could allow him to avoid missing any games. The tight end left Sunday night's game after getting his foot caught under an opponent and did not return following the incident. While Davis was seen using crutches after the game, he fortunately is only dealing with a bone bruise. At the moment, it's unclear if he will practice this week, making his status one to monitor.By Rotowire.com
Lance Moore WR - PIT Moore (groin) was a full participant at...
Moore (groin) was a full participant at Tuesday's practice, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impacts: Moore missed the Steelers' first two games due to a groin issue, but appears to be on track to make his team debut Sunday night versus the Panthers. Barring a setback, Moore could return to Pittsburgh's lineup as the team's No. 3 receiver, a position Justin Brown has occupied to date.By Rotowire.com
Gerald McCoy DT - TB McCoy (hand) will not know until Thursda...
McCoy (hand) will not know until Thursday morning whether he'll be able to play in that night's game against the Falcons.
Impacts: McCoy suffered a broken hand over the weekend, which makes him returning on a short week of rest fairly unlikely. While the All-Pro defensive tackle has stated he'll do his best to be ready to play, that's certainly not unusual for a player to say in advance of a game. Expect McCoy's status to be updated ahead of Thursday night's kickoff, but don't be surprised if Da'Quan Bowers (abdomen) starts in his stead.By Rotowire.com
Josh Gordon WR - CLE Gordon (suspension) pled guilty to DWI i...
Gordon (suspension) pled guilty to DWI in North Carolina on Tuesday, CBS Sports reports.
Impacts: Gordon received 12 months of unsupervised probation and will be required to pay court costs and a fine for his July arrest. Currently suspended for the entire 2014 season, Gordon is believed to be destined to have his punishment reduced to 10 games, pending a final agreement on a new NFL drug-testing policy. Furthermore, since Gordon entered his plea on Tuesday, he won't be subject to the new policy's expected two-game suspension for conviction of DWI, since that policy is not anticipated to be retroactive. So while Gordon remains suspended, a change in his future availability should hinge on the new drug-testing policy being finished.By Rotowire.com
DeAngelo Williams RB - CAR Williams (thigh) is expected to practice...
Williams (thigh) is expected to practice Wednesday and be ready for Sunday night's game against the Steelers, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Williams missed Carolina's Week 2 game due to a thigh issue, but should be fit to participate in practice this week. If all goes as expected, Williams has a favorable chance of playing Sunday versus a Pittsburgh defense that has allowed a league-high five yards per rush through two games thus far.By Rotowire.com
Roddy White WR - ATL White (hamstring) is not participating i...
White (hamstring) is not participating in Tuesday's practice, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports.
Impacts: White also sat out Monday's practice, which raises concerns over his status for Week 3, considering the quick turnaround before Thursday's divisional contest versus the Buccaneers. He carried a slight knee ailment into last weekend's loss, recording five catches for 42 yards against the Bengals. Now, he's nursing a fresh hamstring issue that apparently requires rest. With the game quickly approaching, it would be wise to monitor White's status before kickoff.By Rotowire.com
Johnathan Cyprien S - JAC Cyprien is still going through the NFL's...
Cyprien is still going through the NFL's concussion program, the Florida Times-Union reports.
Impacts: Cyprien suffered a concussion in Jacksonville's opener and subsequently missed the Week 2 outing against the Redskins. Josh Evans impressed as the starter against Washington, recording a team-high 14 tackles (eight solo). Nonetheless, the Jaguars' secondary will certainly welcome Cyprien back whenever he clears the league's concussion protocol.By Rotowire.com
Robert Griffin QB - WAS Griffin did not break any bones when he...
Griffin did not break any bones when he dislocated his left ankle Sunday and is expected to avoid surgery, the Washington Post reports.
Impacts: Per coach Jay Gruden, there's still no exact timetable for Griffin's return, but there is some optimism that the QB could be healthy before the end of the season. "We'll know in a few more weeks as far as how long he will be out," Gruden noted Monday. "We're going to send his results of the MRI off to Dr. [Robert] Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist, and get it casted up and we'll just go from there." Moreover, Gruden added that Griffin will definitely not be placed on IR by the team. In the meantime, Kirk Cousins will start at quarterback for Washington, backed up by Colt McCoy.By Rotowire.com
Anthony Spencer DE - DAL Spencer (knee) could return to practice...
Spencer (knee) could return to practice on a limited basis this week, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impacts: Given that it's been a year since he saw any game action, a Week 3 return to the lineup seems overly optimistic, but Spencer is inching closer to getting back on the field.By Rotowire.com
Ahmad Bradshaw RB - IND Bradshaw had five receptions for 26 yard...
Bradshaw had five receptions for 26 yards and two touchdowns, adding 13 carries for 70 yards, in Monday's 30-27 loss to the Eagles.
Impacts: The encouraging performance comes on the heels of Colts coach Chuck Pagano admitting that Bradshaw and Trent Richardson will split snaps based on game flow. Bradshaw proceeded to outplay his counterpart for a second straight week, though Richardson played above the incredibly low bar that he's set, taking 21 carries for 79 yard, albeit with a fumble. Bradshaw is the better player, and while it's fair to consider him injury prone, he looks both healthy and explosive through two games. According to Pro Football Focus' Nathan Jahnke, Bradshaw took 46 snaps in Monday's game, compared to 31 for Richardson. Though the game situation was quite different from last week's, the snap split was almost exactly the same. Bradshaw is the more valuable fantasy commodity, even though Richardson had 21 carries Monday.By Rotowire.com
Adrian Peterson RB - MIN Peterson was accused of injuring another...
Peterson was accused of injuring another of his children in a disciplinary incident in June 2013, but Peterson's lawyer says authorities took no action and the allegation isn't true, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The Vikings acknowledged in a statement they knew of the incident before deciding to reinstate him to the team this week.
Impacts: The report of another disciplinary incident surfaced after the Vikings decided earlier Monday to reinstate him to the team. While the report of additional allegations of abuse, this time to a four-year old child by a different mother, won't help Peterson's public image, it appears at this point it won't have an impact on Minnesota's decision to allow him to play this week. Peterson was indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child in Montgomery County, Texas on Saturday and was deactivated from Sunday's game. The Vikings decided Monday morning to allow Peterson to participate in this week's practices and he is expected to play this Sunday in New Orleans. Peterson has an Oct. 8 hearing for his court case and a trial won't be scheduled for several months. It's possible that he could still face a suspension from the NFL before his legal proceedings are resolved.By Rotowire.com
Darren Sproles RB - PHI Sproles sparked the Philadelphia offense...
Sproles sparked the Philadelphia offense in Monday's 30-27 win over the Colts, piling up 152 receiving yards on seven receptions, with another 26 yards and a touchdown on four carries.
Impacts: The Eagles have to be loving the early returns from Sproles, who looks like he'll be a strong fantasy option without taking away much of LeSean McCoy's value. Though he's 31 years old, Sproles looks as quick and elusive as ever, and he's still an expert at setting up his own blocks. Monday's performance was among the best of his career, as he broke most of the would-be tackles that he wasn't able to avoid altogether. He has 13 targets and 15 carries through two games, while McCoy has 11 targets and 41 carries. The Eagles are making sure to get both running backs the ball, and it helps that the team runs more plays per game than the average team.By Rotowire.com
Ben Tate RB - CLE Coach Mike Pettine acknowledged that Tat...
Coach Mike Pettine acknowledged that Tate probably won't be back for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impacts: Assuming he sits Sunday, with the Browns on bye in Week 4, Tate could possibly return in time for the team's Week 5 contest against the Titans. Meanwhile, Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell appear on track to handle the team's Week 3 rushing duties.By Rotowire.com
Vernon Davis TE - SF Davis is slated to undergo an MRI on his...
Davis is slated to undergo an MRI on his left ankle, Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Impacts: Davis' Week 3 status is uncertain at this stage, especially given that he was spotted on crutches after Sunday's loss to the Bears. With No. 2 TE Vance McDonald dealing with a right knee injury, Derek Carrier currently slots in as the team's healthiest option at the position.By Rotowire.com
Andre Ellington RB - ARZ Ellington still has pain in his left foo...
Ellington still has pain in his left foot, but coach Bruce Arians is hopeful that the running back will be able to practice Thursday and Friday, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
Impacts: Ellington once again played through discomfort in his left foot Sunday, when he totaled 91 yards on 15 carries against the Giants. The running back was held out of practice last week, before being a limited participant Friday, and could be on a similar schedule this week. Coach Bruce Arians has already acknowledged that Ellington won't practice Wednesday, so his involvement later in the week should be most worthwhile to monitor. Nonetheless, the Cardinals' recent management of Ellington's ailment leaves little reason to suggest he'll miss any game action. As such, it wouldn't be surprising if he suited up Sunday versus the 49ers, before enjoying a Week 4 bye to gain further rest.By Rotowire.com
John Abraham LB - ARZ Abraham will return to the Cardinals on...
Abraham will return to the Cardinals on Tuesday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Abraham took a leave from the Cardinals last week after enduring another concussion, which reportedly coincides with the 15-year veteran already suffering from memory loss, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Nonetheless, Abraham has apparently decided to rejoin Arizona on Tuesday, when he's anticipated to get cleared to play following his most recent concussion, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports. Should that happen, Abraham would be in contention to play this Sunday against the 49ers.By Rotowire.com
Jerrel Jernigan WR - NYG Jernigan is being evaluated for a mid-fo...
Jernigan is being evaluated for a mid-foot sprain, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano.
Impacts: Jernigan, who caught two passes for 15 yards on two targets Sunday against the Cardinals, thus looks iffy, at best, for Week 3's contest against the Texans.By Rotowire.com
DeAngelo Williams RB - CAR Williams (thigh) is making progress in h...
Williams (thigh) is making progress in his return from the injury that prevented him from playing Sunday against the Lions.
Impacts: Williams missed Sunday's game, as well as practice last Thursday and Friday, while dealing with a thigh concern. The Panthers' running back worked out Monday and will be evaluated as the week unfolds. Given that situation, Wednesday's injury report should offer the first glimpse toward Williams' availability for Week 3 against the Steelers.By Rotowire.com
Tavon Austin WR - STL Austin (knee) has been diagnosed with a...
Austin (knee) has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and is expected to be sidelined for roughly two weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
Impacts: Austin twisted his knee during the first quarter of Sunday's game and didn't return following the incident. With Monday's MRI revealing a sprained MCL, he figures to be out a couple weeks. However, considering the Rams' Week 4 bye, owners may fortunately only be without Austin for next week's game versus the Cowboys. Nonetheless, while Austin is sidelined, Austin Pettis should move up St. Louis' depth chart at wide receiver.By Rotowire.com
Eric Berry S - KC Berry suffered a sprained ankle during S...
Berry suffered a sprained ankle during Sunday's game, Lindsay Jones of USA Today reports.
Impacts: Berry was forced out of Sunday's contest during the second quarter and didn't return after spraining his right ankle. It's worth noting that he's previously dealt with right heel tendinitis, so another ailment around his right foot is hardly ideal. Expect Berry's status to be updated throughout the week in advance of the Chiefs' Week 3 game against the Dolphins.By Rotowire.com
Jamaal Charles RB - KC Charles suffered a high ankle sprain Sun...
Charles suffered a high ankle sprain Sunday, according to Chiefs' coach Andy Reid, Lindsey Jones of USA Today reports.
Impacts: Charles' sprain was initially thought to be mild, but Reid disclosing his star running back actually sustained a high ankle sprain is certainly of concern. The variety of sprain typically forces players to miss time, putting Charles' Week 3 status moving forward in question. While a timetable for his return has not yet been outlined, it appears as though Knile Davis could be in line for an extended role in the Chiefs' offense Sunday against the Dolphins.By Rotowire.com
Marcedes Lewis TE - JAC Lewis (ankle) will be out for 6-to-8 wee...
Lewis (ankle) will be out for 6-to-8 weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain Sunday.
Impacts: Lewis ran free for a 63-yard touchdown before leaving Sunday's game with the dreaded sprain. As a result, the Jaguars' No. 1 tight end will now miss significant time, opening an opportunity for Clay Harbor to see extended snaps, provided he overcomes a current calf issue. Other than Harbor, Mickey Shuler is the only remaining tight end on Jacksonville's roster.By Rotowire.com