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Jamaal Charles RB - KC Charles (ankle) is active for Monday's g...
Charles (ankle) is active for Monday's game against the Patriots, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Impacts: Entering Week 4's showdown with the Patriots, Charles logged time at each practice, culminating in Saturday's iteration in which he did "everything" asked of him. As a result, he appears poised to take on a full workload, which has included 15.5 carries and 3.1 receptions (on 4.4 targets) per game in his four full healthy campaigns.By Rotowire.com
Josh Evans S - JAC Evans appears to have a firm grasp on th...
Evans appears to have a firm grasp on the starting free safety job after Winston Guy was cut Monday, the Florida Times-Union reports.
Impacts: The Jags parted ways with Guy after a string of poor performances to open the season, which should leave Evans as the unquestioned starter. Evans, whose foot injury opened the door for Guy to start, replaced Guy in the second half of the Indianapolis game in Week 3 and started Week 4's loss to San Diego. On the season, Evans has 26 combined tackles and one pass defended.By Rotowire.com
David Nelson WR - NYJ Nelson is dealing with what coach Rex Ry...
Nelson is dealing with what coach Rex Ryan referred to as a "pretty good" ankle sprain, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.
Impacts: With Nelson hurting and fellow wideout Jalen Saunders having been waived, the Jets signed T.J. Graham and Chris Owusu on Monday to bolster their receiving corps.By Rotowire.com
Tauren Poole RB - The Panthers have waived Poole, Aaron Wi...
Jamarca Sanford S - WAS Sanford signed with the Redskins on Mond...
Sanford signed with the Redskins on Monday, The Washington Post reports.
Impacts: Sanford started 44 games at safety for the Vikings since being a seventh-round pick in 2009. However, with veteran Ryan Clark currently occupying the Redskins' starting free safety position, it's likely that Sanford will see most of his playing time on special teams moving forward.By Rotowire.com
Jake Locker QB - TEN Coach Ken Whisenhunt expects Locker (wri...
Coach Ken Whisenhunt expects Locker (wrist) to practice Wednesday, The Tennessean reports. "He didn't throw today," Whisenhunt said of the QB on Monday. "I think he'll continue with treatment. He was very close Sunday and we'll see. I would anticipate he'll practice Wednesday."
Impacts: In any case, while Locker is said to be making progress toward his recovery from a sprained right wrist, his status for Sunday's game against the Browns remains unclear. Charlie Whitehurst drew the start at QB for the team in Locker's place in Week 4's loss to the Colts.By Rotowire.com
Geno Smith QB - NYJ Smith is keeping his starting job for no...
Smith is keeping his starting job for now, despite a mediocre performance in Sunday's loss to the Lions, ESPN New York reports. He completed 17-of-33 passes for 209 yards, with one touchdown and one pick.
Impacts: In addition to losing a fumble and taking two sacks, Smith wasn't a factor as a runner. The schedule doesn't get any easier, with the Chargers, Broncos, and Patriots next up on the schedule.By Rotowire.com
Marqise Lee WR - JAC Lee (hamstring) could return to practice...
Lee (hamstring) could return to practice later this week, the Florida Times-Union reports.
Impacts: While the report would seem to suggest that Lee may be trending in the right direction, his status for Sunday's game against the Steelers remains cloudy. At this stage, though, Lee at least has a better chance to suit up this weekend than Cecil Shorts (hamstring), who is expected to miss Week 5's contest.By Rotowire.com
LaRon Landry S - IND Landry has been suspended four games for...
Landry has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances, Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports.
Impacts: With Landry unavailable for the team's next four games, the Colts have added fellow safety Dewey McDonald to their active roster.By Rotowire.com
Teddy Bridgewater QB - MIN The Minnesota Vikings appear on track to...
The Minnesota Vikings appear on track to have Teddy Two Gloves back on the field in Week 5. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters on Monday that Teddy Bridgewater was feeling a lot better on Monday and an MRI on his sprained left ankle came back negative. Zimmer is "hopeful" the rookie quarterback will make his second career start on Thursday against the Green Bay Packers.
Impacts: This comes as welcome news for the entire Vikings offense. If Christian Ponder had to make a start, any fantasy-relevant player would see their value decrease. Bridgewater was the spark the Vikings needed and is an interesting waiver-wire pickup this week due to his accuracy and ability to run the ball.
EJ Manuel QB - BUF The Buffalo Bills have made a change at...
The Buffalo Bills have made a change at quarterback. Coach Doug Marrone announced Monday that Kyle Orton will replace EJ Manuel as the starter when the Bills visit the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Marrone said he came to his decision Monday afternoon. "I didn't ask (the front office) for an agreement," Marrone said, via ESPN.com. "I just went in and said this is the direction I'm going."
Impacts: Manuel -- a first-round pick in 2013 -- continued his struggles in a Week 4 loss to the Houston Texans, throwing two interceptions, including a pick-six to J.J. Watt. In four starts, Manuel completed 58 percent of his passes with five touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 80.3. The Bills are 2-2. Ready or not, it's Kyle Orton time in Buffalo.
EJ Manuel QB - BUF Coach Doug Marrone announced Monday that...
Coach Doug Marrone announced Monday that Manuel's teammate Kyle Orton will start Week 5 against the Lions.
Impacts: Manuel still will be given chances to prove that he's the long-term answer in Buffalo, but he just hasn't been getting the job done through four weeks. In the Bills' two wins, he performed just well enough that stronger units pushed them to a nice 2-0 start, and in the last two, he's become too reliant on check-downs, while simply not connecting on the plays a quarterback needs to rally his team after someone on defense makes a big play. In fact, with an even slightly above average quarterback, the Bills would likely be 3-1 and maybe 4-0. The journeyman Orton faces a tough challenge in Detroit as well as with some other defenses along the way, so this decision is far from being cemented for more than the next few weeks.By Rotowire.com
Kyle Orton QB - BUF Orton will start Week 5 against the Lion...
Orton will start Week 5 against the Lions.
Impacts: Coach Doug Marrone will sit EJ Manuel and his scattershot arm on the bench for at least a week. We're sure the Bills aren't giving up on Manuel, but this is a team with an excellent running game and a good defense, and Marrone must want to see if Orton can give them a boost. Manuel hasn't been terrible, but he's become too reliant on check-downs, has trouble in the red zone, and misses his mark too often. OK. So he's been kind of terrible. Orton has a pretty tough challenge ahead, facing a strong Lions defense in Detroit, but if he performs decently, the journeyman may just be able to hold onto the job for a bit.By Rotowire.com
Zach Miller TE - SEA Miller reportedly underwent an ankle pro...
Miller reportedly underwent an ankle procedure last week, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.
Impacts: The report suggests that Miller, who started off the season with six catches for 76 yards in three games, is expected to miss a significant amount of time due to his injury. As a result, opportunity knocks for fellow TE Luke Willson.By Rotowire.com
Fozzy Whittaker RB - CAR Whittaker (quadriceps) is expected to pr...
Whittaker (quadriceps) is expected to practice Wednesday.
Impacts: Whittaker has missed the Panthers' past two games due to a quadriceps pull suffered in Week 2 but could return to action as early as Wednesday. With Carolina's backfield currently plagued by various injuries and absentees, he might immediately assume a significant role at running back, if his health permits so. As a result, Whittaker's status should be monitored throughout this week.By Rotowire.com
Charles Johnson DE - CAR Johnson suffered a hip flexor issue duri...
Johnson suffered a hip flexor issue during Sunday's game against the Ravens.
Impacts: Johnson played through the injury Sunday, although he failed to record a tackle, and the Panthers' defense generally performed poorly. Moving forward, he could be limited during practice this week, but it's unclear if he'll be forced to miss time due to his hip.By Rotowire.com
Cecil Shorts WR - JAC Shorts will undergo diagnostic testing M...
Shorts will undergo diagnostic testing Monday to determine the extent of the left hamstring injury he suffered Sunday, The Florida Times-Union reports.
Impacts: Shorts reportedly felt a pull in his left hamstring Sunday, which marked his fourth injury since June. With testing slated for Monday, more information regarding his condition should be forthcoming. Nonetheless, the Jaguars' No. 1 wideout could be facing yet another sideline spell, which would stand to benefit the fantasy values of players like Marqise Lee (hamstring), Allen Robinson, and Allen Hurns (ankle).By Rotowire.com
Calvin Johnson WR - DET Johnson expects his ankle condition to i...
Johnson expects his ankle condition to improve throughout this week, NFL.com reports.
Impacts: Johnson was held to a season-low 37 snaps Sunday against the Jets, when he accounted for just two catches for 12 total yards. While that lack of production certainly is not what owners have come to expect from Johnson, the star wideout's ankle condition is said to be improving, and any additional rest should benefit him as well. With Johnson and the Lions expected to continue their conservative approach toward his sprained ankle, his progress should be monitored leading up to Sunday's game versus the Bills.By Rotowire.com
Mike Evans WR - TB Evans is expected to be out two or three...
Evans is expected to be out two or three weeks after suffering a groin strain Sunday, FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports.
Impacts: Evans injured his groin while running a deep route Sunday, forcing him into an early exit against the Steelers. Before suffering the groin strain, he recorded 65 yards on four catches and scored his first career touchdown. Nonetheless, the Buccaneers' rookie first-rounder will now be sidelined at least a couple weeks, which could lead into Tampa Bay's Week 7 bye. Until then, recent signing Louis Murphy could enjoy an expanded role, especially after coming up with a team-leading six catches (on 11 targets) for 99 yards in his Buccaneers debut Sunday.By Rotowire.com
Odell Beckham WR - NYG Beckham (hamstring) was limited in Monda...
Beckham (hamstring) was limited in Monday's practice but did a "little bit more," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said.
Impacts: Beckham has frustratingly been sidelined by a hamstring injury since the summer, but his participation in team portions of Monday's practice certainly represents encouraging progress. The rookie first-rounder seems to be gradually increasing his activity level in hopes of finally making his elusive NFL debut. At the moment, it's unclear whether Sunday's game against the Falcons will mark that occasion, but Beckham's status can be expected to be updated throughout this week.By Rotowire.com
Darrin Reaves RB - CAR Reaves could be slated for an expanded r...
Reaves could be slated for an expanded role in the Panthers' offense with DeAngelo Williams considered "week to week" due to an ankle injury.
Impacts: Reaves originally made the Panthers' practice squad as an undrafted rookie from UAB but was recently promoted to Carolina's active roster following a string of injuries to the team's primary ballcarriers. While Jonathan Stewart (knee), Mike Tolbert (leg), and Fozzy Whittaker (quadriceps) were all inactive for Sunday's game versus the Ravens, starting running back DeAngelo Williams was forced out with a sprained ankle during the second quarter. As a result, Reaves embodied the Panthers' next option at running back, finishing Sunday with 12 carries for 26 yards and three catches (on five targets) for 11 yards. Since Week 5's game against the Bears could come too soon for any of the Panthers' aforementioned injured players to return, Reaves enters this week as the team's top healthy running back. That status alone should immediately place Reaves on fantasy radars, although it remains to be seen how the Panthers' offense will game plan to manage their dicey running back situation.By Rotowire.com
DeAngelo Williams RB - CAR NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported...
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams is "week to week" after suffering a sprained ankle in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Ravens. After Williams left the stadium in a walking boot, his status for the team's Week 5 tilt against the Bears is in serious doubt, according to a source informed of the injury.
Impacts: With Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert also out of the lineup, the Panthers found themselves down to Tauren Poole and rookie Darrin Reaves. Reaves makes for an interesting waiver-wire target heading into Week 5, but keep in mind that the Panthers have a brutal schedule coming up.
Josh Brent DT - DAL Brent (suspension) will begin working ou...
DeAngelo Williams RB - CAR Williams is considered week-to-week afte...
Williams is considered week-to-week after suffering a sprained ankle during Sunday's loss to the Ravens, NFL.com reports.
Impacts: Williams was forced out of Sunday's game during the second quarter, which came after the veteran missed Carolina's previous two games due to a thigh injury. While his status for Sunday's game against the Bears is in "serious doubt," he did not suffer any structural damage to his ankle. However, Williams' potential absence leaves the Panthers in a surprisingly dire situation at running back. To that end, undrafted rookie Darrin Reaves and recent signing Tauren Poole represent the only healthy running backs on Carolina's roster at the moment.By Rotowire.com
Morris Claiborne CB - DAL Claiborne (knee) may have suffered a tor...
Claiborne (knee) may have suffered a torn ACL during Sunday's game, ESPN's Tim MacMahon reports.
Impacts: While no diagnosis has been confirmed, owner Jerry Jones revealed that the team fears a torn ACL. If that turns out to be the case, it will finish a tumultuous season for Claiborne, who skipped a Tuesday practice after learning of his demotion from the starting lineup. He was only demoted to nickel corner, meaning he still had an important role in the defense, one that Sterling Moore is now positioned to fill.By Rotowire.com
Pierre Thomas RB - NO Thomas had two catches for 15 yards on t...
Thomas had two catches for 15 yards on two targets, adding two carries for eight yards, in Sunday's 38-17 loss to the Cowboys. Teammate Travis Cadet, who previously had just one reception this season, caught six passes for 59 yards.
Impacts: Cadet entered the game before Thomas, who didn't get his first touch until the meaningless final play of the first half. It was a surprising development, as Thomas worked in tandem with Khiry Robinson last week, while Cadet barely saw the field. Thomas was sprinkled in during the second half of Sunday night's game, and Cadet lost a fumble in garbage time. It will be interesting to see if the Saints comment on the situation before next week's game against the Bucs. If there's no further clarity, Thomas will make for a risky option, even in deep leagues.By Rotowire.com
Mike Evans WR - TB Evans (groin) said after Sunday's game t...
Evans (groin) said after Sunday's game that he is not sure about the severity of his injury, the The Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impacts: Evans pulled up short on a deep route in the third quarter, leading to an easy Pittsburgh interception. He referred to the injury as "a little tweak", but also added that he wasn't able to run, which was quite obvious on the aforementioned play. Louis Murphy got added playing time in Evans' absence, finishing with six catches for 99 yards. Evans had a solid day himself, hauling in 4-of-7 targets for 65 yards and his first career touchdownBy Rotowire.com
Toby Gerhart RB - JAC Speaking after Sunday's game, Jaguars co...
Speaking after Sunday's game, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said that Gerhart (foot) has not been demoted, Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reports. "No, no, no, no," Bradley said when asked about a possible demotion. "Just trying and utilizing everybody's strengths."
Impacts: While Gerhart will likely hold on to the starting job, second-string running back Denard Robinson could take on an increased role. The former college quarterback had nine carries for 25 yards and three receptions for seven yards in Sunday's game. Gerhart had 10 carries for 32 yards and a touchdown, adding one reception for eight yards, and also a lost fumble. Third-string back Jordan Todman recorded one carry for four yards and two receptions for 20 yards.By Rotowire.com
William Moore S - ATL Moore's teammates were not optimistic ab...
Moore's teammates were not optimistic about the safety's shoulder injury after Sunday's game, ESPN reports.
Impacts: Moore, who had 16 tackles (nine solo) and a forced fumble through three games, was replaced by Kemal Ishmael. The 29-year-old Moore produced across the board last year, piling up 86 tackles (67 solo), three interceptions, three forced fumbles, two forced fumbles, two sacks and seven pass defenses. He had a similarly excellent stat line in 2012, albeit over just 12 games.By Rotowire.com
Andre Johnson WR - HOU Johnson said after Sunday's game that he...
Johnson said after Sunday's game that he is not worried about his ankle injury, the Texans' official website reports. "I just think I was more scared than anything because I felt a little pop. I didn't know what it was, so I went and got it checked and they let me come back in."
Impacts: Johnson, who was listed as probable due to an ankle injury, left Sunday's game in the third quarter but later returned. He finished the afternoon with six receptions for 71 yards on seven targets, and also lost a fumble for the first time since 2008. If Johnson were to miss a game, Damaris Johnson and Keshawn Martin would likely get added playing time.By Rotowire.com
Ahmad Bradshaw RB - IND Bradshaw left Sunday's game against the...
Bradshaw left Sunday's game against the Titans with an ankle injury, and while he was able to return, he was wearing a walking boot after the game as a precaution, ESPN reports.
Impacts: Bradshaw was solid yet again Sunday, rushing nine times for 32 yards and catching two passes on two targets for 20 receiving yards and a touchdown. Never known as a great pass-catcher, Bradshaw has now scored four receiving touchdowns in his last three games. With Trent Richardson continuing to get a bigger share of the carries, Bradshaw has maintained his fantasy value through a passing game led by Andrew Luck, who leads the league in passing yards and passing touchdowns this season.By Rotowire.com
Vernon Davis TE - SF Davis said after Sunday's game that he i...
Davis said after Sunday's game that he is dealing with back spasms but expects to be okay, Bay Area News Group's Cam Inman reports. "I'll be alright," Davis said. "I'm not worried about it"
Impacts: Davis did not return to Sunday's game against the Eagles, after taking a hard hit to the back during the third quarter. It sounds as if he expects to play next Sunday versus the Chiefs, but fantasy owners will still want to keep a close eye on the situation, given that Davis entered Sunday as a game-time decision because of knee and ankle injuries that caused him to miss Week 3. Next in line for tight end snaps are Vance McDonald (ankle) and Derek Carrier, the first of whom was unable to play Sunday against the Eagles.By Rotowire.com
Teddy Bridgewater QB - MIN Bridgewater (sprained ankle) said after...
Bridgewater (sprained ankle) said after Sunday's game that he expects to play against the Packers on Thursday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: X-rays came back negative, and Bridgewater is apparently optimistic, but he's still scheduled to undergo an MRI, according to Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The rookie said that he wasn't sure if he could have gone back into Sunday's game, had the Vikings needed him late in the fourth quarter. The injury puts a damper on what was otherwise an excellent first start, as Bridgewater finished 19-of-30 for 317 yards, adding five carries for 27 yards and a touchdown. If he isn't ready by Thursday, Christian Ponder will presumably get the start.By Rotowire.com
Aaron Rodgers QB - GB Rodgers completed 22-of-28 passes for 30...
Rodgers completed 22-of-28 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns Sunday against the Bears, while becoming the fourth-fastest quarterback in NFL history to reach 25,000 career passing yards, according to ESPN.com.
Impacts: Rodgers was absolutely dominant Sunday and needed very few weapons to be so, completing passes to only five different receivers, with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb the only two with more than two catches. They essentially split the work, as Cobb finished with seven catches on nine targets for 113 yards and two touchdowns, while Nelson had 10 catches on 12 targets for 108 yards and two scores of his own. Rodgers has flip-flopped good and bad games this season, struggling in Weeks 1 and 3 and dominating in Weeks 2 and 4, though he has thrown eight touchdowns with zero interceptions in his last three games. Up next is a Vikings defense that allowed 298 yards and three touchdowns to Matt Ryan in Week 4.By Rotowire.com
Bernard Pierce RB - BAL Pierce (thigh) said after Sunday's game...
Pierce (thigh) said after Sunday's game that he was held out as a precaution to avoid further aggravating his injury, CSN Baltimore's Bo Smolka reports.
Impacts: The Ravens may have just activated Pierce to serve as an emergency replacement, but it's still hard for fantasy owners to have any confidence in his role, after watching Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro combine for 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 29 carries. The duo has been very effective in Pierce's absence, and Baltimore's running back situation is among the most fluid in the league. Pierce did have a team-high 22 carries for 96 yards in a Week 2 win over the Steelers, but both Forsett and Taliaferro have looked better this season. While Forsett is locked in as the top back for passing downs, Pierce could perhaps return to some kind of early-down role in Week 5 against the Colts.By Rotowire.com
Calvin Johnson WR - DET Johnson, who had two catches on two targ...
Johnson, who had two catches on two targets for 16 yards Sunday against the Jets, laughed at the suggestion that he was playing at 90 percent despite an ankle injury, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Head coach Jim Caldwell was the one who indicated Johnson was at 90 percent, with the wideout confirming after the game that he was much more limited than that. The injury was bad enough that Johnson rarely played two snaps in a row, and he was walking with a noticeable limp after the game. He will likely be very limited in practice next week, putting his availability for Week 5 against the Bills in question, if he doesn't improve over the coming days.By Rotowire.com
Tony Romo QB - DAL Romo (back) is active for Sunday's game...
Romo (back) is active for Sunday's game against the Saints, Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Impacts: As a part of the maintenance focused on his back, Romo is a near-certainty to miss some practice on a weekly basis. However, he isn't really a threat to take a seat, meaning he's safe to utilize on game day, especially against the Saints porous pass defense (278.3 yards per game, or fourth-worst in the NFL entering Sunday's action).By Rotowire.com
Vernon Davis TE - SF Vernon Davis has been ruled out for the...
Vernon Davis has been ruled out for the rest of the game.
Impacts: He had two catches for eight yards when he had to leave the game with an apparent back injury.
Derek Carr QB - OAK Carr suffered a high ankle sprain and a...
Carr suffered a high ankle sprain and a sprained MCL in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: The Raiders are on bye in Week 5, which affords Carr some extra healing time in advance of the team's Oct. 12 contest against the Chargers. At this stage though, Carr is presumably iffy for that game. Matt McGloin finished Sunday's game for the Raiders, with veteran QB Matt Schaub away from the team due to a family matter.By Rotowire.com
Arian Foster RB - HOU ...