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Tony Jefferson S - ARZ Jefferson (concussion) is eligible to pl...
Jefferson (concussion) is eligible to play in Sunday's game against the Cowboys, after clearing the final step of the NFL's concussion protocol Thursday, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impacts: Jefferson is seemingly now on track to play, but he was limited at Thursday's practice, after which he said that he didn't remember parts of Sunday's win over the Eagles, ESPN.com reports. He also said that he doesn't want to rush back from a concussion, as one might expect. Jefferson has an impressive 50 tackles (45 solo) through seven games, but with four Cardinals safeties getting significant playing time, his snaps and tackles had both tailed off in recent weeks, until Sunday's 12-tackle effort against the Eagles.By Rotowire.com
Richard Sherman CB - SEA Sherman (back) was absent from practice...
Sherman (back) was absent from practice Thursday.
Impacts: After picking off 20 passes in the first 48 regular season games of his career, Sherman has yet to notch his first of the current campaign. With two passes defended on the ledger through seven outings, he isn't inducing the opportunities that characterized his first three years in the league, which places a damper on his IDP potential. In any case, keep a close eye on his status as the weekend draws near.By Rotowire.com
Khiry Robinson RB - NO Robinson (arm) is listed as inactive Thu...
Robinson (arm) is listed as inactive Thursday in Carolina, the Saints' official site reports.
Impacts: Robinson's absence isn't a surprise, considering he was unable to practice on the short week. While he logs his second absence in a row, Mark Ingram will head the Saints' backfield, while Travaris Cadet serves in a complementary role.By Rotowire.com
Jimmy Graham TE - NO Graham (shoulder) is active for Thursday...
Graham (shoulder) is active for Thursday's game at Carolina, the Saints' official site reports.
Impacts: Graham remains less than 100 percent, but after five catches (on six targets) for 59 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Packers, he should again be a mainstay in lineups. Keep in mind, though, that the Panthers allowed their first score of the season to a tight end in Week 8, tempering his potential.By Rotowire.com
David Hawthorne LB - NO Hawthorne (hand) won't play Thursday aga...
Hawthorne (hand) won't play Thursday against the Panthers, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impacts: As a result, Ramon Humber will take Hawthorne's spot in the Saints' lineup Thursday, with Todd Davis also having been added from the practice squad to bolster the team's Week 9 linebacker depth.By Rotowire.com
Patrick Peterson CB - ARZ Peterson (concussion) practiced in full...
Peterson (concussion) practiced in full Thursday, FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
Impacts: After emerging from the concussion protocol Wednesday, Peterson fit in a limited showing in drills, and his upgrade to full practice all but assures his presence in the Cardinals' defensive backfield Sunday at Dallas. Expect Friday's injury report to confirm his Week 9 availability.By Rotowire.com
Geno Smith QB - NYJ Smith (shoulder) resumed throwing during...
Smith (shoulder) resumed throwing during Thursday's practice, the Star-Ledger reports.
Impacts: Smith, who practiced fully Thursday, is thus in line to be available Sunday to back up Week 9 starter Michael Vick.By Rotowire.com
Travis Kelce TE - KC Kelce (ribs) practiced fully Thursday, t...
Kelce (ribs) practiced fully Thursday, the Chiefs' official site reports.
Impacts: Kelce -- who was limited Wednesday -- is thus trending toward a probable designation in advance of Sunday's game against the Jets.By Rotowire.com
Rolando McClain LB - DAL McClain was limited in Thursday's practi...
McClain was limited in Thursday's practice, the Cowboys' official site reports.
Impacts: McClain's return to practice is a positive step, but Friday's injury report will ultimately intimate his potential availability Sunday versus the Cardinals. Because he's on track to play, he'll look to further bolster his 38 tackles (29 solo), three passes defended, two picks, one forced fumble, and one sack in seven games on the season.By Rotowire.com
Dion Sims TE - MIA Sims (toe) did not practice Th...
Sims (toe) did not practice Thursday, the Dolphins' official site reports.
Impacts: With two straight missed practices, the status of Sims (who caught two passes for 51 yards in Week 8) for Sunday's game against the Chargers is now decidedly cloudy.By Rotowire.com
Bruce Carter LB - DAL Carter (thigh) suffered a broken ring fi...
Carter (thigh) suffered a broken ring finger during Thursday's practice, the Cowboys' official site reports.
Impacts: Carter intends to play Sunday against the Cardinals in spite of the concern, which is substantiated by the full practice that he logged Wednesday. Although he didn't make a dent in the box score during his Week 8 return, after three games missed due to a strained quad, he tallied 25 tackles (17 solo), one touchdown after interception, and one sack in the first four games of the season.By Rotowire.com
Charles Clay TE - MIA Clay (knee) was limited at Thursday's pr...
Clay (knee) was limited at Thursday's practice, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Impacts: We'll circle back on Clay's status Friday, but we suspect that he will draw a probable designation in advance of Sunday's game against the Chargers.By Rotowire.com
Ronnie Hillman RB - DEN Hillman (shoulder) was limited at practi...
Hillman (shoulder) was limited at practice Thursday, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: That said, Hillman, who suffered a shoulder injury during Wednesday's practice, said that he expects to play Sunday against the Patriots, a notion that would be supported by an official probable designation upon the release of Friday's official injury report.By Rotowire.com
Charles Sims RB - TB Coach Lovie Smith stated Thursday that S...
Coach Lovie Smith stated Thursday that Sims is "making progress," but Smith is unsure "if he'll be ready to go this week," Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impacts: Smith will ultimately make the call late in the week, meaning Friday's injury report could reveal Sims' potential availability. The Buccaneers' running back situation is currently clouded by Doug Martin's ankle injury, which has kept him sidelined at practice both Wednesday and Thursday. The development leaves Bobby Rainey and Mike James as the sole healthy options, and has opened the door for Sims to find a role right off the bat, if the rookie is in fact activated from the IR/designated-to-return list.By Rotowire.com
Trent Richardson RB - IND Richardson (hamstring) does not appear o...
Richardson (hamstring) does not appear on the Colts' Thursday practice participation/injury report, the team's official site reports.
Impacts: Though Richardson was listed as active for Week 8's contest against the Steelers, he essentially served as the Colts' emergency running back for the game, per the Indianapolis Star. No longer listed on the team's injury report, however, Richardson is now poised to rejoin the Colts' backfield mix Monday night against the Giants.By Rotowire.com
Zach Mettenberger QB - TEN Zach Mettenberger came away from his fir...
Zach Mettenberger came away from his first start (a loss to the Texans) with positive vibes, but Titans wide receiver Nate Washington took it to another level. Washington, who played with Ben Roethlisberger early in the quarterback's career, said that Mettenberger was more pro-ready than Big Ben was.
Impacts: Although it was nice to see Mettenberger connect with Justin Hunter last week, we'll need to see more out of him before we can back him up as a viable fantasy starter. After a few more games we should have a better idea of who his favorite targets are and who may fall off the fantasy radar in Tennessee.
Tony Romo QB - DAL Tony Romo did not participate in Thursda...
Tony Romo did not participate in Thursday's walkthrough, and the Dallas Cowboys are being cautious about what he's able to do in practices moving forward this week. Jason Garrett said Thursday the quarterback is "feeling better" and he's "certainly" optimistic that Romo can play Sunday, per the team's official website.
Impacts: If Romo can't play, it will be the Brandon Weeden Show in Dallas. Even if Romo starts, he presents a huge risk for fantasy owners as there's a chance he may not finish the game. Look elsewhere for QB help this week if you can.
Robert Griffin QB - WAS NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported...
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Griffin will start Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, according to a source informed of the team's decision. The Redskins came to the decision based on how Griffin looked and felt in practice Wednesday. Coach Jay Gruden confirmed Thursday that Griffin was cleared medically by the doctors, and, barring a setback, the intent is for RGIII to start, telling reporters: "All systems look like they're a go."
Impacts: RG3 could be an interesting spot start for fantasy teams with their QB1 on a bye. Just remember to curb expectations a bit since this will be Griffin's first action since Week 2. Also remember that The Redskins have a bye in Week 10 so you can't count on him for more than a one-week stint right now.
Doug Martin RB - TB Martin didn't practice Thursday, Greg Au...
Martin didn't practice Thursday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. However, the walking boot worn by Martin on Wednesday wasn't evident.
Impacts: Despite ditching the boot, Martin's status won't be encouraging until he takes part in drills in some capacity. With only one opportunity to do so before the weekend, Friday's injury report will forecast his Week 9 availability, one way or the other. However, his performance on the year has left owners wanting more, and the potential activation of Charles Sims (ankle) in advance of Sunday's outing could throw a wrench in the backfield pecking order.By Rotowire.com
Justin Forsett RB - BAL Forsett (ankle) returned to practice Thu...
Forsett (ankle) returned to practice Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impacts: Forsett acknowledged that he was "hobbled a little" after Week 8's contest, but indicated that he will be fine for Sunday night's game against the Steelers. That said, given the Ravens' late kickoff this week, an official probable designation come Friday would no doubt be of comfort to Forsett owners in advance of Sunday's 8:30 ET kickoff.By Rotowire.com
Reggie Wayne WR - IND Coach Chuch Pagano acknowledged that it'...
Coach Chuch Pagano acknowledged that it's a little early to determine whether Wayne (elbow) will play Monday against the Giants, Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official site reports.
Impacts: Wayne was rested Thursday, but Pagano suggested that he wants to see how the veteran wideout holds up over the next two days of practice before a determination is made on Wayne's Week 9 status.By Rotowire.com
Robert Griffin QB - WAS Griffin (ankle) was a full practice part...
Griffin (ankle) was a full practice participant Thursday, Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports. In the aftermath, coach Jay Gruden conceded that Griffin has been "cleared from the doctors," according to Albert Breer of NFL Network, but Gruden wants to ensure the quarterback is mentally ready to play.
Impacts: While Griffin split first-team reps with Colt McCoy during Wednesday's practice, Gruden relayed that Griffin handled the majority of drills "with the ones" Thursday, which puts him on track to start Sunday, barring a setback. Griffin has one more opportunity to appease Gruden's mind in advance of Sunday's game in Minnesota, but if current trends hold true, the franchise cornerstone will likely be under center shortly after the 1:00 PM ET kickoff.By Rotowire.com
Vontae Davis CB - IND Coach Chuck Pagano noted Thursday that D...
Coach Chuck Pagano noted Thursday that Davis (knee) is 100 percent and ready to go in advance of Monday's game against the Giants, Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official site reports.
Impacts: Davis practiced fully Thursday, and based on Pagano's optimism, the cornerback appears to be on track to draw a probable designation for Monday's game, barring any setbacks.By Rotowire.com
LaRon Landry S - IND Landry was a full participant in Thursda...
Landry was a full participant in Thursday's practice, but remains on the exempt/commissioner's permission list, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Impacts: Landry missed the last four games due to a suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. He oddly didn't report for practice Monday and so the Colts put him on the exempt/commissioner's permission list, but it wasn't clear if he was in hot water or if the Colts needed time to create space for him with an additional roster move. It looks like he's not in hot water and could return this week, but the Colts haven't said whether he's ready to play.By Rotowire.com
Giovani Bernard RB - CIN Bernard (hip/clavicle) did not practice...
Bernard (hip/clavicle) did not practice Thursday, ESPN's Coley Harvey reports.
Impacts: With two straight missed practice sessions, Geoff Hobson of bengals.com suggests that Bernard is looking iffy for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, though if the running back returns to the field, in any capacity Friday, things could look up on that front. If Bernard is forced to sit, or limited at all this weekend, Jeremy Hill would be in line to lead the Bengals' Week 9 rushing attack, with Cedric Peerman and Rex Burkhead candidates to work in a complementary roles in such a scenario.By Rotowire.com
Kiko Alonso LB - BUF Alonso (torn ACL) says his recovery his...
Alonso (torn ACL) says his recovery his going well, but he has been unable to return to practice and still seems a ways off from returning to football activities, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said Alonso, "I definitely couldn't practice right now. That's for sure."
Impacts: Alonso was not placed on IR a couple months ago, with the mindset that maybe there was a sliver of hope he could return for the last few games of the season, but that seems incredibly unlikely at this point, especially when the player himself seems to be conceding as such. Still, the Bills have one of the league's better defenses this season without the guy who was by far their best linebacker last season, so the 2015 version of the Buffalo D could be pretty scary if Alonso is able to come back strong.By Rotowire.com
Tony Romo QB - DAL Coach Jason Garrett relayed that Romo (b...
Coach Jason Garrett relayed that Romo (back) didn't participate in Thursday morning's walk-through, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impacts: We'll continue to track Romo's status in the coming days, though at this stage the quarterback remains in the day-to-day category and appears to be trending toward a game-day call in advance of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff against the Cardinals.By Rotowire.com
Rashad Jennings RB - NYG Jennings (knee) will not play Monday ag...
Jennings (knee) will not play Monday against the Colts.
Impacts: It was hoped that the running back would be ready to go after the Giants' Week 8 bye, but as Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News notes, Jennings' knee is evidently not healing as fast as hoped/expected, thus stalling his return. With Jennings still sidelined, Andre Williams is in line to once again head the Giants' rushing attack in Week 9.By Rotowire.com
Patrick Peterson CB - ARZ Peterson passed his concussion test Wedn...
Peterson passed his concussion test Wednesday and proceeded to practice on a limited basis, the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impacts: Peterson relayed that he lost consciousness for a brief time after Sunday's hit, which came courtesy of a drilling placed upon the Eagles' Jeremy Maclin from Peterson's own teammate, Deone Bucannon. While Peterson may not practice fully by week's end, his Week 9 availability could be confirmed upon the release of Friday's injury report.By Rotowire.com
Michael Floyd WR - ARZ Floyd (knee) practiced in full Wednesday...
Floyd (knee) practiced in full Wednesday, FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
Impacts: During Sunday's win against the Eagles, Floyd came up gimpy on a deep throw down the right sideline en route to a catch-free day on four targets. The blank outing was his first since Week 2 of his rookie campaign in 2012, so owners can expect somewhat of a return to normalcy Sunday at Dallas, who have surrendered 12.6 YPC to wide receivers this season.By Rotowire.com
Andre Ellington RB - ARZ Ellington (foot) was limited in Wednesda...
Ellington (foot) was limited in Wednesday's practice, FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
Impacts: Per usual, Ellington's reps were capped in order to maintain the viability of his foot, especially since he's coming off 56 touches (47 carries and nine catches) over the last two weeks. Nevertheless, he hasn't surpassed 4.0 YPC since Week 2, bringing down his season-long mark to 3.6. Even if he doesn't practice in full by the end of the week, he's the unquestioned No. 1 back in Arizona, with the expectation that he'll start Sunday in Dallas for the eighth time in as many games this year.By Rotowire.com
Robert Griffin QB - WAS Griffin (ankle) will start for the Redsk...
Griffin (ankle) will start for the Redskins on Sunday against the Vikings, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: Griffin participated fully in Wednesday's practice, and has been able to log work on the practice field for just over a week now. He emerged from Wednesday's session feeling good, and will therefore take over the reigns as the starter, delegating Colt McCoy to a backup role. His practice reps Thursday and Friday should be almost exclusively with the first-team offense, but we'll confirm that as the week rolls along.By Rotowire.com
Shamarko Thomas S - PIT Thomas (hamstring) fully participated in...
Thomas (hamstring) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Scott Brown of ESPN reports.
Impacts: Brown reports Thomas is expected to return for Sunday's game against the Ravens. If that holds true, Thomas would likely be a depth asset if Troy Polamalu is healthy enough.By Rotowire.com
Kenny Britt WR - STL Britt (hip) was a limited participant in...
Britt (hip) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Over the last five games, Britt has averaged three receptions (on 5.4 targets) for 46.4 yards, with one total touchdown grab. The big-play threat has been good for 15.5 YPC, which has included four catches of 20-plus yards and one for more than 40 yards. Although he logged a limited showing Wednesday, owners should watch his status closely as the weekend approaches to learn his availability for Sunday's game in San Francisco. If he does indeed suit up, he'll need to take on a larger role, with the season-ending shoulder injury to Brian Quick.By Rotowire.com
Charles Sims RB - TB Coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday that Si...
Coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday that Sims (ankle) could make his NFL debut Sunday in Cleveland, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Impacts: Before the regular season kicked off, Sims landed on the IR/designated-to-return list following a mid-August procedure on his right ankle, but eight weeks have passed, and the rookie is eligible to suit up Sunday. Meanwhile, fellow running back Doug Martin is suffering through an ankle injury himself, which has forced a walking boot upon him. Out of necessity, the Bucs may require Sims' presence out of a backfield that counts only Bobby Rainey and Mike James as healthy. Because Sims' own ankle doesn't appear to be a concern due to Smith's optimism, owners in dire need of RB aid should take a flier on Sims.By Rotowire.com
Vincent Jackson WR - TB Jackson (rib) was a limited participant...
Jackson (rib) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impacts: The trade deadline came and went, with Jackson remaining in Tampa Bay, after garnering significant interest around the league. Meanwhile, a rib injury has accompanied him since preparation for Week 6, which has resulted in a combined five receptions (on 18 targets) for 79 yards in the past two games. At the very least, the target count is encouraging, meaning improved health could result in more productive performances.By Rotowire.com
Robert Griffin QB - WAS Griffin (ankle) was a full participant i...
Griffin (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports.
Impacts: Since returning to practice last Wednesday, Griffin's rapid progress is aiding the belief that he'll be able to play Sunday at Minnesota. However, coach Jay Gruden called Wednesday's practice a "glorified walkthrough," while pointing to Thursday and Friday as the "key" to unlock active status in Week 9, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. According to Albert Breer of NFL Network, though, Griffin will split first-ream reps with Colt McCoy, whose performance Monday in Dallas -- 25-of-30 passing for 299 yards, one interception, and one rushing touchdown -- provides a fair fallback option for Gruden, if Griffin doesn't receive clearance.By Rotowire.com
Donald Brown RB - SD Brown (concussion) practiced Wednesday,...
Brown (concussion) practiced Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impacts: Brown's status for Sunday's game against the Dolphins is still cloudy, but his return to practice Wednesday is clearly a step in the right direction for the running back, who last saw game action in Week 5. With Ryan Mathews iffy this week and the team on bye in Week 10, the Chargers may continue to feature Branden Oliver on Sunday, with an eye toward having an intact backfield on hand in Week 11.By Rotowire.com
Ryan Mathews RB - SD Mathews (knee) did not practice Wednesda...
Mathews (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impacts: While Mathews has been progressing and thus far hasn't been ruled out this week, Gehlken suggests that it appears likely that the running back will be rested through the Chargers' Week 10 bye, a scenario that would set the stage for his potential return to the team's backfield on Nov. 16 against the Raiders.By Rotowire.com
Owen Daniels TE - BAL Daniels (knee) participated in individua...
Daniels (knee) participated in individual drills during Wednesday's practice, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Daniels sat out this past Sunday's game against the Bengals after getting his left knee scoped, but his presence on the field Wednesday suggests that the tight end has a chance to return to action this weekend against the Steelers, though such an outcome can't be counted on at this stage.By Rotowire.com