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Da'Quan Bowers DE - TB Bowers has been suspended two games for...
Bowers has been suspended two games for violating the league's performance enhancing drug policy.
Impacts: Bowers has been limited to just six tackles and one sack through five games this season. However, as a reserve defensive lineman, Bowers' absence won't impact the Buccaneers' starting lineup.By Rotowire.com
Ray Rice RB - Rice's appeal hearing of his indefinite...
Rice's appeal hearing of his indefinite suspension from the NFL will be heard Nov. 5 and 6, ESPN reports.
Impacts: The NFLPA is appealing Rice's suspension for violating the league's personal-conduct policy following his involvement in a domestic abuse incident with his then-fiancee. If Rice's appeal is approved, he could be eligible to sign with a team and potentially return this season.By Rotowire.com
Luke Kuechly LB - CAR Head coach Ron Rivera said he received w...
Head coach Ron Rivera said he received word from the NFL that Kuechly should not have been ejected from last Sunday's game against the Packers for inadvertent contact with an official, and he will not be fined, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Kuechly was tossed with 1:39 left in the third quarter after pushing away a referee who was holding him back from a scuffle. It appeared pretty clearly that Kuechly thought it was another player and was trying to get his arm away, but he was ejected nonetheless. Kuechly should be available for this Sunday's game against the Seahawks.By Rotowire.com
C.J. Spiller RB - BUF Spiller (collarbone) was placed on the B...
Spiller (collarbone) was placed on the Bills' injured reserve/designated to return list Tuesday.
Impacts: Spiller underwent surgery Monday for a broken clavicle that could keep him out until next season. However, given his placement on the designated to return list Tuesday, health permitting, Spiller will be eligible to return in Week 16. With Fred Jackson (groin) also injured for the coming weeks, a combination of Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown is expected to fuel the Bills' running game, and Phillip Tanner was brought in Tuesday to add another backfield option as well.By Rotowire.com
Phillip Tanner RB - BUF Tanner will sign with the Bills, USA Tod...
Tanner will sign with the Bills, USA Today reports.
Impacts: Tanner joins Buffalo amid injuries that will keep running backs Fred Jackson (groin) and C.J. Spiller (collarbone) sidelined. While Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown are expected to see most of the Bills' backfield work, Tanner will provide depth at the position. The running back spent the previous three seasons with the Cowboys.By Rotowire.com
Darren Sproles RB - PHI Sproles (knee) returned to practice Tues...
Sproles (knee) returned to practice Tuesday.
Impacts: Sproles suffered a slight MCL tear heading into the Eagles' bye week, which apparently offered him ample treatment time to begin practice this week. While Tuesday's sessions are typically on the lighter side, it will still be interesting to monitor Sproles' participation level throughout the week. In any event, it's certainly encouraging to hear of Sproles being back on the field in advance of Sunday's game versus the Cardinals.By Rotowire.com
Aldon Smith LB - SF Smith's current suspension could be redu...
Smith's current suspension could be reduced by a game or two based on the good behavior he's exhibited since agreeing to the punishment, NFL.com reports.
Impacts: Smith's union-league negotiated settlement reportedly included an agreement that his original nine-game suspension could be shortened if Smith displayed good behavior during his punishment. If Smith's behavior indeed results in an early return, he could be available after the 49ers' current bye week. At the moment, it's unclear if the league will allow Smith early reinstatement from his personal conduct and substance abuse violations, so until further notice, the dynamic outside linebacker remains sidelined until Week 11.By Rotowire.com
Reggie Wayne WR - IND Wayne could miss a game or two due to th...
Wayne could miss a game or two due to the elbow injury he suffered in Sunday's game versus the Bengals, Mike Chappell of RTV6 Indianapolis reports.
Impacts: Wayne underwent an MRI on his injured elbow Monday and although those results have not been released yet, the veteran's ailment is not considered serious. Nonetheless, reports suggest Wayne may be sidelined for a game or two because of his banged-up elbow. After falling on his left arm during the first quarter of Sunday's game, Wayne went on to finish with just four catches for 15 yards and two dropped passes. Should Wayne indeed miss some time, Hakeem Nicks and rookie Donte Moncrief figure to fill expanded roles alongside explosive receiver T.Y. Hilton in the Colts' offense.By Rotowire.com
Reggie Bush RB - DET Bush (ankle) expects to play in Sunday's...
Bush (ankle) expects to play in Sunday's game against the Falcons, MLive.com reports.
Impacts: While Bush acknowledged that he was rolled up a few times and injured in the Week 7 win over the Saints, he said that he's fine and that he has not been 100 percent since high school. Nevertheless, the Lions should offer up more regarding their plans for Bush depending on his levels of participation in practice throughout the week.By Rotowire.com
Calvin Johnson WR - DET Johnson (ankle) doesn't know if he'll pl...
Johnson (ankle) doesn't know if he'll play in Week 8, but he acknowledged that he's feeling better, the Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News reports.
Impacts: At the end of last week, Johnson was able to participate in some field drills. Still, the Lions are undoubtedly considering the benefits of resting Johnson again Sunday with the extra time off afforded to them with a Week 9 bye around the corner.By Rotowire.com
Brian Hoyer QB - CLE During his press conference Monday, Brow...
During his press conference Monday, Browns coach Mike Pettine confirmed Hoyer as the team's starter for Week 8 against the Raiders, the Akron Beacon-Journal reports.
Impacts: A dismal showing against Jacksonville on Sunday opened up speculation that the Browns might consider making a switch to rookie Johnny Manziel, but Pettine's comments have shut that door for now. In addition to Hoyer's struggles, the Browns were unable to run the ball, perhaps in large part because it was their first game without Pro Bowl center Alex Mack (broken fibula). If Hoyer were to struggle again Sunday in a favorable home matchup against Oakland, it's reasonable to think that the coaches might be tempted to make a change at quarterback as soon as Week 9.By Rotowire.com
Pierre Thomas RB - NO Thomas (shoulder) will miss two or three...
Thomas (shoulder) will miss two or three weeks after he left Sunday's game with an injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impacts: With the return of Mark Ingram (hand) in Week 7, the workload distribution in the Saints' backfield was altered, but Thomas' role as a change-of-pace option (six carries, 13 yards) and pass-catcher (four receptions, 17 yards) looked to be safe in a complementary role to Mark Ingram (10 carries) and Khiry Robinson (three).By Rotowire.com
Martavis Bryant WR - PIT Making his NFL debut, Bryant caught two...
Making his NFL debut, Bryant caught two passes for 40 yards and a touchdown on five targets in Monday's 30-23 win over the Texans.
Impacts: The first catch of Bryant's career went for a 35-yard touchdown, and while he didn't do much the rest of the night, he did finish third on the team in targets. According to Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus, Bryant and Lance Moore each played 24 snaps, while Markus Wheaton logged 31 and Darrius Heyward-Bey just 21. The team's use of a four-man rotation behind Antonio Brown was surprising, but it makes sense given that Wheaton, Moore, Justin Brown and Heyward-Bey have all struggled. Though he is 6-4 with excellent speed, Bryant lasted until the fourth round of May's draft, following a mediocre college career with a Clemson program that was loaded at wide receiver. Bryant made his case for more snaps Monday night, but it may still be hard to get a read on his role entering a Week 8 matchup against the Colts.By Rotowire.com
Jon Beason LB - NYG Beason (foot) is expected to head back t...
Beason (foot) is expected to head back to North Carolina for a visit with foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson over the bye week, the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Impacts: Even if he's cleared to play in Week 9, it would be hard to count on Beason for his full complement of snaps.By Rotowire.com
Trindon Holliday WR - Holliday is expected to sign with the Bu...
Holliday is expected to sign with the Buccaneers sometime this week, Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impacts: Holliday was a member of the Giants during training camp but ultimately failed to make the team. As a return specialist, Holliday has the ability to claim both returning gigs in Tampa Bay and will have an opportunity to do so before season's end.By Rotowire.com
Derrick Coleman FB - SEA Coleman (foot) will likely miss 4-to-6 w...
Coleman (foot) will likely miss 4-to-6 weeks, John Boyle of the Everett Herald reports.
Impacts: Coleman broke his foot during pregame warmups Sunday, enabling Robert Turbin to step in as the starting fullback. The Seahawks are yet to sign another fullback, but they'll likely do so at some point in the near future.By Rotowire.com
Calvin Johnson WR - DET Johnson's (ankle) status for Sunday's ga...
Johnson's (ankle) status for Sunday's game against Atlanta remains up in the air, the Detroit Free Press reports. "It's not going to be a thing of degrees," coach Jim Caldwell said. "It's when they say he's cleared and he's ready to go and he's feeling great. When the doctors give us that OK, that's when it's going to happen. And there's not going to be a whole lot of in-betweens."
Impacts: Johnson missed his second straight game Sunday as he continues to nurse an ankle injury. Caldwell refused to specify how close Johnson was to playing against the Saints, but he said he "absolutely" expects Johnson to travel to London with the team for Sunday's matchup with the Falcons. Whether he'll play in that contest remains to be seen, however, and a decision likely won't come until much later in the week. The decision is obviously difficult for the Lions, and it's complicated by the team's looming Week 9 bye.By Rotowire.com
Austin Pettis WR - The Rams have waived Pettis, NFL.com re...
The Rams have waived Pettis, NFL.com reports.
Impacts: Pettis, who caught five passes for 112 yards and a TD in five games this season, should catch on elsewhere before long, but he was squeezed out of the Rams' wideout mix by the likes of Brian Quick, Kenny Britt, Chris Givens, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.By Rotowire.com
Vincent Jackson WR - TB ...
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been fielding phone calls from teams interested in trading for Vincent Jackson. Coach Lovie Smith addressed the report on Monday, falling well short of an outright denial.
Impacts: Even if the Bucs aren't actively shopping Jackson, Rapoport has been told they are "open to anything" even though the star wide receiver is highly valued by the team's brass. If Jackson were to be traded, it would open the door wide for rookie Mike Evans to be the Bucs' No. 1 wideout. It's a situation worth keeping an eye on.
Colt McCoy QB - WAS The Washington Redskins aren't ruling ou...
The Washington Redskins aren't ruling out a return by Robert Griffin III for Week 8. If RGIII's not ready, it will be Colt McCoy's show. Jay Gruden told reporters on Monday that McCoy -- fresh off his successful relief performance in the second half of Sunday's win against the Tennessee Titans -- has moved past Kirk Cousins on the depth chart and will get the start against the Dallas Cowboys next Monday night if Griffin isn't fully recovered from his ankle injury.
Impacts: McCoy completed 11 of 12 passes and posted a passer rating of 138.9 in the second half against the Titans. With Cousins' transition into a Human Turnover Machine now complete, McCoy became the obvious starter for Week 8 if Griffin isn't ready. McCoy is off the fantasy radar for now.
Calvin Johnson WR - DET The Detroit Lions are heading to London...
The Detroit Lions are heading to London on Monday for their Week 8 overseas battle with the Atlanta Falcons. Calvin Johnson will make the trip with the team, coach Jim Caldwell said.
Impacts: Megatron has missed the previous two games with an ankle injury (both Lions victories). There is a chance he sits out a third straight week. With the team's bye coming up, it would provide additional time for the dynamic wideout to heal and get ready for the stretch run. But traveling at least means there is a chance Johnson can play Sunday.
Denard Robinson RB - JAX Drafted as an "offensive weapon" and sti...
Drafted as an "offensive weapon" and still listed on the Jacksonville Jaguars' roster as a wide receiver, Denard Robinson has an opportunity to nail down the starting running back role going forward. Coach Gus Bradley was asked if Robinson will remain the featured back after the former Michigan quarterback rushed for more yards (127) Sunday than any Jaguars player in two years. "Yeah, I think so," Bradley said, via The Florida Times-Union. "We'll look at the film. He did a good job and we hope to get Toby (Gerhart) back."
Impacts: Bradley's comments suggest he's not ready to bury Gerhart after promising to saddle him up as a workhorse. While Gerhart nurses a toe injury, though, Robinson has a chance to convince the coaching staff that he can hold up to the lead-back role after gaining roughly 15 pounds in the offseason. After torching a Cleveland Browns defensive front missing four key players, Robinson draws the Miami Dolphins' fourth-ranked defense in Week 8.
Brandon McManus K - DEN McManus (strained right groin) didn't pr...
McManus (strained right groin) didn't practice Monday, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports.
Impacts: We'll track his status in advance of Thursday's game against the Chargers, but as long as the Broncos don't sign another kicker, we'll operate under the assumption that McManus will continue to kick for the team in Week 8.By Rotowire.com
Vincent Jackson WR - TB Jackson (ribs) was among the Bucs who di...
Jackson (ribs) was among the Bucs who didn't practice Monday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impacts: More on Jackson's status no later than Wednesday's practice, but at this stage, there's nothing to suggest that his availability for Sunday's game against Minnesota is in any danger.By Rotowire.com
Andre Ellington RB - ARZ Coach Bruce Arians confirmed Monday that...
Coach Bruce Arians confirmed Monday that Ellington came out of Week 7's game with sore ribs, but noted that the running back didn't suffer any structural damage, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impacts: Ellington's practice reps have been managed of late in any case, so expect him to be limited (or even sit out) Wednesday's session. So far, though, there's nothing to suggest that the running back's Week 8 availability will be impacted by his rib issue.By Rotowire.com
Jake Locker QB - TEN Locker (right thumb) is slated to throw...
Locker (right thumb) is slated to throw Tuesday, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.
Impacts: The Titans will then see how Locker responds Wednesday, but the hope remains that the QB could be available for this coming Sunday's contest against the Texans.By Rotowire.com
Jerrell Freeman LB - IND Freeman suffered a hip pointer in Sunday...
Freeman suffered a hip pointer in Sunday's win over the Bengals and will have an MRI, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Impacts: The injury isn't thought to be serious, but the need for an MRI is a concern. Freeman, who had six tackles in Sunday's win, has an average of 6.3 tackles per game since missing four games due to a hamstring injury.By Rotowire.com
Reggie Wayne WR - IND Coach Chuck Pagano relayed Monday that W...
Coach Chuck Pagano relayed Monday that Wayne (elbow) has an MRI on tap, Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official site reports.
Impacts: The same applies to RB Trent Richardson (hamstring), with both players thus far having downplayed the severity of their current ailments.By Rotowire.com
Trent Richardson RB - IND Coach Chuck Pagano relayed Monday that R...
Coach Chuck Pagano relayed Monday that Richardson (hamstring) has an MRI on tap, Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official site reports.
Impacts: Richardson has downplayed his hamstring issue thus far, but until an MRI confirms the running back's optimism, his status will be worth monitoring in advance of Sunday's game against the Steelers.By Rotowire.com
C.J. Spiller RB - BUF Coach Doug Marrone confirmed Monday that...
Coach Doug Marrone confirmed Monday that Spiller underwent surgery to repair his clavicle.
Impacts: Per ESPN's Mike Rodak, the Bills haven't decided yet whether or not Spiller will be placed on IR, but the running back is obviously out indefinitely. With Fred Jackson (groin) also in line to miss time, the team's Week 8 backfield will be headed by a combo of Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon, with the Bills also considering adding another back to their practice squad.By Rotowire.com
Colt McCoy QB - WAS Coach Jay Gruden said Monday that McCoy...
Coach Jay Gruden said Monday that McCoy will handle Washington's starter's reps at quarterback this week.
Impacts: At this stage, fellow QB Robert Griffin (ankle) isn't totally ruled out for action this weekend, but per Gruden, Griffin has "a long way to go" on that front. As a result, Washington is proceeding as though McCoy will draw the start at QB for the team in next Monday's contest against Dallas.By Rotowire.com
A.J. Green WR - CIN Coach Marvin Lewis relayed Monday that G...
Coach Marvin Lewis relayed Monday that Green (toe) has made significant progress, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
Impacts: At this stage, the Bengals remain hopeful with regard to Green's chances of playing Sunday against the Ravens, a potential outcome that would be supported by the wideout returning to practice in some capacity as the week progresses.By Rotowire.com
Fred Jackson RB - BUF Jackson (groin) won't require surgery, b...
Jackson (groin) won't require surgery, but said that his injury is typically one that requires a four-week absence, ESPN Buffalo's Mike Rodak reports.
Impacts: C.J. Spiller is expected to miss the rest of the season with a broken collarbone, leaving Boobie Dixon and Bryce Brown with opportunities for an expanded role in the Buffalo backfield. Presumably, Dixon will have the larger role, as Brown was inactive for the Week 7 game against Minnesota, but it's possible that Brown will end up carving out the larger role. With a four-week absence, Jackson may be out until Week 12 against the Jets.By Rotowire.com
Kirk Cousins QB - WAS It's unclear who will start at quarterba...
It's unclear who will start at quarterback in Week 8 for the Redskins, the Washington Post reports.
Impacts: Cousins was benched in the second half of Week 7 versus the Titans, Colt McCoy played well in relief, and Robert Griffin III (ankle) is scheduled to return to practice this week. It will be important to see who takes the most practice reps this week.By Rotowire.com
Peyton Manning QB - DEN Manning broke Brett Favre's all-time rec...
Manning broke Brett Favre's all-time record of 508 touchdowns in Sunday's 42-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers, completing 22-of-26 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns.
Impacts: Manning needed just three passing touchdowns to break Brett Favre's all-time mark of 508, and the 38-year-old had his record before halftime, in one of the most efficient outings of his career. He led the Broncos to six touchdowns in eight drives, against an injury-depleted San Francisco defense, then gave way to backup Brock Osweiler for the entire fourth quarter. Now six games into the season, Manning is on pace for similar numbers to those he recorded in his record-smashing 2013 campaign. He won't have to wait long to add to his record total of 510 career touchdowns, as the Broncos will face a slumping Chargers defense in San Diego on Thursday.By Rotowire.com
Andre Ellington RB - ARZ Ellington (foot) sustained a rib injury...
Ellington (foot) sustained a rib injury just before halftime Sunday, but returned early in the second half of a win at Oakland, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impacts: Although Ellington yielded short-yardage situations to fellow back Stepfan Taylor, who tallied two touchdowns inside the five-yard line, Ellington took a season-high 24 carries for 88 yards, marking his best YPC (3.7) since Week 2. Additionally, he supplemented fantasy lines with six catches on nine targets for 72 yards. The 160 yards from scrimmage marks his peak on the year to date and doubles as the third outing of 100-plus offensive yards in six games. Considering the substantial usage, touchdowns should soon arrive on his doorstep, but owners can rest assured that he handles the bulk of the RB workload in Arizona.By Rotowire.com
Fred Jackson RB - BUF Jackson (groin) will not return any soon...
Jackson (groin) will not return any sooner than Week 10 against the Chiefs, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
Impacts: Buffalo faces the Jets in Week 8, followed by a Week 9 bye. With C.J. Spiller (broken collarbone) facing an even longer absence than Jackson, the Bills will turn to Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown, the latter of whom has not been active for a game this season. While his short-term value obviously takes a big hit, Jackson could see some extra touches later this season, if he makes it back to the field before Spiller.By Rotowire.com
C.J. Spiller RB - BUF The Buffalo Bills have lost both of thei...
The Buffalo Bills have lost both of their stars in the backfield. Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller were both knocked out of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings with first half injuries.
Impacts: After Jackson went down for the Bills, Spiller went 52 yards on his first carry. Unfortunately, Spiller was ruled out for the remainder of the game with a broken collarbone, according to Rapoport, per a source who has spoken to Spiller. Anthony Dixon will be forced to shoulder the load in their absence. Bryce Brown was inactive. Marrone said Spiller will be out an undetermined amount of time.
Fred Jackson RB - BUF ...
Fred Jackson was knocked out of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings with a first half injury. Trainers helped Jackson off the field before the veteran was wheeled away to the locker room with a groin injury.
Impacts: He was quickly ruled out for the game. More will be known when Jackson has an MRI on Monday, but it appears serious, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. There is no timetable for Jackson's return, according to coach Doug Marrone.
C.J. Spiller RB - BUF After being diagnosed with a broken coll...
After being diagnosed with a broken collarbone, Spiller is slated to undergo surgery Monday, according to ESPN.com.
Impacts: In any case, coach Doug Marrone confirmed Sunday that Spiller will be out an "indefinite" amount of time and with Fred Jackson dealing with a groin injury, it looks like the Bills may have to turn to a combo of Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown next Sunday against the Jets, and possibly beyond.By Rotowire.com