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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
Matt Hasselbeck QB - IND Hasselbeck has been confirmed as the sta...
Hasselbeck has been confirmed as the starting quarterback Sunday against Jacksonville with Andrew Luck inactive with a shoulder injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impacts: Luck reportedly has no structural damage in his shoulder, but the Colts are making him inactive to take no chances. It's a promising matchup for Hasselbeck, who took first-team snaps during practice this week, as the Jaguars come in allowing the seventh-most passing yards per game this season.By Rotowire.com
Doug Martin RB - TB Martin (knee) is listed as active Sunday...
Martin (knee) is listed as active Sunday versus the Panthers, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Impacts: Brushing off a nick to his knee suffered in Wednesday's practice, Martin will get the nod in the backfield, per usual, but may find the going tough against a Carolina defense that has conceded just 3.1 YPC and two total touchdowns to running backs this season.By Rotowire.com
Jay Cutler QB - CHI Cutler (hamstring) is active and will st...
Cutler (hamstring) is active and will start Sunday's game against the Raiders, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impacts: Cutler has been limited in practices all week, but he made a serious push to get back on the field Sunday and appears to have received the go-ahead from the Bears' training staff to play. While Cutler is still likely feeling some effects of the injury, a less-than-fully-healthy version of himself represents a better alternative at quarterback than Jimmy Clausen, who threw for just 63 yards in last week's 26-0 loss to the Seahawks. The matchup against the Raiders is favorable on the surface for Cutler, but with his left tackle in Jermon Bushrod (concussion) and top receiver in Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) sidelined for this week, he could have a difficult time keeping the offense productive.By Rotowire.com
DeMarco Murray RB - PHI Murray (hamstring) is active Sunday agai...
Murray (hamstring) is active Sunday against Washington, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Impacts: Murray was listed as questionable to play despite practicing fully Thursday and Friday. He was unable to play last week due to the ailment, and with Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles both playing well in Murray's absence, it's possible the latter could get limited touches Sunday against a strong Redskins defense.By Rotowire.com
Andrew Luck QB - IND Luck (shoulder) will not play Sunday aga...
Luck (shoulder) will not play Sunday against the Jaguars, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Impacts: Luck had a throwing session Saturday and apparently has no structural damage in his shoulder, but he isn't strong enough to go Sunday. Matt Hasselbeck will get the start in Luck's place against a Jaguars defense that is allowing the seventh-most passing yards per game through three weeks this season.By Rotowire.com
DeMarco Murray RB - PHI Murray is expected to be active Sunday a...
Murray is expected to be active Sunday against Washington, though he will test out his hamstring during pre-game warmups before a decision is made, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network.
Impacts: Murray was able to practice fully Thursday and Friday, so it was a bit surprising that he was officially listed as questionable. Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles both played very well against the Jets last Sunday, so even if Murray plays, he could lose snaps to the other two backs. Washington has also been excellent against the run, allowing just 75 rushing yards per game through three weeks, another knock on Murray's fantasy upside Sunday.By Rotowire.com
Alshon Jeffery WR - CHI Jeffery (hamstring) will not play Sunday...
Jeffery (hamstring) will not play Sunday against the Raiders, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Impacts: Jeffery is officially listed as questionable after being unable to fully practice this week. Quarterback Jay Cutler will apparently be a game-time decision, though he's unlikely to get cleared. Marquess Wilson and Eddie Royal will start out wide Sunday, though tight end Martellus Bennett is likely the biggest beneficiary from a target standpoint.By Rotowire.com
Eric Decker WR - NYJ Decker (knee) is active Sunday against t...
Decker (knee) is active Sunday against the Dolphins.
Impacts: Decker was limited in practice Thursday and Friday and was considered a game-time decision, but apparently his knee is holding up well enough to give it a go. The Jets have a bye in Week 5, giving Decker extra time to heal if he has to play through any pain. He was very solid before suffering the injury, and if he's really healthy enough to play, he could see a decent number of targets.By Rotowire.com
Chris Ivory RB - NYJ Ivory (quad) is active Sunday against th...
Ivory (quad) is active Sunday against the Dolphins.
Impacts: Ivory was active for last week's game against the Eagles as well, but he never took the field. However, he's a "full go," according to head coach Todd Bowles, and Ivory is fully expected to get a majority of the backfield touches Sunday, though Bilal Powell has played well enough to keep getting a few of his own.By Rotowire.com
Andrew Luck QB - IND Luck has no structural damage is his sho...
Luck has no structural damage is his shoulder and could play Sunday against the Jaguars, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Impacts: Luck had a throwing session with the coaching staff Saturday to see if he could play with the issue, and he apparently was good enough to almost get the green light for Sunday's game. He'll be a game-time decision based on how he does in pregame warmups, but it looks promising that he'll play.By Rotowire.com
Steve Smith WR - BAL Smith (back) has been ruled out for Week...
Smith (back) has been ruled out for Week 5's game against the Browns, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports.
Impacts: After conflicting reports surfaced earlier on Saturday regarding the severity and type of injury the 36-year-old was suffering from, his status for Week 5 was already dicey at best. Marlon Brown, Kamar Aiken and the newly-acquired Chris Givens will be in line for the majority of the targets with Smith, Michael Campanaro (back) and Breshard Perriman (knee) all out with an assortment of injuries.By Rotowire.com
Brandon Pettigrew TE - DET Pettigrew (hamstring) has been ruled out...
Pettigrew (hamstring) has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Seahawks, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Impacts: Although he was able to do some running off to the side of Friday's practice, Pettigrew will have to wait at least another week to make his return to game action. Eric Ebron will continue to play the majority of offensive snaps as a pass-catcher and in-line blocker in Pettigrew's absence.By Rotowire.com
Joique Bell RB - DET Bell (ankle) has been ruled out of Monda...
Bell (ankle) has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Seahawks, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Impacts: Bell has been incredibly underwhelming thus far this season, averaging just 2.5 yards per touch and 1.1 yard per rush through three games. Rookie Ameer Abdullah and third-down back Theo Riddick should receive additional touches against a tough Seahawks rush defense Monday in Bell's absence.By Rotowire.com
Davante Adams WR - GB Adams (ankle) has been downgraded to dou...
Adams (ankle) has been downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game against the 49ers.
Impacts: This was kind of anticipated considering Adams didn't practice all week, however the 22-year-old wide receiver was hopeful he could suit up come game time. While his status for Sunday's game hasn't been decided yet, it's certainly looking less likely that he will play. Ty Montgomery will likely fill in as the No. 3 receiver should Adams miss any time.By Rotowire.com
Josh Scobee K - PIT Scobee has lost his job as the Steelers'...
Scobee has lost his job as the Steelers' kicker, Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith reports.
Impacts: He missed two field goals in the fourth quarter Thursday and is 3-for-7 on field goals beyond 40 yards this year, so it is not surprising that the Steelers are making a change. Chris Boswell will sign with the team Saturday to become the new kicker.By Rotowire.com
Steve Smith WR - BAL According to NFL Media insider, Ian Rapo...
According to NFL Media insider, Ian Rapoport, veteran WR Steve Smith broke four ribs in Thursday's game. There's no clear timetable for any length of absence, at the moment.
Impacts: Without Steve Smith in the fold, the Ravens passing game is an abject disaster. Second-year slot receiver Michael Campanaro was also placed on IR, Breshad Perriman is no closer to returning and Crockett Gillmore missed last week with an injury. An already weak group of pass catchers continues to take hits. Baltimore traded for forgotten Rams speedster Chris Givens in response to this news, but he hasnât made fantasy noise since his 2012 rookie season. Weâll monitor the progress of Smith, and keep an eye on Givens, who could fit well with Joe Flaccoâs propensity to throw deep.
Steve Smith WR - BAL The Ravens consider Smith week-to-week...
The Ravens consider Smith week-to-week with a back injury.
Impacts: While the Ravens did not go into the specifics of the wideout's back issue, per the team's statement, Smith will not require surgery. The week-to-week time-frame presented by the team suggests that Smith is probably in line to miss some time, though such an outcome has not been confirmed at this stage. To bolster a wideout corps in which Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown represent the team's top healthy options, the Ravens acquired Chris Givens in a trade with the Rams on Saturday.By Rotowire.com
LeSean McCoy RB - BUF McCoy, already ruled out for Sunday's ga...
McCoy, already ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants, says he won't play again until his injured hamstring is at full health, the Associated Press reports. "One thing I just promised myself is I can't go out there if I'm not 100 percent," McCoy said. "Whatever it is, I'm rushing to get back, but I'm not playing until I'm 100 percent."
Impacts: We'll see if one week off does the trick, but McCoy suffered a setback leading into the Week 3 game in Miami, and so far there's been no indication he's made marked improvement.By Rotowire.com
Steve Smith WR - BAL Smith has four broken bones in his back,...
Smith has four broken bones in his back, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impacts: Smith is currently considered day-to-day with the injury, as it may be an ailment the veteran wideout can play through, depending on his pain tolerance. Smith is undoubtedly one of the toughest players in the NFL, but at 36 years old he may find it difficult to suit up while dealing with such a highly painful injury. Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown, and new addition Chris Givens are all in line to receive additional targets if Smith is forced to miss any time.By Rotowire.com
Chris Givens WR - STL Givens was traded to the Ravens on Satur...
Givens was traded to the Ravens on Saturday for a conditional draft pick.
Impacts: Givens clearly wasn't going to see much production with the Rams considering he saw only a single target in the first three games of the season, so his outlook should be much better in Baltimore. With Steve Smith dealing with a back injury, Michael Campanaro (back) out for the season, and first-round draft pick Breshad Perriman (knee) needing surgery, Givens will compete with Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown for targets from Joe Flacco.By Rotowire.com
Michael Campanaro WR - BAL Campanaro (back) was placed on injured r...
Campanaro (back) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
Impacts: Campanaro's initial prognosis was that he was week-to-week with a herniated disc, so the Ravens either opted for surgery or wanted to conceal yet another blow to an already shallow group of receivers while they negotiated a trade for Chris Givens. With Campanaro out, Steve Smith still nursing a back injury, and first-round draft pick Breshad Perriman (knee) requiring surgery, it looks like Givens, Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown could see a decent share of Joe Flacco's receiver targets in the near future.By Rotowire.com
Marshawn Lynch RB - SEA Lynch (hamstring) did not practice Frida...
Lynch (hamstring) did not practice Friday.
Impacts: Lynch has yet to practice this week, and he's seemingly headed for a game-time decision Monday against the Lions. If he can't play, the Seattle backfield will be led by Thomas Rawls and Fred Jackson, with the former likely getting most of the carries and the latter most of the passing-down work.By Rotowire.com
Todd Gurley RB - STL Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said he expe...
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said he expects Gurley to take on a larger workload in Sunday's game against the Cardinals, USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports. "I think [Gurley] played 14 snaps [in Week 3]," Fisher said Friday. "I would expect him to play a lot more this week."
Impacts: Gurley worked in tandem with Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham in last week's loss to the Steelers, gaining just nine yards on six carries and five yard on one reception. Though he'll likely continue to split snaps with his teammates, Gurley's workload should increase as the season moves on, starting with Sunday's tough matchup in Arizona. It probably won't be long before Gurley emerges as the clear lead back, but his upside may be capped by the shaky offense around him.By Rotowire.com
Vernon Davis TE - SF Davis is listed as doubtful for Sunday's...
Davis is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Packers, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports.
Impacts: Davis was expected to return to practice Friday, but the 49ers listed him as a non-participant for the third consecutive day. He probably felt discomfort in his knee while preparing for practice, and he now has little chance to play in Sunday's game. The 49ers are left with Vance McDonald (knee), Garrett Celek and Blake Bell at tight end, with no clear leader among the bunch.By Rotowire.com
Davante Adams WR - GB Adams (ankle) is listed as questionable...
Adams (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in San Francisco, but the designation may be ambitious, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.
Impacts: Adams aggravated his ankle injury during Monday's win over the Chiefs, then missed the entire week of practice. Though technically questionable, he's not a good bet to play, leaving Ty Montgomery as the likely No. 3 wide receiver. It's still worth keeping an eye on Adams' status, as he did say that his absence from practice was largely a preventative measure. Of course, given what happened Monday, it'll be hard to use him with confidence, even if he does suit up.By Rotowire.com
Drew Brees QB - NO Brees (shoulder) is listed as probable f...
Brees (shoulder) is listed as probable for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys, ESPN's reports.
Impacts: Bres was limited in practice all week, but both he and head coach Sean Payton have essentially said that the quarterback will play. Although he's likely still dealing with some pain and may not have his usual arm strength, Brees should enjoy his matchup with a Dallas defense that was pummeled by the Falcons last week. To be fair, the Dallas defense was previously off to a nice start, and the New Orleans offense has thus far been mediocre. With the Saints not playing until Sunday night, a surprise Brees absence could be a rough blow to owners, as unlikely as it may be.By Rotowire.com
Chris Johnson RB - ARZ Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said J...
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Johnson will start Sunday's game against the Rams, regardless of Andre Ellington's (knee) availability, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impacts: Andre Ellington (knee) will likely be limited to passing-down work for the most part, if he's even active for the game. Johnson thus figures to lead the Arizona backfield for a third straight week, but his Sunday matchup is much tougher than the last two. Johnson may stay ahead of Ellington even beyond Week 4, so the Arizona backfield once again bears close watching.By Rotowire.com
Andre Ellington RB - ARZ Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said E...
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Ellington (knee) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Rams, but Arians also said that Chris Johnson will get the start, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impacts: If he plays, Ellington will likely serve in a complementary role, with most of his work presumably coming on passing downs. Between his limited role and his team's 4:25 PM ET kickoff, Ellington is a tough sell for Week 4, even in very deep leagues. The larger issue for most owners is determining what Ellington's role will look like for the rest of the season. Unfortunately, there's no reason to expect an answer anytime soon.By Rotowire.com
Charles Johnson WR - MIN Johnson (ribs) is listed as out for Sund...
Johnson (ribs) is listed as out for Sunday's game at Denver, ESPN reports.
Impacts: With Johnson out and Jarius Wright questionable with a hand injury, the Vikings may need to use Cordarrelle Patterson, Stefon Diggs and Adam Theilen in larger roles. Johnson's injury adds to a disappointing start to the season as he has just six receptions for 46 yards in three games.By Rotowire.com
DeMarco Murray RB - PHI Murray is listed as questionable for Sun...
Murray is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Washington.
Impacts: Despite logging full practices Thursday and Friday, Murray didn't earn the probable designation. He still seems more likely to play than not, but owners will want to keep a close eye on the situation, after Murray was surprisingly inactive in Week 3. If Murray misses another game, Ryan Mathews will get most of the carries, with Darren Sproles potentially also taking on a significantly larger role.By Rotowire.com
Doug Martin RB - TB Martin (knee) is listed as questionable...
Martin (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers.
Impacts: Not listed on the Wednesday injury report, Martin missed Thursday's practice, then returned to a limited session Friday. Despite the missed practice time and his 'questionable' designation, Martin is unconcerned by the injury, saying that it's nothing more than a minor nick. Although he should be fine to lead the Tampa Bay backfield Sunday, Martin's owners will still want to check back before the 1 PM ET kickoff. As for the matchup, Carolina's defense may have a well-earned reputation, but its not nearly as fearsome in the absence of LB Luke Kuechly (concussion) and DE Charles Johnson (hamstring).By Rotowire.com
Vernon Davis TE - SF Davis (knee) will return to practice Fri...
Davis (knee) will return to practice Friday, with his availability for Sunday's game depending on how the practice goes, ESPN's Paul Gutierrez reports.
Impacts: Davis missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but his injury isn't thought to be serious. He no longer inspires confidence in owners when fully healthy, so even if he plays, he'll be a tough sell for Sunday's game.By Rotowire.com
Drew Brees QB - NO Saints head coach Sean Payton said Frida...
Saints head coach Sean Payton said Friday afternoon that he plans to start Brees on Sunday against the Cowboys, NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports.
Impacts: Brees expressed similar confidence Thursday, saying that nothing could keep him off the field for Sunday's game. His bruised rotator cuff is presumably still a bit sore, and he may not have his typical arm strength, but it sounds like he'll at least give it a go. Brees was a limited practice participant both Wednesday and Thursday, and his official status for Sunday should be available shortly.By Rotowire.com
Jacob Tamme TE - ATL Tamme (concussion) has been ruled out fo...
Tamme (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Texans, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impacts: Levine Toilolo will likely step in as the primary tight end in an offense that mostly ignores the position. Tamme has eight catches and 11 targets in three games, after Toilolo caught just 31 passes on 54 targets as a 16-game starter last year.By Rotowire.com
Tevin Coleman RB - ATL Coleman (ribs) has been ruled out for Su...
Coleman (ribs) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Texans, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impacts: Coleman resumed running during the week, but Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said the running back still isn't ready to play in a game. Devonta Freeman thus figures to play a huge number of snaps for the second straight week, with undrafted rookie Terron Ward serving as the top backup. Coleman will try to make it back for Week 5 against the Redskins.By Rotowire.com
Eric Decker WR - NYJ Coach Todd Bowles indicated Friday that...
Coach Todd Bowles indicated Friday that Decker (knee) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Dolphins in London, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: After being limited in practice both Thursday and Friday, Decker is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's contest, which kicks off at 9:30 AM ET. "He looked better today," Bowles noted Friday. "I'd like to see a little bit more. Hopefully, with another day's rest, he'll work out good on Sunday." Of course, if there is any doubt on that front on Sunday, the Jets could elect to play it safe with the wideout, with the team's bye looming in Week 5.By Rotowire.com
Luke Kuechly LB - CAR Kuechly (concussion) has been ruled out...
Kuechly (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay.
Impacts: Kuechly will miss a third straight game, but he has a good chance to return after the Panthers' Week 5 bye. That being said, recovery from concussions is tough to predict, so the star linebacker's Week 6 availability shouldn't be taken for granted.By Rotowire.com
Jonathan Stewart RB - CAR Stewart (leg) is listed as probable for...
Stewart (leg) is listed as probable for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay.
Impacts: After missing practice Wednesday and Thursday, Stewart returned as a full participant for Friday's session. He should be fine to lead the Carolina backfield, but his upside is limited by his lack of contribution in the passing game, not to mention the ample competition for goal-line carries that comes from QB Cam Newton and FB Mike Tolbert (probable-groin).By Rotowire.com
Alshon Jeffery WR - CHI The Bears list Jeffery (hamstring) as q...
The Bears list Jeffery (hamstring) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Impacts: Previous reports suggested that Jeffery wasn't likely to play in the contest, but at this stage the Bears have not ruled out either the wideout -- or QB Jay Cutler, for that matter -- for Sunday's game. Fortunately for those holding out the hope that Jeffery could possibly suit up this weekend, the Bears kick off at 1:00 ET on Sunday.By Rotowire.com